FREE 2016 Spring Virtual Technology Conference (VTC)

Saturday, May 7
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern time
Attend the FREE conference from the convenience of your own home! All you need is your computer, tablet, etc. and Internet access. The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via Q&A; the questions are answered by the presenter at the end of the presentation or via e-mail if there isn’t enough time after the presentation.
APCUG uses ZOOM for the VTC webinar presentations (www.zoom.us). If you have not participated in a VTC, go to https://zoom.us/download  to download the app for the device you will be using to ‘attend’ the conference.
Videos from earlier conferences can be found on APCUG’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/apcugvideos.
• To register for this VTC, please click on the below link:
Spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your members. VTCs are a great way for them to expand their technology experience and be introduced to new skills. Below are the sessions that are currently scheduled.
SCHEDULE
TRACK 1
TECHNOLOGY FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangelist
Looking back at technology and comparing it to now, this presentation is an enjoyable and funny comparison combined with the stark reality of what you need to do to keep safe in the modern world. The presentation covers: Computers (Windows and Mac), tablets and Smart Phones.
Join Bob as he takes a comical look back in time and then explains what you need to know to stay safe in the present. He will make your Internet experience and computer operation safe, secure and, enjoyable.
SETUP & CONFIGURE A HOME NETWORK
Ken Rogers, IT Business Analyst for PNC Bank
Today’s home network has many parts; including getting the internet into the house and then getting it to all your computers, mobile devices and even some day, your refrigerator. How do you get the fastest speed, protect your data and keep out the hackers? Ken Rogers will talk about what you need and what you need to consider.
IOS 9.3 FOR IPADS AND IPHONES
Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake Sumter Computer Society; APCUG Advisor, Region 5; Member of APCUG’s Speakers Bureau
This presentation will cover the following (and other things you should know):
  • How do I get iOS 9.3? and 9.3.1?
  • Why is there a 9.3.1 Update?
  • What are the Changes in the Apps?
  • What else is New?
  • Are there any Security Fixes?
TRACK 2
UPGRADING YOUR LAPTOP, PART 2
Greg Skalka, President, Under the Computer Hood User Group
How to add more storage space and/or speed by replacing your laptop’s hard drive with a larger HD or a solid-state drive.
WHY I RECOMMEND A CHROMEBOOK 
Stew Bottorf, Teacher & SIG Leader, Tampa Bay Computer Society
Our club is populated mostly by Seniors who have struggled to keep up with new technology. Most members today are interested only in browsing and email. Our club offers its members free computer repair which may be behind on updates, slow, infected with malware, or poorly used by their owner. When a new computer is needed I almost always recommend a Chromebook.
The idea of a computer that is impervious to viruses and poor use, updates itself, almost never needs repair, and costs half (or less) the price of a new Windows computer — that is the Google Chromebook. With extra user effort a Chromebook can do real work as well as their more costly cousins for a longer time since they consume less battery power.
This Spring 18 TBCS members bought new Chromebooks (most were refurb. units costing less than $130) and signed into my 8 hour Chromebook Class. We’ve discovered Chromebooks are fun to use and work better with a few tweaks I’ll show you today.
USING THE “TASK MANAGER” IN A “WINDOWS” COMPUTER
Francis Chao, Member, APCUG OLS (Online Services) committee; WINNERS “WINdows usERS” and Greater South Bay PCUG; and the Tucson Computer Society
This presentation provides you with an under-the-hood view of the operating system, startup programs, third-party software application programs, hardware utilization, and network bandwidth utilization. In addition to being a useful analysis tool, the “Task Manager” in “Windows…..” gives you a powerful way to close down potentially dangerous Web browser tabs and windows and any “drive by” downloads of malware that they might attempt to send into your computer.

What To Do With Smart Phones/Tablets

Presented by: BJ Thomas McMillan Date: June 20, 2015

What To Do With Smart Phones/Tablets – Besides Email, Books, Photos, and Music

  • This is just an Overview – designed to simply show the various uses being created for Tablets and SmartPhones.
    • I will also NOT show you details of how to use these various
  • Focus on functions/applications/programs that cannot easily be duplicated, or would not be as useful, in a desktop or laptop.
  • Some require Internet access – others can be used off-line.
  • Some come pre-installed on SmartPhones/Tablets. Most require you to download and install an
  • Some work better on SmartPhones/iPods – while others work better on the bigger screens of
  • Some apps require Location Services to be on. Be aware that this will RUN DOWN YOUR BATTERY
  • Some apps mentioned below could not be found by searching directly in the Apple Store. Instead, I had to find the app on its own website, which then redirected me to the Apple Store for
  • Some categories of apps lend themselves in particular to use on SmartPhones/Tablets. Examples are

Maps/Navigation, Weather, Travel, Health and Shopping.

