What’s Happening in Class

Saturday was the hottest day this year..it was time to be out and about in Austin. .I think the news spread to Mayfield Park on Mt. Bonnell near Laguna Gloria. The male peacocks were at their finest trying to impress the females. A group of 6 students had a free meetup to help each other take better photos using composition, aperture settings and changing of the ISO. Also you can’t take photos if you don’t get up and get out.

Best take away was that the more we zoomed for a close up of the texture, the lower the light that was available. Changing our ISO to 400 did the trick for most of the cameras.02-shutter-apperture-iso-full

If you want to learn your camera better watch for our next meetup in June. Just come and share knowledge. peacock6 peacock texture 4

If you missed Julia with her Health Information for an iPhone she explained how an emergency call can be made from a locked screen, what is Smart 9-1-1, and how we can sync our information through a portal called Health Vault by Microsoft with our doctors and other providers. Very informative and we are most grateful for Julia as a first time volunteer instructor to spend some time with us. You will have another chance to learn about this in May when Julia does a more in-depth version for caregivers. Thursday May 21st at 1.


A little humor about our lives BEFORE social media.

Let us know if you are having problems with your cameras or smartphones. As always we are there for you when you need us for tutorials and help on your PC. Stay safe on the internet.

Favorite new app is Photo Viva. It can paint your photos or copy them with brush strokes. iris with photo viva

on1 software has a new upgrade to Perfect photo Suite 9.5

Lightroom also has a new upgrade to version 6.

What’s on your phone?

Screen-Shot-2014-09-05-at-11.30.39-AM-800x495Thank you to AGE of Central Texas for writing such a nice blog about our volunteer lab. Last week was volunteer appreciation week. So many to thank to keep the lab running and they did it very graciously.

We have so many classes at the lab that you can literally spend everyday there. The ones that are becoming the most popular are the ones that you use on a daily basis. If you are afraid to take a class, start with one of these. You have a phone and phones are with us all the time. Almost 46% of us over 65 have one according to Pew research. Instead of fighting the technology let’s put it to good use.

Coaches are always available and instruction is paced to your learning ability.

Recently Annette L., our iPad instructor complied an impressive list of gardening apps and games. A few of her favorites were:

Leafsnap – can be used on the iPad and iPhone. You can browse their list for plant leaves, take a picture and search, when you take a picture use a white piece of paper as your background. – Free

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Like That GardenFlower Identification – This app you can take a photo of any flower or plant, and get information regarding the plant.  Also the app will look at any current flowers or plants you have in your camera roll. I liked this one over the Leafsnap – Free

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For my artistic photo apps  I like PicArts, Snapseed, Befunky and Pixlr Express. All are free. I try a few photos and if I don’t enjoy the experience, I delete the app. Never has creativity been so close to your fingertips.

Speaking of cameras, why not take a photo of your license plate on your car?  When we travel we need to know this information or if in an accident or stolen, it will really come in handy.

This Tuesday we are having Julia come for medical information on your phone in case of emergency room and doctor visits. Her class starts at 1. Please register first but we would live to have you come.

Did you know that you can get a Houston Library card as well as an Austin card to listen to audio books on your Kindle or iPad? The Gutenberg Project has 1000’s of free books for downloading.  Download “Overdrive” from your app store and follow the prompts to enter your library information. If interested in having a hands on class on this please let me know, director@agecomputer.org

See you in class.


Windows 8 and Other Musings

Tired of fighting Windows 8 start screen!!!!
Do you want your Windows 8 start up to look like Windows 7 or something you are more familiar with? With 8.1, there is a new option to boot to the Desktop rather than the Start Screen.

When you see your taskbar on the bottom of your desktop, right-click on it and choose Properties, then click on the Navigation tab.tools

The setting outlined in red is the main one, but you may want to change the others as well. Click “apply” to make the changes permanent.

Did you know that more than 3/4 of all Americans over the age of 13 own a smartphone? Are you getting the most out of yours?

More photos are taken with a phone rather than a point and shoot camera as of 2014. Where are they stored, can you make a postcard, send an email, post to your friends on Facebook? I hope so. Samsung is coming out with their Samsung 6 Edge camera this Friday. The tech talk is more about the camera in the phone than the quality of the calls. Why is that? The phones are always with us, from taking a picture of your car license to have in case you need to reference it, find the new cabinet that most looks like your old one, or a missing light bulb part that you want the Home Depot to find for you. They have become a part of your life.

The bluebonnets are copious and beautiful right now. The Camera Awesome app made by SmugMug allows both exposure and fixed focus with just two fingers. SONY DSC Hope to see you in class either the iPhone or Android, or how to put Important medical info on your iPhone or come with us to Mayfield Park or Enchanted Rock to figure out what your shutter speed can do.

See you later. Off to check out the new tulip farm in Pilot Point Texas near Denton.