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Happy New Year 2019

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Happy New Year to my ITmail readers,
It’s time again for the year to move.
Let’s look back at your computing year
So I can ask you — Did you improve?

Did you download at least one new app
And try its features and such?
Or does your phone look as it did last year;
Because there’s something you’re afraid to touch?

Did you avoid a known scam this year
Because you’re getting to be more “with it”?
Or did you forget to question unusual requests
And maybe fall for something not legit?

Did you make someone’s day this year
By sending a fun picture you snapped?
Or are you still thinking the pictures you’ve taken
Live in your phone where they’re eternally trapped?

Did you answer any questions this year
By doing online research on your own?
Or did you do what’s always worked in the past:
Call your kids at work from your landline phone?

Have you backed up your data on a regular basis
Or is your stuff still in one place only?
You should have a system and keep it current
So your important data isn’t so lonely.

Do you have a password system that works for you
So having to login doesn’t make you sweat?
Or are your computing days still not complete
Without strong coffee and a “password reset”?

I hope that you’ve had an “improving” year —
And now your machines aren’t so foreign and scary.
And I hope that 2019 is full of good health and good times,
And each computer issue is not such an adversary!

Carolyn Zalesne
The IT Girl

Group FaceTime

Last week I shared a travel tip; this week I am sharing a non-travel tip: group FaceTime!

If you won’t be with family and friends for the holidays, use your iPhone or iPad to share a few far-away minutes with everyone, no matter where they are (but as long as they have an iPhone or iPad).

Video conference programs have been around for a while but Apple recently added the “group” feature to their already easy-to-use FaceTime program. To take advantage of this great new feature, you must upgrade your iPhone or iPad to the 12.0 (or newer) operating system: (Settings > General > Software Update > Install).

To learn more about Group FaceTime — including how to initiate or join a group call — click here: Group FaceTime.

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Travel Tip

It’s holiday travel time to visit with family and friends. Visiting is fun; packing and unpacking … not so much.

Thank goodness for binder clips. They can make traveling with electronic devices — and their must-have charging cables — so much neater.

Go from this:

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To this:

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Safe travels

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