PREVIOUS TPCUG PROGRAMS
AUDIENCE COMPUTER PROBLEMS DISCUSSED - BILL ROMAN
Bill Roman talked about the computer problems and issues that were brought up by the audience and presented solutions plus tips on using the computer.
MAILWASHER AND TAKE & MAKE BETTER PICTURES - JERRY GOLDSTEIN
Jerry, a long-time TPCUG member, will presented Mailwasher, an email filtering software that detects and deletes malware and spam email before it gets to your computer. Mailwasher is known to be a proactive and preventative program in keeping your computer safe.
Additionally, Jerry presented how to Take & Make Better Pictures, taught the members the Rule of Thirds and post-click editing that can make or break a photo by editing parts and how to zoom in on what you see, making an effective photo.
MICROSOFT PRESENTTION - WINDOW 10 FEATURES - MIKE WALTERS
Mike from the Danbury Microsoft Store presented Windows 10 features in the recently updated creativity version 1709, a.k.a. the Fall Creators Update, which includes slide show movie creation with music, three-dimensional effects and virtual reality. He also discussed improving security, functionality, staying safe online and a few commonly used programs, such as, Microsoft Office Suite, PowerPoint, Access, One Note, Project, and Skype. Questons were answered during the presentation.
AMAZON ECHO - LARRY GROSS
Larry introduced us to the many ways we can use the Amazon Echo.
SMART HOME AUTOMATION - EMILY CLARKE
Emily discussed in detail how systems can be integrated and used to make life better and more convenient especially for the elderly or people with disabilities.
GOOGLE PHOTOS - RON BROWN, member of Apsug, skyped from Florida
Ron Brown introduced us to the new Google Photos and its capabilities to store unlimited photos, retrieve and share those photos, recognize buildings and scenery in the photos and automatically create picture-stories of our vacations.
Lots of food, good conversation and a raffle with many prizes. This year we included everyone in a door prize raffle. More than 60 attended, and Bill Roman emptied his used storage area to provide an even greater selection than advertised.
MICROSOFT POWER POINT PRESENTATION - MIKE WALTERS
Mike took the whole meeting, apart from a short Q&A with Bill Roman and John Roy. Mike presented the many sales going on, especially on the Surface Pro and the Surface Pro Bundle. He also answered questions from the audience.
ONLINE SAFETY AND SMARTPHONE HOME APPS - BILL ROMAN
Bill talked about safety both online and using smart home appliances such as digital personal assistants, wireless video camera systems, audio smart locks to name a few. He also present some Windows 10 tips and tricks.
WINDOWS 10 FALL CREATOR UPDATES - JOHN ROY
John listed the Windows 10 features that were removed or depreciated from this update. He also listed the best new features. He ended with three links to PCWORLD articles for more info.
Selected board members extremely interesting and useful presentations were complemented by our main topic speaker..
BEST ANDROID APPLICATIONS - WILLIAM JAMES, VP of computer club of Oklahoma City and Apcug advisor region 8
William presented how life is made easier with smartphone applications. Bill shared some of his must-have apps during this presentation. Since Bill was presenting this topic from his home in Oklahoma City, it was a live webinar.
STAYING SAFE ONLINE, PREVENTING RANSOMEWARE & ID THEFT - BOB GOSTISCHA
Bob Gostischa presented and explained the do and do not of what you need to know to stay safe on your computer whether windows or Mac devices and internet. A great deal of information was provided and shared by the presenter and members.
John Roy had an answer and question program that covered assorted topics submitted by members present and those that use email and TPCUG website. There was an outstanding amount of sharing of information by both the members and John. To list the topics would take more room then was is available here.
3D PRINTING - JACK HESLIN
Jack Heslin a provider of 3D Printers and Print Services had presented facts that few of us knew much about but we do hear a lot. 3D Printing is one of the fastest growing technologies that impacts every field from Aerospace too Zamboni machines. Easily bringing idears, design, development, creation and addressing issues so the consume higher quality from products. 3D Printing is in its infancy illustrating that the future now.
VIDEO CAPTURE - SHEILA SWAIKOWSKI
Sheila Swaikowski presented Video Capture explaining how the editing software maybe used, not just for music but pictures and videos.
PICTURE EDITING - JEAN RABINOW
Jean Rabinow presented picture-editing software Fresh Paint, Photo and Paint that come with most Windows PC that users may not realize they own. Jean showed how to crop images with too much background showing, and brightening too-dark photos.
UNDERSTANDING COMPUTER BACKUP - JOHN ROY
John Roy explained backups what types, take place, timeframe considerations and consequences of not doing a backup. Clarified and explained the different between Incremental and Differential backup. Concluding with an extensive question and answer period.
EXCEL PRESENTATION - VICTOR CASARETTI
Victor Casaretti presented Microsoft (MS) Excel applications specifically discussing and illustrated how-to-do the following features of automatically calculating data between worksheets, splitting text into multiple cells/ merge text into one cell, inserting a worksheet into MS Word, creating a graphics from data, customized sorting on multiple cells, freezing column panes, printing specific cells, and finding/selecting/replacing data concluding with a question and answer period.
MICROSOFT INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP - MIKE WALTERS
Mike Walters from the Danbury Microsoft Store introduced: What´s New with Windows 10; Microsoft Edge, Inking Features; and the opportunity for members to get “hands-on” with the NEW Surface Studio.
HOLOLENS WITH DEMONSTRATIONS - JASON FERRON
Jayson Ferron explained that HoloLens have surgical, architectural design and game applications and demoed the game application while describing how the technology of HoloLens worked. This spell binding demo lead the audience to asking themselves is the future holographic wireless and hands free high-definition computing? A few members got the chance to try it for themselves to get an answer.
USING AN iPAD FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA - ED FITZGERALD
Mr. Ed Fitzgerald had demonstrated how persons with Dementia with help from clinicians, family members, or volunteers to play ames, view videos and pictures from the iPad home screen using augmented reality, virtual reality, combination of virtual and real play.
Lots of food, good conversation and a monster raffle with many prizes. More than 60 attended, and Bill Roman emptied his used storage area to provide an even greater selection than advertised.
