Computer Q&A (21COM250)

Here’s a list of the topics to be addressed as decided so far.
To request a topic, please email me at the address used to provide the Zoom link.

WeekDate Topics
129/04/2021     
1. Backing up your phone
How often should you backup your phone and devices? Why back them up? How much storage does a backup use? How to use iCloud backups.
2. Photo backup
Where to backup your photos? iCloud, Google photos, on your computer, etc. How many backups should you have?
3. Cloud storage
So many clouds! What should you use them for? And how best to use them?
4. Using Dropbox cloud service (free version)
Dropbox web vs Dropbox desktop app vs Dropbox on mobiles. Using Dropbox to backup your stuff.
5. Choosing a save location for files downloaded from Chrome

206/05/2021
1. Choosing a save location for files downloaded from Chrome
2. Zip files (rerun)
Using 7-Zip (free) to zip and unzip files
3. What to do when a password is automatically created for you
4. Finding your cursor on your monitor – some tricks
5. Using Dropbox cloud service (free version)
Dropbox web vs Dropbox desktop app vs Dropbox on mobiles. Using Dropbox to backup your stuff.
6. Gmail settings – will probably be held over …

313/05/2021
0. Updates to Windows – Quality updates vs Feature updates
1. Gmail settings
[2. YouTube – what difference having an account makes, how you can use your account to save your favourite videos etc – held over]
[3. Using Dropbox cloud service (free version)
More on using Dropbox web vs Dropbox desktop app vs Dropbox on mobiles. Using Dropbox to backup your stuff. – held over]

420/05/2021
No class this week.

527/05/2021
1. Updates
(a) Windows updates – new ‘feature update’ available (version 21H1), ‘cleaning’ mode
(b) Macrium Reflect updates
(c) Driver updates
(d) Beware of bundled software when updating manually!
2. Recent Zoom changes – check you can find your gallery view, dual monitors
3. YouTube – what difference having an account makes, how you can use your account to save your favourite videos etc
4. Using Dropbox cloud service (free version)
More on using Dropbox web vs Dropbox desktop app vs Dropbox on mobiles. Using Dropbox to backup your stuff. Sharing files on Dropbox – links may be set to expire!

603/06/2021
1. Accessing your Gmail account in Outlook including IMAP vs POP for email
2. Backing up your Gmail account including attachments
3. Microsoft Edge vs Chrome browser – Which browser to use?
4. Which Word Processor should you use? (very quick summary of the following options: WordPad, Google Docs, Office online, Dropbox Paper. There’s also alternatives such as LibreOffice)
5. Default browser – Incredible charts
5. HEIF / HEIC photo formats – can auto-convert to jpg when uploading to Dropbox.

710/06/2021
1. Backing up your Gmail account including attachments
2. Backing up photos to your computer using direct connection. Also using iXpand Flash Drive.
3. Sending a link to an online image instead of the full image
4. Downloading and installing CODECs for viewing HEIF / HEIC on Windows
5. How do we set ourselves up for the future when perhaps we won’t have the same mental capacities as we have now?

817/06/2021
1. Downloading and installing CODECs for viewing HEIF / HEIC on Windows (https://www.windowscentral.com/how-open-heic-and-hevc-files-windows-10s-photos-app)
2. How do we set ourselves up for the future when perhaps we won’t have the same mental capacities as we have now?
3. How to use Thunderbird to back up email (https://www.wikihow.com/Back-Up-Email-Files-in-Mozilla-Thunderbird)
4. Controlling the duration of a phone’s ringing (https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/technology/how-to-extend-the-ring-time-on-your-smartphone)
5. Does a protected browser have access to myGov & bank account information?
6. Does ‘Location’ on mobile phones have anything to do with searchers locating lost persons and Police tracing criminals?
7. Managing iCloud storage

924/06/20211. Managing iCloud storage
2. How to use OneNote


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U3A Nunawading members who are enrolled in 2021 Term 2 Computer Q&A sessions (21COM250) can request topics to be discussed during class. Please email your questions to the address used to provide the Zoom link for the class.