Are Computer Clubs Dead?

Are computer clubs dead? The answer depends on what you mean by a computer club. I can only speak of my own experiences. Maybe you have different observations. If so, please let us know. But skipping to the final point right now: isn’t LockerGnome a type of computer club? Chris also supports traditional computer clubs…

How Do You Know when a Download is Safe?

For a couple of years I have presented a course on How to Download Nifty Things from the Internet Safely for senior computer users. The course has two parts: (1) establishing that some pretty nifty things are available for free, and (2) there are ways to reasonably protect yourself against simultaneously downloading some unwanted trouble…

Mix Geeks and Seniors – Get Ageism?

Does being a geek carry an automatic bias toward ageism? Geeks often possess knowledge unavailable to earlier generations. Unlike tribal times when elders were respected as repositories of culture and knowledge, modern times are characterized by large numbers of young people who know they are hot and anyone older than them is not. Rapid technological…

Graphic Design on the Fly: What Do You Use?

Effective communication goes beyond texting, blogging, and YouTube videos. Effective communication often requires images and graphics. Images you can get from a camera and massage them with Photoshop, or the equivalent, until they meet your needs, but the graphics must be made. Construction of effective graphics requires a combination of artistic thrust and the mechanical…

Peanut Butter and the Geek

In response to Ryan Matthew Pierson’s Bacon: Why Do Geeks Love It? piece, here is my homage to peanut butter, the breakfast of those who you might not trust completely. Peanut butter is the essence of a good life, but one must beware of the purity of the product. Things such as Jif® are not…

How Vulnerable to Attack is Your Computer? See US-CERT

The US government is very concerned about cyber attacks. A special organization, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) was formed with this charter: US-CERT’s mission is to improve the nation’s cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information sharing, and proactively manage cyber risks to the nation while protecting the constitutional rights of Americans. US-CERT’s vision…