Monthly Archives: July 2016

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Tech Talk: Your Questions Answered

Category : The Arts , Writing

For my last and final Tech Talk at Saint Viator, I am pleased to be answering the questions that viewers of this article posed in the last survey given by the Viator Voice. Here, I will try to answer some of the questions that you have in the simplest way possible, trying to refrain from all techy jargon and anything else the common man or woman might not understand.

If we have iPads, why do we still use loose paper?

A:iPads are great and all, but there is nothing like actually doing your math homework on what it is meant to be done on– loose leaf. Writing skills and using a pen are still something that you will need to learn in the business world. Even though you can type 300 words a minute, there is still a need for normal handwriting.

Can technology pose health problems?

A: Short answer: if used excessively, yes. Long answer: Every device that we use give off very very small amounts of radiation. This radiation is something the world likes to call a wifi signal or cellular communication. This magnetic radiation is what allows us to access the internet without having to drag around a cord with us everywhere we go. It has been scientifically proven both ways that health problems come along with using technology, but in the research I have done, using wifi on an iPad, unless it is taped to your head and streaming high definition video for a very long time will not affect your health. Some people also complain about eye or thumb problems while using technology. These health risks are founded, and I have personally experienced eye strain after a long day of coding away. Through the research I have done, I found out that the blue light is what prevents sleeping and damages your eyes, because your mind thinks that you are looking at the sky.

Can Viator see what we do on our iPad?

A: To a degree, the Saint Viator wifi system is setup to monitor the use of the internet to prevent the user from accessing malicious websites and potentially harming their own device, themselves, or other devices at Saint Viator.

Why does my wifi have terrible connection at certain times everyday?

A: The internet has times where it is used the most every day. Those times are from about 7-8 am and 7-12 pm. At this time the internet is somewhat bottlenecked. Think of the internet as a water pipe. Only a certain amount of water can flow through the pipe at a time, and that is what the internet is similar to.

When will my Saint Viator email expire?

A: According to Ms Peggy Gosch, Director of Information Technology at Saint Viator, your email will be deleted around October of the year you graduate. This means that you will have to take a backup of your entire google drive, emails, and contact book.

Will the the computers rise against humanity?

A: Not in the foreseeable future, but as technology progresses and we make advances in Artificial Intelligence, anything can happen!

It has been a joy to write in the Viator Voice these past four years, and I always look forward to seeing my stories! I hope you enjoyed one of the longest tech talks I have ever written! Thank you for reading this and for making these past four years fun!


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Tech Talk: Survey Results

Category : The Arts , Writing

Welcome to Tech Talk!

Recently, we took a technology survey at Saint Viator, and here are some of the results we gleaned from the data.

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As you can see, many people use their devices frequently, and at some point they are bound to have problems. It surprised me that there were so many people who used a Mac over a PC at home. I will be writing more Mac tutorials in future articles. I thought that it was interesting to learn that most people have problems with Internet and Wi-Fi issues. In future articles, I will be writing a major how-to tutorial on how to make your Wi-Fi connection rock solid! Some overarching ideas that people were concerned about were privacy and security, as well as keeping their iPad up to tip-top speed.

 

Some tips I have to keep your iPad fast are as follows:

  • Press the power button as if you were going to power off your iPad. When the ‘slide to power off’ bar comes up, hold the home button down for 5 seconds and click the cancel button. This should make your iPad faster.
  • Download a system monitor app like SysInfo to determine exactly how your iPad may be acting.
  • This may be a little drastic, but an iPad restore never does bad. Sometimes it may be good to just start all over with your iPad reset at factory conditions. Then you can restore it from an iCloud backup to restore your apps.
  • Also, delete apps that you do not use. Some apps have what are called daemons, which means that there is a process that runs in the background of your iPad. A whole bunch of these processes can make an iPad run slower because no memory or processing power would be left for the iPad to do what you want it to.

 

Some tips I have about keeping safe on your iPad:

  • If it looks shady, don’t download it!
  • If you get an odd-looking email, delete it as soon as possible! If you open it, it may install malware on your iPad or computer. When in doubt, delete it!
  • Don’t trust ads that look like iOS system notifications like an incoming call or such. These ads are fraudulent and lead you to websites infected with malware.

Stay tuned to the Viator Voice in future issues when we will dive right into your questions that you may have posed during the survey. If you want your own tech question answered, feel free to reply to this article.


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Tech Talk December 2015

Category : The Arts , Writing

iPad Tips

  1. You can install alternate keyboards for your iPad that have some cool features like swipe type! Search the App Store for ‘keyboards’ and find one that you like!
  2. iCloud can let you sync your photos between iOS devices! Go into Settings > iCloud > and turn Photo Stream on!
  3. You can save websites to your home screen by tapping the button with a box with an arrow sticking out of it and selecting “save to homescreen.”
  4. You can get notifications when someone shares something with you on Google Drive! Go into the drive all, click the three lines in the corner, and then tap notifications.
  5. You can add new filters to your email accounts to just show emails from today, messages you were CC’d on and messages with attachments. Just click the edit button on the account menu in the mail app to add these filters.

