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Tico Byte for July, 2015

Howdy there, PC Club members!

The PC Club meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday, July 18th this month, at the Pan American School in Belen  starting at 9 AM. Coffee, snacks, and conversation will be available, as usual, at 8:30.  Bring anything computer-related that you have questions about or would like to share with the group.

  1. Ken welcomes guests & new members.

  2. Ken's Treasurer's report:  $2033 in the treasury with 45 paid members. Members can log in and view the details under Club Business - Financials on the club website.

  3. Club Business (Chuck)
    1. Loaner laptop needed for a student

    2. (Jim) 4th of July recruiting

    3. (Tio) ARCR presentation

    4. From Michael Genis of the Pan American School:  "Hi Chuck, I have some students interested in raising funds.They have been thinking of washing cars. Do you think some of the club members would be interested in having their car washed while they are here?"

  4. Hardware & Software Clinic / Members' Forum (Chuck)
    Questions & Problems from members
    Nominate future topics

  5. Topics of interest

    1. Chuck will talk about the iOS operating system (that's the Apple OS that's used on all portable devices. It's comparable to the Android OS that he talked about last time).

    2. Chuck: How to spell check when composing an email using Gmail (thanks to Sam Butler):

      1. Click the down arrow next to the garbage can icon at the bottom of the compose window.
      2. Click Check spelling.(the last item).
      3. If there's a misspelled word, it will be highlighted in yellow. ...(I found that hovering over the misspelled word worked for me).
      4. Select (click on) a suggested word from the list to replace the misspelled word.
    3. Dick will give an update on Windows 10 and the Microsoft Edge browser: He's up to build 10162 and the actual Edge now. (Spartan is finally gone.) Juan sent him a good article: Windows 10 on an old PC: How low can you go? that looks pretty promising. The release date is now only 1½ weeks after our meeting.

    4. Dick will show the new page-selection tables and Android page on the club website. (Note: The Android page is on the members-only side.)

    5. Bill will talk about a new kind of high tech flashlight that he's discovered. It's a very compact focusable LED light, run with 1 lithium ion rechargeable battery the size of a AA battery but called 14500. The light beam projects easily 100 meters or can be spread to a wide cone. The lights he has can also use a AA battery but at a reduced output.These 14500 batteries hold a charge for a year dropping only to 85% capacity. A 14500 battery produces 3.7 volts so don't use it for a AA battery which has only 1.5v. You can buy them on Amazon.

    6. Bill has also found a neat tool, called ClipGrab, that allows you to download a video stream from YouTube to your PC's hard drive. He found a handy little exercise clip that he wanted to reference multiple times and wanted to avoid having to find it every time on YouTube when he wanted to use it. Now it's easy to access from his hard drive.

      After you install ClipGrab, you find the link to the clip you want, put the link in ClipGrab and it proceeds to store the stream on your HDD.

    7. Ken will do a show-and-tell about his new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone and share some phone apps.

    8. Ongoing, how to stream TV Over Internet (TVOI) in Costa Rica

      1. Sling Box
      2. Apple TV
      3. Rabbit TV
      4. USTvNow
      5. Chromecast
      6. Roku TV
      7. Amazon Fire TV
      8. Cuevana Storm
      9. Netflix
      10. Sling TV (Dish Network)

  6. Here are some highlights in the Web News recently:

'Can't wait to see you at the meeting,

Dick Sandlin


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