Thursday, December 13, 2012

Good Questions: Windows8 & eBooks

ok, so I didn't get to 'Do not Track' or Kim Komando - but we did get to talk alot about Windows 8 and eBooks.  Here are the slides:

The pre-show had mostly Christmas videos.  Here they are:
The Ultimate Chameleon Tongue Montage!!
NASA the Earth at Night
Faith Hill Where are You Christmas HD
Italian (Som Sabadell) Flash Mob
"You raise me up" Celtic Women
Holiday Christmas Music Flash Mob
Lights of Tanea - 2011 Queen of the winter night
T-Mobile's Home for the Holidays

Thursday, December 6, 2012

eBay & Etsy - Jodi Boyko

Slides from Jodi's Presentation:

Preshow Videos from this week:

The Longest 3D Domino Structure Ever - 18,800 Dominoes
•The Ultimate Chameleon Tongue Montage!
•Best Friend Dawg - the Original Motorcycle Dog
•Surfin' Bulldog
•Tangled Ever After – Mini-Movie

Preshow Videos from last week:
•GOES-13 Sandy Superstorm; Oct 23 (Tues) Thru 31 Oct (weds) (Monday, 29 was the worst day for Delaware)
•1000 hand dance
•Driving in Russia
•How it's Made - Hot Dogs
•Ghost Rider - Moscow Ride

Saturday, November 17, 2012

ProShow Gold

What is PSG good for?  Phyllis Edwards show you how:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pre-Social Videos

Click the link to view:
Rapture - Timescapes <link>
View from the ISS at Night <link>
Why is dark at Night? <link>
Flying Over America <link>
Where Are You Christmas? – ThePianoGuys <link>
Amy at Costco <link>
Coyote Falls 2010 HD <link>
George_Lucas_in_Love <link>
A Short Love Story in Stop Motion  <link>
Gifs With Sound #2 <link>
Italian President From New Jersey <link>
telemarketer_call <link>
My Own Grandpa <link>
Maxine 6 -> sorry, a local PPT
Wal-Martians <link>
Senile Talking Cat with Translation <link>
Unlock the 007 in you. You have 70 seconds! <link>
An Unmiracle , Jesus saves some coins <link>
Middle Aging Man2 <link>
Senior Moments by Golf Brooks <link>
Tom_Rush_-_Remember_Song <link>
Where are you Christmas - Faith Hill <link>
The Ho Ho Song 2010 - Clean and fun  <link>
O Little State of Delaware <link>
Queen of the Winter Night <link>
Ornaments_mini-movie <link>

Friday, October 19, 2012

Day Trippin' in Delaware - Part 2

Phyllis Edward's Oct 18 Presentation:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Apple User Group
Monday 9:30-11:00am
October 22, 2012

Just a reminder that the next Apple user group is next Monday 10/22/12 @9:30AM in Classroom 1.   

I’m still working on topics, but some of the topics I plan to cover include:
  • Apple’s iOS icons and what they mean and how you can use them to get the most out of your apps
  • The iPad’s new Clock app with iOS 6, and things you can do with it besides telling time
  • How to manage iCloud storage on either the Mac or your favorite iOS device
  • Several methods to capture screen shots on any Apple device
  • The latest Apple news, rumors, and humor

Hopefully no matter what your level of expertise, I think you’ll find something you’ll be able to use.

I hope to see you there.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Ned's Notes

Ned's Presentation from Oct, 11 2012; or for the numerologists amoung us, 10-11-12.  <grin>  Mostly terms of the day from Smart Computing, but with some interesting videos, commentary, a GMail demo and links to the Pre-Show videos. There is lots more in here than we were able to show, so take a look!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Some Simple Answers

What to do if things on the screen are too small, browser home pages & search engines, and some fun things.  (Sorry if you missed the pre-show, the Piano Guys are great!)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Computer Tablets - Survey and Review

Did you take the Survey?  Here are the results - and a quick survey of the market as of today.  (Tomorrow it may be different!)  And, if interested, the last slide has links to all of the pre-show videos, both good and bad.

