SaddleBrooke Computer Club


Cell phone classes delayed

Dave Tiefenbach

April marks the end of the Spring 2018 classes. However, instructors will be offering classes through the summer. I will post those classes in the newspaper when they become available; however, check the club calendar frequently at for new classes.

The smartphone classes by Cellular Sales representatives Alex Bruno and Sam Brisson have being delayed.

The latest information is that they will be offering classes in SaddleBrooke as soon as possible but are unable to set a definite date. Unfortunately, the startup of the first Tucson store is behind schedule, leaving no time at present for community outreach efforts.

The best estimate is that the first class will be offered no later than mid-September. Computer Club personnel will announce dates via email, newspaper and website as soon as the dates are known.

In the meantime, two of our instructors are developing iPhone and Android phone classes for our next academic year.

The speaker at March’s Users Group meeting featured Andrea Bianco, owner of Smart House Consulting, LLC, who spoke about Smart Homes. She talked about the latest smart home hardware and technologies. She discussed how the technology can work and benefit you, and she discussed how to get started with such projects as security monitoring, lighting, water leak monitoring/detection, energy conservation and more.

Microsoft’s policy for Windows 10 updates is to automatically download and install them. This has angered many people. Microsoft will not change their policy, as they feel that keeping Windows systems up to date prevents terrible things from happening to your computer. In theory this is fine. In practice, problems can occur with the update. Another issue with Microsoft’s new policy is that they now download and install device drivers to your system. This can really wreak havoc with your system when suddenly a device driver is installed and breaks the device.

I personally had this unpleasant experience recently, and it required a trip to a computer repair shop. Microsoft is in the process of issuing an update to resolve these problems, but it’s too late for some users.

To check for Mac software updates, open the App Store app on your Mac. Click Updates in the App Store toolbar, then use the Update buttons to download and install any updates listed. Updates installed in the last 30 days appear below this list.

If you don’t see an expected update for Mac:

*Install any updates that are listed, then return to the Updates tab to check again. If you still don’t see an expected update, use the Search field to find the app that you want to update.

*Updates for Safari and Mac firmware might not appear, because you get them as part of MacOS updates.

*If you didn’t get an app from the App Store, check with the maker of the app for updates.

*If you’re using OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, get OS X updates by choosing Software Update from the Apple menu.