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.

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

    No chromecasts found on router

    I write this godforsaken blog mostly for my own reference, so when I need a solution I came up with once before but have no memory of it, and I google the problem, I find my own blog with the answer.

    That said, here goes with a note to self:

    "Hey stupid. The next time you get the message 'No chromecasts found,' remember to reboot the router."

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Google your Kindle Fire

      Why googlify your kindle Fire? I think maybe this is how to get that durned Google Play Services working. Having Google Play Services working is necessary for some apps to work on the Kindle Fire.

      Case in point -- I couldn't get Youtube app working on my Kindle Fire. I was getting a message the Google Play Services is not supported on my device. So I followed these instructions I found on another site.
       Download and install ES File Explorer from the Amazon Appstore (download).
      1. On your Kindle go into setting under Applications and turn on at the top Apps from Unknown Sources (pic).
      2. Download the following files and transfer to your Kindle via USB connection to your PC. I recommend copying to the “download” folder of the Kindle Fire HDX. Google Account Manager | Google Play Services | Google Service Framework | Gmail
      3. Using ES File explorer app, navigate to the folder of the files and tap to install Google Account Manager.
      4. Reboot the Kindle by turning off then on.
      5. Install Google Services Framework.
      6. Reboot.
      7. Install Google Play Services.
      8. Reboot.
      9. Install Gmail.
      10. Reboot.
      Now open the Gmail app and it will ask you to add your account. After that you should be good to go. You may see some errors during the process which you can ignore. You may also see errors later if rebooting but you can also ignore as well. Now you can install other Google apps here. So far Chrome works with Sign-in but I have not been able to get YouTube to work with the account. Also Google+ has not been working at all. Enjoy and I we’ll be bringing your more Kindle Fire HDX information so stay tuned and leave us your questions in the comment section.

      After I did all of the above, I reinstalled the Youtube APK, and now Youtube is working.

      The guy who wrote these instructions is right -- there are occasional error messages, but you can ignore them.

      Maybe I didn't need all this stuff. Mabye all I had to do was reinstall Youtube, but I didn't think of that.

      Anyway, another reason to googlify the Kindle Fire is just for the principle of the thing. Have you ever wondered what the principal looks like? There's the principal of the school, and then there's the Principal of the Thing.

      Thank you to AndroidCowboy.

      Chromecast on Kindle Fire says it can't find device

      I've been banging my head against the wall for nothing. They say it feels good when you stop but I'll bet it would have felt just fine had I not banged it at all. I just wanted to cast Pandora from my Kindle Fire to my big screen.

      I had downloaded Chromecast APK from the Google Playstore to my computer and then transferred it laterally to my Kindle Fire by way of a USB connection. Then I clicked on the Chromecast app to install it on my Kindle Fire. (I understand that, alternatively, I could have 1 Mobile Market on my Kindle Fire, and can install the Chromecast app from there.)

      Then I ran it. It looked for my Chromecast device like some freakin Easter egg hunt, but couldn't find it. I know my Chromecast is working --my laptop finds it just fine.

      So naturally I thought it was something wonky about how I installed Chromecast app because I'm barely treading water in understanding what I'm doing with this APK sideways install stuff.

      But I found out not so.

      If I go ahead and crank up Pandora on my Kindle Fire, and click its Chromecast icon, whala -- it gets projected on my big screen.

      Did I not need the Chromecast app? I dunno. But I'm not uninstalling it. It's perfectly content to sit there.

      Also, maybe this is obvious to everyone but me, but I see that when I close Pandora on my Kindle Fire, it continues to play on my big screen. Sweet.

      I used that aforementioned opportunity to try once more to run the Chromecast app on my Kindle Fire, while happily listening to Vanessa Carloton who is being cast to my TV by Pandora on my Kindle Fire.

      The Chromecast app continues to fail. But Pandora is running. This is magic, I guess.