Some recent events have caused me to wonder about the nature and purpose of computer clubs, particularly those catering to seniors. I regularly attend two of them and occasionally a couple others. The range of activities is large. In all cases, I am talking about …continue reading
Another senior client with a quad-core PC who only plays solitaire and checks her emails called me to help with some slight problems. This excess of cheaply available computing power combined with essentially free hard disc storage (two terabytes for less than $100 has to …continue reading
How do we know when computing has matured? Many years ago, professor Don Norman answered that question for me by looking around his book-cluttered office and saying that computing will have matured when we are surrounded by computers and not aware of it. By comparison, …continue reading
This week I was invited to give a two-hour presentation to a computer club on PowerPoint. That was the only direction. It was to be about PowerPoint. So I had latitude in deciding what to talk about. In essence, there are two main issues: the …continue reading
My newest client is an 85-year-old retired chaplain. He recently completed writing a book encapsulating his philosophy of life and how to deal with it. I do not know the details, but it is obviously self-published, and he wants to market it himself. He has …continue reading
Recently I presented a lecture on the use of speech recognition to a computer club. This was the second presentation I have made on the subject. The two clubs I addressed have a partially overlapping membership. I started with the observation that history is not …continue reading
This is probably a mis-leading caption, but I could not think of a better one. Some PC users are fanatic about not installing applications beyond what they immediately need. Some even install occasionally used applications and then un-install them to wait for the next need. …continue reading
Many of my PC clients express concerns about Internet privacy. To some extent, this concern is justified, but in most cases is not consistent with the rest of their lives.
If privacy is your concern, instead of obsessing on the Internet, consider other aspects of …continue reading
As happens to many seniors, our household recently expanded to include one of our daughters and two grand-daughters. This increase of population forces adaptations on everyone, including many who are not residents.
One unexpected adaptation is that we are a PC family and she …continue reading
The role of the Internet in the disturbances in both Tunis and Egypt is great. The ability of citizens to rapidly communicate changes the ability of authoritarian governments to control a population. It is no coincidence that when the disturbances continued to grow in Egypt, …continue reading
At our PC Users Club, some members and I occasionally bring in spare parts and extras to give away. If the item is valuable enough, it is sometimes offered for sale or silent auction. I have no figures on what the other members sell on …continue reading
“Gawker advises password changes.” That is the headline on today’s newspaper. Coming on the heels of problems suffered by several of my clients, this event prompts me to consider again the whole issue of how to advise clients about password protection.
In the first place, …continue reading
While cleaning out my files (yes, just like everyone else, I get accumulated messes), I found an apparently unfinished project called “101 things to do while waiting for Windows to boot.” I have no idea how original this project was or why it started, but …continue reading
Although I have a difficult time understanding it, this same thing keeps happening. A client calls with an immediate problem. A computer used primarily for business has become slow and now does not seem to work at all. The client urgently needs to check email.
After a pleasant outing to the twice-a-year Carlsbad Street Fair, Patricia and I came home not expecting anything special. However, when I checked my email, there was a significant letter in the inbox. It announced that my PayPal account has been limited! This slick letter …continue reading