ce magazine november issue 2018



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Founder & Chief Editor

Peter Nadal


Pamela Kennoy

Art & Design

Peter Nadal

Our Writers

Rodrigo Esperanza

Nomar Shaw

Diane G

In our November Issue Vol. 3

5 Hey Pete! On this issue “Re creating

how I did the dream picture

11 Digital art by Rodrigo Esperanza

14 Biz Cards board!! Hey its free

15 Secret Scroll Tip

16 What it a PNG File by Lifewire

22 5 Ways to Keep Your Phone Safe from

Hackers by RD Cassandra Lombardi

25 USO with web site link

26 Sending Invitations via cell phones?

By Nomar Shaw

28 GPS’ing to Grandma’s House for

Thanksgiving! By Peter Nadal

30 Computer Magazine From The Past!

31 Come a Long Way Baby!

32 Thanksgiving from all of us

Outside Sources On This Month issue


Reader Digest -Cassandra Lombardi

Front Cover

The image in my mind!

artwork and fonts by Peter Nadal

Original Computer-Ease logo ©


The leaves have turned all shades of colors, we had our 1 st snow and Thanksgiving

is just around the corner. Halloween edition, for those of you who did not see it,

was based on horror and it was a gas! Told the staff to let it rip and some

questionable claims it the stories to be true came up, mmmm! This edition is about

digital art and because of our digital world it makes it real easy for anyone to try

their hand in creating the picture of their dreams. My dream picture is the front

cover that I created from a dream I had the night before I created it, just think on

what you can do! Hey Pete I recreated the front cover again piece by piece to show

you, my reader, on how it‟s done. Don‟t worry if you guff up, try, try again and you

will get it. You will notice on the articles on the upper right two hands punching

through the paper with 2 thumbs up, this is to let you what we think about the

article we come by.

As a vet I do give thanks for their service, I do it especially when I go to the VA

Clinic. If you know a vet in your neighborhood, invite him or her over for

Thanksgiving and let‟s celebrate Thanksgiving the American Way by watching and

caring for those who served and keeps freedom ringing and don‟t forget our boys

and girls in blue!

Now for those who have loved ones in the service and want to share Thanksgiving

with them, here is a novel approach: Pack a box with all the trimmings and send it

out including a letter with some instructions; “When you get this Thanksgiving in a

box call me via video phone when you are ready and will have Thanksgiving

together!” for iPhone use Facetime.


From all of us of CE Magazine we thank you for

your service! May the Lord watch over you Amen!


How do you do that!

Face it, all of us one time or another dreamed on been a Picasso, but, that never

happens, however, the digital world we live in makes it possible. The picture below,

our front cover, is a combination of bit and pieces of 3 wallpaper pictures, I call it

“Picspaint”. In past

issues I have shown

the use of Corel

Draw 12, but, this

time I will show you

the technique of

blending and

feathering pictures

together. It sounds

hard, but, it really is

not all you need is a

good deal of

patience and a good

pot of coffee (if you

are a coffee drinker).


The Pictures I used; 1: Mountain &

lake, 2: Country road, 3: Panoramic

mountains & fall trees are.

Step 1:

Picture 1 I used my

freehand mask tool and

selected part of the picture

I used as the base picture.

Copy it and paste it on a

blank page, in our case a

8x11 blank page. Now

select Object (top row)

then Combine then click

on Combine Objects With

Background (Short term I


will use in the article is


Step 2: Now, I wanted more

fall trees, so, using my

Freehand Mask Tool I

selected the tree line I wanted

then copied went to the page

I‟m working on and pasted it.

I moved it and adjusted the

height and width to where I‟m

satisfied then COWB

Step 3: I used my Freehand Mask Tool (picture to the right) I selected the tree and

the road I wanted then paste on the page then I‟m making then I flip horizontally.

See tool bar on next page.


-tool bar-

Step 4: The picture now is in the rough, we need an embankment on the other side.

