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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
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OPCUG Members Welcome!
PATACS - Arlington
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024 7 PM

Please Come Early & Help with Meeting Setup!

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

Why Consider a
Home Media Server?
Presented by
Dean Mires

With all of the streaming service available, why consider setting up your own media server at home? Several reasons, primary ones being saving money, always available, fully customizable, sharing your own movies, music, photos, and more throughout your entire home, and beyond. Most people have more than one tv at home. Maybe only 1 DVD on the upstairs TV, but not in the kids room, or the back yard system. Sometimes people want to view different movies, or even re-watching a different section multiple times. Suppose  you have t o leave for work, and may not get the opportunity to complete your viewing due to pesky having to earn a l living getting in the way. With a system built around Jellyfin, or other media server, you can  pick it up, right where you left off! Or if you are taking public transportation or carpool, finish watching your movie on the way to work on your phone! (Be sure to use your headphones so you don't give spoiler alerts to your fellow passengers). And if you have an old computer, laptop, or even a Raspberry PI, you can put this together, pretty much no money!.

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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, July 20th, 2024 1 PM   3rd Saturday

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Tallwood, TA1
4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, VA 22032-1028
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Agenda / Meeting Info

In Person Requirements -
OLLI Health and Safety Protocols

Coffee, Soda and Individual Snack Packages will be available.


Secure File Deletion

Presented by
John Krout

This presentation will help you understand how Windows stores your files. When you choose to delete a file, Windows deletes it in a way that allows a File Recovery application to recover the deleted file, including the file name and the file data, during a limited time window. You will learn about Recuva, a zero-cost File Recovery application.

Sometimes, though, you want to make sure a file is deleted securely, in a way that prevents recovery of it by File Recovery applications. A simple example is your gift idea list for anyone else in your house sharing use of the computer. There are other times too, such as before lending or donating the computer to a young techie-to-be who has no qualms about snooping around in the computer. A similar situation arises if you sell the computer, or send it out for repair.

You will learn what Secure File Deletion does to prevent such snooping. You will learn how to use that capability in three applications: CCleaner, File Shredder, both of which are zero-cost, and System Mechanic, a commercial application..

Learn in 30: Windows Virtual Machines (VM) -
The What, Why and How.

Presented by Roger Fujii

This will be a quick primer on some Virtual Machine (VM) options available on Windows 10/11. It will cover what VMs are, what one would use it for, and how to set it up. Bring your questions about this little known, but can be highly useful technology.

Roger Fujii has helped OLLI with technology challenges with its email, computers, and LAN systems since 2006, and has been a PATACS stalwart since the '80s.

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

August 17th: TBA

October 19th: Lorrin Garson - Advances in Chemistry

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PC Troubleshooting

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

PATACS - Arlington,
4th Wednesday, July 24h, 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.

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Computer Mechanic

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