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Dec. 18, 2015 4:14 am
A week ago a colleague introduced me to a superb alternative to PowerPoint. Personally, I think it's a superb compliment to PowerPoint, since you can embed a link to it in the middle of a PowerPoint presentation and return back to your comfort zone in PowerPoint. The technology I am writing about resembles that clever stuff we all saw Tom Cruise doing in the 2002 film Minority Report . We knew...  Read More
Feb. 7, 2014 11:14 am
Where have all the games gone? Much has been said about the fact that Microsoft has removed the “Start Button" and also has eliminated its well-known “Solitaire" games for Windows 8. This is both true and false. It is true that when you open Windows 8.1 you can find a “Start Button." Whereas with Windows 8, the start button is missing. Instead you will find it on a “Start Screen.” We’ve gone...  Read More
Feb. 3, 2014 11:31 am
Teaching seniors, the greatest obstacle. As many of you know I am a senior and I specialize in teaching seniors how to use computers. The question arises, “What’s different about teaching seniors as opposed to teaching younger adults?” I can imagine younger folks having a good time with that question. Is it because seniors are less intelligent than and young adults? Quite the opposite. If you...  Read More
Jan. 27, 2014 4:09 pm
Windows 8.1, what’s next? Recently, I have been having problems with my cell phone. I’m not sure but I believe that the battery was shorting out so I called Verizon to inquire about a new battery and was told that a new battery would cost me $40.00. That seemed a bit excessive to me although maybe it isn’t, and when I questioned the price, I was told that I could get a new phone with a new...  Read More
Jan. 8, 2014 10:33 am
What to be aware of when using Windows 8 .1. As you can tell from previous blogs I really like Windows 8 .1. That is not to say that it is perfect, although in my opinion it's the best so far. It is a big improvement over Windows 8 which left some things to be desired, not unusual for a brand-new look on a computer operating system. I have previously talked about some of the things I really...  Read More
Dec. 22, 2013 7:58 pm
Sara, Pastry Chef Magnificent. Periodically, I like to write a blog about happenings here at Waterford Place where my wife and I live, the retirement home, where we have a lot of fun and enjoy friends. Something is always happening here, and occasionally I will write about some of the events that I feel you may be interested in, and which will acquaint you with the meaning of living in a...  Read More
Nov. 25, 2013 11:47 am
The more I use Windows 8.1, the better I like it. It is robust, fast and stable. There are a few things that I’d like to see changed, like, when you install a new program, I would like it to install a tile in the Start Screen for that program as well. That would be nice, but I’m sure Microsoft will get around to that, in time. For now, I would like to tell you how searching has been greatly...  Read More
Oct. 30, 2013 11:12 am
I live in a poor house. One of the many things that sticks in my mind from my younger days, the mid 30s, is hearing elderly folks saying that they would never, ever, want to live in an old people's home. "Please don't ever put me in an old people's home!" I could hear them say. When a boy, hearing these kinds of requests, you could not help but think that an old people's home, must be a really,...  Read More
Oct. 22, 2013 2:11 pm
Here at last! Well, we’ve had to wait a while, but Windows 8.1 has arrived. It is available for download and use, and in this blog, I’ll give you some hints and information on how to deal with it. Let’s talk about downloading first. Originally I thought that Windows 8.1 would be available by way of an upgrade download. It is not. Instead, you must go to the Windows Store. When you do, you’ll...  Read More
Oct. 14, 2013 4:15 pm
The changes are coming. I began to write about the changes that will be happening on October 18, 2013, when you will be given the opportunity to download the Windows 8.1 update. As time goes on I am learning more about this change and can tell you that some of these changes are quite important. To think that of all the changes that I have heard most people complain about, is that the Start...  Read More
Sep. 20, 2013 10:27 am
In my previous blog I said I would talk about the changes that will be made in Windows 8.1. As I stated in that blog, Windows 8.1 will be downloaded onto all Windows 8 computers on or near October 18, 2013. Not much has been said about 8.1 until now, probably because a few changes are quite drastic, but some are barely discernible. The much talked about Start Button that everyone is was so...  Read More
Sep. 3, 2013 9:47 am
I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that Windows 8.1 will be replacing Windows 8 in the very near future. The near future is closer than you think. In fact I have heard that the opening release date when it will be introduced to the public is October 17 and October 18 of this year. I know what you’re saying and thinking. Your saying I just barely got to the point where I can understand Windows 8 and...  Read More
Aug. 27, 2013 3:59 am
Fulcrum Worldwide took center stage at the 4 th Indian Management Conclave in New Delhi. This annual gathering of academic leaders was an ideal platform for Fulcrum to make audience aware about the changing dynamics of student learning environment. It was an opportune moment to advocate effective communication among students and enhanced student support systems to foster a positive learning...  Read More
Aug. 25, 2013 7:58 pm
The confusion of tongues. When I was young, very young, my teachers taught us that when we speak we should speak clearly, enunciate well, and say what we mean briefly but clearly. I’ve always remembered that lesson and tried to embrace it but I found that while I’m speaking clearly others are not always hearing what I am really saying. It’s a two way street. There are times when someone is...  Read More
Aug. 20, 2013 10:28 am
You just can’t beat a country fair… I remember when I lived in a city in New Jersey, and if you asked me to describe what a country fair was all about, I wouldn’t know where to start. But then I moved to Michigan because of a tremendous job offer. Isn’t that always the case? You take the surroundings are born with and you develop around your environment. It’s what you know and you handle it...  Read More
