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Michigan City Indiana
January Vol. 5
Your own custom wallpaper
for your cell phone
Five Reasons You Need Cell
Phone Insurance Now
How to Have the Smartest
Home on the Block
Should We Really Try to Teach Everyone to Code?
Sites That Will Teach You Coding for Free !
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Outside Sources On This Month issue
In our January Issue Vol. 5
6 Hey Pete! Custom wallpaper for
your cell phone
10 How to Have the Smartest Home
on the Block by NewsUSA
12 Biz Cards board!! Hey its free
13 Secret Scroll Tip
14 Should We Really Try to Teach
Everyone to Code?
16 12 Sites That Will Teach You
Coding for Free
By John Rampton
19 Five Reasons You Need Cell
Phone Insurance Now
21 Oh That Command Line
By Big Poppa
23 Cheap vs. Frugal by Nomar Shaw
25 Come a Long Way Baby!
Michigan City Light house in January, CE font done with
Additional artwork and fonts by Peter Nadal
Original Computer-Ease logo ©
Welcome to Pete’s corner, 2018 came in with a roar, cold, flu and
bronchitis, better then half of our people here have the flu or
bronchitis, so I do apologize for our January edition not coming
out sooner. In this edition we have two articles on coding, Pam
our editor suggested this articles as there is a growing demand for
coders. The articles are real easy to understand and who knows
you may find a new career.
Like to welcome aboard Big Poppa (at his request his name is
classified) I have known him over 40 some odd years. He brings to
the table a wealth of experience in computer and network
programming and writing experience.
Rodrigo, found an interesting article on “How to Have the
Smartest Home on the Block” by NewsUSA and frankly it has
sparked my curiosity on the subject, I will let you folks know on
what I find out.
Our spring issue we will be taking advertising, we are working on
pricing and what ads we will take for advertising, so, stay tuned!
I hope you enjoy our January Issue and it answers some of your
computer questions. So, my fellow readers thank you for reading
CE Magazine® and following us on Facebook ©.
. Your Home phone, cell phone, your mail and
Soliciting don’t answer your phone if you do not
Recognize the phone number, don’t open your
Door if you don’t know him/them!
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How do you do that!
We all want our own custom wallpaper in our cell phones, so we
load this app, that app and before you know it your cell phone is
running slow because your phone has barely enough memory left
to run. So, let me show you a simple way to create your lock
screen wallpaper for the iPhone (in this case for an iPhone 4s, by
the way this works for all cell phones) using Paint in Windows 7.
1: open paint and select Resize. In the menu unclick "Maintain Aspect
Ratio" and change to Pixels. Now enter the pixels size shown in the
2: select your picture and right click on it and on menu that will
pop up select Edit.
3: Windows will open a second Edit, go to View and click one or
two times (depend on size of picture and monitor size)
4: Click on select (as shown in picture
below) select Crop.
5: When done click at the
lil icon on the top left
hand side (above the tablet
icon) select “Save as” then
select JPEG picture. A
window will pop up name
it then save it.
After up loading it to your iPhone this is how it looks!
This was another one I did
I use 4Shared to transfer to and from my iPhone and Android
phone, it is on iTunes Apps, go to https://www.4shared.com/ for
How to Have the Smartest Home on the Block
(NewsUSA) - With all the talk about smart technology and connected homes, you
may be wondering why you should take notice. After all, it is not that difficult or
inconvenient to turn your lights on and off.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), smart technology is not
just about convenience. It is not even just about lighting. It is also about energy
efficiency and safety.
Smart technology allows you to connect your home's electronic devices to one
device, such as a phone, tablet or computer. Having a connected home means you
have the ability to adjust your thermostat, open and close window shades, and
activate your security system remotely, or program those devices to operate
automatically at pre-set times.
Efficiency is important, but safety is paramount. With the ability to connect to your
home's devices from anywhere in the world comes the peace of mind of not
wondering if your security system is activated and knowing your outside and inside
lights will be on before you arrive home after dark.
