July 2015

 


 

 

Name Of Column Author Title Article Type
News Views Pat Sanders    Making Sense of the Senses! News & Events
VoicePoints Jodi Knott M.S., CCC/SLP    2015 IAL VI Recap Education-Med
Between Friends Donna McGary    One of Those Commentary
Speaking Out Members    Taste and Smell Opinion
Dear Lary Noirin Sheahan

Finding my Post-Laryngectomy Voice

Commentary
The Speechless Poet Len A Hynds    To Find A Voice Prose & Poetry
Bits, Bytes & No Butts! Frank Klett     Windows 10, to upgrade or not? Computers

 

 

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Making sense of the senses!

 

When you have laryngectomy surgery, you are usually warned and instructed by your doctor, the nurse or the SLP that you will face a number of changes. They hopefully explain what they mean, what the alternatives are and if there are any choices.. By the time they have talked about breathing through a hole in your neck and losing your voice and all of the reassurances that there are replacement voices, you sort of don’t worry as much about the ones that don’t seem life threatening… taste and smell. About taste, they usually tell you that it will get better and most patients regain a considerable amount within the first year. And most of us do or think we do… who knows how the memory works. Even a little taste by that time might seem pretty successful!  Like walking by a perfume counter and for one second..there is a familiar fragrance and you think, Maybe I still have a sense of smell.  Guess What?  You do! You just need to figure out how to get the aromas in the air to move into the area where the sense of smell resides. Most of us start with waving the air arising from a stew or soup pot with the open hand to move the air toward the nostrils.  We are usually rewarded by faint reminders of garlic, onion and herbs. We gain in taste what we improve in smell.

We get accustomed to breathing differently and I have found some advantage to it. One does try to look at the glass half full. But this neck method works, has kept me alive and comfortable for 20 years, so not much thought is called for.  I have found that on occasions, I will have breathed in the aroma from that same cook pot and not realized it, but as I turn to answer the phone and speak using lung air through the TEP, I get the same odors of the cook pot floating up behind the nostrils as I talk.

In our Speaking Out today, you will find suggestions for stretching the sniffing or smelling ability. We also have some ideas in our section of the WW Library on smelling.

Our voices may please us or not but if we can be understood, we should be grateful. If we cannot be easily understood, we need to work on clarity as best we can. Attending the IAL recently I was talking with a couple of other lady larys at the WW Banquet and one, being new, was quite pleased to have found that across a crowded and noisy room, she could pick out Herb Simon’s voice… an electrolarynx out of 20 or 30 others!. And we used to think we all sounded alike!

If that takes care of most of the changes in our senses, we still have sight or seeing….thankfully, most of us do not have a problem with sight, but some of us feel like we “are" a sight so where our difficulty sometimes lies is in being looked "at", especially by strangers who hear us speak and turn to look! I have often found adults are reminded of a family member or friend who had the same surgery and that is the reason for the questioning look.... children are looking for who is using the new cool toy!

 

Enjoy,
Pat W Sanders
WebWhispers President

 

 

 


 

2015 IAL VI Recap

 

The International Association of Laryngectomy (IAL) Annual Convention and Voice Institute (VI) were held from June 10-13, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland. The IAL Voice Institute (VI) is a 3½ day educational program directed at broad issues related to laryngectomy and comprehensive rehabilitation of those who undergo treatment for laryngeal cancer.


The VI is a very important portion of the IAL Annual Meeting, as this portion of the convention provides in depth education and training by knowledgeable speech pathologists and physicians to speech pathologists, speech pathology graduate students and laryngectomized individuals, as well as his/her family members.


In the era of organ preservation, there are less laryngectomy procedures performed in the United States each year. This translates into decreased training of speech pathologists and speech pathology graduate students, in working with laryngectomized individuals. The IAL convention provides a unique and exception educational opportunity.
This year the VI was “kicked off” with a fabulous lecture by Dr. Wayne M. Koch, a Professor of Otolaryngology in Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology Department at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Koch discussed anatomical changes following a laryngectomy, as well as changes that impact the patient’s communication, swallowing and respiration.
Additional lectures were provided by expert speech pathologists from across the country, discussing topics such as pre-operative counseling, communication options, and swallowing after laryngectomy, emotional changes impacting the laryngectomee, the importance of using a Heat Moisture Exchange (HME) filters and a use of various types of attachments.


