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VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE (VTC)
Saturday, February 8, 12:00 – 3:00 CT
 APCUG’s Virtual Technology Conferences are FREE!
Registration closes @ 10:30 PM CT on February 7

  • Attend using your computer, tablet or phone with the Zoom.us app.
  • Download the app for the device you will be using at: https://zoom.us/download
  • Sessions are 50 minutes with time for Q&A
  • Register once via Eventbrite
  • You do not need an Eventbrite account to attend the conference
  • You do not need a Zoom account to attend the VTC
  • Before the event, you will receive an email with directions and links for attending Tracks 1 and 2.
  • Day of conference, after connecting via Zoom, it is very helpful if you sign into each presentation you attend via the Chat Box; first and last name you used to register at Eventbrite.
  • Why? If all of the questions aren’t answered during the session, the rest of the answers will be sent to you. Or, there might be a handout.
  • Register at Eventbrite→
      

TRACK 1
 
12:00 PM CT
 
The Browser – Your Most Important App
Hewie Poplock, APCUG Rep, Central Florida Computer Society & Sarasota Technology User Group; Chromebook Evangelist
 
The computer program or app that we all use the most is the browser. A browser, which is short for web browser, is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web or Internet. Hewie will describe some of the important features of browsers and describe many important settings used in most browsers. He will also talk about little add-on programs called extensions for browsers, including where to find them, how to add them, and talk about some that he has found invaluable.
 
1:00 PM CT
 
What will 5G mean to you?
Ron Brown, Program Coordinator, Silvercom Computer & Technology Club
 
2:00 PM CT
 
Getting started in researching your Family History
(Even if you have been researching for years)

Jeri Steele, Genealogist

Whether you are just getting started or have been researching your family history for years, Jeri presents some steps to organize, plan, document, and record your work. These steps keep you moving forward with your research instead of getting buried in the details. Case studies will be presented as examples.


 
TRACK 2
 
12:00 PM CT
 
Future of Technology
Dave Dockery, President
Tampa Bay Technology Society
 
While it’s obvious that change in the world has been speeding up in the last several years, Doc will explain why the world is going to speed up even more in the future.  What does that mean for those of us who want to keep abreast of all of the coming changes.
 
1:00 PM CT
 
Introduction to Home Automation
Bill James, Vice President
Computer Club of Oklahoma City
 
Bill’s presentation covers: What is home automation, how to get started, what is required, two approaches – device or system, commercial home automation and security systems, do it yourself devices, types of hubs or controllers, security and privacy.
 
2:00 PM CT
 
Creating a Podcast for your group
Michael Crose, Board Member and Podcast Creator
Tampa Bay Technology Center
 
Is there a podcast in your group’s future? Michael’s presentation covers:
What is a podcast?
What can you podcast about?
How hard is it to start a podcast?
What kind of equipment and software do you need?
Do you need a website?
How do you get your podcast out there?
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CONGRATULATIONS to the winners in APCUG’s 2019 Contests.
We won 1st Place in the Website Contest due in part to Joe Callison’s excellent articles. PDF →



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 smart phones 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 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 . . . Contonue 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 you 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 current 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 are 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 →

Luci, a light powered by the sun.
It has a solar cell on top that accumulates charge sufficient to power the light. When you first get the Luci unit, it needs to be inflated. It’s pretty much flat and although the solar cell will still charge, the light does not have any space to shine.  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 →

Security Tips
Attention Facebook and Android users: Apparently, some platforms and applications on those portable devices transmit information about you and your “doings” when the app opens.  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 →

Smart Phone Purchase
Recently, my phone was “bricked” by an upgrade. Bricking is when something makes your phone unusable, usually a reference to a software change rather than physical damage.  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 is 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 1960’s. 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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