Wednesday, December 12, 2018

6 Dec Questions and Answers

Topics of the Day

    Never call the phone number on a webpage that says your computer is infected.  It's the well-known Tech Support Scam. <link>
    The new US-301 is supposed to be open 1 Jan 2019.  It is electronic tolls only: $4 at the DE/MD line by EZ-Pass or $5.60 by mailed toll to the car license on record.  Details here:  <link>  A nice 'fly-over' video is here:  <link>

Beginner Q&As:
     Favorities & Bookmarks  (Just ask Google!  <link>)
     What’s a “PDF?”
     Click vs. Double-Click
     Make the Mouse Pointer Easier to See  <link>
     Can you play Chess Titans on Win10?  Yes!  <link>

A little more techie Q&Ss:
    Make your Christmas address labels with Mail Merge.  Here's a PDF with instructions:  <link>
    HDDs vs. SSDs - the easiest way to speed up a PC!
    The Ccleaner Saga - I still like it, but it drops off my 'recommended' list.  Use v5.40 <link>
    What does it mean? - "Windows 10 is supported for the life of the machine."
    Win10 Feature Update(s) - What interests me, the rest, eh :-/  <link>
    Verizon FiOS - read the fine print.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Next! (Or actually, the first in a while)

Topics of the day

Tech News:

* We've now got a new-to-us B&N "Nook" ereader in our lending library.
* Google now signs you into Chrome without asking.  And remembers you email address.
* Freezing your credit reports at the Big 3 is now free.
* California passed a Net Neutrality bill and gets sued.  By the Federal Government!
* Microsoft withdraws the Windows 10 October update due to customer data loss.
* Did Google hide Google+ data breech?  90% of user sessions in Google+ were <90 seconds.
* The Tesla 3 is the 4th best selling sedan in 3Q 2018, beating all US brands.
* There is a kit to make the Toyota Prius Prime self-driving. (Less than it appears.)

Is this a Phish?  How to dissect and research an unknown email.
Spam or Not?  Email examples: Unsubscribe, Spam, Ignore or Delete?
Dark Patterns Video.  Yes, they are trying to trick you

* Free eReader program:
* Google Chrome Login:
* Free Credit Freeze:
* Net Neutrality:
* Windows 10 1809 Feature update:
* Google problem with Google+:
* Best selling Tesla 3: 
* Toyota Prius Prime can drive itself:
* Find where an email really came from: * If you're hacked:
* Driver Booster (driver updater): But beware the 'dark patterns!"
* Dark Patterns Video: - The one shown.
   Longer, more detailed:

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

iPhoto and iPhones

Presented by Charlie Boss on September 20, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Smartphone Overview

By Dr. Sudipto Das

Dr. Das provided a brief overview of cell phone basics. He had three handouts to share with our members. Click on the links below to view, or download the pdf files. Lots of useful information here.

Cyber Security for Seniors from Homeland Security

5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Your Smartphone

Every Day Uses for your Phone's Camera

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Priuses, PowerPoint & Videos

First, a link to the cute short video played before the presentation, "Feast":
And for the late comers, the Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom fireworks show, "Happily Ever After" in 4K video:

Today's Topics:
  • Tech News: Russian web sites caught impersonating US political web sites, Amazon hit $1T valuation, Sony doesn't want Fortnight Game players on any other platform, Verizon caught throttling first responder's data, Trump says Google Search is rigged against him, and Google doesn't show up for Congressional hearings.
  • 2018 Prius Prime: Previously, attendees seemed to enjoy my review of the wife's 2013 Prius that had a bunch of things I had not seen before in a car.  The same thing is true about my new car.
  • PowerPoint: Transitions & Animations to Videos:  We’ve been helping out a member create a video for his 60th high school reunion using PowerPoint.  We’ll show you how it’s done.
  • Videos to DVDs:  PowerPoint 2016 can output a video, but that doesn’t mean you will be able to play output in a computer or how to make it into a DVD.  We’ll show to how that’s done.
(Yes I know I didn't get to that last point, but all the sides for it is included below.)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Windows 10

By Carl Stewart as presented on August 9, 2018

Common Keyboard Shortcuts
Press this key
To do this
Ctrl + X
Cut the selected item
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)
Copy the selected item
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)
Paste the selected item
Ctrl + Z
Undo an action
Alt + Tab
Switch between open apps
Alt + F4
Close the active item, or exit the active app
Windows logo key + L
Lock your PC
Windows logo key + D
Display and hide the desktop
Ctrl + A
Select all items in a document or window
Ctrl + D (or Delete)
Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Ctrl + R (or F5)
Refresh the active window
Ctrl + Y
Redo an action
Stop or leave the current task

Press this key
To do this
Windows logo key 
Open or close Start
Windows logo key + A
Open Action center
Windows logo key + B
Set focus in the notification area
Windows logo key + E
Open File Explorer
Windows logo key + H
Start dictation
Windows logo key + I
Open Settings
Windows logo key + L
Lock your PC or switch accounts
Windows logo key + M
Minimize all windows
Windows logo key + S
Open search


Friday, August 3, 2018

File Management Tips

By Linda Hughes

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Windows 10 Tips

By Elaine Drain

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


By Elaine Drain on July 19, 2018

Links to photo editing programs are listed below the presentation. Questions can be posted in the Comments below the post.

