GENERAL MEETING
JULY 10

Topic: Google Apps at Home and on the Go

Speaker: Phil Sorrentino, Secretary and Contributing Editor, The Sun City Computer Club, Florida

Most of us know Google as a website we visit to get answers to all kinds of questions, but there is a lot more behind the company and the term Google. Google is a company, a website, a number, and a verb. Phil’s presentation will cover many Google apps. New ones are developed from time to time for computers, tablets and Android cell phones. Our speaker will discuss a selection of these apps, and you can also ask questions.

About Our Presenter:

Phil Sorrentino is a member of the Sun City Center Computer Club in western Florida 24 miles south of Tampa, a past president of the Sarasota Computer Users Group, and a founding member of the Long Island Computer Club. He teaches a variety of beginner and advanced computer and smartphone classes and writes a monthly “Technical Thoughts”  article for the club’s newsletter. He is an electrical engineer and has worked at developing computer hardware and software for his entire career.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018
7:30 to 9:00 P.M.
Westchester United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
8065 Emerson Ave.
Westchester, CA 90045


SEPTEMBER 11 GENERAL MEETING

Topic:          Social Media: What the Heck are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram?

Speaker:      Abigail Stokes, APCUG Speaker’s Bureau Speaker and Author

Abby Stokes will explain what everyone’s talking about when they bring up Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. Learn what a hashtag is vs. a gif and how to responsibly determine what is factual before passing it on. She’ll also share how you can enjoy the benefits of social media without risking the loss of your privacy.

About Our Presenter:

Author of Is This Thing On? A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming, Abby has single-handedly helped a quarter million digitally challenged people cross the Digital Divide and get online. Over the past 20 years, she’s visited more than 22 states, 120 public libraries, over 100 senior centers and computer clubs and has hosted webinars across the country. Abby has taught courses in basic computing at Cooper Union and New York University’s School of Lifelong Learning, as well as computer skills to private and corporate clients. She has lectured on this and other topics across the country and as part of APCUG’s Virtual Technology Conferences. Website: www.AskAbbyStokes.com

 

 Tuesday, September 11, 2018
7:30 to 9:00 P.M.
Westchester United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
8065 Emerson Ave.
Westchester, CA 90045


AUGUST 2018

 GENERAL MEETING

Backups: New Developments and Best Strategies
Speaker: Gene Barlow
User Group Relations
www.ugr7.com

Gene Barlow will explain the easiest and best methods to create and maintain backups that will both save your data and make it much easier to restore your system if your hard drive crashes or your computer or device is wrecked or stolen. The 2019 version of Acronis True Image will be released soon, so Gene will bring us up-to-date on its
new features.
Gene has been providing Acronis backup software at a
discount to user group members for many years.

Gene will give us a software prize for a lucky
LACS member who attends.

 

Meet Our Presenter

Gene Barlow has worked with computer systems for over 50 years and has specialized in backup technology and hard drive utilities for the past 20 years. He can make a complex topic easy for everyone to understand, yet still provide lots of details that you need to know.
He is one of the most popular presenters to user groups and has presented to thousands of user group
audiences. You will find his presentations easy to
understand and very interesting.


OCTOBER 9 GENERAL MEETING

Cyber Threats and How We Can Handle Them

Speaker: Boeing Shih, Special Agent, FBI

The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyberattacks by criminals, overseas adversaries, and terrorists. Cyber intrusions are becoming more commonplace, more dangerous and more sophisticated. Adversaries target our nation’s critical infrastructure, including private and public sector networks. Companies are targeted for trade secrets and other sensitive corporate data. Universities are targeted for their cutting-edge research and development. Citizens are targeted by fraudsters and identity thieves, and children are targeted by online predators. This presentation will discuss how cyber criminals seek to victimize you and your country and what we can do about it.

Boeing Shih, FBI Special Agent, has investigated a variety of cyber cases including computer intrusions, internet fraud, and intellectual property rights violations over the last thirteen years including four years as a cyber squad supervisor. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley.

