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Rodrigo Esperanza : Nomar Shaw
Diane G : Big Papa
Guest Writers On This Month issue
Tech support alert
Short cut mania
In our April Issue Vol. 8
6 Hey Pete!
11 Digitally crossing over those CD’s
& Records part 2! By Rodrigo
15 Biz Cards board!! Hey its free
16 Secret Scroll Tip
17 Is Cloud Security a Safe Bet for Your
Data? Submitted by our Editor
20 Increasingly Complex Infotainment
Systems Place Heavy Demands on
Drivers and Driver Safety
Submitted by our Editor
24 Digital Coloring Old Black &
White Photographs By Nomar Shaw
28 A bit of computer history and the
people who made possible!
30 What to do when the printer locks
Up by Big Papa
33 Computer Advertizing From The
34 Computer of the month!
Somewhere in the western mountains
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little tighter, kiss you a little longer, and tell you that I love you
one more time.
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From Pete’s Desk!
Welcome and thank you for reading CE magazine.
Our digital world is our may issue title and we cover
a small sample on that title. Part 2 of Rodrigo‟s
digitally crossing over those CD’s & Records is
how to burn those beautiful songs from that old
record. He uses Windows Media Player to show the
simplicity on how easy is to do it. In Hey Pete I
cover on who make labels and for demo purpose I use Nero Suite which is one of
the best user friendly software on the market, there is a link to Amazon for Nero
Suite in my article.
Nomar Shaw Put together a very interesting article on Digital Coloring Old Black
& White Photographs were he colored some of my old photos from 60+ years ago
and may I say a fantastic job he did. If you have thought about it then do try it is
easy and a lot of fun! Our Editor Pamela Kennoy submitted two articles that it is a
must read, one is about Cloud Security and the other one Demands on Drivers and
Driver Safety about digital technology in cars and here we thought cell phone were
bad for texting and driving.
Our newest page is on the back of the magazine and it‟s Computer of the Month
and its desktop‟s or laptop‟s that have been refurbished by Computer-Ease up for
sale… give it a look
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outside source put it in an envelope and send it to Computer-Ease, Po Box 8619,
Michigan City In 46360, we will scan it and put it on the board.
Any comments or questions we will gladly answer them put it on our next issue for
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How do you do that!
How to make your own CD and CD Cover label!
This How-To is how to make your own CD label for that music cd you just made,
so, let‟s begin. This time we have to use external software to make that cd label so
before you go running to the store the only thing you need is CD Labels. Which is
best? I usually use Memorex and most stores sell them for around $10 and if you
click on the following link you can download the software for Free that Memorex
--- Note: all links on CE Magazine have been tested for secure downloads ----
Your disketchpsetup.exe will be in your download file, now if you‟re personal file
(Usually it has your user name) is not on your desktop the go to the windows button
down on the left side of the screen. Click on it and in the blank box were it says
“search programs and files” type in “download” click on it when you see it,
normally at the top of the list. Look for
disketchpsetup.exe and double click on
(left button on the mouse) after a few
seconds this will pop up ().
Just click next, DO NOT CLICK ON
ANY THING BUT THE NEXT
It will install automatically and then you will get to the desktop of the program like
the one below.
Select the 2 nd button from the bottom up then you should get the next screen….
In the Memorex cd label you will find an instruction sheet in how to select the right
blank cd label. I personally use Nero and I will be using it for this presentation. I
started with NCH yrs ago and its good simple program to begin your artistic side. If
you decide to have Nero instead you can buy Nero suite for $29.98 from Amazon
and here is the link;
In my example below is the easiest way to make a custom cd label, Just scan
your record covers and save it as a picture and then over lay it, with Nero go to
Object on the top bar and select Insert them Image, see next image…
From here a window opens all you have to do look for your scanned cover and
Click Open. So you‟re happy the way it looks so now you want to do a cover for
the jewel case (cd case), down below (red arrow) click on Booklet (front). But
before you do that, right click on the picture and from the menu that shows up select
“copy”. Now, go to to “Booklet” right click again and select paste as shown
Play with your fonts then save your project, now you‟re going to print, select “File”
(at the top left) then scroll down to print and click on it, then your print menu will
come up select Elements tab and check what you want to print 1 st . I always select
disk 1 st to make sure it‟s perfectly in the disk label boundaries.
