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2017

  • Saturday, February 18th, 2017

    Jeff Dove - Mobile Device Support: PDF file       Video

    Roger Fujii - Two Factor Authentication: PDF File       Video
    Internet Terminology: PDF file

  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

    Steven Wertime discussed the Chrome browser.
    Recommends Lynda.com “Up and Running with the Chrome Browser” by Nick Brazzi

    Jim Rhodes discussed the Firefox browser - PDF file

  • Saturday, January 21st, 2017

    Leti Labell - Language Learning Apps - PDF File
    Video file - Start at 0:30 seconds

    Instructions for accessing Rosetta Stone with GMU ID / Online credentials (OLLI Members) - PDF File

    Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center - www.dliflc.edu

    Tom Gutnick - Audio for Everybody - PDF File
    Video file - start at 0:40 secs

    The Book of Audacity, Carla Schroder, No Starch Press, 2011

    For help with computer and tech problems: PATACS Email Chat / Discussion List


2016

  • Saturday, December 10th, 2016

    Amazon Echo & Some Apple Stuff (version 2) - Lorrin Garson: PDF File
    Video file -
    Start at 2:00

    Low Vision Technology - Phillip Linz: PDF File
    Video file

    Mentioned today - Secunia / Flexera PSI updating software - web link

  • Saturday, October 15th, 2016

    Leti Labell - Online Backup Services: PDF file
    Video file

  • Saturday, September 17th, 2016

    Pam Holland - Social Media for the Non-Tweeter: Video File

  • Saturday, July 16th, 2016

    Lorrin Garson - Digital Storage PDF Presentation      Video file Start at 3:20

    Stan Schretter - Android Apps on a PC Video file
    Source for Android Tablets, PCs, Remix OS for Android on Windows - Jide.com

    Other discussions:
    Adding Storage to Verizon FiOS DVRs: General Info
          Specifics from: FiOS User Forums - see Second Upgrade Attempt

  • Saturday, May 21st, 2016

    Thomas Rieger - Overview: Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative - Video file

    Geof Goodrum: Google Docs - Video File
  • Saturday, April 16th, 2016

    Leti Labell - Recipe Management Software     PDF file       Video File
  • Saturday, March 19th, 2016

    Jonathan Drake - Ancient History / Modern Destruction: Using Science and Technology
    to Study Cultural Heritage Loss - Video File
    Start at 0:20 seconds

    Stan Schretter - Education Apps for iOS and Android - Video File Start at 0:20 seconds
  • Saturday, February 20th, 2016

    Alan Day - Raspberry Pi PDF File      Video file Start at 0:45 seconds


    PFC K. O'Leary - FCPD - Mason District Workshop - PDF File

    Fairfax County Police - Related Information - PDF File

    Fairfax County Police Department     Web Page

    Our Presenter was from the Mason District Station     Web Page

  • Saturday, January 16th

    Geof Goodrum - Highlights of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show: Video File Start at 13:50

    Q&A: Tom Gutnick - Hard Drive Cleansing: a guide for the paranoid    PDF file


2015

  • Saturday, December 12th, 2015

    Stan Schretter - Evernote for Organizing Information: Video File

    Abby Stokes - Is This Thing On? Navigating the Digital World: Video File

  • Saturday, November 21st, 2015

    Learn 30: Lorrin Garson - Back Up Your Computer - PDF File        Video file Start at 9:20

    David Haase - Preparing Yourself for Identity Theft - PDF File       Video File
  • Saturday, October 21st, 2015

    Lorrin Garson - Abandon TrueCrypt - Video File Start at 5:20

    Roger Fujii - Home Automation - Video File Start at 27:30

    Experts Panel - Video file

  • Saturday, September 19th, 2015

    Learn 30: Stan Schretter - Exploring Mobile Apps for Photography -
    PDF file       Video file
    Start at 12:20

    Jen Katt - Small Changes, Big Impact: Change Your Patterns, Change Your Life:
    - PDF file        Video file

