-- Computer Basics Presentation --

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-- Making Computing - Simpler - Safer - More Enjoyable --
the Basics of computer care and use
How to get it to do what you want without resorting to a sledgehammer (in frustration)

This Presentation will focus on Desktop and Laptop Computers
While there are many common operational elements between laptops and tablets
tablets, phones and Apple products won't be addressed at this time - - and here's the Why
To get the most out of this presentation, You should have at least a little familiarity with using Windows PCs

Taming the beasts - The world of computers and the Internet is incredibly complex.
We have worked hard to make sense of it all for you in the simplest way we can.

The presentations will be made in Cottonwood, AZ
and more information on when and where will be provided on this page when it becomes available.

Please refer to our Common Computer Terms Defined

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Topics to tentatively include:
» Hardware:

  Surge Protector! (and when an Uninterruptible Power Supply is an important option)

  Back-It-Up! (always back up your data to a removable drive - never to the cloud)

  Desktop vs. Laptop (peripherals - list & describe, connections/cables - list & describe

  How to power on/off if locked up (see definition)

  Weekly shutdown to refresh RAM (see definition)

  Peripheral Components (outside 'the box'): monitor, mouse, keyboard, printer, external drives, surge protectors,

    network devices, speakers, scanners, digitizing tablets, headphones, microphones, webcams, etc.

» Systems and Software: Open vs. Proprietary -- Defined, Cost of and how to acquire each

» Operating System (O/S):

  Windows (versions: XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10; which are safe for internet and web-safe linux alternatives)

  Anti-Virus! (Windows must always have one running and up-to-date -- Windows Security Essentials, Malware Bytes; which others)

  Open Window: how to minimize, maximize, restore; mouse clicks; many ways to save (see screenshot)

  Locations of files (Windows Explorer show on screen, File Manager in Linux=same)

  Linux (later in presentation)

» The Internet:

  human interaction (security) 'dumped in NYC' analogy

  search engines (which censor results, which track and spy on you, which are safer)

  social media (uses and Cautions)

  Browsers (which and why)

  Start page (how to set a start page you will find useful)

  Which sites are safe, which are dangerous -- and how to tell

» E-mail:

  2 types (web-based, program on Computer)

  Cautions: Links, Phishing and Attachments

» Programs (Applications, Apps)

  Types of:
-- Word Processing and Office Suites
-- Games (for your computer -- and why some online games are dangerous)
-- Media Players (for videos and music)
-- Financial Programs (spreadsheets, home finance)
-- Graphics and photo editing

  Cost of programs: (paid commercial vs. FOSS, portablefreeware.com etc.)

  Source of programs: How to know which sources are safe

  Use of:

» Linux

  What is it? It is the best Operating System you've probably never heard of*

  Who uses it? It is developed and used by hundreds-of-thousands of people worldwide

  How and Why? Free, Reliable, Fast, Easy, Secure, No Antivirus needed, No disk defragmentation needed, etc.

  Demo on 2003 Dim2400 w/no harddrive

    *Everyone who uses the internet has used Linux, because 80%+ of websites on the Internet run on Linux

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