Tuesday, June 27, 2017

How To Edit Your Photographs

My Top Three Free Photo Editors

June 27, 2017

Snapseed, Aviary and PiscArt are all the three free photo editors I have personally picked and gathered can resize and enhance your photographs by adding filters such as; grunge and vintage filters.  You can transform or invert your pictures, add text, stickers, borders, frames, specific themes on your photos; and also you can create collages of your favorite’s images as well. By pressing one of these photo editors’ menu buttons, It'll definitely do wonders on your images.

So to begin with, go click on your Applications store icon, Apps/Store, (if applicable, on your android device), type and search the name; when you get to find it, install the application. With Snapseed you can add filters, transform, flip, crop and so on. Just makes sure that during the saving process, click on saves a copy of the photo that's been edited to prevent altering the original image. The edited image will be saved in its own folder, which is Snapseed Album. PiscArt will enable you to edit your pictures such as create collages, add filters and so on, the application creates its own folder as well and all of the edited photographs you created will be stored in that folder.

Just a reminder that with PiscArt, there are certain features that aren't free to use to create your projects, which means you need to purchase them. My top number three is Aviary which will not create its own album; it will edit your images and save it automatically on the same folder/gallery for your pictures. With its saving process; it won’t alter your original picture, it will just save the edited copy. The following random photos are my personal photographs; that I edited using the top three free photo editor’s applications out there, (which I installed on my mobile device).


My vivid memories of playing happily the part of an Angel during my First Grade: Class Christmas Party comes to mind every holiday season.

 I still remember wearing an immaculately white lovely dress with a pair of white Wings which were made out of Cardboard and shredded Solid white crepe paper. My teachers adorned me with those gigantic angel wings and that I really needed someone to hold and helped me walk with it due to my tiny size. lol.  It was indeed a memorable and beautiful childhood memory of mine, during my First grade class celebration of the holiday seasons in the Philippines.


Just edited my own photograph where I sat on a wooded bench and was waiting for the Calgary transit bus in SW of Calgary during the spring of April 23, 2015, taken by my aunt. I have added wings –stickers and effects as well, which is artistic; and selected Contours.


This is the Calgary tower, it’s where you can get aerial views and take some photographs of the downtown city of Calgary. The tower also houses a fine dining and some retail shops. I have taken this photograph of the Calgary Tower; from my view by the NW side of downtown Calgary during the summer of 2016.


My siblings' family went fishing one time by the lake outside Alberta, during the summer of 2013. It was warm and sunny during that day, and the children enjoyed fishing as well. Fishing is one fun family activity to be on your list, during the warmer season in Canada.



I have taken this photo during the summer of 2017; this building is the Alberta Court of Appeal and is now one of the vintage architecture design in downtown Calgary. The city uses the Calgary Courts Centre which is across this building.


Canada’s summer is everybody’s favorites, because the city’s atmospheres' will be very colorful with the sidewalks that is always aligned with gigantic pots of beautiful flowers, as well as there are many summer festivals being celebrated in the city. (This picture was taken during the summer of 2017)


Edit>Filters>HDR Scape>Nature >Strong>Text

It's the Rockies behind the series of the Lake of Vermillion by Banff National Park of Canada in the summer of 2015; this is taken during my tour guiding job. The couple who were canoeing have seen me taking photographs by the shore; so then they came to rest by the side of the lake and that have given me the chance to take a shot of their canoe.

Edit>Filters>Black & White>Neutral>Text

I stumbled on these rabbits one summer night by our building's entrance during one summer night of 2016. I noticed that there’s an abundant population of wild animals in Canada, from time to time I see baby deer’s and rabbits in our neighborhood whatever the season is ; whether Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

Edit>Filters>Vintage>Number 8>Text

This is the Bow River by the Shouldice Park in NW of Calgary, during the winter of December 25, 2016. The Park is always open all throughout the seasons. You can jog, take a walk with your pet, play sports, also barbecue and have a picnic with family and friends as well.

Enjoy editing your photographs!

 [Photo Editors]

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Saving Firefox Bookmarks Into An HTML File

Accessing  Your Firefox Browser Bookmarks To A Different Device 

September 27, 2016

To save into HTML your bookmarks in Firefox browser;  You must open up your Firefox Internet browser’s Menu Bar, go click on Bookmarks tab then select Show All Bookmarks. 
A popup Bookmarks Manager window will appear. Now click on Import and Backup tab, scroll down to Export Bookmarks to HTML option, and then to save it on your local hard drives onto a C:drive; you must browse onto the path where you want to save the bookmarks, such as in your Documents folder, and then Rename and click on Save.

Notice in your Documents folder that your current bookmarks on your Firefox browser have now a back up document for future use.

