Thursday, 27 August 2015


I bet you are like me - you have a Smartphone in your pocket and the phone is much smarter than you think. I would also be willing to bet you’ve never read the manual. Which leads to the old time worn acronym WAEFRTFM which is based on an the old anecdotal  'When All Else Fails - Read The Frigging Manual'.

But what is it about kids, you know the generation we see hanging around a lock - just chilling under their hoods. Well give any one of those kids a controller and they can reprogram a video recorder, satellite box or the television set in a matter of seconds. So now when you see them stood around 'texting each other' on their smartphones. They are in reality probably just doing a Snowden at MI6 and adjusting the DEFCOM settings at GCHQ.

So I set off on a mission, I was going to teach myself something new about my Android  (Samsung Galaxy S5) Smartphone everyday. So I enlisted the help of Poppy the wonder dog - she is young, pretty smart for a mutt and gets on well with the 'lock landing kids' we come across in the towns we pass through. She is very good at breaking the ice (age gulf) between the old wrinklies (us) and the Daily Mail bone idle, work shy, benefit scroungers. (us and them)

Ever had something come up on your smartphone screen and thought - I ought to write that down. But you never have pen and paper to hands. By the time you find pen and paper the screen saver will have come on. Then swiping your finger across the screen clears the wanted image!

So today I learned how to take a screen shot (picture of the screen) on my Android Samsung Galaxy S5

To capture a screen shot press and hold the Home key and the Power key simultaneously. The screen shot will be copied to the clipboard and saved to the Screen shots folder in the Gallery app.

To open a screen shot immediately after you capture it. Open the Notification Panel by swiping your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom. Touch Screenshot captured. Touch the desired screenshot.

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