Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

I can certainly identify with TechGumbo. More than once I have wiped Windows off my desktop or laptop and been more than happy to install Linux. This current version of Windows 10 is very likeable , though, and has some good features. It runs very smoothly, it is less interfering and less prone to trouble. The tips TechGumbo is offering are good ones which you can use and may well need. I needed that keyboard with the emojis! How are you supposed to survive on the Net without emojis!? 😁 The comparative shopping is a good idea too and Edge is certainly a better browser than any other Windows browser because it works with people and not against them. Print to PDF is also handy to know because it saves space and produces smaller files for emailing and sharing. I use that feature a lot. I am sure you’ll find something which helps you here because they are all tips based on user experience.

nbn – one week later

Image : nbn co 

It is a week since I was connected to the nbn and this will be a boring post because I have nothing to tell you! I have been on the nbn. That is all. The connection is excellent. My Steam Castle desktop absolutely adores the nbn connection. It’s like they were made for each other. Maybe that’s the secret. Besides what I said last week on my post about how you set up the nbn connection, I think the computer is important. Devices do not seem to be a problem. My phone and iPad Air are happy on the nbn wifi. My desktop is just brilliant, though. It is smooth, it is not doing any kind of searching or chattering to bring me the internet and what I want to do. On ADSL2 there were some issues with my Udemy online video course and multi-tabbed browsing could be a pain at times. Not so on the nbn connection. Ever since it was established it has just gone consistently well. Every once in a while I get the modem page telling me I haven’t got a gateway connection when I turn the modem on. I haven’t. I have to wait until the connection is established and sometimes I am too eager. It’s not a long wait but these days 2 seconds can be too long on the Net. My netphone ,which is my cordless phone, works just like an ordinary phone. You would not know there is not the usual phone connection.

What may be relevant is my desktop does not automatically connect to blue tooth and wifi. I manually connect those if I want them . Normally I run off an Ethernet connection because it is solid and stable. I have a wifi adapter and a bluetooth dongle for if I want to use those on my desktop. My desktop has 16 gigabytes of ram and was specifically built to be graphics capable. All I know is this is a dream computer on the nbn and it was built to be like that.

The impact of smartphones

We have been talking about it for a while now: The impact of smartphones on our society and the next generation. The rise in car accidents which could be totally avoided. The zombie walk. The mobile phone twits who bang on anywhere and everywhere and allow their phones to ring whenever they want. We have observed the impact and we have reacted but we don’t seem to have resolved much. We love a narrative. We’ll all create a story about the impact of phones and the media will push a narrative which will have a far reach. We actually need to think this out properly and for ourselves. What is the right age for a child to have a smart phone? What are the impacts of smartphones on children? Should a teacher have smartphones in class? A teacher could have 30 students, thirty phones and then 30 devices. The phones could be giving access to parents which means another layer of social management in a classroom. Not sure any other job expects anyone to manage that many devices and that level of interpersonal communication complexity. The teacher then has emails and communication coming in from other staff, administration, professional organisations and parents on their laptop. Smartphones mean we can communicate very quickly with others when we feel like it.

The professional standards by aitsl for teachers require that teachers

4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically –
Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.

What about others, though, who are also responsible for young people using smartphones? It’s not the phones which are the problem . There seem to be a lot of young people who don’t have a broad range of interests and who, for all of their connectivity , are disconnected socially. The Atlantic has published an article Has the smartphone destroyed a generation? which is a very interesting look at the impact of smartphones on the current generation. Jean M. Twenge has a book coming out : iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us. . The article is based on that book and well worth the long read because it is written by someone who has been investigating this.

Dual band wifi

dual band wifiImage: Asus

So should you use 5GHz or 2.4GHz wifi and what are they? The picture from the Asus site explains it well. 2.4GHz is the old standard which is used for roller doors, phones, the  now old wifi connections and gadgets. I now have dual band with my nbn connection. I have set my iPad to 5 GHz and my phone on 2.4GHz and I’d set a laptop to whichever one depending on what I was doing…choices! My desktop has an ethernet connection but if I were to run it on wifi I’d be choosing 5GHz because this is a very graphics capable  and dedicated machine. How-to-geek explains it in detail and in a good way so that you properly understand the reason for both wifi bandwidths and why there are times you should be running on ethernet connections. Ethernet is solid, stable and will not put your computer under unnecessary strain especially if you are running video, image and fast changing content. If you are installing connections, operating systems, downloading videos and software an ethernet connection is preferable for stability and ease of data downloads and  smooth connection establishment. There is no strain on anything.

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