October 9 2018
7:30 to 9:00 P.M.
Westchester United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
8065 Emerson Ave.
Westchester, CA 90045

NOVEMBER 13 GENERAL MEETING

The Connected Car

Speaker: John Hayes, Vice President, Al & Ed’s Autosound

Most people who live in Southern California depend on a car, truck or SUV to get around. Many people spend hours every day in their vehicle. They do not know that their vehicle can be adapted to be safer, more convenient, and more fun to drive. Technological advances available in new cars today can be added to older vehicles, bringing them up to speed with the newest advances. John Haynes will inform you of the key things you can do to any vehicle to make it safer, to connect to your smartphone, and to make it more enjoyable to drive. From accident-avoidance systems to reverse cameras to parking assist sensors to Apple CarPlay, and to wireless charging: everything new in cars can be yours.

Meet Our Presenter

John Haynes has been in the mobile electronics industry for 28 years, and he is an expert on aftermarket mobile electronics technology. John has been a featured speaker at many industry events and training. He has been a resource to local television, radio, and other media providers, and was featured for four seasons on NBC’s “Whipnotic” television series with host, Mario Solis. As the Vice President of Al & Ed’s corporation, John is responsible for product selection, company operations, and marketing for their 15-store retail chain, as well as overseeing their wholesale distribution company.

Al & Ed’s Autosound, established in 1954. is the longest running mobile electronics specialist in the world, and has brought many new products and technologies to market. With fifteen stores serving Southern California, Al & Ed’s has a multi-generational relationship with thousands of SoCal clients.  www.Al-Eds.com

 

JANUARY 8 GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Digital Literacy with Techboomers

Speaker: Kay Fleury, Content Manager & SEO Specialist, Techboomers.com

This presentation is about Techboomers.com, a free educational website that teaches casual technology users, older adults, tech teachers, and other internet users how to enjoy using websites, apps, and devices. We aim to improve everyday life by teaching people about the great new sites and services online that they should start using. We focus on how to how to recognize the ever-changing dangers of the internet and how to be safe online. You learn about digital literacy, best practices, and many good websites.

We love sharing this knowledge with as many people as possible. So, our tutorials and articles are 100% free to use and distribute in any way you like! For example, you can use them for SIG or general meetings, to teach classes at your work place or institution, or even turn our tutorials into PowerPoint presentations.

Meet Our Presenter

Kay Fleury is the Content Manager for Techboomers. She earned Masters degrees in both English and History from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She joined this organization in 2016.Then it mostly offered free online courses for popular websites and apps. She has written numerous individual articles, guides and tutorials that teach everything one needs to know about a topic. Kay works closely with founder and CEO Steve Black to ensure the materials available are up-to-date and of the highest quality. Using Search Engine Optimization and other online marketing strategies, Kay helps make Techboomers a place where any level of learner can arrive and learn digital literacy, online safety, and how the websites and apps they want to use work.

When she’s not working for Techboomers, Kay often plays her guitar, tries a new video game, or plans her next 20 trips around the world.


FEBRUARY 12 GENERAL MEETING

Creating a Videogame

Our speaker, game designer Tracy Fullerton, has spent the last decade translating Henry David Thoreau’s classic text Walden, or Life in the Woods into a videogame about Thoreau’s experiment in living at Walden Pond. The result, Walden, a game, is an open world experience that immerses players in Thoreau’s writings and ideas through its system, world and narrative design. It provides an open-ended experience where players make their own choices about how to live a life of simplicity and balance. The game is based in a faithful digital reproduction of Walden Pond and its surroundings circa 1845, including the political, social and natural environments that are reflected in Thoreau’s works. In this discussion of the project and how the game was created, Fullerton explores the ways in which experimental games like Walden point the way to a rich potential for the future of play.

Meet Our Presenter

Tracy Fullerton is an experimental game designer, professor and director of the USC Games program. Her research center, the Game Innovation Lab, has produced many influential independent games, including Cloud, flOw, Darfur is Dying, Reality Ends Here and The Night Journey with artist Bill Viola. Her recently released project, Walden, a game, was awarded Game of the Year and Most Significant Impact by Games for Change. It has been on exhibit around the world including at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sundance, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland.

