Category: Computers


portland retro gaming expo

Time for the 2016 Portland Retro Gaming Expo!! Woot!!



Portland Retro Gaming Expo hosts a celebration of gaming history and culture

Video game fans from across North America will converge in Portland on October 21-23, 2016 for the 11th annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE). PRGE is the largest convention of its kind in the U.S., featuring over 170 exhibitors, hours of panels on gaming development, history and culture, and thousands of games to play from over 45 years of gaming history. The “Retrocade” includes nearly 200 arcade and pinball titles set to freeplay, plus hundreds of home console games.

“When we started the event eleven years ago it was a group of friends getting together to trade, play and talk about video games.” said Chuck Van Pelt, show manager of the Expo. “Since that time we have expanded every year, eventually ending up in the Convention Center—the only venue in Portland that can handle our event. I guess you could say the popularity of retro gaming took us by surprise.”

Highlights of PRGE include tournaments on classic games by Atari, Sega and Nintendo, a curated video game museum, a game making workshop presented by the Portland Indie Game Squad and the 6th annual Classic Tetris World Championship where players from around the world will compete for the title of World’s Best at Tetris for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

The PRGE arcade will be open from Friday from 3:00 PM to midnight. The arcade plus the exhibitor floor and panels will open on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM and Sunday at 10:00 AM. PRGE is a family friendly, all-ages event that is open to the public.
More information about the activities available to attendees of PRGE and to purchase tickets, visit

I’ll be there, with video cameras blazing!  Maybe I’ll see you there?




My Samsung SSD 850 EVO Is Here!


Hi, gang!

I’m so pumped about this! I have been wanting to upgrade some of my computer components for quite some time now and one of the first things to upgrade was my hard drive. I’ve heard the positive buzz about SSD (solid state drive) since they first came out (a lot of times from my son), but until recently, they were really expensive.

If you don’t know what a SSD is, in a nutshell, it’s a super fast hard drive without any moving parts. No platter to spin up (or slow down!), no noise, and, as I said, super fast. Remember how your system used to boot up and run when you first broke it out of it’s box? That’s how these solid state drives are ALL THE TIME!

So, after doing my research, I opted for this Samsung SSD 850 EVO, 250 gig. The prices have gone way down from what they were and that was the pull-the-trigger point for me. It’s really thin, small, and light.

samsung ssd 850 evo

Not to mention the fact that I wanted my new Windows 10 OS to boot up and run like a champ. I’m planning to put some of my more graphically intensive games and my video editing software on the drive. The remainder of the stuff that speed doesn’t matter will go over on my secondary Western Digital drive.

I hate getting into my computer and doing things. It’s a bit intimidating for me. I’m a software guy, not a hardware guy. The software and installation guide that came with the Samsung SSD makes it a snap to install and get up and running, especially if you don’t want to do a fresh install of your operating system.

All you need to do is install the software, plug the drive in via USB, and use that software to ghost over your primary drive with your OS on it to the new SSD. Power down your computer, install the SSD inside as your primary and the other drive as your secondary (or whatever), and you’re finished. THAT’S IT! I love it!

samsung solid state drive

I got my wife one too for her new computer system. My son also got one for himself and his wife. With the speed my wife will experience for the first time, it’s going to blow her away! Hahaha!

The ratings on the Samsung SSD’s are really good. That matters to me a lot. Company fluff is just that. I want to hear from real people who have used the product. And, as I said, the prices have come down a lot.

If you’d like to take a look at my Samsung SSD 850 EVO, it’s right here.

Just a solid recommendation from me to you! Take care and I’ll see you on Old Nerd Reviews on YouTube.





REVIEW: RecorderGear FD10 USB Voice Recorder

I wanted to talk a bit about one of those silly, little products that you buy that you end up using all of the time because they fit so well into what you do.

The RecorderGear FD10 USB Flash Drive and Voice Recorder is one of those devices for me. As a YouTube Creator and Food Reviewer, I spend a good deal of time in the car or away from the house, thinking about my next video or video series.

usb voice recorder review

The voice recorder on my cell phone really isn’t a viable option while driving. Too many things to push to get into it and get it going and stopped. Plus, it’s not as easy for me to grab the file once I’m done. This is a no-brainer, perfect tool for me.

This USB voice recorder is great for those times I’m brainstorming in my head but don’t have the ability to write it down or I simply would rather speak it than write it (ideas seem to flow better for me when I’m just talking). I can grab it, switch it on, say what I have to say, and then easily transfer it over to a file on my computer or laptop for referring back to later. The sound quality is really nice as long as I don’t hold it too close to my mouth or talk too loudly.

usb voice recorder

I suppose I could also use it for on-the-spot interviews with people when I’m planning a blog post or on-location type things.

It also doubles as a regular 8 gig USB flash drive to store data on.

Here are the stats on the FD10 8GB USB Flash Drive Voice Recorder and my video review:

Just another geeky, nerdy tool to add to your geeky, nerdy toy box! 😉




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Attention All Gamers!! Portland Retro Gaming Expo Is Almost Here!

