Monday, December 21, 2015


Well, I broke down the other day and bought a Mini Mac at Best Buy.  It was on sale - that's my excuse for purchasing at BB.  Otherwise, I'd have shopped elsewhere.

It's a nice learning curve for me.  During my "corporate days", I used Apple products most of the time.  They were provided by the Company, so I didn't have much say in the matter.  They were/are beautiful machines.  And, early on, they only way to get a good GUI device.  When I retired from the Company, I kept both my home computers - a PC AND a Mac.  Thought I could help someone with either product.  But, guess what?  When out in "the real world" no one could afford a Mac!  I eventually sold mine (can't remember now what it was).  PC software was cheaper and more easily obtained.  Read into that what you will.

Lately, I've had the chance to "try" to help a few people with their Mac's.  Problem is - they don't really know what the Mac will do; they just know it's supposed to be the best, and it's pricey.  I needed to learn Mac again (besides, learning something new is good for the mind).  The Mini was the least expensive way to go.  I bought the bottom of the line; so low, it's impossible to upgrade the memory (come on Apple, show a little kindness!).  But, I can upgrade the HD.  I'm now booting from a 1T SSD.  It's almost fast!!!!

I'm slowly getting most of my files and programs over to the Mac.  I even have an external data drive that can be accessed from a PC or the Mac.  Hope that doesn't cause problems with backups.  I'm finding some nifty widgets for the Mac, and even some of the Windows software I use, have Mac versions.

This posting is my first using the Mac - doesn't it look elegant?  I just took a picture of the "new" desktop.  Waiting ........

Here is is -

The Mini Mac is a small, albeit pretty, hunk of aluminum that fits nicely in the shelf below the monitor.  Consequently, my "mac" utilizes my Windows 10 monitor, keyboard, mouse, and track pad.  What could go wrong?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Windows 10 Defender

Windows 10 includes a good malware program called Defender (aka Security Essentials); however, some tests indicate it might not be as good as another solution - Malwarebytes.

I think in previous versions of Windows, Defender would run along side of Malwarebytes, but in Windows 10, Defender is shut off if another malware program is installed.  The previous link ( provides information regarding this fact.  It also mentioned the suggested use of Malwarebyte's Anti-Exploit program (free) as a worthwhile compliment to Defender.

In my system, I'm running both Malwarebytes Anti-Malware AND Anti-Exploit.  Seems to work very well.  Time will tell.  I'm following "howtogeek's" recommendations.

Monday, October 19, 2015


Our first gathering of the GCRVCUG is this Thursday. See the bulletin board for details.

We'll take a look at Windows 10.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New Season Starting

We'll have the first meeting of the GCRVCUG next Thursday at 9:30 am in the Prickly Pear Room. Now that more of you might be interested in Windows 10; let's do some show and tell on that product. See you there. Oh, last time I checked, the WIFI signal in that room is very strong. Bring your laptops, etc.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Two Great Links

Here are a couple of Windows 10 links that you might find very useful.

And, the more technical -

The first link suggests ways to speed up your computer.  Some of these may benefit your computer greatly.  Give them a try.

Monday, September 28, 2015


Hello All

People are beginning to return, and I must schedule our first meeting.  Please let me know when that should happen.

The latest How-to Geek blog, discusses WinPatrol.  Take a look -

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

a little more training on windows 10

You need to subscribe to "How-To Geek".  Great articles.  Such as --

Everything You Wanted to Know About Windows 10

Well, that's what this article implies.  Good reading if you're using/wanting Windows 10.  I think you should.


PS, Donna's new Chromebook Pixel has an OUTSTANDING screen!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Classic Shell

Hopefully you are trying Windows 10 - it's a good release.

If you tried Windows 8, you've experienced the trauma of the start screen.  This trauma has been minimized in Windows 10, but maybe you pine for the look of Windows 7  (it's ok).  I've written about Start 8, the very easy and inexpensive program from StarDock.  It allows the start menu to be the Windows 8 style or the Windows 7 style.  StarDock now has a Windows 10 version that works in the same way.  Still only $5.

If you want to go with shareware, try ClassicShell.  Click here - here.  It provides lots of features, but may be slightly more involved than Start 10.

