Karl Witalis discussed a real life genetics scenario initiated with ancestry testing using “23andMe“. As a second topic Karl provided some first use
comments on his newly purchased Windows 11 computer.
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John Girard discussed how to attract people to your internet trafic. He talked about the different types of internet media that are suitable for different audiences and goals,
designing a compelling and interesting internet presence and avoiding unnecessary effort.
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John Girard talked about all of those vampires lurking in your house right now. Vampire Power! No, it's not a call to action for bloodsuckers...it’s about
devices that are connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long, drawing little amounts of power, sucking away at your alternating current life blood.
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John Girard explained the various computer settings that
could help a person who had vision difficulties such as changing
the default font and the font size. He also mentioned some
phones for seniors that have simplified home screens, such as
Jiterbug phones. One such phone is for people with alzeimer´s
which can be ordered from The Alzheimer´s Store and has picture
dialing and GPS.
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John Girard explained how virtual private networks (VPN) work, the pros and cons, and the need for one.
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Kevin demonstrated how to use the free Microsoft preinstalled
video editor. He inserted several video clips of his family
using a water slide on the storyboard and showed how to edit
them to create a fun video. His YouTube video was easy to follow:
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Hewie presented the following three podcast series: Part 1--What is a Podcast?, Part 2--How to Listen to a Podcast and Part 3--My Favorite Podcasts. Click Here for Highlights
Mark delved into the fascinating inventiveness it took to get men to the moon. Click Here for Highlights
Jay discussed routers - which ones are the fastest ones, the dangers of wireless systems due to lack of security, and how to stop malware from getting into your computer by connecting your own router into the company router. Your router should have a strong password. Your cables should connect directly into your router and not the company router. Click Here for Highlights
Jere discussed how to clean off the junk files & improve your Windows PC performance, how to perform maintenance tasks, updating apps and security tools, disable programs that slow down your operating system. Click Here for Highlights
Ray reviewed how to utilize your exiting Compact Disc collection, now that many new cars no longer have a CD player, by streaming from an online service, using Bluetooth, flash drives, smartphones, etc.. Click Here for Highlights
John discussed the many computers that are employed in modern cars to control such things as the engine, transmission, lighting, radio/entertainment and much more, such as: diagnostic code readers and the cost and information they reveal, the ´secret handshakes´ or procedures people don't know about to change certain programs and the five levels of driving automation with Tesla and Cadillac being at level 2 (partial automation). Click Here for Highlights
Ron Brown focused on Fall Detection, Emergency Notification, and Home Automation to ensure safety for a senior living alone. He also discussed how to set up a home network, the Echo Show, Google Nest, and the new Zoom All-in One Home appliance. Click Here for Highlights
The presentation focused on the key features of the calendar and meetings in Microsoft Teams, including scheduling, meeting preparation, the in-meeting experience, and follow-up. There is a side-bar menu for easy navigation. Also covered were the latest features in Microsoft Edge, such as creating an app from a web site. Click Here for Highlights
Ron Brown introduced three popular three cardio watches that can detect blood pressure in order to alert a person of affibrillation and stave off a stroke and oxygen level and the possible need for a pace maker to avoid future fall injuries. See www.techforsenior.com for more information. Scientists are working on developing a watch to check sugar levels for diabetics which would make finger pricking a thing of the past. Click Here for Highlights
Jay showed us many interesting features in Windows 10 that we did not know about, such as turning on the ransomware protection setting in Windows Security, and a private, secure browser called Brave and using a good password manager. He also mentioned Fido2, a thumb-drive device, for a fast and secure authenification. .... Click Here for Highlights
John took us on a tour starting with 3D in the 1830s on up to the present types of computer-generated realities that will someday soon exceed the farthest imaginings of Science Fiction. Many people have used aspects of hi-tech immersive technologies without realizing and many more will use these technologies in their daily lives in a matter of a few years. Click Here for Highlights
John provided a short presentation on file manipulation tips and tricks. Click Here for Highlights
The challenge was to show that GIMP, a free and open-source editor, could cut a subject from a picture and paste it into another picture. Sheila met the challenge by demonstrating through PowerPoint slides the steps she took to achieve this, having never done it before. Click Here for Highlights
Peter clarified the terminalogy and offered ways to narrow down the choice, depending upon how one uses the monitor. Click Here for Highlights
Bob presented the different programs and apps, including free ones, that can keep you safe and secure as well as reduce your privacy exposure. Click Here for Highlights
Judy discussed different types of media, its advantages and disadvantages, and also how you can find information more efficiently without endless searching. Click Here for Highlights
The Creality Ender 3 is a low cost, $200 (reduced even further since Peter bought his on Ebay) 3D printer that has gotten excellent reviews. This presentation briefly covered the Ender 3, assembly, the process of drawing a 3D part, slicing it and printing it on the printer. While not an expert with 3D printing, Peter was able to get going quickly making simple 3D parts for his audio HiFi hobby. It came in a small box and had to be assembled. Peter followed a very good You Tube video that showed how. Click Here for Highlights
Judy shared some of her favorite utility apps: iDrive, EaseUs Todo (free), Acronis - True Image 2020, Avast AntiVirus (free), Malwarbytes AdwCleaner (free), Malwarebytes Browser Guard (free for Chrome), Patch My PC (free), Private Internet Access (PIA), WOT (Web of Trust), Bitwarden - John Kennedy (free), Dashlane Password Manager, LastPass Password Manager, Belarc Advisor, Bitly, CCleaner, Evernote, Grammarly, Honey - coupon codes and sales, Nextdoor, NitroPDF Reader (free), Pay Pal, Venmo, PhotoRazor, Recuva, Revo Uninstaller, Team Viewer, Unchecky and VLC Media Player. Click Here for Highlights
John discussed and demonstrated how he creates personalized custom greeting cards using Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe. Click Here for Highlights
Mike explained the new features on Microsoft 365 which uses cloud storage and is a subscription service costing $99.99 a year or $9.99 a month. Click Here for Highlights
Larry listed and explained six free PC utilities that he loves: Adblock Plus, WOT, Crumble, ABINE Blur, Last Pass and Pocket Knife Peek. Click Here for Highlights
Jay showed three ways to protect your home´s computer system: securing your wi-fi, browsing incognito and using a password management program, such as RoboForm, which is encrypted and the best, according to Jay. Click Here for Highlights
Hackers are everywhere. Jay demonstrated various USB sticks and other tools used by hackers to capture WiFi on computers, copy credit cards, etc. Click Here for Highlights
The holiday party included lots of delicious food and a raffle with many prizes. Several of our board members helped by buying items for the raffle. New this year, board member, Jeff Heisner, solicited businesses and received gift certificates that were also included in the raffle. Also new this year was a lottery-ticket tree. We had a door prize raffle that included everyone. There was also a free table. Click Here for Highlights
