Ilios Digital Organizing Blog

19 May 2015

Windows 8.1& You

Windows 8.1

frustrated girlThose words stop us in our tracks. We frown and cross our arms. Windows 8.1 looks weird. There isn’t a Start button. Why can’t we close a program? We just don’t like it and it’s too much work to figure out something so radically different.

Windows 8.1 is here to stay, but it doesn’t have to be your enemy! With four simple steps and some patience, you and Windows 8.1 can start working together to restore peace to your digital life.

Step 1: Understand that Windows 8.1 was designed for tablets
  • Start Screen = Metro Apps take up entire screen; you close them and return to the Start Screen (Just like a tablet)
  • Desktop = Desktop Programs open in their own window on the Desktop; you close them and return to the Desktop.

Metro_vs_Desktop

For a great example of the differences between the Metro   App and the Desktop Program, open both of the Calculator programs.

 

 

Step 2: Determine what type of user you are
  • Consumer = Read email, watch videos, listen to music and browse the web. Metro Apps are for you. There are no Creator tasks Metro Apps.
  • Creator = Write blogs, complete tax returns, and edit photos. Desktop programs are for you. You can also use Desktop programs to perform most Consumer tasks.
    Most of us are both types of users, and it’s okay to use a combination of Metro Apps and Desktop programs.
Step 3: Customize your Start Screen
  • Unpin the unwanted Metro Apps or Desktop Programs from your Start Screen
  • Pin the wanted Desktop Programs or Metro Apps to your Start Screen
    You only have to see the programs you want to use! I don’t like the Metro Apps so there are none on my Start Screen.

Step 4: Get Help

These first steps are the bare bones of getting along with Windows 8.1 You could survive with what you’ve learned, or start exploring using the resources below.

  • Check out Windows 8.1 tutorials from Microsoft. This was how I started understanding Windows 8.1.
  • Google! Type your question into the search bar and see what others have to say.
    Have you found a great resource you could share? Add it to the comments or on our Facebook page!

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Hackers are out there to steal your information. Once they’ve got it, they’ll sell it to the highest bidder and destroy your identity. Or at least, that’s what the media tells us. There are large corporate breaches, and everyone knows someone who’s had their information hacked. You can’t prevent these corporate breaches from happening, but you can take steps to keep you and your information safe during daily use. How? Well, all the articles tell us the same things:

“Don’t use the same password more than once. Use strong passwords. Change your passwords frequently. Don’t tell anyone your passwords.”

It’s good advice, but how are you supposed to remember all that information? Some people manage their passwords in a written notebook near their computer or in a digital file on their computer. I’ve kept mine in Evernote and had Google Chrome’s ‘Save Password’ option to help me out. But other people choose very simple passwords or use the same password for everything. Fortunately, password managers – LastPass, KeyPass, Dashlane, 1Password – were created to address those best practices we keep getting told.

So what is a password manager?

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Check out any article on email management and you’ll see the phrase ‘Inbox Zero’. Although it’s a been a concept for many years, the current definition explains that having zero emails in your inbox is a sign of success. But did you know that wasn’t the original intent? Merlin Mann, the guy behind Inbox Zero, didn’t see the zero as a reference to the number of messages in an inbox, but “the amount of time an employee’s brain is in his inbox”.

So how do you go about spending less time in your inbox? Especially when your unread messages are climbing past triple digits. 

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How Chrome Extensions Can Save You Time & Money!

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More fun, more function!

You might have heard someone raving about a Chrome or Firefox extension and wondered, what’s that all about?

Browser Extensions are small software programs that can modify and improve the functionality of your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome). They can improve productivity, save you money, block advertisements, and even provide a little fun when you log into the web.

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Recently, I was lucky enough to be offered a guest post opportunity from the fabulous Sara Clark-Williams of Fab Fempreneurs.  So what did I talk about? Productivity and tech, of course. Read on!


Solopreneurs wear many hats today – marketer, networker, chief finance officer, developer, director, and more. We have to learn the technology necessary to do our jobs and sort through five million apps to find the best one for our business. It’s stressful to even try to keep up.

So, what’s the absolute minimum software that you need to keep yourself focused and your business thriving? Productivity apps for content management, task management, and email management are where to start.

Want more details? Check out Sara’s blog!

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Although we often think of digital disasters as being a software failure, aka the blue screen of death, there are several other ways we put our digital devices (where our data lives) at risk. These include physical damage from fire/flood/accidental destruction, theft, and malware or a virus. What can you do to keep your valuable information safe?

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Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere Resources

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Resources from January 2016 Presentation to NAPO-SD, creator April Merritt, MLIS; all rights reserved

 

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Ilios Digital Organizing Blog

27 June 2017

LastPass and Password Protection

Password Protection and Peace of Mind

Hackers are out there to steal your information. Once they’ve got it, they’ll sell it to the highest bidder and destroy your identity. Or at least, that’s what the media tells us. There are large corporate breaches, and everyone knows someone who’s had their information hacked. You can’t prevent these corporate breaches from happening, but you can take steps to keep you and your information safe during daily use. How? Well, all the articles tell us the same things:

“Don’t use the same password more than once. Use strong passwords. Change your passwords frequently. Don’t tell anyone your passwords.”

It’s good advice, but how are you supposed to remember all that information? Some people manage their passwords in a written notebook near their computer or in a digital file on their computer. I’ve kept mine in Evernote and had Google Chrome’s ‘Save Password’ option to help me out. But other people choose very simple passwords or use the same password for everything. Fortunately, password managers – LastPass, KeyPass, Dashlane, 1Password – were created to address those best practices we keep getting told.

So what is a password manager?

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Check out any article on email management and you’ll see the phrase ‘Inbox Zero’. Although it’s a been a concept for many years, the current definition explains that having zero emails in your inbox is a sign of success. But did you know that wasn’t the original intent? Merlin Mann, the guy behind Inbox Zero, didn’t see the zero as a reference to the number of messages in an inbox, but “the amount of time an employee’s brain is in his inbox”.

So how do you go about spending less time in your inbox? Especially when your unread messages are climbing past triple digits. 

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Browser Extensions:

More fun, more function!

You might have heard someone raving about a Chrome or Firefox extension and wondered, what’s that all about?

Browser Extensions are small software programs that can modify and improve the functionality of your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome). They can improve productivity, save you money, block advertisements, and even provide a little fun when you log into the web.

Read More

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Recently, I was lucky enough to be offered a guest post opportunity from the fabulous Sara Clark-Williams of Fab Fempreneurs.  So what did I talk about? Productivity and tech, of course. Read on!


Solopreneurs wear many hats today – marketer, networker, chief finance officer, developer, director, and more. We have to learn the technology necessary to do our jobs and sort through five million apps to find the best one for our business. It’s stressful to even try to keep up.

So, what’s the absolute minimum software that you need to keep yourself focused and your business thriving? Productivity apps for content management, task management, and email management are where to start.

Want more details? Check out Sara’s blog!

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