So there you are, play around and make your fair amount of mistakes and before
you know it PERFECTION!!!!!
Here is another sample and yes this was crossed from a record and remastered
digitally… Later folks!
Digitally crossing over those CD’s
Burning those tracks to CD
Now, you‟re ready to burn those songs you
ripped from your records, but hold on for a
second! If you installed the software that we talked about in last month‟s issue then
you would have noticed it made each track separate from the other, so, if you had
12 tracks on the record, you have 12 tracks saved. Oh, by the way, buy CD‟s and if
you can find it CD‟s for music recording either one is good.
1: Check each track with the record listing and on note pad or a paper tablet write
down the song title and track number, sometimes the tracks are saved in a different
Click on Windows media player down
on the bar as seen on picture 1.
Now if you have never used it then do
the following as picture 2, click the
select button for “Recommended
settings” then hit next.
When media opens you are greeted
with this, but, we need the menu
tools to work it so as in picture 3
right click where “A” is at, a menu
will open then left click on
“View”. A 2 nd menu will open
scroll down to “Show menu bar”
left click it and now we have our
menu bar to work it.
Now go to the top left side of the windows
media player and you will see this as shown in
picture 4. Click on file and then select open and
you will get a window that says OPEN as
point use the
left side in
search for the
file that has
On the right
side of the
click the 1 st track, press and hold down the shift key, click the last track and they
will highlight like in picture 6 below then click open.
Play – Burn –Sync
As you can see the music you just selected and
opened is on the right side and playing the 1 st
track on the list. If you look below your play
button will look like this “ll” click on it and it
will stop, and looking like the play button
below. On right side at the top click Burn.
In the “Burn” tab use the command
“Import 'Unsaved list'” click on it and you should get all
your music under the play tab listed under “Burn”. Now
open your cd/dvd player/burner put a blank cd and you‟re
ready to burn when it looks like
picture at the right (Note: I used a
dvd just to show how it will look,
it will show a icon with cd
underneath) now hit the start
button and the recording session
will start, any prompts it shows you is very easy to follow.
For a cd cover label and case cover read “HEY PETE” the
boss will show you how to do it and come out good. So
there you have it we made our 1 st music cd all with
window operating sys, this works with Windows XP all
the way to Windows 10 with some minor changes along
the way. All the projects and how-to‟s are one done on
Windows 7 home Premium. If you have any questions please E-mail me at
email@example.com on subject line put Rodrigo and I will gladly answer you
CHOW FOR NOW
If you can’t contact me, please call
Joy W Pawlak @ 219.861.9992
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Po BOX 8619 Michigan City IN 46360
Secret Tip Scroll
Chromebooks have limited local storage, but you’re encouraged not to use it,
and Google Drive appears as an option whenever you download something
from the web. To have Chrome OS save files straight to Google Drive with no
prompt, open up the Settings dialog then click Show advanced settings.
Under Downloads, click Change, then specify your Google Drive (or any folder
inside it), and click on Open. Back on the Settings screen, untick the box
marked Ask where to save each file before downloading. The change is
saved automatically and new downloads will go straight to your cloud storage.
Is Cloud Security a Safe Bet for Your Data
Is Cloud Security a
Safe Bet for Your
by Danish Wadhwa
About 64% of IT experts consider cloud a better and secure place to run business
applications as compared to legacy systems. But a closer look at data reveals that 38
percent of them see the Cloud only as a secure place rather than a highly secure
platform. Considering this thought, a quarter of respondents are unsure of qualitywhether
a platform has the edge over other platforms when it comes to privacy
challenges. And 10 percent of them do not trust on the efficacy of cloud security
A recent data breaches at Target, Home Depot and in the Apple iCloud have gained
a lot of hype with media constantly asking experts regarding cloud security.