Introduction to the free Google app, Keep Notes. Michael Daniels showed the different ways information can be captured and saved using this app, like keying in a grocery list and a to-do list, taking pictures, voice recording and copying from Google Docs. The notes can be given different background color, pinned to the top, archived, searched and also be collaborated with another person. Click Here for Highlights
The agenda included: protecting your devices from malware, keeping software up to date, using strong passwords and PINs and surfing and downloading more safely. Click Here for Highlights
A casual meeting where Bill Roman discussed and answered many questions pertaining to digital devices. John used his Android phone to demonstrate what some key strokes can do.Click Here for Highlights
Jim and Chris Guld are professional technology traniners. As ‘Geeks on Tour’, they present computer seminars all over the country. They discussed sixteen important smartphone tips that they have presented during their weekly shows. To better appreciate the quality of this professional technical team, visit their website, https://geeksontour.com/ . On their website you will have access to over 170 technical webcasts. Click Here for Highlights
Miranda, a college senior majoring in animation, discussed animation's history, how it's created and present day applications. Click Here for Highlights
Hewie Poplock gave six reasons why Chromebooks might be a better choice for seniors. (1) Portability - only weighs 3 lbs. You can take it anywhere! (2) Battery - Lasts for 10 hours (3) Google Apps - All your docs are in the cloud and save automatically. (4) Performance - Boots up in 5 seconds! No slowdown no matter how much you do. (5) Security - No viruses! It's always up to date and always safe. (6) Price - It only costs $300. No add ons, no extra fees. Click Here for Highlights
John Roy presented info about the extremely low cost WyzeCam. He has installed five at his home for about $125 which includes free 14-day event cloud storage. Click Here for Highlights
Bill Roman presented the program with a sense of humor with "The Best of the Tonight Show" theme. Click Here for Highlights
Mike and Brian, from the Microsoft Danbury, CT store, demonstrated the latest creative possibilities using the Photos app. Click Here for Highlights
Larry talked about the parts needed for this inexpensive PC and Emily demonstrated it live. They will hold a sig at which they will help people to put it together. Click Here for Highlights
Vic demonstrated how easy it was to work with powerpoint and insert text, pictures, tables, videos, trasitions, animations and create photo albums. Click Here for Highlights
Lots of food, good conversation and a raffle with many prizes. We had a door prize raffle that included everyone. Besides the new items bought by John Roy, Bill Roman emptied his used storage area to provide many of the raffle items. There was also the free table which had many items including some of the library books and DVDs. Click Here for Highlights
Paul made us aware of the common threats and scams that are out there and how to be vigilent and avoid them. Click Here for Highlights
Cathy showed how to do shortcuts, enlarge screen fonts, declutter our desktop, create folders and subfolders, carefully saving files and naming files so we know where they are, using Google or Bing to find answers plus many other helpful information. Click Here for Highlights
Live demos included: Barbara Gravitz - Cortana, Show Me, Edge/Bing, Microsoft rewares program, Sheila Swaikowski - Smartphone Applications Datally & Libby, Dick Kalfaian - Microsoft God Mode. John Roy presented---Image Backup Using Macrium Reflex. Click Here for Highlights
Emily Clarke talked about office applications and introduced the history of and the abilities of the free open source office application - Libreoffice, a favorite. Click Here for Highlights
Janeen Bjork interactively engaged the audience and used examples and case studies. She has 30 years experience and previously was a television researcher, which skill she brought to geneology research. Click Here for Highlights
Bill Roman talked about the computer problems and issues that were brought up by the audience and presented solutions plus tips on using the computer. Click Here for Highlights
Jerry, a long-time TPCUG member, will presented Mailwasher, an email filtering software that detects and deletes malware and spam email before it gets to your computer. Mailwasher is known to be a proactive and preventative program in keeping your computer safe.
Additionally, Jerry presented how to Take & Make Better Pictures, taught the members the Rule of Thirds and post-click editing that can make or break a photo by editing parts and how to zoom in on what you see, making an effective photo. Click Here for Highlights
Mike from the Danbury Microsoft Store presented Windows 10 features in the recently updated creativity version 1709, a.k.a. the Fall Creators Update, which includes slide show movie creation with music, three-dimensional effects and virtual reality. He also discussed improving security, functionality, staying safe online and a few commonly used programs, such as, Microsoft Office Suite, PowerPoint, Access, One Note, Project, and Skype. Questons were answered during the presentation. Click Here for Highlights
Larry introduced us to the many ways we can use the Amazon Echo.
Emily discussed in detail how systems can be integrated and used to make life better and more convenient especially for the elderly or people with disabilities. Click Here for Highlights
Ron Brown introduced us to the new Google Photos and its capabilities to store unlimited photos, retrieve and share those photos, recognize buildings and scenery in the photos and automatically create picture-stories of our vacations. Click Here for Highlights
Lots of food, good conversation and a raffle with many prizes. This year we included everyone in a door prize raffle. More than 60 attended, and Bill Roman emptied his used storage area to provide an even greater selection than advertised. Click Here for Highlights
Mike took the whole meeting, apart from a short Q&A with Bill Roman and John Roy. Mike presented the many sales going on, especially on the Surface Pro and the Surface Pro Bundle. He also answered questions from the audience. Click Here for Highlights
Bill talked about safety both online and using smart home appliances such as digital personal assistants, wireless video camera systems, audio smart locks to name a few. He also present some Windows 10 tips and tricks.
John listed the Windows 10 features that were removed or depreciated from this update. He also listed the best new features. He ended with three links to PCWORLD articles for more info. Click Here for Highlights
Selected board members extremely interesting and useful presentations were complemented by our main topic speaker..
William presented how life is made easier with smartphone applications. Bill shared some of his must-have apps during this presentation. Since Bill was presenting this topic from his home in Oklahoma City, it was a live webinar. Click Here for Highlights
Bob Gostischa presented and explained the do and do not of what you need to know to stay safe on your computer whether windows or Mac devices and internet. A great deal of information was provided and shared by the presenter and members. Click Here for Highlights
John Roy had an answer and question program that covered assorted topics submitted by members present and those that use email and TPCUG website. There was an outstanding amount of sharing of information by both the members and John. To list the topics would take more room then was is available here. Click Here for Highlights
Jack Heslin a provider of 3D Printers and Print Services had presented facts that few of us knew much about but we do hear a lot. 3D Printing is one of the fastest growing technologies that impacts every field from Aerospace too Zamboni machines. Easily bringing idears, design, development, creation and addressing issues so the consume higher quality from products. 3D Printing is in its infancy illustrating that the future now.
Sheila Swaikowski presented Video Capture explaining how the editing software maybe used, not just for music but pictures and videos. Click Here for Highlights
Jean Rabinow presented picture-editing software Fresh Paint, Photo and Paint that come with most Windows PC that users may not realize they own. Jean showed how to crop images with too much background showing, and brightening too-dark photos.
John Roy explained backups what types, take place, timeframe considerations and consequences of not doing a backup. Clarified and explained the different between Incremental and Differential backup. Concluding with an extensive question and answer period. Click Here for Highlights
Victor Casaretti presented Microsoft (MS) Excel applications specifically discussing and illustrated how-to-do the following features of automatically calculating data between worksheets, splitting text into multiple cells/ merge text into one cell, inserting a worksheet into MS Word, creating a graphics from data, customized sorting on multiple cells, freezing column panes, printing specific cells, and finding/selecting/replacing data concluding with a question and answer period. Click Here for Highlights
Mike Walters from the Danbury Microsoft Store introduced: What´s New with Windows 10; Microsoft Edge, Inking Features; and the opportunity for members to get �hands-on� with the NEW Surface Studio. Click Here for Highlights
Jayson Ferron explained that HoloLens have surgical, architectural design and game applications and demoed the game application while describing how the technology of HoloLens worked. This spell binding demo lead the audience to asking themselves is the future holographic wireless and hands free high-definition computing? A few members got the chance to try it for themselves to get an answer. Click Here for Highlights
Mr. Ed Fitzgerald had demonstrated how persons with Dementia with help from clinicians, family members, or volunteers to play ames, view videos and pictures from the iPad home screen using augmented reality, virtual reality, combination of virtual and real play. Click Here for Highlights
Lots of food, good conversation and a monster raffle with many prizes. More than 60 attended, and Bill Roman emptied his used storage area to provide an even greater selection than advertised. Click Here for Highlights
After the usual Q&A session, Abby Stokes, who had been here last April, filled the meeting with many good hints and tips for surfers.
Bill gave a full description of the Snipper available in both Windows 7 and 10, well documented with many slides.
Victor, who was here in May, used a small example to demonstrate several useful features of Excel, including data validation, filtering, the SUBTOTAL and IF functions and calculating age from birthday and present date. SUBTOTAL will provide a correct total to match the data showing after a filter, whereas TOTAL shows the grand total of all items displaying at the moment or not. IF accepts the first matching branch, which makes coding simpler. Click Here for Highlights
This time Mike came alone, and answered many questions as well as showing the latest from Redmond WA. Click Here for Highlights
General discussion on many topics, with demonstrations where applicable. After the Break, he discussed the Members' Interests survey results and provided some hints and tips, including Snipit, creating custom icons and dealing with hard drive partitions. Click Here for Highlights
John provided many suggestions for conserving paper and ink by using alternatives, like Cloud storage, e-cards and archived files.
Ethan, speaking remotely, provided a fascinating look into the world of CAD as he designed an engagement ring. Click Here for Highlights
Jerry showed pictures from his vacations and equipment he used. He also showed several new camera designs for this hobby.
Bob, a commercial photographer with a wide range of experience, discussed the future of digital photography and showed some of the cameras now available. He also gave some hints on improving one's own photographic experiences. Click Here for Highlights
Victor Casaretti worked in computer systems for 35 years and now volunteers at the Monroe Senior Center, teaching classes in MS Word and Excel. This presentation filled the whole meeting except for a short question period, and covered three subjects:
1. How to create and maintain a Quick Toolbar, create a multi-column document, insert image(s) into the document and show "track changes" in that document.
2. How to create a document from an existing template and crop a picture using the "snipping tool" app. and
3. Create a simple document and then use the thesaurus or dictionary to modify it, translate the document into a foreign language and then send it via email. Click Here for Highlights
Larry introduced Waze, a GPS-like app which runs on a PC or a Smartphone. It runs in real time, so can show current road conditions, like accidents and blockages, reported by other drivers -- rather like GasBuddy reports prices. John then covered the Gas Buddy app and a bar-code reader app for the Smartphone as well.
Abby gave an entertaining and informative talk which lasted fiftyfive minutes, almost without pause. Club members are Digital Immigrants, since we are over 40; the under-40s are the Digital Natives who grew up with computers. Suggestions: Sit at the computer for 40 minutes, then take a 10 minute break. Use a kitchen timer to keep to this. To avoid dry eyes, rub hands together until they are warm, then put them over your eyes while you roll them, then look into the distance. Best story: "What's the difference between a pig and a hog? The way you spell it." Click Here for Highlights
Microsoft took the whole meeting, apart from a short Q&A with Bill Roman. Mike started with warnings on security, but after the break relaxed and became Mike Unleashed and showed us a NuVision hand-held Windows 10 computer. (Best lines, possibly: "Facebook is the cesspit of the Internet!"..."The average computer user doesn't know which end of the box to blow in to make it work!")
Recommended: Set browser to delete history, cookies, etc. on closing; STOP COOKIES and do not deal with any site that insists on them; turn off Notifications in Facebook; "Work from Home" is usually a Russian money-laundering scam. Click Here for Highlights
John, with help from other board members, demonstrated a number of unusual ways of using a smartphone.
Mr.Giannini has a BS in Fire Protection Engineering and is an ASIS Certified Protection Professional. He guided us through the low voltage systems needed for home security, and discussed how to keep them easy to service and expand as needed. Felix is also on LinkedIn from which one can read his many educational blog posts. Click Here for Highlights
Larry Gross opened with three useful browser tools: Adblock Plus, WOT (Web of Trust) and Crumble. The first blocks ads; the second provides a colored circle to indicate how trustworthy others have reported a site to be, and Crumble can ignore unnecessary material in a web site, thus reducing page load times.
After the break Mary Rogers of the Trumbull Library introduced us to Hoopla, which allows libraries to offer on-line moves, e-books, etc. Although it seemed only a few local libraries are involved, later examination showed many all over the country and the state. Click Here for Highlights
Lots of food, good conversation and a monster raffle with many prizes. The latter went so slowly towards the end that finally it was redefined to include only those interested in one or more of the items left. Click Here for Highlights
Scott Pierson is an SEO Consultant, speaker, blogger, trainer and adviser on the subject of search engine optimization.
That is to say, ways of adjusting the wording on a web page so as to make it more likely to appear close to the top of a search engine
output list. Certain words are more powerful at this, and even a change or addition of a single letter can sometimes increase activity
on a site by a factor of as much as ten!
We were also introduced to MOZ.COM, a site which does much to control the rating of web pages, giving them more or less "domain authority". Click Here for Highlights
The whole meeting was devoted to Microsoft, Windows 10 and their new Surface computers. Mike Walters from the MS Danbury store, accompanied for part of the time by Jay Ferron, showed the Surface Pro 4, ultra-thin and so completely sealed that any problem - ANY problem - will result in a new machine for those who have had one less than a year, or have taken out extended Warranty insurance. The two parts of this laptop are separable, resulting in a 11x8 tablet -- so there are batteries in each part. After the break, Mark discussed Windows 10 and showed many of its features and where to find some of the usual tools, now moved to other locations. He finished by answering questions from the large and very attentive audience. Click Here for Highlights
CRIME PREVENTION - ANGELA DELEON. Currently the People's United Bank Masters Program Coordinator, Angela spoke on crime prevention and the Yellow Dot program. Common scams include falling in love over the phone, fake repair or utility men, "rescue me" phone calls and plain theft. Many of these are aimed at the elderly. She demonstrated ways women carry their pocket-books - but each way can involve the woman getting hurt. She recommended letting it go; carrying it under your arm so a thief can simply snatch it. She also passed out yellow dots for people to put in their car windows when involved in an accident. If you place one in your driver's-side rear window, first responders will know there is vital medical information in your glove compartment.
VITAL KEYS TO PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER AND PERSONAL INFORMATION - JEFF HEISER. Jeff Heiser, a club member, followed this with a comprehensive talk on computer and personal security. Examples of topics: Internet History, Hackers' Motivations, Threats, Concerns, Malicious Software, Identity theft (causes and avoidance), Breaches, Attacks, Vulnerabilities (i.e., Facebook, Instagram), Proactive Measures to take. He included a Question and Answer session. Click Here for Highlights
INTRODUCING WINDOWS 10 - JAY FERRON. This talk, given over Skype from Bahrain, filled the whole meeting room, with a few minutes break
for refreshment and gossip. Microsoft has gone overboard on security with this system. You can safeguard your machine with a password,
a fingerprint (if you have the reader) or even a visual check of your face. And you can set it so that, even if you turn your face away
from the screen for a few seconds, the system will lock down.
A new Personal Assistant, Cortana, sounds like Outlook meets Skype meets GPS -- it keeps your diary, schedule, etc. and can remind you of appointments -- and tell you if you miss a turn while driving with it in the car!
Another new ability is that you can edit a website and send the changed file to the writer.
There are many other major new features, but we will be posting them when we receive the talk notes from Mr. Ferron. Click Here for Highlights
REVO UNINSTALLER - SHEILA SWAIKOWSKI. The Control Panel uninstall routines often do an incomplete removal of unwanted program parts. A program like the Revo Uninstaller does a more complete job. Sheila showed a 5-minute-plus Youtube presentation on how use this program. She also discussed the features of the TPCUG Library and what is available there.
TRAVELING WITH YOUR COMPUTER - JOHN ROY. Apart from lists of hardware and software to take with you, John had one or two interesting points to make. Use a GPS for navigation, but also have a map program like Delorme on your laptop. This will show more clearly what is near you but off your immediate path, so that you can readily divert to points of interest as you travel. He also suggested using one of the Blog sites available to maintain a daily diary as you go, so that friends and family can keep up with your exploits. Click Here for Highlights
"ACRONIS" TRUE IMAGE BACKUP SOFTWARE - GENE BARLOW. Gene, a veteran presenter, discussed types of backup
(individual files, to the cloud, complete system clones, disk images), how, when (for us, weekly) and where to back up (DVD, external hard
drive), how to arrange the hard disk, and introduced the free Acronis Disk Monitor.
Acronis True Image is a hard drive utility suite containing a number of backup utilities and compatible with Windows 8.1. Gene prefers to use at least three partitions: C: for the system; a Data partition for messages, financial records and other data; and a Multimedia partition for pictures and videos. He showed how to use True Image to transfer an existing system to a new hard disk. He also announced special pricing available for members of the club
Acronis Disk Monitor continuously checks your hard drive and warns you by email or on screen when it is likely to fail. If failure is imminent, it provides instructions to the user on what steps to take to protect records.
DIGITAL FORENSICS - DETECTIVE MICHAEL CHAVES. Mr. Chaves, a member of the Monroe, CT Police Department, has a background in Computer
Science and when he became a police officer he found an interest in digital forensic and computer crime investigations.
"Digital Forensics" is basically recovery of deleted material from computer storage. Mr. Chaves currently performs forensic exams on cell
phones, computers, etc. for all the surrounding towns including Trumbull. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University
where he teaches Digital Forensics. He is also a member of the CT Financial Crimes Task Force which is run by the Secret Service. His primary
duties are Point of Sale Network Intrusions or breaches.
Mr. Chaves talked about cases involving cell phones and computers including some in Trumbull. He discussed credit card breaches and how they affect customers, and also touched upon social media sites, online shopping and banking cautions. Click Here for Highlights
LATEST SECURITY THREATS, PROTECTING YOUR FINANCES AND POT LUCK - BILL ROMAN. Bill mainly let the evening flow along answering members' questions. About 8:25pm he started with the security topic and asked how many people were motivated to do a credit freeze after his last discussion. One woman raised her hand and said she looked into it but didn't do the freeze yet. Bill said that the security freeze costs $10 per credit bureau but is well worth it, and you can do it online. It's easy to unfreeze a bureau when you need to and costs $10. Find out which credit bureau the loan office will be looking at and unfreeze that one. Then it will refreeze at no cost in a short time. Bill said he will continue with the security topic next time he does a presentaion. (This does not affect daily use of credit cards, etc.) Google "credit freeze Clark Howard" for more details. Click Here for Highlights
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT MICROSOFT - MARK WALTERS AND BILL SONNEMANN. Carolyn Bighinatti, who was scheduled, was not able to attend, but Mark and Bill took her place. We were shown Microsoft 10, which should be completed this fall, and the Surface Pro 3, Redmond's answer to the ipad. Click Here for Highlights
3D PRINTING LIVE DEMONSTRATION - JAY FERRON. Unfortunately, Jay was under doctor's orders not to carry any loads, so was unable to bring his 3D printers to the meeting. But he did provide a fascinating glimpse into this new world, with pictures and web pages. The printer is mounted in a rectangular frame, with a bed upon which the items are built, and above it the print head, Both can move in two dimensions to vary the point on which the print head will deposit material. The printer, acting much like an ink-jet machine, lays down a thin layer of quick-drying liquid, and then the distance between print head and bed is increased slightly and another layer placed on top, and so on, until a solid object, usually in plastic, is constructed. The layers can vary in thickness from a few microns to 1mm, so that incredible detail can be achieved if needed. The size of the machine frame determines the maximum item size that can be built. If a stronger metal part is needed, there are places where the plastic piece can be sent to be cast as required. Whatever our needs in this area, or even if we had none, we in the audience were all mesmerized by what we were being shown. Click Here for Highlights
SECURITY RISKS- JEFF HEISNER. Cybersecurity - Risks, Vulnerabilities and, Cyber Defense (home and business)
3D SOFTWARE MODELING - ETHAN RABINOWITZ. Ethan has been working as a Senior Application Engineer at SpaceClaim for 4 years. He demos the software to government and private companies interested in working smarter. He also trains customer personnel how to use the software. SpaceClaim is the easiest 3D CAD modeling tool, designed for the masses. A free version of SpaceClaim for the PC called "Design Spark Mechanical" is available with some restrictions on tools and what files you can import and modify. Design Spark Mechanical has most of the tools to design from scratch, and you can save to the STL format needed for 3D printing. This webinar showed you how easily SpaceClaim can be used to create and edit 3D models and what the free version is capable of doing..
