About Outlook.com

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Outlook.com introduces the most sophisticated rules in webmail

The average person has 100+ emails in their inbox, and receives 20+ emails (spam, junk, advertisements and many unwanted email) each day. This can be a lot to handle, so helping you get to the email you care about is one of Microsoft’s top priorities.
Microsoft has released Advanced Rules and other features, all to help you keep your inbox in top shape and make it even easier to see the email that matters … more (from Microsoft)

This is from all Microsoft’s online accounts (Hotmail, Live & Outlook)

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Further progress moving to another site host

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There were some widgets missing that I had to find and install.
I like the Image widget & and as you can see I found it.
I also wanted something for WordPress to automatic Tweet my posts when published and
I think I might have found that one as well and this post will prove if it works.

The last one I was after was for a friend who wanted a horizontal scrolling feature for his pictures and or text-boxes. I might have found it and will try to use it in a new tab (page) for said.

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Joy of being an IT Buddy

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I have now been working as a volunteer in CMK Library since January 2014 and I am thoroughly enjoying it, even to the extent that instead of 2 hours 1 day a week, I am doing 3 hours twice a week.
It is interesting to see lots of people and be able to show them the way into computing. Also it’s interesting to extract the information about what they know and what they would like to know.

Best of all for them – they get one hour free tuition.

As an example: I have one learner who has done a lot of surfing but his knowledge is like a heap of stones where I have to find the concrete to build a foundation for him to progress, which is difficult because when he sees something (like e-mail) that he is currently not using his auto reaction is “Oh I don’t need that” so in his world he would skip it! No, no – that’s exactly what is needed for filling the holes between the stones. This is just one example of the difficulties I am up against and that is not to mention the language barriers.

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Microsoft Office Word 2010

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I have just finished writing my Word 2010 Lessons.
It consists of 5 sessions to learn Basic; Intermediate and Advanced Word 2010 and 4 Sessions on “Mail Merge”.
It is not possible to have the “Mail Merge” without 1st having gone through the Basic; Intermediate and Advanced Word 2010 Sessions. I am ensuring that my students have enough general knowledge of Word to enable them to understand the “Mail Merge” side of Word.

 

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Learn Basic Windows 7

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I have just finished collecting and writing a course on Basic use of Windows 7 and have even given the 1st session. It was quite a fun task and the lessons are aimed at both “new to Windows” pupils as well as “migrated to Windows 7” students.
It is only 2 sessions long but after having taught it to one student, I think I will redesign the sessions into 3 sessions; as 2 sessions was a little on the “brain overload” side.

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Do you know what SEXTING is?

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I am sure you know what TEXTING is but do you also know what SEXTING is?

This word has recently been added to the English dictionary, it’s a stupid nearly un-pronounceable word; but who am I to decide?

What does it mean? It actually means:

According to Wikipedia Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones. The term was first popularized in early 21st century, and is a amalgamation of sex and texting, where the latter is meant in the wide sense of sending a text possibly with images.
about.com Sexting is the slang term for the use of a cell phone or other similar electronic device to distribute pictures or video of sexually explicit images. It can also refer to text messages of a sexually-charged nature.
internetslang.com The definition of SEXTING is “Sending sexually explicit texts”
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Learn how to Blog using WordPress.com

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I have nearly finished writing my course on Blogging using WordPress.com

It is currently 6 sessions long. It will take my students from:

  • Getting signed-up to creating and modifying their initial 2-3 blogs.
  • Linking their posts to Facebook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn.
  • Changing a Post,
  • Saving Draft copy,
  • Adding Tags and Categories and so on.

I am at present teaching two groups and my students seem to have fun. There is a lot of hands-on and it is vital that my students bring their USB-flash drives containing pictures and documents of what they want to publish.

Up to now I have only had one real dilemma; that of explaining the advantage of posts on a blog against the disadvantage of a static website that needs a site-manager to update.

I hope that once we have the Blog up and running my student will see and understand the benefits that being able to instantly adding new posts will have for them.

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Educational Slot at Grapevine-mk

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I belong to breakfast networking group – Grapevine – inMilton Keynes. Last Thursday I was giving an educational session on “Blogging & RSS”. I had 20 minutes and the speech (which had to be done by a friend of mine, as my voice has gone) and the PowerPoint presentation to the speech went smoothly.

Nothing; but blank faces at the end.
When asked if any questions; not a single person dared to admit to being confused.
Rather disappointing.

I had made printout for the members to take home and digest, and I hope this will be the case.

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Computer virus phone scam

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A student/customer/friend of mine called me the other day asking for my opinion on a phone call she had had. Someone informing her that she had a serious virus on her pc and could she please help investigating the error. She was thank god nowhere near her pc but when she asked which one they hesitated and then said all. That seemed strange as I had only just cleaned her laptops, so she finished the call and called me.

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I have already been through this with my neighbour because with her they spoke Indian as they realised her language. But as she doesn’t know anything about pc’s and she told them so; but she did tell them when her daughter would be home. The phone rang again when her daughter came home and her daughter followed their instructions, because they were rather intimidating towards her. It wasn’t until they asked for money that she realised something was wrong, it took me 2 hours to cure her system.

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The following is quotes from other people’s websites. Click the link to see the whole article.

Once the scammer has gained the computer owner’s trust they direct them to a website and tell them to download a program that gives them remote access to the computer.

The scammer then takes control of the computer and claims to know exactly what the problem is and how to fix it. At this point the scammer requests payment of a fee.

http://www.southtyneside.info/article/12908/computer-virus-phone-scam-warning

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The service has received reports of unsolicited phone calls from people purporting to be from Microsoft claiming there is a serious problem with their computer.

The householder is urged to download a programme to get rid of the “virus” and is asked for personal information and bank account details.

http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/8961405.Warning_over_computer_virus_phone_scam/

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The scam always starts the same way: the phone rings at someone’s home, and the caller – usually with an Indian accent – asks for the householder, quoting their name and address before saying “I’m calling for Microsoft. We’ve had a report from your internet service provider of serious virus problems from your computer.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/18/phone-scam-india-call-centres

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A PC Pro reader was left startled after a customer support company rang his grandfather to tell him there was a virus on his PC, and then tried to charge him £185 to remove it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/18/phone-scam-india-call-centres

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Internet users are being warned about cold-callers who offer to fix viruses but then install software to steal personal information.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11754487

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Reverse ATM pin security HOAX

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This good security feature is nothing but a HOAX. Think about it!

If your pin number is 1234 then 4321 seems ok; but if 2552 is your number; how do you reverse that number? Also if you have 1231 – logic is reversed 1st and 4th digit triggers the alarm (hehe). And so on and so on.
Sorry to all who believed this email; but it is only a hoax.

By the way; the email is something like:ATM PIN Number Reversal – Good to Know!!If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your PIN in reverse.For example, if your pin number is 1234, then you would put in 4321. The ATM system recognizes that your PIN number is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the machine. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to the location.

All ATM’s carry this emergency sequencer by law.

This information was recently broadcast on Crime Stoppers however it is seldom used because people just don’t know about it.

Please pass this along to everyone.

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