Computer Skills

When I bought my first computer, it was a TRS-80 Model III, the very latest thing in personal computing! This bad boy had a whopping 16k of RAM, built-in BASIC, and for mass storage, a cassette tape deck!  I was overwhelmed, but excited, and very determined to learn what I could about it.

I actually performed “upgrade surgery” on that machine, boosting the ram to an amazing 64k (that’s k, not m or g), and installing two 360k 5 1/4″ floppy disk drives (0: and 1:). I felt like the cat’s pajamas after that.

Since then, I had a blast learning all I could about computers. I did this at first only as a hobbyist, and later as my job. I took some college courses in computers, but found I always knew more than the instructors, and so wound up simply staying in the class to get the credit hours. When I got my Master’s Degree in Information Systems (2002), it was still true.

I became the chief of computers for the USAF’s Academic Instructor School (I became one of only three people in the Air Force to have an advanced Education Specialty with a Computer designation), and then for the Extension Course Institute (the largest school in the world), and then the Community College of the Air Force. After retiring from the USAF, I continued working in computers, and today, I still have loads of fun learning what I can about computers and how to use them. I design websites as a “retirement business,” with just enough clients to keep me as busy as I want to be, while allowing me to give my clients the personal attention they need.

In this category of tutorials, I will share with you some of the tips, tricks, pointers, and shortcuts I have picked up and developed during my career in computers. Some of these will apply to you, some probably wont. That’s okay. Feel free to pick and choose which ones you watch, and please help us spread the word by sharing the ones you find helpful. You can use the sharing buttons at the left of the screen. Also, if you have a specific request for how to do something, or would simply like to hear more stories about computers in the last millenium, please let me know on the CONTACT US page.

How to Tell if a Website is Secure

Make Annoying Web Overlays Go Away

How to Hide or Show Desktop Icons

How to FILTER Google Search by Most Recent

How to Post an Event to NextDoor.com (2017)

Embed Dropbox-hosted MP3 on WordPress

How to Watch MORE YouTube in LESS Time

How to Watch YouTube More Efficiently

Get NEW YouTube Recommended Videos

Creating and Managing YouTube Playlists

Finding FREE Images with No Copyright Worry

Converting HUGE Scans to Compact PDFs

How to BLOW UP Your Computer Screen

How to Highlight TEXT on a Web Page

The Magic of FILTER VIEWS in Google Sheets

Screen Captures Made EASY

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