    Jen Katt - Health and Exercise Handout Materials       PDF file

    Jen Katt - Overcome Stresses from Sitting - Video - 40MB file

  • Saturday, September 12th, 2015

    Geeks on Tour: Part 1: Picasa to Google Photos - Video File

    Geeks on Tour: Part 2: Picasa to Google Photos - Video File

    Website

  • Wednesday, September 2nd

    Roger Fujii - Home Automation       PDF file
  • Wednesday, August 5th

    Jim Rhodes - Smart Phones     PDF file

  • Saturday, July 18th, 2015

    Paul Howard - Creating and Using PDF Files    PDF file View the Video - start at time code 15:15.

    Scotty Scott - Tips for Buying and Using a New TV     PDF file
  • Saturday, June 20th, 2015

    Lorrin Garson - Switching from PC to Mac PDF file        Video Start at 1:00

    Learn 30: Dave Mason - Phone, Tablet, Bluetooth, Cloud. View the Video. Start at 17:50

  • Saturday, May 16th, 2015

    Patrick M. Gillevett - The Selfish Microbiome. View the Video - Start at 1:00

    Learn 30: Gabe Goldberg - Amazon TV Firestick PDF file
    Start video presentation at time code 14:08

  • Saturday, April 18th, 2015

    Bob Osgood - What is Computer Forensics? View the Video

    Learn 30: Tom Gutnick - Doing More with the Clipboard - PDF File View the Video - start at 8:30.

  • Wednesday, April 1st

    Jim Rhodes - Let's Talk about Android (and Google) PDF file
  • Saturday, March 21st, 2015

    Bob Flores - Is Your Toaster an Insider Threat? View the Video

  • Saturday, January 17th, 2015

    Dan & Jean Feighery - Planning Our Trips and Trip Tale Presentations - PDF file Note - Big File!
    View the Video

    Learn 30: Geof Goodrum - Highlights of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. View the Video


2014


  • Saturday, December 13th, 2014

    Sharon MacInnes - Virtual Roots - PDF file View the Video

    Learn 30: Mike Pafford - Introduction to a Multi-User Virtual World Environment
    View Intro Video - start at 0:58        View presentation Video

  • Wednesday, December 3rd

    Jim Rhodes discussed file encryption - pdf file

  • Saturday, November 15th, 2014

    Elliot Stern - Backing Up Strategies - See the Presentation from the APCUG November Virtual Technology Conference
    http://apcug2.org/content/backing-strategies-0

    Information forwarded by Elliot for OPCUG / PATACS members: PDF file

    Learn 30: Lorrin Garson - A Brief Look at Apple Computers. View the Video of Lorrin's presentation.

  • Saturday, October 18th, 2014

    Stan Schretter: The Tablet Wars - Is there a clear winner?" View the Video - starts at 8:00

    Learn 30: Mel Mikosinski - Zoom Teleconferencing. View the Video - starts at 21:50

  • Saturday, September 20th, 2014

    Gary Arlen: The Internet of Things. View the Video

  • Saturday, August 16th

    Bill Walsh's investigation of Clip Converter, an online tool for capturing and converting video and audio media, showed potential problematic background popups, suggesting users 'click' on them. Other tools are available to acquire material for use in PowerPoint presentations, such as:

    YTD Video Downloader
    Applian Replay Capture Suite
    Audials One 11 / Audials MovieBox 11

    Scotty Scott's presentation on 'Acquiring a New TV' raised the issue of suitable power line surge protectors. Lisa Ferrett found this extensive review of several of these devices. http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-surge-protector/

    Paul Howard suggested the Isobar series of surge protectors from TrippLite, which include LEDs to indicate protection status of the device. He's bought several from Provantage.