HOW TO SAFELY SURF THE INTERNET AND FIND (ALMOST) ANYTHING ONLINE - ABBY STOKES
After the usual Q&A session, Abby Stokes, who had been here last April, filled the meeting with many good hints and tips for surfers.
THE MICROSOFT SNIPPING TOOL - BILL VANIOTIS
Bill gave a full description of the Snipper available in both Windows 7 and 10, well documented with many slides.
MICROSOFT EXCEL - VICTOR CASARETTI
Victor, who was here in May, used a small example to demonstrate several useful features of Excel, including data validation, filtering, the SUBTOTAL and IF functions and calculating age from birthday and present date. SUBTOTAL will provide a correct total to match the data showing after a filter, whereas TOTAL shows the grand total of all items displaying at the moment or not. IF accepts the first matching branch, which makes coding simpler.
NEWS FROM MICROSOFT - MIKE WALTERS
This time Mike came alone, and answered many questions as well as showing the latest from Redmond WA.
KOFFEE KLATCH - JOHN ROY
General discussion on many topics, with demonstrations where applicable. After the Break, he discussed the Members' Interests survey results and provided some hints and tips, including Snipit, creating custom icons and dealing with hard drive partitions.
SAVING PAPER AND INK - JOHN ROY
John provided many suggestions for conserving paper and ink by using alternatives, like Cloud storage, e-cards and archived files.
3D SOFTWARE MODELING - ETHAN RABINOWITZ
Ethan, speaking remotely, provided a fascinating look into the world of CAD as he designed an engagement ring.
UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY - JERRY GOLDSTEIN
Jerry showed pictures from his vacations and equipment he used. He also showed several new camera designs for this hobby.
PHOTOGRPAHY TOPIC - BOB CARGILL
Bob, a commercial photographer with a wide range of experience, discussed the future of digital photography and showed some of the cameras now available. He also gave some hints on improving one's own photographic experiences.
MICROSOFT WORD - VICTOR CASARETTI
Victor Casaretti worked in computer systems for 35 years and now volunteers at the Monroe Senior Center, teaching classes in MS Word and Excel. This presentation filled the whole meeting except for a short question period, and covered three subjects:
1. How to create and maintain a Quick Toolbar, create a multi-column document, insert image(s) into the document and show "track changes" in that document.
2. How to create a document from an existing template and crop a picture using the "snipping tool" app. and
3. Create a simple document and then use the thesaurus or dictionary to modify it, translate the document into a foreign language and then send it via email.
SMARTPHONE APPS - LARRY GROSS AND JOHN ROY
Larry introduced Waze, a GPS-like app which runs on a PC or a Smartphone. It runs in real time, so can show current road conditions, like accidents and blockages, reported by other drivers -- rather like GasBuddy reports prices. John then covered the Gas Buddy app and a bar-code reader app for the Smartphone as well.
IS THIS THING ON? - ABBY STOKES
Abby gave an entertaining and informative talk which lasted fiftyfive minutes, almost without pause. Club members are Digital Immigrants, since we are over 40; the under-40s are the Digital Natives who grew up with computers. Suggestions: Sit at the computer for 40 minutes, then take a 10 minute break. Use a kitchen timer to keep to this. To avoid dry eyes, rub hands together until they are warm, then put them over your eyes while you roll them, then look into the distance. Best story: "What's the difference between a pig and a hog? The way you spell it."
MICROSOFT REPORT -- MIKE WALTERS
Microsoft took the whole meeting, apart from a short Q&A with Bill Roman. Mike started with warnings on security, but after the break relaxed and became Mike Unleashed and showed us a NuVision hand-held Windows 10 computer. (Best lines, possibly: "Facebook is the cesspit of the Internet!"..."The average computer user doesn't know which end of the box to blow in to make it work!")
Recommended: Set browser to delete history, cookies, etc. on closing; STOP COOKIES and do not deal with any site that insists on them; turn off Notifications in Facebook; "Work from Home" is usually a Russian money-laundering scam.
SMART PHONE USES - JOHN ROY
John, with help from other board members, demonstrated a number of unusual ways of using a smartphone.
CONNECTING YOUR COMPUTERS, TV AND HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS CORRECTLY - Felix Giannini
Mr.Giannini has a BS in Fire Protection Engineering and is an ASIS Certified Protection Professional. He guided us through the low voltage systems needed for home security, and discussed how to keep them easy to service and expand as needed. Felix is also on LinkedIn from which one can read his many educational blog posts. ,
USEFUL BROWSER ADD-ONS - LARRY GROSS
Larry Gross opened with three useful browser tools: Adblock Plus, WOT (Web of Trust) and Crumble. The first blocks ads; the second provides a colored circle to indicate how trustworthy others have reported a site to be, and Crumble can ignore unnecessary material in a web site, thus reducing page load times.
HOOPLA STREAMING - MARY ROGERS
After the break Mary Rogers of the Trumbull Library introduced us to Hoopla, which allows libraries to offer on-line moves, e-books, etc. Although it seemed only a few local libraries are involved, later examination showed many all over the country and the state.
Lots of food, good conversation and a monster raffle with many prizes. The latter went so slowly towards the end that finally it was redefined to include only those interested in one or more of the items left.
SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (SEO) - SCOTT PIERSON.
Scott Pierson is an SEO Consultant, speaker, blogger, trainer and adviser on the subject of search engine optimization. That is to say, ways of adjusting the wording on a web page so as to make it more likely to appear close to the top of a search engine output list. Certain words are more powerful at this, and even a change or addition of a single letter can sometimes increase activity on a site by a factor of as much as ten!
We were also introduced to MOZ.COM, a site which does much to control the rating of web pages, giving them more or less "domain authority".
MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10 - MIKE WALTERS
The whole meeting was devoted to Microsoft, Windows 10 and their new Surface computers. Mike Walters from the MS Danbury store, accompanied for part of the time by Jay Ferron, showed the Surface Pro 4, ultra-thin and so completely sealed that any problem - ANY problem - will result in a new machine for those who have had one less than a year, or have taken out extended Warranty insurance. The two parts of this laptop are separable, resulting in a 11x8 tablet -- so there are batteries in each part. After the break, Mark discussed Windows 10 and showed many of its features and where to find some of the usual tools, now moved to other locations. He finished by answering questions from the large and very attentive audience.
