I will be writing articles about gadgets and when they become obsolete how to re-purpose them.

I am MicroSoft-certified.  I worked for Travelers, IBM, Connecticut, SNET.  I operated small business building personal computers. ran a bulletin board system, President of Greater Waterbury Computer Users Group, and produced "Technology Update" on cable TV.

My desktop computer has Windows 7, it has a TV tuner card, wireless laser printer. Canon scanner.  My TV is hooked up to Charter, Roku, and ChromeCast.

I am familiar with Android and IOS. I have an IPad, 3 iPods, 2 Nook Tablets, 10" Android tablet, a Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus 5 phone.

I have many years experience on the web creating websites for Connecticut Chess Magazine and Connecticut Backgammon Society.  I have photos up on Google Earth.  

I have several devices in my car:  GPS, a radar/laser detector, and 2 dash cams.  I have an old ipod running TuneIn Radio recordings via an FM Transmitter to my car's speakers.

My iPod Touch devices get Velcro'd to my dashboard, running TuneIn Radio Pro (offline recordings) to an FM Transmitter so car radio picks it up and plays out the car's speaker system.

Please feel free to send me questions:

Too much of the good life ?!

I left these kitty food bags out in the garage for a couple weeks before I noticed this.  I was wondering why ButterScotch was gaining weight.  

Rob Roy began as a tournament organizer when he founded the Waterbury Chess Club in January 1976.  Within a few months he became the chess columnist for Waterbury's Sunday newspaper.

His chess club hosted several statewide events, and grew by leaps and bounds.  He opened a branch in neighboring Wolcott, and added backgammon.

Rob volunteered to be editor of Connecticut Chess Magazine.  The magazine's content included his weekly newspaper columns so that players outside the newspaper's range could read it.

Rob's clubs and tournaments became a "traveling road show" of 300+ events spread across Connecticut.  Waterbury (5 different sites), New Haven (4), Hartford (4), Wolcott (3) Naugatuck (2), Danbury (2), Stamford, Middletown, Southbury, Southington, Norwich, and New London.

Rob acquired the massive Travelers Insurance cafeteria in downtown Hartford for several national events, and served on the staff of tournament directors.

Prior to the Internet, Rob set up and was  SysOp (system operator) for Chess Horizons BBS, a dedicated computer-server hooked up via phone line modem.  An archive of chess programs and database files could be downloaded for free.  The BBS was a Fide-Net Node and received echoes (automatic updates) which was how international chess news was distributed at that time.  The dial-up system also provided a Chess Door, that enabled callers to engage interactive chess matches with other callers.

Rob was elected Connecticut State Chess Assoc. President ten times, and served ten annual terms, not all the years consecutive.  Rob trained dozens of tournament directors, and three went on to serve terms as state president.

Rob's chess magazine was produced before computer software simplified the task.  Each issue was pasted-up for photo-offset printing.  When software did become available Rob purchased an expensive HP-4 laser printer then the entire production run was done at home.  

Rob served as Chief-TD for 300+ nationally-rated tournaments.  His crowning achievement was the Bushnell Cup in 1990, which attracted 7 GM, 5 IM, 10 masters, 11 experts, and 53 others to a one-day "Action-Chess" tournament in downtown Hartford Connecticut.

At it's height, Connecticut Chess Magazine was printing and mailing a 24 page booklet every two months to one thousand players.  With the exception of the magazine's volunteer reporters and columnists, the entire process was a one-man operation.   

Connecticut Chess Magazine continues to publish, now online and free.  The magazine continues with its mission to publicize chess especially local and statewide tournaments and clubs for free.  In April 2013 Rob produced a special print edition mailed out first class to all 400 USCF members in Connecticut.
Rob also administered the Connecticut Backgammon Society, and conducted many clubs and 300+ tournaments across Connecticut.  The society continues to conduct tournaments and has it's own website and blog.

Rob also popularized "Speed-Chess" and administered a statewide rating system and tournaments.  He did the same for his "G/30 Intermediate Chess" before the term "Action-Chess" was coined.

Rob served the New England Chess Assoc as president and clearinghouse.  He volunteered as assistant editor for Chess Horizons magazine.  Recently Rob arranged for Connecticut PBS-TV to tape and broadcast a news video story about the New Britain Chess Club.

USCF and Chess Life magazine need a 4-5 months lead-time for publicizing a USCF-rated tournament.  Rob would like to plan chess tournaments with shorter lead-time, to minimize conflict with another chess event. This requires a way to announce tournaments separate from USCF-Chess Life.   Rob's online "Connecticut Chess Magazine" is designed to provide an answer. Readers have multiple ways to access our magazine online:

I never had a smartphone with mobile data because it was too expensive. This year my son gave me an unlocked LG Nexus-5 for Fathers day. I researched the Internet and found the cheapest cellphone service is TING

It uses the Sprint network. My first month I did 54 minutes of phone, 17 texts, 187 MB mobile data. TING billed me $24 based on my usage.  There is no contract, I highly recommend TING