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Monday, 30 October 2017

A few of my well used Android Apps


Some Android apps I find incredibly useful and hope you might as well. I’ve deliberately kept things brief and simple just to give you an overall picture. Each of these apps can do far more than I have explained.

Aquamail
This sets up easily but if you want to make it sing, you need to put a little time on it. I have three email addresses and it puts them all on the opening screen. It allows a different signature for each email address and you can colour code them on the opening screen. There is also an area which lists all emails from each email address together – useful if you are in a hurry. If you use Google’s G-Suite, or other programs which allow identities, this will cope for as many identities as you may wish, with separate signatures for each identity. But if you only have one email address this could be termed as overkill.

Drupe
This is a communications program. Within Drupe, I have phonecalls, sms, emails, whatsapp, Viper, Hangouts, Google Video and even paypal. These are circles on the right. I have a list of my favourite and regular contacts in circles on the left, and if I want, for instance, to send an email to Pam, I drag her picture to the email button and my email program (Aquamail) opens up on a new email page. The program allows for four dots to be put anywhere on your screen and stays there whatever program you are in. For example, if I am sending an email to Jim, but need info from Jack, I can stay on my email page, slide the four dots across the screen and it opens up Drupe, I can make a quick phone call, and immediately go back to my email. There is a list of every business imaginable on a page within the program, and whereever you are in the world, you can click on a button and find the nearest of about 80 types of shops and businesses.

Glympse
This is incredibly useful if you are wanting to meet up somewhere with a friend. You can “send a glympse” to their mobile and choose how long the friend can see your location from five minutes up to four hours. Once the time is up, it closes down and your friend cannot access your location.

Tweetcaster
One of the best twitter programs around. You can send any length tweet, even 1,000 characters or more if you like. It will send it as a file which opens if anyone clicks on it in twitter. You can also send it as a series of tweets, all joined almost together. The nice thing also is you can zip someone, so their tweets don’t appear for a day, week, month, year or forever. Sometimes when you get caught up in a conversation you are bored with, you zip them for a day and by the end, it has fizzled out. You can also send a tweet for some time in the future, minutes, hours, days or weeks.

Action Launcher
There are many launchers around but what I like about this one is the drawer on the left with all your apps on it (I have over 300) and a drawer on the right where you can put your favourite apps in. You can change the size of your icons and how many in rows and columns on the screen up to 12 x 12. 12 x 12 allows you to have more control of widgets There is a lot more on this launcher, more than I have space for here.

These are just a small handful of the 300 plus apps on my cellphone, and I hope you will find them useful.

If you know of a spectacular app feel free to write about it in the comments section.

Ampers

Friday, 27 October 2017

Who should, and why should they, think about installing Linux?

Definitely those who only use their home computer for writing letters, running spreadsheets, or browsing the Internet.

Then it is also extremely useful if you use the computer for music, including making your own ring tones, watching videos and editing photographs.

But don’t let this put you off if you do much more, Linux can do just about anything that Microsoft or Apple can, but it takes a bit of searching.

There is a link to somebody else’s article further down which, if you are interested in Linux, I suggest reading.

Before you even think about uninstalling your present computer operating system, there are things you should consider doing.

There is a great overall office program called LibreOffice. As this is also available for Microsoft or Apple computers, you can download it and get to know how it works before taking the drastic step of moving to Linus.

If you use Photoshop, then there is a Linux program called Gimp also available on Microsoft or Apple computers. Download it and play with it.

If you decide not to move to Linux, you can still use these programs and like 99% of Linux programs, they’re totally free of charge. I have about 60 major programs on my Linux desktop – and I am 78 years old.

This link will show you various Windows programs and their Linux counterparts, although very long, it is not the whole story. The link also shows you some applications which have Microsoft or Apple equivalent software which you can download before moving operating systems.

My suggestion is to keep with your Microsoft or Apple operating system for six months, run Firefox’s browser, get to know Thunderbird’s email program, run LibreOffice and get to know that. Maybe download the Gimp if you like Photoshop although there are a lot of more simple photo editing programs in Linux. Inkskape is a Coreldraw look alike which you may also want to run.

After six months, you can take the plunge, but the advantage is, you won’t have to learn all the application programs from new as you’d have been using them for months. You will never have to rely on or be dictated to, by Microsoft or Apple again.

Here is an article from someone who moved to Linux.

A little more about Operating Systems from this link:

About Linux, you will read:

“Because of its functionality, adaptability, and robustness, Linux is able to compete against the Unix and Microsoft operating systems. 

IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and other computer giants have embraced Linux and support its ongoing development. More than a decade after its initial release, Linux is being adopted worldwide mainly as a server platform. 

More and more people are starting to use Linux as a home and office desktop operating system. The operating system can also be incorporated directly into microchips in a process called “embedding.” Many appliances and devices are now starting to use operating systems in this way.”