CRIME PREVENTION - ANGELA DELEON. Currently the People's United Bank Masters Program Coordinator, Angela spoke on crime prevention and the Yellow Dot program. Common scams include falling in love over the phone, fake repair or utility men, "rescue me" phone calls and plain theft. Many of these are aimed at the elderly. She demonstrated ways women carry their pocket-books - but each way can involve the woman getting hurt. She recommended letting it go; carrying it under your arm so a thief can simply snatch it. She also passed out yellow dots for people to put in their car windows when involved in an accident. If you place one in your driver's-side rear window, first responders will know there is vital medical information in your glove compartment.
VITAL KEYS TO PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER AND PERSONAL INFORMATION - JEFF HEISER. Jeff Heiser, a club member, followed this with a comprehensive talk on computer and personal security. Examples of topics: Internet History, Hackers' Motivations, Threats, Concerns, Malicious Software, Identity theft (causes and avoidance), Breaches, Attacks, Vulnerabilities (i.e., Facebook, Instagram), Proactive Measures to take. He included a Question and Answer session..
INTRODUCING WINDOWS 10 - JAY FERRON. This talk, given over Skype from Bahrain, filled the whole meeting room, with a few minutes break for refreshment and gossip. Microsoft has gone overboard on security with this system. You can safeguard your machine with a password, a fingerprint (if you have the reader) or even a visual check of your face. And you can set it so that, even if you turn your face away from the screen for a few seconds, the system will lock down.
A new Personal Assistant, Cortana, sounds like Outlook meets Skype meets GPS -- it keeps your diary, schedule, etc. and can remind you of appointments -- and tell you if you miss a turn while driving with it in the car!
Another new ability is that you can edit a website and send the changed file to the writer.
There are many other major new features, but we will be posting them when we receive the talk notes from Mr. Ferron.
REVO UNINSTALLER - SHEILA SWAIKOWSKI. The Control Panel uninstall routines often do an incomplete removal of unwanted program parts. A program like the Revo Uninstaller does a more complete job. Sheila showed a 5-minute-plus Youtube presentation on how use this program. She also discussed the features of the TPCUG Library and what is available there.
TRAVELING WITH YOUR COMPUTER - JOHN ROY. Apart from lists of hardware and software to take with you, John had one or two interesting points to make. Use a GPS for navigation, but also have a map program like Delorme on your laptop. This will show more clearly what is near you but off your immediate path, so that you can readily divert to points of interest as you travel. He also suggested using one of the Blog sites available to maintain a daily diary as you go, so that friends and family can keep up with your exploits.
"ACRONIS" TRUE IMAGE BACKUP SOFTWARE - GENE BARLOW. Gene, a veteran presenter, discussed types of backup
(individual files, to the cloud, complete system clones, disk images), how, when (for us, weekly) and where to back up (DVD, external hard drive),
how to arrange the hard disk, and introduced the free Acronis Disk Monitor.
Acronis True Image is a hard drive utility suite containing a number of backup utilities and compatible with Windows 8.1. Gene prefers to use at least three partitions: C: for the system; a Data partition for messages, financial records and other data; and a Multimedia partition for pictures and videos. He showed how to use True Image to transfer an existing system to a new hard disk. He also announced special pricing available for members of the club
Acronis Disk Monitor continuously checks your hard drive and warns you by email or on screen when it is likely to fail. If failure is imminent, it provides instructions to the user on what steps to take to protect records.
DIGITAL FORENSICS - DETECTIVE MICHAEL CHAVES. Mr. Chaves, a member of the Monroe, CT Police Department, has a background in Computer
Science and when he became a police officer he found an interest in digital forensic and computer crime investigations.
"Digital Forensics" is basically recovery of deleted material from computer storage. Mr. Chaves currently performs forensic exams on cell
phones, computers, etc. for all the surrounding towns including Trumbull. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University
where he teaches Digital Forensics. He is also a member of the CT Financial Crimes Task Force which is run by the Secret Service. His primary
duties are Point of Sale Network Intrusions or breaches.
Mr. Chaves talked about cases involving cell phones and computers including some in Trumbull. He discussed credit card breaches and how they affect customers, and also touched upon social media sites, online shopping and banking cautions.
LATEST SECURITY THREATS, PROTECTING YOUR FINANCES AND POT LUCK - BILL ROMAN. Bill mainly let the evening flow along answering members' questions. About 8:25pm he started with the security topic and asked how many people were motivated to do a credit freeze after his last discussion. One woman raised her hand and said she looked into it but didn't do the freeze yet. Bill said that the security freeze costs $10 per credit bureau but is well worth it, and you can do it online. It's easy to unfreeze a bureau when you need to and costs $10. Find out which credit bureau the loan office will be looking at and unfreeze that one. Then it will refreeze at no cost in a short time. Bill said he will continue with the security topic next time he does a presentaion. (This does not affect daily use of credit cards, etc.) Google "credit freeze Clark Howard" for more details.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT MICROSOFT - MARK WALTERS AND BILL SONNEMANN. Carolyn Bighinatti, who was scheduled, was not able to attend, but Mark and Bill took her place. We were shown Microsoft 10, which should be completed this fall, and the Surface Pro 3, Redmond's answer to the i
3D PRINTING LIVE DEMONSTRATION - JAY FERRON. Unfortunately, Jay was under doctor's orders not to carry any loads, so was unable to bring his 3D printers to the meeting. But he did provide a fascinating glimpse into this new world, with pictures and web pages. The printer is mounted in a rectangular frame, with a bed upon which the items are built, and above it the print head, Both can move in two dimensions to vary the point on which the print head will deposit material. The printer, acting much like an ink-jet machine, lays down a thin layer of quick-drying liquid, and then the distance between print head and bed is increased slightly and another layer placed on top, and so on, until a solid object, usually in plastic, is constructed. The layers can vary in thickness from a few microns to 1mm, so that incredible detail can be achieved if needed. The size of the machine frame determines the maximum item size that can be built. If a stronger metal part is needed, there are places where the plastic piece can be sent to be cast as required. Whatever our needs in this area, or even if we had none, we in the audience were all mesmerized by what we were being shown.
