A New Version of Windows 10 is Coming

John Vrooman | April 2018

If your Windows computer is getting old or is running slowly (even after you’ve run system cleaning and optimization utilities), maybe it’s time for a fresh start. When you reinstall your computer’s Windows operating system, you’ll typically end up with your computer working better and faster than it was prior to the reinstall. If you would like to learn more about the process of reinstalling Windows, please visit the following link. When you do, you’ll arrive at a helpful article titled “How To Clean Install Windows” that I came across at the Lifewire.com website…www.tinyurl.com/ybtezusy.

Microsoft is releasing the next version of Windows 10. The new version of Windows 10 goes by the name “Spring Creators Update” a.k.a. Windows 10 Redstone 4 (Version 1803). Over the course of the next couple of months, this new version of Windows will be rolling out to Windows 10 users as a Windows Update. Are you ready for it?

Editor’s Note: At press time, columnist John Vrooman reports that Microsoft has delayed the official release of Windows 10 version 1803. It’s currently working on the fix, but it may take weeks.

To help prepare for the update, I would encourage all Windows 10 users to browse through the following article titled: How to Avoid Problems Installing the Windows 10 Redstone 4 (version 1803)” that’s available at the pureinfotech.com website. Here’s a courtesy link to this informative article…www.tinyurl.com/yccv8cae.

To learn more about this new Windows 10 update, I would encourage you to visit the wincentral.com website and browse through an article titled “Windows 10 Redstone 4 (Spring Creators update): Release Date & All Changes, New Features So Far (Massive categorized changelog).” This just mentioned article provides a very good overview of the more significant changes/updates that are included in this new “Spring Creators Update” version of Windows 10. Here the link…www.tinyurl.com/yab5k432.

Grr! Unfortunately, it’s possible that something negative and unexpected could happen during or after the upgrade process. If you find yourself in that situation, you may end up wanting to uninstall the update. The following pureinfotech.com article titled “How to Uninstall Windows 10 version 1803 (Spring Creators Update)” can help you with the uninstall process. Here’s a link to the article that you hopefully (and probably) won’t have to refer to…www.tinyurl.com/y75dsfhe.

What Types of Files Can You View and Listen to on Google Drive?

A handy and often overlooked feature that some online file storage services provide is the ability to view many different types of files. For example, it’s likely that if you are not a professional designer, you may not have a software program installed on your computer that will enable you to view “vector graphics.” However, if you upload vector graphics that are in the .ai, .eps, or .svg file format to Google Drive, the service will generate thumbnail images of the vector graphics so that you can view them without having to install any additional image viewing software on your computer.

To review a list of the file types/formats that Google Drive supports, please visit…www.tinyurl.com/mlddd79.

How to Uninstall Mac Apps

If you are a Mac user, there will likely come a time when you’re going to want to uninstall some apps. Maybe you’ll want to uninstall an app because you no longer use it, or maybe you’re in need of some additional hard disk space. Regardless of the reason that you may want to uninstall a Mac app, the link at the end of this paragraph will lead you to an article titled “How to Uninstall Apps on the Mac” that I found at the lifewire.com website. The short article discusses three methods that Mac apps can be uninstalled and discusses when and why one uninstall method may need to be used instead of another. Here’s the link to get you started…www.tinyurl.com/ya59cc6d.

Teleprompters Can Help You Achieve More Professional Video Results

When recording a “talking head” type of video you may want to consider using a teleprompter. Why? Because teleprompters can help you to keep your eyes focused on the camera (think better eye contact with those who watch your videos) and away from notecards, printed notes, etc. While glancing away from the camera to reference notes is common and is probably just fine in many/most situations, being able to discuss a topic without having to look away from the camera can help you appear to be more of an expert. The following link leads to a webpage that offers details about a teleprompter that may be able to meet your needs…www.tinyurl.com/yc5sqdwf.

Note: In addition to teleprompter hardware, you’ll likely also want to consider using teleprompter software that runs as an app on a Smartphone or tablet computer. To find teleprompter apps for your Android or iOS phone/tablet, simply do a Google search using “Android Teleprompter App” or “iOS teleprompter app.” The results of both searches will contain links to numerous teleprompter apps for you to consider.

If you have comments, suggestions, tips, questions or just want to say “Hi,” you are invited to contact me at john@johnvrooman.com. I always enjoy hearing from you!

 

John Vrooman
John Vrooman is an experienced Realtor who enjoys staying on top of real estate, technology, gadgets, marketing, new media and small business trends/developments. John gathers information from a diverse range of resources and enjoys sharing tips, thoughts, and discoveries with others – using a “something for everyone” approach. He has been authoring this column since August 2000 and is an Associate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty's White Plains office.