To completely bewilder you, here’s a list of 23 operating systems! At the end of the Linux paragraph, it states: Linux is the most rapidly growing of any major operating system. Linux is the most rapidly growing of any major operating system.

However, Linux Mint has been acknowledged, by many, as the best “flavour” for absolute beginners. After six months to a year, you can experiment with some of the others. I started on Ubuntu but they seem to have neglected the desktop of their servers so I moved to Linux Mint where I have stayed.

Ampers.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Keep an open mind and educate yourself.

Have recently been called a Commie because I watch Russia Today sometimes. I also watch Al Jazeera, Fox and CNN in the USA, Sky News, EU News, and a few others.

If you just watch BBC or Sky you'll never know what is happening in the world.

Russia Today and Al Jazeera stations are full of propaganda, but you see things you never see in England, such as riots going on at present in Sweden. A lot of Riots over the last six months in Belgium, France and Germany not shown in full which the BBC tend to cover just a corner of.

In addition I use Twitter and get to know what will be in the British newspapers the day before as the information always appears electronically before the papers are printed. Twitter is an ideal way of being informed quickly if you follow the right people.

However, I suggest you don't follow my example if you have an inability to recognise propaganda or you'll be taken in by some of these stations. You need to watch them all and learn to synthesize all the information to get at the truth.

Ampers.

Friday, 20 October 2017

All about Lavazza coffee beans you wanted to know!

I have a super Krups coffee machine and buy Lavazza coffee. But was totally confused at all the various brands they do. Then I came across this blog on the Internet.

Here is the preamble, and if you want to learn about every single brand they do, follow the link at the end of this article.

Ampers

Lavazza Coffee Buying Guide

Lavazza Coffee Guide

Lavazza Coffee

Shopping for espresso coffee beans can be a baffling experience unless you already know what you’re looking for. We only stock one major brand of coffee beans – Lavazza – and there are still a large number of different blends to choose from.

We therefore decided to put together this easy-to-follow guide to help you choose the right Lavazza coffee for you. Please note this isn’t an advert or a buyers’ guide, simply an explanation of the origins, flavour and suitability of the range of Lavazza coffee beans.

To be honest, it doesn’t really matter whether you are buying coffee beans for use in your coffee shop or just to enjoy at home, the principal is the same – if it tastes good to you, it should taste good to your customers too. The only thing to factor in is the price – you may be prepared to pay that little bit more for what you drink at home, for obvious reasons.

Another point to make before we describe these great Lavazza coffees is that taste can’t be measured. We are often asked whether one blend tastes better than another, and the answer always has to be that taste is a subjective thing, what one person loves another may dislike and vice versa. We can of course use quality as a guide, but as an example, my personal favourite and the blend often recommended by Lavazza is not the most expensive in their range. We’ll therefore stick with the facts rather than try to tell you how great we think it tastes to us.

Lavazza coffee beans are broadly split into two different categories, those in red bags and those in blue bags. Lavazza red tends to be found more in cash and carries, supermarkets and high street shops. Lavazza blue is a more premium range aimed at coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and so on. We only sell the Lavazza blue range so we’ll only be talking about those in this article.

And now for the coffees...

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

An open letter to Richard Dawkins

Dear Mr Dawkins,

Your twitter profile states that you are a UK biologist and writer. You also state that science is the poetry of reality…

You recently wrote that we need a second referendum but we shouldn’t have it too soon. You continue that we need to wait until there are more young voters [who will vote to remain in the EU].

You must realise that this is the same EU which, by insisting on open borders, has allowed millions more people into the UK?

So how will remaining in the EU benefit the young when they reach voting age?

First of all, the majority – and this is probably over 90% of them – will never be able to afford a deposit on their own home. Housing prices are growing astronomically. So, by the same means, deposits are rising astronomically as well. If these youngsters manage to save, with the present huge costs of rental accommodation, they could well be in their fifties or sixties before they can afford a deposit, and by then they will be too old to take out a mortgage.

Then, what about marriage and children? There are school places to consider. Immigrants I see in Finchley often have a baby in a pram – or perhaps two in a double pram, with two, three or sometimes four infants trotting behind. School places may be so far away, one partner in the marriage will always have to accompany their children to and from school so will have to earn less. Not just for primary school but right up to school leaving age as there are a lot of dangerous people about. This will have a lead on effect of reducing savings towards that ever elusive mortgage.

If we get our wish for Brexit soon, it may be in time to save our National Health Service. Already it is at breaking point. With frightening stories at A&E – these are supposed to be for emergency cases – taking up to eight hours before you are seen by a doctor.

I am sorry, Richard, but you appear to be a very silly man. Or, if not silly, certainly not wise enough to see the dangers of your philosophy on Brexit. Or is it that you just don’t care about the poorer working class British who will bear the brunt of all this?

Yours sincerely,

Ampers.