Pixlr Express -
Google Photos -
LunaPic -

Not covered but good option:

PhotoscapeX (Windows 10 and Mac) - Adobe PhotoShop Express -
Irfanview -

Not covered but good options:
Photoscape 3.7 – Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 -

Monday, July 9, 2018

Customizing Windows 10

Other topics in this brief:

  • Is that email from "Microsoft OneDrive" real?  (Yes - but here's how to check.)
  • What does it take to turn a VHS taped video into a DVD Movie disk?

Our headliner was, "How to personalize or customized Windows 10 to your liking?"

Links of note:
  • Windows 10 Customization's Handout <link>
  • The Cheapskate: How to reduce your Cable Bill by hiring a negotiator.  <link>
  • How To Geek: How to fix all Windows 10 annoyances <link>
  • Bloom's preferred Video Capture Device and software, the Elgato <link>

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Data Mining

Click on the four-directional arrow in the bottom right to open full screen.

Or download the Word document from this link to Handout:!Arot9b57CAjDgWnmdXpyZtE_1W6I

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Kristin MacDonald: Your FInances

Kristin talks finance topics on:
  • Debit Vs Credit
  • Reg E vs FCBA
  • Debit vs Credit
  • Fraud Claims and Chargebacks
  • P2P payments

A Discussion Group Q&A

Beginners Corner:
Discussion Questions on Passwords, Ransomware, Apple vs. Microsoft, Pop-ups, Switching Sites, Tracking, Caches, Defrag, Lost Money, and is it Hackable? 
Simple Tech: 
Why a router is a good thing
VPNFilter Malware & what to do

Saturday, May 26, 2018


By Elaine Drain

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Social Videos

I had received a couple of requests for links to the videos I showed at the Senior Surfer Social.  They are listed below.  Due to time constraints not all were shown, I cut many short, but this is the complete list.  The 'Plane Story' I read about the crash in the desert was from "The Oatmeal" -  (The creator of The Oatmeal is ... well ... different.  He's got articles on "How to tell if you cat is plotting to kill you," have a game called "Exploding Kittens," and writes awesome things like "Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek that ever lived.")

5/18/2018 - Social (Not all shown!)
1 Trafalger trip - part 2 0:16:31
2 DASEF Family Day 0:09:29  not on internet
3 Enyoying Nature - Ned 0:09:36
4 Old Movie Stars Dance to Uptown Funk 0:04:52
5 Jedi Vs Sith Guitar Battle 0:04:11
6 Hot Air Balloons Over ABQ Neighborhood - Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 0:01:35
7 Birds many colors and beaty - Ned 0:05:56
8 Battlebots 10 most terrifying 0:06:17
9 Should all locks have keys 0:05:14
10 SmartAss People Who Took Trolling To Another Level 0:07:45
11 Star Wars Theme - Dubstep Bagpipe Cover ( THE JEDI PIPER !! ) 0:04:13
12 How Dark Patterns Trick you online 0:06:56
13 My Own Grandpa 0:02:41
14 The Big Ugly - Dramatic Rescue of a Fallen Big Wave Surfer  0:03:23
15 Sebastian Steudtner . Naza Bomb Collection #002 0:01:52
16 Double Trouble - Big Wave & Dramatic Aftermath Sequence 0:03:20
17 Top 10 Wheel of Fortune Fails 0:08:18
18 Disney Princess Medley | Georgia Merry 0:07:46
19 How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster 0:02:08
20 Internet Citizens Defend Net Neutrality 0:03:33
21 Let there be drums (link is close but not exactly the same as I showed) 0:02:23
22 Willima Tell for Mothers 0:01:15
23 Family Feud Fails Compilation | Family Feud Funny Moments 0:10:52
24 20 designers cr√©atifs qui veulent vous faire gagner de la place (new furniture inventions.) 0:01:41
25 A Day in the Life of a Kiva Robot 0:03:35
26 may 6 huge fissure eruption 0:01:38
27 Animaniacs - Yakko's Universe 0:02:39
28 How Do Machines Learn? 0:08:56
29 Funny Japanese Game Show Slippery Stairs - Just Hilarious 0:09:12
30 Disney Medley - Alex G & Peter Hollens 0:05:47
31 Falcon Heavy & Starman 0:01:52
32 Can’t Help Falling in Love – Pentatonix 0:03:20
Bonus (videos may not be completely safe for work, e.g. NSFW in today's PC environment, but the music is great.  Not age restricted.)
Oldies ROCK & ROLL 50-60 part 1 0:48:49
Oldies Rock & Roll part 2 0:29:41
Oldies Rock & Roll Part 3 0:24:29
Oldies ROCK & ROLL 50 60 0:44:56

Monday, May 7, 2018

Newsletters & Websites

The favorite email newsletters and websites of the club officers.  We were supposed to get some of these from the members too - but ran out of time.  Please add yours to the comments of this posting so others can enjoy them too!