  • Saturday, July 19th

    Gabe Goldberg - Google / Samsung Chromebook - pdf file

    Save Your Memory and Your Mind: 7 Steps to Brain Health
    Susan Wranik's Web Site: http://speakskill.com/
    Contact Susan: susan (at) speakskill.com


    Resources and tips from the meeting:

    Getting the free version of Malwarebytes:

    "...here's last dialogue box in installation -- so if you uncheck
    'enable free trial of the premium edition' you stay with free version."

    Local resources of genealogy information / help:

    Mount Vernon Genealogical Society
    http://www.mvgenealogy.org/wp/

    Annandale Family History Center
    http://www.annandalefhc.org/

  • Wednesday, July 2nd

    Comparison of Cloud Storage Services - Francis Chao
               From APCUG Virtual Technology Conference #7

    For PDF file       http://www.apcug2.org/content/vtc7
    For YouTube Video       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26dWXZxJYeE

  • Saturday, June 21st

    Lorrin Garson: Cryptograpy for the Rest of Us - PDF file

    Member Contributions on this topic and other material from our Q&A sessions:

    Roger Hillson - Here's a link to the American Cryptogram Association. The ACA is a hobby organization for people who enjoy breaking classical 'paper and pencil' ciphers. Many people write and use computer scripts for generating statistics and trial solutions; this is the part that I find most interesting.

    An abbreviated sample copy of the "The Cryptogram" can be downloaded from the ACA website. There is a computer column every month in the regular journal, but not in the sample issue. Pascal and Python seem to be the most popular languages for the scripts that people submit.

    http://cryptogram.org/

    Gabe Goldberg - secure email:

    Voltage SecureMail uses asymmetric encryption, so my private key is used by me to decrypt, you encrypt with my public key. No need for key exchange, just key name (email address) + key material in key server = unique key.

    ...so all you need is someone's public key (which they can freely broadcast); they use their closely held private key to read the email. As Lorrin said, there's a tiny bit of process setting up to send/read encrypted email, but products like SecureMail simplify it. Of course, that one is business-oriented, but many serve consumers.

    Mel Goldfarb - scams:

    The Director (or other Special Agents) of the FBI don't send email demanding payments for your alleged transgressions. (They'll kick down your door! Ed.) Don't pay - it's 'RansomWare!

    Microsoft will not call you on the phone with a line of bullstuff about how your computer is infected and they're calling to help. The ploy of these imposters is to get you to let them intall a 'helper' program on your computer, which will really screw it up, then hold you for ransom to fix it. JUST HANG UP !!

    Tools for Improving Your PC's Speed and Security:

    CCleaner: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

    MalwareBytes - free version as an aid to screening for Malware your Antivirus / antimalware security program may have missed: http://www.malwarebytes.org/

    Photos From This Meeting


  • Wednesday, June 4th

    Jim Rhodes - Best Android Apps - PDF file

    From Q&A Session - What to use for computer security? Suggested magazine reviews of software -

    From PC World - Security Showdown 2014

    From PC Magazine - The Best Security Suites for 2014


  • Saturday, May 17th

    Sherrie White, Fairfax County Dept. of Public Safety Communications: 9-1-1 Call Center - PDF File
    Individual, private viewing only: You may not copy or use the presentation in any way without the express written permission of the Fairfax County DPSC.


  • Saturday, April 19th

    John Redmond: Windows XP Expiration - Now What?       PDF file of PowerPoint Presentation

    Our colleagues at the Greenspring Village Computer Club prepared these documents about the Windows XP expiration; we thank them for sharing with us:       PDF file

    From Q&A Discussions - Password tools:


  • Wednesday, April 2nd

    Jim Rhodes: Introduction to ChromeBook       PDF file of PowerPoint Presentaton

    Protect Yourself from the Heartbleed Security Exploit       Link to Internet article


  • Saturday, March 15th

    Lorrin Garson: The Cloud - For Non-Meterologists       PDF file of PowerPoint Presentaton

    Rick Ellrod: From Television Sets to Communications Policy       PDF file of PowerPoint Presentaton


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