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New Media Office Hours

March 3rd, 2010 Comments off

Much like a professor at a university will have set office hours for their students, I have been offering up ad hoc meetings at the Corner Bakery in Encino for people to drop by, chat and ask questions and about New Media like blogging, podcasting, video sharing and streaming and more.

My schedule changes each semester due to my spouse’s changing schedule, so I don’t have a hard and fast time for them, but Wednesdays at 1pm seems to be a good time.

If you would like to come and talk about New Media, drop me a line via Twitter or email to let me know you are coming. Follow my Twitter feed at @douglaswelch, to get notices of upcoming meetups.

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Douglas quoted in “Behind the Knife” cooking blog today

March 3rd, 2010 Comments off

I am quoted today in this blog post from “Behind the Knife”…

Burning Questions: Can I Buy at a Restaurant Supply Store If I’m Not a Chef? Part Three
from Behind the Knife by Lisa Rogak

And more great ideas:

… Next, Douglas Welch of Los Angeles is a home cook who regularly shops at his local restaurant supply store for everything from cardboard cake rounds to share his baked goods with friends to restaurant-quality knives and large stockpots for making 20 quarts of chili for his annual Christmas party.

“My best advice is to buy in the mid-range of price,” he says. “Most home cooks can make great advantage of restaurant supply items without paying the premium that a restaurant chef might pay. Avoid flashy gadgets both big and small. Not everyone needs a ice cream freezer capable of making 4 quarts at a time. Finally, look for those things — like cake rounds and parchment paper squares — that make life in the kitchen just a little bit easier.”…

Read the entire article

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I Like This – March 3, 2010

March 3rd, 2010 Comments off
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Questions I answered recently…

March 2nd, 2010 Comments off

I get a lot of questions every day and here is a selection from the last few days…

  • Q: How do I undo an edited iPhoto picture?
  • A: Right-click (Control-click) the photo and select “Revert to Original”

  • Q: Trying to find a particular song that isn’t in iTunes store?
  • A: Do a google search on the title of the song, artist and the the tag MP3


  • Q: Antispam program for MS Outlook
  • A: It may sound like a dramatic change, but moving to Gmail, hosted or not, brings along an excellent antispam filter as well as other benefits.

  • Q: FTP instruction and linking to files once they are uploaded
  • A: Worked with client via remote control

  • Q: How do I release and edited version of a podcast I just posted?
  • A: The original podcast will have been downloaded by those that grabbed it automatically. If you want them to receive a new, revised file, you need to post a new blog post with a slightly renamed MP3 file to insure that those people will receive the updated file in iTunes. There is no way to recall the podcasts already downloaded, though.

  • Q: How do I recover data from old computers that have been in my garage for 2 years?
  • A: In most cases it isn’t worth it. Not matter how important you think that data is, it is not worth the time, money and trouble to recover it now. The machines may not boot or no other computer may be able to read the data. The best solution is always to migrate data off of old computers as soon as you retire them. Every day you wait makes it much more likely that you will never get or use the data.

  • Q: What do I do when my Mac won’t printer to my printer?
  • A: In this specific case, there were items trapped in the print queue and when the printer was reconnected nothing would print. Remove the trapped print queue items, toggle the power on the printer and then try to print again. I have often found this to work. Even when the printer is re-attached the print jobs will not print automatically and gum up the works until they are removed.

  • Q: How to i remove an item from my Outlook Outbox that constantly tries to resend? My friends are getting multiple copies of the email over and over.
  • A: You will often not be able to delete an outgoing message while Outlook is trying to send it. The message is locked. You need to click the message in the lower-right corner of Outlook that says “Sending XXX…” there will be an option to stop sending and receiving. Once that is stopped, you should be able to delete the message in the Outbox.

Do you have a question? Why not drop me a line? Use the Comments link above, send email to or call the voice mail line at 818-804-5049

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LA Friday Coffee: Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park

March 2nd, 2010 Comments off

Note: See LA Friday for info on upcoming events

Friday, March 5, 2010 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

RSVP Via – Click Here

Griffith Observatory is located at:
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800

Join us for coffee and casual conversation high above Hollywood at this amazing Los Angeles gem. There is a cafe at the museum for coffee and snacks and the museum is open until 10pm. Parking should be easily available but you may want to arrive early. This evening is also the monthly presentation of:

“All Space Considered”

Griffith Observatory holds this exciting FREE public program on the first Friday of every month in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. Join the Observatory’s curatorial staff as they examine and explain most-talked-about subjects in astronomy, space science, and space exploration. Seating is first come, first served.

Call 818-804-5049 if you need help locating us the evening of the event.

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