SECURITY RISKS -- JEFF HEISNER. Cybersecurity - Risks,
Vulnerabilities and, Cyber Defense (home and business)
3D SOFTWARE MODELING - ETHAN RABINOWITZ. Ethan has been working as a Senior Application Engineer at SpaceClaim for 4 years. He demos the software to government and private companies interested in working smarter. He also trains customer personnel how to use the software. SpaceClaim is the easiest 3D CAD modeling tool, designed for the masses. A free version of SpaceClaim for the PC called "Design Spark Mechanical" is available with some restrictions on tools and what files you can import and modify. Design Spark Mechanical has most of the tools to design from scratch, and you can save to the STL format needed for 3D printing. This webinar showed you how easily SpaceClaim can be used to create and edit 3D models and what the free version is capable of doing.
HOLIDAY PARTY for MEMBERS and THEIR FAMILY
6:30 - 9:00 PM at the Trumbull library community room. $10 per person. Each member who brought a dish saved $5 per person. We
supplied chips, pretzels, salad, cheese platter, drinks, spiral ham, pasta and the annual TPCUG cake.
A request was made to please make the dish selections something other than what was listed. ENTREES were PREFERRED. RSVPS WERE REQUIRED! Members were referred to the NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER for more details.
TPCUG's WEBSITE - PORTAL to the CYBER WORLD - Jerry Goldstein and Sheila Swaikowski
TPCUG VP, and Sheila Swaikowski, webmaster, explored the richness of information on computer-related topics that can be accessed through the club's website.
POTENTIALLY UNWANTED PROGRAMS (PUPs) by John Roy
John discussed what PUPs are and where they come from. Techniques were explained how to minimize their invasion onto your computer.
GOOGLE GLASS and the APPS CALLED GOOGLEWARE - Heather Staines
People learned about the history of wearable computers and how they are used today. Google glass was available for the audience to try on.
FACEBOOK PAGE VS PROFILE - TPCUG Vice-President and speaker extraordinaire (if he says so himself) Jerry Goldstein:)
Jerry warned us to don't make the mistake of running our business off Facebook the wrong way and to learn the difference between using Facebook to share cat pictures with friends compared with using Facebook's social media to expand our business. (Unless our business is sharing cat pictures)
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: WHAT IS IT? WHAT IS IT BECOMING? EXPLORE ITS PROMISE AND ITS PERILS - Richard Frisch
Richard talked about what artificial Intelligence is doing for us today: it helps choose what books we buy, what movies we see, and even who we date. It puts the smart in our smartphone and soon it will drive our car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure.
He also forwarned us what it may become tomorrow: Artificial Intelligence can threaten human existence. In a few years, AI could surpass human intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.
KOFFEE KLATCH FREE FORM MEETING
John Roy showed two ways to access the Task Manager to see what is running and how to use it to trouble-shoot and find a program that may be giving you problems and also stop unnecessary programs that are running in the background and slowing down your system.
VIEW MEDIA ON YOUR TV - Larry Gross
Larry made an impromtu powerpoint presentaion on the various products a person buy to view media (internet, photos), on their TV along with the cost and ease of implementation of the product.
SURFACE PRO 3 DEMO - Microsoft staff
Microsoft Employees from the Danbury Mall Microsoft store, Mike, John and Jordan, brought Surface Pro tablets and talked about the advanced features of their products.
DIGITAL PHOTO PROCESS - John Roy
To complement the main photography program, John provided an overview of the photo process. He started with photos in the camera and described downloading, naming, organizing, editing, backing up and creating memories
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY - Bob Cargill
Bob talked about his experiences as an aerial photographer and showed his many beautiful photos.
TEAM VIEWER - John Roy
John will teach us how to control a remote computer.
DE-MYSTIFYING WINDOWS 8.1 & THE LATEST UPDATE presented by Lee Laughner
Spring 2014 Virtual Technology Conference Recording - May 3, 2014
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY PREVIEW
Bob Cargill, an avid aerial photographer and pilot, showed some of his spectacular aerial photographs.
USING EXCEL TO CREATE: A FAMILY TREE AND ALSO A CHECK REGISTRY Bill Vaniotis
Bill showed how he used Excel to create a more manageable family tree for his family reunion. He also showed how to create a personalized check registry with Excel.
TECHNOLOGY AND FINANCE
William Roman, a former financial planner and our computer club's current Chairman of the Board, presented another enthusiastic discussion of finance and technology. Last years discussion was so popular that Bill had another updated discussion on the subject, including identity theft, credit scores, how to look for good and bad financial deals, finding lost money, and much more.
MICROSOFT PRESENTS: THE WORLD OF WINDOWS 8.1
The Microsoft Store conducted a seminar on the latest operating system for Windows, as well as showcasing the latest devices on the market. A presentation from a certified Technician, as well as a Q & A session with Microsoft Employees was available. The raffle prize, donated by The Danbury Microsoft Store located in the Danbury Mall, was Microsoft Office 13 Professional.
TPCUG SURVEY RESULTS John Roy
John explained the membership survey results.
USING EXCEL TO REPORT SURVEY RESULTS OF TPCUG PRESENTATION Bill Vaniotis
Bill showed how Excel was used to the TPCUG Survey. He had the audience fill out survey forms ranking the degree of look-a-likeness between an owner and his pet. Bill will present the results of this survey using Excel in a future presentation.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GENOME PROJECT: TRACING YOUR DNA Karl Witalis
Karl presents the results of his own DNA results with humor.
CREATING PHOTOBOOKS AND PRESERVING HOLIDAY MEMMORIES - Jerry Goldstein
Jerry showed us how to create photobooks using online services like Shutterfly.
VIDEO CAPTURE SOFTWARE - John Roy
John demonstrated how easy it was to use this video capture software. He also pointed out that this software could be used with a thumb drive. Applian Technologies provided a free copy for our raffle and discounts for members.
