IT Talk on Using the Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System

The latest Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System is designed also with a purpose for “Touch Screen” laptops and desktop PCs. It can work with and accept Apps like any smartphones and tablets. The original “Windows 7” style of usage is also available if you know how to configure and use them.

Come and learn how to navigate around the latest Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System. You can also backup all your iPhone pictures to your Windows 10 PC and more.

Date: 14th April (Saturday)
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Venue: Bukit Merah Public Library
Admission is free but registration with National Library Board is required. Course is suitable for both Adults and Seniors.

Direction: Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru, exit and turn right, up escalator and take bus number 5 or 16 or 851 to end (Bukit Merah Bus Interchange). About 5 minutes walk to library.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to thumb drive

Problems: My iPhone is low in memory. Cannot download any more Apps or take any more pictures.

To avoid the above from happening, it is prudent to perform regular housekeeping of your iPhone to transfer all your photos away from the iPhone. Below will show you how this can be done.

1. On Apple computer start screen, click “Go” then select “Applications”

2. Next select “Image Capture”

3. Connect one USB thumb drive (preferably with 32GB or more) on one USB slot and the iPhone, with USB cable, connect to another USB slot on the Apple computer.

4. Ensure your iPhone is unlocked

5. Somewhere below the screen of Apple computer, select “Import to – Others” and then select the thumb drive name.

6. On the extreme left, you have the choice of a) Delete (photos on iPhone) after import or b) Keep original (photos on iPhone)

7. After (6) above, click “Import All”

8. Depending on the amount of photos, once completed, you will have a copy of all photos in your thumb drive

9. Alternatively, instead of using a thumb drive, you can also use a portable USB external hard drive.

10. Once confirmed a copy of all photos are successfully copied to your other device, you can safely delete all photos on your iPhone

11. It is recommended you repeat the above procedure once your iPhone has stored 300 or more pictures

Photo Walk

A Photo Walk is planned after the Digital Photo Management talk at the Bukit Merah Library. Details are as follows:

Event: Photo Walk in Botanical Gardens (National Orchid Gardens)
Date: 31st March 2018
Time: 3.30PM to 6.00PM
Event Cost: Free (No charge)

Objective of this event is for those interested in photography to have a grouped field trip to learn and make new friends.

For further details, please make a comment on this post together with your email address.

Record of last year’s walk (Singapore River)


Digital Photo Management

This talk will explain what is aperture, shutter speed and distance (in focus). How to take good quality pictures including picture composition. This talk will also touch briefly on how to create a photo haiku with some of your pictures taken.

Topic: Digital Photo Management
Date: 10th March 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Venue: Bukit Merah Library
Course fee: Free (no charge)

Direction: Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru, exit and turn right, up escalator and take bus number 5 or 16 or 851 to end (Bukit Merah Bus Interchange). About 5 minutes walk to library.

Registration with NLB is required. Registration is normally opened around the last week of Feb 2018.


How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive for Apple Computer

This procedure is for Apple users using Apple MacOS High Sierra (Version 10.13) Operating System

  1. Get a USB Flash Drive with capacity 32GB or more.
  2. Insert the USB drive and go to Disk Utility
  3. Ensure you highlighted the right (USB) drive and select “Erase”
  4. Fill in the details as follows:
    4.1 Name: HighSierraInstall (no spacing)
    4.2 Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    4.3 Scheme: GUID Partition Map
  5. Once successfully formatted, a “✓ ” will appear.
  6. Leaving the USB flash drive in the computer, go to the Apps Store and download the “Install MacOS High Sierra” program
  7. Once the downloading is completed, continue to install the “Install MacOS High Sierra” onto the USB Flash drive
  8. After completion, you can test the bootable USB Flash Drive as follows:
    8.1 Shut down the computer completely
    8.2 When switching ON again, permanently hold down the “Option” key until the booting information appears
    8.3 You can normalise back your computer by “booting” back from the original hard drive belonging to the computer (not the USB flash drive you have just installed the bootable program

Friends of the Library

From young during school days, library is like my second home, and still is. Library has come a long way from just going in to borrow a book or go to the reference section and go home.

We can see and feel the great change in the manner how our libraries are operating now. To me, it is like a Community, where patrons are encouraged to get engaged either to attend the variety of activities & events or better still be a volunteer as Friends of the Library to conduct and/or assist in running activities and events the libraries have organised for the general public, young and old.

I am one of the Friends of the Library recently being featured in our local papers. To read more, please go to the web link …


How to convert a RAW file to JPEG without a program

How to convert a RAW (NEF) image file to JPEG without using a program. Here I am using an Apple MacPro laptop computer.

1) Open up the RAW image file with “Preview”
2) Click “File” and “save”
3) When a menu pop up, select “Duplicate as TIFF”
4) Now you have a TIFF copy of the same image
5) Using this TIFF copy, click “save” and another menu pop up allowing you to select alternative file format including JPEG.

This is just a simple way to get the picture you wanted for other uses but is not intended for professional editing.