MARCH 12 2019
7:30 to 9:00 P.M.
Westchester United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
8065 Emerson Ave.
Westchester, CA 90045

 “Google Searching with Better Results.”

Speaker: Hewie Poplock,

Sarasota (Florida) Technology User Group and APCUG Speaker

The presentation will show various ways to get better results quicker when using Google. You will learn many tips and tricks to help you in your Google searches. There will also be numerous ways demonstrated to get information quickly without even having to go to websites: the answer can be in your search results. Learn many of the shortcuts and become a Google-It expert.

Meet Our Presenter

Hewie Poplock joined the Tampa Bay Osborne User Group and was amazed at how computer users helped each other. In 1987, he joined the Central Florida Computer Society (CFCS) and served as its President for four terms. He was also its Program Chair for many years. He is chair of the Windows SIG (Special Interest Group) and gives a remote Windows SIG presentation to the CFCS members each month even though he has moved to the Sarasota area. The presentations are held live, on the Internet and open to all user group members from around the country. There is a monthly newsletter that contains the meeting links and Windows news. You can sign up for it at https://hewie.net/winsig/ . He recently joined the Sarasota Technology User Group. Hewie also served as Vice President for the Association of PC User Groups (APCUG) and was webmaster for APCUG’s Drupal website.

Professionally, Hewie is a former teacher, college instructor, business owner and manager, IT Manager and website designer. He is semi-retired, but he is active in technology user groups and frequently speaks to and teaches groups whose members are mostly seniors. Hewie has several tutorial videos on YouTube, as well as recorded Windows meetings on his website. As an advocate for Chromebooks, Hewie maintains a Chromebooks 4 Seniors website, http://cb4s.net/ .

APRIL 9 2019

Topic: Technology and Interesting Birds of the World

Speaker: Dave Weeshoff, Conservation Chair and former President of the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society

Dave Weeshoff will present a visual summary of the numerous technologies, historical and current, ornithologists, paleontologists and climate scientists employ to study the history, behavior and destiny of wild birds throughout the world. Examples include satellite tracking, genomic DNA studies, ultra-high-speed photography, and sophisticated real-time data analysis.

Dave earned a B.S.in Experimental Psychology in1968 from Utah State University and immediately joined IBM. He retired in 2004 after enjoying his 35 year career with IBM. Dave is a frequent public and classroom speaker on environmental issues including wild bird protection, climate change, ocean plastic pollution, urban runoff and oil spills. He has spoken on behalf of Audubon, Heal the Bay, 5-Gyres, the Climate Reality Project, and International Bird Rescue. He is quite familiar with the Audubon Society’s Climate Change Initiatives.

Dave has traveled extensively in Alaska, Arctic Canada, the Antarctic, Greenland, Iceland, the Galapagos, Chile/ Easter Island, the Midway Atoll, New Zealand, Madagascar and various U.S. destinations to further his knowledge and photograph the state of our oceans, wildlife, and their habitats. If desired, any contribution to International Bird Rescue would be appreciated. Its website is: https://www.bird-rescue.org/.

Topic: Digital Asset Estate Planning:
Your Identity Isn’t Safe, Even After You’ve Died
Speaker: Judy Taylour,
Member of APCUG’s Speakers Bureau and Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club President

Each year the identities of nearly 2.5 million deceased Americans are used to fraudulently open credit card accounts, apply for loans and get cellphone or other services, according to the fraud prevention firm ID Analytics. (Source: AARP)

The complexity of our digital lives has resulted in many different types of accounts, logins and passwords. The year after somebody dies is one of the most at-risk times for identity theft. Because death certificates are public records and obituaries are posted in newspapers, it is easy for criminals to search through the recently deceased’s records and create fake identities. This presentation covers many ways your identity can be stolen and ways to prevent it from being stolen when you are no longer here. You will also learn how to make it easier for your Digital Asset Executor to close your accounts and perhaps use one of them as a Memorial page for you.

