12 Windows 10 Features You Didn’t Know About

 

In this blog I want to do something a bit different and give windows 10 tips. Although not much to do with second life, if your computer is not working correctly your second life will not either.

Windows 10 has been on the market since July 29, 2015, and tens of millions are using it. Yet there are still many new and useful features in Windows 10 that most people don’t know about. Here are 12 of the most useful, interesting, or at least amusing ones…

Twelve Lesser-Known Features of Windows 10

(1) The “Contact Support” app is new in Windows 10. You can open a text chat session with a Microsoft “Answer Tech” if you need help. There’s also an option to supply your phone number and have a tech support person call you at a time you specify. To open the app, type Support in the search box and click on the result. (You must be signed in to a Microsoft account.)

(2) Scrolling in inactive windows: In past Windows versions, only the active (current) window could be scrolled using the mouse wheel. In Win 10, you can scroll in any open window. Just move the mouse cursor over the window, and you can scroll using the mouse wheel, without clicking inside the window first. On my Windows 7 system, scrolling in inactive windows does work. Perhaps that because I have a Logitech M510 mouse with that functionality built into the driver software. Or maybe I’m just special. But in Windows 10, all mice are equal, at least when it comes to scrolling. If you don’t have Windows 10, and you can’t scroll inactive windows, you can use WizMouse to get the same effect.

(3) File Explorer now opens with a “Quick access” view, showing a list of commonly-used and frequently-visited folders, and a list of recently opened files. You can also navigate to a folder, then select the Home tab and click “Pin to Quick access” to make that folder appear in the Quick access list.

(4) Print to PDF: a native printer driver that converts documents to PDF files has been added to Windows 10. When printing from any Windows app, select “Microsoft Print to PDF” as the printer name. Instead of committing your masterpiece to paper, it will be saved as a PDF file.

(5) The Command Prompt has been upgraded with new features in Win 10. The window can be dynamically resized, and copying and pasting to or from a Command Prompt is now much easier; the standard key combinations Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V actually work! Also, text can be made to wrap when a Command Prompt window is resized, instead of vanishing under an edge of the window. Many other Command Prompt enhancements are detailed in this Microsoft blog post.

Control and Customization

(6) Windows Update runs on auto-pilot in Windows 10, but you do have some new controls. The Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10 have an option called “Defer upgrades.” When you defer upgrades, new Windows features won’t be downloaded or installed for several months. Security updates will still be applied. From the Start button, type “windows update settings” and press Enter. Then click the “Advanced options” link to see the Windows Update settings. (This feature is not available in the Windows 10 Home Edition.) You can also schedule a required restart for a time that’s convenient for you.

(7) “Sideloading” apps: in Windows 8, Microsoft allowed only apps from its Windows Store to be installed. This move mimicked Apple, which allows only Apple Store apps on its devices. Security is the reason for this restriction, but the general population of Windows users doesn’t want to be deprived of all the good, perfectly safe apps written by third-parties. So in Win 10, you can “sideload” apps – that is, load them from a source other than the Windows Store. But you have to enable this feature. Go to Settings > Update & security > For developers. Then click the button next to “sideload apps.” A warning about dangers of sideloading will appear and you’ll be asked to confirm that you wish to enable sideloading; answer “yes” and it’s done. My advice is to turn this feature off again, after loading the desired app.

(8) Stylish Desktops: You can now customize the look of your desktop better than ever. Go to Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors. Choose “Show color on taskbar and Start Menu.” You can pick the color from a palette, or let Windows choose a color from your background photo to display under icons of open apps. You can also remove the translucent property of the Start Menu.

(9) Monitor Apps’ Disk Space Usage: Windows 10 will now tell and show you what apps are using the most disk space, a boon if you are short of free bytes and want to manage space carefully. Go to Settings > System > Storage. A list of drives connected to your computer will appear. Click on one of them to see how much space each app and its data are consuming on that drive. Note that you can also change the folders in which files of different kinds are saved.

