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 Ebay.com.
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
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
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
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:
- It's important to use the right tools once you get there
- It's important to exercise caution when visiting the Internet
- It's important to avoid the dangers found on the Internet
March 21, 2018 at 7:00pm
Photo Editing with The GIMP - Dennis Rex, APCUG VTC 5-6-2017
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
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.
Home Automation Security - Bill James
Introduction to Home Automation - Bill James
Staying Safe Online - Pam Holland