Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center, 5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204 Zoom Session: https://zoom.us/j/2080042114
Meeting ID: 208 004 2114
Using CCleaner Presented by Gabe Goldberg
I've used Piriform's well-regarded CCleaner tool for many years for PC
maintenance and general hygiene. It's provided in three versions: Free,
Professional, and Professional Plus. I've been satisfied with the Free
version and in fact don't even use all its features. I'll discuss and
tour my version's features and encourage others to join in and share
your favorite PC maintenance tools with the group.
Quoting from CCleaner's web page, it provides:
Award-winning PC Optimization: Trusted by millions and critically
acclaimed, there’s a reason why CCleaner is the world’s favorite PC
optimization tool! Easy to use, one click cleaning so beginners can
optimize their computers in seconds. Plus, it's packed with advanced
features for power users
Faster Computer: Is your computer running slow? As it gets older it
collects unused files and settings which take up hard drive space making
it slower and slower. CCleaner cleans up these files and makes it faster
Safer Browsing: Advertisers and websites track your behavior online with
cookies that stay on your computer. CCleaner erases your browser search
history and cookies so any internet browsing you do stays confidential
and your identity remains anonymous.
Fewer Errors & Crashes: Over time your registry can become cluttered
with errors and broken settings which lead to crashes. CCleaner’s
patented registry cleaner clears out this clutter to make your PC more
Quicker Startup: Many programs run silently in the background when you
start up your computer. CCleaner helps you get to work, or play faster
by letting you disable unneeded programs.
Viruses in the Era of Genomics
Presented by Paolo Amedeo
This talk will concentrate on human-pathogenic viruses, starting with a brief overview of viral diversity both in terms of genomic organization, structure and “life cycle.”
"I will discuss the technical challenges of sequencing viral nucleic acids, especially from unknown viruses."
"Finally, I will talk about various types of bioinformatic analysis to study viral spread and evolution, and will present several examples in which synthetic biology could be of tremendous help in the rapid creation of safe vaccine strains."
"I graduated in 1995 from the university of Pavia (Italy) with a master in molecular biology. In 2000 I received my PhD in botany/plant molecular biology from the University of Basel working on transcriptional gene silencing at the Friedich Miescher Institute (FMI - Novartis). Soon after, I moved to San Diego for a postdoc at the Torrey Mesa Research Institute (TMRI – Syngenta) working on fungal molecular biology and genomics."
"At TMRI I transitioned from prevalently wet lab work to full-time bioinformatics. In 2003 I joined The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR – now part of JCVI) in Rockville as bioinformatics analyst, working on the structural and functional annotation of the genome of Cryptococcus neoformans (a human pathogenic fungus causing serious respiratory diseases and fungal meningitis). I worked in the Eukaryotic Bioinformatics Core Facilities till 2009, when I moved to the Viral Bioinformatics Team, which I currently lead."
Geocaching Presented by John Krout
Geocaching is an outdoor hobby: People hide containers called geocaches in parking lots, parks and some surprising locations, and publish a description and map coordinates, latitude and longitude, of each geocache on geocaching.com. Some geocaches are large enough to include toys and other treasures that will fascinate your kids or grandkids and maybe you too. You will see examples of geocache containers, see maps and web pages describing geocaches near where you live, and learn about geocaching apps so you can find caches using location services based on GPS on your phone or tablet. There are more than 100 caches in Arlington County and several hundred in Fairfax County.
John Krout is a PATACS member and former officer of WACUG, a PATACS predecessor organization. He has an MS in computer science and has worked in the computer business as a trainer, software engineer and documentation writer for 30 years. He bought a hiking GPS for finding geocaches in 2003. He has found caches in all of the Virginia State Parks, 82 of the 95 counties in Virginia, and in 38 US states. His total count of caches found is 2,200+ and continues to grow on most weekends. While hiking to find caches, he has lost weight, reduced his heart rate and blood pressure, and shot many eye-catching photos.
PC Clinic in the Annex
Get hands-on help with your computer problems from PATACS experts. Bring in your computer, and we'll help you lose the 'blues' - system slowdowns, unwanted programs, virus and malware. We can help install new RAM, optical drives, hard disks, and software. Be sure to read the Clinic Rules - see link below.
Contact director2 (at) patacs.org to arrange a presentation !!
Future Meeting Topics:
February 17th - Jay Castillo: Preserving Digital Assets
March 17th - Lorrin Garson: Peter Piper Picked Powerpoint
April 21st - Joe Kissell - Take Control of Your Digital Legacy
May 19th - Gabe Goldberg - iPad and SmartPhone - Together at Last
June 16th - Lorrin Garson - Comparing Microsoft PCs to Apple Computers