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 →

General Meeting Topic – July 2018

July 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM Password Management Presenter: 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.

General Meeting Topic – May 2018

May 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM Social Media for the Non-Tweeter Presenter: 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 Continue reading →

General Meeting Topic – March 2018

March 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM Photo Editing with The GIMP Presenter: Dennis Rex, APCUG VTC (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 Continue reading →