  • And then there are various miscellaneous apps/uses.

PRE-INSTALLED FUNCTIONS

Basically, all your organizers – Calendar/Schedulers Reminders – ToDo Lists (show iPad one) Notes – make lists – for groceries, meds, etc.
Many of these functions were found in the original Palm devices.

HEALTH

Keep track of vital stats – heart beat, blood sugar, etc.

  • Instant Heart Rate (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android; free).

Place your finger over the LED camera, and in 10 seconds you’ll know how fast your heart is beating — no external hardware needed.

Keep track of symptoms

  • Zyrtec AllergyCast – allergy and weather forecasts and alerts, track

Others:

  • WebMD Allergy (but I could not find it on Apple Store – and couldn’t get it to download from WebMD )

Exercise companions and trackers

  • Breathe2Relax – tutorial and exercises in deep breathing

Others:

  • FitBit – and others
  • PaceDJ – matches music from your library to the Beats Per Minute of your workout
  • Charity Miles – uses GPS to track walking/running miles; pays 25 cents/mile to choice of 31 charities (sponsored by corporations)

Track calorie intake

  • MyFitnessPal

Track food intake as well as weight loss progress. Enter goal weight, date of birth, current weight, gender, height, and activity level and MyFitnessPal calculates the amount of calories – as well as how much fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates and protein – you need daily.

Graphs show your weekly calorie intake and your current progress. BUT – entry of food intake takes time; can also enter by scanning bar codes.

  • Fooducate

Scan barcodes from food products to gather vital information about calories, fat content and nutrient content. Gives an actual grade (A, B+, D, etc.) for each food item, with alerts as to what the pros and cons are of that particular food.

Overall Tracker

  • My Health – Keeps track of blood pressure, medications, glucose levels, nutrition, exercise,

TRAVEL

Navigating/Maps

  • Google Maps! This one comes pre-installed on your iPad, and it just so happens to be one of the best travel apps available. Google Maps will not only help you get around the new location, but you can also find anything from restaurants to grocery stores to nearby gas

Translators/Dictionaries

  • iTranslate – Sometime, the quickest way to get to the closest bathroom is knowing how to ask for directions to it in any iTranslate not only provides a translation to over 50 different languages, but you can also listen to the translations of over 20 of those languages. This makes it easier to hold a conversation when you are completely murdering the pronunciation.
  • Google Translate – includes take picture of sign – it will translate
  • Dictionaries (Codore)

Currency convertors

  • XE Currency – converting dollar amounts into any The XE Currency app not only downloads the current conversion for the currencies of the world, it will also store the latest one for use in offline mode.

Driving Aids

  • iExit – find hotels, restaurants, gas stations – w/in 1.5 mi of the next 100

Others:

  • Waze – uses live reports from drivers to display traffic
  • Beat the Traffic – Free Version and Premium Version, recommended by AARP,
  • Gas Buddy – IPhone, recommended by AARP
  • Google Navigation – includes live traffic reports from
  • Citymapper – builds on user feedback to map cities, subway and bus routes and live
  • SitOrSquat (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, BlackBerry; free). The user-generated content of this restroom finder is the ultimate resource for when you gotta go when you’re on the go. “Depending on where you live in the country, this is incredibly useful. I’m in New York City a lot, and I use this all the time,” Webb says. An independent group began compiling the data several years ago, but the app was recently acquired by Charmin, which accounts for the prominent toilet paper branding. Contributors often include information on operating hours and sometimes post photos of the facilities.

Flying-related

  • GateGuru – notifies of gate changes; also has maps/lists of amenities at major airports; reviews of food
  • Flight Aware
  • Flight View

Other: LOTS of similar apps.

Other

All kinds of booking apps for hotels/restaurants; lots of customer review sites – TripAdvisor; Yelp, etc.

WEATHER

  • The Weather Channel
  • Underground Weather

Others: LOTS

  • Tides Near Me
  • Sail Flow – Find wind conditions
  • Smart Buoy – Iphone only – Get weather conditions from NOAA buoys
  • Weather
  • Dark Sky – Weather Radar specifically for rain within the hour – $2.99
  • Weather Bug – Weather forecasts – Free and premium information
  • Intellicast – Weather forecasts and radar – Premium app for boating

SHOPPING

QR Readers

  • Scan

Comparison Shop

  • PriceBlink – check for lower prices and coupons when shopping
  • ShopKick – find deals in stores
  • Vivino (and Delectable) – take photo of wine bottle label – get basic info about the wine, post and read reviews

MISC

Use as payment device – Apple Pay Track cash expenditures – Cash Trails

Practice your vocal part on a piano – Piano Free

Stream live video via Twitter account from your location – Meerkat or Periscope

ID birds and birdsongs – Peterson Birds– Free version and Premium Version. Also Merlin Bird ID. Use device’s LED light to magnify and illuminate small print – Eye Reader ($1.99).

Use as a compass – The Compass for iPad ($1.99) Use as a Flashlight – Flashlight

April 2014 Newsletter

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First issue by the new editor, Waldo Ramirez

“The World Of Ted”.  BJ McMillan discusses TED – the conferences on Technology, Entertainment, and Design

“March Membership Meetings” At which Officers are elected.

“Member to Member Tip”  Gill Boyd and Joe Whinery on what to be aware of when installing free software.

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“The Internet as an Information Resource”.  No need anymore to use the Encyclopedia Britannica and the Yellow Pages to find information!  Brian Riley presented a great talk on what one can find on the Internet, and how it has impacted what we do.

“Nominations and Elections!”  The Nominating Committee seeks candidates for the March 2013 election of NNCUG Officers.  If you are interested in running for a NNCUG Officer position, or wish to nominate a candidate, please read!  Note that elections for NNCUG Officers will be held at the March 15 Membership Meeting!

“Farewell From the Editor”.  Yes, Bruce Mc Millan is resigning as the Computer Link editor after four years.  He will help a new editor if one is appointed by the Board, and will serve as a back up if needed.

“March Photo SIG Meeting”.  The SIG will meet on March 11 at the LCL.  Marilyn Jurrkops will demonstrate the “paint bucket” function on Photoshop Elements to enhance colors in a photograph.  Bring your own laptop and photos to practice with Marilyn.

“Genealogy SIG Meeting”.  This SIG will meet on March 13 to focus on finding ancestors using the U.S. Fedeal Census of Population data.  Participants will then break into groups to discuss individual family history software titles or a basic group addressing the needs of beginning genealogists.

“Tablet SIG”.  The SIG will meet on March 18, at the Lancaster Community Library (LCL) where participants will explore travel research apps and tools. Plan your trip before you go.

“Nominations and Elections!”.  This is the annual NNCUG business meeting at which elections for Officers, 2014-15, are held.  No nominations for the position of Vice President have been received.  Nominations for all positions will be accepted from the floor.  A quorum is needed – please plan to attend and vote!

“TED”.  BJ McMillan will explore “TED” – Technology, Entertainment, and Design talks from “a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading”.

“Adobe Creative Cloud”.  Last chance to subscribe to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for a special introductory rate of $10 a month for the next year.  Yes, this is a new business model from Adobe – read about it.

 “February 2014 Meeting Notes”.  What happened at the February Membership Meeting.

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“The NNCUG Needs YOU!”.  This article by the BOARD starts the discussion with the members of the NNCUG about the need to fill leadership positions (including the Computer Link Editor).  Membership input is also requested on ways to reverse the declining membership of the NNCUG and to bring the Group into alignment with the changing realities of the computing world.  Members are strongly encouraged to go to the NNCUG web site and participate in the discussion of these topics.!

“NNCUG Future Discusssion and Internet as an Information Resourrce”.  The Membership Meeting on February 15 will be devoted to discussion of the results of member input to the issues raised in “The NNCUG Needs YOU!”.  In addition, Brian Riley will kick off a three part series on using the Internet as an information resource.

“Genealogy SIG Meeting”.  This SIG will meet on February 13 to focus on finding ancestors using the U.S. Fedeal Census of Population data.  Participants will then break into groups to discuss individual family history software titles or a basic group addressing the needs of beginning genealogists.

“February Photo SIG Meeting”.  The SIG will meet on February 11 at the LCL.  This meeting will be an “open meeting” where participants, particularly those who hung photos at the annual Photo SIG exhibit, will show and present an informal “Artist’s Statement” describing their work.  In addition, participants can discuss tools and techniques used in their work.