If you don't like either solution, they're easy to uninstall.  If you're satisfied with the new Start Menu look, then ignore this post!!  Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

HipChat Room

Don't forget our HipChat message board.  I've just added a new Room called "For Sale".  And, let me be the first to offer something for sale :).  If you're a resident that's interested in the Computer Group, you should sign up for the Room.  Take a look at to learn a little about the service (it's free); fill out the request (or email me) to join the "oldcomputergeeks" team.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Backup Before Windows 10 Install

I'm using Windows 10 on all my PCs now.  Seems to work just fine; however, there were a few problems in the earlier builds.  Enough problems to cause the loss of some of my rapidly disappearing hair!  The version I think they will be releasing, seems to be pretty good.  You will like it better than 8.1.

If you're concerned about the update, you might want to back up your system before attempting the upgrade.  This "How -To Geek" proceedure looks like a good one to use.

I didn't do any backups.  Dangerous, I know, but it seemed like a good time to start over with windows.  I did have problems with my Acer laptop.  Seems that a computer with two internal drives is confusing to the Windows update process.  Temporarily removing the second drive to allow the update was the solution.

Have fun with W10 - "the last Windows ever".

Friday, July 17, 2015

Good Geek Website

I've mentioned this is in past, but it doesn't hurt to repeat. has some good windows articles.  You're gonna get Windows 10 someday, so why not start learning about it?
  How-To Geek

How-To Geek

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Windows 10 & Flash

For the past several months, I've been one of the 5 million "insiders" testing Windows 10.  Sometimes it's a disaster; sometimes it's beautiful.  Right now I'm on Build 10166.  Each build has tweaked W10 a little more, and sometimes the tweak is not quite right, but Microsoft continues.  I expect the July 29 "release" to be similar to the present one.  Who knows?

It looks good.  Can't really tell if it's faster, but their new Browser - Edge - is faster!  Doesn't have a lot of features at present, but it's also a work in progress.  How-To Geek has some tips on Edge -  Take a look.  Right now, I rate Firefox the best for me, with Edge second. 

If you're open to new things, download W10 when you get the opportunity - it's better than W95!

On a separate subject, I've uninstalled Flash on my PC.  Already I find that some of my favorite programs use Flash, but I'm gonna try real hard to keep it off the PC.  Adobe Flash has always been a source of vulnerabilities.  Even Firefox is now set, by default, to not use it.

Now I'm off to see if I can set a default music station for the Amazon Echo (a neat little media device).

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I'm Still Here!

It has been a long time, but here are some links you might find useful.

Why is my PC Running Out of Memory?

The Modern Desktop  Make your desktop shine!

 How to Rip, Convert, and Stream Your Media

 How to Use GIMP Photo Editor  All you'll ever need - and it's free!

The Best Duplicate File Finder for Windows  I seem to end up with many photo duplicates.  Especially since I've uploaded everything to Google Photos.  It's a mess, but everything is there.  However, for those stored on my pc (and external drives), it's be nice to have only one copy of each photo.  These tools will help.

Why 'C' is the Default Hard Drive Letter in So Many Computers  Interesting article.

That's it for now.  BTW, I'm currently using Windows 10 and it appears to be pretty good.  Once again, it's a slightly different interface.  Better than 8?  Maybe.  Better than 7?  Maybe.  But, you'd better learn to like it if you're staying with Windows.  Good luck.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Backup Your Data!

Here's some information from Acronis about the needs for backing up your computer.  I'm presently using Macrium Reflect, but have us Acronis in the past.  I believe it to be a good program.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Android Fixit

If you have Android, you might be interested in this "fixit" site.

Looks like it covers a variety of models - start removing those backs!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ASU Softball!

We love watching the ASU Softball team!  This past weekend they held Media Day.  Included was a Home Run Derby - always fun.  Take in some game; the price is right for us old people.

Mono Sunrise

Tried getting a color shot on a recent morning, but it was not to be.  The clouds were interesting, however, so here's a B&W.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunrise, Sunset, Swiftly fly the years ....

 I was made aware of the fact that I don't post much to this site.  Guess I need to take some dust photos sometime.  Until then, here are two photos our our clouds.  The first is sunrise and the second is sunset.  Both beautiful times here in the Summer.  Enjoy

Saturday, January 17, 2015

ebay presentation

We have one of ebay's top sellers in the Park - Herb Simpson. He has agreed to a presentation on February18, at 10:30 am (either the Prickly Pear Room or the Ballroom). Herb has been using ebay for some time, so he knows all about it. If you're interested in the presentation, please so indicate on the interest sheet currently hanging on the Activities Signup Board.