Meet Our Presenter

Judy Taylour, a 31-year member of the SCV Computer Club, serves as President, Editor, and Webmaster. She is Chair of several APCUG (an international organization of technology and computer clubs) committees and a member of APCUG’s Speakers Bureau. She is also co-facilitator for the Southern California Regional User Group Summit (SCRUGS), a group of representatives of computer clubs in Southern California that have met quarterly for over 20 years to share ideas and presenter information, solve problems, etc. Judy taught adult education computer classes for 22 years through her local high school district. She is a member of the Pierce College Computer Applications and Office Technologies Advisory Committee that meets annually to suggest courses for the next school year. Judy is a firm believer in life-long learning.



“You, Your Tech Devices and Ergonomics.”

 

Judy Taylour,

President, SCV Computer Club; Chair of several APCUG
(an international organization of technology
and computer clubs) committees

Sit straight! Arms relaxed! Feet on floor! Wrists/hands floating! Cumulative trauma! Repetitive stress syndrome!

We have all been using technology for many years; are we still practicing good ergonomics? Or, are we stressing our bodies every day without realizing it by extending our wrists, slouching, sitting without foot support and bending our head to look at poorly placed monitors?

Along the way we started using tablets and smartphones which have a different set of ergonomic issues.

This presentation will take us down memory lane on computer ergonomics and give us ideas on proper use of our tablets and smartphones.

Judy is a 31-year member of the Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club where she serves as President, Editor, and Webmaster. She is also co-facilitator for the Southern California Regional User Group Summit (SCRUGS), a group of computer clubs in Southern California that have gotten together quarterly for over 20 years to share ideas and presenter information, solve problems, etc. Judy taught adult education computer classes for 22 years through her local high school district and is a member of the Pierce College Computer Applications and Office Technologies Advisory Committee that meets annually to suggest courses and hardware for the next school year. Judy is a firm believer in life-long learning. 

 

How To Buy and Sell on the Internet Sept 2019

Speakers: Mark Presky and Marsha Saltman

Mark Presky and Marsha Saltman will speak
to us regarding buying and selling online. Almost everyone has things, large and small, very valuable and not, that they would like to turn into cash. Mark and Marsha bring their several years of experience selling via eBay, Craigslist, Nextdoor, and OfferUp. They will take us through the process of listing ads, and point out
important dos and don’ts.

Meet Our Presenters

Mark, an LACS director, has a Master’s Degree in Microbiology from UC Davis, and he has a professional designation in Personal Financial Planning from the
Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He became a Certified Financial Planner in 2005 and continues to retain that designation. He recently retired after 43 years as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, and he retired from professional tax preparation in 2016.

Marsha graduated from Portland State University in
Oregon and became Director of Human Resources for some of the largest hotels in Los Angeles, including
the Hollywood Roosevelt, the Beverly Hilton, and the Ambassador Hotel before retiring from that line of work. She is a Certified Human Resources Executive through the American Hotel and Motel Association.


OCTOBER 15 GENERAL MEETING

 

Topic:          Cyber Security for All of Your Devices

Speaker:     Bob Gostischa, Avast Software & APCUG Speaker’s Bureau

Our security and privacy are constantly in danger of being attacked from many sources. Between ransomware, data breaches, cryptojacking, supply chain attacks and mobile malware, staying secure and guarding as much of our privacy as possible is a constant challenge. This presentation will cover how we can protect our computers (Windows and Mac), tablets, smart phones, and other smart and connected Internet of Things devices.

About the Presenter:

Norbert “Bob” Gostischa, after a successful career in banking, enjoys his retirement as an enthusiastic IT security expert, most notably for Avast Software, a global leader in cybersecurity products.

Avast has made security software for over 30 years and has more than 400 million users worldwide. Avast prevents 2 billion malware attacks every month. In 2016, Avast purchased AVG Technologies. In 2017, Avast bought Piriform (thus acquiring these products: Ccleaner, Defraggler, Recuva, and Speccy). Its best-known product is Avast Antivirus, the most often used antivirus software in the world.