6:30 - 9:00 PM at the Trumbull library community room. $10 per person. Each member who brought a dish saved $5 per person. We
supplied chips, pretzels, salad, cheese platter, drinks, spiral ham, pasta and the annual TPCUG cake.
A request was made to please make the dish selections something other than what was listed. ENTREES were PREFERRED. RSVPS WERE REQUIRED! Members were referred to the NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER for more details.
TPCUG VP, and Sheila Swaikowski, webmaster, explored the richness of information on computer-related topics that can be accessed through the club's website.
John discussed what PUPs are and where they come from. Techniques were explained how to minimize their invasion onto your computer.
People learned about the history of wearable computers and how they are used today. Google glass was available for the audience to try on.
Jerry warned us to don't make the mistake of running our business off Facebook the wrong way and to learn the difference between using Facebook to share cat pictures with friends compared with using Facebook's social media to expand our business. (Unless our business is sharing cat pictures)
Richard talked about what artificial Intelligence is doing for us today: it helps choose what books we buy, what movies we see, and even who we date. It puts the smart in our smartphone and soon it will drive our car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure.
He also forwarned us what it may become tomorrow: Artificial Intelligence can threaten human existence. In a few years, AI could surpass human intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.
John Roy showed two ways to access the Task Manager to see what is running and how to use it to trouble-shoot and find a program that may be giving you problems and also stop unnecessary programs that are running in the background and slowing down your system.
Larry made an impromtu powerpoint presentaion on the various products a person buy to view media (internet, photos), on their TV along with the cost and ease of implementation of the product.
Microsoft Employees from the Danbury Mall Microsoft store, Mike, John and Jordan, brought Surface Pro tablets and talked about the advanced features of their products.
To complement the main photography program, John provided an overview of the photo process. He started with photos in the camera and described downloading, naming, organizing, editing, backing up and creating memories
Bob talked about his experiences as an aerial photographer and showed his many beautiful photos.
John will teach us how to control a remote computer.
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Bob Cargill, an avid aerial photographer and pilot, showed some of his spectacular aerial photographs.
Bill showed how he used Excel to create a more manageable family tree for his family reunion. He also showed how to create a personalized check registry with Excel.
William Roman, a former financial planner and our computer club's current Chairman of the Board, presented another enthusiastic discussion of finance and technology. Last years discussion was so popular that Bill had another updated discussion on the subject, including identity theft, credit scores, how to look for good and bad financial deals, finding lost money, and much more.
The Microsoft Store conducted a seminar on the latest operating system for Windows, as well as showcasing the latest devices on the market. A presentation from a certified Technician, as well as a Q & A session with Microsoft Employees was available. The raffle prize, donated by The Danbury Microsoft Store located in the Danbury Mall, was Microsoft Office 13 Professional.
John explained the membership survey results.
Bill showed how Excel was used to the TPCUG Survey. He had the audience fill out survey forms ranking the degree of look-a-likeness between an owner and his pet. Bill will present the results of this survey using Excel in a future presentation.
Karl presents the results of his own DNA results with humor.
Jerry showed us how to create photobooks using online services like Shutterfly.
John demonstrated how easy it was to use this video capture software. He also pointed out that this software could be used with a thumb drive. Applian Technologies provided a free copy for our raffle and discounts for members.
Al demonstrated how to get from the tiled Windows 8 screen to the pre-Windows 8 look. He also pointed out other not so obvious points-like how to exit Windows 8.
Over 60 people attended. There were many raffle prizes and lots of food.
Bill Roman talked about the computer problems and issues that were brought up by the audience and presented solutions.
Larry discussed alternative to the Windows 8 screen and also explained how to use chromecast, an inexpensive dangle which connects a TV to a computure through wifi.
Bill allerted members to the 'ransom' virus which holds your data for ransom plus other computer issues.
Andrienne covers all types of security issues.
John explained all about portable applications and their benefits.
Mark talked about the free video instructions people can sign up for in order to create and put their message on the public access channel.
John Roy presented an agenda of topics to discuss and Bill Roman answered many of the members' questions.
Sy presented an introductory overview of Excel Spreadsheets. The presentation touched on basic formatting, margin setting, as well as cutting/copying/pasting. Also covered were creating simple spreadsheets with functions and/or formulas and graphs.
Jean showed some tips & tricks to clean up your draft MS Word documents in order to produce a professional look. She covered such items as choice of fonts and margin management.
Everyone knows backing up is part of computer life and extremely important. Many of us only realize what we should have done after a disaster strikes and experience a serious data loss John discussed the various types of backups, including file backups and drive or disk images; different storage media; on-site vs. off-site storage, etc.
Bill Roman, owner of Number Crunchers Unlimited, discussed how to be smart with your finances with the help of technology. Some of the topics discussed were be: ID theft, credit freezes, FICO scores, Annualcreditreport.com, differences between debit and credit cards and protections, paying bills online vs. paying by check, secure web sites, expense ratios on mutual funds and ETF's, gold and silver in a portfolio and how to track online activity.
Three Microsoft representatives spoke about and demonstrated the new Windows 8 operating system, Office 2013 for home & business use, and other new Microsoft products.
Sheila spoke about "The Most common Internet Terms." Andy reported his experiences with "The Internet and Me." Jerry discussed "Browser Differences." Al showed how to use "Browser Settings."
The presenters discussed their experiences with using Windows 8, the new operating system from Microsoft. However, it's still getting a mixed reception because the user interface is different from the Windows versions we are used to and installing the Windows 8 upgrade has its own difficulties.
John addressed all primary computer aspects necessary to effectively process your pictures. He covered how to transfer them from your camera to your computer, how to organize them, and how to upload them to photo sites for sharing with others.
John reviewed using WinX DVD Ripper Platinum software for copying DVDs for personal backup or conversion into other formats..
Mary demonstrated how to use the Overdrive system to borrow e-books and download them to a Nook device and a Kindle device. During the presentation she gave ‘tips’ on how to make the process a positive experience as well as explain how important it is to choose the right format.
Al discussed using file encryption software to protect the files on your flash drive. He demonstrated how to use Free SafeHouse Explorer for this purpose.