LIVING WITH WINDOWS 8 Al Rankell
Al demonstrated how to get from the tiled Windows 8 screen to the pre-Windows 8 look. He also pointed out other not so obvious points-like how to exit Windows 8.
Over 60 people attended. There were many raffle prizes and lots of food.
AUDIENCE COMPUTER PROBLEMS DISCUSSED - Bill Roman
Bill Roman talked about the computer problems and issues that were brought up by the audience and presented solutions.
WINDOWS 8 INTERFACE ALTERNATIVES & CHROMECAST - Larry Gross
Larry discussed alternative to the Windows 8 screen and also explained how to use chromecast, an inexpensive dangle which connects a TV to a computure through wifi.
Imminent Security Issues - Bill Roman
Bill allerted members to the 'ransom' virus which holds your data for ransom plus other computer issues.
Security At Home, At Work and On The Road - Andrienne Woodworth
Andrienne covers all types of security issues.
Your Computer, Without the Computer: Portable Apps - John Roy
John explained all about portable applications and their benefits.
Community Vision 21 Instructor - Mark Ingram
Mark talked about the free video instructions people can sign up for in order to create and put their message on the public access channel.
KOFFEE KLATCH FREE FORM MEETING - Conducted by Bill Roman & John Roy
John Roy presented an agenda of topics to discuss and Bill Roman answered many of the members' questions.
Free Microsoft Office Alternatives - Al Rankell
MICROSOFT OFFICE 2010 & 2011 EXCEL for PC & MAC USERS - Sy Hirsch
Sy presented an introductory overview of Excel Spreadsheets. The presentation touched on basic formatting, margin setting, as well as cutting/copying/pasting. Also covered were creating simple spreadsheets with functions and/or formulas and graphs.
Tricks and tips for cleaning up Word documents - Jean Rabinow, Administrator for the League of Women Voters of Connecticut
Jean showed some tips & tricks to clean up your draft MS Word documents in order to produce a professional look. She covered such items as choice of fonts and margin management.
BACKING UP YOUR COMPUTER - John Roy
Everyone knows backing up is part of computer life and extremely important. Many of us only realize what we should have done after a disaster strikes and experience a serious data loss John discussed the various types of backups, including file backups and drive or disk images; different storage media; on-site vs. off-site storage, etc.
May 30, 2013
USING TECHNOLOGY TO SHAPE UP YOUR FINANCES WITH BILL ROMAN
Bill Roman, owner of Number Crunchers Unlimited, discussed how to be smart with your finances with the help of technology. Some of the topics discussed were be: ID theft, credit freezes, FICO scores, Annualcreditreport.com, differences between debit and credit cards and protections, paying bills online vs. paying by check, secure web sites, expense ratios on mutual funds and ETF's, gold and silver in a portfolio and how to track online activity.
April 25, 2013
WINDOWS 8, OFFICE 2013, & OTHER NEW MICROSOFT PRODUCTS - Presentation by Representatives from the Danbury, CT Microsoft Store
Three Microsoft representatives spoke about and demonstrated the new Windows 8 operating system, Office 2013 for home & business use, and other new Microsoft products.
March 28, 2013
INTERNET 101: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW? - Sheila Swaikowski, Andy Rabinowitz, Jerry Goldstein, & Al Rankell
Sheila spoke about "The Most common Internet Terms." Andy reported his experiences with "The Internet and Me." Jerry discussed "Browser Differences." Al showed how to use "Browser Settings."
February 28, 2013
WINDOWS 8: FIRST EXPERIENCES WITH THE NEW OPERATING SYSTEM - Larry Gross, John Roy, & Andy Rabinowitz
The presenters discussed their experiences with using Windows 8, the new operating system from Microsoft. However, it's still getting a mixed reception because the user interface is different from the Windows versions we are used to and installing the Windows 8 upgrade has its own difficulties.
January 31, 2013
DIGITAL PHOTOS: DOWNLOADING, UPLOADING, & MANAGING - John Roy
John addressed all primary computer aspects necessary to effectively process your pictures. He covered how to transfer them from your camera to your computer, how to organize them, and how to upload them to photo sites for sharing with others.
November 15, 2012
WinX DVD Ripper - John Roy
John reviewed using WinX DVD Ripper Platinum software for copying DVDs for personal backup or conversion into other formats..
E-BOOKS, E-BOOK READERS & THE TRUMBULL LIBRARY - Mary Rogers, Associate Director for Information Systems
Mary demonstrated how to use the Overdrive system to borrow e-books and download them to a Nook device and a Kindle device. During the presentation she gave ‘tips’ on how to make the process a positive experience as well as explain how important it is to choose the right format.
October 25, 2012
Safeguarding Flash Drive Files - Al Rankell
Al discussed using file encryption software to protect the files on your flash drive. He demonstrated how to use Free SafeHouse Explorer for this purpose.
WINDOWS 8 AND OFFICE 2013 - Jay Ferron, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)
Jay demonstrated Microsoft's Windows 8 newest desktop operating system. He showed what's new, what's improved and what hardware requirements you will need to run this OS. He also showed a sneak peak of the New OFFICE 2013 (14), and how it will make your work easier. The session had lots of demos, and showed off multiple hardware devices, including a TOUCH COMPUTER.
September 27, 2012
Choosing Your Next Computer - Jerry Goldstein
Jerry discussed the factors that you should consider when buying your next computer: including the minim requirements for your needs and avoiding unnecessary bells and whistles.
WINDOWS 7 VOICE RECOGNITION - Andy Rabinowitz
Andy demonstrated how to use the voice recognition features built into Windows. In addition, he presented an overview of other built in aids for the human to computer interface challenged user, including: magnifier, narrator, mouse substitute, contrast control, and sizing.
August 30, 2012
KOFFEE KLATCH FREE FORM MEETING
his was a meeting where we not only answered members questions but we attempted to demonstrate problems and solutions in real time.
July 26, 2012
FACEBOOK: NOT JUST FOR KIDS" Special Presentation by Jim & Chris Guld of Geeks on Tour
Jim & Chris spoke about how to use Facebook to reconnect with people you haven't seen in a lifetime and keep in touch with new friends you meet. They explained what Facebook is, how to get started, and gave tips for using it successfully.