New Features in the Fall Creators Update

(10) My People: My People is a new feature in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that started rolling out on October 17, 2017. It lets you pin up to three contacts to the task bar at the bottom of your screen. Click one of those icons, and a Skype messaging window will open. (You can use Mail, or a different messaging app from the Windows Store if you prefer.) You can also drag and drop pictures onto a contact to quickly share them.

(11) Ransomware Protection: Another piece of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is Controlled Folder Access, which prevents ransomware from accessing your important files. This works by locking certain folders so that only authorized apps can access them. By default, Controlled Folder Access protects your Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos, Favorites and Desktop folders. You can add additional folders to protect, and specify your own trusted apps. Access the Windows Defender Security Center to tweak those settings.

(12) Emoji! We’ve gotten used to having those little icons when texting on our mobile devices, but now there’s a handy emoji keyboard built into Windows 10. When your cursor is in a text field, press WIN+. (the Windows key and the period key) to pop up a selection of smiley-faces, hearts, food, and other icons that you can paste into your messages. You’ll need the Fall Creators Update to get your emoji on.

One-Stop Shopping For Windows 10 Tweaks

(BONUS) GodMode is not an official feature, and it doesn’t actually give you super powers. But it is a useful hack put together by an overworked and underappreciated system administrator long, long ago. Yes, GodMode has been available in earlier versions of Windows, and its fans are delighted to see it still works in Windows 10. GodMode provides a unified, categorized view of all of Windows’ farflung features, commands, settings, and functions, all in one place that you can open with a single click.

Think of it as Control Panel, Unlimited. To activate GodMode, right-click on your desktop, select New > Folder to create a new empty folder on your desktop. Then copy this string of characters below to your clipboard: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} Right-click on the new folder and select “Rename.” Paste the string into the space for the folder’s name and press Enter. Now, whenever you open that folder, up will pop the monster menu of options that is GodMode. You can change “GodMode” to whatever you like; one person I know uses “DeuceMode.” Just don’t lose that period that follows the name and precedes the cryptic string of characters!

Don’t forget Zoha Islands 10 year anniversary SALE Going On Now! Please contact a sales agent for more details, see how you can get 20% off additional land. This sale won’t last long so NOW is the time to take advantage!!!

Have a great week

Deuce Marjeta

and the Zi Staff

ZoHa Islands 10 Year Customer Appreciation SALE & Celebration Starting October 27th!!

As many of you know ZoHa Islands is celebrating its tenth year in business with a celebration on October 27th from 1 PM SLT to 11 PM SLT with 10 live performers and a plethora of wonderful raffles and prizes to win! More info about the event can be found here. There will be a prize given each hour for TEN hours straight!

ADDITIONAL LAND SALE!!  SALE!! SALE!!

Starting October 27th, we will be holding a land sale that will benefit all existing ZoHa Customers seeking extra prim!

Additional Full Prim region parcels and sims will be 20% off list prices.
Additional Homestead region parcels and sims will be 10% off list prices.

This sale includes 20% off full prim sim land – this includes 20k (15995L/week with 20% discount) and 30k (17595L/week with 20% discount) prim sim regions AND PARCELS.

Homestead region parcels and sims will be 10% off list prices.  This means Homestead sims for 6925L/week!

Have a friend to refer?
Refer a friend and have them speak to an agent today!

Are you wanting to return to ZI after a nice long summer away in RL?
2 weeks down gets you the same deal. Come on over and speak to an agent today!

New to ZoHa Completely?
Speak to an agent today!

Please find a list of standard pricing here that discounts maybe applied to.

ATTENTION:
Speak to a sales agent BEFORE buying your additional land to get this promo!

 

Time to Switch From Yahoo to Gmail?

Yahoo’s new owner, Verizon, recently revealed that all 3 billion Yahoo accounts have been compromised, greatly upping the admission of damage that Yahoo made before its sale to the telecom giant. So if you have a Yahoo account, it’s time to find another email service provider that will better protect your email privacy and security, and yes if you tied your yahoo account to secondlife then that was also compromised. Here’s my advice on how to switch to Gmail…

Moving Yahoo Mail to Gmail

If you have not changed your Yahoo password recently, it is 100% certain that hackers have the keys to it. Not Good. The recent revelation that hackers were able to compromise all of Yahoo’s THREE BILLION accounts is mind-blowing. It’s time to leave Yahoo Mail in the digital dustbin of history, and move to a new webmail provider.