Here's a link to the handout:!AnjSwOmsFbmGtBXp9Nszc_ysVfld
And, per request, one for Laney D's Chrome extensions:!AnjSwOmsFbmGtBTqPqeXU8RFeH17

Friday, April 6, 2018

Spam, Spam, Spam!

Topics of the day:
  • Spam, etc. Discussions:  Examples / Unsubscribing, Phishing & Other Threats, What’s Crypto-Currency?, “Microsoft Rewards” Spam?, What Annoys Me, and The ultimate fix!
  • 10 Quickie Q&A’s: Smart Phone Space, Syncing Clouds, Free Music, Transfer things from phone to computer, Edit photos on Win10, Making Photos smaller, Organizing photos, Organizing email, Is Free Wifi Safe?, and the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. (yes, you can uninstall it)
  • “Facebook?” in the news


  • 97% of Spam from just 2 Botnets <link>
  • Michigan states users aren't careful <link>
  • 3 of the 4 top malware threats are Crypto-currency Miners <link>
  • Microsoft Reward Bribes to use Edge, Bing and the MS Store:  <link>
  • Ask Bob Rankin - backup books <link>
  • Ask Leo Notenboom - backup books <link>
  • Backup your webmail locally, "Mailstore" <link>
  • Bob R doesn't like Facebook <link>
  • Deleting your Facebook Account help page <link> (login to get the delete button)
  • Entire TekThing episode including Facebook rant:  <link> (37 minutes)
  • Just the part about reviewing Facebook settings:  <link> (6 minutes)

Monday, March 26, 2018

"The Cloud" Storage (and more from the mail bag)

Questions from the Floor:
• Beginner’s Corner:
– What is Cloud Storage,
– How to send a big file, &
– How to get rid of OneDrive
• Copy Pics from Phone to Computer
• How big a Backup Drive do I need?
• Turn off Windows 10 Notifications
• How to transfer Information?
• How to Setup eMail?

Links of the day:

Cloud Storage Services - the Major Players:
Amazon: Https://

"I Hate Microsoft"
Isn't the real comment - I hate Change?  Here's some help from Leo Notenboom:

Free MS app to transfer pictures from Android or iPhone to PC:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Android for Beginners

Elaine Drain

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


(Sorry about the delay in posting ... but I did get it in before Laney's presentation on Thursday!)

This was the second Q&A of the year – we’ll even have a third.  And if the ‘Good Questions®’ keep rolling in, even more!  Send those Good Questions® to  And a hint: even Stupid Questions® can make this list - Stupid Questions® are my specialty!

The Q&A for the week:
  • You die.  What happens to your social media accounts?
  • How to do Speech Recognition on Phones and Windows 10
  • What are the best features of Windows 10?
  • The new Windows 10 anti-ransomware feature
  • Should I ‘Cut the cord?’ and drop cable TV?

    I was asked, “Why do I put [or hide!] links like this, <link>?”  That is because often links are long, and simply become too hard to read.  That said, you should *always* preview a link before clicking on it by hovering the mouse pointer over the link to see where it goes.  If it goes somewhere weird, don’t click it!

  • The strange/funny Japanese game show “Slippery Stairs” <link>
  • Wayne Brady’s Thriller cover  <link>
  • Sixteen Tums by the Parody Project <link>  (There are other wonderful videos by these guys, but maybe too political for some.  Check ‘em out!)
  • Jedi vs Sith Guitar Battle, “The Last Shredi” <link>
  • Punctuation commands in Android <link>
  • Windows 10 Speech to Text Reference Sheet <link>
  • StatCounter, Market Share Stats <link> (click ‘edit chart data’ to see more!)
  • Installing a digital Adaptor <link> (a funny video blast from the past!)
  • Tom’s guide to cord cutting <link>
  • Consumer reports say to get an Antenna <link>
  • The best cord-cutter’s Trifecta <link>
  • Cord Cutter Myths: Lifehacker<link>, Gomohu<link>, and Tablotv<link> (and they don't always agree with each other!  fun.)
  • Huffington Post Cord cutter problems <link>
  • CNet reviews Streaming Services  <link>
  • PC Mag’s Best Streaming Services <link>

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Elaine Drain

Saturday, February 3, 2018

First One of the Year

  • Buying a new computer in 2018
  • How fast is it? (Benchmarking)
  • Use for programs
  • Changing default programs in Win10
  • Then Backup
  • Security for phones and tablets


  • Instructions for Novabench marking:  <link>  (Word Document)
  • See the WEI score in Windows 10:  <link>
  • Compare CPUs by their Passmark scores:  <link>
  • Go Passmark your self:  <link>
  • Get the free Novabench testing tool:  <link>
  • Compare your benchmarks with mine:  <link>
  • Install and update your free programs with Ninite:  <link>

Monday, January 15, 2018

Fraud and ID Theft Part 2

Kristin Macdonald's Presentation