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Details of Monthly Meetings

PATACS - Arlington

Wednesday, January 3rd, 7 PM

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

CCleaner Flag

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 instantly.

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 stable.

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.


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 subjects 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.

OPCUG / PATACS Joint Meeting,
Saturday, January 20th, 1 PM

3rd Saturday

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Tallwood, TA1
4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, VA 22032-1028

Fairfax Meeting Info, Maps

January 20th, 12:45 PM https://zoom.us/j/2080042114 or
Zoom Meeting ID: 208 004 2114

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 App

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.

Diagnostic Troubleshooting

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.

Clinic Rules

Computer Mechanic

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

PC Troubleshooting

PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday January 24th, 7 PM
Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Technology & PC Help Desk: Extended Q&A

Arlington Meeting Info & Maps       
Computer Mechanic

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