You may be loathe to leave your contacts and emails behind. But don’t worry, you can take them with you! Google’s Gmail (my preferred email service for 12+ years) makes the process of importing contacts and mail from Yahoo (and other services) as simple as it can be. That isn’t exactly “dead simple,” but most users should be able to do it in just a few minutes.

The first thing you should do is change your Yahoo password to something extremely strong. Also, enable two-factor authentication if you haven’t already done so. With these changes, hackers would need both your password and your phone to get into your Yahoo account.

You want to keep control of your Yahoo account, even if you don’t actively use it. The reason is that abandoned account names are recycled by Yahoo. A bad guy could appropriate your old Yahoo handle and impersonate you. So don’t delete your Yahoo account, just lock it up for now.

 You should also disconnect any external services that are connected to your Yahoo account. To do this, from your Yahoo inbox page, click on the gear icon (upper-right), then on Settings. Click on Accounts to see all of the email accounts, social networks, cloud services, and other services connected to your Yahoo account. Go down the list and disconnect each one. This will eliminate your Yahoo account as a bad guy’s conduit to your other accounts.

Finally, if you have been using your Yahoo password on any other services, change those passwords. And stop re-using passwords — every account should have its own, unique, and strong password.

First, create a Google account if you don’t already have one. You can sign up here.

Just like Yahoo’s inbox page, the Gmail inbox page has a gear icon in the upper-right corner. Click on it and then click Settings. Next, click Accounts and Import, then click Import Mail and Contacts. Enter your Yahoo address (include the @yahoo.com part), press Continue, then click Agree to give the app permission to access your Yahoo account.

Next, select the import options you want: import contacts, import existing mail, and/or import new Yahoo mail for the next 30 days. Finally, click Start Import.

It may take a couple of days for Google to import all of your Yahoo mail, if your Yahoo inbox is very full. Another consideration is that Google only imports the mail that’s in your inbox, not drafts, sent email, or email saved in other folders. To import such items, you will need to manually move them to your Yahoo inbox, then let Google import them. To check the status of your import, look under Settings > Accounts and Import.

Google assigns a label to each imported email; it is your Yahoo username. If you want to recreate the folders you had on Yahoo, you can import what’s in your Yahoo inbox, then delete the Yahoo inbox’s contents. Rename the new Gmail label to Yahoo-Inbox. Move the next folder’s contents to the Yahoo inbox and import to Google again. Rename the Gmail label to match the Yahoo folder name, and repeat for each folder. It’s tedious, but it works.

Are you still using Yahoo Mail? Do you have a plan to switch to Gmail or another webmail service?It’s time to really rethink your options before it’s too late.

Don’t forget our 10th year Customer appreciation party coming up, there will be 10 hours of live music,fun and prizes don’t miss out be there!

Have a great week

Deuce Marjeta and the ZI Staff.

More Goodies in store for you on October 27th!

So you already know ZoHa Islands is celebrating its tenth year with an amazing lineup of TEN awesome live performances right??

Just wait til you see the TEN Amazing prized we have lined up for you too!  From gift cards from some amazing designers across the grid, subscription boxes, or maybe even getting a free week of tiers?  You don’t want to miss this super fun party or these prizes.  See Below for details!

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There will be a prize given each hour for TEN hours straight!