Bob is a proud member of the APCUG Speakers Bureau. He has also helped to answer tens of thousands of questions and problems at Avast website’s discussion and help forum since 2004. Bob’s presentations are not a sales pitch for Avast. You can learn more about Bob’s presentations and passions by going to his Blog and YouTube Channel.


November 12 general meeting

Speaker:       Jere Minich. APCUG Speaker’s Bureau presenter and Program Chair, Lake-Sumter [Florida] Computer Society

Topic:           Windows 10 Tips and Q & A

Meet Our Speaker

Jere Minich is the Program Director for the Lake-Sumter Computer Society in Florida which meets weekly when the Lake Sumter Community College is in session. He is a computer systems analyst who teaches basic computer classes at the college. He retired from the U. S. Navy where he served on submarines and instructed on the Polaris and Trident class submarines. He frequently gives presentations at his club’s meetings, and he has given many online presentations to APCUG-member groups via its Speakers Bureau.

Topics
Jere will cover three topics, with Q & A on them and, if time permits, other Win 10 issues such as upgrading to it. The main topics are:

(1) How to configure Windows 10’s Storage Sense and the Free Up Space Tool.

(2) A Better Readers View on the Internet: How can I read an article on the internet and skip all of the ads?

(3) Security/Privacy Settings: how to be sure your Security and Privacy settings are what you want them to be under Windows 10.

NOVEMBER 12  GENERAL MEETING 
7:30 to 9:00 P.M.
Westchester United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
8065 Emerson Ave.
Westchester, CA 90045

Speaker:  Jere Minich. APCUG Speaker’s Bureau presenter and
Program Chair, Lake-Sumter [Florida] Computer Society

Topic:           Windows 10 Tips and Q & A

  Jere will cover three topics, with Q & A on them and, if time permits, other Win 10 issues such as upgrading to it. The main topics are:

(1) How to configure Windows 10’s Storage Sense and the Free Up Space Tool.

(2) A Better Readers View on the Internet: How can I read an article on the internet and skip all of the ads?

(3) Security/Privacy Settings: how to be sure your Security and Privacy settings are what you want them to be under Windows 10.

Meet Our Speaker

Jere Minich is the Program Director for the Lake-Sumter Computer Society in Florida which meets weekly when the Lake Sumter Community College is in session. He is a computer systems analyst who teaches basic computer classes at the college. He retired from the U. S. Navy where he served on submarines and instructed on the Polaris and Trident class submarines. He frequently gives presentations at his club’s meetings, and he has given many online presentations to APCUG-member groups via its Speakers Bureau.

FEBRUARY 11  2020 GENERAL MEETING 

7:30 to 9:00 P.M.
Westchester United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
8065 Emerson Ave.
Westchester, CA 90045

Speaker: Jim McKnight, LACS 

Topic:              Windows 10  Intro & Walk-throughJim will do a live demonstration of setting up a new Windows 10 system and how to understand its parts and make it look more like Windows 7.

Among other items, he will demonstrate and explain (no PowerPoint presentation!):

  • The Start Icon, the Start Menu, the Taskbar, the Desktop, and the Action Center.
  • How to create and set up a new LOCAL User Account (thus avoiding the notorious Microsoft LIVE Account)
  • How to do a Manual Windows Update and pause Windows Updates.
  • How to set up the Mouse and Track-pad
  • How to avoid using the infamous EDGE browser by setting up FIREFOX or CHROME as an alternative browser.
  • How to set up optional views in the File Explorer Windows.
  • Privacy Settings
  • ..If time allows, Jim will demo two free utilities that make Windows 10 easier to see and use: Winaero Tweaker Utility and UltraFileSearch Standard.

Meet Our Presenter

Jim McKnight is a PC hobbyist who freely shares his expert knowledge and skills with others. Jim worked for the IBM Corporation for 38 years before retiring in 2003. For most of his career he specialized in Large Computer Systems and Large Laser Printer Support. He installed, diagnosed and repaired a variety of room size data center computer systems and high-speed printers. Before joining IBM, Jim worked on aircraft radios in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command and on mobile radios for Los Angeles county’s Sheriff and Fire Departments.