Home automation apps make it a snap to change your room into the perfect setting
for different activities. For example, for movie night, a system like Lutron's Caseta
Wireless can be pre-programmed to adjust all the lights in your family room to set
the scene for a great movie-watching experience.
If installing and operating smart technology equipment sounds complicated and
expensive, it's not. According to the ALA, there are some simple and surprisingly
inexpensive options available on today's market.
A number of ALA-member manufacturers, including Legrand, Lutron Electronics,
Philips and Acuity Brands Lighting offer reasonably priced, easy-to-install
automation products designed to make your home more comfortable, convenient
and safe. In many cases, it just takes simple retrofitting of an existing dimmer
Erik Anderson, national sales manager for Lutron Electronics, explains that the
Caseta Wireless is very retrofittable into existing homes. "All you have to do is take
your existing dimmer or switch out of the wall and replace it with a Caseta dimmer
or switch, add a smart bridge and you have the ability to control it from an app, or
from voice control with Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri," says Anderson.
For added ease, Lutron's Caseta Wireless system can be integrated with Apple,
Amazon or Google platforms for use inside your home. And when you are outside,
an app or geofencing allows you to adjust your inside and/or outside lights, even
before you arrive home. That will make your home welcoming to you and your
To learn more about making your home smarter, stop by your local ALA-member
lighting showroom to see the latest technology for home environment automation.
Go online to DesignVideos Lighting to view a video from Lutron as well as
lighting-trends videos from other ALA-member lighting manufacturers. Find more
about all things lighting at AmericanLightingAssoc.com.
Note from Rodrigo Esperanza;
21 st century folks and I can say with enthusiasm two thumbs
up, mine work like a charm!
Send your biz card in pdf to email@example.com or mail to Computer-Ease,
Po BOX 8619 Michigan City In 46360
Secret Tip Scroll
2. Hold apple key + s key down after you hear the
chime. (command + s on newer Macs)
3. When you get text prompt enter in these terminal
commands to create a brand new admin account
(hitting return after each line):
mount -uw /
shutdown -h now
4. After rebooting you should have a brand new
admin account. When you login as the new admin
you can simply delete the old one and your good to
Should We Really Try to Teach
Everyone to Code?
Courtesy of ScratchJr.org
Courtesy of ScratchJr.org
It’s hard to read a blog or news site these days
without stumbling across an article about why
everyone should learn to code. It’s a rallying cry that’s
given rise to organizations like Codecademy and
Code.org. It’s even cracked the national political
agenda, with ex US House Majority Leader Eric
Cantor having declared that “becoming literate in code is as essential to being literate in
language and math.”
The icing on the cake was an article about ScratchJr, a new iPad app described as “coding for
Kindergarten.” Like Cantor, the app’s creators believe that coding is a new type of literacy that
should be available to everyone, starting at a young age. Yes, now even your 5-year-old can
get in on the coding action, and build their own stories and interactive games.
Software Is ‘Eating the World,’ But There Aren’t Enough
Programmers to Keep Up
Don’t get me wrong: I think the intent of all these “learn to code” initiatives is good. After all,
the ability to build apps has never been a more desirable — and critical — skill.
Just look around you. Apps now manage nearly every aspect of our lives, personally and
professionally. We have dozens of apps on our smartphones and tablets for our finances,
fitness and everything in between; and we rely on nearly as many to do our jobs. On top of
that, apps are quickly taking over our thermostats, cars and just about every device we own.
Marc Andreessen’s statement that “software is eating the world” rings truer than ever before.
That’s why teaching everybody to build apps is such a noble and necessary pursuit, especially
in business. Industries that have existed for hundreds of years are being radically disrupted
and transformed by apps. The demand for custom software has never been higher, and the
notion that traditional IT departments will be able to keep pace is laughable. According to a
recent McKinsey study, 87 percent of IT leaders rate themselves poorly in terms of their ability
to bring new ideas to market quickly.
If businesses truly want to truly become innovative app companies, they need to turn every
department into an IT department and make every employee part of the innovation process. If
someone in marketing or finance or HR has an idea for a new app, they should be able to take
matters in their own hands.
