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.

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