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Blue Generic Stylus

Being Stylus

Touchscreens are everywhere. I no longer have any of my “toys” without one. My desktop computer has a 23″ Hannspree touch monitor. My Dell 15″ laptop, Microsoft Surface 3 and the 11″ Chromebook have touchscreens. Of course, the iPad, the 2 Android smartphones, and our old iPhones are touch. Like many of my friends & neighbors, my fingers are not as easy to control and precision is not always the norm. I attend a lot of trade shows and local events where businesses have booths where they give away advertising…

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elderly gentleman

Teaching Technology to Adults

  Most of my presentations are to adults, especially senior citizens. While my training and initial teaching was for elementary and middle school students, I also taught on the college level. I also have been a presenter to computer & technology user groups for 30 plus years. Presenting and teaching to seniors requires a different approach. I found an article by Dr. Liz Hardy, “Effective Teaching Techniques for the Older Adult Learner,” which should help others to present or teach boomers and older. Dr. Hardy talks about 5 Effective Teaching Techniques…

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Chomebooks Roll Out 2017-2018

Chromebooks were the computers of choice in 58% of the k-12 schools last year. It appears that the number will increase and it is predicted that Chromebooks will account for 70% of them in just the next few years. It is my opinion that if school kids, especially at the elementary school level, can easily use these computers, then senior citizens should be able to do so. Those seniors who want to use the technology, but who feel overwhelmed with Windows, Macs, or iPads can feel comfortable quickly.

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Facebook is an important part of my life

I am grateful for all the birthday wishes that I received through Facebook. Facebook allows me to share memories, photos, & tech stuff with the many friends that I have become acquainted with over the years. Many I have not seen in over 50 years. It is amazing that I can share my life and information with those who I knew in Utica (NY), Brockport (NY), throughout the many locations in Florida where I lived & worked, through my activities in Computer User Groups, and just throughout my life. With…

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Sarasota Manatee Technology Groups and Meetups

I am trying to develop a list of all of the technology user groups and meetups that would be of interest to those of us who live in the Sarasota County/Manatee County area. If you are aware of any that are not listed, please fill out a contact form and send any info that you can. If you are involved in any of the listed groups and would like to update or change any of the info being provided, please use the same contact form. Last updated 6/30/2017 STUG Sarasota Technology…

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Facebook Timeline Issue

I like to read my Facebook timeline with the most recent items at the top and successive postings in chronological order. Of course, Facebooks interjects with sponsored ads and what appears to be older posts, but have recent replies. Facebook’s default is to show the as “Top Stories” and it determines what those are. Every so often, FB changes my selection back to theirs. I don’t like that. When I mentioned this to a few friends, they looked at me strangely and I realized that they had no idea of…

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Review of Acer R11 Chromebook

It is just 7 weeks since I purchased my first Chromebook, the Acer R11. I was a novice of what to look for and did some preliminary research before buying my Acer R11. I wanted to touch and feel before buying so I went to my nearby Best Buy store. They had 3 models on display and in stock. After looking over the 3, the Acer R11 was on sale and seemed to have the specs that I wanted. It only has 16GB of storage, but I thought that should…

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Meet Lima – The Personal Cloud

Last fall I read an enticing item on Facebook about having the ability to have my own cloud storage using a device from Lima. This intrigued me. The Lima was not yet shipping, but would soon be available. It is a small device that is powered and would be connected to my router and a USB external drive. It would allow me to have any size storage available to read & write files locally from my desktop and be available at home and away, to be accessed by my laptop,…

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Date set for Creator’s Upgrade Roll Out

It’s official. The next major Windows upgrade, known as the “Windows 10 Creator’s Upgrade Version 1703”, will be rolled out on April 11th.  They release these major updates in waves, so you might not get the upgrade for a while. However, you must prepare in advance, as you may get the upgrade when you turn your computer on, or while you just have it on anytime after that date. Between now and April 11th, make sure that you do a complete backup of your data and if you can, do…

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The Search For The Perfect Solution

I am the “goto” person for many friends, neighbors, and others when it comes to issues with technology, especially Windows computers. Most of these people are senior citizens. Their computer and smartphone usage is mostly limited to Facebook, games, photos, watching videos, e-mail, browsing the web, banking, paying bills and perhaps purchasing items. Windows computers are far too complex for most, especially when it comes to updating, upgrading, protecting themselves from viruses, malware, intrusions, and just using the system. Microsoft and Apple have tried to make it as easy and…

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