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Philanthropia
Geek Event

Philanthropia, phil·an·thro·pi·a, is Executive Caterers’ Annual Fundraising Luncheon at Landerhaven designed to benefit non-profits throughout Northeast Ohio. After the tragedy of 9/11, New York City absorbed such a large portion of all charitable donations that many local non-profits struggled to reach their own goals.

2014's donations to over 100 Cleveland area charities was over $143,954 dollars bringing the Philanthropia total to 1.7 million dollars!

Harlan Diamond and the 2014 Philanthropia check

Harlan Diamond and the 2014 Philanthropia check


More from Philanthropia 2104 including Singing Angels songs


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Old Apps
Geek Resource

Every once in a while you need to use an old version of some software. Maybe to load an old file or in a testing environment. There is a great source for these old versions called OldApps.com.

From their website:

The Idea behind OldApps.com is ingeniously simple. Our mission is to provide our users with a wide assortment of current versions of familiar software, and their predecessors, for free. Our database is maintained up to date with older versions of software as they become readily available. Our users can be assured that this process involves our careful and meticulous screening of each individual program and version listed on OldApps.com. Our pledge is that our users will never end up with any malware, trojans, and/or any other variation of viruses.

While most web-sites provide downloads of current versions, OldApps.com caters to a different market of interest by providing older versions of the same useful programs. Often newer versions are more complicated to use and we understand that it is hard to find older, more user-friendly versions of popular software. Many software providers do not include older versions of their software on their sites, therefore, OldApps.com has found its market niche and provides a vital intermediary function for our users' software needs. We are more than happy to accommodate you with "freedom of choice" by providing multiple versions for you to choose the optimal software version that is right for you.

As software updates are being released more frequently, not every computer is able to keep up with the minimum requirements of new software; OldApps.com hopes that we can provide a means to circumvent this problem. Many users with slow Internet connections may want to attain a leaner program to avoid the common frustrations associated with the increasingly larger sizes of modern programs. OldApps.com lists file sizes next to all versions of software to ensure maximum customization. As we are expanding our library, we will diligently continue to add features to the site, so be sure to keep in touch with us.

They have Windows, Mac and Linux sections.

So if you need an old version of SnagIt for Windows NT 3.5 you can find it there. I haven't found a similar source for old DOS programs but often searching for the particular name - Lotus 123 or VisiCalc or…) will yield results.

Visit OldApps.com


Economic Impact of Refugees
Geek News

The first Refugee Summit in Cleveland was held Thursday October 30, 2014 in the Rotunda of City Hall. The Summit was hosted by City of Cleveland Health and Human Services Committee, Councilman Joe Cimperman (Ward 3) and in partnership with the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland.

The theme of the Summit was: Get the facts. Fight misconceptions. Explore next steps.

One of the panels was on the economic impact refugees have on the City. This video is of Jose Manzanares, Senior Kitchen Manager, Cheesecake Factory,discussing their use of refugees and immigrants.

See more from the Cleveland Refugee Summit


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Insider threats to IT security

Ron Copfer, CEO and co-founder of VE Discovery and Doug Copley, Information Security Officer at Beaumont Health System, were panelists in the session called IT Risk: Assessment, Management and Mitigation at the annual NEOSA CIO Symposium.

They spoke of social engineering examples, end users bring busy, more sophisticated threats and other problems. Copfer told of the 50 billion connected devices expected by 2020.



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Engineer Designers
Geek Humor

Three engineering students were gathered together discussing the possible designers of the human body. One said, "It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints. "

Another said, "No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections."

The last said, "Actually it was a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?"


Engineer cooking dinner
Geek Humor

The engineer's wife left a note for him to prepare dinner that evening:

"Shepherd’s Pie needs to be taken out of the fridge and placed in the oven at 140 degrees."

140 degrees in the oven

So that's what he did.


Count on This
Geek Tip

The Calculator in Windows (7 and up) is more than just a last resort when you need a quick sum or square root. If you click on the View menu item you will see options for Standard, Scientific, Programmers and Statistics with the appropriate functions.