Trained on computers by IBM starting in 1966, Jim grew up alongside several generations of computer technologies (many of which are now in the Smithsonian Institution). As a result of IBM’s cycle of releasing a completely new generation of computers every 5 years or so, Jim developed learning and diagnostic skills that enabled him to assimilate and communicate knowledge about new computer systems very quickly, giving him a solid reputation with both management and his peers.

After retirement, Jim felt his experience, diagnostic skills and writing talents were going to waste, so he started playing around with PC’s. He joined the Los Angeles Computer Society (LACS, a local PC Users Group) where he taught and assisted members, ultimately resulting in his website, www.jimopi.net . This website is a depository for all that he has learned about PCs written so that users can print his self-help guides and use them to help solve their problems. Jim offers all his articles, tips, and guides free of charge.  He also provides many free PC diagnostic, tune-up, repair, and malware removal services to members of LACS. Jim is an expert in PC security, system recovery, malware detection/removal, XP and Windows 7 repair and Windows 10. He is a long-time former member of the LACS’s Board of Directors.

MARCH 9  2020 GENERAL MEETING 

7:30 to 9:00 P.M.
Westchester United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
8065 Emerson Ave.
Westchester, CA 90045

Speaker: Stephanie Nordlinger,
LACS Vice President and a long-time user of TurboTax and Quicken.

Topics: Financial Software: TurboTax and Quicken

Being organized about your finances is essential.
These two inexpensive programs can be very helpful. There are different versions depending on your needs –even free online simple TT tax returns.
You can save money on accountants and tax preparers if you have properly re-corded, organized data. You can look at alternatives (budgeting, taxable transactions, etc.), plan for expenditures, write checks, pay bills, calculate your net worth, and create numerous reports.
Quicken can quickly go to your broker’s website to update your records of transactions and prices. You can search for past purchases or expenses for any reason. .

On Tuesday, April 14, we plan to discuss Quick Books, Money, and using a spreadsheet to keep track of your finances.

Later in the year, we plan to discuss purchasing and banking online and investment information on the Web.

Meet Our Presenter:

Stephanie has been in LACS from its incorporation in 1991.She has been its President, Editor of User Friendly, and is now its Vice President.A retired attorney, she has used Quicken since 1988 for business and personal purposes and TurboTax for a number of years.


MAY 12  GENERAL MEETING
6:30 to 9:00 P.M.

Because of restrictions due to corona virus we will be meeting “virtually”
via ZOOM.

Please look for the email sent out by our president the day before the meeting with the link to the ZOOM meeting.

TUESDAY MAY 12, 2020
L.A. Computer Society (LACS) MEETING
PLACE: Your Home
TIME: 7:30 – 9 PM  Meeting, Speaker, Q&A
6:30 to 7:30: Socializing , Questions, and Practice Using Zoom

Speaker: CHRISTIAN KNUDSEN, Independent I.T. Consultant

Topic: Operating Systems Showdown

Which operating system is the right one for you!? We will compare and contrast Windows 10, Mac OS, and Chrome OS by outlining some of the best features (and biggest issues) of these operating systems. What are the advantages of buying products that are designed to work together? Is the Apple ecosystems really worth the extra cost? We will discuss how mobile operating systems like iOS and Android are redefining what we currently refer to as a “computer” and how the cloud, smartphones and tablets devices are making computing easier and more accessible than it has ever been before.

Meet Your Presenter:

Christian Knudsen

grew up in Pacific Palisades, CA. By his mid-teens, he got a job at a local computer educational center where taught other kids and adults basic computer skills. He also started doing “Personal IT” – providing technical support and educational services in people’s homes. In his 20s, he used his computer skills working in motion graphics and video editing. In his 30s, he started his own company, DGT Creative, that specializes in IT, post production, social media management, marketing, and web development, all of which he continues to this day. Recently, Christian has been subcontracted to help out with another IT expert’s A-list celebrity clientele. He is now living, working, and creating art out of his home in Los Angeles, keeping busy helping his clients with their technological needs. We are happy to have Christian back again, sharing his knowledge with us.