The past two years, the VI provided a unique opportunity of advanced training for the speech pathologist. Separate educational training tracks allowed the speech pathologist to trouble shoot difficult patients, learn specific indications for various TE prosthesis and attachments as well as discuss the current literature of laryngectomy rehabilitation.
The separate learning tracks also benefitted the graduate students. The “student track” allowed the graduate students the opportunity to spend additional time with VI faculty, vendors and laryngectomees, to ask more in-depth questions about anatomy, communication options and products.


In addition to the lectures, the VI involves direct hands-on voice and speech rehabilitation by experienced clinicians. Hands-on training included instruction of esophageal speech, use of the electrolarynx, use of and types of various tracheoesophageal prostheses. These training sessions addressed clinical training of those in the early stages of acquiring their new alaryngeal voice, but also those who wish to refine and optimize their present communication skills. Vendors were present and provided the attendee the opportunity to view the newest and most effective products. Laryngectomized individuals had the opportunity to try different types of peristomal attachments and HMEs.


One of the TE training sessions involved a ½ day session specific to TE puncture prosthesis insertion and associated problem-solving. This year, the clinic was hosted by Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology Department. The VI faculty worked with approximately 25 laryngectomized individuals this year in the clinic. During this afternoon, individuals were able to have the TE prosthesis changed, try various intraluminal devices and Free hands valves, provided by the vendors. The TEP clinic is consistently viewed as the “most beneficial portion of the VI,” by the participants.


I consider the 2015 IAL -VI in Baltimore to be very successful! I feel honored to be able to provide intervention to laryngectomized individuals who would not otherwise have access to a speech pathologist.


I hope you will consider attending the IAL Voice Institute in the future: the instruction and training is incomparable!


Jodi Knott M.S., CCC/SLP
IAL Voice Institute Director, 2014/2015
Clinical Coordinator of Speech Pathology & Audiology
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“One of Those”


Tom Olsavicky told a great story at the recent WebWhispers banquet about reaching out to a new laryngectomee and getting an unexpected response. After introducing himself to the fellow’s mother, she exclaimed, “Oh, you’re one of those!” and after that poor Tom never even had a chance to speak to the man. Sometimes it is true “no good deed goes unpunished”. Thankfully he was undeterred and continues to do wonderful work reaching out and educating new larys about this life. A number of us spoke that evening about our experiences as a lary and with WebWhispers and that tale was the exception. We all remarked just how delighted we were to meet and be amongst so many just like us.


Joanne Fenn, one of my all-time favorite people, was also slated to speak but was unable at the last minute to attend. She is a remarkable woman in many ways. She is by far the best esophageal speaker I have ever heard being forced to learn it at age 3 due to an extremely rare cancer. Now an outstanding educator/SLP in Seattle, Washington, she is just loads of fun, too. She calls us “My Tribe” and I love that way of thinking. This is not a “tribe” any of us would wish to be born into or ever willingly join but now that we’re here it is a pretty amazing group of folks.

That is evident, of course, from our daily correspondence on the list and the resources available anytime you want, day or night, on the website but nothing beats meeting “your tribe” face to face. And especially for the far-flung members of WebWhispers, the IAL annual meeting is a chance to finally put a face to a name. Many of us cannot attend every year so it is wonderful to re-connect with old friends and finally meet those members of our tribe we have met only online.


I was also given the opportunity to speak at our banquet and this is an excerpt. I started out by saying that my first words with my new Servox were, “We are Borg. Resistance is Futile.” – referring to a notorious and robotic sounding Star Trek villain.


…… And even today, over ten years later, I am still almost always the only “robot in the room”…. except for times like these. My voice is a guaranteed head-turner, kid questioner and, on occasion, conversation stopper. And while I am truly grateful for the technology there are days when I am sick of the sound of my own voice and simply weary of having always to manage the darn thing.