Programmer Calculator option in Windows 7 calculator

Programmer Calculator option in Windows 7 calculator


There are also options for Unit Conversions (Joules to BTU, grams to ounces and more) and Date Calculations and if you open the Worksheets item you get Mortgage, Vehicle Lease and Fuel Economy (mpg and L/km)

Windows 7 calculator


The best thing is it is always available.


Tech Timeline
Geek History

The Great Lakes Geek has been working on a Tech Timeline of important dates in the region's tech history.

For example, Cindy and Jim Cookinham started a publication in late 1981 called IPCO INFO. It was the first publication for the IBM PC.

On May 19, 1997 programmer John Hill started Aztek.

And so on.

So if you have a milestone that should be added to the Tech Timeline, let us know.


What the Great Lakes Geek is reading
Geek Book


The Great Lakes Geek just finished reading The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics

The author (cartoonist Grady Klein) wrote two volumes of The Cartoon Introduction to Economics with the intent to make a potentially dry topic, palatable and even fun. He tries it again here with The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics.

I would guess that the audience for the book is youngsters who are interested in math, science and learning beyond their age and school coursework or older students who are struggling with their Intro to Stats course and need the extra help.

Read the Great Lakes Geek review of The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics

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Bill Gates Book List
Geek Reads

Several of you asked about the Bill Gates recommended reading list from Wired Magazine that was referenced below.

What I found interesting is that when I went to Amazon to order Feynman's Tips on Physics I noticed the section that Amazon calls "People who bought his book also bought…"

I expected to see other Physics books but what I saw was books from Gates' reading list such as Tap Dancing to Work and other books that had nothing to do with Physics. So obviously the Great Lakes Geek is not alone in trying to read what Bill Gates reads.

Here is the list that Bill Gates titled "Here Are the Books I Read When Out on the Road"

  1. Feynman's Tips on Physics - A short companion book to Richard Feynman's classic Lectures on Physics. Always worthwhile to return to the feet of the master.
  2. The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics - Bought this to use with one of my kids. Helpful in explaining a complicated subject to a teenager.
  3. Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel - I don't read a lot of fiction, but I thought this was an interesting study of the moral implications of technology. Will technology contribute to everyone's well-being or just make people more narcissistic?
  4. The Great Courses (DVD) - I left college early, but I'm probably the world's biggest consumer of academic courses online and on disc. Lately I've been enjoying Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception and Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness. Neil deGrasse Tyson's lectures on astrophysics, My Favorite Universe, are also really compelling.
  5. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? - I'm a big Jared Diamond fan; I invited people to read this with me last summer.
  6. Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffet on Practically Everything - Any compilation of Warren Buffett's wisdom should be kept close at all times. Financial journalist Carol Loomis gathers some of his best here.
  7. The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal - I read this to prepare for a family vacation to Panama. It's pure McCullough: epic drama, political intrigue, heartbreaking defeats, and eventual triumph.
  8. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - One of the most important books I've read. Steven Pinker demonstrates how the world evolved to be far less violent. Counterintuitive, if you watch the news, but true.


Microsoft System Center
Geek Freebie

The second title in the new series of free ebooks from Microsoft Press on System Center 2012 is now available. Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience provides Configuration Manager administrators with helpful and tested real-world guidance from consultants and product experts at Microsoft.

The target audience for this book is administrators who have at least three years experienced working with previous versions of Configuration Manager and who have begun deploying and using Configuration Manager 2012 in their environment.

Download a pdf of the eBook for free

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Geek Domain Names

Order Domain Names, e-mail accounts, web hosting, SSL certs and the usual menu of Internet items for great prices at Great Lakes Geek Domains. Follow the link at the bottom of the nav bar (under search) or click to visit


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Desktops, Servers and Notebooks - Oh My!
Geek Store

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We'll ship the custom built system right to your door. Take a look at the Magnum Computers Webstore

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