More on Free Office Suites: Office on a Stick

More on free Microsoft Office suite alteratives and their ramifications: Since my last post on the availability of free office suites, with emphasis on LibreOffice, I have received many comments. Several people mentioned the questionable start of Kingsoft. I was not aware of this, …continue reading

What Free Office Suite is Best? Why?

This week I gave two related presentations, and already one of them might be outdated. The first presentation was on LibreOffice for a general audience of seniors. The second was on applications available for easy download on Linux presented at a PC …continue reading

Serial Number Annoyances: To Read This Post, Enter Your 32-Character Access Code

Last weekend I went to Fry’s twice to buy things featured in its anniversary sale. This means that I bought a few things I do not need simply because they were free after rebates. Two of the things I bought were software packages. Both were …continue reading

Compromised Contacts Can Cause Confusion

It has happened again. Things seem to go in waves, and right now people who I know seem to be involved with a wave of compromised contacts in their email accounts. Last week, my wife received an obviously bogus email from a friend. She returned …continue reading

How Should You Archive Data?

At a recent computer club meeting, someone asked, “What is the best way to save personal data?” The question was not about backing up data, but was about archiving valuable data sets for long times — at least tens of years. This provoked a discussion …continue reading

Awareness Counts in Tutoring

When attempting to tutor seniors in computer literacy, one is well advised to first assess the client’s awareness. By awareness, I mean a general tendency to look at the environment and to see what is there. We are all creatures of habit who work with …continue reading

To Charge or Not to Charge? A Moral Dilemma Averted

This week I barely escaped being forced to make one of those moral decisions that leave you feeling bad no matter which way you go.

It started with a call from a couple of elderly clients who have used my services several times over a …continue reading

Who’s to Blame when Scamming is So Easy?

I am really getting tired of trying to protect the senior PC users around me. At club meetings I extol the virtues of being alert and looking out for scams, but to what effect? I write a newsletter for my clients and friends which, in …continue reading

Palsy, Aging, and Implants

A recent post on LockerGnome dealt sensitively with the issues a person suffering from palsy has, particularly in using computers from the perspective of a person who has the affliction. I resonate with his predicament because most of my clients are seniors with …continue reading

Who Makes Malware? Am I Paranoid, or Are They After Me?

Last week, I wrote about old Internet scams not dying. This was prompted by a couple of attempted scams on some of my clients. (I do not count attempts on my own system because I suffer several attacks every day from something or another. …continue reading