Aug. 12, 2013 2:58 pm
Surprise! Surprise! The rewarding benefits of being married is that often times, although not always, offspring arrive on the scene. The thing about offspring, is that they can provide tremendous happiness and joy. Life soon becomes centered around them and decisions that need to be made always include their welfare or lack thereof. Let’s face it, life would be much simpler without them but...  Read More
Jul. 9, 2013 12:44 pm
I have often been accused of being biased when it comes to the Microsoft Corporation. There may be some truth to that although I am not totally committed to all things Microsoft. For many years Microsoft has produced quality operating systems for computers as well as other products. I firmly believe that when it comes all computer competitors Microsoft is the company that gives you the most bang...  Read More
Jun. 29, 2013 1:20 pm
Is Windows 8 an improvement? A few days ago, I received a comment from one of our readers regarding my previous blog “Windows 8 is here to stay.” Briefly, in his comments he questioned whether or not Microsoft’s newest Operating Systems were really improvements. He contended that Microsoft should instead concentrate on developing a good computer. I wrote Dave back the following letter. I think...  Read More
Jun. 20, 2013 11:38 am
You are probably familiar with the saying “history repeats itself.” Being a senior myself I can vouch for these words of wisdom. Anyone who keeps track of events as they happen can also attest to this sayings accuracy. It not only applies to big things but also to things and events not so big. Here are some examples. Back in the days when Microsoft’s Vista operating system was introduced, I can...  Read More
Jun. 12, 2013 1:14 pm
Most people that I speak to regarding computers, and particularly Windows 8 computers, usually start out with "I really don't like Windows 8." That usually brings on a conversation regarding the pros and cons of Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 8. In almost all cases I have found that attitude to be a result of unfamiliarity with the system. Truth be known, I felt the same way until I...  Read More
Jun. 3, 2013 5:19 pm
It’s here! Authoring the book, “Computing for Seniors,” entailed many long hours of work. While I may call it work, it really was a pleasure that I enjoyed. I have watched and participated in the history of computers over the years and have marveled at their progress. I remember my 1 st computer had tremendous speed of operation. Can you believe that the CPU in that computer had the astounding...  Read More
May 21, 2013 10:41 am
Whenever I see a beautiful sunset, what will go through my mind is a reminder that this day is almost through. We know what happened in this day, some good some not so good, some successful some not so successful. But it was a day that was given to us and it was pretty much for us to decide what we had was that we wanted to do with it. That’s the life that was given to us, one day at a time, for...  Read More
Apr. 25, 2013 4:22 pm
I'm pleased to report that I was recently featured in the Sunset Association's magazine for Waterford Place in an interview entitled, "Active Lives, Active Minds." The text of the interview is as follows: Barney Kamp has been tinkering with electronics since he joined the Air Force more than 60 years ago. “I’ve always been good with electronics,” noted Kamp, aresident of Waterford...  Read More
Apr. 22, 2013 11:56 am
In the process of writing my new book, Windows 8 for Seniors, I found myself asking the question "why did we need Windows 8 at all?" Windows 7 was and is a great operating system which is fast, solid, and consistent, unlike some previous Microsoft operating systems. After all, if it was that good, why change it? Which calls my mind another old saying: "if it ain't broke don't fix it." On...  Read More
Mar. 11, 2013 1:14 pm
Years ago, if someone needed a new computer, they could go to a store where they were sold and buy what they thought they needed. Unfortunately, what they needed and what they bought were not always related. There are many honest and trustworthy business sources form which they could purchase a computer, but there were also a few that just wanted to unload a lemon they were trying to get rid of....  Read More
Feb. 23, 2013 3:09 pm
I've been fighting the Dragon too. For quite some time now I have been having some difficulties when typing. I used to be quite a typist, but now that I've gotten older my fingers don't seem to want to do what I ask them to do. When I hit one key my fingers seem to want to hit one and a half keys instead of just one. That makes for quite a "spellcheck" problem and for someone that enjoys...  Read More
Feb. 14, 2013 4:54 pm
Computing for Seniors In previous blogs, I’ve talked about the book I have written specifically for seniors called “Computing for Seniors.” You’ve probably been wondering if you would ever see it and I’m pleased to announce that Best Thinking has informed me that “Computing for Seniors” will be ready for publication by the end of February. Watch for further announcements around that time. Why...  Read More
Feb. 5, 2013 8:58 am
It is strange to see how far removed researchers and inventors can be from corporate reality. Tim Berners-Lee, the father of Internet, says that all school students should be given some hands-on experience of programming. ( Click here to read article "Programming ability is the new digital divide: Berners-Lee"). He cannot be more far from reality when he goes on to say that lack of programming...  Read More
Jan. 26, 2013 10:33 am
I suppose everyone complains about the weather, no matter what part of the country they live in. But Western Michigan can be a bit confusing. For the last four days it has been snowing. Well, you could say that, except that it hasn’t been snowing, it’s been Lake Effecting. Lake Effecting looks the same as snowing. It’s white, it needs to be shoveled, it’s cold, very cold, and beautiful all at the...  Read More
Jan. 21, 2013 3:47 pm
The words "computer game" seem to stir thoughts of play, wasting time, worthlessness, and other thoughts of this kind. In many instances you would be entirely right in thinking that. After all, if you’re sitting at your computer while at your job, and your boss walked by, he wouldn’t appreciate you playing games instead of doing productive work. For seniors the opposite is true. As those of...  Read More
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