This video gives you a quick look at the Windows 7 Desktop. What are Icons? What is the System Tray? And, why does your screen keep suddenly disappearing and, just as suddenly reappearing? That’s called the ‘Show Desktop Bar.’ Learn about the Start menu and how to Pin and Unpin programs. Also how to Pin and Unpin programs to the Task Bar. Continue reading →
Starting with Windows Vista, and continuing in Windows 7, Microsoft added a new way of navigating around with Windows Explorer. In the address bar, your current location is always displayed, like breadcrumbs along the path. At each juncture along the path there is a triangle with a drop down list showing you all your choices. Click a triangle along the path and choose a new location. Once you get used to it, you will love this elegant method of navigating around your computer.
This 5 minute video from our Boot Camp class will show you how to navigate using the breadcrumbs, including how to copy files from a DVD and put them into your My Documents folder.
The other day we met a couple in an RV park who were from Germany. We were fascinated when they told us about their 6-month Asian RVing experience (I wrote about it in this personal blog post) and we looked up the website for the caravan company they used to learn more. The website is www.mir-tours.de. If you understand web addresses, you may have noticed the .de at the end. That means Deutschland and the website is in German. I couldn’t learn anything from that! After a while, I did notice the symbol of the British flag in the corner. When I clicked on that, it took me to the English version of the page. But, what if the website didn’t have it’s own translation?
Translating one language into another is a great use for computers, and I’m going to tell you about two websites that offer this service for free. But first, a word about translating in general. If you’ve ever tried to learn a foreign language you know that there is no such thing as direct translation, so a machine-based translation will always be imperfect. The famous example of machine translation is taking the poetic quote, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” When translated into Russian and back to English it becomes, “The Vodka is good, but the meat is rotten.” Not quite the same meaning!
The two services I’ve used to translate websites are Babelfish, and Google Translate. Watch the following video to see how it works: