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2021 APCUG Reports, Q3 Summer Issue (PDF)



MAY 2022
WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS

   
May 25, 2022, 11:00 am CT
Adding NAS to your Router and
the meaning and use of IP addresses and port numbers
John Krout, Presenter & Newsletter Contributor
Potomac Area Technology And Computer Society VA
 
Register for this workshop here — https://forms.gle/13FtGLaXuC78v8FD9
Registration closes at 8:00 pm on 5/24/2022

 
This presentation introduces the concept and utility of Network Attached Storage (NAS) for home local area networks (LAN) by connecting any USB drive to the USB port on a home router. This can be any portable storage devices, such as a flash drive, USB solid State Device (SSD), portable hard drive, and storage that requires AC power. You might wonder how storage can be connected to a home LAN and shared instead of connecting to a computer. Just about any router, including a USB socket, can act as the LAN connection for storage. Not all routers include a USB socket, but many current routers do, and some routers even have a second socket for more storage or for connecting a USB printer to the network. This presentation will show an example of a router with a USB socket and the steps for preparing storage to be connected to a router. Also, the presentation shows how to find and use the router-connected NAS using Windows File Explorer, Apple’s File app on iPhones and iPads, and the Samsung My Files app for Android devices.
 
After the presentation has been completed, if you are someone that is using a network-attached storage (NAS) device in a similar way as John, please share with us (and the other attendees) what you are doing so we get other ideas of what can be done.
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After you register, you will see one of these pop-up registration acknowledgments:
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April 2022

NOOZ is sent to all officers listed in the UGLS (APCUG’s membership database). Thank you for keeping your group’s listing up to date. It’s always interesting when we hear from someone with….I am no longer a club member or no longer an officer. Sometimes we hear from a family member that the person who received the email is deceased. If you need a username and password or don’t remember them, please contact Lee Laughner, Membership Chair, at llaughner (at) apcug.org. You can also send your new officer information (position, name, & email address) to your Advisor, who will update it. 
 
Please share the information in NOOZ by forwarding it to your members, including it in your newsletter, posting it on your website, etc. You will also find a copy at https://apcug2.org/reports/
 
In this edition of NOOZ:
 
     1. Q2 2022 Reports
     2. Advisors are your communication link
     3. Update your officer information
     4. Region 8 Advisor’s Notes
 
1.       Q2 2022 Spring Reports. The Q2 Spring issue is attached. You will find information on what APCUG’s member groups are doing – perhaps you will get new ideas for your group. Make sure you also read the Tips for Member Groups = more ideas. Florida groups have merged might give a group that is thinking of closing another option. 
 
2.       The Advisors are your communication link with APCUG. Is your Advisor on your newsletter and meeting distribution list? Do you regularly update your website? Newsletters and websites are where your Advisor learns about what is happening with your group and can include it in their quarterly report.
 
3.       Update Your Officer Information. Is your group’s information up to date in the membership database (aka UGLS)? APCUG User Group Locator Service. (If you need a username and password or don’t remember them, please contact Lee Laughner, Membership Chair, at llaughner (at) apcug.org.)

4.        Region 8 Advisor’s Notes. Spring is here. I hope everyone had a Happy Easter. Spring is a time for renewal, and we must think of our clubs in the same way with membership retention and getting new members. We have many avenues to increase our membership and club attendance. Many of our clubs are meeting entirely online and others are having ‘hybrid’ meetings. The devices identified here are what are thought to be required to have a hybrid meeting and how they are used which is important.

Microphone
Camera(s)
Laptop computer(s)
Zoom software or equivalent
TV or Projector

These devices in addition to the room layout are what we assume we need to have a successful hybrid meeting. It is perfectly logical to think in these terms. However, each one of these has its own set of challenges. First, when you set up your room keep in mind that you have two audiences to satisfy – your online audience and you’re in-person audience. The room setup should be practical to suit both. If you have extra cameras that will help you with accommodating your online audience. Second, speaking of cameras, you can either use standalone cameras or third, additional laptop computers that can be placed in strategic places. Experimentation is key, you will not get it right the first time. Get feedback from your audiences to find out what works best for both. Fourth, learn the most about the software you are using. All online software is constantly being upgraded because it is an emerging technology introducing new features with each release. Spend a little time to help your audience and presenters feel comfortable in navigating the product. Fifth, placement of your TV or Projector in relationship to your room setup. Lastly, you do not want to break the bank in trying to reach the best solution. These are the only suggestions to think about when you decide to begin a hybrid meeting or improve your current hybrid meetings. One other suggestion to keep in mind is that only one microphone can be active during a meeting to avoid acoustic feedback.

