PRESS-F1 Computer Service

Saving The World  - - One Computer At A Time!

368-5252

  www.lodicomputer.com

In This Issue
Services
Feature Article
Contact Us
Specials
Support
Newsletters 
 

Tech News

At 40 years old, what's next for the Internet?

Human Brain Could Be Replicated In 10 Years


 


Subscribe
Un-Subscribe

HELP!
Online Help

Make Appointment
Request Appointment

Contact Us
Contact Us

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our Newsletter

 

FREE. FREE, FREE. Everyone enjoys something free. This month we will give you links to free software. The software outlined below is freely available on the web. There is all types of software; Word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, PDF readers, Internet browsers, and many many more. Just about any software you can purchase, you can find a free version that does the same task. Sometimes much better than the high price software.   Click Here.

Free Lunch!  Everyone enjoys a free lunch. You may have heard the phrase "There's no such thing as a Free Lunch." Well, here it is. If you refer a new customer to us and that customer results in a minimum of one hour of computer service, YOU will receive a $10 gift card to spend at a local restaurant. Details

If you have a particular question or subject in mind, send me a note and I will share some information on the subject. Reader input is the key to a useful newsletter.

This newsletter will be produced and delivered in the first week of each month. Our intent is to provide you with useful information. It is not out intent to annoy you with unwanted emails. If you would rather not receive this newsletter, by all means, find the Opt-Out link below.

If you find this newsletter useful or interesting, please share it. Just Forward it to anyone you think may benefit from the information. Also check out our Specials.

 

Gregory Walther
Press-F1 Computer Service
 



Services We Provide
   

368-5252

 

Here's Why You Call Us First:
  1. Your phone call will be answered.
  2. You will get same day on-site service.
  3. You will understand what we are doing.

 

  • On-Site or In-Shop Computer Repair.
  • Wired or Wireless Networking.
  • Complete Custom Computer Systems.
  • Spyware / Adware / Virus removal.
  • Data Recovery.
  • Website Design and Hosting.
     

more info...


Feature Article

   

FREE FREE FREE Software  
 
 FOXIT PDF Reader

Need a software program that lets you read, write and fill in PDF forms.

The free PDF reader Foxit Reader does this. While Foxit Reader also has a Pro Pack available to add additional functions, the free version does almost everything that most users need.

More importantly, it does it without the baggage of Adobe Reader and its huge memory requirement, the huge delays in starting up (unless you let Adobe Reader preload and take up a bunch of your memory all the time, and its automatic updating, which causes problems.

I've been using Foxit Reader for a couple years, off and on, but now it's my main program for reading PDF files. After installing the new version, I found a very welcome screen and a list of new features.

The only draw back is when you save a PDF document, Foxit Reader (free) adds a banner notice on the particular page. It's really not so bad and the purchased version removes the banner.

Foxit Reader is a great, fast, little program. It installs quickly and easily and it co-exists peacefully with Adobe Reader, too. You can use Adobe Reader to read PDF files in your web browser, and still use Foxit Reader to read them when they're on your computer. I like it.


OpenOffice Office Suite

If you're looking to save yourself plenty of money, download OpenOffice instead of buying Microsoft Office --- you could save yourself hundreds of dollars, and not lose out on many features.

The suite has six full applications: the Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentations), Base (database), Math (equation editor), and Draw (graphics program).

Given that the full suite is free, this is one of the best deals you'll find in all of computing. It'll do just about anything you expect from an office suite, whether creating documents, spreadsheets, or presentations. You'll find complete formatting tools, as well as extras including mail merge, macros, charting capabilities, and more.

OpenOffice works with an extremely wide variety of formats, including the OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.2 standard, as well as documents created in Microsoft Office 2007 and Office 2008 for the Mac. You can even export files to PDF.

It won't, however, work with the newest Office 2007 formats such as .docx. At the moment, that's not a significant drawback, because those formats are rarely used. However, in the future this could cause some problems, so I'm hoping Office 2007 formats will soon be handled as well.

One of the suite's most useful features are its wizards, which walk you through creating spreadsheets, presentations, and other documents. They pay a great deal of attention to the task at hand. For example, you're asked for the output medium of a presentation before you begin.

Most people will spend most of their time in Writer, creating word-processing documents. It has all the features you'd expect, but some very nice extras as well. With a single click, for example, you can bring up a gallery of backgrounds, bullets, and other graphical elements, and then embed them in your document. You can even embed sounds.

Writer is also useful for creating HTML documents, and includes tools for creating hyperlinks and even includes the ability to create targets.

Is the suite perfect? Of course not. The overall interface is just plain dull. If you're looking for a suite to use at home or a small business -- or if your enterprise hasn't standardized on Office -- you should give this suite a try. It'll save you hundreds of dollars. And in today's economic times, that's a very big deal.


AVG Free Anti-Virus

AVG Free Edition provides free antivirus protection for Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98. Installing only 30Mb of files and 4 running processes, AVG Free Edition is the smallest antivirus scanner we've tested and may well be the best choice for an older PC with severely limited system resources.

Unlike many scanners, AVG has been certified to remove 100% of in-the-wild viruses - but results with zoo viruses are a low 81% and those same tests resulted in 11 false positives (detection of viruses in non-infected, legitimate files). Despite these drawbacks, AVG Free Edition has a long list of admirers who will be quick to point out that tests reflect a snapshot in time and may not always be indicative of future or past performance.

AVG Free Edition does not provide adware/spyware removal (though it is available in the paid version of the product). As with other free antivirus scanners, support options are limited to online help forums and knowledge bases.

AVG Free Edition can be used in Safe Mode, a definite plus for removing stubborn infectors or cleaning a system that might otherwise be unable to boot into Windows.

 

 

 


For more information, tips and resources visit http://www.lodicomputer.com.

I hope you find this information interesting and useful. If you have any questions or need further information.  Call Today.

 

  Top
   
  [USERTRACK] 

Press-F1 Computer Service
420 North Sacramento Street, Suite #3, Lodi, California
209-368-5252 - service@lodicomputer.com

Copyright Press-F1 Computer Service 2008-2009 ~ All rights reserved.