Friday, June 22, 2012

Snipping Tool

For a quick review of how to use the "Snipping Tool" computer application, check out this handy YouTube video.

Windows 7 Snipping Tool for Screen Capture

Monday, June 18, 2012

Computer Ports

As illustrated nicely in this Wikipedia entry (scroll down to "Types of Ports"), most computer ports and cables are identifiable as matching because they are the inverted match of one another.  Since, as described in the entry, the purpose of a port/cable is to make an interface connection between two devices, the port and cable need to be firmly connected, of matching type and in proper condition for a signal transfer to occur.  When verifying connections, first observe the cable and confirm that it should fit into the port.  Look over the cable and the port to make sure there is no obvious damage.  Then, check to make sure that the cable is firmly connected in the port.  If these three steps do not lead to a successful conclusion, you made need additional assistance. 
Computer Port

Determining Storage Capacity

Many devices say right on them how much storage space they come with.  However, the actual space available to use may not be at 100%, depending on how much stuff is already on the device.  The following link is specfic to flash drives, but the general concept will work for most devices that plug into a computer.  Don't forget that you can try this one out using one of the flash drives from the supervisor's office!

 How to Tell How Much Space Is on a Flash Drive