Computer Work at Home Health in Covid19

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In the past, some people who worked on computers all day in order to do their work discovered much later on that repetitive strain on their wrists could cause what is known now as “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”, or CTS. In addition, some had neck and eye strain, as well.

Fast forward to how work is performed nowadays due to the current Pandemic. People are required to be on  their computers all day long. Zoom meetings, for example, call for computer skills, which were not necessary just six months ago. Sitting for hours staring at a computer screen is not an optimum way to work. Not to mention it causes stress on our bodies, eyes, mind – you name it.

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Ergonomics is a system of support methods, techniques, and equipment, which can help you.
Ergonomics is a way of working, which can help to reduce injury to your body, and give you a better computer working experience at home.

I searched the www for suggestions about what you can do to make your daily computer work experience more healthful and more productive.

 Zoom Meetings:
have a prepared agenda
schedule short breaks if the meeting is going to be more than two hours long.
stand periodically; have a 5 minute social break to relieve the monotony of looking and listening to the screen.

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Sources:
https://www.ergonomics.com.au/free-resources/
https://www.ergonomics.com.au/how-to-reduce-risks-of-musculoskeletal-disorders-while-working-from-home/

https://www.ergonomics.com.au/zoom-meetings-tips-for-more-productive-and-engaged-virtual-meetings/
https://www.ergonomics.com.au/office-ergonomics-checklist
https://www.themuse.com/advice/coronavirus-work-from-home-tips
https://uhs.umich.edu/computerergonomics

Expert Advice: How to Build an Accessible Education Website on WordPress.com — The WordPress.com Blog

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This post caught my attention. If you are a teacher, or part of the school administration that are figuring out how to give an education to a diverse audience, look at what WordPress has to offer.

SAVE THE DATEAugust 27, 2020.  Take a Zoom Lesson at a time, which is convenient for you.

Learn best practices to create an education website that’s accessible to diverse audiences.

via Expert Advice: How to Build an Accessible Education Website on WordPress.com — The WordPress.com Blog

COVID19 & Back to School 2020 Support

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During this period of Tech4boomers has several times searched the web looking for the  “Back-to-School equipment deals”.  However, this year we are not in a ‘normal’ mode of preparations, due to the Coronavirus constraints and concerns on us and our young children, college students, and family members. We wonder how this all affects our schooling programs and learning environments.

The stress factors Coronavirus has placed on our considerations for returning loved ones to school (and work) require a different kind of support.  I am certain the conversation(s) about what we should/can do about school attendance in a pandemic period in our society is something we could all use help with.
If you would like to hear a conversation about these concerns, please click the link below and listen to a podcast, which gives you information on what Dr. Tyler Black has to say about how to navigate decisions for your children and family. The interview is conducted on  The Big Story podcast website.
https://thebigstorypodcast.ca/2020/08/13/what-if-back-to-school-isnt-the-best-option-for-kids/
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Tech Health Tips in 2020

Tech4Boomers is working on how to give you more useful info and provide you with Tech Health, Tech Social Tips, and general technology advice from diverse resources.

In this time of CoronaVirus, and with the onslaught of various ideas for the well-being of our society, we are increasingly confronted with stressful situations arising from our connections with technology devices: computers, cellphones, tablets, etc. We are turning to these devices perhaps more than we want to, but we “have to”. Stress levels are running high.

  • What can we do to ‘detach’ from this onslaught of discomfort, or at least soften, allay the feelings?
    Before I retired,   I worked for about 30 years as a ‘tech person’, i.e., Help Desk, System Administration. My days were ‘filled’ with problem solving resulting from computer issues. In those times, computer stress was a considerable concern for me and the team I worked with.
  • Flash forward to the complicated and extensively increased use of computers for our daily connection to the world. That stress is magnified in numerous ways.For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that we use it so little“. Rachel Carson

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Real Conversations about Microsoft XP Operating System

canstockphoto12220399Microsoft’s deadline for the support of the Microsoft XP Operating System is the month of April 2014.  That gives all XP Operating System (OS) users one month to decide what  OS they will upgrade to (Windows 7 or Windows 8). Continue reading

Find it …Keep it?

How many of us have experienced the loss of an unreturned phone?  Recently,  I was wondering what goes through any person’s mind who finds a phone belonging to someone else, and decides to keep it, or sell it.  What are their thoughts about keeping something that is clearly an important personal item of someone else?  Is it that they relate to the ancient Roman law, Finders, Keepers?