Having Everyone Learn to Code is the App-Dev Equivalent of
Creating ‘a Faster Horse’
While everyone today needs to be an app developer, is learning to code really the answer?
Henry Ford said that, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster
horses.” I view everyone learning to code as app development’s version of a faster horse.
What we all really want — and need — is a car.
The industry is falling back on code because for most people, it’s the only thing they know. If
you want to build an application, you have to code it. And if you want to build more apps, then
you have to teach more people how to code, right?
Instead, shouldn’t we be asking whether coding is really the best way to build apps in the first
place? Sure, code will always have a place in the world, but is it the language for the masses?
Is it what we should be teaching everyone, including our kids? Or are there other, easier and
more intuitive ways to build apps? In order to empower everyone to build apps, we need to
focus on bringing greater abstraction and automation to the app development process. We
need to remove code — and all its complexity — from the equation.
My advice? Don’t teach everyone how to code. Teach them how to identify and understand
needs, as well as how to visually express logic. Teach them how technology works, so they can
understand the realm of possibility and then envision game-changing innovations. And then
create an environment where they don’t even have to think about writing code — where
building great apps is as easy as using iTunes. Just drag and drop.
Once we remove the friction from building the next killer app, we’ll finally make the leap from
a horse to a car. And then the innovation race will be on.
Gottfried Sehringer is vice president of marketing for Mendix.
12 Sites That Will Teach You Coding for Free
John Rampton • Entrepreneur VIP
There was a time when knowing how to program was for the geekiest of geeks. That’s not exactly the case
today. As most entrepreneurs, freelancers and marketers will tell you, learning how to program can help you
succeed. Over the past year, I've been learning to code. It's helped me to become a much better entrepreneur -- I
can dive in when my team needs to fix a few bugs on the site.
You don’t even need to shell out a ton of money or put yourself in debt to learn how to code, either. These 12
places offer coding courses for free:
One of the most popular free places to learn coding is CodeAcademy. In fact, more than 24 million people have
already learned how to code through this educational company’s engaging experience. At CodeAcademy, you
can dive right in and take courses that teach you everything from HTML &
Related: Want to Take Your Business to the Next Level? Boost Your Marketing and Coding Skills.
Founded in 2012, Coursera has grown into a major for-profit educational-technology company that has offered
more than 1,000 courses from 119 institutions. While you can pay for certain programs to receive a certificate,
there are a number of free introductory programming courses in various specializations from universities such
as the University of Washington, Stanford, the University of Toronto and Vanderbilt.
EdX is another leading online-learning platform that is open source instead of for-profit. It was founded by
Harvard University and MIT in 2012, so you know that you’ll learn about cutting-edge technologies and
theories. Today, edX includes 60 schools. You probably can’t go wrong with the free Introduction to Computer
Science from Harvard University.
Founded in 2010, Udemy is an online learning platform that can be used as a way to improve or learn job skills.
While there are courses you have to pay for, there are plenty of free programming courses, which are taught via
video lessons, such as Programming for Entrepreneurs - HTML & CSS or Introduction to Python Programming.
AGupieWare is an independent app developer that surveyed computer-science programs from some of the
leading institutions in the U.S. It then created a similar curriculum based on the free courses offered by
Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Berkeley and Columbia. The program was then broken into 15 courses: three
introductory classes, seven core classes and five electives.
While you won’t actually receive credit, it’s a perfect introductory program for prospective computer
Sometimes, you need to recall a reference book when you’re stuck on a problem. That's GitHub. You can find
more than 500 free programming books that cover more than 80 different programming languages on the
popular web-based Git repository hosting service, which means that it’s frequently updated by collaborators.
7. MIT Open Courseware
If you’ve already learned the basics, and went to get into something a bit heavier -- such as exploring the theory
behind coding -- take advantage of MIT’s free courseware site that includes classes such as Introduction to
Computer Science and Programming, Introduction to Programming in Java and Practical Programming in C.
Here is a list of resources if you are getting serious about studying computer science.