On the right picture with the Freehand Mask Tool I selected the embankment and

paste it on the picture, as seen. Stretch it till it looks liked it belongs there. At this

point your Picpaint will look this… next page


Now comes the fine tuning your Picpaint, Feather tool (under Object), Using


custom airbrush, now, to get to airbrush- take a look at tool bar -click on paintbrush

then look at to tool bar and click the down arrow icon menu drops then choose

airbrush. Now choose shape by clicking down arrow and scroll almost to the

bottom, my choice was 57, 39 and 38 for feathering make sure to use the

eyedropper tool to add or change the paint brush/airbrush color. I used the airbrush

to spay the blue sky and making clouds.

I hope you find some inspiration from this How do you do that it is not as hard as

it looks.

Have fun, get creative!!


By Rodrigo Esperanza

Well, the boss knocks it out the park, again! So, my article is about a few

places I found for “FREE” on digital art pictures you can use to create

your own master piece. I was surprise when the Boss used the terminology

“Picspaint”, so, I Google it and would you now such a word dose exist, oh

well, learned something new! So, on we go…

1: pngtree is a great site for free graphic resources and its free, just sign

up and download what you need click on PNG and it will take you to the

page I was playing with. You will be able once you sign up under free

account to download 2 items once a day or buy the premium package

Here is a sample


2: TEMPLATE.NET If you want to see us nerds do when it comes

to digital art click on Template.net and take your time looking and reading

on all the art pictures. You can also click the free template (see picture


You may just find that template you been looking for.

3: wallup.net is another great place to find any type of wallpaper and

inspiration to what you want to create, sample picture below;


They have 9637 digital art HD Wallpapers click on it and will take you

to their digital art page and all I can say is SUPER FINE!

And not to forget Google search click here nature digital art background





The explanation on PNG art files is extremely good we even learned a lot

on the subject as all of us here had very little knowledge on PNG art files.

Do go to Lifewire and check out the rest of their site!

What Is a PNG File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert PNG Files

by Tim Fisher

Updated September 03, 2018

A file with the PNG file extension is a Portable Network Graphics file.

The format uses lossless compression and is generally considered the

replacement to the GIF image format.


However, unlike GIF, PNG files do not support animations. The very

similar MNG (Multiple-image Network Graphics) format does, however,

but has yet to gain the kind of popularity that GIF or PNG files have.

PNG files are often used to store graphics on websites. Some operating

systems like macOS and Ubuntu store screenshots in the PNG format by


Another use for PNGs is when portions of the image need to be

transparent, which can be helpful when making illustrations, designing a

website, creating photography, etc. For example, if you have a logo you

want placed over a photo, it's much easier to "cut" the logo out, leaving

transparent pixels around it, so that when it's placed over the other picture,

that picture will show through the transparency.

How to Open a PNG File


The default photo viewer program in Windows is often used to open PNG

files because it's included as part of a standard Windows installation, but

there are many other ways to view one.

All web browsers (like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) will

automatically view PNG files that you open from the internet, which

means you don't have to download every PNG file you want to look at

online. You can also use the web browser to open PNG files from your

computer, by using the Ctrl+O keyboard combination to browse for the


Tip: Most browsers also support drag-and-drop, so you might be able to

just drag the PNG file into the browser to open it.

There are also several standalone file openers, graphic tools, and services

that open PNG files. A few popular ones include XnView, IrfanView,

FastStone Image Viewer, Google Drive, Eye of GNOME, and gThumb.

To edit PNG files, the XnView program just mentioned can be used, as

well as the Microsoft Windows included graphics program called Paint,

the Windows 10 Paint 3D tool, the popular GIMP utility, and the very

popular (and very not free) Adobe Photoshop.

Considering the number of programs that open PNG files, and that you

very likely have at least two installed right now, there's a very real chance

that the one that's set to open them by default (i.e. when you double-click

or double-tap on one) isn't the one you'd like to use.

If you find that to be the case, see my How to Change File Associations in

Windows tutorial for detailed instructions on how to change that "default"

PNG program.


