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November 2017
The Raven Lunatic

Nana and Her Smart Phone Are Digging the Scene

I rarely, rarely comment on our son’s posts. Okay, I break that rule all the time. Last night our son went to see Apocalyptica in Washington, D.C., so I commented on the picture he posted. Do I know Apocalyptica from a hole in the ground? No, but the venue was beautiful.

Bob’s Tech Talk

Traveling With Technology

The U.S. Department of State has a checklist to help prepare for international travel, although it's useful for any sort of travel. Do not overlook the downloadable PDF card and the section for older travelers.

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I have become completely dependent on my phone while traveling for schedules, navigation, and e-tickets. As a result, I have fallen in love with the fiendishly clever Away carry-on. It is a four-wheel suitcase with an internal battery large enough to charge other devices.

October 2017
Bob’s Tech Talk

Email Aliases, Search Fraud, and a New Computer

I would like to get my granddaughter her own computer for Christmas. Which one should I get?


Technology Hell – Only the Names Have Changed, Not the Empty Promises

I was a pioneer in home computers having bought an IBM PC in 1982. With advanced technology, 64K, double diskette drives, monochrome display, DOS 1.1, I heard the “easy” promise from a salesperson who sold me an IBM word processor called Easy Writer 1.1 that was so easy she, herself, couldn't make a backup copy of the original program disk and had to take it to an engineer!

September 2017
Bob’s Tech Talk

Family Photos, iCloud Scam, and Google Tips and Tricks

My mother, who will turn 80 next year, used Facebook to help her create the ultimate family photo album. Once a week she would select an old family photo and upload it to Facebook. Uploading is easier than ever, since smartphone cameras can digitize images as well as scanners once did.

August 2017
Bob’s Tech Talk

Device Disposal, Computer Repairs, and Quiet Evenings

Eventually, every smartphone reaches the end of its useful life. No matter what, do not dispose of it in the household trash. Electronics are packed with hazardous chemicals that should never be discarded in a landfill.

Musings of an Undefeated Matriarch

My New Computer Has One Eye

I long for the simplicity of the 1950s when a mouse was something you caught in a trap, a keyboard was part of a manual typewriter, a scroll was an ancient religious document, and “social media” was visiting the relatives on Sunday afternoon.

July 2017
Sam's Side


“Well, first we have to configure the parameters for the wifi conglomerate.” (Note, he did not actually say THESE words. I have no idea what he really said. At this point, it was like Charlie Brown talking to an adult. “Bluh bluh bluh bluuuhhh.”)

Bob’s Tech Talk

Fake Facebook Requests, Outlook Backup, and Make Your Own Apps

To clean up your mom's situation, search Facebook for your mother's name, or a slight variation of it. If you spot a fake account, report it to Facebook via the "three dot menu" that appears below the header photo.

June 2017
Add One More Day...

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a complete dolt. I know the difference between a noun and a verb, aisle or isle, their, there or they’re. I got some smarts … just none that relate to anything particularly useful to future generations.

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