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.2019
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. 2020
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.

GENERAL MEETING Via Zoom
TUESDAY SEPT 8, 2020

TOPIC: How the Internet Has Changed Real Estate

Not that long ago, real estate agents and brokers, with their thick property listing books that were more or less out of date as soon as they were published, were the exclusive gatekeepers of real estate information. If you wanted to learn about a property or to buy or sell a house, you were totally dependent on them. But then came the Internet. And all that changed.

Now home buyers and sellers can be better connected and informed and no longer at the mercy of their real estate agent. It’s now easy to get information about a property and its neighborhood on your personal computer or mobile phone without even going there.

So will real estate websites eventually replace the human connection in buying and selling a house? Will real estate agents find new ways to help clients understand their options, or will they go the way of the travel agent, the video store, and the classified ad?

Wade will cover the changes in the home buying and selling process and speculate about future trends. Which websites are the most reliable? Which ones should you beware of?  How has the pandemic affected the local market, and how are Realtors trying to cope?

Meet Our Presenter

Wade Huie of Power Brokers International Inc. was introduced to LACS by the late Charles Mahan. He is a battle-scarred “Realtor-Warrior” in the ultra-competitive L.A. real estate market. Since 2003, Wade has been helping buyers and sellers do real estate transactions throughout Southern California. His motto: “The best time to buy real estate is … NOW.”



 GENERAL MEETING Via Zoom
TUESDAY OCT 13, 2020
L.A. Computer Society (LACS) MEETING

Topic: Cybersecurity and Understanding Resilience

The ability to recover from difficulties in our life varies from our routine personal everyday tasks to those tasks we encounter in our workspace environments. As the advancements of technology have exponentially increased, so has the ability of adversaries to exploit those technologies. Are we doing enough to protect ourselves? Are we positioned to recover effectively? Are we winning or losing the cyber wars?

Working from Laguna Niguel, he supports the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure. His program coordinates cyber preparedness, risk mitigation, and incident response. It also provides cybersecurity resources, including assessments, to the nation’s sixteen critical infrastructure sectors and to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. He will discuss cyber and physical risks and resiliency at the federal level.

About Our Presenter

Joseph Oregon serves as the Cybersecurity Advisor, Region IX (California), for the Cybersecurity Division, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Oregon is a U.S. Army Veteran who has spent over 22 years working in the Department of Defense and Information Technology/Information Security communities.


GENERAL MEETING Via Zoom
TUESDAY NOV 10, 2020
L.A. Computer Society (LACS) MEETING

Topic: Saving Your Life with Wearable Technology, Part II

Speaker: Ron Brown, M.D., APCUG Speakers Bureau, Silvercom Computer and Technology Club, AZ

Ron Brown spoke to us in July on Part I of this topic including smart watches and other devices that can get help quickly for a person who has a medical emergency and cannot reach a phone or other help. These devices can make records that will help a doctor diagnose and treat the patient. Some detect that your heart is beating too fast (A-Fib – atrial fibrillation) or too slow (you need a pacemaker). Even one EKG shows a lot about the history of the cardiovascular system. This technology is constantly changing. What’s new? How should you plan for a medical emergency? What hardware and software are important? How should you connect your devices? Use smart phones and computers? Fast and reliable internet connection? Stay connected to people? Planning ahead to get and effectively use the right devices could save your life or that of a loved one.

Meet Our Presenter

Ron Brown is a retired technologist. He graduated in Medicine at the University of Alberta in 1976 and then became a Flight Surgeon. In 1981, he left the military to start a Family Practice on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. PC’s were just being produced and Microsoft Windows was going to integrate everything. He wanted an electronic office, so he 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, becoming an international company. He traveled across Canada and the U.S. giving papers at many conferences on patient management, lab integration, security, and data input.


Start 2021 by Decluttering Your Digital Life
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Speaker: Judy Taylour

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to de-clutter all things digital? You spend a lot of money on your devices–take care of them, and they will last longer. Digital clutter slows down your devices, your computer runs slow, and it takes you too long to find a document. You are overloaded with emails, and your phone has a gazillion apps; you can’t find anything. Judy’s presentation will show how you can de-clutter your digital life and be more organized to work faster and smarter.