But I also have days when I am sick and tired of my creaky knees and stiff fingers and horrified by baggy skin that seemed to fit so perfectly not all THAT long ago!


So it occurs to me that my robotic voice and baggy skin are just part of the price of life. In the immortal words of another TV icon, “Rosanna, AnnaDana…if it’s not one thing, it’s another.”


One thing I learned years ago was that growing old doesn’t change your basic personality, contrary to popular misconceptions. Grumpy Old Men were most likely Grumpy Young Men and people who are optimistic and good-humored by nature stay that way until the day they die. Just like us. Some folks adjust well to this bumpy road of life and others just land in the ditch.


WebWhispers is an extraordinary resource and serves many functions. For me one of the best is the way we re-affirm our simple humanity. I’ve been writing a monthly column for over ten years now and we writers don’t get a lot of feedback but I will tell you there are 4 things I can write about that I know will get some response- sex, death, cats and grand-children.


My grand-daughters came up as I was working on this to say goodnight and goodbye. The 6 year old wanted to know what I would say in my speech and I told her part of it was to tell my friends who were like me that you could still be a good Nana even with a funny voice. She was highly skeptical as to why I would even need to tell you that but I got extra kisses for every day I’m gone. She did like the fact that I mentioned her, though and wanted to know if she could come and meet all the other “Nanny Robots” sometime.


So this is my thinking - WW - whether it’s online or in person like tonight is our chance to remember and celebrate that we are so much more than the litany of issues we face daily. We are still ourselves - distilled by age and experience - but still our loving, resilient, smart, defiant, strong, funny, cool, dedicated, fierce, difficult, irreverent, focused, sexy, grumpy, goofy selves - wonderful in all our strengths and flaws.
Here’s to us!!!


Yes, we are “one of them” but, you have to admit, we are a pretty cool tribe.


 

 

 

Taste and  Smell

 


Dick Sipp, Midland, MI

Laryngectomy in 2000.

Sense of smell was initially degraded. At an early IAL conference a presenter demonstrated how to bring air through the nostrils by dropping the tongue from the roof of the mouth.

This has become sort of a habit now.

Sense of taste does not seem to be effected very much at all, but it has been a long time since the surgery.


 


 

Thomas D Cleveland, Kalamazoo, MI

Class of 1995

After my surgery in April 1995 I had no idea I would lose my taste and smell. My first bite of one of my favorite foods, ice cream, had no taste at all. How disappointing.

I also had 27 treatments of radiation which did not help in getting my taste back. After about a year I started to get back some taste.

The taste of some foods tasted like I just walked by someone with too much perfume on. Not a pleasant taste. Today 20 years later I have a lot of taste back but still have the perfume taste on some foods so I steer clear of those.

I cannot eat any spicy food as it burns my mouth and throat. Even pepper will burn if too much is used.

My "no smell" is a love hate relationship. Some things I am so glad I cannot smell. On the other hand when cooking I use a tube and hold up to my stoma and to my mouth so I can breathe in and smell that wonderful food cooking.

 


 

Debbie Deaton, Cinti, OH

2/28/12

Hi, my surgery was 2/28/12. I can smell sometimes. There is no rhyme or reason for it, it just happens sometimes.

I cannot smell dinner cooking but if someone comes in my house after smoking, I definitely smell it. I can sometimes, though very few, smell air freshener. I don't smell too often but it does happen every now and then.

As for taste, it is still off for some things. I used to love strawberries but they taste awful now so I cannot eat them. It was 2 years after surgery before I could eat chocolate but I've made up for it....lol. My weight is definitely showing it too. I can eat whatever I want but it still takes me a long time to finish a meal.

 


 

Dean Robinson

Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada

2015

My name is Dean, I’m from a small town near Niagara Falls. I’m 46 yrs. old, I was diagnosed last June with cancer on my left vocal cord. I had 35 radiation treatments and I believe it only made it worse and it went to stage 4. I had my Laryngectomy on Jan 21, 2015, they also did a neck dissection with 32 lymph nodes removed.. CA found in two. And finally a Forearm skin flap/ graft, 12 hours in the OR.

