Friday, December 16, 2011

Weather Site

In the last few days I've spoken to someone about a good weather site I use (in addition to weather underground).  You can find it here - http://www.tnetweather.com/wdlive.php#top.  It has many different options - surely enough to satisfy most demands.  Let me know what you think.

Oh, and here's another great weather site - http://weatherspark.com/#!dashboard;a=USA/AZ/Gold_Canyon

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Free VPN

We talked about Virtual Private Network (VPN) a few weeks ago.  Here's a comparison of 7 Free VPN Services.  http://goo.gl/iAqAM

50 Free Apps

Lifehacker's "50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For" - http://goo.gl/sG8Gt

Everything a Computer Geek Should Know

This is quite a list.  How many do you know?  http://goo.gl/6nR0Q

More Free Stuff

http://goo.gl/ya0Uq

Friday, December 9, 2011

HTPC at Meeting

I'll try to bring my HTPC for next week's meeting - will demo some software.  HTPC is a good use of an older laptop.  Let's talk.  Take a look at this site for a little software info - http://goo.gl/v6nC

Monday, December 5, 2011

Santa Claus Is About to Release a Christmas Present


A few weeks ago I received my Kindle Fire. A very nice computer, but the touch screen began to fail this last Friday. Saturday morning brought a few hours of Fire-goodness, but then the screen started acting up again. A search of the web resulted any many sites complaining about the Fire's screen problem. Enough of electronics with problems - today I returned the Fire and ordered the grand-daddy of all tablets - The Asus Transformer Prime. What a machine! I hope I get it before Christmas. 


http://goo.gl/F6kjS

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Popular Cloud Storage Services

Lifehacker lists the top five cloud storage services.  Take a look here - http://goo.gl/AtrXf

Monday, November 14, 2011

What a Camera!

Have you read about the new camera technology?  Go here - https://www.lytro.com/camera

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Disaster Recovery

The December issue of Maximum PC has some great tips on recovery from disaster. Look at the article here.  Although Maximum PC does spend a lot of issue space regarding high performance, it does have many articles that can be applicable to the everyday user.  You might want to read a copy sometime.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Backup with Dropbox

If you haven't investigated all the "cloud" backup solutions, start by taking a look at Dropbox.  "Google" dropbox and you'll find many, many links.  I just read a nifty way of backing up with Microsoft's SyncToy.  Go here.

And while we're at it, this site deserves a read, as well.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Google Plus Videos

Here are some training videos on the google+ features. http://goo.gl/agR3U

Monday, October 17, 2011

Wind Power Technology

Take a look at this site - http://goo.gl/EA1Bi.  Very cool power generating system!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Weatherspark

Just found a new weather program - WeatherSpark.  It is VERY cool.  Make sure you watch the help video - it provides sufficient information to make the site work for you.  Enjoy.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Great VoIP Product

Several years ago, we spent a year in Branson, MO.  It was the first place I had access to cable internet.  It seemed so fast that I HAD to have a "telephone" line using this internet - Voice Over Internet Protocol.  The service I chose was Vonage - if I remember correctly, it was about $49 a month.  This included "free" long distance phone calls.  Wow, what a deal.  Fast forward to present day --

We have high speed internet once again.  At least it's high speed to us - 10 Mbps.  This high speed has permitted the use of voice, video, and music.  I've always thought there ought to be a cost-effective solution that would allow us to keep our land line and add a voip, as well.  However, early hardware devices (i.e., ATA - analog terminal adapter) never quite seemed to work, so when Google Voice came along, I was hooked.  Until today, we have used the call-back feature of Google Voice (GV) to make all of our long distance calls at home.  The service is still free!  We rarely use our cell phone minutes because call quality (especially when talking to other cell phones) is usually poor.  Our normal procedure is/was to access the internet via a pc, set up a call with GV callback, then resume the call with our house phone.  This has worked well, but I'm always looking for new technology, and yesterday I stumbled upon (no pun intended) the OBi110.

With the OBi110, I can attach my land line and an Ethernet connection so that either one can be accessed from the house phone.  I can make GV calls directly from the house phone - the OBi110 is setup so that, by default, every phone call initiated utilizes GV.  But, if needed, I can set up a call using our resort's phone system, instead.  And, there's more!  This device will allow incoming calls from either the land line or GV.  The best of both worlds by utilizing a single VoIP device.  There are many other features available with the OBi110 (http://goo.gl/5iqub).  It cost only $49.99 at amazon.com, and with free shipping.  Now, with a one-time cost of $49.99, I get free phone calls all year.  I'm finding several good reviews of this technology.  Try this one -http://goo.gl/deM3D.

Times sure have changed.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Best Windows Downloads

I've updated the Lifehacker link for downloads.  Now linking to The Best Windows Downloads.  All you windows folk, take note.

