Youtube & e-Entertainment

Every 2nd Saturday of the month, in Bukit Merah Public Library, there will be a FREE IT Talk on various computer topics, including iPhone and Android smartphones matters. For the month of May, the talk will be on Youtube & e-Entertainment.

This talk will demonstrate to you how to search for entertainment of your choice. Be it news, songs, games, talk shows, documentary, comedy, etc.

Date: 12th May (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.
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Coffee Chat/IT Clinic

Come to have your Smartphone problems answered (as best as I can). This coffee chat/IT Clinic is also intended for those participants who have attended the monthly IT classes (free) in Bukit Merah Library – to followup on the lessons (Last lesson – Creating a Blog)

We gather together to share our skills, problems and to engage ourselves in lifelong learning and friendship. Details of coffee chat are as follows:

Date: 19th Aug (Saturday)
Time: 5PM to 8PM
Venue: 313 @ Somerset (Food Court at Level 5)

Do drop by if you are interested. All are welcome!

How to Reset your PC in Windows 10

If your PC is not running well, resetting it might help. This lets you choose to keep your files or remove them, then re-install Windows – when you choose Option A mentioned below. Option B is more advance and gives you more choices.

You start by starting your PC to the usual START screen.

  1. Once at the start screen, press Windows logo + I (to Settings)
  2. Select “Update & Security”
  3. Click “Recovery” in the left pane
  4. Now you have two Options; either Option A to “Reset this PC” or Option B “Advanced Start-up”.
  5. Choose Option A to “Reset this PC” by clicking “Get Started”. Follow the instructions thereon.

Use the PC a week or so to see whether your problem is solved. If not, you can come back and choose Option B for the “Advanced Start up” by clicking “Reset now”. Then …

  1. Choose an option “Troubleshoot”
  2. Next, choose “Reset this PC”
  3. Here, you have two further choices, if you have back-up all your personal pictures and files, you can choose “Remove everything”, i.e. it will remove all of your personal files, apps and settings.

Mirroring WhatsApp on your laptop or desktop

Environment Required:

a) To work on your laptop or desktop computer on WhatsApp, both the smartphone and your laptop or desktop computer must have successfully connected to the Internet. If in a house environment, both the smartphone and laptop or desktop computer will be connected to the same wireless house Wi-Fi network.

b) Both the smartphone and the laptop or desktop must be ON.

Detailed Configuration:

  1. Your smartphone must already have a WhatsApp account and is working properly.
  2. From the laptop or desktop, use your default browser and connect to URL
    web.whatsapp.com”. Use the default Windows Edge browser if you are using Windows 10 or IE if you are using Windows 7. Once connected successfully, your will get a QR code (reload if it disappear).
  3. Now on your smartphone, touch the Whatsapp App. At the bottom right hand side, touch the “settings”.
  4. In the Settings page, touch the “WhatsApp Web/Desktop” setting.
  5. This will activate a “camera” for you to scan the QR code (with your smartphone) on your laptop or desktop. If the QR code disappears on the laptop or desktop – reload it by clicking the mouse on the QR code area.
  6. Bingo, you have just transferred all your WhatsApp data onto your laptop or desktop computer. That’s all you need to do. Now you can work either on your laptop or desktop or smartphone to communicate on WhatsApp.
  7. Now, for whatever reason, you wish to go back to your original arrangement of having your WhatsApp data only on your smartphone, you can just “log out” on your laptop or desktop. – On the left column, on top there are three vertical dots, just click on it and log out.
  8. Once you switch off your laptop or desktop, to go back to your WhatsApp page again, all you need to do is to start your browser and enter URL “web.whatsapp.com”. This is provided you have not log out before switching OFF your laptop or desktop computer. If you have, then have to repeat the above Step 1 to Step 6 again.

Using Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System

Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest Microsoft operating system for all Windows based smartphones, tablet, laptop and PCs.

