Castellini on Computers Radio Show


The #1 Computer Radio Show

About Rick, Adam & the Show

The Castellini on Computers radio talk show hit the air in April 1999. Our idea was to create a talk show where anyone would feel comfortable asking questions about technology. While there are a number of computer and technology related talk shows on the radio, Castellini on Computers is the only show that centers around callers’ questions. We strive to keep the show focused on the everyday questions, concerns and quandaries. We hope that listeners to Castellini on Computers will hear a program with practical questions and answers that apply to all classes of computer users.

Our motto (unofficially) is: “We provide computer information that you can not only use, but understand.” We are often flattered as listeners from time-to-time refer to our show as the “Car Talk of the computer and technology world”. Since technology isn’t always sexy, we also enjoy covering the lighter side of the digital world.

 Rick Castellini I came into technology via an unusual road. I graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Physical Therapy degree and worked as a therapist for nearly 10 years. I didn’t grow up with a computer. I didn’t go to college with a computer. My first computer was a 286 with a noisy dot matrix printer that I purchased in 1990. Like many of our listeners, I was fascinated by the machine and quickly learned to accomplish tasks I needed in my physical therapy career. Colleagues noticed my use of the computer in everyday tasks and often asked for my tutelage in learning how to use the computer for their own tasks. Because I do not have a computer degree or background, my “pupils” found that I could easily explain computing concepts without the computer lingo. In 1995, I decided to ease out of physical therapy and start a new career as a computer trainer/consultant. Nearly 10 years later, I am now a Microsoft Certified Professional, author of a computer book, computer lecturer, and spend my days training and troubleshooting with computer users in their homes and offices. My family (wife, daughter, son and two goats), continue to support my Saturdays away hosting the Castellini on Computers radio show.

 Adam Cochran My computer knowledge began way back in 1996 where as a young college student and newlywed I watched my wife setup our first computer as I stood shyly in the corner. My wife taught me how to turn it on. How did I get from having my wife set up my first computer to co-hosting a computer show less than 10 years later? Easy, as a poor college student I was forced to work on my own computer. After several (dozens perhaps) of unsuccessful attempts I quickly learned how NOT to fix a computer. In fact, my experience in radio stretched well beyond my experiences in computer help. I have worked in various positions in radio since I was barely 15. So, as it turns out I am a guy who has worked in radio for nearly half my life, I have a degree in Mass Communications, my first love is photography and spend my days making a living by exercising my computer and technology aptitude. I have a passion for computers and using them as a daily tool. I look forward to going on air each Saturday and helping people with their day-to-day computer problems. I have been in the callers’ shoes and wish that there would have been a show like Castellini on Computers in my early computing days.

Our favorite technology gadget…the TREO 600/650!!

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Electronic Voting

vioting machineI just returned from early voting and used a new e-voting machine. Once I was cleared to vote, I was given a small plastic brick that I entered into the machine that looked like a giant Venus fly trap. Once the screen came up, I was greeted with a very clear, large text voting ballot. As I glanced to the bottom of the screen, my ‘ballot’ would cover twelve screens. The touch screen was responsive, the text large and clear. As I voted, a paper record of my choices was being printed behind a small plastic cover to my left.

Overall, the voting was quick, smooth, and intuitive…for a computer guy. I can see where electronic voting for the non-techies of the world may be a little intimidating and not as intuitive. My polling place (a mall) had many volunteer helpers for folks who have questions.

As I exited the polling area, a woman was handing out “I voted” stickers. I asked if I could dip my finger in purple ink instead. She looked at me like I was the dumbest guy on the planet and even after I said, “Iraq, Afghanistan?”, she still looked at me with a blank stare. Geesh, I hope she’s one of our non-voting citizens.

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