Finders, keepers is the adage with the premise that when something is unowned or abandoned, whoever finds it can claim it. This idiom relates to an ancient Roman law of similar meaning and has been expressed in various ways over the centuries..via Finders, keepers – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Have you ever had the opportunity to return something of value to someone else?  What makes a person do his/her best to return an item to the owner? Is it moral conviction/training value within a person?

Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and denotes positive, virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating, or theft. “Honesty is the best policy.” — William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Steve Landesberg and Tony Farrugia. all said this saying.via Honesty – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The next time you find yourself in this situation, below are some guidelines and links to websites for details on what you can do if you believe that “honesty is the best policy”

If you find a locked iPhone

Since you can’t unlock the phone, you can’t poke around… But you do have options.

  • The first is to hold down the Home button for a few seconds, which may—depending on the owner’s phone settings—trigger either Siri or Voice Control. In either case, when prompted by the beep, say, “Call ICE.” If the phone’s owner has an ICE contact as described above, the phone will either start calling that person right away or ask you to clarify which number to call (as in, Home, Mobile, Work, etc). If you luck out and connect with the emergency contact, you can explain the situation to that person.via What to do if you find a lost iPhone | Macworld.

Call the police

  • You can also turn to your local police department. Manalapan, N.J., police officer Joe Felicia told Macworld that after you turn a found phone into the police, “if the owner responds to the police station and can identify the phone, the police department will return the phone to the owner. If not, the phone will go in a bin with hundreds of other phones.”

Felicia said that he sees “no problems” with trying to search the phone to locate the owner, if “it is being done in good faith.” The one catch: “If you are searching the phone and you stumble onto something that is obviously illegal… the phone would go directly to the police.”via What to do if you find a lost iPhone | Macworld.

Find the owner of a lost cell phone

  • Power the phone off. This can be done by holding down the power button on the phone. The power button is usually on the right side of the phone, toward the bottom. On some phones the power button is highlighted in red..
  • Turn the phone back on by pressing the power button again. You may need to hold the button for a second for it to power back on..
  • Watch the screen to discover the service provider. Once you know the service provider, contact the company’s customer support phone number. Many phone companies’ websites have “Contact Us” sections where you can find this number…
  • Answer questions from the representative the best you can. The agent may ask for the phone’s serial number and the type and style of the phone. If you are not sure of these answers, the support agent can help you locate information. The information you provide should be able to give the agent the information he needs to find the owner.
  • You may be asked to bring the phone to a local store or mail the phone back with a prepaid envelope the company sends you. via How to Locate Cell Phone Owners | eHow.com.

I hope this is helpful 🙂

Phone Security

Everywhere lately I am reading about how to protect one’s identity from phone loss or theft.  In recent weeks it is even more so.  This topic is without doubt something we all need to be aware of, and should do  something about.  Are you at risk of putting your identity in jeopardy because you have not taken the steps to add restrictions on your phone?

What are your risks today?  Have you ever lost your phone?  Do you think security on your device is important?  Don’t think so ? Below is a small part of an article that appeared in the New York Times recently.  I urge you to click on the link after the brief summary to get the full story.

Chuck Bokath would be terrifying if he were not such a nice guy. A jovial senior engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta, Mr. Bokath can hack into your cellphone just by dialing the number. He can remotely listen to your calls, read your text messages, snap pictures with your phone’s camera and track your movements around town — not to mention access the password to your online bank account. via Protecting a Cellphone Against Hackers – NYTimes.com.

Enough said?  Below are  recommendations  on how to begin protecting yourself from compromising the safety of your personal information.  In the New York Times article one of the smartphone security companies  mentioned is Lookout, Inc.  Check out the information below and get started with protecting your cyber identity.  🙂

Award-Winning Security That’s Easy to Use Your smartphone is vital to your work and everyday life. Lookout provides award-winning security to protect you from viruses, malware and spyware, the ability to backup and restore your data, and tools to help locate lost or stolen phones. Lookout’s unique cross-platform, cloud-connected applications are designed to be lightweight and efficient while delivering the best protection possible. via Smartphone Security | Mobile Device Security for Smartphones.

Apple iPhone and iPad users can checkout the 2 links below

Protecting and Recovering Your iPhone and iPad from Loss and Theft | Security Generation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Find My iPhone (and iPad) | Security Generation.