June 9 2020 General Meeting – Online

Speaker: JUDY TAYLOUR, PRESIDENT, SCV COMPUTER CLUB

Topic: The Cloud is Here – Don’t Get Left Behind

Are you using the Cloud? Many people still answer, no. We seem to need buzz words to define anything related to computers, and this is one that sometimes mystifies people. To some degree, we are all using the Cloud, but there can be more out there that we can take advantage of.

Where is the Cloud? Is it safe? We all have more than one device. How can we keep our data files in sync on all of them? We want to be able to share files with family, friends, and associates, but emailing them is not very efficient. Is there a better way?

About Our Presenter:

Judy Taylour, President, SCV Computer Club and Chair of several APCUG (an international organization of technology and computer clubs) committees. Judy has spoken to us several times including on Ergonomics and Digital Asset Estate Planning.

Judy is a 32-year member of the Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club where she serves as President, Editor, and Webmaster. She is also co-facilitator for the Southern California Regional User Group Summit (SCRUGS), a group of computer clubs in Southern California that have met quarterly for over 20 years to share ideas and presenter information, solve problems, etc. Judy taught adult education computer classes for 22 years through her local high school district. She is a member of the Pierce College Computer Applications and Office Technologies Advisory Committee that meets annually to suggest courses and hardware for the next school year. She is a firm believer in life-long learning.


GENERAL MEETING Via Zoom
TUESDAY JULY 14, 2020

Topic: Saving Your Life with Technology 

Speaker: RON BROWN, M.D., and Program Chair,

SILVERCOM COMPUTER & TECHNOLOGY CLUB, Mesa, AZ

In this presentation, Ron wears both his Doctor and Technology hats. We start with a fictitious patient who lives alone in an RV Resort in Mesa and develops some medical issues that nearly cause a death. We look at common medical problems in the elderly that can be helped by wearable devices. The Internet of Things (IoT) can also play a big role in helping seniors with isolation and communication.

Meet Our Presenter

Ron Brown would is a retired technologist. After he graduated in Medicine at the University of Alberta in 1976, he became a Flight Surgeon. In 1981, he left the military to start a Family Practice in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. PC’s were just being produced and Microsoft Windows was going to integrate everything. He wanted an electronic office and bought an interest in a start-up software company in Calgary, Alberta that made an Electronic Patient Record. As his Family Practice grew, so did his software company. Over the next 20 years it became an international company. He traveled across Canada and the U.S. giving papers at many conferences. The topics included patient management, lab integration, security, and data input.


GENERAL MEETING Via Zoom
TUESDAY AUG 11, 2020

TOPIC:            BEST SMARTPHONE APPS

Speaker:          Bill James, Computer Club of Oklahoma
and APCUG Director and Speaker’s Bureau Member

Life is made easier with apps. Bill will share his must-have apps during this presentation. Smartphone apps allow you to work, play and use your smartphone to do virtually everything. Although the Android phone will be the primary instrument used in this presentation, the concepts can be applied to both Apple and Android products. He spoke to us in September 2016 on “Smartphones: Swiss Army Knifes for Keeping Data Handy.” Since hardware and apps  constantly change, an update of this topic is due or overdue.

About Our Presenter:

Bill joined the Oklahoma PC User’s Group now known as the Computer Club of Oklahoma City in 1992 and later became its President. He is now VP of Operations and newsletter editor, and frequently gives presentations on new software to his club. Bill is the APCUG Region 8 Director and Advisor (AR, KS, LA, MO, OK, TX) and a frequent APCUG Speakers Bureau speaker.

Bill’s other activities include the Oklahoma Mustang Club and a Toastmasters International Club. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 2007. He was a Supply Systems Analyst for the FAA Logistics Center in Oklahoma City OK, where he worked for 38 years.