“Tablet SIG”.  The SIG will meet on February 18, at the Lancaster Community Library (LCL) where participants will explore downloading apps and installing them on their devices.  Help will be available for registering Apple and Google gift cards to buy apps or other media from the Apple and Google stores.

“Goodby XP”.  This article is a fairwell to Windows XP that Microsoft will no longer support effective April 8, 2014.  Of course, this operating system will still work on April 9!.  Courses of action for users of the 35 percent of computers still with Win XP are prorvided.

“STILL WANTED – Computer Link Newsletter Editor”.  Bruce Mc Millan, Computer Link Editor, is “retiring” as editor, effective March 1, 2014.   Editor wanted and needed for this fun job!

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“Storage Media, Interfaces, and Backups”.  Rob Mink, President of the NNCUG, presented a talk on types of storage media available for backup, information on computer interfaces, and strategies for backing up data.  Rob noted that punch cards are considered to be an obsolete form of data storage!

“Tablet SIG”.  The SIG will meet on January 21, at the Lancaster Community Library (LCL) to explore basics for using tablets that people may have received as a holiday gift.

“January Photo SIG Meeting”.  The SIG will meet on January 14 at the LCL.  This meeting will be devoted to learning how to cut photo mats.  Bring your photos, tools and materials to join in, or share with others.  This meeting will support the SIG in preparation for its February show at the LCL.  Bring your laptop to follow along.  Also bring photos that you wish to share with the group.

“Nomination Search Committee”.  NNCUG needs a Search Committee to prepare a slate of Officers for 2014-15.  If you are interested in serving on the Committee or running for an office, please contact Rob Mink, President, ASAP!

“STILL WANTED – Newsletter Editor”.  Bruce Mc Millan, Editor, is “retiring” as editor, effective March 1, 2014.   Editor wanted and needed for this fun job!

“Get Plain Text”.  Read about a simple to use free program called Get Plain Text.  As its name implies, it will strip all formating from text copied from a web page.  Easy to use.

“Internet as an Information Resource”.  Brian Riley will speak at the January 18 Membership Meeting on using the Internet as an Information Resource.  This is the first of a three part series.  Yes, the Yellow Pages are no longer king!!

“December 2013 Meeting Notes”.  What happened at the December Membership Meeting.

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“Holiday Gadgets and Gifts”.  Brian Riley, Vice-President of the NNCUG, presented his take on holiday gifts to give and get.  Noteworthy is the Yodeling Christmas Pickle!  He was joined by NNCUG members demonstrating their ideas for gifts.

“Tablet SIG”.  The SIG will meet on December 17, at the Lancaster Community Library (LCL) to explore music on tablets.

“December Photo SIG Meeting”.  The SIG will meet on December 10 at the LCL to explore using Adobe Photoshop Elements post processing to change lighting, such as brightness and contrast, in digital photos.  Bring your laptop to follow along.  Also bring photos that you wish to share with the group.

“Nomination Search Committee”.  NNCUG needs a Search Committee to prepare a slate of Officers for 2014-15.  If you are interested in serving on the Committee or running for an office, please contact Rob Mink, President, ASAP!

“Nomad Bag”.  A nice bag to receive as a holiday gift to carry your new laptop and other gadgets and papers.

“WANTED – Computer Link Newsletter Editor”.  Bruce Mc Millan, Editor, is “retiring” as editor, effective March 1, 2014.   Editor wanted and needed for this fun job!

“Rappahannock Art League Photo Show – 1st Place”.  Photo SIG member Linda Boyatzies took first place with “Total Relaxation”.  See why!

“November 2013 Meeting Notes”.  What happened at the November Membership Meeting.

“Membership Meeting – To Be Determined”.  No topic yet, but will be a surprise.  The Membership Meeting will be held on December 21 at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury.

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“Newsletter – Pre-Print to Post-Print”.  Bruce Mc Millan, Editor of the NNCUG Computer Link newsletter presented all aspects of developing this newsletter.  He also demonstrated the use of Microsoft Publisher, a major tool that he uses to edit the newsletter.  Bruce also noted that the NNCUG will need a new editor, effective March 1, 2014.