Jay demonstrated Microsoft's Windows 8 newest desktop operating system. He showed what's new, what's improved and what hardware requirements you will need to run this OS. He also showed a sneak peak of the New OFFICE 2013 (14), and how it will make your work easier. The session had lots of demos, and showed off multiple hardware devices, including a TOUCH COMPUTER.
Jerry discussed the factors that you should consider when buying your next computer: including the minim requirements for your needs and avoiding unnecessary bells and whistles.
Andy demonstrated how to use the voice recognition features built into Windows. In addition, he presented an overview of other built in aids for the human to computer interface challenged user, including: magnifier, narrator, mouse substitute, contrast control, and sizing.
his was a meeting where we not only answered members questions but we attempted to demonstrate problems and solutions in real time.
Jim & Chris spoke about how to use Facebook to reconnect with people you haven't seen in a lifetime and keep in touch with new friends you meet. They explained what Facebook is, how to get started, and gave tips for using it successfully.
Ian spoke about hoax and suspicious emails, including the use of snopes.com and other websites to verify the true facts.
Richard spoke about Charles Babbage, who revolutionized mechanical computation in the early stages of England's Industrial Revolution, inventing two calculating engines and a digital, mechanical, general purpose programmable computer.
John spoke about the problems of SPAM & toxic email showing up in your inbox and what to do about it.
Adam spoke about the loss of critical data, a major problem that his customers bring in, when hard drives fail, components break, and files get corrupted. He emphasized that files should be backed up with more than one type of media.
Sheila presented a short film on Photoshop Elements techniques from the TPCUG Library of CDs and DVDs.
Jerry Goldstein conducted an interactive presentation on several topics because the scheduled speaker was unable to attend on short notice.
Bill demonstrated how to reinstall the software on a computer from scratch, working on an actual laptop in front of the audience. He showed what to do in case your computer's hard drive crashes, or is badly damaged by viruses and malware. He also answered questions from the audience.
Peter described his experience with getting digital TV reception without cable.
Professor Gil-Egui covered strategies for the protection of personal privacy in a hyper connected world, as well as practical steps for users of online social networks to minimize the vulnerability of their personal data.
Peter gave an impromptu presentation on using Google Maps.
Al spoke about the new Kindle e-readers: the models available, sources for free e-books, and how to borrow from the library. John spoke about using a tablet PC: types available, connecting to the internet, touch screens, and key features.
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Richard spoke about the new Apple World and how Apple's new products and services work with Windows computers and Android devices. He also spoke about what is happening with all the new i-Products: iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch, Apple TV, and iCloud services.
The Flip Video Camera is a small simple pocket camcorder that can be used to shoot up to 2 hours of video. Andy demonstrated the simplicity of the camera and how to use it to create and share videos via email or social sites.
Caren showed how to use Quicken software for easy access to financial information for tax preparation, bank accounts, tracking investments, etc.
in addition to a freewheeling discussion of internet security by Bill Roman of Number Crunchers Unlimited, Jay Ferron, chief security officer at Interactive Security Training gave a sneak preview of Windows 8, the next version of Microsoft Windows.
Computer utilities are small programs designed to perform a specific task. Everyone with a computer has and uses utilities even if they are not aware of them. John presented a few of these useful utilities, including file compression and bulk file renaming software.
This was an open end discussion with questions and answers from the audience regarding all the new cell phones, costs, prepaid phones, and data plans.
A task manager is a program used to provide information about the processes and programs running on a computer, as well as the general status of the computer. It can also be used to terminate processes and programs. John showed how to access the task manager and why & how to use it.
Bob's presentation focusing on normal computer users, rather than ‘IT geeks’, explained security myths, internet dos and don'ts, the evolution of computer threats, and more. He showed how to change your antivirus program safely and suggested some free programs. his was our annual meeting where we answered and discussed member's questions.
This was our annual meeting where we answered and discussed member's questions. Instead of just verbally responding to questions we demonstrated how things are done.
Norm discussed what is currently driving cloud computing, a few of the numerous applications and services, the pros and cons of the cloud, and some of the future expectations for cloud computing.
If you have multiple computers and a printer in your home, networking them is a great idea! You can also add hard drive storage that is accessible from all your PC's. Networking PCs as gotten easier and a lot less expensive, but it is still a little bit of a challenge. Larry discussed the whole thing in detail.
John covered the elements of computer file management, including: computer files as folders, file types, file names, file extensions, file management techniques, and dealing with photo files.
Imagine being able to control every system and appliance in your home with your computer, from every room in your house, and even remotely. That's the promise of home automation. Though it sounds futuristic, home-automation technology has been kicking around for decades. Andy exploreed these systems.
Al showed how to forward web pages via email & presented an introduction to organizing your windows files with folders.
Charles showed the new additions to the TPCUG CD/DVD Lending Library.
Jerry presented an informative and entertaining program on creating effective PowerPoint presentations, starting with the basic building blocks of PowerPoint and adding simple animation.
Bill & his staff assessed the tune-up needs of each computer, installed malware removers or antivirus , and cleaned up the systems as much as possible. In addition Bill presided over a free-wheeling discussion of contemporary computer topics.
John showed how you can carry your favorite computer programs along with all of your bookmarks, settings, email and more with you.
Adam discussed the details of setting up a PC based video surveillance system that anyone with a computer and web camera can install.
John gave a webinar [web conference] presentation on CrazyTalk Animator, the latest 2D animation tools for beginners to studio professionals.
Andy and Jerry showed how they tackle problems using the Internet to find solutions, including how to evaluate their reliability.
Larry explained how to build or buy the right gear and how to use it.
John showed how you can use your digital camera to shoot movies.
Ubuntu is a free secure, intuitive operating system that runs on desktops, servers, net books, laptops and even directly from a CD. John demonstrated why a copy of Ubuntu should be in everyone's toolbox.
Al reviewed the basics of Internet Security: Internet Dangers, Protection Software, Safe Passwords, Secure Websites, etc.
Al described how "Phishing" works, what you should do about it, how to avoid being a victim of Identity Theft, reporting "phishing" scams, and what to do if you think you have been victimized.
John walked through the steps to set up a new PC as a usable and safe machine.
Al showed how to send photos without causing aggravation to the recipients.
Al showed various techniques.
Bill presented a free-wheeling discussion on how to keep your computer in its best shape, while he and his crew tuned up actual TPCUG member's computers.
Peter reviewed some of the best free software that is available for PC maintenance tasks, such as system optimization, privacy and cleaning.
Gene discussed the many backup approaches available to PC Users today and demonstrated the best way. He represents Acronis Software to the user group community and made his products available at the Webinar for purchase at Special User Group Discount Prices.
Jerry Goldstein showed how to create photo cubes from your own digital photographs with Tabblo , a service from HP. Jerry took us through the steps for making your own photocube plus other uses for Tabblo, including comic books, photoalbums, collages, and more.