If you are doing a hybrid meeting, please share your experiences with hybrid meetings and what works best for you, and any problems that you have encountered. I would love to hear and share them in our next Reports.

Happy computing,
Bill James, Region 8 Advisor


APCUG – May is Celebrate Older American’s Month

OAM 2022
Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). In 2022, ACL will be focusing on aging in place – how older adults can plan to stay in their homes and live independently in their communities for as long as possible. The 2022 theme is Age My Way, an opportunity for all of us to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities.

We’re going to be discussing how planning, participation, accessibility, and making connections all play a role in aging in place – emphasizing that what each person needs and prefers is unique.
 
The 2022 logosposterstemplatessocial media graphics, and activity ideas are now available to help you celebrate OAM in your community.

Don’t forget to follow #OlderAmericansMonth for the latest from ACL, and to see what others are planning!

For me, aging in place is home automation! /JT
OAM 2022 | ACL Administration for Community Living

Do some of our meeting presentations provide information to members on ways we can use technology to stay in our homes and remain involved with our communities?

How to prevent and report scams targeting older adults
How to prevent and report scams targeting older adults | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (consumerfinance.gov)

DISCOUNT
From Joe Kissell, Publisher, Take Control Books
To celebrate Joe’s five-year anniversary of running Take Control Books, a $5 book sale is now in progress! Ebooks have been flying off their virtual shelves, but don’t worry, they won’t run out! If you haven’t already taken advantage of the sale, now’s a perfect opportunity. Visit their catalog between now and Thursday, May 5 (at midnight, Central Standard Time) to pick up any or all of the 21 Take Control titles for just $5 each

Please let me know if you have any questions, 

Judy


APCUG – Happy World Password Day

Better late than never, here are some resources for World Password Day:

How To Prepare for World Password Day (mywot.com)

It’s past time you started using a password manager (whether you like it or not) | ZDNet

How to Start Using a Password Manager in 2022 | Simple Explanation (allthingssecured.com)

This World Password Day consider ditching passwords altogether – Microsoft Security Blog

Some password reviews:

The 5 Best Password Managers of 2022 – Review Geek

5 Best Password Managers (2022): Features, Pricing, and Tips | WIRED

Best Password Manager to Use for 2022 – CNET

The best password managers in 2022 | Tom’s Guide (tomsguide.com)

At your next meeting, ask everyone what they are using and why they like it = Users Helping Users.
Judy



PUSH Articles – Q1 2021 (Word documents, download to view)



PUSH Articles – June 2019

Apple v Windows PCs
This month I’ll take a look at the differences between Apple and Windows-based PCs from the perspective of a repair guy such as myself.  Continue reading→

Aukey USB Outlet with Night Light Plug-in
I spotted this Aukey USB outlet with Night Light Plug-in on Amazon one day. It was on sale for $6 off the $19.99 price and I thought it was a good deal for $13.99.  Continue reading→

Backup Tools and Procedures
With the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets, the need for backup has expanded to include those devices as well as traditional Windows and Macintosh PCs.  Continue reading→

Brain Dead In San Diego
Even if you don’t do a complete system backup, please back up your important documents (i.e.- photos, videos, office docs, PDF files, and any other files you deem important to you) to a USB drive, CD/DVD, external HD or the Cloud.  Continue reading→

Do you know these Google Icons?
The icons represent some popular Google apps . . . All these apps are FREE with Google, all you need is a Google account.  Continue reading→

Google Fi
Google Fi will provide your phone the best of any of the three networks, Sprint, T-Mobile, or U.S. Cellular, by intelligently switching to the best network at that time and location.  Continue reading→