Friday, September 7, 2012

6 Sep 2012 Q&A session

We had a small crowd for this one.  Main Topics:  Mat Honan's Very Bad Day, My PC don't start - Whadda I do now, and some pretty good discussion questions.  You will also find links to the pre-show videos from the last 5 weeks.  And please fill out the survey on e-readers and tablets here:  <link>

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Osher Presentation

A "Bob's Bytes" presentation give at the Osher Center for Life-long Learning as the opening session of the "Technology's Impact on Us" Course. Topics were: The Prius, The Flame Virus, Mat Honan's Very Bad Day, and ISP comparision. Two topics we didn't get to are also in this presentation, SSDs and Multi-monitors.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Apple Users Group Meeting
Monday 9:30-11:00 AM
August 27th, 2012
Classroom 1, across from the Computer Lab

I hope to see everyone there.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Websites For Daytrippin’ In Delaware - Presented by Phyllis Edwards - Official Delaware Tourism Site - Sign up for Delaware Tourism Newsletter - Tourism Site of Wilmington/Brandywine Valley
Sign up for Wilmington/Brandywine Valley Newsletter - Delaware History Trail - Delaware Wine and Ale Trail - Delaware Geocaching Trail - Sign up for free membership before going Geocaching - Delaware Museum of Natural History - Delaware Art Museum - Delaware Museum of Contemporary Art - RiverFront events, history, news, sign up for newsletter
DuPont Environmental Center and Peterson Wildlife Refuge - Free music on patio on Thursday nights at 5:00 - Free live music noon on Friday’s, sign up for newsletter - Brandywine Festival of the Arts (early September) - Maps, activity info, sign up for newsletter - Village Imports - Sign up for newsletter - Sign up for newsletter; Access past issues - Free tours in Philadelphia, NYC, Washington, Boston, New Orleans - Free admissions first full weekend each month Passes to Federal Parks, etc

Day Trippin in Delaware

Friday, August 3, 2012

Aug 2: "Simple Answers"

One of my better efforts, at least in the number of funny pictures included.
Some Audacity input followup, How to ask a tech question, SSDs & Multi-monitors, & Q&A from our Mail Bag. Be sure to check out Mr. Bean's Olympic performance and the Queen's entrance to the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies. (Links to these and many more are on the last slide of the presentation.)  Unfortunately, it look like the animated gifs on the cover page and in various other slides don't appear when you look at the slides on-line.  Try downloading and view locally - or even better, COME TO THE PRESENTATIONS!  <grin>

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

July Apple Users Group Presentation

Thanks to the folks who attended the July Apple Users Group meeting.  Here is a link to the presentation.  It is in PDF format, so you won't be able to see any animation or movies, but the slides are all there and you can download it if you'd like.

July Apple Users Group Presentation - PDF format


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Apple Users Group Meeting
Monday, July 30th @9:30AM

Our July meeting of the Apple Users Group is July 30th.  I will have multiple topics including an introduction to Apple’s Word Processing application “Pages".  I will also be talking about some iPhone/iPad apps that are appropriate for this time of year, and attempt to answer all the questions that were submitted this month.

Since Mountain Lion should be released between now and the July meeting, I’m sure I’ll have something to say about the newest Mac operating system and hopefully will have it running on my laptop for the presentation.

If you have a question or topic you would like to have included, please let me know.

I hope to see you there,

The public beta will be discontinued July 31.   This means if you still wish to see any of my previous Apple User Group presentations, you must do it between now and July 31st.  After that date, they will no longer be available on line.   (They will still be available on the Senior Surfer Lab computers.)

Here are the links for the current on-line presentations in case you need them


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Uses for Audacity - Ted Wilks

Daily Fun Site: Animated Explanations

Ever want to know . . . well, just about anything? provides animated answers to hundreds of questions in dozens of categories, including sports, technology, money, and others.  {Click Here}

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Simple Questions!

Looking for today's Simple Answers to questions submitted last week?  They ain't here!  You should have come as we talked about a bunch of things:
Plus you missed a bunch of cute and funny pictures.  (Hey, we work hard on these things.)

Friday, June 29, 2012

That's a Good Question!