I am Happy to be able to taste food, but have hardly any sense of smell, only sometimes if I’m lucky, like fresh cut grass. I still feel neck stiffness but its manageable.. I’M ALIVE! That’s my story Speaking Out.

 


 

Karol Beaufore, Michigan

1999

I lost very little of sense of taste just what you loose from the loss of your sense of smell. I learned to help my sense of smell by taking a big breath before I tried to smell anything. The hardest thing about losing my sense of smell was cooking. I could often tell by the smell of something if I had the right amount of spices etc. in it. After my surgery I had to taste food I was cooking or have someone else taste it.


 


 

John Haedtler. New Mexico

2001

December 12th of 2001 I became a Laryngectomy! I was advised in advance of what may happen to my senses because of the Laryngectomy, so this did not come as a big surprise. But it really did not sink in till I was sitting in my living room at home and looked into the kitchen and saw smoke billowing from my dish washer. I ran in there and turned off the dish washer and ran to the electrical panel and killed the power to be safe. Found the problem and repaired it but it got me thinking as to why I did not smell anything like before! I then went out and bought too many smoke detectors!

As to my sense of taste, yes it did change. For approximately 2 years I was not able to eat red meat without having a terrible taste in my mouth. It was so bad I had to spit out the food! Then at the 2 year point it changed again. Or I just got used to the first big change, not sure which way it went! I used to drink a lot of coffee, now I can’t hardly keep down one cup. Strange how we change from our surgeries.

I was told by the radiation oncologist that it may affect my sense of taste. I had my treatments after my Laryngectomy. I really feel that worked out the best for me. I have had very few problems unlike those that have had radiation and chemo prior to having their Laryngectomy. I guess that I’m just one of the lucky ones!

 


 

Elizabeth Finchem, Tucson, AZ

10/78

You asked, "How your surgery effected your sense of smell, your taste and what you did to overcome it if anything."

After surgery and radiation I had no sense of smell and food tasted awful, if it had any taste at all. As I healed, a few months later, I was aware of smelling acrid smoke from an electrical fire onboard our commuter flight before anybody else did. Next, I was surprised by the smell of bananas hanging from a fruit cart across the busy street, and freshly mowed grass at my children's high school; both events on windy days. Memorable! Since smell was possible I had to find out how to smell when I wanted to...on demand?

The method I learned is called Circular Breathing. With lips together as the lower jaw is dropped as if to sniff it is possible to draw enough air up your nose to puff out your cheeks. This works with or without a puncture for TEP.

I do not have a puncture so there is no lung air involved. If this does not work at first a good way to improve this method is to blow up a balloon using only the air in your cheeks. It is a good exercise to strengthen your tongue muscle as the air is moved from the mouth into the balloon one puff at a time pinching the neck of it as you draw more air up your nose and refill your cheeks. A larger balloon is much easier to blow up. Circular Breathing is used to play a Digeree Doo (check Youtube) and other wind instruments. Again, it does not use lung air. When you can smell on demand you will find food tastes better, as smell and taste go together. Banana, as an example, is one food that has no taste if you can't smell it.

 


 

Tommy Williams, Jackson Center, PA

March 2010

Hi guys, When I first started on this journey I was obsessed with learning how to smell again and I got really good at it. I don't know how many emails I answered and tried pass along as to how to use your mouth as a bellows to pull air into your nose, also works for blowing your nose. Now over 5 years into this life I forget to use it except when I cut the grass or the wife is cooking or when someone says do you smell that? I just thought about this as I was pouring a shot of lemon liqueur Villa Massa and took a good whiff. Nice! It's funny because I never try to smell when I fill my gas tank!

 


 

Tom Thomson, Campbell River, BC

2014

I had my surgery almost to the day, one year ago, I had my larynx and esophagus removed from cancer, I've lost most of my sense of smell and my taste sensation is very different, the food doesn't taste very good anymore and it's hard to keep my weight up. They cut a nerve to the stomach when they lifted it to reattach and now I have what they call dump syndrome, the food goes right though me. Taking lots of fiber and eating what I can. (Editor. I think what Tom is referring to is a stomach pull-up surgery which is not as common and shortens the length of the esophagus as the stomach is actually moved upward to meet it.)