How to Convert a PNG File

probably every single image file converter that you run across will be able

to convert a PNG file to another format (like JPG, PDF, ICO, GIF, BMP,

TIF, etc.). There are several options in our Free Image Converter Software

Programs list, including some online PNG converters like FileZigZag and


Pngtosvg.com is a website that can be used if you want to convert a PNG

to SVG.

Another option for converting a PNG file is to use one of the image

viewers I've already mentioned. While they exist mainly as "openers" of

various image types, some of them support saving/exporting the open

PNG file to a different image format.


When to Use PNG Files

PNG files are a great format to use but not necessarily in every situation.

Sometimes a PNG can be way too large in size and not only use up

unnecessary disk space or make it harder to email, but can also drastically

slow down a web page if you're using one there. So before you convert all

of your images to PNG (don't do that), there are some things to keep in


Strictly thinking about PNG file sizes, you'll need to consider if the image

quality benefits are good enough to sacrifice that space (or slow web page

loading, etc.). Since a PNG file doesn't compress the image like other

lossy formats like JPEG do, quality doesn't diminish as much when the

image is in the PNG format.

JPEG files are useful when the image is low contrast, but PNGs are better

when dealing with sharp contrast like when there are lines or text in the

image, as well as large areas of solid color. Screenshots and illustrations,

then, are best in PNG format while "real" photos are best as JPEG/JPG.

You might also consider using the PNG format over JPEG when you're

dealing with an image that needs to be edited over and over again. For

example, since the JPEG format undergoes what's called generation loss,

editing and saving the file again and again will result in a lower quality

image over time. This isn't true for PNG since it uses lossless


More Help With PNG Files

To make the background transparent in a PNG, your options include

automated tools like Clipping Magic or the free Background Burner tool,

or nearly any image editing program.


For example, if you have Photoshop, place the image in its own layer,

delete the background layer, and then use any tool (e.g., Eraser, Marquee,

Lasso, etc.) to erase the portions of the image that should be transparent.

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social

networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me

know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or converting

the PNG file, including what tools or services you've already tried, and I'll

see what I can do to help.


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Never enough tips for cell phone security

5 Ways to Keep Your Phone Safe from Hackers

Cassandra Lombardi

The way you use your phone could easily give hackers access to your

personal information.


Most of the cell phone privacy debate has focused on our phones‟ ability to track

our whereabouts. But there are other dangers—like getting hacked—that the

average cell phone user would find much more worrisome, if only they were aware

of it. The more we rely on our phones to transact our personal financial business,


the more we‟re all exposed to little-known mobile security pitfalls: everything from

your online banking password to your credit card details.

Plug up leaky apps

It‟s tough to tell the difference between a good and bad app. Since so many people

are creating mobile apps, sometimes we see unsophisticated apps that could

seriously compromise your online privacy through bad privacy practices or careless

coding. Only download applications from sites you trust (iTunes, the Android

Market, Amazon, etc.), and only after checking each app‟s rating and reading the

user reviews to make sure it is widely used and respected. And whatever you do,

never login to apps using social media.

Set a password on your phone

Your online passwords is only as strong as your recovery questions. But without

one on your phone, anyone within an arm‟s length can start reading your email, text

messages or listen to your voicemail. Setting a password is the first line of defense,

and it only takes about 30 seconds.

Watch for suspicious links

People are three times more likely to click on a suspicious link from their phone

than their PC, according to a recent study. It‟s one of the many security scams

hackers use. Due to the small size of the screen, it‟s harder to decipher whether a

site looks legitimate or not. Be wary of suspicious-looking links sent to you in

email, over text, or on social media. Entering your personal information on these

sites puts you at risk for fraud or identity theft.

Be careful what you do at unsecured WiFi hotspots

Use caution when checking your email on public WiFi (for example, at a local

coffee shop). These wireless hotspots transmit your data over the air, so when you

enter your password or credit card details while using one of these wireless

networks, you run the risk of someone else seeing your sensitive information. These

are the other nine times you should never use your credit card.