June 28, 2012
Emails, Hoaxes, Myths, and False Beliefs - Ian McMillan
Ian spoke about hoax and suspicious emails, including the use of snopes.com and other websites to verify the true facts.
CHARLES BABBAGE : THE MAN WHO INVENTED THE COMPUTER - Richard Frisch
Richard spoke about Charles Babbage, who revolutionized mechanical computation in the early stages of England's Industrial Revolution, inventing two calculating engines and a digital, mechanical, general purpose programmable computer.
May 31, 2012
Email and Spam/Malware - John Roy
John spoke about the problems of SPAM & toxic email showing up in your inbox and what to do about it.
TYPICAL COMPUTER REPAIRS - Adam Gitow, President of Computer Works, Monroe, CT
Adam spoke about the loss of critical data, a major problem that his customers bring in, when hard drives fail, components break, and files get corrupted. He emphasized that files should be backed up with more than one type of media.
April 26, 2012
Photoshop Elements Techniques Film - Sheila Swaikowski
Sheila presented a short film on Photoshop Elements techniques from the TPCUG Library of CDs and DVDs.
Jerry Goldstein conducted an interactive presentation on several topics because the scheduled speaker was unable to attend on short notice.
March 29, 2012
MY COMPUTER HAS CRASHED! WHAT DO I DO? - Bill Roman of Number Crunchers Unlimited
Bill demonstrated how to reinstall the software on a computer from scratch, working on an actual laptop in front of the audience. He showed what to do in case your computer's hard drive crashes, or is badly damaged by viruses and malware. He also answered questions from the audience.
February 23, 2012
Digital TV without the Cable - Peter Basel
Peter described his experience with getting digital TV reception without cable.
ONLINE LIFE AND PRIVACY: TAKING CONTROL BACK - Professor Gisela Gil-Egui, Fairfield University
Professor Gil-Egui covered strategies for the protection of personal privacy in a hyper connected world, as well as practical steps for users of online social networks to minimize the vulnerability of their personal data.
January 26, 2012
Using Google Maps - Peter Heneage
Peter gave an impromptu presentation on using Google Maps.
USING THE KINDLE E-READER AND A TABLET PC - Al Rankell & John Roy
Al spoke about the new Kindle e-readers: the models available, sources for free e-books, and how to borrow from the library. John spoke about using a tablet PC: types available, connecting to the internet, touch screens, and key features.
November 17, 2011
YAHOO GROUPS FORUM - John Roy
This Forum contains valuable information for TPCUG Members, including copies of Past Programs, Newsletters, APCUG Reports, etc. If you miss a meeting, this is where you can find out what you missed.
APPLE'S POST PC ERA EXPLAINED - Richard Frisch
Richard spoke about the new Apple World and how Apple's new products and services work with Windows computers and Android devices. He also spoke about what is happening with all the new i-Products: iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch, Apple TV, and iCloud services.
October 26, 2011
FLIP VIDEO CAMERA - Andy Rabinowitz
The Flip Video Camera is a small simple pocket camcorder that can be used to shoot up to 2 hours of video. Andy demonstrated the simplicity of the camera and how to use it to create and share videos via email or social sites.
QUICKEN FINANCIAL SOFTWARE - Caren Schwartz
Caren showed how to use Quicken software for easy access to financial information for tax preparation, bank accounts, tracking investments, etc.
September 29, 2011
EXTENDED Q & A SESSION WITH BILL ROMAN AND SPECIAL GUEST JAY FERRON
in addition to a freewheeling discussion of internet security by Bill Roman of Number Crunchers Unlimited, Jay Ferron, chief security officer at Interactive Security Training gave a sneak preview of Windows 8, the next version of Microsoft Windows.
USEFUL UTILITES - John Roy
Computer utilities are small programs designed to perform a specific task. Everyone with a computer has and uses utilities even if they are not aware of them. John presented a few of these useful utilities, including file compression and bulk file renaming software.
August 25, 2011
CELL PHONES: DUMB TO SMART & DATA PLANS
This was an open end discussion with questions and answers from the audience regarding all the new cell phones, costs, prepaid phones, and data plans.
COMPUTER BASICS: TASK MANAGER - John Roy
A task manager is a program used to provide information about the processes and programs running on a computer, as well as the general status of the computer. It can also be used to terminate processes and programs. John showed how to access the task manager and why & how to use it.
July 28, 2011
PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR IDENTITY ONLINE - Bob Gostischa
Bob's presentation focusing on normal computer users, rather than ‘IT geeks’, explained security myths, internet dos and don'ts, the evolution of computer threats, and more. He showed how to change your antivirus program safely and suggested some free programs. his was our annual meeting where we answered and discussed member's questions.
June 30, 2011
KOFFEE KLATCH FREE FORM MEETING - Conducted by Bill Roman & John Roy
This was our annual meeting where we answered and discussed member's questions. Instead of just verbally responding to questions we demonstrated how things are done.
May 26, 2011
CLOUD COMPUTING - Norm Glover
Norm discussed what is currently driving cloud computing, a few of the numerous applications and services, the pros and cons of the cloud, and some of the future expectations for cloud computing.
SETTING UP A HOME NETWORK- Larry Gross
If you have multiple computers and a printer in your home, networking them is a great idea! You can also add hard drive storage that is accessible from all your PC's. Networking PCs as gotten easier and a lot less expensive, but it is still a little bit of a challenge. Larry discussed the whole thing in detail.
April 28, 2011
COMPUTER FILE MANAGEMENT File Management - John Roy
John covered the elements of computer file management, including: computer files as folders, file types, file names, file extensions, file management techniques, and dealing with photo files.
COMPUTER CONTROLLED HOME DEVICES - Andy Rabinowitz
Imagine being able to control every system and appliance in your home with your computer, from every room in your house, and even remotely. That's the promise of home automation. Though it sounds futuristic, home-automation technology has been kicking around for decades. Andy exploreed these systems.
CREATING EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS - Jerry Goldstein
March 31, 2011
COMPUTER BASICS: Sending Links via Email & Introduction to Windows Folders - Al Rankell
Al showed how to forward web pages via email & presented an introduction to organizing your windows files with folders.