Main Topics were:  Verizon/Comcast complaints, all about CDs/DVDs, and what PowerPoint is good for.  (Shoot.  Slide #22 lost all it's animations.  <grin>)

Sorry, Bob's Verizon tale isn't included - I don't want to get myself in trouble!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Judi Provencal's presentation on Mt Cuba.  Lots of purty pictures!

Here's a couple of UD News Daily notes about the WET:  <link> <link>
Here's a link to Jim's notes with lot of embedded links in the file: <GoogleDoc>
And Toni's presentation on getting books from the library:  <GoogleDoc>

And a bonus :

You should'a been there!  Click the picture to zoom in.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

14 June 2012 "Simple Answers" on: Printing a list of installed programs; 2 Steps to fix *any* computer; What is, or was, the "Flame" virus; What makes the Prius different; How to install free software without the "junk,"and what to do if the junk installs anyway.  Plus upcoming Presentations, Classes, SIGs, and more.  And, of course, links to our famous pre-show videos!

A fun and informative session, you should have been there!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

How web pages work

Eliane Drain's presentation of May 17, 2012.  There is much more here than we were able to view, so it's worth a look!

Friday, May 18, 2012

CCleaner Help

We like CCleaner for a basic, good Windows cleaner and tracking information remover. We strongly recommend to use only the default settings unless you know what you are doing. For example, one setting removes all desktop icons and another all menu items - not something one would want to do unless you really want to do that! Here's a link to an expert's guide to CCleaner: HowToGeek

Friday, May 11, 2012

Bob's Bytes

Slides from the 11 May 2012 Q&A presentation. What you missed if you didn't attend: Neat videos from the Space Shuttle, the Moon, and Ned's Video from the Social last weekend. (You can see that video here.) Links to all the pre-show videos for the last couple of weeks are on the ending slides of this presentation. Q&A Topics covered: Free eBook Suggestion - the Honor Harrington series; Transferring a "whole mess of files"; Doug's review of cloud storage systems (posted separately); A really neat link to the Scale of the Universe; Saving a page from the Internet, Pinning a folder, or program to the taskbar, in Windows 7.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Is DNS Changer a Worry?

In short, no.  But I suggest an easy way to check, just do a Windows update!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Apple Users Group Meeting

Reminder:  Apple User Group Meeting

Monday, April 30th
Some of the things I intend to cover Monday:
  • The latest Apple news
  • A favorite iPad app that’s been upgraded
  • A comparison of some file synching services such as the new Google Drive, the new SkyDrive, and Dropbox
  • How tabs work in Pages
  • Many other hints, tips, and entertainment items

I hope to see you there

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Elaine Drain Presentation on Fonts

Here is the presentation given by Elaine Drain on April 12, 2010.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Here is Phyllis Edwards' presentation from April 19

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Saul Reine's Presentation from 29 Mar 2012.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monthly Apple User Group Meeting

Our next Apple User Group meeting is next Monday at 9:30AM. I hope to see you there. Doug

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ned's Slides.  (The last slide has the preshow links.)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

From March 9th - 3 different ways to backup, Synctoy, Acronis, and WHS 2011.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Simple Answers (hopefully!)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

This is the presentation I used to answer the question concerning buying an Apple Laptop.


March One on One Apple Training now available

One on One Apple Training

The Reservation Form for March "One on One” Apple Training is now available.  If you'd like to participate, use the link below. 

If you don’t get a confirmation email from me with 24-48 hours, something probably went wrong.  If this happens, please send me an email.  If not, we tend to get more than one person showing up for a given hour.

(FYI: 25 "One on One" sessions have been conducted to date.)


