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There are many ways to stay in contact with loved ones

April 2, 2020
BY GEORGE GORDON • Computer Guru , Lahaina News

I just want to let everyone know that with the "BeerVirus" closing schools, bars, restaurants and the Makawao Dog Park, we're gonna keep our 234 employees working 24/7 fighting any viruses.

Call us anytime - and be sure to wash your keyboard!

Now is a time to keep in contact with your loved ones, and there are (of course) many ways to do it. Telephone calls, $20 iTunes gift cards, Skype, Facebook Chat, iMessage FaceTime Chat, WhatsApp and a few other video chat apps are available. Just keep the audio clean, too.

Apple just came out with a couple of new products. The iPad now can be connected to a keyboard with a trackpad. That almost makes it like a notebook.

If you decide to buy a cheap USB flash drive to back up pictures, documents or music, you could run into a problem if you decide to use it both for a Mac and a Windows PC. Most flash drives you buy are already set-up or formatted for PC use. So, if you want to use it with a Mac, you have to format it.

Well, that seems confusing to most people, so I'm going to make your day and show you how to do it

First, plug the new flash drive into any USB slot on the side or back of your Mac, and a new icon should appear on the desktop called "My USB Drive"or "Untitled." Now click on GO at the top of the screen, choose Utilities and then "Disk Utility App." On the left side, it lists all the hard drives and the new USB drive called "My USB Drive" or "Untitled." Go ahead and click on it. At the top a menu appears, so click on ERASE. Again, a new menu appears, allowing you to give it a new name. So if you want, go ahead and type in a new name.

Now underneath is the"Format" line. It normally shows "Mac OS Extended (Journalled)," which means it will make the USB Drive compatible with all Mac computers. But if you want to use it with a Windows PC, you need to choose another format. So, click on the down ^ button to see a list of different format options. Choose "ExFAT" and click on Erase. That's it! You're all set up - ready to copy data on it and use it with your Windows PC, too.

Here is another trick you might like. Let's say you want to copy a document from one folder to another folder, and you don't want to keep it on the first folder, which means you'll have a duplicate.

Well, instead of COPYING the file, let's MOVE it, which will delete it from the first folder and save you space.

This is really easy and fun to do, so why not give it a shot?

First, right-click on the desktop, click on New Folder and quickly type in a new name for it. Now click on the Finder Icon located on the bottom left and click on Documents on the lefthand side.

Choose a document you want to move to the new folder you just created on the desktop. First hold down the Command key, click on the Document, drag the file over to the new desktop folder and release your mouse.

Whammo!!! The document appears there and disappeared on the document folder. You did it. So now you don't have duplicate files in both folders.

Saved some space, didn't you?

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