“Cheeky Pea” Giftcard (Home Decor and Furnishings)

“The Loft” Giftcard  (Home Decor and Furnishings)

“Fancy Decor” Giftcard (Home Decor and Furnishings)

“+Half Deer+” Giftcard (Home Decor, Accessories)

“Jian” Giftcard (Home & Garden, Pets & Animals)

“Apple Fall” Giftcard (Home Decor and Furnishings/Homes)

November Subscription DecoCrate distributed by MadPea Productions

Cash prizes

Tier Credits in Various Amounts (More to come)

 

1PM – 2PM Mimi Carpenter
2PM – 3PM Wolfie Starfire
3PM – 4PM Winston Ackland
4PM – 5PM Melenda Mikael
5PM – 6PM Samm Qendra
6PM – 7PM Cryptic Harmony
7PM – 8PM Saramarie Philly
8PM – 9PM AM Forte
9PM – 10PM Alex Mays
10PM – 11PM Gibson

ZoHa Islands 10th Anniversary Fall Celebration!

ZoHa Islands is turning 10!  In celebration of this wonderful achievement in Second Life, we’d like to announce our annual fall celebration with a 10 hr performance, with 10 great live performers and 10 exciting prizes (TBA).

October 27th, 2017!! Mark them calendars!

Yes that’s a whole lot of 10’s and we are sure this will be a 10 of an event as well.  We hope to see you all there!

Here is a tease preview of a little bit of what we have in store for you who make ZoHa Islands the success it is today!

1PM – 2PM SLT 

MIMI CARPENTER

14054235_218543648547974_1322256833751850810_nKnown for her distinctively gentle, French lilt, Mimi Carpenter’s talent as a self-taught musician has graced the Second Life music scene for a decade. As her presence and talent grew, so too did her repertoire of covers and originals. Mimi’s extensive song list doesn’t just highlight the eclectic tastes and influences upon her development as an artist, which includes rock, indie and pop. The inclusion of English, French, and German language songs reflect the travels and experiences living throughout Europe and abroad.

So it should come as no surprise that a couple years ago Mimi chose not to limit herself to the acoustic guitar and began to incorporate piano to her sets. Mimi has branched out into sharing her music at real life venues in Germany, as well as posting some of her latest music to YouTube. Never one to settle and languish, Mimi’s shows continue to share her journey always moving forward in life and music. ~Written by Garrett Lutz~

s posting some of her latest music to YouTube. Never one to settle and languish, Mimi’s shows continue to share her journey always moving forward in life and music. ~Written by Garrett Lutz~

2PM – 3PM SLT 

WOLFIE STARFIRE

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Wolfie Starfire

Wolfie Starfire, also known as Meg Groves in real life, is an up-and-coming artist who grew up surrounded by music, theatre, and art. She took interest in theatre at a young age, and aspired to be successful in the worlds of both music and film. She took many singing, acting and dance classes, and she dabbled in the film and commercial industries. Her desires are entirely based on some day becoming an acclaimed songwriter like Taylor Swift and an acclaimed singer and actress like Kristen Chenoweth. Meg is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting at Coastal Carolina University.

With her love of music firmly in tow (and hoping to share her music with others), Wolfie released her first album, Spark, which is a heartfelt blend of contemporary pop, country, and blues, with a musical ability that belies her young age. She has a gift for writing her own music and lyrics, which are inspirational, thoughtful and moving. This ensures that more than a few of her songs will get stuck in your head while you listen to each of her tracks.

Wolfie believes that music should tell a story or a lesson in life, which leads her to write songs that have real meaning and lyrics that others can relate to them. This makes sure that each song expresses how she feels, while still encouraging each listener to discover what each song can mean to themselves.

3PM – 4PM SLT 

WINSTON ACKLAND

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Winston Ackland

Premier Second Life live performer and real life music professional, Winston Ackland provides smiles with his clever original works and quirky adaptations of obscure covers. Somehow, it all makes sense as audiences relax in a comfortable atmosphere and enjoy innovative songs crafted from a blend of rock, blues, bossa nova, jazz and lounge. Winston is able to connect with in-world audiences like no other.

Simply put, Winston Ackland is a musical party with old friends you haven’t met yet.

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Accomplished RL musician for over 20 years. December of 2008, RL and SL merged when Winston’s cover of “Lithium” hit the big screen in 20th Century Fox Films blockbuster hit, “Marley and Me”, and again in the summer of 2012, when Winston’s cover of “Psycho Killer” was featured in Oliver Stone’s “Savages”.

