Thursday, December 16, 2010

Revised Meeting Time

The Old Computer Geek Group meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesdays at 9:30 am in the Prickly Pear Room.  The next meeting will be held on January 4.  Please make a note in your calendars.


Monday, December 13, 2010

OCGG Meeting Update

The Old Computer Geeks Group meeting/discussion has been suspended until January 5, 2011

We'll resume on that date, in the Prickly Pear Room, at 10 am.  If you have ANY input regarding technology (mostly computers), or would like to discuss specific problems or concerns - please attend.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Making DVDs

An interesting site about making your own DVD.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

OCGG Meeting

Today's meeting was attended by four people (myself included).  There were no particular topics presented, but rather a give and take of ideas.  Some problems were solved and some were not.  A productive meeting.

I tried to get attendees interested in Twitter, but the bad press Facebook has received seems to dampen people's appreciation of what Twitter can do.  I'll keep trying.

Attendees are realizing the power of the internet for multi-media gathering.  With a simple laptop AND a fast internet connection (the current Mediacom offering in the park!) users can watch an unlimited variety of programming.  All free!

Next week we'll try to discuss Dropbox and whatever new topic that is sure to arise.

Friday, October 15, 2010

lifehacker, et al

Lifehacker is one of my favorite sites - yep, it's geek-related.  Take a look at this post about "free wifi".

The OCGG meetings have been changed to Wednesdays at 10 am in the Prickly Pear room.  This is a general discussion group about anything technology-related.  I expect most of the discussion will center around Windows PCs, but don't let that keep you from bringing up other topics!  Free resort wifi will be available and I'll have a pc connected to a large TV.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

LPs to Digital

I've had a few questions, in the past, about converting LPs to a digital format.  I have no personal experience with products like these, but they should do the job.  You'd probably have to use some software to take out the pops and cracks.

Anyway, an ad in today's newspaper for Kohl's shows this product ( for $79.99.  Might be worth it for those of you with a collection of vintage LPs.

Monday, September 13, 2010

New Park User Group

I've added a new "group" to the park's activities.  "Old Computer Geeks".  This group will meet once a week at 10am in the Prickly Pear room.  This will be a non-structured meeting, in that discussion topics are unlimited.  Come to the meeting with questions, problems, ideas, etc.  Someone in the group is sure to have an answer for ideas for further research.  Presentation on various subjects will be appreciated.

In addition to this site, I'd really like every attendee to obtain a twitter account so that we can quickly provide information to each other and to all group members regarding these techie things.  Using twitter is very easy.  Give it a try.

My oldcomputergeek twitter name is:  oldcomputergeek.  I also have stevecaretaker as the twitter name for caretaking activities.  And, last, but not least, is steve_shaff for everything else.

Henceforth, I'll only mention this particular group/activity on  Please set that site up in your favorite RSS reader so you won't miss any entries.

I know several residents who have purchased Android phones.  Here's a great opportunity to gain knowledge from one of the smallest computers available.  Let the hacking begin!!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Now that I'm no longer in Park Sales, much free time has been created!  Let's resume the Computer Discussion Group of yore, here at beautiful Gold Canyon RV & Golf Resort.  This meeting of techie-types will be called the Old Computer Geek Group (OCGG) and will only be open to residents of the Resort.  Tell your friends and neighbors!

The intent of the OCGG is not to hold classes (those are available by several talented instructors in the Computer Lab), but rather have round (or square) table discussions/presentations on a variety of technical topics.  Problem resolution will be a normal byproduct of these discussions.

Thursday mornings are my choice for the meeting time.  Input on this is cheerfully accepted.

Friday, July 23, 2010


It's been awhile, but I want you to consider using Twitter. A great way to communicate with short messages. These messages can send link, photos, and a variety of other features. I think this a much safer way to communicate than using Facebook. Give it a try. I'll be using @oldcomputergeek to be associated with techie stuff. My main name is @steve_shaff.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Google Wave is now available to everyone. Look for some new announcements from Google regarding this service. Maybe a replacement for facebook???

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Leo Laporte

I've been following Leo Laporte for years (maybe 20). He now has several podcasts, tv shows, and radio shows; all of which are to help people with technology problems. His "The Tech Guy" is my favorite. You can get it from iTunes or Listen (android project). He, and others, have been talking about the increasing security problems surrounding facebook. Today he put his money where his mouth is - he donated to a Diaspora Project. This project is to develop an open-source system to replace facebook. I believe that is a good endeavor, so I have donated as well. See the sidebar for information links to Diaspora.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Copier Problem

Take a look at this CBS report. Thanks to Judy B. for giving me this information.

Take warning.

Friday, March 26, 2010

More Free Software

It's been a while, but here's the latest free stuff -

Enjoy. I'm trying Rainlendar - so looks pretty nice.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


I may have to spend more Fridays with Park Sales, so we're looking for someone to take over the moderator function at the Technology Discussions. All that person has to do is show up; initiate a discussion; try to get others to participate. Piece of cake!

See Donna when you've decided to help out.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Discussion Group Resumes

Let's start the computer discussion group again. Since I'm now in Sales, we'll have to move it to Fridays at 2pm in the Ocotillo Room. Just because Rose says that's a good time.

This will be a general discussion on Computer things. Problems, successes, new toys, software, etc. I'll try to pick some topics, but I want you guys to participate in any topic, you might find interesting.