Firefox Bookmarks-HTML

You can also directly save the bookmarks onto an external hard drive; such as a USB or Floppy disk which needs to be inserted into the PC; that way you can Import the HTML Bookmarks into another PC of yours onto another Firefox browser. 

Exporting Bookmarks into HTML File 

If you happened to saved your HTML Firefox Bookmarks in your local hard drive such as C:drive;  you must copy and paste it first into an external drive to access it to another computer.

Saving HTML file

Note: To transfer your saved HTML Firefox Browser Bookmarks into another PC and onto another Firefox browser.  On the Browser’s menu bar select  Bookmarks tab then onto bookmarks manager window, click on Import and Backup Tab, then scroll down to Import Bookmarks to HTML option and then choose the HTML file from your external drive’s in the dialog box which comes up. Notice how your browser got populated with your saved bookmarks.

[HTML File]

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Troubleshooting Computer With No Sound

Reasons On Why Your Computer Has No Sound

January 27, 2016

Let’s try these techniques before you go to a computer repair shop.

Try testing  first the sound on computer by connecting the headphones; play a music on a music device such as the windows media player; if that’s not working, if  it’s desktop PC; check  the hardware such as the speakers:  if they are properly connected on sound card on the back of the tower, check all the wires in the back of the tower, if they're connected in the right slots and see to it whether you have configured them correctly. The Speakers wiring must be properly connected into the correct jack on Audio out port on sound card which is normally green in color. Make sure that they have power by plugging the speakers to a power bar and are turned on. 

Go Control Panel then System and Security then click on Action Center, now on the left pane select Windows Update and let it download all the updates, click on all the important and optional updates available for your computer, and then restart the computer after installing all the updates.  If that still doesn't work, the driver may have been uninstalled. If so, go to your computer's manufacturer's website and go to the "Support" section. (i.e. www.toshiba.com  :support section); You will need to fill in the blank’s input form for your computer's model for drivers update; Your PC'S model number is written in the back of your computer so once you enter that; it will give you an option to download any missing drivers.  Actually the support section will present you a list of drivers update; then select the Sound Driver and install it, just follow prompts and then restart the computer for the new settings to apply.
Don’t forget to check the Speaker icon located in the taskbar at the right side bottom of your screen; perhaps, something must be wrong in there. Click on Mixer option to open volume control and make sure all slide bars are above low and all mute boxes are unchecked.

Volume Mixer

Speakers Volume -Up

Checking The Sound Menu Options

If all else fails, ensure your Sound Driver isn't disabled, it could be that you disabled them unintentionally, to do this: Point to Start menu button then Go to Control Panel click on Hardware and Sound and then select Sound’s Playback Tab then Right-click on  Speakers to check its settings; you must choose Enable.  Click Okay for the new settings to apply then restart your PC.

Enable Speakers is selected

Disable Speakers isn't selected

Note: Somewhat from time to time the PC’s sound driver will be inadvertently disabled during sudden shutdowns.

                                                                                 [No Computer Sound]

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Troubleshooting Toshiba Laptop Touchpad Device

There Are Too Many Reasons On Not Working Toshiba Laptop Touchpad Device

June 27, 2015

For not working Toshiba Laptop Touch pad device with Windows OS: Turn off your computer by holding your power on/off button for 15 seconds, until the computer power light goes off. Unplug the Adapter Cord and also take out the battery. Return the battery, and plug the Adapter Cord back, [(I recommend that you must use a power bar, for your computer protection just in case of a power outage, [shock]). FYI! I do not plug the computer A/C directly to an electric outlet.
Press and hold down FN +F9 at the same time together doesn't work, [i.e. repeatedly, and or at least 3 times]. If that doesn't work, you go point to Start Menu then select Control Panel, click on Hardware and Sound tab, then onto Devices and Printers click on Mouse, then modify the settings of your touch pad device.

Mouse Properties options menu

Alright, so by the time you get into the settings for your mouse touch pad, just make sure that you [Unchecked the box for disable internal mouse when external device is attached, then press Okay for new settings to apply]. This is very important.
And the last option for you I hope is that; you can make it work your Touch pad by updating your touch pad driver.  Go to official site of Toshiba's’ support site. Just type (www.toshiba.com) and look for support page, Follow the prompts, such as: input computer laptop model number and the rest will follow. Toshiba will scan your computer for drivers update. It will recommend you to install drivers update, after reinstalling the update, restart your computer for the new settings to apply.
This could be also a virus attack. Try to install a good virus guard, there are lots of free antivirus programs out there, (i.e.AVG, Avast, and so on), and scan the whole computer. The anti -virus will quarantine or remove the virus. Restart after scanning. However, if you want a free anti- virus protection for your computer I would recommend you the following antivirus software’s  you can download and install; such as: Avast Antivirus or AVG. Take your pick and just type on your browser www.avast.com or www.avg.com to download any of the two antivirus programs to protect your PC from unwanted threat, such as viruses and most unwanted software you might find online. 
However, my pick is Avast, it’s because it’s one of the best Anti-Virus software’s out there and has one of the highest virus detection rates of any software, and the best part is definitely free!

