Your Questions Answered
1. Capturing a screen shot: sometimes you’ll want to do this. Perhaps you want to show me whats on your screen in the process of getting help. You might want to take a screen shot to compare notes with another person, for example if you both have the same program open and they claim you are not seeing the same thing. Perhaps you want to capture what is on your screen exactly as it looks for some type of evidentiary or archival reason. This is easy. I will cover both Windows and Mac scenarios.
Windows: traditionally on most Windows computers — there has been a Print Screen button on your keyboard. Press it. Then open up a program like Microsoft Word (or equivalent) and then Paste from the Edit menu (or Paste Special). Your screen image will appear in the document. You may want to print in Landscape mode (wide) to get the screen shoot to appear all on one page. In Windows 7, there is a an additional way to capture a screen shot. On your start menu — look for Snipping Tool. If it isn’t obviously its in All Programs >> Accessories. This allows you to drag a window around what you want to capture. It then saves the image as a picture file on your screen. You can then save that image and do what you want with it.
Mac: There is a great utility baked into the Mac called Grab. I use it often; in fact I keep it in my dock for easy access. To open Grab for the first time, open Finder >> Utilities >> Grab. Click on the Capture menu at the top and then chose whether you want to capture just a selection (of your choosing), a window (a particular program’s window), or the whole screen. After the screen shot is taken, a picture file opens on your screen. From there you can save it, e-mail it or print it.
2. Dealing with a troubling spam e-mail message: it happens. Someone told me they received an e-mail telling them they had ordered something and a tracking number was even provided in the e-mail. It wasn’t even a valid tracking number with the shipper. So what’s the deal? The senders of this message are likely located in Jamaica, Nigeria, or perhaps an eastern european country. They would like nothing more than for you to engage them in discussion. DON’T. Doing so will expose you to financial harm and possibly harassment. Just as there is troubling postal mail from time to time or chain letters asking for money to be sent to the next link, there are even more sophisticated e-mail scams. It isn’t a good idea to respond to the postal mail and it isn’t a good idea to respond to the junk e-mail.
A couple of tips: Use one e-mail address for real correspondence and another e-mail address for online shopping, newsletter subscriptions, and other things you sign up for. It would be wise to use the personal correspondence e-mail for secure things like banking as well. Your real e-mail account should be one that you pay for or have a high degree of control over. This could include one connected to your internet service or one that you pay for separately. If you are looking to establish a new personal (or business) e-mail address that has some accountability associated with it, consider Google Apps ($5 a month / $50 per year) or PoBox.com @ $50 per year.
3. I believe I’ve touched on this once before — but it bears repeating because at different times we are all shopping for something. THERE IS NO MORE WHITE APPLE MAC BOOK LAPTOP FOR $999. It’s been off the market for one year. It came in a “standard” screen size of 13.3 inches and was not some cut rate starter model. It was a great deal. Apple phased that out and replaced it with the 11.6 inch Mac Book Air for $999. In my opinion, this is more of a toy than any thing else. It might be a laptop for OCCASIONAL USE but not for getting work done on. The screen is too small and without a laptop stand there will be some serious neck strain. So you really have 2 choices for a standard sized Mac laptop — at 13.3 inches:
Mac Book Pro 13 – $1199 to $1499
Mac Book Air 13 – same pricing
4. Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit: Apple scored a major victory against Samsung on Friday for patent infringement. Interestingly enough Samsung’s tablets were judged not to have violated patents related to the iPad. For those of you who are out of the loop on this — Samsung is the #1 seller of Android phones — an iPhone rival. The lawsuit did not cover Samsung’s latest blockbuster phone – the Galaxy S III which has sold over 10 million units since it was released in June. Again for those of you who do not know — Android is the software on the phone and was designed by Google. The software on an iPhone is called iOS. Why didn’t Apple sue Google (yet) ? Google actually provides the software to companies that make Android phones like Motorola, Samsung, and HTC — for FREE. However, Google does profit from it in other ways. If you have an older Samsung Android phone — Samsung may be pushing a software update out to you to ensure compliance with patent law. Do I still think some people should consider an Android phone? Yes. Especially if you are connected with many Google services — you will probably like a GOOD Android phone better. Keep in mind there are many bad Android phones on the market. If you were the type that liked to tinker with a car in your younger days — you’ll like an Android. If you want the best deal out of the box with no tinkering — you’ll prefer an iPhone. If you want a phone with a physical keyboard — you’ll want an Android phone.