February Apple User Group Presentation

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday, March 23, "Good Questions". Includes LAN equipment, Testing your AV Program, Buying an Apple Laptop, Saving YouTube videos, and how to leave Facebook. Links you may want:
The Av test 'virus':
YouTube Downloader:
VideoLan (Plays any video):
Delete Facebook:
Whitney Houston - One Moment in Time:


Friday, February 17, 2012

Here is yesterday's presentation.   All videos, "fun" pictures, transitions, and animations have been removed to reduce file size and improve playback performance.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Clipart and Fonts

Presented on Thursday, February 9, by Barb Greer, Janet Belles and Elaine Drain. Click on the image below to view the slides.  Fonts and animated clipart will not display as presented to the group but the essence of the material is viewable. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below in the comment area (anonymous, if you wish). Since we did not have time to cover fonts, that portion of the program may be presented at a later date.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Topics from our "Simple Answers" session on Feb 2, 2011. I've added some quick answers for those that didn't attend the discussion (which was really fun - you missed a good one.) And of course, links to the videos shown; "Bob" was great!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Here is January's Apple User Group Presentation.   The entertainment slides have been deleted to conserve space.   If you want the entire presentation, it will be available on the Macs in the lab.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Here is the newest "That's a Good Question!" presentation including slides on: How to make a panarama, Stopping tracking cookies, SOPA/PIPA news & Megaupload takedown, What's the Best Storage Media, Free Tax software and my Incredimail story.

And lastly, a link to the funny captions slide show: Captions.pptx

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Do Not Use Incredimail - Ever!!

I had a task to convert Chef Raymond's NSC work PC from Windows 7 Home Premium (what it came with) to Windows 7 Enterprise so it would be the same as the other PC in the center. For some unknown reason he had been using Incredimail for his email. (An email client is a program running on you computer that manages your email, i.e., send, receive, store, file, store, etc. Other popular email clients are Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, and the most popular business choice, Microsoft Outlook.)

I saved all of the Chef's email in a folder, but Incredimail does not have an 'export' function, e.g., once you have your mail 'in' Incredimail, it's hard to get it out. (AOL has the same problem.) The mail format is not recognized by anything else than Incredimail. I found some programs that claimed they could convert them mail to a common format, but $50 to $100 is not what I wanted to spend. Therefore, I decided to install a copy of Incredimail on my PC to try other methods, maybe even just email myself copies to a different email account. *Bad* decision!

So I ran the Incredimail install program. Just a couple of prompts - do I want to change my browser home page to MySearch - NO. Do I want to change my seach engine to MySearch - NO. Do I want the MySearch toolbar - NO. Install. Guess what? The home pages on all *three* of my browsers got changed, IE, Firefox, and Chrome. All *three* had their seach engine changed. And it installed the toolbar. It also installed two addition programs and two icons it didn't even ask about. That alone is enough for me to blacklist any program. But it got worse.

Ran the program. Hmmm, it didn't ask, but it accessed my GMail. Thinking about it now ... it must have also stolen my GMail password as it never asked for it. So I imported Raymond's mail and could read it inside Incredimail. No, can't click and drag. No, can't save email in a separate file. No easy way to get it out. Gave up and put it aside, had to go to work.

Tonight, fired up my copy Outlook to check my email. WTF?  *All* my email in my GMail inbox is *Gone*! All the email in the NSCSeniorSurfers GMail is *Gone*! In fact, in the three Gmail accounts I monitor all the inboxes have been emptied - Incredimail downloaded it and erased them. And, as we now know, once in Incredimail, it never comes out.

So, bottom line Incredimail is worse than AOL. It lies, cheats and steals. A system restore got back most of program settings it screwed with, and thankfully GMail saves everything in a 'All Mail' folder. We didn't lose anything, it's just much harder to find.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Here are links for Bob's computer maintenance class

Reference Links
Backup Programs
Acronis -
Comodo -
Carbonite -
Synctoy -
Scheduling Synctoy:

Windows Update:
Microsoft Update:
Microsoft Security Essentials:
Adobe Flash Version Check:
Hippo Update Checker:
Secunia Personal Software Inspector:
Ninite Software Installer & Updater:

File Cleaning
CCleaner File Cleaner (and more):
Steven Gould’s Cleanup!:
Revo Uninstaller:
Startup Inspector:
Expert’s HiJackThis:

Piriform’s Defraggler:
IOBit’s Smart Defrag:
Malware Bytes:
RAM Tester:
HD Tester:

File Sharing Talk - Doug Irish Jan 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

Our first of the year! Some fun stuff, some simple Q&A, neat videos, and of course, the famous pre-show videos. (Be sure to check out 'Orme the Pig' if you have not seen it before.)