 


 

Joe Hilsabeck, Edelstein IL

2009

I remember when the feeding tube was removed the first real food came and it tasted horrible. Nobody told me that my sense of taste would be altered badly, because of lack of smell.

Everything tasted like new plastic shower curtains smell when you open the bag. This went on for 9 mo. I hated to eat but Dr. said eat or I’ll put the tube back. He said I was to eat 3500 calories a day, drank ensure, and I hated it but learned to love white rice because it had no taste to me. Finally taste started to return and I had to cut back on calories.

Still cannot stand carbonated drinks, they have a weird taste to me, not necessarily a bad thing.

 


 

Barb Gehring, Akron, Ohio

2013

Following my total laryngectomy in September of 2013, where a portion of the base of my tongue was also removed, as well as half of the thyroid. Some food tasted odd. My absolute favorite flavor, chocolate, was appalling. After radiation and chemo, everything tasted awful. Swallowing was much worse and I had no ability to smell anything. Acidic fruits burned my throat or were bitter and anything alcohol was out of the question.

I turned to my daughter for advice. 19 years ago, she had been hit by a car on her college campus resulting in 2 brain surgeries. She said that during her recovery, all food tasted like “dirty band aids” - except for broccoli, and that was basically all she ate daily for 4 months. From then on, she was slowly able to add foods that were acceptable, taste-wise, yet she wasn’t sure if the flavor was the same as she remembered.

Even though her trauma to the body was different than mine, she gave me hope that my sense of smell and taste would eventually return, although maybe not quite the same as before the surgery and treatments. And it has!

I just kept re-trying a variety of foods. Even chocolate is somewhat wonderful once again. Wine still burns my throat and the taste of oranges and lemons hasn’t improved, but I’m enjoying most food and am also able to detect cooking odors without always having to “yawn”.

 


 

Len, The Speechless Poet. June 2004, of Ashford, Kent, England

June, 2004

I can honestly say I never lost my sense of taste and even during that period immediately after the operation, when I was being fed by a tube up the nose, the taste buds in my tongue craved attention. It was like winning an Olympic Medal when I coerced or induced the nursing sister to supply me with a small polythene pad on a lollipop stick, to dip into crafty supplies of Tea, Coffee and various ice cold fruit drinks, just to wipe around the supposedly dry mouth and tongue.

Aah – sheer heaven! The loss of smell was entirely different. That is permanent, and living alone frequently aggravating. Especially when you have forgotten something cooking. and are alarmed by the carbon monoxide detector in the hall.

In a very strong wind, I can sometimes get it blown up the nose carrying with it a passing aroma. I have a great garden, with a beautiful exotic rose growing last year, and I was determined to smell it. I put the nozzle of my suction machine up the left nostril keeping my mouth closed, drawing air into the right, and smelt that rose, but only for a few seconds.

On visiting a Laryngectomee under the “Buddie” scheme, just after his operation, with him being fed by pipe, I wrote this for him.

 

THE FUN OF LIQUID FOOD

 

That food pipe up nose, was nothing new,

as Peter slowly sniffed his stew.

said the nurse, “ Don’t shout,

or wave it all about,

all the rest will be wanting one too.”

I frequently ask my lady cleaner Kath to tell me of any strange smells, but I always get good reports “Like a summers meadow with a hint of lavender.”



 


 

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Finding my Post-Laryngectomy Voice

 

Just recently I’ve passed another milestone in lary-life; I taught a weeklong meditation course. I had been teaching for a few years pre-laryngectomy and it was my own teacher who had confidence that I could return to this afterwards. My thoughts could only veer towards “Who on earth would want to hear about meditative joy and bliss via a robotic voice?” But he had no such qualms, and luckily I’ve learned to trust his judgement more than my own.


