Friday, December 9, 2016

The Last One (from bb in 2016)

Topics of the Day:
  • External HD Compatibility
  • Nextdoor Spam
  • Customizing Window 10 Settings:
    • Desktop, start menu, file explorer
    • Browsers – home page, search, new tab
  • Millions of Free Books
  • HP Envy Part 6 – SSD Efficiency
  • UK Privacy Law, Dark Matter, EM Drive results
As it turned out, most of the presentation's time was spent doing a live demonstration of customizing the Windows 10 Desktop, menu, and browsers.  By rough count from my notes, I showed about 80 different settings for those items.  There was a handout!  You can download it from <here> which were the notes of where all these things are.  (There are probably twice that number of customizations available, but these are the most important and/or used.)

I've kept in the slides on Free Books and SSD Efficiency even though we ran out of time for these.  They are self explanatory if interested.

Other links of the day:

Really cool nighttime city photographs: 
Next door neighborhood social site:  Good idea, poor execution.  I'd recommend using Facebook groups instead.  Review:  
As it says:  Yes, really free, and hot just those that you've never heard of.
The "Snooper's Charter" new law in the UK:  Short version: All UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must record and save every customer’s web history for a year.  Unbelievable breech of personal privacy.
New theory of gravity might explain dark matter:
Has Newton's Third Law (Every action has an equal and opposite action) been broken?  The "EM Drive" *does* produce thrust (NASA has confirmed it) but nobody knows why.

Full Story: Our HP Envy Desktop

I've given up trying to present the last and final part 6 of the HP Envy Desktop build.  It kept getting pushed down to the bottom of the presentation topics and after ~5 times I need to wipe the slate and start over.  But never fear, I don't throw presentations out just because they're not given - they take too long to prepare to toss.
So, for your enjoyment and education, here is the complete - all 6 parts together - of our HP Envy decision, purchase, build, configuration, and deployment:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Microsoft Potpourri

December 1, 2016
Elaine Drain - Presenter

Handout Instructions for Creating a PowerPoint Show

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Gmail Message Management

November 17, 2016
By Elaine Drain

Friday, November 11, 2016

That's a Great Question!

Today's Good Questions (and one great one)
  • How could Anthony Weiner have many thousands of emails on his computer – I thought email was always stored in the cloud?
  • Windows Defender is asking to do a AV scan.  Do I have to?
  • This (“1 Mistake Almost Every PC Owner is Making Daily …”) just came up in my Facebook newsfeed.  What is this?
  • Can you talk a bit about Virtual Reality?  It all seems so confusing.
  • Can you explain how the “Hacker’s shut down the Internet” from a couple weeks back?

Links - Referenced sites and videos:

Monday, November 7, 2016

Family Calendar Preview and Scanning

November 3, 2016

Linda Hughes presented a preview to the hands-on calendar class she will lead on November 10 in the computer lab.


Doug Gibney reviewed the scanning process in our lab following Linda's preview.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Just a Q&A

Quite a variety of Qs & As today:
  • 6 Audience Questions:
    • Wifi Encryption, 7-Zip Archives, Ccleaner on Browsers, Facebook Safety, BlueTooth pairing, What's Notepad?
  • Leading Q’s:
    • Apps vs. Applications, Yahoo account security, Windows 7 Updates, SSD technology
Links of the day:
  • The difference between a App and Application - <link>
  • Protecting your email address book - <link>
  • Fix for Windows 7 updates - <link> (usually works)
  • Fix for Windows Vista Updates - <link> (sometimes works.  Yes, it's a .de, German site.)
  • Best Selling SSDs on Amazon - <link>

Friday, October 7, 2016


With Jim and Elaine Drain

Links Associated with Presentation:
Change so computer boots from CD
Try Ubuntu before you install it
Start here for info on Ubuntu:
Ubuntu Documentation:
Download 32-bit or 64-bit to Install Ubuntu 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Better Hearing Aids

A presentation by Barbara Prestano, Au.D.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Bloom'in Presentation #207

That's a Good Question!
  • 7 Questions from the audience (Movie Making, Key Finding, Windows 10 Good&Bad, MOving Music, TV Connections, Internet Wiring, BT un-pairing)
  • 10 Good Tips from Leo N.
  • Where to get Help
  • “Wifi Virus” Fraud
  • What’s that (Attached) file?
  • Part 5 Dual Booting for our HP Envy DT


Thursday, September 8, 2016

More Simple Answers

(Or, at least, I tried to make them simple.)

  • What’s a MegaPixel?
  • Wallpaper (“Backgrounds”)
  • Making a Vacation Video (see link below for handout)
  • What’s a Bluetooth?
  • iTunes won’t update or uninstall
  • Lab Programs – Revo

Links of the day:
Bob Bloom's YouTube Channel: <link>
              (Where you can find his Trafalger tour videos; the others are geeky. :-) )
Bob's "How 2 Create a Vacation Video" handout <link>

Saturday, September 3, 2016


Ted Wilks' Presents:

Bonus: Bob's paper on how to convert analog audio to digital using Audacity: <PDF file link>

Friday, August 26, 2016

Catch-up Presentation

All those things that have been piling up in my inbox:  our Dell Discount, Win10 Anniversary Update, Things to do before you forget your password, Windows file Extensions - what opens what and how to change that, Blocking Javascript malware, Phishing, What's my computer doing, and Creating Panoramic Pictures with 'ICE.'  Oh, and a new 'Black' presentation theme.