Judy Taylour is President, Editor, Webmaster and a 32-year member of the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Computer Club. She chairs several APCUG committees and is a member of its Speaker’s Bureau. She has taught adult education computer classes for 22 years.

 GENERAL MEETING Via Zoom
TUESDAY Feb 9, 2021
L.A. Computer Society (LACS) MEETING

How and Why To Backup Your Hard Drive
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Speaker: Judy Taylour

How and Why To Backup Your Hard Drive

Don’t lose any or all of your important data: documents, photos, music, or videos.

  • Your computer could be hit by a virus.
  • Ransomware could hold your files hostage.
  • You should be prepared for a natural disaster.
  • Hard drives sometimes fail.

We will look at the ins and outs of backing up your hard drive and your smartphones during this presentation.

Judy Taylour is a 33-year member of the Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club. She is chair of several APCUG (an international organization of technology and computer user groups) committees, and she is a member of their Speaker’s Bureau. She has taught adult education computer classes for 22 years. She’s a firm believer in life-long learning.



GENERAL MEETING Via Zoom
TUESDAY March 9, 2021
L.A. Computer Society (LACS) MEETING

What Will 5G Mean for You in 2021?

Speaker:  Ron Brown, APCUG Speakers Bureau, Silvercom Computer and Technology Club, Mesa AZ.

In 2021 5G phones and fixed base 5G will roll out across the USA and Canada. All major cell phone carriers are upgrading their services to 5G. What does this mean for you? Is 5G ready and should you consider upgrading your phone? What are the advantages and limitations of 5G? The wireless companies are also promoting services called Fixed Base 5G for Television service and the Internet. How does this compare to existing technology and should you sign up? Q & A.

Ron is a retired technologist. He was a Canadian Flight Surgeon and then started a family medical practice on Vancouver Island. Ron wanted an electronic office and bought an interest in a start-up software company in Calgary that made an Electronic Patient Record.


GENERAL MEETING Via Zoom
TUESDAY April 13, 2021
L.A. Computer Society (LACS) MEETING

Microsoft 365

Speaker: Rob Truman

Learn about the many useful apps included in the Microsoft 365 subscription. Rob will present a comparison of Microsoft’s subscription service along with its prices and features to its stand-alone products. He will also examine Microsoft’s cloud services such as OneDrive and the online Office apps available with your Microsoft account. Then he will describe some free alternative software suites and answer your questions.

Rob Truman has over 40 years of experience in Information Technology and internet-related fields. He has worked as a Technical Support professional for Microsoft for years.



GENERAL MEETING Via Zoom
TUESDAY May 11
, 2021
L.A. Computer Society (LACS) MEETING

Topic:       Audiobooks
Speaker:   Hewie Poplock, APCUG Speakers Bureau

Many people, especially seniors, are finding more free time while confined to their homes. One technology that is not often considered is audiobooks. Reading becomes more difficult as we age. Listening to someone read has become very accessible. There are many ways to get professionally read books for free, inexpensively, or by subscription. Hewie Poplock gives a brief background and then provides ways to find thousands of audiobooks. He will also provide a few sample excerpts of books to illustrate the quality of audiobooks.

Meet Our Presenter

Hewie Poplock is a member of two computer and technology user groups in  Florida. He attended his first user group meeting in 1982 and has been active in the user group movement ever since. He likes to help computer users, especially seniors, and he gives back much of what he has learned. You might want to check out his website and the Tech for Seniors classes at www.hewie.net.


TUESDAY JUNE 8, 2021
L.A. Computer Society (LACS) MEETING
PLACE: Your Home
TIME: 7:00  Meeting, Speaker, Q&A
6:30 to 7:00: Socializing , Questions, and Practice Using Zoom

Topic:             A Guide to Synchronizing Your PC

Speaker:         Bill James, APCUG Speakers Bureau Member 

There are numerous ways to sync desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones. This presentation will cover sharing over a network, local file sync programs, LANs, Cloud services, and more from the complex to relatively simple solutions. He will also cover selective syncing, like deleting some things on your phone but leaving them on your PC.