Leo Sandman described his experience with using a netbook computer. A netbook is a small portable laptop computer, which is great for such tasks as surfing the Web and checking e-mail. Leo used an ASUSTek Eee PC.
Bill Roman, President of Number Crunchers Unlimited discussed the latest internet security threats plus how to keep your computer in its best shape. He began with a short presentation on how to find lost money and how to save by switching your electric supplier. His main topics were: malware from "poisoned websites and how to deal with them; how to keep your system clean; and when to replace your system & what to buy. ohn presented an overview
Pete Basel, President of Basel Consultants reviewed some of the best free software that is available for routine PC maintenance tasks. These included: CCleaner for system optimization, privacy and cleaning; Eraser for removing sensitive data from your hard drive; and Auslogics Disk Defrag for fast defragmentation of modern hard disks.
John presented an overview of Picasa free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great He showed how to improve almost any picture with one-click fixes for common problems like red-eye, color, and lighting. You can publish your photos online with one click, using Picasa Web Albums, which provides 1 gigabyte of free storage for creating online photo albums to share with friends and family, or public albums for the world to see.
Jerry reviewed the fundamentals of computer user ergonomics and laptop accessories made by LapWorks for making working with a laptop computer safer, easier and more productive.
Randye discussed the how's and why's of voice-overs and audio-book narration, including how the latest computer technology has changed the business forever. More information about Randye can be found at her website RandyKaye.com
Pete Basel, President of Basel Consultants showed how he dealt with a computer crash due to overheating caused by dust build-up. He discussed how to use data backup software to save your critical data before disaster occurs.
John gave a short presentation on his experience with backing up files with Karen's Replicator free software for automatically backing up files, directories, and even entire drives.
When our scheduled main speaker could not attend the meeting, John Roy presented a repeat program on the do's and don'ts of sending email.
Peter gave gave a short presentation on his experience with an ASUS netbook, small inexpensive light weight notebook computer.
Adam, the President of Computer Works in Monroe, CT, a computer hardware & software expert, presented a "Pot Luck" session that focused on the importance of computer backups, antivirus, and general security issues. Beyond his presentation of the theme material he was open for general computer questions on any topic. .
Jerry gave a short presentation on the role of CD/DVD disks being replaced by flash sticks and cards.
Karl showed how easy it is to use Skype software and an inexpensive webcam for free calls, video calls and instant messaging over the internet.
Jay introduced us to the wonders of MS Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista. There are lots of enhancements and feature additions which make Windows 7 better than Vista as well as faster than Vista. Some of the new features include: advancements in touch, speech, and handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks, support for additional file formats, improved performance on multi-core processors, and improved boot performance.
Jerry showed some of the dangers you face when your computer is connected to the internet and how to deal with them.
Al showed show how easy it is to create fancy word document formatting by using the versatile table feature.
John's presentation was not a travelogue but focused on the value of a computer while traveling. It discussed preparation, equipment, navigation, communications, entertainment, and photography.
Al showed how you can listen to free music, news, & old-time radio programs on your computer and take them with you on your portable MP3 player.
Row showed how to use Windows Movie Maker, video creating/editing software that is included in Microsoft Windows XP & Vista. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. He demonstrated how you can make DVD slide shows of your photos and movies that can be shown on a DVD player for friends & relatives who do not use a computer.
Bill presented a free-wheeling discussion on how to keep your computer in
its best shape, and together with Keith tuned-up actual TPCUG member's
computers. They assed tune-up needs, installed malware removers, installed
memory at cost, and depending on time constraints, cleaned up the systems as
much as possible
Bill presented a free-wheeling discussion on how to keep your computer in its best shape, and together with Keith tuned-up actual TPCUG member's computers. They assed tune-up needs, installed malware removers, installed memory at cost, and depending on time constraints, cleaned up the systems as much as possible..
John reviewed some of highlights of the 50 shareware programs that TPCUG has collected and copied onto a CD for sale to our members.
Bill described computer operation and control for model railroads using selected software systems. He showed how he operates his extensive outdoor large scale model train layout using a laptop computer to run multiple trains.
John showed how software allows you to capture anything you see on the screen. You can capture a region of your screen, text from a window, the contents of a tall page that scrolls, all the images on a Web page, etc. .
Peter provided a walk through the major hardware components in a personal computer. A custom built, over-clocked (4.25 GHz) Pentium Dual Core computer was used as an example. Emphasis was placed on the motherboard, chip sets, and the "brains" of the system - the Pentium processor.
Al showed that Adobe Acrobat is not the only software available forcreating PDF files. He reviewed novaPDF software, other PDF printer drivers, and creating PDF files with office suites.
Since its introduction in 1996, Flash has become a popular method for adding animation and interactivity to web pages. Larrow introduced us to this format.
Kristopher Seluga, M.S., P.E., is a forensic engineer and partner at Technology Associates and has investigated hundreds of accidents. He presented the application of scientific based computer simulations and animations to civil and criminal litigation, including their use as courtroom exhibits using animations from actual cases. He also discussed the distinction between animations and simulations, as well as the value and limitations of both.
Heather provided an overview of Pinnacle's complete family of products that let you view and share digital content in more ways than ever before. She then provided an in-depth demonstration of Pinnacle Studio v12 including: how to get your videos into your PC, basic editing (cutting/cropping, adding titles, transitions, voice over narration, sound effects and background music) and more advanced features like chroma keying and picture-in-picture.
Jean showed us some of the mailing tools available in Microsoft Word. While most of us may not have a business application to send out hundreds of mailings, the tools can be very helpful for personal applications.
Remy showed us how he uses Excel to analyze the stock market by evaluating holdings and how to get a more realistic appraisal of the acquisition you may be contemplating. He ruminated on the topic of Security Analysis and presented a possible framework on an Excel spreadsheet he is working on for your appraisal and free use
In today s world just about everyone owns a cell phone. If you own a cell then it is almost a certainty that it has a built in camera. Having this camera available for photos and even video provide great opportunities for those times when you don t have your dedicated camera with you. Joe Netzer, our Treasurer, talked about and demonstrated some of the ins and outs of your phone camera.
An unprotected computer can be infected with viruses or spyware within twenty seconds of connecting to the Internet. All computers need effective anti-virus and spyware programs as well as software and hardware firewalls. In addition, computer users must recognize and protect themselves from "phishing" attacks and dangerous e-mail attachments. Paul discussed the different types of malware and how to protect against them. Related topics such as the security risks inherent in wireless home networks wasl also discussed.
On May 17th and 18th the first Membership & Leadership Conference of Eastern Regional Groups in over 10 years is being held in West Nyack NY. While all User group members have been invited we will have three officers in attendance. Joe will report the conference highlights to the membership.
Pete discussed and demonstrated his hand built high performance PC. Membe were able to view the hardware and ask questions. If interest is high Pete will make a full presentation on PC hardware and/or how to build a PC.
