018: Taking notes with Evernote

Do you have lots of notes all over the place? On sticky notes, in notebooks, scribbled on the back of envelopes or even on napkins? I have a solution that will keep all your notes in the one place, searchable and accessible from wherever you are.

Welcome to Evernote, my note-taking app of choice for the last dozen or so years. Evernote allows me to take notes of all types: text, photo, audio, video, even lists and store and arrange them safely so I can access them on my phone, iPad, work or Home laptop or even just by logging in to the Evernote Web page.

My account has over 22 hundred notes of various types from random thoughts to shopping lists, journal entries, business ideas, and business cards. Next month I’m going to a conference, my ticket with barcode is stored ready in Evernote. As the day draws nearer I’ll add my itinerary for traveling there to make sure I arrive on time.

Evernote is what is known as a freemuim service. There is a free version that does a good portion of what most people want, or, if you want a bit extra, or want to support the company that does such a great job, you can update to the Premium version. There are also business versions available to help with the sharing and collection of notes from multiple people.

To get started with Evernote, simply go to http://techdoctor.com.au/evernote. This link allows me to earn a small referral commision if you chose to purchase so that I can use the money to continue to grow and improve this channel.

Once you have created your account (you can even just use your Google login) you can download the software for Windows or Mac, iOS or Android. For instruction on installing, see episode 015 on Installing software. Evernote is, in fact, the software I used to demonstrate that episode.
Then once you sign in on whatever device, you can create your first note with the big plus button and type away.

Even before you do that, though, you might just want to read through the Welcome to Evernote note that is already created for you when you first log in. It gives you information on capturing ideas, Making To-do lists, Adding reminders, Creating tables, Organising your notes and Sharing your notes.

It also has a bunch of links for further information. There are also notes on The Wonder of Attachments and the joys of Web clipping, which allows you to save a web page for later reference.

017: Viruses, Spyware and Malwarebytes

This week we are talking about Computer Viruses, Spyware, Worms and Rootkits. All the nasty things that can get into your computer and make your life miserable. While all the different names do have specific meanings, the people who really care about those sort of things aren’t watching, So I’m going to bring all these different concepts together under the name of Malware, which is short for Malicious Software, and described on Wikipedia as any software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server or computer network.

Not that we want to get Malware, but it is worth knowing how it can get on your computer because prevention is much better than cure. Malware exists for a couple of reasons, programmers showing off and to make money. There is a dark side to the internet, and there are people that are willing to do nasty things just to make a buck.

Most of the ways average people get exposed to malware is by stumbling into some of the darker areas, either by accident or looking for something like illegal software or movie downloads. It is also possible for legitimate sites to either be hacked or accidentally serve bad advertisements that can take you across to the dark side.

As I said, prevention is best, so I always recommend keeping up to date antivirus and antimalware software running on your PC. For Windows, I recommend Kaspersky Internet Security.

The main point of this video though is to introduce you to another great piece of software that acts both as a preventative and as a cleanup tool. That software is called Malwarebytes. If you aren’t ready to buy Malwarebytes straight away, there is a link at the bottom of that page to a 14-day free trial to get you started.

If you aren’t sure how to install the software, I have a video to help you with Installing.

Running it is as simple as double-clicking on the icon and clicking the “Scan now” button. It will check for and install the latest updates and begin to scan your computer. When it’s complete it will either give you the good news that your system is clean or provide you with a list of all the items it has found.

I simply always pick “Select all” and then “Clean”. The system will churn away for a while and either present you with a clean bill of health or request a reboot. If you are asked to reboot, I strongly encourage you to do another scan after the reboot. I’ve known a few cases where you have to peel off layers of malware on particularly badly infected systems.

016: Google Chrome Bookmark Open Pages (Bonus Midweek Episode)

Don’t you wish you could remember all the tabs you had open before the power went out, or windows updated and your computer restarted?

Someone came to me the other day needing help with a wireless issue. To fix the problem, the laptop really needed a restart, but the user was reluctant to restart as they were almost at the end of their Masters Thesis and they had several documents open and dozens and dozens of Chrome tabs open with various research topics. In the end we found another way to get wireless and she promised she would reboot it after she squared everything away on the weekend.

One tip that I was able to share with her was Chrome’s Bookmark all feature. Simply go to the hamburger menu, Bookmarks, Bookmark Open Pages. Chrome will give you a window asking you to create a folder for the bookmarks. I tend to call it the date and some sort of reference and then click Save.

In your bookmarks you will now have a new folder with that name and inside is all the tabs you have open in that window. tabs in other windows are not saved, so if you have multiple windows, you will need to bookmark them too. Really handy if you want to be sure you have all those resources.

It’s worth noting that Chrome will “usually” give you the option to restore all tabs if it is restarted, but it’s safer to be sure. I have noticed there can be some glitchyness with multiple Windows open, especially if there are multiple Chrome accounts with windows open.