Meet Our Presenter

In 1992, Bill James joined the Oklahoma PC User’s Group (now the Computer Club of Oklahoma City) to learn more about the computer he had purchased. He has been a member of the club’s Board of Directors since 1998. Bill was elected President of the CCOKC in 2000 and served two terms. He is now VP of Operations and newsletter editor. He frequently gives presentations on new software to his club.

He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as a Supply Systems Analyst for the FAA Logistics Center in Oklahoma City, OK, in 2007.


JULY 13  GENERAL MEETING
7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Speaker:     JUDY TAYLOUR

 APCUG Speakers Bureau Member,
President, Santa Clarita Valley, CA Computer Club, and
APCUG Region 10 advisor.

Topic: All Things Google – There is more to Google than ‘Google It.’

This presentation will explore Google’s apps and hardware. Google strives to have the most comprehensive and diverse suite of apps and hardware that work together and would like to be your go-to ecosystem. All its apps are web-based and are designed to work seamlessly with each other. The core Google app is the Chrome browser and is the foundation of their platform. 

Meet Our Presenter

Judy Taylour is a 33-year member of the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Computer Club where she serves as President, Editor and Webmaster. She chairs several APCUG committees, an international organization of technology and computer clubs. For over 20 years, she was the co-facilitator for the Southern California Regional User Group Summit (SCRUGS), a group of Southern California computer club leaders have met quarterly to share ideas and presenter information, solve problems, etc. Judy taught adult education computer classes for over 20 years for 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. A firm believer in life-long learning, Judy has spoken to us on The Cloud, Ergonomics, Digital Asset Estate Planning, Decluttering Your Digital Life, and other topics.


AUGUST 10  GENERAL MEETING
7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Topic:          EVERNOTE FOR 2021

Speaker:      Hewie Poplock

APCUG Speakers Bureau, Central Florida Computer Society
and Sarasota Technology Users Club

EVERNOTE gives you everything you need to keep life organized—great note taking, project planning, and easy ways to find what you need, when you need it. You can capture anything by adding your notes, photos, files, and to-do lists. You can keep it together by creating a personal space for all of your most important ideas and information. You can find it fast and get the right note, right away with its powerful search and keyword tags. You are able to sync your notes to all your devices so they stay with you, even if you are offline.

Hewie has used EVERNOTE since 2008 and has almost 17,000 notes. He talks about the differences in the free and premium plans and also demonstrates EVERNOTE’S search speed and accuracy. He will show you some of the differences between version 6 and version 10. Q & A at the end.

Meet Our Presenter

Hewie Poplock is a former APCUG Vice President. He leads the Central Florida Computer Society’s online Windows SIG and is the CFCS’s APCUG Representative. He is also on the board of directors of the Sarasota Technology Users Club. Hewie has been active in computer user groups since 1982. He likes to help computer users. You can attend his free monthly Win(dows) SIG meetings online.


TUESDAY SEPT 14, 2021
L.A. Computer Society (LACS) MEETING
PLACE: Your Home
TIME: 7:00  Meeting, Speaker, Q&A
6:30 to 7:00: Socializing , Questions, and Practice Using Zoom


STREAMING,  A THING OF THE TIME

RAY BAXTER

Remember when it was so “cool” to have a push-button AM radio in the car? This presentation will review how to use your existing 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. Q and A.

 

Ray Baxter’s first introduction to personal computers was a Radio Shack purchase in 1986. It has been a constant learning experience since then to stay current with changes in technology. Ray joined APCUG as the Region 9 Advisor in 2013. He was then elected director and served as treasurer. In 2021 Ray also became APCUG’s President.

Before retiring, Ray had a 40+-year career in international banking. He worked for three major money center banks in New York and Los Angeles in operations, business development, and administration.

He then moved to Arizona. As the long-time President of the Payson Area Computer Association, he changed PACA into a “Meet-up” computer and technology club using Zoom for its monthly meetings. He spoke to LACS on “How Technology Has Changed the Way We Listen to Music.” You can see a version of this talk at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VDABuf8epk