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TWT Newsletter NG – Issue 71 – Summer sizzler and nostalgia trips

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TWT Newsletter NG – Issue 71

Hi, welcome to the July 2019 TWT Newsletter!

Summer time is in full swing again, which for those of us in Ireland, or the UK, usually means the odd day of sunshine peppered with days of heavy rain.  Round about this time of year we like to bring you a few suggestions how to brighten up your summer with the help of your Windows PC and this year is no different.

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In this months issue:-

It is summertime again! Make the most of it with your Windows PC
Tip of the Month – Copy as path on the context menu
Free Utility of the Month – Media Monkey
Microsoft Store app of the Month – Skulls of the Shogun
Windows 1 – Fancy a peek at where it all began?

 

It is summertime again! Make the most of it with your Windows PC

As I write this article, the sun is peeking through the clouds, making for what passes as a lovely summer day in Ireland. For most of us in the northern hemisphere of the world, it’s time to enjoy longer days and more sunshine (or at least, hope for some sunshine). Back when I was a youngster, my mum would often tell me to leave the computer and go play outside, but these days most PCs aren’t restricted to a desk and can come and help make your summer more fun! Here are a few ways that you can brighten up your summer with your PC.

Music music music! – In newsletters from years gone by, we would always remind our readers about the fantastic music playing capabilities of the windows PC. That’s still completely true of course, but now that smartphones have become so advanced, they make for more convenient music playing devices and can store thousands of tracks. Connecting your phone to some speakers is usually as easy as buying the correct cable, or even simply turning on wireless bluetooth sync if your speakers are fancy enough to support that.

If you are in the habit of storing thousands of tracks on your phone, however, you might want to get your PC to help with organizing things. Trying to sift through larger music collections and make play lists on a tiny phone screen can be tedious. Instead, use software like iTunes (with iOS) or Wondershare MobileGo (with Android) to make playlists for your phone. Use the bigger screen and keyboard/mouse to search, organize and queue up your tunes, it’s a lot less fiddly than doing it on your phone.

Of course, if you’re having a garden party, BBQ or get together and just want to play some music without having to leave your phone unattended, your Windows laptop still makes a great jukebox. You can make playlists in Groove Music on Windows 10, or Windows Media Player or Media Monkey on any current version of Windows.  Queue up some tunes suitable for your summer events, then hook your PC to a portable stereo or speakers and enjoy some great tunes at the family cook out, while still being able to keep your phone handy for those photo opportunities (just don’t play your tunes too loud and annoy the neighbours!).

If you’re bored of your existing music collection, have you tried the various streaming music services that are now available? The ever popular Spotify service provides ad-supported streaming and is a fantastic way to check out new and popular music for free. If you love what’s on offer, you can upgrade to the ad-free experience by paying a small monthly fee. There’s also Deezer, a similar service which has gained in popularity in recent years.

Be a picture sharing pro – Summer is all about making memories and we all love to snap some pictures while we’re enjoying the season. Once you have taken your pictures you will want to share at least some of them with your friends and family. You could upload them to Facebook or Twitter, but what if your Aunt Sarah doesn’t have a Facebook account? The best solution is to use a service like Flickr.

Flickr is a free photo hosting service. When you upload a photo to Flickr, you can then send anyone anywhere a simple web link so they can view the photo. If you like to share on Facebook or Twitter, you can configure your Flickr account to automatically share your uploads there too, while your friends who don’t do the whole ‘social network thing’ can still see your photos via e-mail or messenger.

If you have an Android or iPhone device you can also use the official Flickr app to send any photos you take instantly to your Flickr account. Snap on your phone then view instantly anywhere, from the big screen of your home PC to the screen of your friends smart devices.

Make the outdoors more fun – If you have children or teenagers who are reluctant to leave their gadgets behind and go out and make the most of the summer months, why not use your PC to make outside more exciting? Kids love to play treasure hunt, so why not use your PC to help turn your back garden into a treasure island? You can use the free word processor LibreOffice.org Writer and a suitably piratical looking font to type out clues, or use this handy treasure map maker to design a cool looking map. Once your young pirates find the treasure, let them have a go at making clues or a map themselves.

For older kids or teenagers, how about a treasure hunt of a different kind? Turn a regular old walk in the countryside into an exciting treasure hunt with Geocaching. This is a fun outdoor activity where participants use GPS enabled devices, such as mobile phones or a tablet to locate geocaches, hidden containers located all around the world. All kinds of software for Geocachers is available on Windows and mobile devices. To find out more or to find if there are caches located near you, visit Geocaching.com.