Related: GitHub Is Said to Hit $2 Billion Valuation With New Investment Round
This is a community of developers, which include some high-profile developers such as Bram Cohen, the
inventor of BitTorrent. There, you can perfect your programming skills by learning from some of the leading
developers in the world.
9. Code Avengers
Based out of New Zealand, Code Avengers provides fun and interactive programming courses that will teach
to complete and is available in English, Russian, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and Portuguese.
10. Khan Academy
Created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan, Khan Academy is one of the original free online-learning
institutions. With step-by-step video tutorials, you can learn how to program drawings, animations and games
11. Free Food Camp
networking and joining a community of professionals and students. You’ll even work together on your coding
skills so that you can build apps for free. Here’s the catch: you’re learning those skills and building helps to
help solve real-world problems. Code is available to nonprofits.
12. HTML5 Rocks
This Google project launched in 2010 to counter Apple’s HTML5. The site is full of tutorials, resources and the
latest HTML5 updates. It’s open source, so developers can play around with HTML5 code. Because this is more
advanced than most introductory courses, you may want to gain some knowledge and experience before
Learning code used to require access to expensive books and classes, but no longer. I highly recommend that
every entrepreneur learns to code. Still wondering if you need to code? Here is a programmer guide I put
together to show you every step I took to become an entrepreneur that codes!
Five Reasons You Need Cell Phone Insurance Now
(NewsUSA) - Not long ago we only used cell phones to make calls or send
cryptic, short-hand text messages. Now, we rely on our phones for storing
our contacts and calendar appointments, watching videos, checking email,
managing our connected devices and, of course, keeping up on social
media. In fact, phones have become such a crucial part of our lives that
many people sleep with them.
So when your phone becomes lost, stolen, or damaged, it can send the
most unflappable of us into a panic. Which is why, most industry experts
agree, it is worth considering cell phone insurance.
For those who may still be on the fence about cell phone insurance,
1. Despite monthly premiums and deductibles, insurance can save owners
money. The average retail price of a new smartphone is $590; even higher
for a basic iPhone 7 ($649). More than 70 percent of phone claims are
filed within the first year. This means that customers with phone insurance
who file a claim at month 12 on an iPhone 7 can save $318 - $342 on a
replacement phone after premiums and deductibles.
2. Most after-market "protection plans" are extended warranty plans which
only cover accidental damage and malfunctions. Only a cell phone
insurance and warranty bundle -- available through most wireless carriers -
- covers loss, theft and damage. This is important because one in four
phone claims last year were from loss or theft, according to the nation's
leading mobile insurance provider Asurion.
3. Most cell phone insurance programs through wireless carriers include
cracked screen repair for smartphones with a lower deductible than what
you would pay for a replacement device, and often lower than a consumer
would pay to take it to a repair shop.
4. Shoppers now pay the full cost of their phones either up front or in
monthly installments. Those who have a loss or theft before they've paid
off the installments will still have to make the remaining payments. What's
more, without insurance you could be left with both the remaining
installments and the payments for a new phone. With a 128 GB iPhone 7
Plus, at 6 months a customer could still owe nearly $700 on their old
phone while trying to pay for a new one.
5. For the customer that can't imagine being without their beloved cell
phone, most carrier cell phone insurance programs provide a replacement
device the next day. Replacement devices through the major wireless
carriers are backed by a 1-year warranty providing shoppers with peace of
mind should they have any mechanical or electrical issues.
Note from Editor;
I highly recommend you should heed the recommendations in this article
we all depend a lot on our cell phones!
Oh That Command Line
By Big Poppa Welcome our new writer and tech to CE Magazine
If you are like me, then you very rarely use your computer for a single application. There are
times when I have to have several applications open in order to accomplish a single project. I
may have Word open for documentation, Excel to process data, Vision for ERD reference and
more often than not one or two databases. This does not include the specialized applications
that are for daily operations.
As long as everything goes along smoothly things can progress and work can get done.
