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Tim’s Journal

Hello.  You can read my thoughts below and even leave your comments to say what you think about what I’ve said.

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New ebook – Top Tips for Tablets

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New Poll: What tablet

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Shock news: I allow Georgia a holiday

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Addendum: I should have said last time…

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Word to the Wise – Operating Systems

Operating System

E.G Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Linux, Mac OS

The Operating System (usually called the “OS”) sounds like a bit of a complex one, but it isn’t really too bad if you break it up into 4 chunks.

The first chunk is the hardware. You need the actual screen and the actual computer tower, with all the techie insides in it. Secondly, you need the Operating System, which is the program that makes you able to use your computer. Third, you have the applications, which are programs like Microsoft office suite, Skype, Internet Explorer, etc. Last but not least, the user, which is you! You tell the mouse where to point and you press the keys on the keyboard.

The OS is basically the big program that you need on your computer, to be able to use it. The OS is what creates the folders where you store your documents, or your pictures, and gives you the ability to browse through your computer, and make changes if you want to. To put it another way, it’s the big important software bit that “talks” to the hardware bit, once you tell it what to do.

I hope that one isn’t too mind boggling!

Georgia

New Poll: Windows XP

Hello

I’m curious about what everyone who has Windows XP is planning to do when support for it ends in April.

 

So I’ve put a little poll over on the right – could you just click the answer that’s true for you and then on “Vote” below the answers?

Thanks!

Tim

PS If this is news to you or you like some advice about what to do, you can read more about what’s happening here: http://www.helpfulbooks.co.uk/TheDeclineAndFallOfWindowsXP.pdf

Coloured comments for Georgia & me…

Hello

one or two of you had pointed out that in the new website, Georgia’s replies to questions in the Clubroom weren’t coloured pink like they used to be, so it was hard to spot them.

I’ve had a dig around and worked out what (I think ) the problem was and I think I’ve managed to sort it.

Notice my (lack of!) confidence – I think I’ve sorted it, but the code for this bit is written in a programming language I’ve never really learnt…

Anyway, I think I’ve fixed it and it’s working for me – so let me know if you find any replies from Georgia aren’t coloured pink so they stand out.

Tim

This is the NEW Inner Circle website

It looks a lot like the old one, I’ll grant you.

In fact I’ve copied virtually everything, just tweaking the odd bit here when I noticed something out of date while I was doing it.

But really all I’ve done is copy everything over to a new web host. We’ve had lots of problems with the old one (including the website going down completely, the clubroom periodically stopping working until I jiggered about with it each time and some features that stopped working because the hosting company deactivated them because they thought we’d prefer it).

Now we should be much better off – but I wouldn’t bet I got everything right when I copied it all over.  In fact I think it’s likely there’ll be several small mistakes – things I just didn’t think of. So if you spot any mistakes or things missing, just let us know and I’ll sort them out (and apologise embarrassedly!)
Tim