4PM – 5PM SLT

MELENDA MIKAEL

 

Melenda Mikael’s love of singing started very young when she’d follow the sound of her grandmother’s singing throughout the house. Embarking in a life of singing from age six, Melenda started with choir, then progressed to musicals and singing competitions, where she earned the highest of praises, during her formative years. Growing up, she soaked up as much music everywhere she went. That diverse background is the reason that her shows in Second Life can run the gamut from Radiohead covers to jazz standards and Etta James. Some might characterize her as a quiet wallflower at first, and some may even find her voice to be tender as well. But make no mistake, Melenda’s voice is capable of belting out something powerful.

Continuing to sing, on and off, with several choir groups since growing up, Melenda has just recently made the leap to the live music scene here in Second Life. Currently, her shows are performed to backing tracks. But rest assured, she’s hard at work learning guitar, though she jokingly says one of the small road bumps is learning to tame an unwieldy, large guitar. She is forever grateful for the people that have helped gently push her down this path and she hopes that you enjoy the music. ~Written by Garrett Lutz~

 

5PM – 6PM SLT

SAMM QENDRA

Via Ms Qendrs’s Profile..such serne words.

Music is the way I speak
way i express my deepest emotions
when i sing , everything seems possible
When i sing , For once , theres only me in the universe where i can just be me
My musical Influence is LIFE
each and every bit of supports that i blessfully get in sl , is what keep me going ♥

6PM – 7PM SLT 

CRYPTIC HARMONY

8PM – 9PM SLT 

SARAMARIE PHILLY

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SaraMarie Philly

SaraMarie Philly was born and raised in Indiana (USA). Her parents both had factory jobs, but they also had a small rabbit farm. In college, she studied Voice, Piano, Clarinet and Violin at Indiana State University, and graduated from West Chester University in 2010 with a degree in Music Education.

Playing music for people creates a connection that goes beyond what can be expressed in conversation. For SaraMarie, it’s a way of sharing life experiences and expressing empathy for the experiences of the listener. These connections are what keep people interested in an artist’s music, and what keep an artist interested in sharing it. As a performer, connecting to the audience is important to her. In SL, singer/songwriter SaraMarie performs original and pop music covers, while playing guitar or piano.

In RL, Sara Tiemogo (SaraMarie Philly) released a CD in 2011. The songs were mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated Producer, James Cravero. The CD is titled “Red” and has 12 fully produced original songs.

9PM – 10PM SLT 

AMFORTE CLARITY

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AMForte Clarity

A storyteller, AMForte Clarity has captivated audiences with her tales of life and travels, experiences of being a Canadian living in the US and her daily challenges. She’s a singer/songwriter with an amazing voice and warmth of character that will make you think of her as more of a friend!

With influences that include U2, Nirvana, Radiohead, Alanis Morissette, Coldplay, Placebo, The Cranberries, and Elliott Smith, she plays mostly her own originals, and her cover tunes are songs she has taken and made her own.

10PM – 11PM SLT 

ALEX MAYS

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Alex Mays

Alex Mays: Lead Vocal/Lead Guitar/Background
Genres: Rock/Blues/and so much more

Born and raised in rural North Carolina, Alex Mays grew up listening to his father play guitar and sing. At the age of ten his father gave him an acoustic guitar and started teaching Alex to play. He began learning his father’s favorites of old time rock and roll and country. By the age of 15, Alex began trying his hand at song writing and singing. He moved from his rural upbringing to Kalamazoo, Michigan at the age of 20. Alex began playing the Kalamazoo circuit and branched out into blues, jazz, and even tried his hand at bluegrass.

Alex Mays has been writing music for over 15 years. Styles ranging from Rock, Blues, Southern Rock and Jazz, Alex could never settle for one kind of music. Keeping music true and from the heart is his belief.

Now living in Kalamazoo, MI, Alex plays all over the world with different rhythm sections of choice. At his show you might also hear quite a range of styles, covers and originals.

