Troubleshooting tablet technology

aussieoutagesWhen things go wrong on a tablet or phone you have to keep calm and troubleshoot:

1. Check you have battery resources
2. Check you are connected to wifi/mobile provider if you should be
3. Check national and international outages
4. Close all the open apps
5. Turn off phone/ tablet and turn on again
6. Turn off modem, count to 10 and on again
7. If it is one app then delete it and reinstall it
8. Google like mad to see what the workarounds are.

The aussieoutages site is a good place to go in Australia because it lets you know if there is an issue. For the first time ever I had a problem on my iPad air. Instagram would start opening and then pop shut. Nothing. On my android phone there was no issue so I knew it wasn’t really an Instagram problem per se. I went to aussieoutages and sure enough there were a lot of people having a problem. There can be network conflicts which can create problems and with our current weather there could be things which affect wifi delivery. It was odd it was one device. This afternoon it started working again just fine and that was when I had gone to my iPad ready to delete the app and try reinstalling it. I had just used my phone in the meantime.

Windows 10

Windows 10 What they said originally about Windows 10 is right. It needs lots of RAM. It also appears to need a clean install and they said that too. My other version of Windows 10 was an upgrade from Windows 8 on an 8Gb computer. It improved Windows 8 , it ran okay but there were problems. The taskbar dismantled its function early on in the piece and no updates or fiddling around has ever fixed that. I installed a 3rd party start menu and at least got that functionality back because I lost the tiles as well. The customisations have held that version of Windows 10 together. It has been okay. Just okay. My Steam Castle has 16 Gb RAM and is very much graphics dedicated. It has an OEM version of Windows 10. I have Cortana, a functioning taskbar, the tiles in the menu and it all runs very efficiently and smoothly. Updates are fast and I am not there for ages waiting for downloads or installs. They do not take any time. This version will put up little pop ups bottom right about what is happening on my computer and that works well for me. The messages are by way of Did you know? Do you want to do anything about it? Just letting you know… That is all very helpful. Everything runs well and I can access everything easily. What I can’t find Cortana does and I use it like Apple Mac Spotlight . Now I have seen this version of Windows 10 I am more than happy with it and it is a pleasure to work on. Visually it is very good and technically it seems to be in control of everything. With Windows you get used to odd things happening and you just carry on anyway. This version of Windows 10 is competent in its capacity to function and troubleshoot.

Facebook video calling

Facebook video calling in Messenger is as easy as clicking on the video icon to call out or  tapping on the green phone icon when the call comes in. It works from an iPhone to an Android phone and can be very convenient because it does run from Messenger on your phone. The quality appears to vary from happiness + to frustration – . In this last couple of weeks I have had  Messenger calls from America to Australia. From New York it worked really well. Both video and sound quality were good. From Anaheim the sound was good but the video was not always smooth and worked best by the room window. From Las Vegas it was poor. The sound was intermittent and the video was lagging all the time. Again it was better by the window but the mesh on the window was probably interfering with wifi signals in the rest of the room. You get the impression it’s more like having to tweak the rabbit ears on a TV set to try to get video and sound. It’s a great option and hopefully Facebook and cities can work out the connectivity issues. Some places would just be on bandwidth overload and then there would be the other issues which affect wifi – walls, floors and competing networks…

How to install Virtual Box

As usual I am using my blog to gather my information and resources for a project I have in mind. Virtual Box will run an OS on Windows 10 without interfering with the things I already running on my computer. It will run the OS virtually. I am already doing that with Andy which is an Android emulator and the point made in the video that virtualware uses a lot of RAM is true. To do this you need a computer with plenty of RAM but the android emulator will only go as fast as it goes. I am wondering if Virtual Box will be able to run software at the same speed as a non virtual computer. If I can access another OS from inside Windows 10 I have access to the software which is not available on Windows 10. If I want to try something I always check on makeuseof or LifeHacker to make sure I am on the right track. LifeHacker has a good overview of VirtualBox. The latest version of VirtualBox is 5.1 and can be obtained here. Now I have the three things I need to get started.

Protect yourself against malware

Malware seems to come in waves and it’s good to have a routine which will get you and your computer back on top of it. The video gives some really good tips and then makeuseof gives you a sensible set of steps to take so that you can restore order to your computer. On a Mac I have always used the free programme Onyx to clean things up for me and it worked really well. With Windows I use a virus and malware checker and they are pretty effective but knowing how to go about sorting out a system to prevent a malware attack is good. Mr. Ford gives some good advice in his video. On the Mac I didn’t have anti virus running all the time either as he says. It tended to destabilise the Mac. I would run it as needed as he suggests. Whatever you decide, work out a plan to keep your computer safe and then a plan of action for when it plays up because of malware infection. Mostly it is very easy to prevent and not too hard to fix. The main thing is we don’t forget to do this and we remind each other every so often to ensure we are properly protected against malware.

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