What's New in the TPCUG Library - Charles Partridge
Charles showed the new additions to the TPCUG CD/DVD Lending Library.
CREATING EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS - Jerry Goldstein
Jerry presented an informative and entertaining program on creating effective PowerPoint presentations, starting with the basic building blocks of PowerPoint and adding simple animation.
February 27, 2011
TUNING-UP OF TPCUG MEMBER'S COMPUTERS IN A "TRIAGE SESSION" plus Discussion of Computer Issues - Bill Roman of Number Crunchers Unlimited
Bill & his staff assessed the tune-up needs of each computer, installed malware removers or antivirus , and cleaned up the systems as much as possible. In addition Bill presided over a free-wheeling discussion of contemporary computer topics.
January 24, 2011
PORTABLE APPLICATIONS ON A THUMB DRIVE - John Roy
John showed how you can carry your favorite computer programs along with all of your bookmarks, settings, email and more with you.
VIDEO SURVEILLANCE, NOT JUST FOR BUSINESS - Adam Gitow of Computer Works
Adam discussed the details of setting up a PC based video surveillance system that anyone with a computer and web camera can install.
November 18, 2010
CRAZYTALK ANIMATOR John Martin of Reallusion
John gave a webinar [web conference] presentation on CrazyTalk Animator, the latest 2D animation tools for beginners to studio professionals.
RESEARCHING YOUR COMPUTER PROBLEMS ON THE INTERNET - ANDY RABINOWITZ & JERRY GOLDSTEIN
Andy and Jerry showed how they tackle problems using the Internet to find solutions, including how to evaluate their reliability.
October 28, 2010
IS A HOME THEATER FOR YOU? - Larry Gross
Larry explained how to build or buy the right gear and how to use it.
Making Movies with a 'Still' Camera - John Roy
John showed how you can use your digital camera to shoot movies.
September 30, 2010
Just Got a Digital Camera - Now What?
Good Photo Basics - Jerry Goldstein
How to Buy a Digital Camera - Charles Partridge
How to Down load Images from the Camera - Al Rankell
August 26, 2010
Koffee Klatch Free Form Meeting, featuring: Extended Q&A, Exploring Windows XP vs. Windows 7
Using the Ubuntu Free Operating System - John Roy
Ubuntu is a free secure, intuitive operating system that runs on desktops, servers, net books, laptops and even directly from a CD. John demonstrated why a copy of Ubuntu should be in everyone's toolbox.
July 29, 2010
Internet Security Refresher - Al Rankell
Al reviewed the basics of Internet Security: Internet Dangers, Protection Software, Safe Passwords, Secure Websites, etc.
IDENTITY THEFT and E-MAIL "PHISHING - Al Rankell
Al described how "Phishing" works, what you should do about it, how to avoid being a victim of Identity Theft, reporting "phishing" scams, and what to do if you think you have been victimized.
June 24, 2010
Meeting Cancelled - Library closed due to storm.
May 27, 2010
Preparing a New Computer for Use - John Roy
John walked through the steps to set up a new PC as a usable and safe machine.
Sending Photos - Al Rankell
Al showed how to send photos without causing aggravation to the recipients.
Save Ink & Paper by Printing Only What You Want - Al Rankell
Al showed various techniques.
April 29, 2010
Pot Luck and P.C. Operating Room Triage with Bill Roman and Friends - from Number Crunchers Unlimited
Bill presented a free-wheeling discussion on how to keep your computer in its best shape, while he and his crew tuned up actual TPCUG member's computers.
March 25, 2010
Free Clean Up Tools & Restoring System Speed - Peter Basel, President of Basel Consultants
Peter reviewed some of the best free software that is available for PC maintenance tasks, such as system optimization, privacy and cleaning.
February 25, 2010
The Perfect Backup Approach - Webinar by Gene Barlow of the User Group Store
Gene discussed the many backup approaches available to PC Users today and demonstrated the best way. He represents Acronis Software to the user group community and made his products available at the Webinar for purchase at Special User Group Discount Prices.
November 19, 2009
Using Tabblo for making photo cubes & other cool stuff with your photos Picasa Easy & Free Photo Tools - Jerry Goldstein
Jerry Goldstein showed how to create photo cubes from your own digital photographs with Tabblo , a service from HP. Jerry took us through the steps for making your own photocube plus other uses for Tabblo, including comic books, photoalbums, collages, and more.
Using a Netbook - Leo Sandman
Leo Sandman described his experience with using a netbook computer. A netbook is a small portable laptop computer, which is great for such tasks as surfing the Web and checking e-mail. Leo used an ASUSTek Eee PC.
October 29, 2009
Latest Security Threats & Pot Luck with Bill Roman
Bill Roman, President of Number Crunchers Unlimited discussed the latest internet security threats plus how to keep your computer in its best shape. He began with a short presentation on how to find lost money and how to save by switching your electric supplier. His main topics were: malware from "poisoned websites and how to deal with them; how to keep your system clean; and when to replace your system & what to buy. ohn presented an overview
Overview of Free Utilities for Routine PC Maintenance - Pete Basel
Pete Basel, President of Basel Consultants reviewed some of the best free software that is available for routine PC maintenance tasks. These included: CCleaner for system optimization, privacy and cleaning; Eraser for removing sensitive data from your hard drive; and Auslogics Disk Defrag for fast defragmentation of modern hard disks.
September 24, 2009
Picasa Easy & Free Photo Tools - John Roy
John presented an overview of Picasa free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great He showed how to improve almost any picture with one-click fixes for common problems like red-eye, color, and lighting. You can publish your photos online with one click, using Picasa Web Albums, which provides 1 gigabyte of free storage for creating online photo albums to share with friends and family, or public albums for the world to see.
Laptop Desks & Accessories from LapWorks - Jerry Goldstein
Jerry reviewed the fundamentals of computer user ergonomics and laptop accessories made by LapWorks for making working with a laptop computer safer, easier and more productive.