Actually, the attacks were the results of human mistakes, and the cloud was not
responsible for these attacks. In the case of Target, Home Depot, the third party
vendors were responsible for giving access to personal information to hackers, but
still, the cloud is seen as the culprit.
These type of breaches along with a lack of knowledge related to technicalities of
cloud safety usually prevent businesses to shift to or make the most of the cloud.
This post sheds light on cloud security and guides on the latest technologies and
advancements in the cloud which ensures that cloud is a better place for data
storage and other business operations.
How is Microsoft making a difference by launching Office apps on the Apple
This advancement may change the perception towards cloud security. Now, you
get double benefits by standardizing on office 365 as Microsoft has launched apps
that are in sync to cloud and comes for free to those who pay the monthly Web
usage storage fees.
The use of console to manage cloud servers and data center services allows you
work on various tasks, for example, managing accounts, controlling Amazon Elastic
Compute Cloud (EC2) features, and setting passwords.
Basic6 brings a twist here as the dashboard works for Box and AWS
simultaneously in real time. The management of features using a tree structure on
the left pane is an important characteristic of it. Moreover, the console manages an
audit trail while keeping a check on what changes were made to which cloud
Most developers face difficulty when writing code for the cloud, but Box has made
it easy. Through Box View, even non-technical people can upload a business
document and create rich HTML sites with an integrated document viewer. So
cloud will continue to grow when it comes to developing custom apps and features
that cater to business requirements.
How is AWS taking security to next level?
The ideas mentioned below will make you more confident in cloud security.
AWS holds your data on multiple self-healing hard disks which provide a strong
back up in case of disasters and attacks. It significantly enhances durability with
more than 20,000 files stored on AWS cloud, so there is a chance to lose a single
file every 10 million years. Moreover, you can automate replication to other cloud
providers which ease overall migration process.
Encryption is important, and if you lose your keys, your data is still safe as no
one- you, me, Amazon, Google or the NSA could read your data as your key is the
only way to get access to.
Do you know the US government stores data in AWS? Here is the reason why?
Amazon Web Services safeguards the global infrastructure that controls and
manages all of the services which AWS cloud offers. This global infrastructure
consists of the hardware, software, networking, etc. The cloud of AWS is
expanding, giving new opportunities to cloud enthusiasts to learn more through
AWS training and become AWS certified solution architect.
Cloud empowered vending machines that improve customer personalization
A new way to deliver a value-added experience for consumers is SAP Hana which
is a new touchscreen vending machine based on cloud software. How does it work?
The machine has a smartphone in it to run every transaction on the cloud, and then
we work on analytics. For example, you can measure the inventory to replenish a
machine, and if a machine is close to being empty, you can fill it up on time.
Therefore, the cloud facilitates analytics processing and helps meet demands,
without any upfront requiring capital investment.
With an increase in the number of Cloud users, business efficiency, better access to
data and security is likely to get better with time. These benefits are likely to
automate every business operation. The advent of Big data, virtual reality and the
Internet of Things (IoT) along with cloud is likely to empower the future of
computing. More reliance on cloud services will eliminate remaining security
concerns, and we will have more examples to explain why the cloud is a better
place than antiquated on-premises systems.
Increasingly Complex Infotainment Systems Place Heavy Demands on Drivers
and Driver Safety
Infotainment systems are now standard in nearly all new vehicles. In fact,
infotainment displays increasingly control everything from radio stations and
volume to thermostat, navigation, cellphone calls. Instrumentation clusters are also
rapidly converting from analog dials to digital displays. Drivers expect that these
new display systems are there to make driving easier and safer. Regrettably, just the
opposite can be true.