App Reviews

Speed test – free
Take a look into how fast your wifi really is by using this free app to analyze the network latency and upload and download speeds. I would rate this app a 5 of 5 because of the beautiful user interface and interesting application.
Watson Trend – free
In this app, you channel the Watson supercomputer, the computer that infamously won jeopardy back in 2014 and look at trending products and topics. Watson stand trillions of posts, blogs, and articles to determine what products are hot and a good deal. I would rate this app a 2 of 5, because it is an interesting concept but is very bland and rough.

PDF Expert
In this app, similar to Notability, you are able to annotate PDFs and draw all over them. This app is very powerful and interesting to play with. I would rate this app a 4.5 of 5 because it is easy to use in its editor mode, but can be hard to navigate the menus.
Micro Battles
In this multiplayer app, you get assigned a daily mini game- it can be anything from a pixelated soccer game to a sky-high dogfight. This app is simplistic in both its control and pixelated style, and I would rate it a 4 of 5 because you can not choose to play a different mini game per day without buying the premium version.

 


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Tech Talk November 2015

Welcome to Tech Talk! This is the articles I Posted in my school newspaper over the past school year. This is a series where I explain little known tips and tricks for iPads and rate some of the top apps on the App Store.

 

iPad Tips and Tricks

1. You can click the “Back To” button where the iPad logo is when the iPad switches apps to return to the one you were previously were on.
2. You can add widgets to the Notification Center by dragging down from the top, scrolling all the way down and clicking “edit.”
3. When you have an app open on another Apple device, you can “hand off” the app by clicking the bar below the apps at the app switcher.
4. You can now search the settings. Drag down to reach the search bar.
5. You can add website icons to your home screen by clicking the box with an arrow in Safari then the option “Add to Home Screen.”

App Reviews

Smashy Road – Free
In this fun and interesting app, you are a fugitive running from the cops. This app is basically a dumbed-down version of Grand Theft Auto and is a very interesting and good take on the game empire. And the best part is it’s free. This app deserves its 5 of 5 star rating because of the interesting and creative map to play on and the story development as you run away from the police.

Shooty Skies – Free
In this time-killing app, you are a cat in a plane shooting away at an expanse of enemies ranging from space-invader-like enemies to a floating boom box. This app is yet another block-like game and deserves its 5 of 5 star rating.

Musi – Free
In this app, you can create YouTube playlists in a way similar to that of apps like Spotify. This is a great app, but is distracting from the true purpose of the app by a newsfeed of popular videos. I would rate this app a 4 of 5 because it is a great concept.

FXGuru – Free
In this app, you can create motion-tracking special effects in any video. It is a great app, but I would rate it a 3 of 5 because of the excessive in app purchases needed to get the coolest effects.


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Cleaning your Windows Registry: A Simple Task with Big Benefits

Category : Software , Tech Tips

The Windows registry is a hidden database in your computer that tells programs information on user saved preferences. It also gives them information on how to run the program. When you install a program, the program creates registry values during the installation in order for the program to work properly.

Over 92% of computers have some form of Adware and spyware. Such software is rarely accompanied by an uninstall utility, and even when it is, it almost always leaves broken Windows Registry keys behind it. Even if you have an anti-spyware tool your Windows Registry might be broken – developers of those tools focus on removing Adware and spyware functionality, not every trace of software itself.

Another group of software that is known to leave bits and pieces behind on uninstallation is games. There are a lot of special installation systems that create strange files, unique entries in your registry file,as well as changes system dll’s, or system drivers, to other versions. Once you uninstall the game a lot of the special installation changes it made will be left, causing you problems.

You should run an advanced registry cleaner for Windows that allows you to safely scan, clean, and repair registry problems with a few simple mouse clicks on a regular basis.

Problems with the Windows Registry are a common cause of Windows crashes (blue screens) and error messages (memory as well as disk errors). By using a PC tune-up utility, your system will be more stable, your software will run quicker, and your operating system will boot faster.

Registry problems can occur for many reasons, including references left after uninstallation; incorrect removal of software; missing or corrupt hardware drivers; or orphaned start-up programs. With a few easy steps, a good registry cleaner will scan your entire registry for any invalid entries and offer a list of the errors found.

You then can choose to clean each item or automatically repair them all after making a backup without the need for a registry editor such as Regedit.

To help people choose a product have we created this short checklist.

A good windows registry clean and repair product should have the following options.

Automatic Scan

This is the hands-off approach for your windows registry scan. This is the simplest way to clean up the registry. Automatic Scan is recommended for ‘non-technical’ users.

Custom Scans

You customize your search and scan Windows registry for particular types of errors. (shared DLLs, missing fonts, invalid start-up entries, etc.).

Manual Cleanup

After the scan is complete, the program should show you a full list of errors with details, broken down by types. Then the program should let you fix individual invalid entries or all invalid entries of a certain type.

Backup and Undo

Before removing an entry from your registry, should an automatic creation of a backup file be done, that can be used to undo the changes. This to avoid changes without backup.

Scheduler

To schedule the program to scan the registry whenever you start your computer.

Using software like this is not a one time fix. You must run it on a regular basis to keep your registry clean and without errors. This will help the stability and speed of windows.

So when you want to clean your registry, you can easily click a mouse a couple of times and fix some possible crash-causing problems on your computer in a few minutes.