Links you might like:

  • What's new in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update <link>  More than 30 changes listed, of which only 6 were of note to me.  I must be getting old.
  • What's my computer doing?  <link>  A small program that will help you answer that question.
  • Microsoft's Image Composite Editor <link>  A picture editor that makes creation of Panoramic Pictures easy.
  • Bob's vacation video.  <link>  Trafalger Scenic Parks, 15 days, 8 states, 12 National Parks, National Monuments, 20-some cities, lots of phenomenal scenes and views.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 18, 2016
Orientation to Computer Lab
Overview of the resources available in our lab, both hardware and software.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Big Data, Big Science: The Golden Age of Astronomy

Judi Provencal presents:

Explore the Internet:

  • Andromeda Galaxy <link>
  • Andromedabot <link>
  • International Space Station <link>
  • The Earth From ISS <link>
  • The Moon <link>
  • Light Pollution <link>
  • Zooniverse <link>
  • Near Earth Objects <link>
  • Explore the Milky Way <link>
  • The Sun <link>

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fun With Fonts - Elaine Drain

Friday, August 5, 2016

July 28, 2016
Jodi Boyko presented Navigating Social Media

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fun With Photos
July 21, 2016
Elaine Drain

Send an email to if you wish to have the link to the transparent frames I have collected.

Here is the link to the handout:

Monday, July 18, 2016

Catching up - Blogging and PSG Intro

Blogging by Jodi:

An Introduction to ProShow Gold by Phyllis:

And the Pomeroy Railroad:

Here are some other good links for information on 'The Pommy Diddle:"

All that's left of the line is some bridge foundations in White Clay Creek State Park.  Unfortunately, the pages about the "Pumpsie Doodle" seem to have been taken down:

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Envy Part 4, Win10 part 2, & Favorite Websites

Our HP Envy Desktop Part 4: SSD installation
My Win10 Recommendation Part 2: Download & install
& lots of websites!

Rather than have links, here's are the *names* of the websites we looked at.  If it's not obvious what the URL is, Google 'em!

Strange Facts:
Gizmo's Freeware:  my choice for finding free software and reviews thereof
My Home pages:  Twistedsifter, Woot, Xkcd, Joy of Tech, and Yahoo Tech
Good Computer Help:  HowToGeek, SevenForums, AskLeo
Shopping:  Amazon, Monoprice, NewEgg, Woot & TigerDirect

Friday, June 17, 2016

Pre-Social Videos

As promised, here are links to the videoes shown at our social.  Most are to YouTube, but there are some others mixed in.  Because some are long, they are behind the word <link>.  And for insiders, there are some in here that I was holding in reserve in case we were late.  :-)
  • Shanghai Disneyland Ignite the Dream Water Fireworks Show, 0:20:41 <Link>
  • Don Friesen: Forgot Password, 0:05:01 <Link>
  • If it Fits, I Sits the Supercut, 0:02:16 <Link>
  • Epic Old Man - Picking Up Young Ladies, 0:01:45 <Link>
  • Duck Amuck, 0:06:59 <Link>
  • Shanghai Disneyland, Soarin' Over The Horizon, 0:03:56 <Link>
  • Stabilization Stress Test - Crazy Wingsuit flight, 0:00:50 <Link>
  • The Universe in 4 Minutes, 0:04:11 <Link>
  • Shakira - Try Everything (Official Video), 0:03:22 <Link>
  • Evolution of the Disney Princess, 0:08:31 <Link>
  • This is Your Fight Song (Rachel Platten Scottish Cover), 0:04:54 <Link>
  • Aladdin Magic Carpet San Franciso, 0:03:01 <Link>
  • Laura Sumrall's "Let it Go" Wins World Freestyle Reining Title, 0:05:04 <Link>
  • Volkswagen Trailer Assist - Backing up a trailer, 0:01:03 <Link>
  • Behind the scenes - Volkswagen Trailer Assist, 0:01:40 <Link>
  • Star Wars Medley - The Force Awakens, 0:05:11 <Link>
  • Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder, 0:02:55 <Link>
  • “Strip Poker” Centrum Silver, 0:00:40 <Link>
  • Conowingo Dam Bald Eagles, 0:04:59 <Link>
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow 2011 - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole, 0:03:26 <Link>
  • Lava, 0:07:11 <Link>
  • Kitten Therapy: The Prescription for Stress, 0:03:04 <Link>
  • So God Made a Dog, 0:01:55 <Link>
  • My Beautiful America - the Charlie Daniels Band, 0:04:22 <Link>
  • God Bless the USA - The Texas Tenors, 0:03:00 <Link>
  • Guilding Hands - Conan, 0:01:22 <Link>
  • Where the Hell is Matt_ 2012, 0:04:53 <Link>

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Clutter & Good Q's

First, Anne Eidschun's talk from June 2nd on Clutter - Both Physical and Mental!