Serious Risk to Drivers
According to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, new
vehicle infotainment systems pose a serious risk to drivers. One in three U.S. adults
use infotainment systems while driving. Improperly designed in-vehicle displays
require more effort from drivers to see and comprehend. The traffic safety study
examined both visual and cognitive demands using the infotainment systems in 30
new 2017 vehicles. Study participants were asked to use touch-screen and other
interactive technologies while driving.
Drivers who used touch-screen infotainment systems took their hands, eyes, and
mind off the road for more than 24 seconds. Programming navigation systems took
an average of 40 seconds for drivers to complete, calling for drivers to take their
eyes completely off the road. As many as 23 systems called for high or very high
levels of demand on drivers. None called for low levels of demand for the driver‟s
attention. At just 25 mph, a driver can travel four football fields in the time it takes
to enter a destination in navigation.
Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that
taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles the risk of a crash. The
infotainment features in most 2017 vehicles are so distracting they should not be
used while driving. Current infotainment technologies simply don‟t mix well with
the demands of safe driving. Researchers hope that these and similar studies will
help automakers and system designers improve the functionality of new
infotainment systems making it faster to interpret content and reducing the
distraction demands placed on drivers.
Reducing “Dwell’ Time
One way to reduce the distraction level of infotainment system displays is to give
them the built-in flexibility to reduce dwell time (time to interpret content on the
display) during sudden changes in ambient light. Vehicle infotainment and
instrumentation cluster display systems are viewed under rapidly varying lighting
conditions. Drivers strain to see and rapidly interpret the content in these changing
ambient driving conditions because our eyes see color and contrast differently
depending on ambient light, age and other factors. For instance, very bright sun
shining on a display can make it also impossible for a driver or passenger to make
out the content. What‟s needed is a technology that addresses how drivers perceive
the content on the displays. Improved readability in bright light driving conditions
can reduce driver display dwell time and increase driver and passenger safety.
Conversely, improved readability in dark driving conditions can reduce the cabin
brightness, thereby reducing the impact on a driver's night vision to increase safety.
Improving Readability in Bright and Dark Driving Conditions
What‟s needed, some say, is a display technology that can improve readability in
different ambient driving conditions and ideally can also adjust to match the age of
the viewers eyes. Straining to read display screens takes a driver's eyes off the road
that much longer. New category of display technology called “perceptual
processing” has recently become available that will improve the readability of
automotive displays in bright and dark driving conditions, which limit the length of
time a driver's gaze is fixed on the display. This perceptual processing technology
can reduce dwell time significantly. If the perceptual technology can also be
implemented in software, then this can also enable rapid low-cost integration of this
new display improvement technology as it can be OS and GPU agnostic.
Automotive display systems that adapt this new form of perceptual display
processing technology can also apply the technology to reduce display brightness
by 50% or more, which offers the added benefits of reducing power and heat,
prolonging the life of display panels, reducing heat dissipation costs and reducing
battery drain for electric vehicles.
Early Adopters Offer Solutions
Some car manufacturers have found solutions like IRYStec‟s Perceptual Display
Platform (PDP) technology helpful in increasing display readability. Mr. SG Kim of
Hyundai Motor notes, “We have been working with IRYStec on their PDP
technology to improve the display experience and are impressed how we can
dynamically and in real time improve readability of content on an automotive
display in dark and bright driving conditions making the experience better, but also
Francesco Biondi, a researcher from the University of Utah, which was
commissioned by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shares similar sentiments.
“Our collaborative research with AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that
the latest automotive infotainment systems increase the potential for distraction, by
taking the driver‟s eyes off the road. Two second viewing time is enough to double
the risk of a crash, according to previous research. IRYStec‟s approach to
improving readability in dark and bright driving conditions can help and has the real
potential for improving driving safety.”
Other automotive manufacturers are exploring how this new category of display
enhancing technology, perceptual display processing, could also lead to a lower cost
display as perceptual technology can increase the “perceived contrast” which in turn
could mean meeting the ISO-15008 contrast standard, by using a display panel with
lower contrast ratio which is less expensive.
