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March 2019
The Hippocratic Oaf

What is Medicare Telehealth? It’s VAMIPI, Of Course.

He still thinks Julie should have given him 4 stethoscopes, but that’s life. He cannot wait until next month to upload his MRI onto the website. Now your MRI can be reviewed by a radiologist, a vascular surgeon, a plumber, a school teacher and a hairdresser!

Bob’s Tech Talk

Home Automation, Personal Dashboards, and iPhone Live Listen

Internet Archive: This site rarely shows up in search results, which is a shame, because it hosts one of largest collections of knowledge ever created. Use the site's search page to access
 millions of free books, movies, software, music, and Websites.

February 2019

‘Neighbor Spoofing,’ Better Audio Phone Calls, and Touchscreen Gloves

Every Frame a Painting: Tony and Taylor discuss the visual language of moving pictures, using scenes from a vast array of films as the basis for exploring new ways to see. This YouTube channel will forever change how you perceive movies.


Learning a Foreign Language at 75

About a year ago I read in a senior publication how learning a foreign language can help maintain mental acuity as one aged, and for my 75th birthday I decided to give myself a present: one last shot at learning to speak Spanish, this time by using an online program.


Now Read This!

Needless to say, the discovery of this simple feature has changed my life. No longer do I send messages that say things like: “I gat your email anf hipe to see yiu im the veri near futurg.”
“Wait, don’t you have spellcheck?” you might ask.

January 2019
Bob’s Tech Talk

Making the Most of Apple iPhone

Health data is protected with safeguards similar to those used with passwords. Unless special care is taken to protect health info when moving to a new device, the data will remain locked inside the old phone.

June 2018
Bob’s Tech Talk

Playing Around Online and Apple AirPods.

But if you get hooked, even a few dollars a week can add up quickly. I know individuals who have spent thousands of dollars a year on certain addictive "free-to-play" games. Granted they are the exception, but caution is vital.


Now What?

OK, so my first date with Alexa was going pretty well. We were talking, and I was feeling better. The more the merrier, right? So I brought Siri and Google into the conversation.

May 2018

Munchy Words and Possibilities

But now the computer’s mad, fed up with my gripes. It races across the page, erasing letter after letter, eating my words. Line after line. Chomp, chomp. I wave my hands and yell, “STOP!” There’s no key for “Stop.” “Undo” won’t undo.

Bob’s Tech Talk

Facebook, Google, and Instagram: Your Privacy Doesn’t Exist

To view most of what Facebook knows about you, download a backup of your history to a computer. Go to and find the bottom of the general account section. Click "Download a copy" and follow the instructions. A few minutes later, the resulting download will reveal some of what Facebook knows about you. Be prepared to be reminded of things you thought were long forgotten.

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There is no way to participate online without leaving a trail of personal data behind. That data can be used to persuade you, manipulate your opinion, or reveal your most private thoughts. All of us need to recognize this reality, and the sooner, the better.

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