August 15, 2018 at 7:00pm

Medium and hi-end digital cameras - Craig Wright

Discussed various features of medium and hi-end cameras. Specifically we discussed the Canon EOS 80D camera and some of the available lenses. We also briefly discussed cameras from Nikon including the T-1000 camera. We also discussed how to make a light box (sometimes called a tent) to allow high quality photography of small items such as art projects and small items that you might want to sell on sites such as

July 18, 2018 at 7:00pm

Password Management - Kenneth Tubaugh

Discussed various password management tools. Many of these tools are available for multiple hardware platforms such as Windows computers, Apple Computers, IOS devices (iPad and iPhone), and Android phones and tablets.

June 20, 2018 at 7:00pm

Windows Ink Workspace and People Tools - Ruth Albert

Discussed the Windows Ink software suite for Windows 10.

May 16, 2018 at 7:00pm

Social Media for the Non-Tweeter - Pam Holland

(Web Presentation)

Even if you have not yet ventured into the world of Social Media, there is much to learn about how it is shaping communication in personal relationships, business, government and, of course, politics. Pam will give us a tour of and critical look at the most popular social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We will explore the benefits – and risks – in using these sites for breaking news, promoting the arts, research, social connection and communication. Pam will explain many of the new terms that are cropping up along with the new technologies such as hashtag, tweet, and follow.

April 18, 2018 at 7:00pm

Staying Safe Online - Prevent ID Theft - Bob Gostischa

(Web Presentation)

This presentation covers the dos and don'ts and what you need to know to stay safe on your devices (computer - Windows and Mac, tablets, and smartphones) and the Internet. You will learn to use the tools that make visiting the internet safe and enjoyable. It really isn't important what you use to get to the Internet:

March 21, 2018 at 7:00pm

Photo Editing with The GIMP - Dennis Rex, APCUG VTC 5-6-2017

(Web Presentation)

Like taking digital photos? Looking for a cost-effective way to restore, enhance or fix images? The GNU Image Manipulation Program might be an option. Cross-platform and Open Source, this powerful application contains features that both beginners and advanced users will appreciate. SoCal Linux Expo’s Dennis Rex offers tips on using the GIMP to tame your most stubborn image challenges.

Topics include file conversion, RAW editing, filters and plug-ins as well as basic photo manipulation.

February 21, 2018 at 7:00pm

Picking the Best Backup Approach - Gene Barlow, User Group Relations, APCUG VTC 5-6-2017

(Web Presentation)

Backing up your hard drive on a regular basis is the most important process that all end-users must do on a regular basis to protect their computer from a crash or virus attack. Anti-virus utilities are not always completely reliable for this protection. Only a good backup can protect you 100% from a total loss of your computer system. Unfortunately, there are many different backup approaches that are promoted as being all you need to do. Most of these approaches provide only a partial protection of your system. However, there is one backup approach that is the best and the one you should be using.

This presentation will describe the four most popular backup approaches used today and tell you the strengths and weakness of each approach. After attending this presentation, you will be able to determine what is the best backup approach you should be using. We will then describe this approach in detail, so that you understand the best way to use this best backup approach. We represent Acronis and their True Image backup utility to the user group community. This product will provide you all of the popular backup approaches, but their incremental backup image approach is the best way to go. Again, how to setup and use this best approach will be covered in this presentation.

January 2018

Home Automation Security - Bill James

(Web Presentation)

December 2017

Introduction to Home Automation - Bill James

(Web Presentation)

November 2017

Staying Safe Online - Pam Holland

(Web Presentation)