Category: Programs

Top 10 Great Screen Savers For Windows

A good and safe screensaver can be hard to find. They have become popular programs for viruses and malware to piggyback on, and many may require or attempt to force the installation of unwanted toolbars and software. These days, many people do not even use screen savers for their originally intended purpose, often simply setting their computer to shut off the monitor after idling for too long. But, there are several really fascinating and useful screensavers out there for those who enjoy them, and we have tracked down a sampling of some really fun and safe to use screensavers for your perusal and enjoyment. Read on to see our findings:

NOTE:These screensavers work both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, with one exception:Security Essentials Screensaver works only in Windows 7, if you have Microsoft Security Essentials installed.

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Snap: A truly slick feature in Windows 10

When it was introduced in Windows 7, Snap showed potential as a windows management technique. When Windows 8 came out, Snap sort of fell by the wayside, but it eventually resurfaced in 8.1 when the feature was enabled for Modern Apps. With Windows 10, Snap has really become a truly slick feature. You can now snap windows to the four corners and the two windows in a split-screen formation. There are other cool new features as well. Let’s take a closer look.

In general

As you may know, Snap is a windows management feature that allows you to arrange open windows, including maximizing and resizing, just by dragging and dropping a window to different edges of the screen. When a window is dragged to the correct position, a ripple effect will emanate from the cursor, and you’ll see an animated transparent outline of the window instantly appear in its new position. As soon as you release the mouse button, the window will snap to that position.

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How To Really Speed Up Your Computer – Common Myths & What To Do Instead

You might have noticed that your computer has never been as fast as it was when you first got it. But do you know why our devices slow down over time? Many of us have a number of misconceptions about sluggish PCs, so let’s crack these open and find out how to actually speed things up.

There are myths about slow computers that still get rehashed to this day: keeping too many files slows your machine down; you need to buy as much RAM as possible; viruses are designed to make everything run sluggish. In actuality, these statements aren’t true. Although they do have nuggets of truth contained within, it’s time to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Common Myths discussed

The Best 5 Free Alternatives To The Sound Recorder

Windows provides an application called Sound Recorder. It is rather simplistic and it doesn’t offer any sound editing features. Also, in Windows 8.1 you will find a touch version of this program which has another downside: the recording pauses automatically if you minimize the app. This can be a real annoyance and you will want to use a better program for recording sound. To help you out, we quickly tested some free sound recorders for Windows and now we would like to present the best that we could find.

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Upcoming computer groups activities, Linux News

Oct 9, 2014 7 PM OMUG

General Meeting: Computer Transportation Planning by Intercity Transit.

Oct 11, 2014 9:30 AM TAPCUG General Meeting:

Introduction to Linux by Joel Carlson and John Wickliffe.

Oct 14, 2014 7 PM OMUG Linux SIG is cancelled this month.

Oct 21, 2014 5:30 PM TAPCUG Linux SIG (third Tuesday)
The Linux operating system (android, chromebooks, supercomputers, Linux Mint, etc.) has many more exciting new developments to keep up with at the Linux meetings.

I downloaded the Windows 10 preview (which looks like Windows 8) and ran it on a test computer.

We can discuss this.

Thanks, Joel Carlson

10 Unique Ways To Use Microsoft OneNote

OneNote is one of Microsoft’s most underrated apps. Not only can you jot down notes or keep to do lists, you can use a stylus to do it, convert handwritten notes to text or organise your recipe collection. OneNote is available on almost every platform, making this ridiculously useful app even more relevant.

Although OneNote is available with good functionality on mobile devices, the tips below are mainly intended for running OneNote 2013 on Windows and Mac OS X.

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OMUG General Meeting: September 11, 7 pm

Joel Carlson with be at the TAPCUG/OMUG booth at the Puyallup Fair on Thursday, demoing Linux Mint 17 KDE, details at .

Joel has kindly agreed to come to the OMUG meeting on Thursday evening,  11 Sep at 7 PM and give the same presentation to OMUG.

So save yourself a trip to Puyallup and attend OMUG meeting to learn all about this alternative computer operating system.


Thursday 11 Sep at 7 PM

Olympia Community Center

Rest Stop Event Canceled for 2014

We have decided to cancel the Rest Stop Event for 2014. We just didn’t have enough people power to cover the full weekend. Thanks so much for offering to help !

Waiting until the las minute to cancel would be unfair to the cookie bakers, to Fred who is in charge of buying all the supplies, to everyone involved who may wish to make other plans for that weekend and to the Washington State Dept. of Transportation which will probably be able to find a back-up group to sponsor their own event.

Perhaps we can take another run at this next year; or at least rethink if we want to do it at all.

Noral Baughman