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How to Send BitSeeds, Bitcoin, or Any Cryptocurrency

 

This video lesson shows you the steps to send BitSeeds, or a similar digital currency such as Bitcoin, to someone else.  You’ll need to know the recipient’s payment address and it helps for you to type in a label so you can look back later and know who you sent the money to or what the payment was for.

Watch the steps and keep in mind they’re pretty similar with any cryptocurrency.

 

A Non-Technical Explanation of The Cloud and Apple’s iCloud

I’ve had a lot of people ask me to explain what “the Cloud” is, and whether it’s the same as Apple’s iCloud service. They also wanted to get a better understanding of what iCloud does, and why they’d want to use it.

This audio lesson explains both the Cloud and more specifically iCloud (which is Apple’s own cloud service) and an overview of how it works — it’s not just for iPhone and iPad, but also for both Windows and Mac computers.

Click the play button to have a listen: [Click for full post]

What is a File vs What is a Folder – Explained in Non-Technical Terms

I recorded this video a couple of years ago in answer to a question sent in by a Gold Club member who wanted to know what files and folders actually are.  In the case of that particular student, they had no real idea what either term meant.

This is understandable because people commonly misuse the two terms.  In some cases I think they know better but are being a little sloppy in their choice of words, but a lot of people really don’t get the distinction between the two.

Like a lot of tech words, they actually do make sense once they’re explained right. The video shows you a simple way to understand the difference between file and folder that should help them both make more sense so you can use them correctly. [Click for full post]

Overview of How Computers Work Explained in Simple Terms

In this audio lesson I’m going to take a number of the simple explanations for specific computer terms which I’ve used over the years and tie them all together to help you better understand how the computer works.

Just about everything I mention here also applies to any kind of computing device including smartphones like the iPhone, or tablet computers like the iPad.

In this easy audio computer lesson you’ll learn and finally understand the following things:

Definition of Delete vs Cancel – Two Commonly Confused Computer Terms

In this article, I want to talk a little bit about two computer terms that I see people confusing or demonstrating that they don’t understand completely.  People often use the two interchangeably or consistently use the wrong one.

These two terms are “cancel” and “delete.”

Let’s start with “delete.” To delete something is the process of taking something such as a file, like a Word document or photograph, and removing it. The process generally involves moving it to the trash on a Mac or the recycle bin on a Windows machine and emptying the trash or recycle bin. The emptying part is what is actually deleting it. [Click for full post]

Four Basic Computer Training Kindle Books Available on Amazon

I’m happy to announce that the first four of a series of books covering computer basics and online privacy & security advice are now available to order from Amazon.com (and on the overseas “local branches” of Amazon) for Kindle. You can see cover images and titles for the books – clicking them will take you to Amazon where you can order them and have them instantly delivered to you. [one_half]

How to Prevent Computer Problems by Avoiding 6 Hidden Dangers to Your Computer & Other ElectronicsHow to Prevent Computer Problems

How to Back Up Your Computer ebookHow to Back Up Your Computer

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What Is a Safe Password and More Internet Privacy & Security Tips - Explained in Plain EnglishWhat is A Safe Password

What is the Internet Basic Computer Terms & ConceptsWhat is the Internet (Internet Basics)

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What is a USB Flash Drive – Computer Terms in Plain English

In this audio lesson & transcript, I’m going to take a question from Mark. He writes and asks, “What’s a flash drive?”   Transcript of computer lesson begins: A flash drive is a type of storage device for a computer. A storage device is the broad or general term for anything that is used to store data or files. A hard drive in your computer is a storage device. An old floppy disk is a storage device. A CD-ROM or DVD is a storage device, and so is a flash drive. A lot of people call flash drives by specific brand names. They think that is the correct name for them. Sometimes they’ll refer to them as a thumb drive, jump drive, go drive, key drive or any number of things. These are actually all brand names or partial brand names that people have mistakenly thought was the correct general term for that type of device. A flash drive is a

Computer Question: What is a Bookmark – Basic Computer Term Explained

This computer question comes from Mahakali Ramesh Kumar, who writes: “Dear Worth Godwin, I want to know what is Bookmark in internet or in computers. Thanking you, Yours faithfully Mahakali” TRANSCRIPT BEGINS: That’s a pretty simple thing to answer. A bookmark is sometimes also known as a favorite, although originally it was known as a bookmark in most web browsers. Those are the programs you use to navigate around on the internet. It’s really Internet Explorer that refers to them as favorites. I think they did this originally because they were concerned about avoiding copyright infringement. I’m not positive about that. At any rate, a favorite or bookmark is the same thing. When the web was created in the early to mid ‘90s, the way we thought about it is like pages like pages in a book. If you have a book you’re reading and you want to get back to a page in that book, what do you do? You bookmark it. It’s the same basic idea.

Computer Question About Ubuntu and Free Open Source Software

I received a computer question by email from a subscriber named Willa Valdez, who is wondering what I think about Ubuntu and Open Source software in general. Here’s her question: “Dear Worth, Mahalo Nui Loa for your Newsletters. Your computer lessons have helped me tremendously. I am thinking of purchasing a netbook. They both have the operating system Ubuntu (latest version) already installed. I am a newbie when it comes to Linux but I am curious about how how this system works. I installed Ubuntu via WUBI along side VISTA, however, my computer would freeze when I chose to boot with Ubuntu. I was able to boot with Ubuntu a couple of times and liked the Gnome desktop. Unfortunately, some of the applications I use were not supported i.e. Skype. I did not delve into learning the Command Line just yet. I would appreciate your thoughts on Ubuntu and your general opinion on the Open Source concept. Again, thank you for expertise and assistance. Aloha, Willa Valdez” Below is a partial transcription of the audio: What do I think about Ubuntu and open-source? There are a few things. Let’s start with some definitions.

Computer Question: What is Grounding & Can Electrostatic Damage Hurt Your Electronics?

This time I’m going to take a question from someone who asks, “What is grounding? I’ve heard it phrased in so many places but don’t know what it is.” Use the audio player above to listen to the plain English explanation of this computer term, or read the transcription of the audio below: — Compute training audio transcription begins — Grounding is something that is important for electronics. As usual, I’m going to give you a nontechnical answer. Ground or grounding is the main way it’s called in the United States. Elsewhere, such as in the UK, it’s often referred to as earth or earthing. It’s the same thing. This refers to draining off excess electricity. That’s basically what it’s about. I’ve talked about how it’s important for someone working on the inside of a computer or any kind of electronic device that they be grounded. If I work on a computer, take it apart and am upgrading or repairing it, any time I have the case open and am working in the inside of it, I’m always making sure that I’m grounded. The way I do this is