015: Installing Software

So far on this channel, I have recommended two pieces of software: Google Chrome and LastPass, and I walked you through the process of Installing Chrome in some detail, but not so for LastPass. I have a lot more software to recommend, so I thought I’d step you through through the process of installing software so you can be confident that you are doing it safely and properly.

There are several things to think about when you want to install some software. What do I want, where do I get it from, how do I install it?
Deciding what you want is a fairly obvious one, you might have seen a recommendation from this or another YouTube channel, you might have seen something on the TV, heard it on the radio or had it recommended by a friend. If you know exactly what you want you can often find it by going directly to the manufacturer’s website or googling the name of the product. Be aware though, not everything is always exactly as it seems. It is possible that nefarious groups or individuals can buy website domain names similar to or with subtle mispellings of actual product names.

Once you are sure that you have the correct page, you can buy, or if it’s a free program (as many of the ones _I_ recommend will be) download it to your computer. Downloading a program simply collects the required installation files from the sellers website and puts them into the Downloads Folder of your computer. You will know from Episode 14  that you can find the Downloads folder by going to Windows Explorer, or you can usually find a link to the installer at the bottom of the chrome window that you used to start the download.

To install the program, simply double click on the installer icon. The program will then likely step you through several different screens telling you about the program, asking you to accept the license agreement, asking where to install and possibly offering other software that can be installed at the same time. I urge you not to just keep clicking next, but at least get a quick understanding of what each screen is asking before you press next, and don’t feel pressured to accept an offer of a program just because it comes with another piece of software that you do want. Make your own decisions, don’t let others make it for you.

Many programs, once installed, will either start themselves automatically or place a icon for you on the desktop. If that’s not the case you will find it in the programs list in the start menu, and from there you can pin it to the start menu, or even the task bar if it is something you use often.

That’s all there is to it, enjoy your new program!

014: Windows Explorer (File Management)

Today we’re going to cover another one of those essential parts of Windows 10, the File Manager. It’s another one of those basics that we really can’t move on without, so I’ll cover it here in enough detail to make everyone comfortable.

So what is a File Manager? A file manager is an essential part of just about  every operating system that allows you to see all your files, organise them and shift them around.

The easiest way to start the Windows File Manager is to click the yellow folder icon with the blue clip at the bottom. This is usually one of the first three icons down in the taskbar. Another way is to hold the Windows key
on the keyboard and press the “E” key at the same time. The standard Explorer display has a few menus at the top: a list of locations and folders down the left side and a group of recent files and folders in the main pane on the right. By default the left pane gives quick access to the following folders: Desktop, Downloads Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos.

Below that is a OneDrive link then the “This PC” list showing the same items again as well as 3D Objects, the local drives (C: etc) and a Network Link. These folders are the standard folders that Windows provides for you to store your files in. I’ll leave Documents, Pictures Music and Videos as they should be fairly self-explanatory.

The desktop is simply a link to the files, shortcuts and folders that you store on the Desktop. The Downloads folder is the default storage location for files downloaded from the internet. This will be more important when we start to install programs. The C: Drive is the hard disk where all of your files are likely stored. This computer also has a second hard drive, so it shows up as a D: Drive. You might also see CD and USB drives here. The network folder may show you a list of other computers on the local network.

To start with, most of these folders will be empty, but as you create documents and letters, you’ll likely find that they appear here, or pictures you import from your camera will appear in the Pictures folder.

The important thing to know is how to find things and how to move files
and folders around safely. Let’s start by clicking the Documents folder. Right now mine is empty so I’ll need to create something let’s right-click and go to New and then Text Document. This creates a file called “New Text Document” but it’s highlighted in blue because the system wants us to change the name. I’m going to type “Test Document”  and press Enter. The documents now called Test Document so we need to file it  away somewhere.

Let’s create a folder. Right-click and select New and then Folder and rename the folder to test folder. Now I’m going to intentionally misspell it and add an extra T on the end and press Enter so we’ve created a folder but it doesn’t have the name that we want. There’s several ways to change the name, one of the easiest being to right-click on the folder itself and then go down and click the Rename button. Because everything is already highlighted, I can either just type a new name or in this case I can click at the end or press the right arrow to take me to the end of the input box and then simply delete the errant “T” and press Enter.

Other ways to rename the folder are to press the [F2] key which will automatically put you in the edit mode for anything highlighted, or click on the file wait one second and then click on it again will also put you in edit mode.

To move the file into the folder we can simply click on the file, hold the mouse button down as you drag it into the folder and then let go. Now if we open the folder we can see that the file is there. Another way is to right-click and “cut” the file and then go back to the folder we want to put it in, right click and “paste”. We can also use keyboard shortcuts of [CTRL-X] for Cut and [CTRL-V] for Paste.

Okay that’s enough for now, have a play with all of your files and
folders and get really comfortable moving things around. It will really help
you get comfortable with your computer.