So as you can see, there are lots of ways your Windows PC can help you get the most out of your summer. If you have your own ideas or stories of how your PC helped you enjoy the summer more, do let us know. You can contact us here!

 

Tip of the Month – Copy as path on the context menu

Experienced Windows users know all about the right click “context” menu. When working with files and folders, a right click on a file or folder opens a menu with all kinds of useful functions.

In our File Paths tutorial, we explain what a file path is and how it shows you how to navigate to a file or folder on your PC. If you ever need a copy of the file path for a file, did you know that there’s an easy way to get it? Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard (the same key you use to type capital letters) now, right click on a file or folder. An option “Copy as path” will appear on the context menu. Click this and the file address or path will be copied to the clipboard in plain text format.

Note that the copied text will be enclosed in quotation marks. If you are pasting into the command line this is exactly what you need. If you are pasting into the address bar of a File Explorer window however, you will need to remove the quotation marks first.

 

Free Utility of the Month – Media Monkey

If you are planning on playing or reorganizing your music collection this summer then treat yourself to this super powerful media player and library tool. Not only can Media Monkey play all kinds of music formats, but it can convert them too. Convert from CD into Mp3 or the higher quality FLAC format, sync music and play lists with your phone and much more. Media Monkey even has a powerful tool to identify and rename your media files automatically, no more manually typing in track names!

To give MediaMonkey a whirl yourself, click this link.

 

Windows store app of the month – Skulls of the Shogun

Ever wanted to enter the Samurai Afterlife and join forces with vibrant ghost-samurai warriors, magical animal monks, and mustachioed samurai generals? No, me neither, but in this fun little  game, that’s exactly what you will get to do.

Skulls of the Shogun is a turn based strategy game, meaning its one for the more cerebral player and requires careful planning and thought rather than quick reflexes. Supposedly the game was inspired by the seminal “Advance Wars”, one of our favourite games on the Nintendo DS and Gameboy.

Skulls of the Shogun is a must for strategy fans and, with a free trial mode, it’s easy to check out Skulls of the Shogun and make sure it’s for you.

Check out Skulls of the Shogun on the Windows store here.

 

Windows 1 – Fancy a peek at where it all began?

Here at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com we love nostalgia. What would you expect from a crew that also bought you Play-Old-PC-Games.com, the web’s number one site for getting your old PC games running again? It should come as no surprise that we’re fans of the show Stranger Things too, the spooky Netflix show set in the early 1980s.

It seems Microsoft are fans of the show too, and to celebrate the new season an unusual app appeared in the Windows Store, say hello to Windows 1.11.

This app purports to be a version of Windows 1 that runs inside an app on your Windows 10 desktop. Rather than just be a simple simulation, there are all kinds of goodies and easter eggs you can uncover by exploring the ancient OS, making it more fun than simply digging out an old PC from the attic. You can play mini games and uncover clues that all tie in to the latest season of the show.

We would love to tell you that we had a whole heap of fun exploring this quirky little app but unfortunately, we can’t. As strangely as it appeared on the Windows Store, the app was then marked as “currently not available” just a short while later. We were however able to access a bunch of other  Stranger Things related content that you can find here.

If you really want to experience Windows 1, without having to hunt down ancient PC hardware, you can actually do so from the comfort of your browser. Visit this page and within a few seconds you will be running actual Windows 1.0 on your modern PC. Marvel at the fact that we actually used to work with computers that were this limited and perhaps you won’t be quite so nostalgic for the 1980s after all.

Did you know, Windows 1 was actually a fairly unsuccessful operating system. Poorly received by critics, it would go on to sell only modestly. The first version of Windows that is widely considered to have been a success was Windows 3.0.

That concludes the newsletter for July. On behalf of everyone here at Top-Windows-Tutorials, I’d like to thank you all for your continuing support. The TWT Newsletter will return on the 10th August 2019 and will bring you more tips, tricks and techniques to help you get the best out of your PC, be it Windows 7,  Windows 8 or Windows 10. We hope that you found this newsletter informative and useful. If you did not then please let us know why, you can contact us by visiting this page. If you have enjoyed this newsletter, feel free to pass it on to all your friends and family, or better still encourage them to sign up for their own copy. Until next month, keep checking Top-Windows-Tutorials.com, and enjoy happy, safe and stress-free computing!

 

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