January, 2014 Electronic Magazine – Computers Tuesday, May 20 2014 

New to building web pages and email stationary? Be careful with using symbols. If the person on the other end doesn’t have the font your symbol is in, it will substitute characters and may make your page look strange. While symbols are faster to load than graphics, perhaps a diamond, scroll, etc. would be a good design idea.

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New Catalog available in Smashwords E-Editions Monday, Sep 24 2012 

A new catalog has been generated for Smashwords editions. It includes much more of the catalog listings available piecemeal on our website – http://www.gregathcompany.com/catalog and can be downloaded free at the following web page: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/115879

May 2012 E-Zine (V11#5): Computer Monday, May 7 2012 

Be prepared during large software updates for any computer to “run” slower than normal. If you are on a limited or “fair share” internet connection, it may be a good idea to let the update run without placing any other usage demands on it until download is complete. Above all – try not to be frustrated.

January 2012 E-Zine (V11#12): Marketing Advice Thursday, Dec 29 2011 

Collaboration may need file exchanges. Online is the fastest, but email attachments can be a problem. Some online file exchange services include:

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New catalog formats available online Monday, Dec 19 2011 

Smashwords edition formats of the basic Gregath catalog are now available for download and viewing free of charge!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/115879

August 2009, V8#8: Computers Wednesday, Aug 5 2009 

With group (publishing), unless you can get together at “the drop of a hat”, your group may find itself in need of a way to share files over the internet. The easiest way to do that is pick a format you all use and send email attachments. However, many people prefer to add another layer of anti-virus protection to this. Rather than basically computer to computer (email), computer to third party area where it can be scanned before downloading into computer. Basic needs can be fulfilled by having an electronic group online, like through Yahoo or Google. However, if more space is needed, here are a few suggestions:

  • www.box.net – free or paid services

  • www.drop.io – this is great because you can set the files to expire when they are loaded. When they expire, they are deleted from the internet.

  • Microsoft SharePoint – Robust paid service

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Now accepting digital manuscripts online Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 

As we continue to improve our services, we are pleased to announce that we can now accept and share digital files online – at no additional charge. We continue to discard email attachments, but we have arranged for a SkyBox where digital manuscripts and cover art files can be uploaded and allow customers to download full resolution files for viewing.

June 2006, V5#6: Genealogy Tuesday, Jan 6 2009 

In the world of MP3 players and multi-media computers, consider looking into podcasts for further information. The Genealogy Guys do a weekly podcast (broadcast online that can be listened to at any time/on demand) that is a pleasure to listen to – as well as having great genealogy information. If you are an oral learner (you have to be told, rather than reading, or experimenting), podcasts are a blessing, and many can be accessed at no fee. Do you find you have the radio on most of the time “in the background”? Download a podcast – or several – and you’ll have the most effective “learning by osmosis” as you can get. Podcasts can be found online for a variety of subjects – even computers and software. This can also be a targeted value added service if played at a customer service related venue. The patrons of the Muskogee, Oklahoma Library (Genealogy Department) already enjoy this feature! Search podcasts out with your favorite search engine, or query your eList(s) for recommendations.

November 2002: V1#3: Computer Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

So many pages/sites you will visit have lots of photos and/or music, etc. (bells & whistles) that they take forever to load.  If you are on a search for text and don’t care about photos, music and the like, turn them off to speed your load time.

Here’s what you do:  Load Explorer and then click the pull down menu “tools”, next click “(internet) options” (wording may be different for different software versions).  Once a box pops up, you will click the “advanced” tab at the top of the box.  This brings up a long list of things you can have work or disabled.  You want to scroll down the list until you find the “multimedia” section.  Several items in this section are checked.  For fastest download, click each checkmark to de-select all “play” options. Next click the “OK” button at the bottom of the box.  To check, hit the refresh button (button with white sheet with 2 green arrows circling each other). Please note that this may be done in reverse to get photos, etc back.  Any type of multimedia you want to see, click the blank box (which will check it), click “OK” and then the refresh button.