Keep spyware from watching you

Spyware might sound like something out of a detective story, but it‟s much more

like something out of a horror story if you end up with it on your phone. Without a

password, people can (and do) download spyware onto your phone and track your

phone usage, text messages, location and banking activity, among other things,

without your knowledge. In the Android Market or iTunes store, search for “mobile

security” and download a free app that will stop you from inadvertently

downloading viruses onto your device before you do it. Once you‟ve done that, read

up on other ways to protect your phone from a virus.

Originally Published on Readers Digest


Click on USO

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Sending Invitations via cell phones?

By Nomar Shaw

I spend over 3 hrs looking for a simple app for my computer or cell phone

to send nice looking Thanksgiving invitations to my family‟s cell phones,

and all I can say is “Whaaa”. I did find a whole bunch of excellent

software that could do the job, but, nothing that fit my quest. So, I went

Google Play and search for “Thanksgiving invitation maker”, by the way,

click on Google Play and it will take you to Thanksgiving invitation maker

page. Here is what you will find;

And I should have done this sooner! As you can see it’s loaded with Thanksgiving

apps for your android phone and Apple is about the same. Now, if you’re creative

or better yet if your teenager kid is, have him/her to create an invite for the

Thanksgiving Dinner, trust me, they will jump on the “OH YEAH, I CAN DO THAT

FOR YOU !!” wagon. Once the invite is done sit down with your teenager and get

all the cell numbers of whom you’re going to invite. Share the moment and glory


with your teenager when the accolades come from everyone of the spread of food

on the table. It will make a difference in his/hers life, I know this to be true as we

do this at our home.


GPS’ing to Grandma’s House for Thanksgiving!

By Peter Nadal

It‟s time of the year we pile in the car and head for Grandma‟s house,

driving it a zillion times without GPS!

So why do I need it?

GPS can make your trip a very efficient and stress free trip by calculating

the quickest route, bypass construction sites and the biggest obstacle


Ok, I have a cell phone can I use that?

Yes, if you have a android phone you can use Google maps, however,

many states frown on cells phones actively in use when driving and that‟s

were a dash mount GPS unit is better

It figures, how much do I need to spend?

Most prices start around $35 and they

are better then cell phones as they are

kept updated and they will tell you

rerouting your trip if there is

construction, traffic or any other reason

to detour. The one you see in the picture

to the left is my GARMIN 205W and I

use it every time I travel more then 20 miles away from home. It has

diverted me more times then I can count from traffic tie ups and

constructions. Found it at a yard sale for $10, $15 for a 16 gig micro sd

card for a total price of $25.


Is that good for a used GPS?

Yep, that good, it will tell were to turn, how fast you‟re really going from

the satellite, how many miles left to drive, how much miles per gallon you

are using (now that one has me scratching my head). When it‟s in use the

drive is very relaxing, I have to say it is worth every penny (even if you

buy brand new one)!

So, let the kids play with the cell phone, keep your phone off (if by

yourself) or let your go-pilot handle the cell phone.


Computer Magazine From The Past!


Come a Long Way Baby!

From this..

Apple 1 Computer in a briefcase. From the Sydney Powerhouse Museum

collection [Via]

Along with George, the Festival has a replica of an original Apple I and

many other examples of early Apple computers. There are even robots that

look like they‟ve walked out of a 1970s science fiction epic.

The Mobile Digital Computer is also on display, which was created on a

trailer and made it one of the first examples of a mobile computer. It

needed two trailers to make it work since one would hold its computer,

while the other would hold the power supply and generator which ran on



This mobile PC was funded by the US Military in the 1960s, since they

wanted to look at ways to bring a computer to an issue rather than having

to communicate long distances to solve a problem via telegraph or


Several versions were made, and the manufacturing company even

produced some commercial versions.

To This!


From my home and staff to your family, have great

Thanksgiving and May Peace duel in your home.


Peter Nadal, Pam Kennoy, Rodrigo Esperanza,

Nomar Shaw, Diane G and Big Poppa


The Nanomites

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