Friday, February 8, 2019

Taxes, Podcasts, YouTube and other Entertainments

As stated:


Topics presented were:
  • The Google+ Shutdown, 
  • Filing 2018 Income Taxes and Bob's experience with TurboTax, 
  • Unboxing of the Amazon Echo Dot (it worked, "no step 2"), 
  • Podcasts (go listen to RadioLab's "The Punchline") and iTunes, then,
  • Lots of videos to watch on YouTube.
This was a link- and video-heavy presentation.  Even the in-class handout had 10+ links and many things to search for.  Rather than copy all of those links into this posting, just click <here>.  Or, if you want the same thing in a Microsoft Word file, <link>.

That should open a PDF/DOCX file in a separate window with my notes - and that includes a lot more information than the hand-out the attendees got in the class.  Plus, because it's a computer file, there are many links to click on and investigate!  If you don't have time to look at them all, just save the file for a rainy day.*

To be honest, I spent a lot more time on this than my typical presentation.  It was, and is, an interesting time waster entertainment exercise.  I hope you enjoy reading/watching it as much as I did preparing it.

-Bob Bloom
p.s.  *it's raining today!


Friday, January 25, 2019

What's up with Hearing Loss and Technology

A presentation by Linda S. Heller, MACCCA, CM, CAP-S, of the Hearing Loss Association of Delaware.  {http://www.hlade.org/}

Click {here}for the PDF presentation slides.

Hearing Loops video:  {link}

Resources:

DELAWARE PRODUCTS
    Hearing Loss Association of Delaware {www.hlade.org}
    Delaware Assistive Technolology Initiative (DATI)  {http://www.cds.udel.edu/at/dati/}
    EasterSeals Delaware {link}
NATIONAL
    Sprint (CapTel) cpationed phones {www.sprintcaptel.com}
    Hearing Loss Association of America {www.hearingloss.org}
    Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America {www.resna.org}
    National Institute on Disability and Rechabilitation Research (NIDRR)  {link}
PRODUCTS
    Williams AV {link}
    Serene Innovations {www.sereneinnovations.com}
    Learing Sight & Sound Made Easier {www.ls&s.com}
    Hearing Loop {www.hearingloop.org}
    Action of Hearing Loss (UK) {link}
    Oarktree Products {www.oaktreeproducts.com}

Sunday, January 6, 2019

New Year - New (almost) Q&A

(Yea, I recycle too.)

Prepared topics:
  • The Ccleaner Saga
  • Windows 10 Feature Update(s)
    • What's a "Feature Update?"
    • What's Microsoft "Support?"
    • What's "For the Life of the Machine" really mean?
    • What's in v1809 and do you care?
  • My battle with FiOS contracts
Links of note:
  • Ccleaner: <link> I still like it, but off my recommended list due to aggressive advertising.
    • Link to the less-aggressive Ccleaner version 5.40 <link>
  • MalwareBytes: <link> Free version is recommended for a second opinion virus scanner.
  • Microsoft's Update Assistant Tool: Creates a DVD or Flash drive to install or fix Windows.  <link>  Installs the newest version of Windows 10.
  • PC Mag's Best Features in Windows 10 v1809 <link>
    • Turn on Clipboard history <link>, [Win]-V to access.
  • The original Robin Thicke & TI Pharrell "Blurred Lines" <link>  (Catchy tune, confusing lyrics)
  • Weird Al's take on "Word Crimes" <link> (Same tune, funny lyrics)