Switching to a Mac?

I’ve been forced to use a Mac for a few weeks, and as a diehard Windows user, the Mac has been driving me crazy. “Where did my window go?”  “Why can’t I get the Finder to act like Windows Explorer?”  “What programs are running?”  (Macs are sooooo intuitive, my eye!)

I just discovered that Lynda.com has a series of videos for Windows users who are learning to use a Mac. Log into Lynda.com with your UUA account and search for “switching from Windows to Mac.” There are also training videos for Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac (search for “office for mac”). Finally, I found a list of keyboard shortcuts, which make the Mac more PC-like.

I’m starting to get the hang of it!

Fax from Your Computer with faxZero

SECURITY ALERT – Think before using  this or any online fax service to send documents that may contain confidential information. Online services work by having you upload your document to their servers. Your documents are then no longer under your direct physical control. END OF ALERT

If you occasionally need to fax a short (1-3 page) Word document or PDF file that’s on your computer – and you’re not in a rush – here’s a free online service called faxZero. You don’t need to create an account;  just go to the website and fill out the form to send a fax.

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Your Friend the Reboot

Computer woes got you down? Intermittent Internet? Sluggish speed? Frozen functions? What’s a concerned citizen to do? I’m glad you asked!

What you and your computer need is a good old fashioned reboot. That’s right, a faster safer computing future is just a few clicks away! It’s quick, it’s easy, and best of all, your computer will thank you for it. It’s amazing how many problems a simple reboot (a.k.a. restart) will solve. This message brought to you by the Information Technology Council for a Better World. For more information of what a reboot can do for you send an electronic dispatch to helpdesk @ uua.org. (more…)

Get IT Help Fast

It can be tempting to email (or call) your colleagues in ITS about a computer issue rather than sending an email to helpdesk or calling the helpdesk line. While we do love to hear from you, please reconsider! Contacting an ITS staffer may seem like the most direct route to help but it can actually hurt your chances of getting a timely reply.  Here are some thoughts on why helpdesk @ uua.org and ext. 109 are your best bet for a speedy response. (more…)

Digitize your Signature to Save Time and Paper

Occasionally it can be pretty handy to have a digital copy of your signature, it can save you from needing to print out a form just to sign it. A digital signature is especially handy if you need to scan a document back in after signing it (possibly for records or an email attachment). Today we’ll look at how to create one. All you need is: your signature on a piece of paper, a scanner and a web browser. (more…)

The U:\ and How it Can Save Your Files

Folders are pretty boring.  You probably have tons of them on your computer.  However, not all folders where created equal.  The U:\ or “U” drive is a folder that lives on one of the UUA’s servers.  Your U drive folder has one extra property that a folder on your desktop lacks: it is backed up several different ways automatically. Read on to find out how to keep your data safe…

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Open Network Shares Faster with Mac Finder

If you’re using a Mac to connect to UUA network shares you may have noticed when you click on a folder with lots of items in it nothing happens for a minute or two. This has annoyed me enough that I actually switched to a Finder replacement (muCommander) for a while. (Finder is the Mac file management program that corresponds to Windows Explorer on Windows machines.) That worked pretty well but a recent conversation with a coworker lead me to another solution. (more…)

Firefox Addons (or why I use Firefox)

In a previous post I mentioned that I use Mozilla Firefox as my main browser. There are a few reasons here and there but if I had to name one thing that keeps me using Firefox it would be: Firefox addons. These things are awesome, and let me easily tweak the program or add features. To install them open the Tools Menu and select Add-ons. Here are a few of my favorites in no particular order: (more…)