Interesting Articles, Websites, and YouTube Videos
Are Cheap Windows and Office Programs a Scam? Italian Grandma Hilariously Learns How to Use Google Home Device. Do This Instead of Printing (you’ll save time and money). Etc…  Continue reading→

More About Browsers
If you open a website you are using a browser. Your computer or mobile device came with a browser installed, but is it the “right” one or the only one you should use?  Continue reading→

No Joy in Techville?
Pour a liquid into a glass just up to the midpoint. An optimist would say the glass is half full. A pessimist would say the glass is half empty. An engineer would say the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.  Continue reading→

Office 2019 and Changes to Office 365
Microsoft has been releasing new versions of Office every three years for a long time. The newest version, Office 2019, is now available in stores or online.  Continue reading→

Review – Grammarly
Recently, I discovered a piece of software called Grammarly. It reviews your writing and finds typos, spelling errors, and grammar mistakes.  Continue reading→

Review – Honey App
Do you use the Honey app when you shop online? I do. It even works at Amazon.  Continue reading→

Using macOS X Photos
I normally do not use the Photos app as I like to manage my own images but this was at my wife’s request to move some images.  Continue reading→

What happens in the downloading process vs. the saving process on a computer?
This month I’ll discuss a couple of topics that were passed along as suggestions.  Continue reading→

What is a VPN (Virtual Private Network) and why use one?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a connection method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like Wi-fi Hotspots and the Internet.  Continue reading→

What’s with Google and YouTube?
Over 13 years ago, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion. Thirteen years later the YouTube purchase is generally considered to be one of the best consumer tech acquisitions ever . . . Continue reading→

Who Ya Gonna Call?
I teach computer classes at a local library and hear a myriad of students’ horror stories about their unpleasant computer experiences.  Continue reading→

Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Write Right
I have been reviewing software and hardware for about two decades. Sometimes the words just flow, other times I need to pry them from my skull.  Continue reading→

You may have a new speech recognition program
I have used several speech recognition programs over the years. I have tried them all, and suddenly a new one showed up on my computer and it is the best one yet!  Continue reading→



PUSH Articles – April 2019:

Add a Display!
If you spend a lot of time at your computer, as I do, you might want to consider having two separate monitors. I love my two displays, as it gives me lots of extra digital “real estate” for when I have many windows open.  Continue reading→

A Great Photoshop Alternative
Gimp is a great free image manipulation program much like Photoshop. Here is a YouTube link to a 13+ minute video of a basic beginners’ guide that I found very helpful:  Continue reading→

Audacity & Digital Audio Noise Reduction
This article describes the use of a feature of Audacity, the popular digital audio editor application, called noise reduction. Noise is audible all around us. When we make an audio recording, usually some noise is included.  Continue reading→

Build a Wall?
Walls can keep things out. Walls can keep things in. Walls that do these well usually aren’t so good at also letting some things pass from one side to the other.  Continue reading→

CES 2019
There were 180,000 attendees, 4500 vendors, and some 500 qualified press.
Notable items: More IoT and AI, plus 5G, 4K, and OLED, autonomous cars, VR and AR
(VR means “Virtual Reality”. AR means “Augmented Reality.)  Continue reading→

Clean Your Computer!
Files such as documents and pictures residing on your hard drive are unlikely to noticeably slow down your system if you have adequate hard drive space. However, software that loads every time the computer is used will eventually cause a significant drag on your system.  Continue reading→

Consider the Risks of Helping Friends with PC Problems
If you are known as a computer enthusiast, your less-experienced friends probably come to you for help when they run into problems. However, you should consider the risks before you agree.  Continue reading→

Cord Cutting or How I Love to Pay Less to Get More of What I Think I Need
 I may have just stumbled on, for me, the Holey (sic) Grail of news: For years, I have been attempting to get entire news shows from the internet, but only gleaned news clips, necessitating watching a few minute snippets and then having to click on another snippet and another . . .  Continue reading→

Encrypting a Drive
One of the added features of Windows 10 Pro over the Home edition capabilities, is the ability to encrypt a drive to protect all data and files contained on that drive from unauthorized access. An administrator can select a drive from the File Explorer app and turn on the BitLocker option from the right mouse button option list.  Continue reading→

