Are Computer Clubs Dead?

Are computer clubs dead? The answer depends on what you mean by a computer club. I can only speak of my own experiences. Maybe you have different observations. If so, please let us know. But skipping to the final point right now: isn’t LockerGnome a …continue reading

When Do You Know It’s Time to Buy a New PC?

When do you know it’s time to buy a new PC? Or, more important, how do you tell clients when it is time for them to buy a new PC? I do not need an algorithm to tell when to get a new computer. When …continue reading

How Do You Know when a Download is Safe?

For a couple of years I have presented a course on How to Download Nifty Things from the Internet Safely for senior computer users. The course has two parts: (1) establishing that some pretty nifty things are available for free, and (2) there are ways …continue reading

Mix Geeks and Seniors – Get Ageism?

Does being a geek carry an automatic bias toward ageism? Geeks often possess knowledge unavailable to earlier generations. Unlike tribal times when elders were respected as repositories of culture and knowledge, modern times are characterized by large numbers of young people who know they are …continue reading

Graphic Design on the Fly: What Do You Use?

Effective communication goes beyond texting, blogging, and YouTube videos. Effective communication often requires images and graphics. Images you can get from a camera and massage them with Photoshop, or the equivalent, until they meet your needs, but the graphics must be made. Construction of effective …continue reading

Preying for Senior Love Online

Does Hell have a special place for scammers who bilk widows out of their savings by offering online romance? Normally I am pleased to get a new senior client, but last week a senior widow who could hardly talk through her emotions called to engage …continue reading

Peanut Butter and the Geek

In response to Ryan Matthew Pierson’s Bacon: Why Do Geeks Love It? piece, here is my homage to peanut butter, the breakfast of those who you might not trust completely. Peanut butter is the essence of a good life, but one must …continue reading

Valuable Computer Security Articles from US-CERT

In an earlier post, I mentioned the value of US-CERT’s bulletin of computer vulnerabilities. However, there is much more to this government site that just a table of vulnerabilities. It has a whole section on publications relating to computer security, and one …continue reading

How Vulnerable to Attack is Your Computer? See US-CERT

The US government is very concerned about cyber attacks. A special organization, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) was formed with this charter:

US-CERT’s mission is to improve the nation’s cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information sharing, and proactively manage cyber …continue reading

Other Tools By Malwarebytes – They Are Nifty and Free!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Malwarebytes. All opinions are 100% mine.

In a recent video, Chris Pirillo brings up some good points about Malwarebytes. I have written several recent …continue reading