♦  Android phone users may want to check out how to protect their phones with Norton’s beta app

Norton Mobile Security Android security appSmartphones hold a lot of valuable data: Text messages, e-mail, and even credit card numbers can reside on the device, where they’re easily accessed. If you lose your phone, you run the risk of having your identity stolen. Sure, you can set up a lock pattern, but we have seen such measures circumvented in the past.

Symantec’s Norton Mobile Security (beta) allows you to remotely lock and wipe your phone by text message, so that whoever finds it can’t immediately go on a shopping spree in the Android Market with your money. You can even lock down the SIM card so that a thief can’t swap it out to another phone. Beyond that, Norton permits you to block calls and text messages, as well as to scan your phone for malware. Although the program is still in beta until the end of the year, Norton Mobile Security is a superb choice for anyone who wants complete cell phone protection. via Protect Your Android Phone With Security Apps | PCWorld.

I hope this is helpful 🙂


Move That Email: Creating Folders

Email Organizing

In the last Post I introduced you to the Sorting function in AOL mail. This organizational utility feature gives you an opportunity to prepare your messages  for a filing system of your choice.  Therefore making your messages easier to retrieve.

I’ve always found filing in general a fairly tedious chore.  However, once it’s done, locating information is a breeze.  Before we get started, I suggest that you decide which folder categories you are going to use for your filing system.  For example, will you file mails according to the subject, or name of the person, or month?  For this illustration, my folder group will be according to the month.

1)  I am first going to sort my mail by clicking the date column.  You will notice it has a small down arrow () next to the date.  This indicates that the mail items will sort in descending order, which means the most recent date will be at the top of the list.

Sort/descending order

 2) Now look at the left side of the panel where it says My Folders, click the word Add. You will notice that the word New Folder appears.  At that point type a name for the new folder, then click the plus symbol to confirm the name.

Folder Creation

3) Now we can select the mail we want to move to the folder.  These are the steps:  a) Click the small box next to the first email you want to move.  b) hold down your shift key on your keyboard, then click the box next to the last email you want to move to the folder. c) find your Action icon, and click the down arrow. d) click the name of the folder you created to move those mail items.

Click Action, then Click the folder name to move the email message

Note: The folder you created will show how many mail items are in the folder.

7 emails are in the folder


Classic AOL Mail: Organizing – Folders and Filters – AOL Help
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I hope this is helpful 🙂 ….Please let us hear what your email tips are.  See you at the next Post!

Why I Blog

Thoughts from: @autocreate740

I invited someone to look at my Blog recently, just to tell him that I am doing something new.  He happens to be somewhat computer literate. When I heard back from him, he wanted to know what he was looking for.

Ha!

After receiving that response, I wondered how many Bloggers are out there, who are feeling lonely, and become discouraged about blogging because NO One is reading, or viewing, let alone, commenting, or ‘liking’ their Blogs.

I’ve been blogging since May 2011.  As of October 1, I will have started my 6th month, so it seems right to check what I am doing at Tech4Boomers.com, and to confirm for myself what I think I’m doing.

I have been interested in technology, after leaving a career in film and television, for about 25 years now.  My true ‘likes’ are Outlook Email, and oddly enough,  Word Processing.  I am an iPhone/iPad ‘groupie’. I also dabble in PowerPoint. I Love Apps!

Blogging is my newest avocation; I enjoy learning about this new (for me) technology. It’s a wonderful challenge to acquire a new computer skill, and it seems to be very popular with young people, and that’s always good.  I mean staying in touch with the young people; they are our future. 🙂

I am a Baby Boomer.  Most of my friends are trying to get away from the computer, and would rather not learn yet another thing that involves a computer challenge.  I truly like WordPress.com. And, that I was able to start blogging for free! was truly a treat.  🙂

Blogging provides a way for creativity on my own terms.  I can cover the topics I find interesting, put my artwork in, say it the way I feel I want to, and that gives me a wonderful feeling of freedom.

Blogging keeps me informed and connected with an outside world.  I find it intriguing to read what others are thinking.  Blogging is a universal ‘connection’ tool.

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What is Tech4Boomers designed to do?  Here’s what I think briefly:

It’s an electronic newsletter, where, once a week I post something I think  is worthwhile knowing. It’s also a reference guide for me 🙂

It attempts to simplify technical issues for my generation, and younger people who want to learn something about Twitter, Linkedin, WiFi, 3G, iPhones, iPads,  Blackberry phones, Apps, and various other computer related topics.

It’s designed to give a knowledge  level to those who are not ‘computer savvy’, but would like to know more.