Roxio has been around for many years as a premier CD/DVD burning utility. While it still stands tall in the burning world it has emerged into full featured media suite. The suite has many tools for working with audio, photo and video. John provided insight into many of these neat applications.
Bill is owner of Number Crunchers Unlimited, a computer support and repair company based here in Trumbull that specializes in bringing computer power to small businesses and individuals. He presented a free-wheeling discussion on how to keep your computer in its best shape. He took any and all P.C. related questions from the audience and provided a list of recommended free software.
Jerry showed how to make a make a better photo using basic cropping with software you already have. He used MGI Photo Suite 3, Arcsoft Photo impression, HP Photo Image Zone, his cellphone, and various digital camera's software. The idea is that you can use whatever software that is available on your computer to do basic cropping and improve a picture.
Jerry gave an overview of available software and web sites that let you be your own lawyer. He presented the benefits and pitfalls of being your own lawyer via your computer and listed a number of useful web sites.
John addressed the computer basics that many computer users take for granted. While the items discussed are familiar to the seasoned computer user it exposed the novice to the essentials necessary to survive in the computer world.
The presentation focused on the security issues associated with passwords and the various alternatives that exist in today s world and how companies are dealing with it He showed how his company s application will protect a person's identity while using passwords to log into various sites on the web. The presentation concluded with a hands on opportunity for members to use some PC's preconfigured for testing authentications/logons.
Although Google handles more than half of all web searches, Al described other available search engines & directories and how to use them.
.Are you prepared for April 15th or are you digging through shoe boxes to find the information for your accountant? Would you like getting
ready for tax day to be less painful next year? Caren showed how to use Quicken software in order to be better prepared next year, if
Caren is the president of Time & Cents Consultants, LLC, a software consulting firm specializing in helping small businesses manage time, money and information. She is a QuickBooks Advanced Certified Professional Advisor, a Certified Consultant for Peachtree, Timeslips, Amicus Attorney and Amicus Accounting, and a Certified Independent Consultant for Time Matters, Billing Matters, PCLaw and HotDocs. Caren is also a member of the Intuit Speakers Bureau.
Treacyfaces,Inc. is a worldwide designer and marketer of unique, originaltypefaces, offering fonts at treacyfaces.com The company's founder and president, Joe Treacy introduced us to fonts and how Treacyfaces has set a gold standard of font design and production over the decades.
Adam covered many aspects of new computers. Items such as what are today s technology choices for motherboards and processors, memory, video and sound boards to name a few. If you are in the market for a new computer what are the important hardware purchase considerations. What Windows operating system should I consider is it all Vista now or is WinXP still an option?
Film fans create short films you can watch on line for free. These are professional level films made by creative film makers outside the Hollywood studio system. Jerry discussed some film sites he finds interesting that include movie spoofs and short films using both claymation and live actors. These are done using professional quality production. Its niche is giving budding film makers a forum more professional than Youtube level.
Virtual Tours provide a way to view buildings that are still in the
blueprint stage or under construction. Because of computer technology
it is possible to walk through a proposed building design. Steve
Domyan's company, Design One of Norwalk, CT creates virtual tours from
architectural designs before the buildings are physically built. Steve
founded Design One in 1995 after working for Intel as an applications
engineer for seven years.
To create a virtual tour Steve uses some of the hardware and software technology he helped Intel s customers create. Design One has produced 3-D virtual tours for such prestigious clients as R.D. Scinto of Shelton, CT and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Steve be showed us some of the techniques involved in using 3-D software to produce photo realistic 3-D animations.
were presented on: "Phishing" E-mail messages, Opening docx & other Microsoft Office 2007 Files Without Using Office 2007, and Checking for Software Updates.
always seems to be a lot of questions on how to maintain a system. What
software to use? How to do backups? What to do to protect a system? How
to solve problems that may crop up when the system slows down or when
strange things occur while sitting at the keyboard?
Jamie discussed how he protects and backup his systems: including insight how he tailors his systems, the tools he uses, and how and when he performs backups. He also discussed viruses, spyware, firewalls and router settings for wireless networks.
Larry presented a brief insight into this suite of over 30 useful Windows tools and settings. Included are: bulk renaming of files, bulk changing of file dates, easy creation of file folders, easy modification of file type right-click edit & open attributes, and comparing folder contents.
Jerry presented a program on eBay, the leading on-line auction website, at which people from all around the world buy and sell goods and services. The eBay community includes over 40 million users, and is the most popular shopping site on the Internet when measured by total user minutes. Jerry gave an overview of how eBay works, including: auctions & bidding, how to register & buy, how to sell an item, etc.
Al showed how to use the Print Screen Key and software already installed on your computer to: Save error messages, Eliminate need to write things down, Save pictures from your screen, etc.
Alan explained in a non-technical manner what Bluetooth is, how it works and how one can use it. Bluetooth is a method of interconnecting mobile phones, computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other devices, via an automatic short-range wireless connection. A Bluetooth connection has many interesting features that can simplify our daily lives.
John presented a selection of computer tips and techniques.that can be aplied to your own personal computing needs.
presented a program on the attractions and dangers of MySpace, the social networking web site. MySpace.com is a wildly popular web site where teens can find each other, and sometimes find trouble. You may never have heard of this site, but most kids have.
gave a presentation on Smart Computing Magazine and Website. It is written in simple language and is a source for computer troubleshooting, common problems, and tips.
spoke about OpenOffice, a free office suite that is comparable to, and can exchange files with, Microsoft Office. The components of OpenOffice are: Writer [ word processor], Calc [spreadsheet], Impress [presentation program], Draw [vector graphics editor], and Math [creating & editing mathematical formulas].
Shane discussed various storage devices and their advantages and disadvantages.
Yatesof DACS [Danbury Area Computer Society] discussed some of the many Google offerings including: Google Dsktop, Google Alerts, Google Earth, Google Toolbas, Google Calendar, Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Gmail and Picassa.
The presentation addressed various methods of sharing and preserving your treasured photos and videos. The focus was using your computer to create photo and video CDs and DVDs.
(computer consultant & owner of Number Crunchers Unlimited) explored what you need to know about buying a new computer. He covered topics such as: where to buy, how much computer to buy, desktop vs. laptop, Windows Vista, etc.
explored home and small office networking. He provided a behind the scenes look at actually getting that web page to your computer and securing wireless networks.
architect for over 15 years displayed some of his work, using software such as AutoCAD.
Caren made a presentation on Financial Management, including: Introduction to Financial Management, Why QuickBooks/Quicken is better than other methods, and Differentiating QuickBooks and Quicken.
Bill has many credentials in the world of photography including, exhibits, awards, TPCUG Member, judging, teaching and publishing. He presented the many reasons why he switched from film to digital photography.