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Videos from September 2015

September 2015 is over, but I have some videos you may enjoy watching from that time.

I went on a bus trip to the Minnesota State Fair September 3

September 12 went to the Brainerd Walk and Wheel event to see how Brainerd has become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

Later September 12 there was a spider, I just had to take a video of.

September 23 took a bus to Duluth for a conference and took some photos and video during my free time.

September 26 I biked from Onamia to Kathio State Park and September 27 did some biking on the Soo Line Trail

To avoid wear and tear on my body, I used only my camera phone for these videos and photos in the post, instead of the bigger digital cameras I often use. Then put together using my desktop or laptop computer when I got back.

On this cyber Monday

I am celebrating 2 1/2 years of boycotting gasoline and having a car. Only got rides a few times other than carpooling or taking the bus. The main reason is for my health. The second reason is to save money on things like car insurance, repairs, and drive time. Among many other reasons. I hope to have my ebook ready soon, it has taken me longer to write it.

Preview of my ebook

some of my latest videos:

Energy Saving devices list from

Why do tablets use less energy than older desktop and laptop computers?

They have no moving parts such as fans, or spinning discs (other than the user moving the entire device). Everything is closer together. They have fewer parts.
They use small energy efficient displays
They also create less heat.
If you continue to use a desktop or laptop computer you can plug the tablet or smart phone into a USB port to trickle charge after you have done the 1st full charge with your charger.

If you remember to unplug the charger, it uses dramatically less energy. The charger since it is converting AC power to DC power, if left plugged in takes more power than the tablet, or smart phone it powers.


Motion sensor power strip:

Motion sensor power allows device to turn off when you aren’t in the room.

It has some outlets that stay on all the time (you would probably plug your desktop tower and router/modem into these ports)

It has some that are on only when someone is in the room: you would plug your monitor, lamps, speakers,  TVs, and chargers (for phones, laptops, and tablets) into these ports.

oLED TVs/monitors

use less electricity and heat

read about other devices at



Making PDFs in Windows and Combing PDFs

First in Windows we will export an Open Office writer document to pdf.

Click File Menu
Click File Menu

In open office writer, with a document that is complete,
we go to the file menu
then Export as PDF

Click Export as PDF
Click Export as PDF

a dialog box is displayed, this gives you some options to adjust the quality and file size.

A Dialog Box appears
A Dialog Box appears

Click on Export.

Click Export
Click Export

A save dialog box is displayed. I’ll Make sure it’s in the right folder,
change the name, for this I’ll use pdfsampletext, and click on Save.

Change file name and location if necessary
Change file name and location if necessary
click save
click save

Also be sure it’s saved in open office document format, making it easier to modify in the future.

Be sure to save it as Open Office Document
Be sure to save it as Open Office Document

Now let’s find that PDF file
I’ll go to the Windows start menu
then documents


and then I’ll go to the folder I put in

locate the folder
locate the folder
open the file
open the file

and then I will click on the file pdfsampletext
it opens in Adobe reader

the converted file in Adobe Reader
the converted file in Adobe Reader

Next we are saving a file in Microsoft Office’s Word as PDF
With a completed word document click on File menu

In Word Click File
In Word Click File

then click save as

Save AS
Save AS

In the save dialog box next to save as type
select PDF

change file type to PDF
change file type to PDF

click Save


The file then opens in Adobe Reader

File opens in Adobe Reader
File opens in Adobe Reader

Next save a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet as pdf.


First make sure the spreadsheet is saved as usual.

Be sure to save as spreadsheet (Excel Workbook) first
Be sure to save as spreadsheet (Excel Workbook) first

Then similar to Microsoft Word we will go to File Menu


then Save as

Save As
Save As

select PDF next to save as type

choose PDF
choose PDF

click save


it opens in Adobe Reader.

PDF file in Adobe Reader
PDF file in Adobe Reader

Google Chrome web Browser has built in functionality to save as PDF

  1. So in Google Chrome for windows we go to the web page we want saved as a PDF
  2. Click the Menu buton on the right
  3. Click Print
    Chrome - Menu Button on right choose Print
    Chrome – Menu Button on right choose Print
  4. Instead of using a printer we will choose save as pdf
    instead of printing choose save as PDF
    instead of printing choose save as PDF
  5. Confirm Save as PDF
    Save as PDF
    Save as PDF
  6. A dialog box pops up, change the folder location and file name if necessary

    Confirm file name and location
    Confirm file name and location
  7. then Save
  1. In Windows File explorer I’m opening the folder we have it saved in
    then opening the file
  2. and there it is in Adobe reader

For programs that don’t have built in functionality to save or export a PDF, there is another option and it is print as PDF
For Windows you need to have a program that is a PDF printer. In macintosh this functionality is built in.
So I am going to demonstrate with this with 2 different programs
Neat Works, and CutePDF writer.
For this you have to be in the program you want the PDF document from
In this case I’ll choose Firefox
Click the menu button on the right035pdfd
Click Print – note that this web page is set up to print as a blank page
Then make sure to choose the PDF printer, in this case we choose


Send to Neat then OK

Then choose the neat library folder, then OK


It may take some time to process it,
Then it shows up in NeatWorks

For CutePDF writer
Choose the print in your program,

Then Choose Cute PDF writer
Then OK

Then choose filename and location.

Then Save


my main use for Neatworks is keeping track of receipts
but its also used to keep track of documents and can combine documents
So first to combine documents I drag them over to NeatWorks


I select all that I want combined by clicking on each item while holding the
Control or Shift Key down

Then under action choose combine



To use the PDF in a different program other than Neat you
choose Export

Selected Item
Then in the dialog box, choose the location and name, then Save
Here it is in Adobe reader


A word of caution about the Cute PDF writer:
It is a little difficult to install you have to install 2 parts.
Also if you don’t want the Ask Toolbar or Weather channel app you have to be sure not to install them.
And they do also offer a more featured paid version called Cute PDF Pro

Software used in this video:
Microsoft Windows & MSOffice
Apache Open Office
Adobe Reader
Cute PDF Writer
Chrome browser
other software to consider:
Adobe Acrobat
Nitro pdf
or other operating systems such
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