But what happens when one of your open applications freezes up and refuses to close? You
can take a chance on the old Ctl-Alt-Del method and run the risk of having the entire PC lock
up loosing everything that you have done or you can use the Command Line to surgically close
the offending program.
The Command Line can be a bit intimidating but it is in fact a very easy to use and useful
tool. Here is a quick and easy way to close any application or process on your PC without
risking the Blue Screen of Death.
First open the Run command window.
This is located in the Accessories folder in the
start menu or you can type Run into the search
box in the task bar on Windows 10. You will see
taskmgr.exe, and you will then see this:
Click on OK and this will take you to the
Command Line function. After the carat type
This will open the
Manager. In the
Applications tab you
will see all of the
applications that are
currently open on the
PC along with their
In the illustration below you will see that RegVac is the application that has stopped working
as its status is listed as Not Responding.
To end the application without endangering anything else simply highlight the app in the list
and then click on the End Task button. The application will be forcibly closed. Now you can
simply exit out of Task Manager as well as the Command Line, reopen the application that
failed on you and continue where you left off.
There are many other advantages to taking the time to learn about the Command Line.
Once you get used to it you may find yourself using it more often than not. It is usually quicker
than trying to hunt down an obscure link that you thought you had on the desktop.
Another really slick trick is in the fact that most commands used in command line can be
run directly from the Start>Run menu. We will take a look at some of those in the near future.
Until then, Fair Winds and Following Seas.
By Nomar Shaw
Face it, money is tight and everything else keeps going up in price like
cars, gasoline, food, clothing, gas, electricity, electronics and if you are
like the rest of us trying to make that old computer last. Now there is
nothing wrong with having an old Windows XP Pro computer to do work
on it. Mine is an old Hp Pavilion with Windows XP home with Microsoft
works with Mozilla Firefox version 32.0, by the way, with old computers
stick to Firefox if you need to be on the internet. Found a lcd monitor at a
garage sale last summer for $15, so, lcd monitor, new keyboard $5 and
$5 mouse all for $25 plus and hour and half of my time a up and running
Computer. The pictures of this pavilion, is one Pete overhauled back to
factory condition, he ran it for 10 hrs, wrapped it and put on the shelf for
$35. Oh, why he won’t put it in Computer-Ease Catalog? He said it’s not
worth it, but, if someone inquires about it he’ll sell it. So the following
pictures are of that computer is identical to mine, so Cheap or Frugal?
Text us with your thoughts!!!!
Come a Long Way Baby!
Happy Birthday, Sinclair ZX81 Computer!
BY Chris Higgins
March 5, 2017
On March 5, 1981, Sinclair Research launched the ZX81 home computer in the U.K. (It was also known as the
Timex-Sinclair TS1000 in the U.S.) It came with just one kilobyte of memory, and was a self-contained unit
with a rather crappy keyboard. The keyboard didn't have moving key switches; instead it used membrane
buttons similar to those often used on microwave ovens.
Despite its limitations, the ZX81 was a revolution, because it cost just £49.95 in the U.K.—massively cheaper
than anything else on the market. It was also available in normal retail stores, rather than specialty computer
It really was the people's computer, and for many it was their introduction to home computing and computer
programming. Incidentally, at that cheap price, it was a kit you assembled at home (a soldering iron was
required). You'd have to pay an extra £20 if you wanted a pre-assembled unit. In the U.S., the fully-assembled
unit cost $149.95.
The ZX81 was also expandable. You could upgrade it from its RAM using an external cartridge to bring it up to
16k—making it vastly more usable for real work. If you needed to store programs, you saved them on cassette
tapes using a tape recorder. This was a finicky process, as you had to fiddle with the volume to get things just
right...but for the price, it was unbeatable.
The ZX81/TS1000 sold millions, despite its limitations. Although it didn't take over the computing world, its
serious focus on retail price made it a common computer in the early home computing market. (My family had
one!) It was literally a fraction of the price of competing systems. Here's a detailed remembrance of the ZX81,
showing some of what it could (and could not) do:
Computer Magazine From The Past!
Just when had the money for that
Laptop you wanted!!
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