Issue 44

May 2013

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Computer Topics

MS Publisher tuition sought

I have acquired Microsoft Office “Publisher 2010,” and would appreciate some tuition on it’s various uses.

If anyone is able to help I could travel to their house or they could come to mine whichever is the most convenient.

I would like to be able to understand the programs capabilities apart from making cards.

Please email Pauline Nolan at  

Pauline Nolan

The Demise of Windows XP

Many of you will be using computers that are running happily on Windows XP. After April 2014 Microsoft will not support XP and not update the security software; you may become vulnerable to any new virus. (Similarly Vista in 2017. Windows7 in 2020.)

The options are ,

1. Stay with XP until your computer breaks…but be careful when using the internet; which is what I intend to do.

2. Buy an update to Windows 7 or 8. Windows 8 is not compatible with many programs which are currently in use. It is not a trivial task and a computer shop will charge about £100 (guess)

3. If you are thinking of a new computer and your main use is email/internet, consider a tablet computer such as an Ipad, which does not use Windows. Very easy to use and you will be propelled into the ‘20tens’.

The technically brave can convert their computer to Linux.


Brian Graham


Editor’s note:

I updated from Vista to Windows 7 64 bit and found it easy as Windows 7 has a built in feature for transferring all old data via an external hard drive. I have worked with MS Dos and Unix but found trying to convert to Ubuntu Linux too much trouble even with dual boot.

Printer Problems to avoid

Customer: Hi, good afternoon, this is Martha, I can't print. Every time I

try, it says 'Can't find printer'. I've even lifted the printer and placed

it in front of the monitor, but the computer still says he can't find it...



Customer : I have problems printing in red...

Tech support: Do you have a colour printer?

Customer: Aaaah.................thank you.

Phishing emails using Google Docs

There are emails being received that appear to come from a person known to you and with a subject line “Important Documents”. These are to be viewed in Google Docs by clicking on a link. This would lead to a page with a form requesting email and password. Here is an example:-


“Please I Just upload Some Important Documents for you, using Google Docs. CLICK HERE just sign in with your email to view the document its very important. Yours Sincerely,”


Note the strange use of English. Mark such emails as Spam and delete without clicking on the link.

There are variations with similar wording and intentions.


Chris Rush