For some reason I’ve been drawn towards quite an extreme form of meditation practice – maybe I’ve inherited the zeal of the early Irish monks and nuns. When you walk around the lake at Glendalough you see the tiny cave where St Kevin lived. It is said he stood so still that birds built a nest in his beard while he was meditating! He was so affected by their trust he decided to stand still a few months longer till their young had fledged! A bit of an exaggeration perhaps – but I’m drawn to that kind of story and prepared to put up with any amount of hardship that could lead me in that direction. Maybe that’s why I like the kind of ‘boot camp’ training of the Buddhist Mahasi tradition in which I now practice and teach.


The schedule follows the monastic norm, so we get up at 3.30am (it’s wonderful to be up with the birds in these summer mornings!) and then have hourly meditations, alternating between sitting and walking till 9.30pm in the evening, with breaks for breakfast and lunch. Tea is just a cup of tea and biscuit. And there’s a rule of silence, so no chat, texts, emails, internet, TV, radio, music or even reading for entertainment! Sounds crazy? Maybe – but the advantage is that you can go much deeper into your own mind and heart by restraining them from the usual engagement with the world. And spending time with ourselves at that depth stills some of our restlessness, so when we go back into the world afterwards, we’re more in touch with people, with our own emotions, with the mystery of human nature.


But few people are attracted to such a gruelling regime. So it’s a small centre – can only take 10 when fully booked. And when I heard five were booked I was pleased. They all stayed the course and got a lot out of it. Normally the teacher gives a talk each day for about 40 – 45 minutes usually. I didn’t think my electrolarynx skills were up to this so I wrote out the talks in advance and got a friend to read and record them. It’s helpful to add little reminders or encouragements before or after meditation. I managed many of these, but asked the manager to read some that I felt needed a human voice – quotations, poetry, stories.


The teacher also meets with each person individually for a time each day to see how they are getting on. To a large extent what’s needed is willingness to listen, as meditation often brings up dark stuff that we hide from ourselves during our busy lives. Meditation is as much about learning to bear with our buried negativity as it is with glimpsing the potential for happiness and peace that is our birth right as human beings. Listening is just as easy and just as difficult as pre-laryngectomy. But when it comes to communicating sympathy, the electrolarynx is at a loss. You can only hope that a few nods or wry smiles do the job as much as a gentle “Uh huh” from a human voice.


Anyhow, it went well. I could sense a deeper joy in my own meditation during the week. This practice forms the main-stay of my life now, and is there anything more satisfying than being able to pass on to others what you truly value? The ending was also happy - chatting for the first time in a week as we walked up and down the surrounding hills and over a (relatively!) sumptuous tea – bread and jam and peanut butter, not to mention biscuits and cake! Later we had a discussion session, and I was delighted that my electrolarynx was able to get across everything I wanted to say.


All in all it was a wonderful experience for me. Basically I’ve found my voice again. And a niche in the world where I can contribute usefully. Such a blessing! The glow of goodwill was shining bright all around me for a week or so!


This has been an important mile-stone in me in recovering from laryngectomy. And it’s very likely I have the honour of being the first person to teach meditation using an electrolarynx! I wonder would we (me and Lary) make it into the Guinness Book of Records?

 

 

 

 


 

 

To Find A Voice

 

This poem was written when I contemplated attending University just after my laryngectomy operation, and I read a booklet about a course titled, " To Find A Voice". I was 74 then, and had no valve or speech, but they accepted me and suffered this silent old chap. It was three months into that first course when a TEP valve was fitted, and I stunned them all when I first spoke. I graduated three years later at 77, in Creative Writing, Poetry and Writing For Stage and Screen. I had left school at the age of 12 through the London bombing, so felt pretty pleased with myself.

THE PROMISE

" To find a voice," the booklet said,
that must be something writers need.
I thought in truth my voice was dead,
so might I find one here instead.

I think a miracle I need,
" To find a voice," the booklet said,
should I listen and take heed,
I thought in truth my voice was dead.

Can it come back, once it has sped,
my shackled voice, its spirit freed.
" To find a voice," the booklet said,
and slowly by the tutor led..

