Live Sharing of Videos and Desktops during OTC Meetings . .

A handy tool to share your desktops (from phone, tablet or PC) during a club meeting.  Link below the graphic explains basic setup.   Best to also test on your digital TV at home.

Note that the PC can be a Chromebook or running Windows, Linux, MacOS but does require the Chrome browser on the PC and “Google Home” app on the other devices.

 

Chromecast Setup Article

Meerkat Bluetooth Speaker Musings

I thought that I would list the results of using Bluetooth to connect to speakers.

I have 3 Bluetooth devices: and Insignia Stereo Speaker, Echo, and Trekz Titanium bone-conducting headphones.

After pairing the Insignia works, but the speakers are just fair. The Echo has much better sound and pairs well after giving Alexa instruction to pair. The Trekz is great with the day long live and clear sound. It’s like the sound from an old stereo.

Yesterday, I hooked up the Echo to the Mercat. After playing for about a half hour the sound became scratchy. This also happens with the Insignia, often it is scratchy from the start.  But it has never (fingers crossed) happened with the Trekz.

So I am wondering, do the processors get overworked? It never happens when the Echo plays my Amazon music. I would think that the audio signal is not being decoded when the distortion could occur.

So I am asking the group for explanations of this phenomena.

Using Bleachbit on Ubuntu

Yes, you can use Bleachbit on Ubuntu but for a slightly different reason.   Like all Operating Systems, Linux flavors do get extra file accumulation.

In the Linux OS, this doesn’t slow down your system but it does take extra space that could other be used on a smaller SSD such as my 120 Gig SanDisk.

So, here’s a ten minute youtube video explaining how to use it as well as doing some preliminary “manual” cleanup via the Terminal (aka CLI – command line interface).

The presenter obviously is South_Central Asian, so please pay close attention as he covers this material (which also can be run on MacOS or Windows).

How to Print Envelopes In LibreOffice . .

One of the most useful software programs available . . is LibreOffice.

It runs on most major Operating Systems (Windows, MacOS, Linux/Ubuntu and Linux/Android).

Its range of capabilities is extensive.  And it’s designed to be used freely and without hacking a proprietary license.   (e.g., “guiltfree ware”).

But, because it may not be the suite you “grew up” with on your PC Journey, the specific steps to accomplish certain tasks . . may be different than MS-Office.

So hopefully, this is the first of many posts illustrating some of the features of LibreOffice . . this post covers how to create & print custom envelopes.   Hope you learn and enjoy!

note:   the video author prepared this using OpenOffice versus LibreOffice, but the screens and functionalities are identical.

More below about the ABC’s of LibreOffice.   Simple and short video:

And Lastly but not Leastly . . . here is a more detailed but still “introductory-level” video about LibreOffice by a very well respected and intelligent author:

 

 

Win 10 Forums . . A free & great resource for Windows Users

So, . . . for all our current club members using MS Windows 10 . . . here is a very solid online forum that can answer your questions and help solve issues.

Don’t hesitate to register and use this great resource.   If I had to use Windows again, I would bookmark this site (for sure for sure . . . )

Note the sheer numbers of users viewing the distinct forums below – a good sign you may get a fast response.

MS Windows 10 Forums

 

Can’t Find Drivers? Check out “Google Cloud Print” . .

Did you know – Google supports printing for wireless AND non-wireless (classic) printers?  . . . No need for OEM drivers.   Multi-platform using IPP (Internet Printing Protocol).

See read-more page for details:

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How to install Windows on an “external” drive . . .

Since about 2003 or 2004, one of the “hands-down” best advantages Linux users enjoyed was the capability to run a “Live” OS from a cd/dvd, usb thumb-drive or SSD drive (like the SanDisk 500 Extreme).

Additionally, if run from an SSD, these “Live” OS’s can actually be installed & behave as if the OS was running from the internal drive – – while not making any changes to the PC OS or files at all!   Pull the drive from the usb connection and your PC boots normally as before.

So, beside the fun part of it, running a Live OS has some major pluses (e.g., file recovery & fixing all kinds of issues in a “safe way”).   I’ve been advocating for this kind of capability in Windows for a long time and really wonder why Windows users haven’t demanded MS provide this invaluable tool . .  well, I guess part of the answer is that ONLY MS “owns” the OS (and thus can choose to add a feature . . or not).

Well, things are finally changing for the better.   There’s an app and a method now to run an installed version of Windows 10 (not 7 though) on an external usb drive (need a PC newer than about 2009).

If interested (and who wouldn’t be if fully aware of the pluses) – – click on the read more tag for the full article and how-to.

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