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Send your boss a photo, so you can skip work when the surf is firing

November 23, 2017
BY GEORGE GORDON • Computer Guru , Lahaina News

On your Mac, using the new operating system High Sierra, there is a new Photo App 3.0 that allows you to view your recent imported photos. Open up the photos app, and on the left side scroll down and choose Imports. Okay, let's have some fun. On your Mac is an app called Photo Booth, which when opened and facing your computer's camera, gives you many options to make your face look funny. Well, that's nice and all, but you get real tired of looking like a wrinkled 90-year-old. So, let's use a green screen, which is a background with your face in it. The surf is up on the North Shore, and you want to skip work, so you tell your boss you had to travel to Alaska for a family emergency and will send him a picture to prove you're there. Here is how you do it.

Open up the Photo app, choose a pic of snow on the ground and drag it out to the desktop. Next, open up the Photo Booth app and choose Effects. Keep scrolling over to the right until you come to User Backdrop 1. Now drag that snow pic from the desktop over and drop it in to the User Backdrop 1 to paste it in there.

We're just about ready for the best part. Click on User Backdrop 1, and it tells you to step out from the frame. When the message goes away, step back in with the Alaska snowstorm in the background.

Look cold and sad - like you're missing work - and click on the red camera button. A countdown from three to one happens, and presto! You're done. Click on the box with the up arrow in it to e-mail this pic to your boss. Now go hang ten on that 20-foot north swell coming in.

An e-mail declaring that your Netflix account will be suspended if you don't respond within 48 hours aims to persuade you to click on the "restart membership" button at the end of the message. Don't do it!

Laying in bed with your iPhone X, you need to hold the phone about 10-20 inches from your face to turn it on. Any closer and you can't get an accurate scan.

One of the most effective ways of getting your phone to charge quickly, whether you're hopping between meetings or about to dash to catch a ride, is to limit the amount of power it draws while it charges. And one of the best ways to do that is to hit the Airplane Mode button as soon as you plug it in.

The iPad allows you to place more than four apps on the dock. You can also drag folders down on the dock, too. The iPad allows you to multitask - in other words, having two apps running at the same time. If you open up an app, it takes up the whole screen, but if you go down to the dock and drag an app up to the right side of the screen, it now shares part of the screen. So why do you want two screens showing at the same time? Well, here is a good example. Open up Safari and go to a website that displays ten different web cameras. Drag the Notes app up to the right side of the screen. Open up a blank page. You have Safari with cameras on the left and the Notes app opened up on the right. Try and select a picture of a camera you're thinking of buying by dragging it over to the Notes app. So, the next time you open up Notes, you will have a picture and information on the camera you want to purchase.

Here is something people don't know. If you're looking at an e-mail and want to get back to the screen that displays all your e-mail, on the very top press the <Blue arrow. But let's say you open up an e-mail and click on a link that takes you to a website. At the top left corner in very small letters is a black box with a <in it and the word Mail. Just click on it, and you're back to your original e-mail.

Send your computer-related questions to mauimist8669@yahoo.com.

 
 
 

 

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