Web Lessons                    

Picasa slide shows

Are you new to Picasa slide shows such as we use in our Gallery pages? 
  • Slide your cursor onto the picture  and an arrow bar will appear at the bottom. At the left edge of the bar is a little gold snowman shape. This identifies that the slide show is a Picasa Web Album. 
  • The left and right arrow will bring up pictures going forward or backward in the string of slides. The center symbols will start and stop the automatic change of pictures.
  • Move your pointer to the middle of the picture and click twice. This will bring you to Picasa Web Albums. There is a gray arrow on left and right sides of the picture to move in that direction in the chain of pictures.
  • Best of all!  See the tiny full screen symbol at upper left corner of picture? Double click on the words Full screen and the picture will come up full size. Use the little navigation bar at bottom of picture to bring up next picture.
  • Return to the Picasa Web Album page with your computer back arrow button.
  • Look again at the line of symbols following the Full screen icon:
Yes!  You can order or make prints. Tres easy.
Yes!  You can download a picture to your computer.
Yes!  You can click the magnifying glass and make the picture so big you will be able to see the quilting stitches. Use the sliding bar for a gradual enlargement or the +/- signs for a jump to full size.  The X in the upper right corner will bring you back to the Picasa Web Album page.

Have fun playing with your computer and remember how long it took to make really good friends with your sewing machine.

The EBHQ Website Committee

Computer Passwords

May I share some thoughts on computer passwords with my quilting friends?

At a recent board meeting I was startled to hear that many use the same password for everything they do on their personal computer. Consumer Reports Jan 2012 has a very helpful article Hack-proof your passwords. I recommend reading the article and rethinking password choices and storage plans.  Some brief notes follow.     Deanna Davis
  • The average consumer can't tell how securely their password is stored on a site but using the strongest password gives you the best chance of resisting some attacks.
  •  Hacking tools are much more powerful now, cheaper, and more readily available. 
  • The risk of having a password stolen is probably slim but the risk is real and rapidly growing. The June 2011 Consumer Reports State of the Net survey projected that 3.7 million online U.S. households had been notified in the past year by a company, organization, or the government that their personal information had been lost, stolen, or hacked.
  • Best ways to protect passwords
    • Don't use the same one twice.
    • Make them strong.
    • Avoid the obvious.
    • Keep them safe and up-to-date.
  • Tips on how to secure your computer and browser.
  • Clear directions: How to create a strong password (and remember it)