VIP Ticket to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2015



10th annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo brings the classic gaming fun on October 17 and 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. – August 23, 2015 – The Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) will open its doors to the
public on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 2015, for a weekend of classic video games,
tournaments and live appearances by game industry veterans.

Over 5,000 fans attended the convention in 2014, and over 6,000 are expected to fill 90,000 square feet of
Halls D and E at the Oregon Convention Center this year.

“It’s been ten years since we started the Retro Gaming Expo and it has continued to surprise us with its
growth,” said PRGE president Rick Weis. “We had to expand our footprint at the Convention Center from
60,000 to 90,000 square feet this year in order to accommodate more games and more attendees.”

portland retro gaming expo

The exhibitor marketplace is expected to be the largest and most popular part of the convention, with more
than 130 vendors selling classic games, consoles, memorabilia and art spanning 40 years of video game

One­ third of the show floor will be set aside for attendees to play an astonishing variety of games from
decades past. The Portland Arcade Collectors, a local video game group, is teaming up with several local

arcades to build Oregon’s largest public collection of full­sized arcade and pinball machines – all of which
will be set to free­play with no quarters necessary.

PRGE attendees will experience over 40 hours of speakers and programming including presentations by
David Crane, co­founder of Activision and creator of Pitfall!, Howard Scott Warshaw, creator of E.T.and
Yars’ Revenge for the Atari 2600, and the YouTube celebrity “Peanut Butter Gamer.”

Other highlights include a live auction of the rarest video game collectibles, the Tetris World Championships,
and a performance by video game music satirist “brentalfloss.”

Passes can be purchased online or at the door. Pre­sale tickets allow attendees to get into the event one
hour early on Saturday, October 17. Visit for more information.



Dust Killing My Computer!! An Electric Dust Blower Review

Computers and dust are bitter enemies.  Dust and grime can get into a computer over time and put a strangle hold on your components, causing your system to slow down considerably and may even kill it completely if not taken care of. The computer simply cannot breathe.

All good nerds have at least one or more computers in their home and probably one or more at work. They may be used to play games, surf the Internet, or conduct business on. Being a person who works from home, my computer is essential to my survival. It’s something that I cannot do without. If it has problems, I’m up a creek. I don’t have the money to dole out for to get my system fixed all the time, so I do my best to take care of it.

Computers will attract dust like a magnet and then it clogs your fans and heat-sinks, video card, and coats the wiring. It’s a dust bunny jamboree! Ew.

Most people will buy cans of compressed air at $5 a pop and, if they’re aware of the trouble dust can cause their computer, will blow it out real nice once of month or more. It’s depends a lot on where they live and their computer’s location as to how much trouble they have with dust. Regardless of the circumstances, they will deal with it. Dust clogging your computer is something you cannot avoid, but can do something about.

Using the cans of air to clean up my systems is not a huge trouble (although, time consuming), but the expense involved is the real kicker for me. I absolutely hate having to buy new cans over and over again.

So, let’s say that you go through a can of air every month. Maybe more if you have multiple computers. That’s approximately $60 a year with tax on top of that. You’re more than likely always going to have a computer, new, used, old, whatever. And the dust is a destroyer of all. It’s one purpose is to clog your systems up.

My son is a chip off the old block. He’s a big nerd too and is always keeping an eye out for me and my wife (she has a laptop and a desktop). He’s also a big-time online gamer. World of Warcraft, Trove, League of Legends; stuff like that. His wife and their friend who lives with them each have their own computers. In total, including laptops, I think they have 5 computers. It’s a dust bunny’s dream!!

Anyway, he recently bought something called the Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac 500-Watt 0.75-HP Electric Duster and then stopped by to tell me about it.


I watched a video he showed me and this thing will blow the inside of a computer totally clean! Plug it in, open up your computer, and go to town with it! It blew me away! Pun intended. 😉

Here are the stats:

  • Sturdy all-steel construction
  • Includes air pin-pointer, air concentrator nozzle, air -flare nozzle, micro-cleaning tool kit
  • More effective than canned air and safer than canned air
  • 500 watt motor, .75 HP, 4.5 amps, 70 CFM air flow

It has a number of attachments that come with it that helps you get into the cracks and crevices of your keyboard, monitor, and other hard-to-get-to places.

This thing is not a vacuum despite the name. It’s blows, which in my opinion, is much better. There isn’t a chance of sucking up any strangling wires or anything that you don’t want to see go missing all of a sudden.  It’s powerful, for sure.

Getting this Metro Vacuum was a no-brainer!  The pain and expense of cans of compressed air were behind me!!  It’s like a life hack!

This electric duster is absolutely awesome and I knew that my fellow nerds could relate to my dust-related pain and excitement at the discovery I made.  I’m sure you could use it for anything else that needs a good cleaning, but my computer is the thing it brings joy to the most.

You can get more information about the Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac 500-Watt 0.75-HP Electric Duster and read all the stellar reviews right here.  This is a highly recommended purchase from me to you.

I would give this a BEST EVER on the Nerd-O-Meter.  I’ll be putting a video up on the Old Nerd Reviews channel pretty soon so you can see it in action.

If you have one, let me know what you think in the comments below. Share the joy!! 😉