That’s my Droid sitting there with the same image as the laptop. Well actually that’s not just an image, it is the laptop streaming content to my Droid and vice versa. We now have the ability to see and control our AIS information (and other info such as XM Weather, GPS diagnostics, etc.) from the laptop in the Nav Station with any Android device anywhere within range of our on-board router — about three boat lengths. I now have a good reason to buy an Android tablet — screen size. This arrangement is much less complicated than our original arrangement.
All that was required was the Splashtop Personal app on the Droid and a streaming application on the laptop. Since these devices are on the same wirelesss network (logged in on the same router) the service is free. And if you wanted to do this from a separate network, from anywhere, it’s cheap. Splashtop can service Google Android Devices, iPad, iPhone/iPod, Mac, Windows, Win 8/RT & WinPhone.
If I discover any problems, I’ll post them here, but with 15 million users, this is not a junkyard app.
Yesterday, Google announced a new feature. Anyone on Google+ can e-mail other g+ users without knowing their Gmail address. When you respond to such an e-mail, your address is revealed.
This is more of a traffic management problem than a privacy issue. As cruisers, we don’t need unsolicited emails as some WiFi, when found, is not particularly “Fi” and satellite data-link benefits from as little data as necessary. “Unsubscribe” gets quite a workout with us. Here’s how to manage this new feature.
- Open Gmail. Click on the gear icon and select “Settings.”
- Under Settings’ “General” tab look for “Email via Google+” (tenth category down)
- Click the dropdown menu next to “Who can email you via your Google+ profile?” Make a choice then click: Anyone on Google+ or Extended Circles or Circles, or No One.
- Save Changes. easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy
Derived from CNET, Lance Whitney January 10, 2014 5:37 AM PST
Posted in 2014
Well, that got your attention!
Actually it is a laptop keyboard malfunction, maybe. The tilde, 5, 6, +, -, del and cntrl keys just stopped working. I didn’t discover it until I had messed up some ledgers and spreadsheets.
The key feel is no different. The on-screen, virtual keyboard works fine. My backup USB keyboard and USB number pad work fine.
I run Windows 7 and update regularly. Windows 7 had early problems with PS/2 keyboards. I thought perhaps an update had undone the fix they came up with. This happened the day after an update so I rolled it back. Nada!
I tried updating the driver, but the original driver has never been updated. I reloaded the driver and…Nada.
The computer scans as being malware free.
I bought a new computer (from my smartphone–oh, what a world) yesterday evening (@1910) and paid an extra $4 to have it delivered this morning. Delivery was confirmed at @1010.
I’d still like to use this one as a backup.
Any ideas? The support forums have been useless. [“Save your files and reinstall Windows.” People actually get paid for that kind of advice!]
Posted in 2013
We use Thunderbird as an email client. To move it seamlessly from one computer to another Windows users may want to try this:
Update the T-bird version on the old computer to the same release to be used on the new computer — this will reformat Continue reading
I’m not generally inclined to recommend software, sometimes there be dragons in the code. I generally feel comfortable with downloads via CNET. NETWORX is a small utility that runs in background to keep track of how your computer is interacting with the net. the single feature I find most useful is “Quota.” This allows me to set an alarm for a specific amount of web-traffic — particularly useful when using MB or GB priced WiFi. [Second is Usage Report] Other features include: Continue reading