With auto manufacturers in a headlong rush to add captivating digital
instrumentation clusters and infotainment systems, displays are becoming larger
and more prominent. The goal then shifts to displays that must adapt to the ambient
light and to personalizing the viewing experience to ensure readability making
Based in Montreal, Canada, IRYStec Software is a leading innovator of perceptual
display processing technology. Providing Perceptual Display Platform (PDP)
embedded software solutions, IRYStec enables consumer device and automotive
OEMs to revolutionize their display device viewing experience and performance.
IRYStec‟s technology leadership is complemented by a world-wide Technology
Advisory Board actively working with IRYStec R&D resulting in an impressive
combined and historical depth of display research expertise. Call: 1 514 227 5132
or email: email@example.com for more information.
Digital Coloring Old
Black & White Photographs
By Nomar Shaw
Let‟s face the reality, the digital world is here to stay and that statement opens up a
universe of tremendous possibilities, from aviation, cars, digitally designs boats and
on and on. Which bring us to those old black and white photographs, I will show
you how to color them and bring new life to them and the software I will be using is
Black Magic you can go their site for more info if you want to by it. This has to be
the best and easiest program to learn and the results are excellent, here is the boss
with his dad when he was finished from being baptized.
The color of the flowers was an educated guess, after scanning I used Corel Paint to
make the grey uniform by selecting Grayscale 16 bit after correcting all the little
blemishes. Then I saved it and opened it in Black Magic from there I started with
his dad‟s face then suit, with the fine point his hands and around the boss‟s
baptismal gown and did his face. Trees were a series of overlaps of different greens
and blues, you will learn that 16 bit grayscale have a certain quality that only the
right color will stick. This picture took about 3 hrs to do and as I got better it
Oh, and the water scene even more exciting to do and the result can be a piece to
talk about as the next two pictures show!
I used all the shades of blue to show the different depth of the bay along with the
rocks in the water. Below is Black Magic and its simplicity!
Here is a quick sample on the ease of this program!
The boss found this old WWII photo washed out, he used Corel Paint converted it
to grayscale 16 bit then used Black Magic‟
Here is another sample from the boss collection that he did with Black Magic for
someone he knows.
You are in control now and it is your restoration or fantasy, have fun!
Thanks for the boss letting me use and color his pictures…
A bit of computer history and the people who made possible!
Born: New York, New York, December 9, 1906
Died: Arlington, Virginia, January 1, 1992
Pioneer Computer Scientist
The new discipline of computing and the sciences that
depend upon it have led the way in making space for
women's participation on an equal basis. That was in
some ways true for Grace Murray Hopper, and it is all
the more true for women today because of Hopper's
Grace Brewster Murray graduated from Vassar with a B.A. in mathematics in 1928
and worked under algebraist Oystein Ore at Yale for her M.A. (1930) and Ph.D.
(1934). She married Vincent Foster Hopper, an educator, in 1930 and began
teaching mathematics at Vassar in 1931. She had achieved the rank of associate
professor in 1941 when she won a faculty fellowship for study at New York
University's Courant Institute for Mathematics.
Hopper had come from a family with military traditions, thus it was not surprising
to anyone when she resigned her Vassar post to join the Navy WAVES (Women
Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) in December 1943. She was
commissioned a lieutenant in July 1944 and reported to the Bureau of Ordnance
Computation Project at Harvard University, where she was the third person to join
the research team of professor (and Naval Reserve lieutenant) Howard H. Aiken.
She recalled that he greeted her with the words, "Where the hell have you been?"
and pointed to his electromechanical Mark I computing machine, saying "Here,
compute the coefficients of the arc tangent series by next Thursday."
