Comp-U-News from Comp-U-Talk

May 2016

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” ~ Larry J. Sabato



You know how sports enthusiasts play fantasy football?  Well, I play fantasy life.  Granted, it’s all in my head.  I don’t think there is a “real” fantasy life game.  That’s a funny sentence.  “real” “fantasy”.  Absurd!  Anyway…  In my fantasy life, I’m President and I solve all of the world problems.  I mention this because the political scene is completely  messed up this year and if you are desperate for a new candidate, you can write in my name.  And if elected… 


I thought I would share some cool free tools that are available to solve some of your computer problems.



If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8 and are tired of being nagged about upgrading to Windows 10, then this free tool is for you.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the green “Download Now” button.  Once it is downloaded, run it.  You’re done!  Quick, Easy, Simple, and if your system has already downloaded the 6.5 gigs of install files, then this little utility will offer the option to remove the install files and give back your hard drive.


CutePDF Writer:

The latest versions of Word and Excel will let you save files as a PDF, but if you need to create a PDF from some other source, then this is a cool way to do it.  CutePDF masquerades as a printer.   Once installed, you tell the program to print to the CutePDF printer and it will save the print job as a PDF file.  Word of warning:  the install process desires to install a bunch of junk that is not necessary.  Rather than mindless clicking thru the install screens, read each screen.  If it doesn’t say it is installing CutePDF, then decline the offer.  If, perchance you miss one, then see the section about MalwareBytes below. 



If you need to transfer large files, WeTransfer has you covered.  Email servers typically limit the size of attachments to 10 Megabytes.  WeTransfer will allow up to 2 Gigabytes of transfers, all you need is a valid email address for the recipient.  Your file will be available for download for two weeks.



If you are using the internet you will get malware.  Malware is more obnoxious than dangerous.  Normally, it is in the form of unnecessary tool bars, it increases the number of ads you see and slows the system (sometimes considerably).  The free version of Malwarebytes will cleanup the gunk.  There is a paid version that prevents the gunk from coming in. 


And in summary: I can’t give you more government handouts, but I can help you have a more productive computing experience.  So vote for me!  Or actually, Just Vote!






Don't vote for Hillary 

And because it made me laugh: In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary.