General Meeting Topic – April 2020

April 15, 2020, at 7:00 PM Building a Smart Mirror Presenter: Craig Wright, CCS Communications Director Synopsis: “Wouldn’t it be great if your mirror served more than one purpose? What if it showed you today’s weather alongside that stray hair no amount of hairspray can tame? How about some inspirational quotes to jumpstart your day? Maybe you need to see today’s date and time? All of this and more can be accomplished with a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, some spare wood, an old (or new) Continue reading →

General Meeting Topic – February 2020

February 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM Coding Lab: Sphero Robot Obstacle Challenge Special Meeting Location: Apple Store, Easton Town Center 4210 The Strand Columbus, OH 43219 Presenter: Apple Store Creative Team Synopsis: “Help a Sphero robot navigate obstacles using code in the Sphero Edu app on iPad. We will explore block-based coding by programming simple movements, changing colors, and more. We’ll also set up obstacles and use an iPad to program a path for our robots to navigate. A few iPad devices will be provided. Continue reading →

General Meeting Topic – January 2020

January 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM End of Windows 7, What are my options? Presenter: John Kennedy – East-Central Ohio Technology Users Club & APCUG Advisor, Regions 3 and 6/7 Synopsis: “The life support of Windows 7 will be coming to an end before the end of January. Microsoft has decided to even stop security updates on this old operating system. And like the versions before it (Windows XP and Vista) have put them out to pasture. So what are your options for future computer Continue reading →

General Meeting Topic – November 2019

November 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM Battle of the Browsers Presenter: Bill Crowe – APCUG (Web Presentation) Synopsis: “We all use a browser to access the internet. Many tips and tricks can be employed to make using the internet faster and easier. This presentation focuses on the functions that are available on nearly all browsers but are used by relatively few of us. Do you use Tabs, a Favorites Bar, Bookmarks, and Bookmark Folders? Do you use the address/search bar? Do you clear your active Continue reading →

General Meeting Topic – September 2019

We have a special treat for you this month at the Columbus Computer Society. On Wednesday, September 18th, at 7:00 p.m (our next CCS General Membership Meeting), Jim and Chris Guld from “Geeks on Tour” will be our special guests for the evening. Here is a snippet of text copied from their website describing who they are and what they do: “Jim and Chris Guld are Geeks Who Teach. They’ve both been in the Computer Training and Support industry since the early 80s. Now they live fulltime Continue reading →

General Meeting Topic – August 2019

August 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM How to Navigate Social Media Presenter: Abby Stokes – APCUG (Web Presentation) Brief Synopsis: “Social Networking: How to Navigate Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram” Abby Stokes, Author, “Is This Thing On?” explains what everyone is talking about when they bring up Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. She also shares how you can enjoy the benefits without risking the loss of your privacy and how to avoid scams.

General Meeting Topic – July 2019

July 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM Google Photos Presenters: Ron Brown, APCUG (Web Presentation) Brief Synopsis: It’s FREE. It’s like a shoe-box full of photos but you can easily find a specific photo. Since we now take most of our photos with our phone, it’s designed for mobile-first but can also be used with our computer. It’s easy-to-use, with unlimited storage. • Do you need a backup strategy? • How to sync them? • Who can see my photos? • How do they get archived Continue reading →

General Meeting Topic – June 2019

June 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM Network-wide Ad Blocking Using Pi-hole Presenter: Kenneth Tubaugh During the June monthly general meeting, Kenneth Tubaugh shared with the membership of CCS an open-source project called Pi-hole. Pi-hole is a network-wide ad blocker for every device connected to your home network. Instead of installing a browser plug-in or software on each device (computer, smartphone, tablet, and so on), you can now install Pi-hole in one place and your entire network is protected. In addition to blocking advertisements while surfing Continue reading →

General Meeting Topic – May 2019

May 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM Discussing the Basics of Network Connectivity Presenter: Kenneth Tubaugh Are you frustrated with your slow internet connection? Is your Wi-Fi network a little “flaky”? Are you paying Spectrum, WOW, AT&T, or whomever to rent equipment for internet connectivity? Do you wish you had more control over your online privacy? Then come out to the next Columbus Computer Society General Meeting on April 17th, 2019. On the 17th, Kenneth Tubaugh will be discussing the basics of network connectivity starting at Continue reading →

General Meeting Topic – August 2018

August 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM Medium and Hi-End Digital Cameras Presenter: 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 Continue reading →