Second, Bob's presentation from June 9th:

  • Partitions for Beginners (Sorry, lots of tech details here)
  • How to rip a DVD with Handbrake (I still don't know why the live demo didn't work)
  • Windows for Sore Eyes (How to make things bigger and easier to read)
  • Win10 Recommendation, Part 1.  (First ... Make an image!)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Catching Up - Some Simple Things & Medicare

27 May Topics:
  • Ninite – The Best Installer Ever!
  • Mind the Pup! (Potentially Unwanted Programs)
  • The Windows 10 Nag has gotten *Worse*!
  • Windows 10 Misconceptions & new features (you probably didn’t know)
  • How to eMail Large Files - Use the Cloud Luke!
  • A science quiz - Are you in the 6%?  We were!
  • What’s a Modem? A Router? - And the minimum you should know

Referenced links:
And from last week:  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Android Follow-up

Mark Bockrath's Review:

Bob's Intro:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Android Apps & Some Good Questions

Topics of the day:
  • Uninstall Quicktime now
  • A phone is a Computer ... you have control over your 'apps'
  • Recommended Book:  Windows 10 All-in-One for Dummies, Woody Leonhard
  • They say my computer's been 'hacked', what do I do?  Who is 'they?
  • What security software do you recommend?  I like Leo's answer below.
  • How to remove information from the Internet?  Short answer: You don't!
Ask Leo: 

And another sorry to Elaine, I still can't get screen mirroring to work right.  :-(

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Infections/Disease control

Michelle Power MT (ASCP), CIC presented Infection Prevention Basics:

Useful Links:

New CDC Get Smart factsheets:

Friday, April 1, 2016

PSE and a couple of Good Q's

(That's Photoshop Elements - Paul showed us a number of easy things to do.)

And the Good Questions:
  • Apple vs. the FBI - it's over.  (but issues are still TBD!)
  • What's a SSD? (solid state drive)  We'll use this on our new 'Envy' desktop
  • Don't get 'upgraded' to Windows 10 unless you want to.
  • Yes, Verizon bought AOL and is moving Verizon users to AOL email.  But not in Delaware.
  • Lab Software:  Windows Live Movie Maker.  (Yes, it runs under Windows 10)

Monday, March 21, 2016

17 March Misc

St. Patrick Pieces:

Family History Writing Workshop

The game of “Go”
If you'd like to learn how to play "Go," here's a good place to start:
That includes links for free computer-based Go games - great for learning.

Misc - and a New Lab PC

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Surprise Q&A

We're making it up as we go along.

Questions and Topics of the day:

  • Apple's response to the FBI
  • "I've got nothing to hide."
  • How to edit a .MOD file.
  • Copying VHS tapes
  • Printing from a Chromebook
  • Running Windows 7 games under Windows 10
  • Fun Websites:  Woot!, Twisted Sifter, The Shirk Report, XKCD, Joy of Tech, Yahoo Tech
  • What is Reddit?

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Watching your State Government

In this, "How to Keep an Eye on Legislators and Legislation," State Representative Paul Baumbach reviewed how Delaware residents (or anyone) can monitor legislators and legislation, committee hearings, testimony, etc. He  also offered tips on effective advocacy. 

Here's some links of note:
Who's your representative?

US Elected Officials' websites:

Who to contact in State government:
Website to track State lawmaking:
New Castle County:
City of Newark:

P.s.  Legislators hate the term "Politicians" - they are "Elected Officials"  :-)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bob's Bytes

Mostly Q&A today, but a good discussion on the Apple vs. The FBI case.

A Summary:
  • News – Apple vs. the FBI
  • Lab Software - VLC
  • Backup methods
  • 4 eMail questions: The infamous red ‘X’, Why emails fail, Junk emails, & Disappearing emails
  • How to pick “Free Apps?”
  • What’s the “Cloud?”
  • Do you need AV on Andriod devices?
  • What is the difference between Copy, Burn and Rip?
  • Can you do a comparison of affordable laptops on {the} market? (Short answer: No.)
  • And a techie question on IP addresses.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Windows Accessories

Helen Browne and Bob Bloom (sorta) collaborated on:
  • WordPad and Notepad
  • Calculator
  • Snipping Tool
  • Disk Cleaner / Ccleaner / Cleanup!
  • Disk Defrag / Auslogics Defrag

Saturday, January 30, 2016

"Files and Folders"

Notes and presentation from Helen Browne's class.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Skype & other Stuff

Though the Skype demo took longer than expected (doesn't everything?) we still had time for some Tech news and one question about 'crapware.'

Linda and Ned's Presentation:

Getting Fit with Technology

The topic is "Wearables"