Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Computer User Discussion Group

The group discussion gets underway next week. Monday at 10am. Hope to see some of you there.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Discussion Group Update

Our group is still small - not much discussion on Ubuntu.  We've changed the agenda to cover all computer concerns and hope attendance will increase.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ubuntu Discussion Group

We've added a Linux Interest Group meeting to the Park Calendar. We'll meet every Monday at 10 am in the Prickly Pear room. If you're interested in getting rid of that slow Windows operating system and trying something a little faster and FREE, stop by. BTW, we'll be discussing all sorts of computer stuff.

Monday, October 6, 2008


Hey guys!  I'm beginning to think Linux (Ubuntu) IS THE operating system !  Boot up and shut down are very fast AND there are thousands of FREE programs to use.  I'm currently in the process of upgrading my older HP to the Kubuntu version of Ubuntu.  Kubuntu looks a little more like windows, so the comfort level is a little higher.  I highly recommend that anyone with an older machine that's thinking of buying a new one, should first update their old operating system with Ubuntu/Kubuntu and try that for a while.

In fact, I'm now recommending that serious users install a dual-boot system so they can switch back and forth between the two systems before they give up on Microsoft FOREVER!

Email me with your thoughts.  I think I'll have an Ubuntu class this Winter.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ubuntu Update

This OS is working pretty good!  It's very fast, both in booting up and shutting down.  And, there are a lot of free programs to work with it.  I think it's a very good alternative to Windows.  If anyone is interested, I'd really like to show you how it works.

Friday, September 26, 2008


Ubuntu is installed and working on my older laptop. It boots very quickly and shuts down even faster. It doesn't have all the pretty stuff that Vista has, but it has promise. All of it is free!! Once I get home, I will try to use it most of the time.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New Internet Access

This Winter I'm trying Alltel's EVDO, Rev. A internet access as a replacement for the park's DSL. It provides speeds up to 3Mbps (althouth 1.2 to 1.6 might be typical) and it's cellular based. This means my computer has a small card in the pc express slot. I'll also use a router at home so that all devices can access the network. This card has an external antenna capability that should provide excellant signal strength. I've been given 30 days to try it out. Last night it worked well in Gold Canyon - doesn't work here at the Grand Canyon (I have no external antenna).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Chrome Revisited

I've used Chrome for a while now; I like the apparent speed and the minimalistic style.  However, I find myself always returning to Firefox as the browser of choice.  I guess I have too many added features to Firefox that I enjoy.  I'll try Chrome again once they've added additional features.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Google Chrome

There's a new internet browser out there - Google Chrome.  It's very fast and with very few settings.  A little different interface - try it out.  I think I like it.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Computer Sold

Sold the Acer 2GB with Vista a few days ago. That helps the cost of the new computer a little bit. Still have an XP HP that I might sell when we return to the valley. Don't know yet. I've always wanted to spend time with Linux (Ubuntu), so may install that first and then reinstall XP to sell machine. Let me know if anyone has any interest in either.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

It's Here

The computer arrived about a week ago - much earlier than promised. It is very small and with the screen folded over it can be easily held on the lap or in the hand. Still a little heavy. The battery sticks out the back about an inch - something I hadn't realized from the descriptions. It should be very easy to transport and, hopefully, last several years.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New Computer

Work here at the North Rim is going well; I am looking forward to our return to the Valley of the Sun (even though it's pretty hot there, now).

I've ordered a new computer, so my other two laptops will be for sale. One is a 15" HP with XP, extra memory, and a high capacity battery. A very nice machine that includes a case. The other is a larger laptop. It's an Acer Aspire 5100 with extra memory, Vista, and a case. Both have been very good laptops, but it's time for me to try a notepad - and HP just came out with a new one.

Still hoping other highspeed options will be available internet access in the Valley. It looks like that Wimax is a distinct possibility. Very exciting.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Away for the Summer

I'm currently working at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon; will return to the Valley in mid-October.