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If you don’t know computers, you need us;  If you do know computers we need you.

Next Meeting: Saturday February 18th 10:00 a.m.

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February Meeting Topic: TBA


Google Nik

The Google Nik Collection is now FREE.  Rumor has it that Google is discontinuing work on it to focus on Mobile apps, but the fact remains that these tools that were formerly over $500 are now available for free.

These are add-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom, and, yes, Elements version 9 and above.  (Note: The HDR tools do not work in elements, everything else does.

Click on the picture above to go to the download page.

Free software for organizing Photos

FastStone – BJ demonstrated this at the meeting.

Click on Picture for Details

Upcoming Meetings of the Computer Genealogy Group.

Each meeting will be held at 1 P.M. in the Auditorium at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington.

Genealogy Meeting Notice

Meeting this Thursday November 10, 2016 at 1 PM

Mary Steward will speak on:

Forensic Genealogy, A Case Study in Finding Living Descendants

Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury

Irvington, VA

I am taking a six month sabbatical from arranging the programs for our group. My life is too chaotic with paperwork, travel, medical appointments, having work done on our home, etc. Mary has graciously agreed to do the September, November and January programs. In March we will resume with DNA. Please have your DNA tested in the interim so that you will learn how to use your results to find ancestors and living relatives. Another email will follow shortly listing several articles and websites that you should find helpful in getting started with DNA research.

More Genealogy notes and announcements can be found here

The Tablet SIG

will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. before the NNCUG regular meeting on Saturday, February 18th at the Lancaster Public Library in Kilmarnock.   It will include hands-on help, Q&A, and sharing info about what new apps you’ve discovered.

Photo SIG

Next meeting: Tuesday, February 14th at 9:30 at the library.

next Tuesday, probably after you’ve voted, or not, we’ll be meeting in the small meeting room of the Lancaster community library at 9:30.  We plan to talk about various uses and methods of dodging and burning and also explore the tools under the drop-down menu in elements edit column.  ALSO–don’t forget about the best part of our meeting:  looking at your photographs, so bring them on.  questions about techniques and anything else always provide for good discussions too.
Be thinking about what images you’d like to put in our upcoming exhibit at the library–it’s all good to go so far as the library is concerned.  for years now we’ve had a wonderful display.  let’s keep up the good work.  m

Click here for the October 2016 edition of the newsletter. Older editions can be found under “newsletters” on the menu at the top of the page.

If You Don’t Want to Upgrade to Windows 10

Microsoft is making it increasingly difficult to avoid updating a Windows 7 or 9 (um 8, whatever 😉 )  machine to Windows 10.  The files to do so have probably already been downloaded, and are taking around 8 GB of disk space in a hidden directory.

In addition, Microsoft will be changing the priority of the Windows 10 install from “optional” to “recommended” in January.  This means that with default Update settings, it will install.

If you want to stop this behavior, there is a free program called GWX control panel that will do this.  It installs easily, and the features are self-explanatory.

It is available here

You can still upgrade later if you decide you want to, this isn’t an irreversible process.  While the program is free, the author does accept donations.

I have used GWX control panel on my Workstation, and it works as advertised.  No PUPS, adware, or anything else unsavory come with it.

Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade until July 2016


 Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurers report is included in each month’s issue of the computer link which is available on the menu at the top of this page.

NNCUG Meeting Site

April Meeting

16 April, 2016

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