Could I learn, with all god's speed.
I prayed as carefully I read,
" To find a voice," the booklet said.
I thought in truth, my voice was dead.

 

[Editor’s Note: Len is a prolific writer and contributor to not only our newsletter but other publications and corresponds, often with a poem or short story ,to individuals throughout the world. It would appear that Len found TWO new voices and we are so pleased he shares them both with us!]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Windows 10 is very near, To upgrade or not to upgrade?

 

 


 

If you are a Windows user you may have had a small windows icon appear in your system tray over this past month. This is Microsoft's way of telling you that the computer you are using is qualified and compatible with Windows 10...and you can click on the icon to reserve your download copy of Windows 10 when it is released on July 29th. But now the tough question is ....Should you upgrade?

This may not be as easy to answer as you may think...are you running Windows 7? Windows 8.1? Are you happy with your system? Do you need and/or want the features offered by Windows 10? Do you have disk copies of your current operating system?

Depending on yur answers to these questions Windows 10 may or may not be a good choice for you...at least right now. Keep in mind the offer for a "Free " upgrade is good for the first year after its release. Windows 10 can always be installed at a later date.

If you are happy, why change? Your current system is your best bet for now as long as you like it and have a confident feel with it. Remember, change will require some learning curve adjustments and may cause you heartburn you really don't need...if you enjoy technology advances and like to play in traffic then by all means jump right in.
Additionally, if you are using Windows 7 you may have features you like but will lose by an upgrade. You will lose Aerographics and have Windows 10 "flat" graphic display which may or may not make you smile. This was done to allow Windows 10 to be used on the desktop, tablet or phone mode.


Of course there are improvements to be gained by an upgrade such as cross platform usage and the faster speed and better use of memory, which will add years of life into your older PC systems. There will be background updates rather than "update Tuesday" scenarios...your system will be more secure and you will not have to remember to check for updates and then download and install them.


Dave's Computer Tips offers more downside thoughts on the upgrade ....at :

http://www.davescomputertips.com/is-windows-10-dumbing-us-down/

For those of you who may be wondering what this is all about here are some basics for you...Windows 10 refers to the operating system they have designed and built which can tell your hardware how to perform its functions. If you are an Apple or Chromebook user then you have a totally different operating system and none of this applies to you...at this time.

Your access to the INTERNET is through your browser...your browser may be Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox , Chrome, or any one of many various browsers that are available. Your browser along with your operating system allows you to interact with the INTERNET and "browse" the web. The only impoprtant thing in choosing a operating system or browser is how well it meets you needs...and your comfort level.

You can have multiple browsers installed , but you can only have one operating system (for simplicity here I am not going into dual boot systems).
"This post will attempt to help make the use of browsers, and very importantly, the other web based programs like Java, Adobe Flash etc. easy to understand so you can have the best and safest experience while using the internet, World Wide Web also known as WWW or the Web. Search Engines are often confused with Browsers, search engines such as, Google, Bing, Yahoo, AOL, etc. are really nothing more than another website. The graphic below shows the most common Windows browsers and search engines. Remember, browsers are programs in your computer while Search Engines reside on the Web."

...continue reading at Dave's Computer Tips...:

http://www.davescomputertips.com/learning-computers-browsers/

For our social media folks here are some thoughts to keep you safe online...
"Social engineering is by far the most common form of malware delivery and the sad truth is, despite untold warnings, people continue to fall for even the simplest of lures to click on that malicious link or open that malicious attachment. "

...continue reading at.....

http://www.davescomputertips.com/malware-bait-will-we-ever-learn/

Apple held its annual World Wide Developers Conference in June and made several announcements on new products and development efforts....one of it's highlights was " Of course WWDC isn’t the same without a big preview of the next version of OS X, and this year’s conference was no different. Apple presented its latest version of OS X that will be coming soon, OS X El Capitan."

..for more info on WWDC continue reading at:

http://www.maketecheasier.com/os-x-el-capitan-whats-new/

Have a happy 4th, stay safe, and remember to stop in at the Forum and our Facebook pages for more news updates and personal exchanges.


Frank in NJ
06/08

 

 
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