Week 3 Margrove Park

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Starting this week’s session (blogging live). Marian said she had all kinds of problems with the videos I gave her on USB last week. Before we get to that we're looking at creating a poster for the @margrovepark email accounts.

Poster made and printed. Click Here

Now we’re looking at the problem with videos. The problem arises when inserting the USB stick and Adobe (photoshop) automatically opens up. The problem Marian had was that she tried to negotiate the Adobe browser. This is often a problem when various softwar’s fight for dominance over your system. Maybe Adobe is trying to be helpful but it's a complete hindrance. At the same time windows opened a microsoft window with a daunting range of options. We closed down the window and the Adobe interface and coined the phrase "when we want help from Mr Adobe or Mr Windows we'll let them know"

We moved on and looked at:

Scanning into photoshop.
Scanning into picssa.
Image manipulation

We got talking about meditation which reminded Trish of a Moody Blues song entitled OM. We looked at I-Tunes and discussed how we could download one track at a time rather than entire album. Did not find OM there but found it on YouTube and Trish added to the Community Pages

We created a new @margrovepark email account for Trish as she wasn’t here last week and Marian got practice making a new account. I made screen videos (screencasts) of all these activities using some free software called screencam. Eventually it would be nice to put these on the website but they’re large files at present. Last week Peter had expressed an interest in using a computer to fill in paper based forms.

We also had a little visit to Second Life.

I had some free software with me to do that but Peter didn’t show up. Marian said she’d like to sell her car on e-bay so we may look at that next week. I told them that their homework was to contact me using their new email accounts.