“Nomination Search Committee”.  NNCUG needs a Search Committee to prepare a slate of Officers for 2014-15.  If you are interested in serving on the Committee or running for an office, please contact Rob Mink, President, ASAP!

“WANTED – Computer Link Newsletter Editor”.  Bruce Mc Millan, Editor, is “retiring” as editor, effective March 1, 2014.   Editor wanted and needed for this fun job!

“Windows XP’s Swan Song – Time is Running Out!”.  Windows XP still is found on 37 percent of the world’s desktops, and Microsoft will discontinue support for this operating system on April 8, 2014.  Plan ahead for what you want to do, and do not get trapped at the last minute into taking hasty action.

“November Photo SIG Meeting”.  The SIG will meet on November 12 at the Lancaster Community Library (LCL) to further explore Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Bring your laptop to follow along.  Also bring photos that you wish to share with the group.

“Tablet SIG”.  The SIG will meet on November 19, at the LCL to discuss the Apple iTunes University.  Please explore this, and be prepared to demonstrate or talk about your favorite topic that you found.

“Genealogy SIG Meeting”.  This  SIG will meet on November 14, at RW-C.  The topic is

Genealogy and Your Computer – How and Where To Start Your Family History.  The program will cover:  Setting goals for your research; organizing the information you have; and selecting a family history software program.

“Membership Meeting – Gadgets you want to Share”.  The Membership Meeting will be held on November 16 at RW-C.  Bring your favorite gadgets to share with the audience to give them holiday gift ideas (for themselves or others).

“October 2013 Meeting Notes”.  What happened at the October Membership Meeting.

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“Backups and Disk Cloning”.  Brian Riley discussed computer backups and cloning of hard drives.  Cloning is a neat way to be prepared to get your computer running again after a virus attack or hard disk failure.

“Nomination Search Committee”.  NNCUG needs a Search Committtee to prepare a slate of Officers for 2014-15.  If you are interested in serving on the Committee or running for an office, please contact Rob Mink, President, ASAP!

“October Photo SIG Meeting”.  The SIG will meet on October 8 at the Lancaster Community Library (LCL) to explore converting color images to black and white prints using Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Bring your laptop to follow along.  Also bring photos that you wish to share with the group.

“Windows 8 Corrner”.  How to shop at the Win 8 store using the Store application.

“WANTED – Computer Link Newsletter Editor”.  Bruce Mc Millan, Editor, is “retiring” as editor, effective March 1, 2014.   Editor wanted and needed for this fun job!

“New NNCUG Computer!”.  Brian Riley and Bruce Mc Millan set up t he “new” used Dell E6410 Latitude computer.  Now the NNCUG can run modern software!

“Newsletter Publishing”.  Guest speaker for the October 19 Membership Meeting will be Bruce Mc Millan, Computer Link Editor, who will show how he puts the Computer Link together from A to Z.  Learn what goes into this newsletter!

“Tablet SIG”.  The SIG will meet on October 15, at the LCL to discuss the Apple iTunes University.

“September 2013 Meeting Notes”.  What happened at the September Membership Meeting.

September 2013 Newsletter

“Windows Office Suite Software”.  Rob Mink discussed paid and freeware computer Office suites at the August 17, Membership Meeting.  Good to know that there are decent money saving alternatives!

“Nomination Search Committee”.  NNCUG needs a Search Committtee to prepare a slate of Officers for 2014-15.  If you are interested in serving on the Committee or running for an office, please contact Rob Mink, President.

“WANTED – Computer Link Newsletter Editor”.  Bruce Mc Millan, Editor, is “retiring” as editor, effective March 1, 2014.   Editor wanted for this fun job!

“September Photo SIG Meeting”.  The SIG will meet on September 10 at the Lancaster Community Library to explore more about merging photos using Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Bring your laptop to follow along.  Also bring photos that you wish to share with the group.

“September Genealogy SIG Meeting”.  Jim Bartlett will discuss DNA tools and testing for genealogy research at the September 12th meeting.  The meeting is free, but registration is required for this meeting.

“Freeware”.  One person’s favorable review of the free software movement.

“Tablet SIG”.  The SIG will meet on September 17, at the Lancaster Community Library to discuss moving photos from a tablet to a computer and vice versa.

“Computer Backups”.  Guest speaker for the September 21 Membership Meeting will be Brian Riley.  He will discuss computer backups.  This is essential for the well being of your computer and its data!

“August 2013 Meeting Notes”.  What happened at the August Membership Meeting.

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