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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, May 31, 2015

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Are You an Easy Target for Scammers?
Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting Started with OS X - Understanding User Accounts
Special Feature: iPad Tips and Tricks
Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer - Make Use of Multiple Flash Drives or Cards for a Speed Boost
Websites of Interest: Mistakes We Make When Grocery Shopping; Belmont Stakes; Adopt a Shelter Cat Month; D-Day

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Special Feature: Are You an Easy Target for Scammers?

Some online behaviors may put you at risk. Take this quiz from AARP to see how much you know about some of the ways people can be scammed:
http://tinyurl.com/owh7y8l

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Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting Started with OS X - Understanding User Accounts

From gcflearnfree.org

Whether you're new to computers or just new to OS X, it's important to learn the basics of using your computer. If it all seems a little overwhelming right now, don't worry! We'll take you through it step by step and show you some of the most fundamental things you'll need to know.

What are User Accounts?

A user account allows you to sign in to your computer. By default, your Mac already has one user account, which you were required to create when you set up your computer. If you plan to share your computer with others, you can create a separate user account for each person.

Use this link to learn about User Accounts and watch an informative video:
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/osxbasics/7

In our next newsletter: Keyboard Shortcuts in OS X

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Special Feature: iPad Tips and Tricks
A collection of tips showing some useful features of iPad with iOS 8.

From apple.com

Get Reply Notifications
Waiting for a response to an email? When viewing a message, tap the mark message button (flag icon), then tap Notify Me.

Siri Knows the Tune
Like the song playing on the radio, or in a café, or anywhere else? Ask Siri, “What song is this?”

Quickly Manage Your Mail
Swipe a message to the right to mark it. Swipe left for other options, and swipe farther to delete it. Change the actions in Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Swipe Options.

Send an Audio Message
In Messages, touch and hold the record audio button (microphone icon) to record. Swipe up to send the recording. To delete it instead, swipe left.

Quickly Respond To a Notification
Slide a notification up to dismiss it, or pull it down to reveal actions you can take. For example, with an iMessage, pull down and you can reply right there.

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Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer - Make Use of Multiple Flash Drives or Cards for a Speed Boost

As your Windows computer ages, its speed can decrease. You will notice an increase in response time when you give commands to open programs, files or folders, use the Internet and other tasks. There are several things you can do to speed up your computer.

In our ongoing series, Speed Up a Slow Computer, we will present articles discussing some of the steps you can take to speed up your slow computer.

Important: Before making any changes to your system, always create a Restore Point. If anything goes wrong with the changes you make, this will allow you to revert back to a point when the computer was operating correctly. Please visit our Newsletter Archives to read our article, All About Restore Points:
http://computerkindergarten.com/restorepoints.html

Make Use of Multiple Flash Drives or Cards for a Speed Boost

From computershopper.com

One of the celebrated upgrades in Windows Vista was ReadyBoost, a handy technology that lets you make use of a USB flash drive or flash-memory card (such as an SD card) to serve as extra fast-access cache memory for frequently used files and data. (In essence, it serves the same purpose as cache on your hard drive, but the fact that solid-state memory is being used is a speed plus.) When you plugged in a USB key or flash card, you would be prompted whether you wanted to use it as storage, or as a supplement to speed up your PC.

The introduction of ReadyBoost coincided with the precipitous fall in price of flash media. With 4GB flash drives selling now for well under $20, most users own at least a few of these handy devices in various capacities. Why let yours sit idle when they’re not being used to store or transport files?

Windows 7 retains the ReadyBoost feature but adds support for multiple USB keys or flash cards used at once. So, if you have a few old 1GB keys around gathering dust, it can’t hurt to plug them in, so long as you have the USB ports to spare. When you plug in a key, Windows 7 will bring up a prompt asking whether you want to open the drive in Windows Explorer or use the drive to speed up your system. Choose speed up your system.

In the following screen, choose the Use this device radio button and adjust the memory slider below it to the amount you want to dedicate to ReadyBoost.

This won’t change the drive in any fundamental way; you can always unplug it and redeploy it for normal storage down the road, or use the unallocated portion for storage in parallel with ReadyBoost. Note, though, that the file system, even with 64-bit Windows 7, will keep you from accessing more than 4GB of the memory per key or card. So don’t expect to bulk up on cheap 8GB keys and go wild.

Note: This tip works in Windows Vista and Windows 8, too.

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Websites of Interest:

Mistakes We Make When Grocery Shopping
Food is one of our biggest expenses. Start saving more with the suggestions at this site.
http://tinyurl.com/npqvq29

Belmont Stakes
The first Saturday in June is the big race. Learn more about the Triple Crown here.
http://www.belmontstakes.com/

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
http://tinyurl.com/3vdczxy

Your best friend is waiting. Petfinder can bring you together.
http://tinyurl.com/lb4fp2z

D-Day
June 6, 1944 was D-Day in Normandy, France. Visit these sites for information, history, video and spoken recollections of veterans who were there.
http://www.army.mil/d-day/
http://www.dday.org/