Well, if this doesn’t work, I recommend you go to an authorized service center for your comp. It must be the touch-pad is already physically destroyed.

                                                                        [Toshiba Laptop Touch pad]             

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Creating An E-Mail

Blind Carbon Copy

May 27, 2015

To sum it up, an existing e-mail is imperative for everyday activities nowadays, it's just because, In general, a social media required an e-mail of yours,  to set up an account: (example: Google Plus my favorite), hehe

Today's age of computers, mostly all companies that offer free software's online may require an e-mail, (i.e. if you want to download a free game, a free photo editor application to enhance your personal pictures, etc.), you perhaps need to provide an e-mail as a requirement, more so that you as a user can be provided with an update later on.
To sign up for the first time, type google mail on an Internet browser then click on create a new account, (a phone number is required to verify your account if you have no any other existing e-mail to provide, Simply enter all mandatory fields, (e.g. First Name, Last Name, Gender, etc), choose a secure password; don't forget to jot down all the information's you provided for a back-up document in the future, then after filling up the form, you must click on "agree" to the company's conditions to set up a new e-mail account for you.


Some free web mail providers out there also are MAIL.COM, Yahoo, Hotmail, and so on. You can chose though whoever you want, my apologies.

Apparently, an e-mail message uses the same format as a standard memo; it includes, From, Date, To, and Subject lines, typically followed by the content of the message. To... line: indicates who the recipient of the message is, (it includes CC:, & BCC); Subject... line:  is for the topic of your message, usually in bold capital letters; (I.E.  BIRTHDAY PARTY OF MY BABY), From... line: your web mail supplies your name or e-mail, & Date... line: (depends on what device you use), the computer or your phone automatically supplies the actual date you send the message.
Remember that when you're sending a message, there are three types of e-mail “recipients”, namely: Primary-(TO), is the first individual to whom you intend to send the message; Secondary- (CC), are the interested parties who want to receive a copy of the message and Tertiary-(BCC), Blind Carbon Copy-(bcc) bcc'ng someone is very important, if you want to send someone a message but that someone prefer (to be bcc'd), meaning to hide such an individual's certain e-mail address from  everybody receiving the same message.
You will find your Inbox folder which stores all your messages you received from all your contacts. Outbox are composed messages that perhaps aren’t successfully sent to your contacts due to failed delivery usually because of mistypes or invalid e-mail addresses.  While your Sent Items folder accommodates all the messages you successfully sent, meanwhile Drafts folder stores all those messages you created but haven’t finished and sent it yet,  unless you’ll delete them, otherwise they will be there waiting for you to edit and send to your recipients. Deleted items folder is similar to a computer’s Recycle Bin, it will store all your deleted items until you’ll restore or delete them permanently. Contacts folder is being created by the E-mail holder and that is no other than you; you can do this option, by doing; Go>Contacts option on the E-mail’s Menu Bar then select “Add new contact by filling up the form and then click on Save”.
In general to send an E-mail, first thing to do is compose the message so click on Compose or New button, and then afterwards click on Send button. You perhaps can attach files by clicking Attach File/Insert File button then follow prompts, whether the files are inside your Computer/Download/ folders (it depends where you stored your files though).


Friday, March 27, 2015

Creating & Saving A Document

Typing on Windows Word Pad and MS Word 

March 27, 2015

If only MS Office suite program isn't included on your Operating System (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access), Go to Start Menu Button, Point to All Programs, select Accessories>click on WordPad or Notepad, they are included with you computer-Win 7, 8, 8.1 OS, etc. Otherwise, you can use the MS Word.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to manage your files. By the way, what is a File? A File is a collection of data, which has a name and is stored on a computer’s drive or in an external drive. After creating a File, you can print it, open it, edit its contents, and or save it again usually using the same program you used to create it. To accomplish any given task that involves texts, you must type texts where texts are required though.

When you start a document program, such as the WordPad, a blank wide area will appear below the menu bar, toolbars and ruler. That area is called the document window. By the upper left side of the document window, the flashing vertical bar is called the Insertion Point. The insertion Point shows your typing position on the screen, and it moves as you type and usually blinks when you pause you’re typing.

Word Pad Window

The Insertion Point indicates where the characters you type will appear. As you type sentences of texts in the specified document window, no need to press the Enter Key on your Keyboard when you reach the right margin of the page. Most Windows document programs contain a feature called Word Wrap, which automatically continues your texts on the next line. 
Therefore, you can press the Enter key only when you have completed a paragraph.  While the mouse pointer moves freely around on the screen as you move the mouse and when the mouse pointer is positioned in a text area, it looks like an I-Beam.

