Tips and Tricks: January 7, 2014

   “Connect your TV to the Internet”


 “One of the easiest ways to enjoy online video and music is on your TV.”

So says Computer Learning Center instructor David Shinkfield, who will join fellow instructor Mary Kay Podlecki in presenting “Connecting Your TV to the Internet.”  The program, which is free, will be presented on Tuesday, January 7, at 2 p.m. in the Ewing Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road.   Sponsored by the CLC as part of its Computer Tips and Tricks series, it will be preceded at 1:30 p.m. by “Q and A’s with the CLC Faculty” during which the audience can seek answers to their computer-related questions. No prior registration is required.

“There are many ways to connect your TV to the Internet,” Shinkfield continues. “They all involve buying a small device which plugs into the back of your TV – Roku, Boxee, Chromecast, Apple TV, Logitech. Each of these devices provide different features and services which you can access over the web.  This Tips and Tricks program will describe the alternatives and their various features as well as discuss and demonstrate two of these units – Chromecast made by Google and Apple TV made by Apple.”

“By using these devices, you can view a variety of programs on your TV, some of which are free, like YouTube, while others require a monthly fee, like Netflix. Some will also allow you to watch videos or play music from your computer over the TV.”

An instructor at the all-volunteer CLC, Mary Kay Podlecki also assists in maintaining the Center’s computers and networks which currently offers eight hands-on courses for iPad owners.  She is also actively involved in writing applications for the iPhone and iPad “to show how useful and fun mobile devices and tablets can be for everyone, including non-techies.”  A computer science graduate of Iowa State University she holds Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, Podlecki retired from the Bell System where she served in numerous areas of software development, including manufacturing, user interface design, and early computer graphics.

Shinkfield, a volunteer instructor and current President of the CLC,  teaches several courses including Windows XP, Downloading, and Quicken.  A former managing partner with PA Consulting Group based in London, he served that firm on assignments in the UK, France, Germany and finally the United States where he has spent the past 20 years.  Since his retirement, he has also volunteered with several other organizations in the Mercer County community, including coaching foreign students and their families in English.

The Computer Learning Center at Ewing, sponsor of the program, offers a full curriculum of computer-related courses, taught by and designed for older residents of central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. For further information about this event, courses or directions, call 609-882-5086 or 609-883-1776 ext 6205 or visit the CLC website at

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