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eThinker Newsletter November 2019 

    Last call: If anyone out there is still running on Windows 7, it's time to upgrade to Windows 10. This is not just an attempt to drum up sales. As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. This means that your computers will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses--and computer hacking remains a booming business.
     To avoid these risks, Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10. All the information you need is right here, or you could give us a call and we'll handle the muss and fuss ourselves.
     We'd now like to take a moment to thank all our customers and associates for your continued support and friendship. The year is winding down, with Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas lights already appearing in stores and restaurants. May the approaching holiday season fill you with joy.
     And, if you ARE still hanging onto that Windows 7 system, put a Windows 10 under the server's tree.


Paul Fountas
MicroComputer Resources, Inc.
Business Cliches Make You Tired, Not Trendy
   It was a smart right-on phrase when it was first spoken. Everyone thought so. Everyone borrowed it. And now it's that dreaded presentation killer: the cliche. Overused buzzwords and phrases that have long ago lost their creativity can make you sound annoying at best and stale at worst.
     They can also be confusing to those who don't know what it refers to. "Break down the silos" became popular when a book was written years ago about departments hoarding their data from others in the same company, somewhat like the FBI and the CIA refusing to share information and thereby missing valuable clues to an upcoming terrorist attack. But unless your audience has read the book, they won't know what you mean by silos, which are generally thought of as forage-storing towers found on farms.
     "Push the envelope" is another overworked phrase that means "try harder," though it calls up the image of pushing a piece of stationery around the desk. It actually derives from aviation, and the envelope that pilots were urged to push against was the flyable portion of the atmosphere that envelops the earth. From now on, just say "Try harder."
     For more advice on cliches that should be "avoided like the plague," check out this TechRepublic article, The 50 most overused business cliches.
Expanded Windows Clipboard Makes
Cut-and-Paste Operations a Snap
    It used to be that the clipboard was able to hold only one thing at a time. If items A, B and C needed to to be pasted in multiple places in your document(s), you needed to locate and paste all the places item A belongs before doing a copy of item B and pasting that wherever it goes. And about the time you're working on item C, you notice a place where you should have pasted item A, which now must be copied again.
     Or you may be going through a document, picking out various quotes to use in a paper or presentation. How nice if you copy everything you need, and find it all there waiting for you to paste when you actually start writing.
     Meet the new Clipboard Manager in Windows 10 version 1809. This new tool can hold up to 25 items at a time, including pictures and graphics, displayed in reverse order. When you've got all the pieces lined up and copied to the clipboard, now you're ready to paste.
     Go to your document, place your cursor where something is to be pasted, and hit WinKey+V to bring up the clipboard manager. From there, go down the list and select the item you want, and it will be pasted in your document. It will also remain in the clipboard if it needs to go elsewhere, at least until it gets pushed off the list by a subsequent series of copy operations.
     Which brings us to one final benefit: There may be something you just always want at the tip of your fingers, such as the random combination of letters and numbers that make up your library ID. Copy the ID, load the clipboard manager, locate the ID, and click on the three dots in the top-right corner. Select option PIN. Now your ID will always be there no matter how much gets loaded into the clipboard.

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Business Cliches Make You Tired, Not Trendy

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Ever been under the gun trying to start up (or stop) an application and you just can't locate the cursor. It can happen, particularly if you have multiple screens and less than 20/20 vision. Here's how to make it easier. Go to Settings > Ease Of Access > Cursor & Pointer. There you can make the cursor bigger, and thus easier to spot, and you can change the color. Our recommendation: Change the color to the third option, contrast, so that the cursor will always stand out against the background.
Fun Facts
Popes generally exit the office feet first, but Pope Celestine V changed all that in the 13th Century when he passed an edict giving popes the right to abdicate. He took advantage of the edict one week later, intending to return to his humble, pre-papal life. Bad move. The pope that took over, Boniface VIII, had him thrown in prison--where he died ten months later--out of fear opponents might try to install Celestine as an antipope.
Quotable Quote
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
-- John F. Kennedy

"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."
-- Frederick Keonig