Notepad Window

If ever you make a typing error, just position the Mouse’ I Beam-Pointer to select the texts by highlighting all the texts you want to delete and then press the Enter key on the Keyboard. When you move the Mouse’ I- Beam pointer to a position on the screen where texts has been typed, and you click the mouse, the Insertion Point moves to that location. Use the Insertion Point, to erase the typed wrong texts by moving the I-Beam Pointer to the correct position over the wrong -typed texts and then click. The Insertion Point moves to where you clicked then use the Backspace key.
In general, whatever project you are working on your computer and or when you type texts on a document program, it is being held temporarily in the computer’s temporary memory called RAM, (RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY), and is being erased when you turn off or restart the computer. For permanent storage, you must save your work on your computer's hard drive, (c: drive; if applicable), and or on a removable disk as frequently, as possible.  A removable USB drive is an example of an external hard drive to store your project, otherwise your work will be gone for good and only a professional retriever can retrieve your work.
If you will use a new disk to store your files, only format the disk when it’s unformatted and or its old and you wanted to reuse it.  To completely erase and reuse an old disk, you can format the disk using the Quick Format command.

Format Option Command

Go>Start Menu>Point to select Windows File Explorer>Right click on the specified USB or Floppy disk and point to select Format>Put a check mark on Quick format box>then Press the Start button. 

Format options-Creating an MS DOS startup disk

If you will save your document for the first time, Go File Menu tab>Point to select Save option, a pop up Save As dialogue box appears, it gives an option where you want to save your file (if applicable: on the hard disk or the computer's Documents folder), Otherwise use an external disk to store your file, by selecting the correct destination folder on the Left Pane-Explorer bar options, of the Save As dialogue box window. 
Name the file by typing a name that you can easily remember then click Save. The file is automatically saved in that application you are using.  At the bottom of the dialogue box, you will find out the document you're saving in its' own file type, (.RTF, etc.).

Save Command

You could delete files (only you created) which you no longer need, so that your folders and disks don't get cluttered.  Use Windows Explorer File window to manage your files by using the Delete command on the file's shortcut menu options. 
Right click on a given file, click on Delete option>Select permanently delete the file by pressing Okay button. However, be careful when deleting a folder, examine it contents first, and only delete the whole folder if you no longer need the contents. All the deleted files from your computers C: Drive, goes inside the Recycle Bin.

Delete Command

The Recycle Bin is an area on your hard drive that holds deleted files, until you emptied the Recycle Bin, and then they're removed permanently, and can't be recoverable anymore. 
(If applicable), you'll find the Recycle Bin on your desktop. However, in public places though, such as the public library, no need to delete such an item that you downloaded on the computer's hard drive from the Internet, the operating system's already been programmed to delete such items.

Recycle Bin

However when you delete files and or folders from an external drive such as: USB and Floppy disk, they can't be recovered anymore; such deleted items will not go to Recycle Bin at all, once you deleted them, they're  gone for good, meaning, they're permanently deleted.

Restore/ Delete Command

To retrieve such deleted files or folders of yours inside the Recycle Bin, use the Restore Command on the Recycle Bin’s Restore option to return the deleted files and or folders from the C:Drive; You can return them back to their original location by Double clicking to open the Recycle Bin>right click on the item inside the bin and point to select Restore command option.

Copy and Paste technique: If you have an extra external disk, you can make a copy of your data from your original disk now. Make sure you copy the data stored on your original disk regularly so that as you work on your original disk the data on your copy disk stays updated. To copy a file is just an act of duplication, and placing the file to another location of your choice, but the original file isn’t affected.

However the Cutting technique is different, it’s actually removal of the data from its original location and it’s being transferred to its new location.  To do this method; on the pop-up dialogue box menu point to select Cut option on the files you selected and highlighted and then go to a new destination folder of your choice, from there;  double click and select paste command on the pop-up menu dialogue box to completely remove the files from its current location, and places the files to its new location.

Copy and Paste Technique

To prevent losing all the data stored on your external disk, you should always have a copy of your disk for later purposes. To do this technique, Make sure to insert your original USB or floppy disk and a blank disk to the computer, and then open up Windows File Explorer.

Double click on the original disk to open it. Click on the first file to select it (inside the original disk) and then press Shift key on the keyboard while clicking on the last file to highlight it then release the shift button, notice how all the files are selected and highlighted. Right click on top of the highlighted files and point to select Copy option on the menu of pop-up dialogue box. Open up and click inside the blank disk and then right click and select Paste option on the menu of the pop-up dialogue box.

Everything will be copied from the original to the new disk for Backup documents in the future.

                                                                    [Working With Files]