11PM – 12PM SLT 

GIBSON

 

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A musician in real life for 20 plus years, Gibson is a singer/songwriter who plays piano and acoustic or electric guitar for his Second Life shows. You can find Gibson playing a number of genres of music, such as: Blues, Classic Rock, Pop and Today’s Hits. Gibson thrives in engaging with his audience, putting on an exciting and unique show each time he performs. This talented artist is a must see!

 

Does My Email or IP Address Reveal my Physical Location?

‘Can someone find a user’s identity (name, home address, etc.) simply by having their email or IP address or while playing in a game? I’m asking because I posted to an online forum, and both my email and IP address were displayed publicly. Does that give others the ability to find my actual geographic location? Can I be tracked down in any way?’ Read on to learn the answer to this common question…

Are You Invisible Online?

It’s true that your IP address is no secret. It’s a basic part of internet communication protocols to send your IP address whenever you connect to a website, send an email, make a forum/blog post, chat, play an online game, etc. Without your IP address, the computer on the other end wouldn’t know where to send the reply. Think of it as the return address on an envelope.

But that doesn’t mean that Evildoers can find your home address if they know your IP address. Knowing your IP address does NOT give anyone the power to hack into your computer, NOR does it reveal who or where you are. Typically, each time you go online (if you have dialup) or each time you start your computer (if you have cable, fiber or dsl) you will be assigned an IP address, randomly selected from a pool of IP’s assigned to your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Finding the Physical Address for an IP Address

A person MIGHT be able to get a general idea of your geographic location, based on your IP address, by doing a lookup using a free Geo-IP database, but that will only tell them the physical location of your Internet Service Provider — not YOUR home address. Keep in mind that when you’re at work, your ISP might be your employer. (One easy way to find your current IP address is with the IP Chicken website.)

f you use a large regional or nationwide ISP, the IP lookup probably reveals nothing of interest — either the location of your ISP’s local switching facility, or a placeholder address that corresponds to the center of the town where you live. The IP address for most dialup users will be the location of the ISP’s central office. For AOL subscribers, your IP address lookup will always show the location as Dulles, Virginia — regardless of where you live. And if you’re connecting to a public wifi hotspot in an airport, library or coffee shop, the IP address will be associated with the wireless service provider – not you at all.

Bottom line: The address returned by an IP lookup *could* be within a few miles of your home, or it could be wrong by several orders of magnitude.

When The Law Comes A Knockin’

Of course there is an exception to every rule. If Joe or Jane User calls your ISP and wants to know who was using a certain IP address last Tuesday, the ISP will tell them to go away. But if an officer of the law hands your ISP a court order to reveal that information, they must do so. Your ISP’s logs will enable them to determine which customer was using a certain IP address on a certain date and time, and they must reveal that information if a court has found probable cause that a crime was committed by that person.

For the truly paranoid (or the criminally inclined) there are ways to surf the web anonymously. The Anonymizer service will act as a proxy between you and your ISP, and they claim that your information cannot be subpoenaed because they do not store it.

What About Email Addresses?

The same concepts apply to your email address. The part that follows the “@” sign is the domain name. This can be your ISP, your employer, a webmail provider, or an email forwarding service. Given the domain name, one can determine the owner’s physical location, but nothing personally identifying about the email user without a court order.

Of course, if your email address is something like Jsmith90210@acme-widgets.com, then you’re leaving little to the imagination of a determined hacker or stalker. Web-based email accounts are not truly anonymous, either. Even if you don’t provide your real name when signing up, they can capture your IP address and track you through your ISP if necessary. But again, a court order would be needed.

Other Considerations

It’s much more likely that you or your children will reveal your physical location the old fashioned way — by just blurting it out. Those who chat or play online games should be reminded often that they should never reveal any personal information, including their last name, phone number or home address. And of course, when you make an online purchase, you’re explicitly providing your home address to the merchant.

Oh, and if you have any spyware or viruses on your system, all bets are off. These things are designed to violate your privacy. If you need help with scanning your system for malware and other unwanted pests. See past article’s for details on how to protect yourself from those risks.

Thanks Bob for your insight to this article.

Have a Great Week

ZI Staff.