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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3 December 2017

Airplane Mode

Ready for take off?

We’ve all seen those people doing the last minute check of their cell phone before the flight attendant comes around and tells you to shut off your phones. It used to be that we were told that signals from our phones would interfere with the plane’s functioning, but now they offer wi-fi on flights so what has changed?

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19 October 2017

Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster?

If you’ve turned on the news this week, you’ve seen the devastation wildfire is bringing to California. You may be familiar with general disaster preparedness  but do you know what to do as a small business owner?
According to the Small Business Administration, 40-60% of businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster. So what can you do to keep your entrepreneurial dream alive? 

Continue Reading
12 September 2017

Success is slow

If at first you don’t succeed…

As adults, we’ve forgotten what we knew as kids – nobody is an expert the first time. We try a new task and expect to be good right away. When we’re not, we believe its because we can’t learn new things. I recently picked up a new crafting hobby and my first attempt didn’t 100% match the example. Undeterred, I tried again with similar results. Its a struggle because I know I’m getting better, but I want to be awesome today.

boy pouting

Learning new tech works the same way. I met someone recently who opened up MailChimp for the first time, scanned through the pages and options, then decided it wasn’t intuitive enough for her to figure out. Do you have the same reaction? When you are struggling with learning a new program do you seek out video tutorials, blogs, or the FAQ section? Or do you bang your head against the keyboard, hoping the information will work into your brain via osmosis?

These days we have access to more information than we know what to do with. Any problem you have, chances are that somebody else has had the same issue. But where do you go to find the answers?

Continue Reading
30 August 2017

Sleep tight with your digital device

Is your phone keeping you awake?

 We’ve heard the reports that using our mobile devices before bedtime is a sure way to disrupt our sleep. Digital devices are emitting greater amounts of blue LED light these days in comparison to other light sources in our house.  Recent studies show that blue light suppresses melatonin (the hormone the brain produces at night to induce sleepiness) more effectively than any other visible wavelength, potentially leaving people more alert when they would otherwise start feeling drowsy.
During the day, a little extra blue light from our computer doesn’t make a difference when we’re already getting so much from the environment. But all that changes at night. How many of us check our email, play a game, or look at Facebook before we turn off the bedside lamp? I know I”m guilty of it almost every night.
So if blue light before bed is bad for us, what are we supposed to do?
Continue Reading
28 August 2017

CrashPlan – Stay or Go?

CrashPlan is getting out of the online backup business for home owners. Not only is this a bummer for me personally, but CrashPlan has been my primary recommendation for anyone wanting to get started with online backup. So now what?

The great news is, CrashPlan has extended your subscription for 60 days (past when you normally expire) to give you time to make a decision. If you are set to expire Jan 1, 2018, then you will have till March to figure things out.

If you want the easiest route, I would recommend staying with Crashplan and moving to their small business plan for a year. This plan only requires you to log in to migrate your account. You will be able to backup for free until the end of your current CrashPlan subscription, then enjoy a 75% discount for the first 12 months – $2.50/mo. As far as I can tell, this is $2.50 per device for those coming over from the CrashPlan Home plan.

After that year the cost for CrashPlan’s Small Business Plan is $10/computer, and I would recommend re-evaluating the options available. Currently, Backblaze is a great alternative at $50/computer/year or $4.17/mo. That’s only one Starbucks (if you like your caffeine large)!

 Whichever route you choose, remember that online sync – Dropbox/OneDrive/G Drive – is not the same thing as online backup. Do not use Dropbox etc. as a means of backing up your files when there are better options.

 Questions? Let me know! I strongly believe that online backup is worth every penny and would be glad to help you get started!

 

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?

Continue Reading

Ilios Digital Organizing Blog

3 December 2017

Airplane Mode

Ready for take off?

We’ve all seen those people doing the last minute check of their cell phone before the flight attendant comes around and tells you to shut off your phones. It used to be that we were told that signals from our phones would interfere with the plane’s functioning, but now they offer wi-fi on flights so what has changed?

Read More

19 October 2017

Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster?

If you’ve turned on the news this week, you’ve seen the devastation wildfire is bringing to California. You may be familiar with general disaster preparedness  but do you know what to do as a small business owner?
According to the Small Business Administration, 40-60% of businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster. So what can you do to keep your entrepreneurial dream alive? 

Read More

12 September 2017

Success is slow

If at first you don’t succeed…

As adults, we’ve forgotten what we knew as kids – nobody is an expert the first time. We try a new task and expect to be good right away. When we’re not, we believe its because we can’t learn new things. I recently picked up a new crafting hobby and my first attempt didn’t 100% match the example. Undeterred, I tried again with similar results. Its a struggle because I know I’m getting better, but I want to be awesome today.

boy pouting

Learning new tech works the same way. I met someone recently who opened up MailChimp for the first time, scanned through the pages and options, then decided it wasn’t intuitive enough for her to figure out. Do you have the same reaction? When you are struggling with learning a new program do you seek out video tutorials, blogs, or the FAQ section? Or do you bang your head against the keyboard, hoping the information will work into your brain via osmosis?

These days we have access to more information than we know what to do with. Any problem you have, chances are that somebody else has had the same issue. But where do you go to find the answers?

Read More

30 August 2017

Sleep tight with your digital device

Is your phone keeping you awake?

 We’ve heard the reports that using our mobile devices before bedtime is a sure way to disrupt our sleep. Digital devices are emitting greater amounts of blue LED light these days in comparison to other light sources in our house.  Recent studies show that blue light suppresses melatonin (the hormone the brain produces at night to induce sleepiness) more effectively than any other visible wavelength, potentially leaving people more alert when they would otherwise start feeling drowsy.
During the day, a little extra blue light from our computer doesn’t make a difference when we’re already getting so much from the environment. But all that changes at night. How many of us check our email, play a game, or look at Facebook before we turn off the bedside lamp? I know I”m guilty of it almost every night.
So if blue light before bed is bad for us, what are we supposed to do?
Read More

28 August 2017

CrashPlan – Stay or Go?

CrashPlan is getting out of the online backup business for home owners. Not only is this a bummer for me personally, but CrashPlan has been my primary recommendation for anyone wanting to get started with online backup. So now what?

The great news is, CrashPlan has extended your subscription for 60 days (past when you normally expire) to give you time to make a decision. If you are set to expire Jan 1, 2018, then you will have till March to figure things out.

If you want the easiest route, I would recommend staying with Crashplan and moving to their small business plan for a year. This plan only requires you to log in to migrate your account. You will be able to backup for free until the end of your current CrashPlan subscription, then enjoy a 75% discount for the first 12 months – $2.50/mo. As far as I can tell, this is $2.50 per device for those coming over from the CrashPlan Home plan.

After that year the cost for CrashPlan’s Small Business Plan is $10/computer, and I would recommend re-evaluating the options available. Currently, Backblaze is a great alternative at $50/computer/year or $4.17/mo. That’s only one Starbucks (if you like your caffeine large)!

 Whichever route you choose, remember that online sync – Dropbox/OneDrive/G Drive – is not the same thing as online backup. Do not use Dropbox etc. as a means of backing up your files when there are better options.

 Questions? Let me know! I strongly believe that online backup is worth every penny and would be glad to help you get started!

 

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?

Read More