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Arlington Meetings in Person!
Fairfax In-Person Requirements
All Sessions Available via Zoom
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Arlington Email: arlmtgs(at)patacs.org      Fairfax Email: ffxmtg(at)patacs.org

Meeting in Person and Via Zoom - See Above Banner
OPCUG Members Welcome!
PATACS - Arlington
Wednesday, Jan 4th, 2023, 7 PM

Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
Zoom Session: Details Sent via Email
Using Zoom



Free & Open Source Software
John Kennedy

Free Utility Apps
Judy Taylour

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APCUG Saturday Safari

Free and Open-Source Software, John Kennedy. Where money does not have to speak, and you still want quality software, learn about many alternative programs that you can get for free to do your computing tasks. Many of these programs are cross-platformed (meaning they have versions for Windows, Macs, and Linux), so sharing files with just about anyone is easy.

Free Utility Apps, Judy Taylour. What is a utility? An app that performs a specific task and adds functionality to your computer or helps your computer perform better. We all have our favorites: system monitoring, backing up, system maintenance, password management, virus protection, and more.

John Kennedy and Judy Taylour are tireless volunteers of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups.

Arlington Meeting Info & Maps       


The program planners for our First Wednesday PATACS meetings in Arlington are looking for topics that members would like to have explored or questions answered - this is your opportunity to have a say in topics addressed at this meeting. This is a smaller meeting than the Fairfax meeting, and it allows for much more interaction between members than is possible in Fairfax. And there's the post-meeting Pizza and Salad SIG, the post-meeting social at a nearby restaurant - another value-added feature of your membership! Please send your suggestions to our meeting program planners at arlmtgpgm@patacs.org.

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OPCUG / PATACS Joint Meeting,
Saturday January 21st, 1 PM  3rd Saturday

Meeting Via Zoom - See Above Banner
Fairfax Meeting Info, Maps
Agenda / Meeting Info

January and February 2023 Meetings via Zoom Only


Electric Vehicles –
Concepts and Comparisons

Presented by Geof Goodrum

Major automakers are playing catchup with Tesla Inc. in the manufacture and marketing of electric vehicles (EVs). This presentation will review basic EV concepts and terminology, some differences between Tesla and non-Tesla EVs, near and long term EV considerations, and a demonstration of useful mobile apps for EV drivers. There will also be an opportunity for open discussion and questions.

Geof Goodrum is a retired physical earth scientist, technology enthusiast and early adopter. Geof’s vehicle history includes a 2002 Honda Insight (1st Generation Gas-Electric Hybrid) and a 2019 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). He recently completed road trips in his 2022 Kia EV6 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, and cross-country via Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica CA), the Pacific Coast Highway (Los Angeles to San Francisco) and the Lincoln Highway (San Francisco to Gettysburg PA).

Learn in 30

Bluetooth and Pairing

Presented by John Krout

This presentation provides you with the fundamental knowledge to use your smart phone or tablet together with Bluetooth devices. You will find answers to questions such as these: Why is Bluetooth useful? What does Pairing accomplish? Step-by-step examples of Pairing using both an Android phone and an iPhone are included.

If Bluetooth is a mystery to you, you will be enlightened by this presentation.

John Krout is a frequent presenter at our meetings on a wide range of computer, technology and photography topics, and author of many articles for the PATACS Posts newsletter

Upcoming Learn in 30 Sessions:
This Is Your Chance!
10 - 15 Minute Talks Welcome
Presented by YOU !!
Contact director2 (at) patacs.org to arrange a presentation !!

Future Meeting Topics:

Presentation Volunteers Needed! Contact director2 (at) patacs.org

February 18th - Michele Romano: Death by a Thousand Clicks:
A Backdoor Look into the Mighty EHR (Electronic Health Record).

Date TBA: John Krout - Introduction to Digital Tables

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PC Troubleshooting

Meeting In-Person & via Zoom - See Above Banner
OPCUG Members Welcome!

PATACS - Arlington,
4th Wednesday, January 25th, 7 PM
Zoom Details Will be Sent by Email

Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Technology & PC Help Desk:
Extended Q&A

Do all your electronics, gadgets, computers, phones, tablets, TV sets, networks, earbuds, and software apps/applications work perfectly? Do you never encounter glitches, freezes, failures? Are you always certain what brand and model product to buy? If so, we'd like to hear about your magic touch.

But if you're like the rest of us, none of that is true for you. And so PATACS' first-Wednesday meetings may be just the resource you need for a happier technology life. Just as most PATACS meetings begin with a Q&A session, so does this meeting. But then the meeting continues for nothing but Q&A -- meaning that it's possible to have detailed and in-depth discussions, including real-time research and demonstrations.

Same as all PATACS meetings, these sessions are free and open to the public. So join in, share your questions, problems, and pain -- and perhaps receive answers, solutions, and relief.

Arlington Meeting Info & Maps       
Computer Mechanic

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