Tagging photos and files

backpacktagsTagging files is an alternative to, and enhancement to, creating a folder structure for you photos and files.

Tags are non-hierarchical

  • Many tags can be assigned to one photo
  • Many photos can be assigned the same tag

Tags are meta data


  • Photo organizer in its “Library” and editor for simple photo editing: crop, straighten, color correction and touchup.
  • Allows view by date or by folders
  • “Unsupported” by Google now but still the best free Windows desktop photo organizer / editor

Metadata is kept in Picasa database, not in the photo’s Exif fields.  All your tagging work is lost if you move to another organizer like Windows Photo Gallery.


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Presentation September 27th Desktop vs Online Apps

img_20160920_141431550Do you need desktop apps, or are online apps sufficient?  And why might you want to use online apps instead?  I am at the corner of Calle de La Portes de Jesus, in the city of Palma, Spain, writing this with only my laptop, and it is just a cheap 2.5 pound chromebook at that. Admittedly, I am sitting in the cafe across from the Movistar cell phone store, so the wifi is better than some places, but most every bar and hotel has free wifi of some sort.
So do you need to carry, or even own, a computer that runs desktop apps?

On Tuesday, September 27th, at 2pm at Silver Threads Pasmore Center I will present the choices of using online apps vs desktop apps for common tasks, e.g. email, photo editing, word processing, spreadsheets, travel maps, making phone calls, etc.  The slide show is here  Continue reading

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Annual Potluck Picnic at Government House, Thursday, August 18, 3pm

Thursday, August 18th, 2015 from 3pm to 6pm, Photoshoot of Gardens at 2pm.

At the Government House Bandshell on the east lawn, 1401 Rockland Avenue.  If you require seating, please bring your own chairs. Click here for  map.


  • 2pm:  Photographing the Government House Gardens
  • 3pm:  Socializing, Games,
  • 4pm:  the Potluck begins. Entrees and Salads preferred over desserts.
  • NOTE: Alcoholic beverage consumption and smoking prohibited.

The club will supply Cake / Pop / Ice / Plates.

Click to see what people are bringing so far.

This event replaces August’s monthly meeting.

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APCUG 2016 Summer Virtual Technology Conference

Sat. Aug 20 10am.  Attend the FREE APCUG conference at the clubhouse or from the convenience of your own home! All you need is your computer, tablet, etc. and Internet access.

Register at: http://bit.ly/APCUG_8-20_VTC

The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via Q&A; the questions are answered by the presenter at the end of the presentation or via e-mail if there isn’t enough time after the presentation.


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You Can Still Get Windows 10 for Free from Microsoft’s Accessibility Site


The free Windows 10 upgrade offer may technically be over, but it isn’t 100% gone. Microsoft still provides a free Windows 10 upgrade to anyone who checks a box saying they use assistive technologies on their computer. This offer will end at some point, but Microsoft hasn’t announced when.

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FULL: Internet References for Financial Planning

An email has been sent to confirmed attendees.  There are no more seats available for the July 21st, Thursday 2:00 pm presentation to club members AT Island Savings Credit Union Mayfair Branch (map) on “Internet References for Financial Planning”, by Credential Securities’ Travis Koivula (B.Eng, CFP, CIM, FCSI, CSWP) Senior Advisor, Financial Planning.

RSVP to BigBlueSocial@gmail.com.  Seating is limited to ISCU’s large board room, Douglas and Tolmie.  No lunch, but cookies and coffee will be available.  Note: this is NOT taking place at our club nor at Silver Threads.

Disclaimer:  Island Savings Credit Union is the club‘s financial institution.  No club member is receiving any financial benefit for arranging this presentation, or for any future relationship attendees may have with Credential Securities. Only first names from RSVPs will be shared with Travis.

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Summer photoshoots June 7, 11, 25th & July 29th

Summer is here so the club photoshoots are becoming more frequent.

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Setting up sound and Cortana

First, learn to search for solutions to your sound problems.  Google Dell 530 audio jacks


5 line-in connector Use the blue line-in connector to attach a record/playback device such as a cassette player, CD player, or VCR.
On computers with a sound card, use the connector on the card.
6 front L/R line-out connector Use the green line-out connector (available on computers with integrated sound) to attach headphones and most speakers with integrated amplifiers.
On computers with a sound card, use the connector on the card.
7 microphone connector Use the pink connector to attach a personal computer microphone for voice or musical input into a sound or telephony program.
On computers with a sound card, the microphone connector is on the card.

Google audio plugs wiki


Go to google.com and search for “audio issues with windows 10”

Click on the videos tab to see the videos.  If your speakers are not working, a video is useless. But the video below provides a textual explanation below the video player.

Having audio issues with Windows 10? The fix is just a few clicks away

Having confirmed your audio equipment, now move on to setting up Cortana

Here is the link to a good video about the need to set up the language packs

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Make Windows Live Mail your default email program.

At the Seniors SIG May 16th I quickly showed how to make Windows Live Mail the default email client.  This video shows the steps, but makes Thunderbird the default email client. Where the presenter chooses Thunderbird, substitute Windows Live Mail from the drop down list.

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Learn Photo management with Rick at the Seniors SIG

19-DSCF5078Here are the notes from Rick’s photo management workshops in the Seniors SIG:

Monday May 9th File management with a focus on Photo management

Monday May 2nd : Manipulation and Management, The art of photo domination

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