013: YouTube: Logging in, Subscribing & Commenting

We all make assumptions. I try not to assume a particular level of knowledge on this channel, and seek to fill in the gaps in people’s knowledge as best I can, because that’s what I’m here for, to teach and empower people.

It occurred to me during the week that I’ve been asking people to subscribe to this YouTube channel without telling anyone how or why they might want to do it! So if you were wondering, then this episode is for you.

So what is a Youtube Subscription? Subscribing to a channel simply means that you follow it. There is no cost involved, it is pretty much the same as liking a Facebook page. It means you will see the videos from that channel in your subscriptions tab on the youtube homepage.

Firstly, you will need a few things. A web browser. I prefer Chrome and have an episode all about it here.
Secondly, you will need a google account. There is an episode about Google Accounts here.

Once you are logged in to your google account, to subscribe to a Youtube channel, just go to any video on the channel and press the red button that says “subscribe”.

The next step is the little Bell icon beside the subscribe button. If you click that, you will get a notification every time the channel uploads a new video. In my case, that will likely be 1 to 2 times per week, which shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience. Some channels may upload daily so be aware of who you are getting notifications for.

It’s also worth noting that there is an option to like or dislike individual videos on youtube, using the thumbs up and thumbs down under each video. This gives the creator some feedback on what you think of individual videos. For new YouTubers, it is a great source of encouragement, as is subscribing. Knowing that people want to see your content and be notified when content comes out is extremely heartwarming.

Also heartwarming is some real feedback from viewers via the comments. I would love to have some comments or questions to read. Be sure I will read every single one of them, and respond to as many as possible. To leave a comment, simply scroll down the page a bit to the area that says: Comments and there will be a line that says “Add a public Comment”. Click there and start typing. When you have finished, click the “Comment” button to the right and you are done.

Thank you so much for commenting, and thank you for watching. the Tech Doctor Network is here to help you feel comfortable with your computer. We are here to guide you each step of the way so you can make the best use of your Technology. We release new videos every weekend. Now that you know what to do, you can subscribe or leave a question or comment below.

007: Google Chrome Accounts

What is a Google Chrome account? A Google Chrome account is a feature of Chrome that allows you to save your Google Chrome settings to the cloud and synchronize them with other computers. If you don’t understand the word “Cloud” don’t be worried we will soon have another episode explaining the cloud to you. Once it’s ready there’ll be a link up above my head.

It can be very handy to sync your data if, like me, you access the web on multiple computers. But it can also be useful if you want to make sure that all your settings are backed up so that if something goes wrong with your computer, you can replace the computer, sync all of your settings back to the new one.

Let’s see how it’s done. In Chrome, head up to the top right corner and click on the head and shoulders or people icon. If there’s a name there you might already be signed in. Otherwise click “Sign in to Chrome”, sign in with your Google Account like the one we made in the last video. Enter the password.

I don’t need to protect this account but it’s probably worth having an email and phone number in there just in case you do have a problem with your account. Chrome will now tell you you’ve signed in, and turned on sync, so your bookmarks, history, passwords and other settings will be synced to your Google account. You can use them on your other devices and it will also allow Google to personalize your Google services so that you get more correct search ads and other things on Google.

Okay, so once you’re signed in, your settings will sync and the name of the account appears up there in the top right corner where the people icon was before. All of your settings will sync and any other computer you sign in to Chrome on will get all of your settings delivered to it.

Another strength of this system is the ability to create multiple Chrome accounts. If you have a personal account and a home account, you can go to the people menu again which is now the name, click “Manage People” and add another person, repeating the entire process.

Now we have a second Chrome window open with all the details and settings for the new account in a similar way that we did with incognito mode, you can have two separate Google accounts open and keep your home and work life separate easily.

001: All about getting started with the Google Chrome Web Browser

Ok, I’m kicking off this channel with a series on the Web Browser called Chrome. Chrome is the Web browser made by Google. But first, what is a Web Browser?

A Web Browser (or just Browser for short) is a Program or App that you use to access Web pages, including (most likely) this YouTube page.

So which Browser are you using?
The best way to tell is to look at the icon you clicked to start the Browser. It will probably be the active icon in the taskbar or dock at the bottom of your screen.

Okay, so this is what Google Chrome looks like. it’s got the distinctively angled edges on the tabs <not anymore> at the top and the logo that looks like this. If you’re already using Chrome you can safely skip the rest of
this video.

If you are using desktop or laptop computer with Windows, you are probably using either Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

If you don’t have Chrome, and you want it, which I strongly recommend,
you need to do the following. I’m doing this in Microsoft Edge:
Goto http://google.com/chrome (link is in the show notes, next to the Subscribe button)
Click “Download Chrome”. Read (or not) The “Google Chrome Terms of Service”. Click Accept & Install. The installer will download and you can then click “Run” and then “Yes” on the User Account Control Screen and Chrome will install, leaving an Icon on your desktop.

The final step is to run Chrome for the first time and go through the process to make it the default browser and pin it to the task bar, following the instructions provided on the screen.