Welcome to the Nov 14, 2015 issue of
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(Click the thumbnail to see the full-size photo!) A few weeks ago I gave my wife the new 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet for her birthday. It's just the right size for reading e-books - about the size of a paperback book. Reading e-books on a smartphone makes you squint to see the small type, and if you increase the font size you don't get very many lines of text on the screen. And reading e-books on a laptop PC... well, it's like having to carry an encyclopedia around just to read a paperback. So the 7-inch Kindle is just about the right size for reading e-books, but....
That's a big BUT. As you'll see in the full-size photo, the first 13 app icons on the Home screen are all Amazon apps, and they can't be moved. The folks at Amazon want you to buy stuff from them - perfectly natural for a business, but not very user-friendly. If you want to read your email, or waste some time on Facebook, or Skype with someone, etc., you'll have to scroll down to the bottom of the home screen where your installed apps are located. Many Android apps have been ported to the Amazon Appstore, but if you can't find what you want you'll have to jump through some hoops to Install the Google Play Store on Your Amazon Fire Tablet. This also installs the "Google Services" needed for some Android apps to run correctly.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Even with the slickest GUI, artificial intelligence is no match for genuine stupidity.
Another app I recently bought is the Ancient-Christian-Commentary (Click the thumbnail to see the full-size photo!) . It's an add-on module for the base e-Sword PC program, free from www.e-sword.net, as are many Bibles in various languages including Ukrainian, Russian, Hebrew and Greek (Septuagint & various NT versions). The World English Bible ("WEBA" in the upper-left set of tabs) version includes the "Apocrypha." the e-Sword site also has many Bible commentaries, Bible dictionaries and study notes that you can download directly from the site into the program, mostly free.
(The base Mac program is e-Sword X for $9.99 from the www.iTunes.Apple.com store. I'm assuming the download process for add-in modules works the same or similarly for the Mac.)
The place to purchase the Ancient Christian Commentary series ("ACCS" in the upper-right set of tabs) is www.eStudySource.com. It costs $129.99, and is the 20-Mb digital version of the 29-volume series edited by Dr. Thomas Oden with contributions by many notable Biblical scholars, published by InterVarsity Press. The eStudySource website states that it is a $1100 value in printed form. It covers comments on all the Bible by the Early Church Fathers from the second through the eighth centuries. This makes it an extremely valuable tool for personal Bible study as well as for preparing sermons, academic research and articles. Just about every verse in the New Testament has commentary by one or more of the Early Church Fathers!
In my last CN-Net.News, I mentioned that Windows 10 was just about ready to launch. Well, by now you may be among the 130,000,000 people who have Windows 10 on your PC. Here's a handy list of 14 Things You Can Do in Windows 10 That You Couldn't Do in Windows 8. I've installed Win 10 on my wife's and my Win 8.1 PCs, as well as on six other Win 7 PCs in the small computer lab that I maintain and where we do career counselling. I've had very few problems with Win 10, all minor, none of the "horror stories" that the press love to report on. Some school children messed up one of the PCs in the computer lab, so I had to re-install Win 10. Then Microsoft Office wouldn't run on four of the PCs - I suspect that the same license was used on multiple PCs, and when Win 10 was being installed, the servers at Microsoft invalidated the licenses. So I installed the free LibreOffice on those PCs.
Because the school kids mess up some of the PCs in the computer lab so bad that I've had to re-install Win 7 a couple of times, as well as continually having to uninstall Roblox and other games that gum up the PCs, linking them to a proxy server so that other users can't get on the Internet, I decided to lock down these PCs so they can't install any programs, change the desktop background, or access any games from banned websites in a list I've compiled. If you're interested in how I did this, go to my setup-secure-PCs folder in my OneDrive account.
The Security Blurb:
While we're talking about installing and securing Windows 10, there's one security factor many people overlook: What do you do if and when your hard disk crashes or something else messes up Windows on your PC? If your computer came with a hidden backup partition, that would be fine to repair or restore the version of Windows that came with your PC when you bought it. But if you've upgraded to Win 10, you really should have a backp DVD of the operating system so that you can repair or restore it if necessary. Here's how to do it:
1) If you don't have an internal CD/DVD drive, attach an external CD/DVD drive to your USB port. Insert a blank DVD disk in your CD/DVD drive.
2) Right-click the Windows button, select Control Panel > System and Security > File History > System Image Backup.
3) Select "Create a system repair disk." This will take just one DVD disk. (The "Create a system image" option would require many, many DVD disks!)
4) After you've created your system repair disk, store it in a safe place. That's all there is to it!
Well, we've known for a while now that Macs aren't immune from virus attacks, but here's a new one: Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs.
The goal of our CN.Net-News is to share information that we think you'll find helpful as you wrestle with that little monster on your desk or at your side, your computer, tablet or phone. And we aim to present this information from a Christian worldview. Thanks for your time!
"Dr. Bob the CompuNerd"
Robert D hoskEN
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