If you are caught with this Windows 10 operating system after purchasing a tablet or laptop or desktop PC, this is the opportunity for you to learn some tricks to tame the OS.

Topic: Using Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System
Date: 12th March 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 3.00PM to 5.00PM
Course Fee: Free (no charge)
Venue: Bukit Merah Library

For those who have the laptop or tablet installed with Windows 8 or 10 Operating System, please bring along to the class. Please fully charge your devices.

Internet Security

Date: 12th Dec (Saturday)
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Place: Bukit Merah Library
Attendance: No charge

Learn the proper way to minimise your risk of getting into trouble when using The Internet.

The talk will also covers some basic ways to solve computer problems with insufficient memory error messages on Apple and Windows computers.

For those interested, you can register for a seat through NLB’s web site, via http://nlb.gov.sg/golibrary/
Registration normally commences sometime on the last week of November.

Those confirmed coming:

Starting a Blog

First we have to understand – What is a Blog?

If you Search the Internet, you would find explanation as follows:

A blog is a discussion or informative site published on the Internet and consisting of discrete entries or posts typically displaying the most recent post first.

One way to describe A Blog is to imagine you have just “opened” a shop in a not so popular location in Singapore. Initially, not much people know the existence of your shop; let alone what you are selling (posting).

One day the first visitor (virtual visitor) visited your shop (your blog) and viewed your products or services (blog contents). Some will just leave without saying a word. Some may say they are also doing the same thing (commented on your posts). Some will tell you they can make your blog more attractive at a cost.

Irrespective what kind of visitors visited your blog, your blog is working. It will be working well if you have 300 or more people logging onto your blog each month. Better still if they engage with you through your blog.

Sometimes some of the blog owners loose interest in sustaining their blogs. No updates or new posts are written. So the blog becomes inactive.

Be a good guy doesn’t mean that you have to please everyone. As I mentioned before, in the Cyber world, we also have the good, the bad and the ugly. You have to put on your thinking cap to judge who are the good and genuine ones and not be afraid to “delete permanently” all comments that come into your blog that are malicious or not relevant to the theme of your blog.

The best way to start a blog and in understanding and publishing your interests/passion is to start thinking and document all your initial material contents before even going online to register for an account and start blogging.

There are eleven steps to think about before starting a Blog:

1) URL address (provide an ID to your blog. Cannot change after registration, e.g. <name>.wordpress.com or <name>.blogspot.sg

2) Provide a title to the blog (this is important as most search engines pick on the first few words in the title). Make it simple and have a few key words, e.g. Music a Stress Removal.

3) About – tell people what your blog is about (A good writer will know how to write to “engage” the viewers and have the WOW effect).

4) Provide a “signboard” to your blog (an image)

5) The blog provider normally has a set of free template or page layout for your selection. Of course there are also others who can design one for you for a small fee.

6) Categories (think of the initial categories of your posts)

7) Blogroll. (Think of the initial web links you would like to inform your viewers. It can be your other blogs, your friend’s blog or one important post you have written).

8) Search (provide a search feature)

9) Archive (provide an Archive feature)

10) Contact (provide an email contact for outside of blog communication). To agree in putting an email address, you have to be aware what has been discussed above about the good, the bad and the ugly. You may receive a lot of offers to improve your blog.

11) Prepare your first post – something you are interested or passionate about.

To date I have registered six participants who are willing to commit themselves in starting a blog. There is a lot of thinking and hard work before they can even start trying to go online to register the blog name of their choice. The participants have to get ready all the material contents before hands on workshop session can be convened.

The participants …
1) Florence Chang (Blog: Love in another Language)
2) Tan Mei Lin (Blog: Meaningful Poetry)
3) Mary Yap (Blog: My Life My Stories)
4) Bobby Bok
5) Esther Lim (Blog: Life Mysteries)
6) Frisna Tan
7) Grace Ong (Blog: Love Life)
Registration is now closed.