December 19, 2014

QL700 Brother Label Printer Needs This Driver For A 64 Bit Operating System

QL700 Label Printer Fix

Brother QL-700 High-speed, Professional Label Printer

When I got my new label printer I thought it was going to be a snap to get it up and making labels in just a few hours. Keep in mind, I was dealing with a new 8.1 Windows operating system, on a new to me computer, so there was a bit of a learning curve included. I got the label maker from Amazon in early June, so as you can see, I was a bit slow on the uptake.

I went through all the steps to hook it up correctly…more than a few times. But, something was missing. Yesterday, I finally discovered what it was: the correct driver for my 64 bit Windows 8.1 OS.That’s all it was and in just a couple minutes I was making labels. One of the features that I’m looking forward to using on this label maker is the ability to print postage when I need it. Next up, seeing if I can find a way to convert all of my old Avery label files into the Brother system file types. If not, then it will be a slow slog of doing them all over again.

AFTER INSTALLATION OF THE DRIVER, REBOOT YOUR SYSTEM.

How To Change Your Admin User Name NOW!

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robot I know I’ve been talking about this a lot lately, but none of us want to have our blogs infected by hackers using brute force tactics to get into our files through using the default “Admin” login name. This should be one of the first things you change when you begin your blog.

Source: These are directions Website Defender gives in order to change your Admin name.

  1. Login into your WordPress admin panel using your admin account.
  2. Select the ”users” area from your dashboard panel, and click on “Add New User”.
  3. Fill in the form and choose ”administrator” in the ”Role” drop down menu (remember to enter a strong web password and also check the password strength indicator to confirm that your new password is strong enough).
  4. When finished, click on ”Add New User”.
  5. Log in again using your new WordPress admin username.
  6. Navigate to the ”Users” area.
  7. From the users list check the box of the previous “admin” username and select ”Delete” from the drop-down menu.
  8. Next, you will be asked about the articles posted under the the previous ”admin” username. Select the option “attribute all posts and links to:” and select your new administrator password. When ready click “Confirm Deletion”.
  9. Make sure that the “display name” of your admin user is different from the username, especially if the admin user posts any blog articles. If the actual username is used also as ”display name” of the writer, a hacker can easily identify the admin username and target the account.

Using Shoebox From Ancestry For The First Time

Shoebox from Ancestry

Shoebox from Ancestry

Today was the first day I had used the mobile app Shoebox from Ancestry. Admittedly, my photo taking and quality are not the best, but I think you can get a good idea of the ability of the application to save photos to your tree(s) on Ancestry. Please click the link for a full explanation of the features including how to use them.

To me, this is a real plus in the photo sharing department. It reminds me of the time we were at a Wilkerson cousin’s home and they had an enlarged picture of Joshua and Sarah Jane True Wilkerson’s formal portrait. Jim’s cousin Anita Vantiger tried to persuade the owner to let us take the photo to get it copied (yes, we knew it was a long shot) but that idea was understandably rejected. So, the next best thing was to use our old film camera and we took a picture of the image in its frame.

For those “you will never have this opportunity again” moments when photos or documents are available, using Shoebox from Ancestry would have been perfect. What a time saver! What about using it in cemeteries? Imagine you’ve trekked through the tick infested wilds of a country burying ground and actually found great grandpa’s worn and weathered headstone. Click!

Jim's pic capture on FB.jpg Obviously, this is not my husband Jim’s headstone (thank goodness!). It’s my photo that was edited in Shoebox from Ancestry, sent to my email and then after checking its quality, I was able to click the link and it opened on the Ancestry site as a link to my husbands profile in our Wilkerson family tree. When that page opened it gave me the options to share it on Facebook, Google+, or email it.

Isn’t technology great? Thanks Ancestry!

Looking for more technology tips? Check out Thomas MacEntee’s site Hack Genealogy.

 

 

From Radios To Plasma TV’s

In my recent family generations we’ve certainly come a long way from only having access to radios to current generations who have  plasma tv.  It’s quite a leap in technology in just the last 100 years, isn’t it?

Grandpa grew up with just the family radio for news and entertainment.  As I write this, his great great grandchildren are sitting here in their living room watching any show on the TV they choose to see.  Even at our house we have all sorts of gizmos to entertain us.  A few years ago when our old TV died we did a lot of research on brands, including Samsung televisions, and ended up buying one of that brand that suited our needs.

By the time my grandpa Will Yates passed away he had his own house with his own TV in his own room.  He could watch baseball games on his little TV by moving really close to it so he could see the action.  My dad, Gale Yates lived to age seventy-six and by that time he’d moved into the remote control and VCR age.  He started out with a “remote” that connected to the TV with a wire, and then eventually to a cordless. Still, the TV’s were big, bulky and took up a lot of room.

Our Samsung TV is only 42 inches wide, but just a few inches thick too. It’s lightweight to handle and has a great picture.  While ours isn’t plasma, I am impressed by the picture quality and ease of use for our model.  I can guarantee that my grandpa and my dad would have loved our TV.  Are your family members quick to accept new technology too?

 

 

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