Hopper plunged in and learned to program the machine, putting together a 500-page
Manual of Operations for the Automatic Sequence-Controlled Calculator in which
she outlined the fundamental operating principles of computing machines. By the
end of World War II in 1945, Hopper was working on the Mark II version of the
machine. Although her marriage was dissolved at this point, and though she had no
children, she did not resume her maiden name. Hopper was appointed to the
Harvard faculty as a research fellow, and in 1949 she joined the newly formed
Hopper never again held only one job at a time. She remained associated with
Eckert-Mauchly and its successors (Remington-Rand, Sperry-Rand, and Univac)
until her official "retirement" in 1971. Her work took her back and forth among
institutions in the military, private industry, business, and academe. In December
1983 she was promoted to commodore in a ceremony at the White House. When the
post of commodore was merged with that of rear admiral, two years later, she
became Admiral Hopper. She was one of the first software engineers and, indeed,
one of the most incisive strategic "futurists" in the world of computing.
Perhaps her best-known contribution to computing was the invention of the
compiler, the intermediate program that translates English language instructions
into the language of the target computer. She did this, she said, because she was
lazy and hoped that "the programmer may return to being a mathematician." Her
work embodied or foreshadowed enormous numbers of developments that are now
the bones of digital computing: subroutines, formula translation, relative
addressing, the linking loader, code optimization, and even symbolic manipulation
of the kind embodied in Mathematica and Maple.
Throughout her life, it was her service to her country of which she was most proud.
Appropriately, Admiral Hopper was buried with full Naval honors at Arlington
National Cemetery on January 7, 1992.
What to do when the printer locks up.
It happens to all of us at one time or another. You just finish
up that spreadsheet or the letter that you needed to write.
Maybe you have found that perfect pancake recipe and just have to print it out for
future reference. You hit the print button, look toward the printer in anticipation and
nothing happens. You reach over and give the printer a good shake, maybe pull the
paper out and put it back in and still no signs of compliance from the printer. So
now what do you do?
The first thing to do is to check the print queue. This can be done by right clicking
on the printer icon located at the bottom of the screen in the system tray. In the
small window that opens click on the name of your printer and that will take you to
the print queue. Here you will find the document that you were trying to print. If
you are lucky it will be the only document listed in the queue. If not, then there
could be several that have been sitting there for who knows how long. Either way at
this point you can right click on any document in the queue and be able to cancel or
restart the print job. If you decide to cancel the print job and you click on the button
and nothing happens then you will have to escalate your efforts.
If you have tried unsuccessfully to delete or restart you print job then the print
spooler may be the culprit. The print spooler is the interface between your PC and
printer that controls just about everything involved in printing anything.
To access your print spooler, enter: „services.msc‟ into your search bar or start
menu and hit enter. This will open the services management console and allow you
to shut down and restart the spooler.
the print spooler and a menu will appear allowing you to stop and restart the
spooler. Once you have accomplished this then go back to your document and try
the print job again. If it works then you are good to go, if not then you will need to
clear out the print queue.
There are two ways to clear out the print queue that are relatively painless.
The first is to shut down printer and then shut down the PC. This method works
most of the time but not always. A sure-fire way is to manually clear out the print
In order to manually clear the print queue, you will need to stop the print
spooler as we discussed earlier. Once you have the spooler stopped keep your
services.msc window open, launch File Explorer from the Start Menu or the
taskbar. In the address bar of File Explorer enter the following:
„C:\Windows|System32\Spool\Printers‟ and then hit enter. This will take you to the
print queue repository. This file holds all of the print jobs that are in the queue.
Delete everything in this folder, close File Explorer and then restart the print
spooler. You can now close out the services.msc window and return to printing your
If your print job still fails, then go to Printer Properties and try to print a test
page. Printer Properties can be accessed through the Control Panel > Devices path
or through the Printers path on the start menu. If you are unable to print a test page,
or if the printer is totally unreachable then it may have reached the end of its useful
career. In this case do not waste you time trying to find someone to repair it. This is
not a cost-effective method by any measure. The price of a new printer is cheap
compared to the bench fee and hours needed to troubleshoot and repair a disposable
item. Buy a new printer and be happy.
Until next time Chillens.
Fair Winds and Following Seas to you all.
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