Category: Software

Fieldston Software – gSyncit – Sync Outlook and Google Calendars, Contacts, Notes and Tasks

Fieldston Software – gSyncit – Sync Outlook and Google Calendars, Contacts, Notes and Tasks.

 

Need to sync your Google contacts, calendar and tasks with Outlook?  Even with Outlook 2010 and 2013?  Even in Windows 8?   Using Windows?   Buy Gsyncit!!

Remember, your ability to sync with Outlook and a free Gmail account will forever change in Jan. 2013.   You will either need to update to a paid GApps account or use a tool like Gsyncit.

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Redefining computer software

Computer software is a very different space that we play in today compared to 5 years ago.    Windows Vista was a big dud, so people still clung to XP that was nearly 6 years old.   The Mac OS was safely out of the dark ages, but version 10.5 still hadn’t been released yet and people didn’t trust the Mac like they do today.   Phones?  People typed like mad on their Blackberries, but these were seen as separate “work devices” for a certain segment of our daily lives.   Palm’s phones were very functional and popular but annoying enough that a grandmother or not-so-tech-savvy person wouldn’t even bother to get involved.  The iPhone was barely a couple months old, but there were no apps that you could add to your phone.  It was an experiment. Android?  Still in its mother’s womb……

 

It’s 2012 and it’s a new world.  We want to get our contacts from our iPhone back to our computer and without effort — whether that computer be a Windows or a Mac based system.    We want our Android phone to sync calendar appointments with our laptop.   We want to start a document on our computer and then make some edits on our tablet and then e-mail it off to someone else for review.   THIS IS ALL POSSIBLE NOW.   There are still gaps which cause us to stumble, but the idea of a seamless world of personal technology has arrived.

 

You understand where we’ve been — but where are we going?   I’ve been consuming a lot of technology related media lately (I rarely watch TV).  I’ve expanded the variety of media I consume to include many Windows and enterprise focused sources, along with the steady diet of Mac info that I take in.  I get most of this information via “podcasts” (which those of you in the ‘old school’ can think of as taped radio shows).   Where are we going?  SUBSCRIPTIONS.

 

We are moving away from boxed software.   You will not have go out and buy a CD (or DVD) to update your computer.   The purchases will come in through downloads and you will have the security of knowing that you will always be up to date, greatly reducing your chances at getting a virus or other confusion.   Some hints and a preview that we are moving in this direction…..

 

-In 2011, Apple released their new operating system (OS) 10.7.  It cost $30.

-In early 2012, Apple announced that they were going to release a new OS every year.

– In July 2012, Apple released OS 10.8 for $20 as a download only purchase.

– Each year iPhone and iPad devices get major updates and a few minor updates.  While there is no cost, the purchase of your device is the ticket to your subscription.

– Microsoft Windows 8 is being released on October 26 — for an extremely low price of $40 — a download directly from Microsoft.

– It is expected that there will be a Windows 8.1 or Windows 9 about a year from then at a similarly reasonable price.

– Microsoft Office 2013 (which includes a program that many of us love — Word) is going to be PRIMARILY sold as a subscription offering.

– Intended at the consumer market the new Office 365 subscription will cost approximately $10 per month  BUT you can install Office on 5 devices including desktops, laptops, Windows and Mac.

– An Office-alternative for Mac, Neo Office, that I have touted for many years requires a donation of $10 to $25 per year to keep getting updates for its product.

 

This is where software is going.   It may be hard to accept.  I think its good, but I understand your resistance to change.   Companies like Microsoft had to change too  or face death caused by the lack of understanding market trends and ultimately customers’ desires.

How To: Remove Header From First Page in OpenOffice | Chris M. Lindsey

How To: Remove Header From First Page in OpenOffice | Chris M. Lindsey.

For costs reasons or a desire to use open-source software many people today use LibreOffice (formerly OpenOffice) for their word processing and spreadsheet needs.

However the most frustrating concept for me has always been working with headers and footers in the Writer application (Libre Office’s equivalent to Microsoft Word).

For example, in a two-page business letter you may want your letterhead at the top of page one, but a very minimal or no heading at the top of page 2.

In a formal report for school or work, there is a good chance you want no header on page 1, but the same type of header from page 2 onward.   Microsoft Office and both Pages for Mac have always made it very easy to create custom headers.   It is possible in Libre Office and the instructions are contained in the link above.   Thank you Mr. Lindsey!

Urgent Warning Comcast McAfee Users

FYI:  This message does not apply to those of you paid for McAfee on your own.

1. For nearly 5 years, Comcast has provided anti-virus, firewall, another security software to its Internet customers.
2.  As of May 12th, they are ending their partnership.
3.  If you are using McAfee from Comcast, you need to act fast or your Windows computer will not be protected.

My thoughts
1.   If you do any kind of important work on your computer, whether it be for your job or an organization you belong to — I could recommend a couple of paid programs to you.  The cost is about $65 per year.
2.  If you use your computer only for personal / casual activity, I think a free anti-virus / security program would suffice.
(3.  I also think a Macintosh would suffice — but we will save that discussion for another time. HA HA)