Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"What if just knowing what a word meant could help feed hungry people around the world? Well, at FreeRice, it does... the totals have grown exponentially."-The Washington Post

Update!!! The amount donated for each correct answer was increased from 10 grains of rice to 20 grains on 28th November!!! :D And they have an "Option" tab now! You can now set it so that FreeRice will remember your vocabulary level and the amount youve donated whenever you leave the site!:)

Started October 7, 2007
Nov 3, 2007 72 members
Nov 5 142 members
Nov 8 489
Nov 9 986
Nov 12 4100 members

Grains of rice donated
1 November 2007 52,142,290
7 December 2007 287,247,740

Reminder that the level of difficulty adjusts with how many vcabulary words you miss… until you find a good level for yourself.

The ads at the bottom pay for the rice donated to the United Nations.

Join the fun and help feed the world’s hungry!

Monday, September 17, 2007 -- continued...

I demonstrated the usefulness of the website at the September 11 meeting.

Here is demonstration movies:

Here is a 2 page pdf handout called QuickFacts that you may want to printout:

And here is some of the add-ons available to make more useful:

I also wanted to point out that when you do a search in GOOGLE - you can get the defnition of your terms by clicking on the word definition in the top right blue bar. That link used to take you to your "word" at and now it takes you to your word in It looks like it is getting placed in more and more prominent places!!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Fun - Useful - Interesting Websites

A remember that you can get the list of websites we looked at at the August 14 meeting here

If you find any of the links not working let me know OR if you would like to add a favorite website - let me know

I just added an interesting collection of websites to our webpage:

Top 100 Classic Web Sites from PC Magazine,1895,2168282,00.asp

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Another Free "office" Suite

Wired's Blog, Compiler is one of many websites announcing that Google has begun to distribute the free software package, StarOffice. Evidently, this is meant to compete with Microsoft. This article reports that the main difference between StarOffice and OpenOffice is that the former includes proprietary clip art graphics, fonts, and templates as well as some additional Microsoft Office conversion tools.

StarOffice supports most Microsoft Office formats, though not the new OOXML formats included in Office 2007.

You can read more here...


Monday, May 14, 2007

Shift Happens

Things are changing faster than we can understand it.... amazing...'s Slidespace

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Use it or Lose It

Use it or loose it
Below are the links that were referred to in the May LCCCUG newsletter, President's Column:

Newsweek magazine (3/26/07) cover story, “Health: Can Exercise make you Smarter”.

New York Times (3/30/07): "Video Games Conquer Retirees"

Nelson/Net Surveys (2004) "Middle Age Females Play more Games Online than Teen Males..."
Positscience (3/27/07) "Exercising your brain power.."

There are many websites that we can go to for these kinds of games: (Bejeweled, Bookworm, Chuzzle, etc) demonstrated by Judy Koch Your Brain Fitness center The Brain Fitness Program Recommended by the American Alzheimer’s Association “A game a day keeps your brain OK”

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Hikmat Chedid at LCCC recycles computers

Here is an interesting story that ran in the (Lorain) Morning Journal on February 12, 2007. Professor Chedid has spoken at an LCCUG meeting in the past and was a fascinating speaker. Read about his recycling project here:


Paint Shop Pro X - sale!

Paint Shop Pro is a GREAT tool for editing photos! Less expensive than Photoshop, this program is one that we teach in the computer lab at St Joseph's Learning Center. It is reviewed in the current club newsletter by former LCCUG president Cathy Ratcliff.

Right now Version X is available at Nothing But Software's website for $28.49. Version XI is latest version available for around $99.00 but you can't beat this price for the slightly older version, if you don't have it yet at all. I'm not sure how long this sale will last.

You can avoid shipping and handling if you arrange to pick it up at the Avon location. Email me if you would like to know how to do that. mailto:

Thursday, February 08, 2007

What's Cool with IE 7

The new Microsoft browser, Internet Explorer 7, will arrive on your computer through automatic updates if you have them turned on. Otherwise you can get the download from:

Here is an article from Microsoft about 5 ways Internet Explorer 7 helps you get more done.

The article explains how you can:

1. Find what you need more quickly with tabbed browsing
2. Eliminate printing mishaps with advanced printing features
3. Search the Web directly from the IE7 toolbar
4. Save time with improved RSS Feed support
5. Stop being bait with the new Phishing Filter

New: Daylight Savings Time

Microsoft Products & Daylight Savings Time

Did you know Daylight Savings Time is moving up three weeks beginning this year? Apparently in August of 2005, the U.S. Congress passed the Energy Policy Act, which changes both the move-up and move-back times.

Microsoft has posted a bulletin about when the new time change will take effect (second Sunday in March), which Microsoft products will be affected, and in what way. Here’s the link:

from Microsoft’s Mindshare January Newsletter

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Journal writes about member and LCCUG.

The January 7 issue of the (Lorain) Morning Journal had a nice story about our youngest member, Quincy Blake who did a presentation at our December 12 Christmas party.

Nice recognition for Quincy and LCCUG.

You can read the story here in case you missed it (section E1).

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Nothing But Software...

NothingButSoftware (aka Most Significant Bits) has been a store that LCCUG members have dealt with for many years.

SpaceBound is the parent company of,, and their soon to-be-launched Currently on Colorado Avenue in Avon, they are building a
large new building in LaGrange. The recent Morning Journal story will be of interest us .....

Check out their website: