Sunday, November 18, 2012

TVs and Computers - How it's changing

Here is the link to the power point I used at the November 13 meeting.  It is saved as a PDF and hopefully everyone can access it.    TVs and Computers is a big subject that is changing faster than we can get a handle on it.  Hopefully this presentation will give it some clarity.

email me if you have questions

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October 2012 Meeting - Smart Phones & Tablets

Eric Barnett gave a great presentation at the Tuesday meeting.  A copy of his presentation (including the YouTubes he referred to) can be found @ ....

I put together a list of websites with more information about comparing Android and iPhone smart phones.  It also includes several websites that compare iPads and Kindle Fires.  The website that Eric mentioned with information on comparing laptops is also listed. Check these out @...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Make Use of Guides

Below you will find over 50 high quality guides covering wide variety of topics. From a dummy guide to build your own computer to an easy encryption guide. All free. Enjoy! Share them with everyone! 

To download them you just need a password. Simply subscribe to the MakeUseOf Newsletter using your email below to get it. The password will be instantly emailed to you once you have confirmed your subscription. 

(That's not all! You will also get access to MakeUseOf Cheat Sheets

Thursday, July 12, 2012

How to get Windows 8

You'll find the $39.99 offer for Windows 8 at:

I've you're buying a new computer you can get Windows 8 for even less. Here are the details:

Information shared by 7-10-12 meeting presenter, Bob Gostischa

AVAST - Online Security Presentation

To learn more about avast! Antivirus, simply go to:
To download any of Avast's Software, simply go to:

To take advantage of the special 40% discount on the paid versions that I offered during the presentation, simply go to:   http://Coupon_Security_Buy_Links-Bob.html

If you where lucky enough to win the Avast Rescue CD,  you can download instructions for it's use from:    If you didn't win, and are interested in the product, it can also be downloaded from there.

Instructions to successfully install avast! 7:
01. Download  to a folder you can find or to your Desktop the product avast!7 Free:
       setup_av_free.exe  (Do Not Run at this time)

02. Download the REMOVAL TOOL for your current Anti Virus Program by following the Guide offered here:
       How do I remove old third-party antivirus software before installing avast!?
       Click on this link, find your current Antivirus Program and follow their instructions.     
 The removal tool for avast! Antivirus (should you ever need it) :

03. Once these 2 programs are saved to your computer in a folder that you can locate or,
       to the desktop and, you can easily identify these 2 files, DISCONNECT FROM THE INTERNET
04. Go to the Control Panel > Select add/remove >  (Programs and Features in Windows 7)
       select your current antivirus program and select uninstall. (Allow it to uninstall all features of the program)

05. Reboot your system.

06. Run the removal tool for your old Anti Virus Program saved in step #2

07. When the tool finishes running, again Reboot your system and Reconnect your Internet connection.

08. Install avast!7 Free by running the program downloaded in step #1

09. Shut down your system -- wait 10 seconds -- Start your computer.

10. Avast!6 Free will now be installed and will update it's virus database.

11. Register your new avast!7 Free product by selecting the Register Now button.
       If you need more help, get it from here:

12. Once this is done, you'll be ready to enjoy the new product as much as I already have for many years.

The links to the other 4 programs I mentioned at the end of the presentation can be found at:
     Malware Bytes Anti Malware (MBAM) :
     Ccleaner :
     WinPatrol :

Click here to access this document online.
If you found this presentation helpful, please let your friends in other clubs know that it's
available totally free of charge and without any strings attached.

See where I've done Presentations lately: (and pictures from his presentation to LCCUG)

Thanks for having me at your meeting.  If you're truly ambitious, letting my boss Jana at Avast know what you thought of the presentation would also be nice. ( If you didn't like it, it's still OK to let her know that too. )

You can write her at Please put Bob's avast! Security Seminar in the Subject line.    (Attach a CC to me:  Thanks)

Have a great day,
Bob  Norbert (Bob) Gostischa

Friday, June 29, 2012

Free ebooks from Microsoft Press!!

Microsoft Press offers books designed for the different ways you learn.  They cover a range of Microsoft technologies from  Windows Service to Office 2010, Security and programing.  Many of the free ebooks available are offered in three formats:  PDF, Mobi (Kindle) and ePub.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LCCUG Picnic - August 5 - Lakeview Park

Annual LCCUG Picnic
West Shelter Lakeview Park
2pm speaker from the Parks System

July 13-14 Convention in Canton

A great opportunity to network and learn more about Computers!

APCUG Convention July 13 - 14  in Canton


Tentative schedule

Friday, June 08, 2012

Free Area Concerts & Festivals 2012

I gathered a list of links to free events to attend this summer in our area.  I would like to share it here.  If you know of any similar events, leave a comment.

Vermilion : Concerts in the Park   --   7 pm every Sunday starting in July.

Also in downtown Vermilion
3rd Thursday, Music, Flowers and a Sunset
May 17th-September 20th   6pm-Sunset

This webpage Includes Music Under the Stars Sunday evenings at Lakeview Park in Lorain

And Sunday evenings on Mill Hollow 2012 Summer Concert Series Vermilion

Many other Lorain County Parks events are  listed there as well:

LORAIN - At the Black River Landing in Lorain there will be Labatt Blue Black River Concerts twice a month all summer from  8-11pm
I am also adding a link to  Nature Boat rides offered at the Landings …the only thing on this list that costs money:

downtown Elyria, in  Ely Park on Thursdays 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. throughout the summer. . Bring your lawn chair, lunch, sit back, listen and ENJOY!

Oberlin 2012 Summer Concert Series Tappan Square Clark Bandstand Fridays
 June 29 – August 3 7pm

new in Downtown Amherst this year - Walkin' on Wednesdays

Second Wednesday of Each Month, June through September

Enjoy family-friendly entertainment while strolling the streets of the historic district. Shops, restaurants and businesses will be open late! Plus its FREE!

A list of Lorain County Festivals is maintained by at

Saturday, April 21, 2012

DNS Malware Problem to check on

Web could vanish for hordes of people in July, FBI warns
If your computer is infected with the DNSChanger virus, your summertime Internet activities will be seriously curtailed -- as in buh-bye. But a special Web site can help you fix the problem.

by Edward Moyer  April 21, 2012 5:30 AM PDT

The FBI is warning that hundreds of thousands of people could lose their Internet connections come July, unless they take steps to diagnose and disinfect their computers.
The problem is related to malware called DNSChanger that was first discovered way back in 2007 and that has infected millions of computers worldwide.
In simple terms, when you type a Web address into your browser, your computer contacts DNS (or Domain Name System) servers to find out the numerical Internet Protocol (IP) address of the site you're trying to reach, and then it takes you there. DNSChanger fiddled with an infected machine's settings and directed it to rogue servers set up by a crime ring -- servers that handed out addresses to whatever sites the ring chose.

As a U.S attorney said in an FBI press release, the crooks "were international cyberbandits who hijacked millions of computers at will and rerouted them to Internet Web sites and advertisements of their own choosing -- collecting millions in undeserved commissions for all the hijacked computer clicks and Internet ads they fraudulently engineered."
Late last year, however, the FBI disrupted the ring and seized the rogue servers. And since so many infected computers relied on the servers to reach the Internet, the agency opted not to shut them down and instead converted them to legitimate DNS machines.
Running the machines costs the government money, though,so they're being switched off in July. If your computer is infected with DNSChanger then, the Web -- for you -- will no longer exist.

The DNSChanger Working Group (DCWG), the body set up to oversee the servers, has created a Web site to help you diagnose your machine and, if necessary, remove DNSChanger. You can check it out And it's probably not a bad idea to do so sometime before, say, July 8 (the DCWG says the servers will be shut down the following day).

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Learn to help Index the 1940 Census

The 1940 U.S. federal census will be released via free ditial images Monday, April 2, by the National Archives and Records Aministration.  This census includes the names people who made up the "Greatest Generation".

The Lorain County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will welcome guest speakers Dorothy Titera and Rae Ann Houshton of Family Search on April 9 at the North Ridgeville branch library to discuss and show how easy it is to participate via home computers in the indexing project of the 1940 U.S. Census.

The women also will demonstrate indexing proujects of thousands of other genealogy based records stored on microfilm in Salt Lake City.  As records are indexed they are made available as free digitized images at  Members of the Lorain County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Soc iety will be among the volunteers participating in the indexing project. 

The public is invited to attend this free program. . Membership in the genealogical society is not required to attend.  Social time begins at 6:30 pm with the program and meeting beginning at 7 pm

The library is at 5700 Bainbridge Rd, N. Ridgeville

For more information, call Jean at 440-949-5167 or Pete at 440-967-8002.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Investigating Online

Occasionally, I like to explore these kinds of websites.
Once and awhile I want to "check up on a person" and other times I want to see what is online ab out myself.

After seeing what is out there about yourself, you might want to try to remove it.  Here is a site with information on that

This recent story in the Plain Dealer talks about Zillow and Trulia websites with real estate informtion.

Take a closer look at a neighborhood

Be your own detective for local information: 

Interesting summary of how information is accumulated

Search Social Networks

How do the Information brokers get our information?,129841

Popular People search websites

do you have a site you have used?  Leave a comment to share it....