Sunday, April 27, 2014

Create a slide show of pictures and order them by folder name using Powerpoint 2010

I have hundreds of pictures in several folders on an external  hard drive that I wanted to turn into a slideshow. I'm doing my music separately using selections from youtube in the background, so I just wanted something that would meet my criteria for a good visual.
  1. It has to allow me to order my pictures by folder name. This is because I had labeled each folder by year, and I wanted the similar pictures within each folder to stay together by name as well.
  2. It has to allow some control over transition from one picture to the next. I like "fade."     
After trying a few freebies, and a few built-in Windows tools, I finally figured out that Powerpoint 2010 will do what I want.

  1. Open Powerpoint 2010
  2. Click insert
  3. Click photo album
  4. Click new photo album
  5. Click file/disk
  6. Open folders until you reach the first set of pictures
  7. Use ctrl-A to select any or all the pictures in the first folder
  8. Click insert
  9. Click file/disk again
  10. Continue to select and add pictures
  11. When done selecting, click picture layout
  12. Click create and wait patiently if you have a lot of pictures
  13. On the left side, use ctrl-A to select all the pictures
  14. Click transitions
  15. Click fade
  16. While in transitions, under advance slide, change the number from 0.00 to 5.00 and check the box that says "after."
  17. Click design, then background styles, then black
  18. Click file
  19. Click save
  20. To show the slide show, click slide show, then click from beginning

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easy download a video from youtube

I'm going to download a snippet from the movie "Kids Like These" called "Welcome to Holland." 

  1. Find the video inyoutube and start it playing Welcome to Holland
  2. Pause the video
  3. Swipe the URL
  4. Paste the URL into the box on
  5. You will see your choice of formats
Note: I ran the through a site safety check, and found it to be safe, but check for yourself if you're concerned. Just google "is this website safe?" and you'll find several tools to choose from to check on for yourself.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

How to encrypt a folder in Windows 7 and backup the encryption certificate

How to encrypt a folder or file

  1. Right-click the folder or file you want to encrypt, and then click Properties.
  2. Click general, then advanced
  3. Select the "Encrypt contents to secure data" check box (see below if it's grayed out) *
  4. Click OK, then click OK again
  5. Back up your encryption certificate (see below)

How to back up your EFS certificate

  1. In the start menu serach box, type certmgr.msc
  2. Press enter
  3. In the left pane, double click Personal
  4. Click Certificates
  5. In the main pane, click the certificate that lists Encrypting File System under Intended Purposes. (You might need to scroll to the right to see this.)
  6. If there is more than one EFS certificate, you should back up all of them.
  7. Click the Action menu, point to All Tasks, and then click Export.
  8. In the Certificate Export wizard, click Next, click Yes, export the private key, and then click Next.
  9. Click Personal Information Exchange, and then click Next.
  10. Type the password you want to use, confirm it, and then click Next. The export process will create a file to store the certificate.
  11. Type a name for the file and the location (include the whole path) or click Browse, navigate to a location, type a file name, and then click Save.
  12. Click Next, and then click Finish.
  13. Check to make sure the backup copy of your EFS certificate is within the users folder so it will be backed up by Crashplan.

How to decrypt a folder or file

  1. Right-click the folder or file you want to decrypt, and then click Properties
  2. Click general, then advanced
  3. Clear the encrypt contents to secure data check box, click OK, and then click OK again.

* What to do if encryption is grayed out

  1. Go into regedit  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem
  2. In the right pane, right click on NtfsDisableEncryption and click on Modify.
  3. Type 0 and click OK
  4. Close regedit
  5. Restart computer




Saturday, April 5, 2014

Android won't encrypt

If your Android Refuses to Encrypt

I have an LG Lucid that refused to be encrypted. It would start the process, then reboot, then be back to normal. When I looked in the security settings, it did not have the resultant "encrypted" message that it should have.

When I googled the problem, I found about a dozen different solutions that worked for different people.

The one that worked for me is to run the encryption in safe mode.

  1. The phone will reboot quickly, as it did with the failed methods, but if you watch closely, you should get a message this time that assures you it's encrypting.
  2. Because other methods have failed you, you might be in a hurry to give up on this one. So be sure and let your phone do its thing. Mine only took ten minutes, but they say it can take up to an hour and a half.
  3. When you're done encrypting, remember to disable safe mode. 

How to Enable Safe Mode

  1. Turn the phone completely off.
    1. Press and hold the Power button until the LG logo appears then release.
    2. With the LG logo still onscreen, press and hold the Volume down key (located on the left-edge of the phone).
    3. Continue to hold Volume down key until 'Safe mode' appears in the lower-left of the unlock screen then release. It may take up to 45 seconds to complete.

    How to Disable Safe Mode

    1. Press and hold the Power button.
    2. Select Power off and restart.
    3. Select OK.