FROM THE TUSTIN NEWS, THURSDAY, September 7, 2000


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It's hard to believe that the summer is over. I look over my project list and find there still are things left to do. But when Labor Day comes around my thoughts turn to the coming school year and I put my list away for another time.

Since my primary concern now is with computers, technology and the Internet, I take a good look at my screen and notice all the new things that have appeared over the last year. The Internet now is obsessed with broadband and high-speed access. Trucks are on the street installing new telephone cables and the cable companies are laying more coax. Fiber optics is right around the corner. And the marketing people are saying that either DSL or cable Internet is here, just sign up.

Of course the papers have been filled with tales of Napster, MP3, streaming audio and video. I now place some of my telephone calls over the Internet using a company called Net2Phone. And I have found myself giving a lot of talks about computer privacy to assorted business groups. We truly live in interesting times.

So, how do we keep up with all this? As a teacher for many years, I believe one way that we do this is by taking classes. We are fortunate in the Tustin area because there is a lot of interest in technology and many classes are available for continued learning.

One set of classes is offered through the Tustin Area Senior Center. They start with Beginning Computer which explores the basics for real beginners. It starts with Windows and goes on with how the computer works including how to use the mouse, the keyboard, the screen, etc.

For those who know a little about the computer and want to use the Internet, there are two courses; Beginning Internet I - The World Wide Web and Beginning Internet II - Email and Newsgroups. Both courses are for Internet beginners. Beginning Internet I covers how to connect to the Internet; how to surf the World Wide Web; how to use search engines to find things and how to purchase things on the Internet. Issues concerning Internet privacy and the use of credit cards are discussed.

Beginning Internet II covers the use of email including formatting, attachments, inserts and viruses. Then the little understood but very useful Newsgroups are explored.

There is a scanning course for those interested in adding pictures to their emails. Finally there is Intermediate Computers which is for the less faint at heart, and explores the Windows file structure. This is something which almost cannot be avoided as users progress in their understanding of computers and the Internet.

Classes through the Tustin Area Senior Center begin Monday, September 11th. Registration is by calling 714-573-3340 or visiting the Senior Center. Or just show up for the first sessions at the Tustin Family and Youth Center, 14722 Newport Avenue, at the corner of Newport and Sycamore. Check with the Senior Center for course days and times.

Then, don't forget that the Tustin Adult School offers a full range of computer courses. Call them at 714-730-7394 for details.

We are fortunate in Tustin to have such a wide range of opportunities to expand our horizons. Take advantage of them.

Remember also that the "Coffee and Computers" meetings are a place to bring your computer and Internet questions. They will continue every Friday starting at 9 am, in the Conference Room of the Senior Center, 200 South 'C' Street. Join us.

In the mean time, keep the neurons happy, the synapses snapping and enjoy computing.


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Dr. Art Holub is a long time resident of Tustin and teaches computer and Internet courses at the Tustin Area Senior Center and the Tustin Adult School. Visit his web site at: www.arholub.com. This column is written to address the computer adventures and concerns of older adults. If you have comments, questions or suggestions for future columns, Email HIM at: doc@arholub.com.


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