Firewalls
A firewall is a program that monitors traffic on a network and rejects any data that violate its security rules. . . it can be host-based where it resides on a computer and controls all the data transferred through its data port, or it can be network-based where it resides on a modem or router that connects a local area network (LAN) to the Internet.  Continue reading→

Great Entertainment from Planet Coaster
Recently, I found in my browsing a game called “Planet Coaster” where I have enjoyed watching videos of roller coasters, parks, rides, and more all created by others who have been enjoying the tremendous creativity possible with this game.  Continue reading→

HDMI Device Connections
HDMI means High-Definition Multimedia Interface and it is the currently popular way to connect devices with a cable. The big advantage of HDMI is that it transmits not only high-definition video but also audio as well, in one comparatively thin cable connection.  Continue reading→

In Defense of Apple Maps
The big troika of smartphone navigation apps is Google Maps, Waze, and Apple Maps. I believe that recently Apple has brought its Maps app up to parity and then some.  Continue reading→

Interesting Internet Finds
While going through more than 300 RSS feeds, I often run across things I think might be of interest to other user group members. The following are some more items I found interesting during January, February, and March of 2019.  Continue reading→

Mistakes We Make When Buying a Computer
There is a lot of tech jargon flying around, and all of it is competing to get your money. Because of that, mistakes are easy to make, and they can easily result in your money going to waste.  Continue reading→

My Meshed-Up Wi-Fi
Our modern electronic devices are all about connectedness. It seems everything we have now is connected, and that connection is integral to the capabilities that are provided for us. Before they were connected, computers were just big boxes that made calculating and writing easier; . . .  Continue reading→

Partially Locked Laptop
This month I’ll look at an interesting situation of a partially locked PC that I picked up at a recent auction. One of the features that all PCs share is the ability to set a supervisor, master or boot PC password.  Continue reading→

Personalize your Desktop
All desktops are not created equal. Just look at the differences the next time you go to a class where you bring and use your own laptop. I bet none of those other desktops will look like your own desktop.  Continue reading→

Phishing Expeditions
A “phishing” email is one that attempts to obtain your personal account information to use for unauthorized purposes. When I included that article in Green Bytes, I hadn’t personally received a phishing email. But this month I did . . . Continue reading→

Samsung Galaxy Inductor
Samsung has made some very innovative uses of a type of electronic device called an inductor, which is a coil of wire. When I took the basic electronics design lab course in college, we studied and modeled three basic circuit components: resistors, capacitors, and inductors.  Continue reading→

Smart Homes
I’m pretty sure that almost all of you have heard about having a ‘Smart Home’ and may be wondering what that’s all about. This month I’ll take a look at what that means and some of the issues to watch out for.  Continue reading→

To Discern the Truth
Today we are all unwitting participants in a game played out on the internet to discern the true identities of those we communicate with. Unfortunately, the stakes are higher than some cash divided among the contestants that are proportional to the number of celebrity panelists deceived by the imposters, as in To Tell the Truth.  Continue reading→

Traveling with Electronics
When preparing for a trip, think carefully about what you really need. Every piece of gear you add is more weight to carry, another thing to protect, and another distraction from visiting and sightseeing.  Continue reading→

Traveling With Your Devices
You are probably used to using your computer devices at home, but what about traveling? Taking your devices with you can make your trip much better with directions, shopping, gas, emergency needs, entertainment, and much more.  Continue reading→

Wi-Fi Security
Wi-Fi is all around us. In homes, libraries, airports, shopping centers, recreational places, houses of worship, the CA buildings, just about everywhere. Wi-Fi is the first step in the complex way we get to the internet for information, entertainment, or purchases.  Continue reading→

Windows 10 May Update
Most of our Windows 10 Home users will get this release when Microsoft decides to push it out to their PCs via Windows Update. That will likely be sometime in April, possibly early May, especially for newer PCs.  Continue reading→

Windows 10 Screen Capture Tools
The ability to capture an image of a whole computer screen or Window has been around since the 1960s. It comes in handy for anyone who wants to include a portion of a screen, such as a picture, group of text, chart, or graph, in another place.  Continue reading→


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