Google+ Security

Hopefully some of you Old Computer Geeks (you know who you are) are trying out Google+.  If you have some experience with Facebook, then I know you're concerned about security - that's why I left Facebook.  As I've said in the past, Lifehacker is a great site!  They've just created a Guide to Google+ Privacy and Information Control.  You would be wise to check it out.  If you haven't tried G+, then you should.  I have invites.

For all of you OCGG people thinking about the return to Gold Canyon RV & Golf Resort, I want to let you know it's pretty darn hot here.  I'm actually thinking about Winter!  I know, I know - something is wrong with this picture.  How about this - I'm actually thinking about some people returning to the Park!  Donna is beginning her second season as Activities Director in only 5.5 weeks!  We're both looking forward to this next season!

Hope to see you in the OCGG.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Spotify

For about the last 24 hours I've been trying a new music service (new to the US) called Spotify.  It's been in Europe for a while and has garnered a large user base.  I must say it has LOTS of tracks.  If you can think of a song from your teen years (or earlier), that song is on the list.  It looks a lot like itunes, but does so much more.

It's different than Pandora in that if you select an artist, it can play all the music from that artist.  It does not just play songs that sound like that artist.  A lot of third party sites support the service.  For example, www.sharemyplaylists.com will generate a playlist that "sounds like" or is similar to the artist in question, and it provides access to thousands of playlists created by others.  Quite remarkable.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Best Mobile Podcasters

My favorite site, Lifehacker, just keeps on putting out the good stuff.  Here's the results of the Podcaster survey - http://lifehac.kr/lFLCBI.  Lifehacker just put out a new book, it chucked full of nifty information.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Google+

I'm excited about a new Google product called Google+.  Get on the invite list, I think this is a winner!

This will be a great way for the Old Computer Geek "circle" to exchange information.  Check it out.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sony Video

I'm sure this has been around for a while, but someone just sent the link to me.  Very interesting, but according to the video, it's way out of date!  Click here.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Other Geeky Links

As long as I'm updating the blog, why not a few more links?

http://bit.ly/fBbhHz
http://lifehac.kr/hx5U4z
http://bit.ly/gCZZO0
http://bit.ly/hdnqzs
http://lifehac.kr/gLxr1T

There, that should keep you busy for a while.

Desk Tops

Take a look here for the five best desktop customization tools from Lifehacker.  Give them a try!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

OCGG Meeting Ended for Season

Today was the last OCGG meeting of the season.  Thanks for those dedicated attendees.  I think we'll move back to Wednesdays next year in hopes of getting a few more geeks.  Stay tuned for miscellaneous updates throughout the Summer.

Try Firefox 4!

Getting some good reports on the new Firefox. You might want to try it out.

http://lifehac.kr/frWKF3

Saturday, March 19, 2011

OCGG Meeting

I'll not be at the OCGG Meeting this week (3/22/2011), but you can still get together and discuss things.

I've found a web site that provides good information regarding how to make upgrades smoother (I didn't do when I upgraded, but it sounds like a good idea) - http://bit.ly/h2oXNW.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

IE9

Release Candidate for IE9 is out.  Looks good!  Several new features.  Give it a try.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Google Searches "Solved"

Don't know about you, but I use Google searches all the time to help in solving problems.  Chances are good that you can find someone else with the same problem and, sometimes, there is a solution.  Lifehacker has a good tip in helping with these searches - http://lifehac.kr/eMvnnE.

Enjoy

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Last Week's Discussion

Last week was exactly the kind of thing I think OCGG should do - round (or square) table discussions on any technical topics that interest the group.

Let's do it again this next Tuesday at 9:30 am in the Prickly Pear!

Laptop Buy!

Shown in today's paper is a Fry's Electronics ad for a Lenovo laptop.  It appears to be the model G555 or G560, 15.6" screen, 3GB memory, 160GB Harddrive (a little small, but serviceable), web cam, etc.  The price is a low $349.99.  I don't think you can do much better than that for a laptop of this size.

Sales are limited to 1 per customer.  If you're in the market .......

Thursday, January 13, 2011

RSS Update

During one of the last meetings we discussed RSS.  I've found a good link that describes a variety of software available to read RSS.  http://bit.ly/fNw4EE

Here are several other links to a variety of software/services:

How to Rip and Burn your DVD collection - http://bit.ly/fi0vmL
How to recycle your old electronics - http://lifehac.kr/dWT6di
How to put your Wii games on HDD (techie stuff) - http://bit.ly/dG1HSE

And not so techie, Why Humans Can't Walk in a Straight Line - http://bit.ly/eZjreJ

Enjoy.

If you have any ideas for future OCGG meetings, let me know.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

This Week's Mtg - RSS


Let's talk about RSS and the readers used to view such things. What is RSS? Go to www.whatisrss.com for additional information.

I use RSS everyday, and I think you will, too. Once you accept the value of the service.

If you already use RSS, tell us about the reader you use.

Several residents received iPads for Christmas (whether they wanted them or not!). Bring yours to the meeting - maybe we could start an iPad group to discuss the MANY apps available.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Location:Tuesday, 9:30 am, Prickly Pear