About Computers for Newbies & Everyone Else

April 20, 2015

2015-04-20 Show Notes

You missed another good show today if you could not join us at 9:00 am on WSVAWSVA but here is the podcast along with a list of some of the things we talked about.  Enjoy reading and listening.

Tech News
Binoculars That Use Digital Trickery to Give You Super-Sight
Wired.comWhether you’re a dedicated bird watcher or a stealthy sniper, you require a quality pair of binoculars to extend and sharpen your visual capabilities. Ricoh’s new peepers pack in a ton of features so that you can spy that short-tailed albatross even if it’s a foggy day and your hands are shakier than Gene “The Waco Kid” Wilder’s in Blazing Saddles.

They will eliminate interference from fog, rain, or snow – magnify distant objects from 6.6 to 13.2 times their original size – keep view steady with image stabilization – have built in infrared mode for use at night – you can record what you’re seeing onto an SD card, either as video or as still images. They are also designed for outdoor use, they’re waterproof and dustproof, and a GPS radio inside lets you record the location of images and videos you take.

Priced at ONLY $4,200.

Ron’s Android App Recommendation
(This app can be found on Google Play from your Android phone,
tablet or viewed on your PC from the link below.)
Pool Bar
A Game for a Change
Android owners can enjoy the superb 3D Graphics, accurate physics and quality opponents found in our iPad and iPhone games. Works on both phones and tablets!Full touch screen interface, allows for accurate and intuitive control and spin. Easy to use swipe system for aim and shoot.

+ 9 Ball, 8 Ball US and 8 Ball UK
+ 1 or 2 player
+ 4 Characters to choose from
+ 3 AI difficulty levels
+ Supports both HD and non-HD displays

Wonder How To
Wonder how to use chopsticks, manipulate irrational people, cook the best burger everytime, figure out which you would prefer iPhone or Android?

Go to this site and search to your hearts content learning how to do lots of different things. Although, it seems to be more on the technology side than others.

Stumble Upon
StumbleUpon is a discovery engine (a form of web search engine) that finds and recommends web content to its users. Its features allow users to discover and rate Web pages, photos and videos that are personalized to their tastes and interests using peer-sourcing and social-networking principles.

Proxy Settings
A caller had an issue that sounded like it could be related to Windows Proxy settings. Here is what Microsoft suggests for a probable fix.

Laptop Batteries
There is not as much need to be afraid of the cost for laptop batteries as there used to be. The prices on most older (2+ years old) have dropped significantly. I have one that is between 4-5 years old. I bought a new battery for less than $20 from Amazon.

I will warn you to be careful of who you buy it from. Make sure that they have a higher rating for previous sales and check out the comments from other purchasers to see how service was. Usually you will be fine; however, sometimes you may get a bad battery and have a hard time returning it for a replacement.

I do not get paid to endorse Amazon or any other company but if I get a good deal and good service I will certainly share that info.

I hope that you will visit us next month at WSVA or here, at 

For the May 18, 2015 show we will be looking at a few e-vacation tricks and many other techie things.


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