It’s designed to help others when possible.

It’s fun for me!

In addition to providing a platform for me to improve my skills overall, and blogging skills in particular, this activity allows me to introduce friends and family to the blogging experience:  What is it? How does it work? What is its reach, and knowing is it a worthwhile undertaking.

So here’s the conclusion: I’ve decided to continue! 🙂  I hope this was helpful in further clarifying what Tech4Boomers is about.

See you at the next post !

Wi Fi, 3G, 4G, Data Plans ? So many decisions! What’s a person to think?

It’s all so complicated! 

How does one make decisions about using cell phones; what service should you sign up for? Why do you need a data plan anyway?

AT&T pointed out recently, 200MB of data gives you the capability to send and receive 1000 e-mail messages no attachments and 150 e-mails with attachments, view 400 Web pages, post 50 photos on social media sites, and watch 20 minutes of streaming video.

via AT&T’s New iPhone Data Plans: Pros and Cons | PCWorld.

I cyber-searched’ for answers to these questions. Hopefully, my excerpts will assist you in understanding what you require and how to make decisions about your cell phones and data plans. Also, there will be links to the websites where I found information so that you can research more thoroughly, should you want to do so.

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What is WiFi?  Wi Fi is short for Wireless Fidelity and..?     🙂
According to Dictionary.com, wifi:wireless local area network: a local area network that uses high frequency radio signals to transmit and receive data over distances of a few hundred feet.

What is 3G? 3G is an umbrella term for a collection of technologies that make up the third generation of cellular data networks. These standards allow cell phones (and other devices capable of connecting to a cellular network) to send and receive data at speeds comparable to cable or DSL. via In A Nutshell: What Is 3G?.

What is 4G? 4G, an acronym for fourth-generation wireless, is a technology that will transform wireless communications in a completely new way. It is also known as “beyond 3G,” since it provides a comprehensive and secure IP (Internet Protocol) solution. Users will enjoy high quality streaming video and “anytime, anywhere” voice and data at a much higher speed than previous generations. via What is 4G?.

Other things you should know:

Notes:

* While some Internet Service Providers offer both 3G and WiFi internet, they usually consider them separate services and require separate subscriptions.

* 3G is almost always more expensive than WiFi connected to a fixed service, so when WiFi is available – use it!

* Most 3G Service Providers offer a USB modem with their subscription services at a cost.

* 3G can be quite fast, but is in most cases worse than WiFi.

* Other wireless technologies also exist.

via Cryptech V2 » Blog Archive » The Difference Between 3G Mobile Internet and WiFi Wireless Networks.

  Do you need a data plan?

The first thing you have to do is to guesstimate how much data you think you’ll use. Two gigabytes of data per month seems to be the magic cut-off for most carriers. The vast majority of customers–98 percent, according to AT&T–use less than this each month. Average smartphone subscribers are using roughly, 400 MB of data per month, according to Validas, which recently analyzed a year of consumer phone bills from all four major carriers.

A couple of carriers, AT&T and T-Mobile, offer 200MB plans for low-data consumption. The lowest tier of service that Verizon Wireless offers is 2GB. And Sprint only offers an unlimited data plan for its smartphone customers.

But as you can see these plans aren’t tailored precisely for average usage. So most smartphone subscribers will need more than the 200MB plan but less than 2GB.

via Ask Maggie: Help! These data plans are too confusing | Signal Strength – CNET News.

All the major carriers offer tools on their Websites to help you estimate your usage. So I suggest checking that out to get a sense of what you think your usage will be. Here’s a little guide put together by Verizon Wireless that should give you an idea of how much data certain activities eat up:

* Email (text only) = 10KB

* Typical Web Page Lookup* = 1.5MB

* Audio Streaming = 40MB/hr

* Lo-Res Video Streaming = 200MB/hr

* Hi-Res Video Streaming = 400MB/hr

* Digital Photo download/upload (Hi-Res) = 1MB

$$$$$$  What will it Cost?

 The next thing to consider is price. T-Mobile’s 200MB tier is $10 a month. The good thing about its service is that if you go over your limit, it only slows your service. This means you aren’t socked with additional overage fees. AT&T’s 200MB service is $15 a month. But if you exceed this limit, your service isn’t slowed or “throttled.” Instead, you’re charged more money for more usage.

via Ask Maggie: Help! These data plans are too confusing | Signal Strength – CNET News.

🙂   That’s all for now folks.   I hope this is helpful!