August 27, 2009
The How's and Why's of Radio Voice-overs and Audio-book Narration - Randye Kaye
Randye discussed the how's and why's of voice-overs and audio-book narration, including how the latest computer technology has changed the business forever. More information about Randye can be found at her website RandyKaye.com
Dell GX-280 Overheat Disk Drive Restore/Backup Acronis and Spinrite - Pete Basel
Pete Basel, President of Basel Consultants showed how he dealt with a computer crash due to overheating caused by dust build-up. He discussed how to use data backup software to save your critical data before disaster occurs.
July 30, 2009
Backing up Files Automatically - John Roy
John gave a short presentation on his experience with backing up files with Karen's Replicator free software for automatically backing up files, directories, and even entire drives.
Email Etiquette - John Roy
When our scheduled main speaker could not attend the meeting, John Roy presented a repeat program on the do's and don'ts of sending email.
June 25, 2009
Experience with a Netbook Peter Heneage
Peter gave gave a short presentation on his experience with an ASUS netbook, small inexpensive light weight notebook computer.
The Importance of Computer Backups, Antivirus, and General Security Issues INDOWS 7 - Adam Gitow
Adam, the President of Computer Works in Monroe, CT, a computer hardware & software expert, presented a "Pot Luck" session that focused on the importance of computer backups, antivirus, and general security issues. Beyond his presentation of the theme material he was open for general computer questions on any topic. .
May 28, 2009
CD/DVD Disks replaced by Flash Sticks and Cards - Jerry Goldstein
Jerry gave a short presentation on the role of CD/DVD disks being replaced by flash sticks and cards.
Using SKYPE Karl Witalis
Karl showed how easy it is to use Skype software and an inexpensive webcam for free calls, video calls and instant messaging over the internet.
WINDOWS 7 - Jay Ferron
Jay introduced us to the wonders of MS Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista. There are lots of enhancements and feature additions which make Windows 7 better than Vista as well as faster than Vista. Some of the new features include: advancements in touch, speech, and handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks, support for additional file formats, improved performance on multi-core processors, and improved boot performance.
April 30, 2009
Internet Security Jerry Goldstein
Jerry showed some of the dangers you face when your computer is connected to the internet and how to deal with them.
MS Word Formatting with Tables Al Rankell
Al showed show how easy it is to create fancy word document formatting by using the versatile table feature.
TRAVELLING WITH A COMPUTER - John Roy
John's presentation was not a travelogue but focused on the value of a computer while traveling. It discussed preparation, equipment, navigation, communications, entertainment, and photography.
March 26, 2009
Music, Podcasts & MP3 Players Al Rankell
Al showed how you can listen to free music, news, & old-time radio programs on your computer and take them with you on your portable MP3 player.
WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER - Larrow (Row) Garrett
Row showed how to use Windows Movie Maker, video creating/editing software that is included in Microsoft Windows XP & Vista. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. He demonstrated how you can make DVD slide shows of your photos and movies that can be shown on a DVD player for friends & relatives who do not use a computer.
February 26, 2009
Pot Luck and P.C. Operating Room Triage with Bill Roman and Friends Bill Roman and Keith Gawronski of Number Crunchers Unlimited
Bill presented a free-wheeling discussion on how to keep your computer in
its best shape, and together with Keith tuned-up actual TPCUG member's
computers. They assed tune-up needs, installed malware removers, installed
memory at cost, and depending on time constraints, cleaned up the systems as
much as possible
Bill presented a free-wheeling discussion on how to keep your computer in its best shape, and together with Keith tuned-up actual TPCUG member's computers. They assed tune-up needs, installed malware removers, installed memory at cost, and depending on time constraints, cleaned up the systems as much as possible..
January 29, 2009
Review of Shareware Disk John Roy, TPCUG President
John reviewed some of highlights of the 50 shareware programs that TPCUG has collected and copied onto a CD for sale to our members.
MODEL RAILROADING WITH COMPUTERS - Bill Dressler, Head Engineer (Chairman) of the Connecticut G Scalers Model Railroad Club
Bill described computer operation and control for model railroads using selected software systems. He showed how he operates his extensive outdoor large scale model train layout using a laptop computer to run multiple trains.
October 30, 2008
SNAGIT Screen Capture Software John Roy, TPCUG Member
John showed how software allows you to capture anything you see on the screen. You can capture a region of your screen, text from a window, the contents of a tall page that scrolls, all the images on a Web page, etc. .
INTRODUCTION TO PERSONAL COMPUTER HARDWARE WITH A CUSTOM BUILT COMPUTER EXAMPLE - Peter Basel
Peter provided a walk through the major hardware components in a personal computer. A custom built, over-clocked (4.25 GHz) Pentium Dual Core computer was used as an example. Emphasis was placed on the motherboard, chip sets, and the "brains" of the system - the Pentium processor.
September 25, 2008
Creating PDF Files with novaPDF and other Software Al Rankell, TPCUG Member
Al showed that Adobe Acrobat is not the only software available forcreating PDF files. He reviewed novaPDF software, other PDF printer drivers, and creating PDF files with office suites.
Flash Animation - Larrow Garrett, TPCUG Member
Since its introduction in 1996, Flash has become a popular method for adding animation and interactivity to web pages. Larrow introduced us to this format.
USE OF COMPUTERS IN ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS - Kristophek Seluga, Technology Associates
Kristopher Seluga, M.S., P.E., is a forensic engineer and partner at Technology Associates and has investigated hundreds of accidents. He presented the application of scientific based computer simulations and animations to civil and criminal litigation, including their use as courtroom exhibits using animations from actual cases. He also discussed the distinction between animations and simulations, as well as the value and limitations of both.
August 28, 2008
SPECIAL PINNACLE EDITION Heather Little, Pinnacle Sales
Heather provided an overview of Pinnacle's complete family of products that let you view and share digital content in more ways than ever before. She then provided an in-depth demonstration of Pinnacle Studio v12 including: how to get your videos into your PC, basic editing (cutting/cropping, adding titles, transitions, voice over narration, sound effects and background music) and more advanced features like chroma keying and picture-in-picture.
July 31, 2008
Mail Merge and Labels Jean Rabinow, TPCUG Member
Jean showed us some of the mailing tools available in Microsoft Word. While most of us may not have a business application to send out hundreds of mailings, the tools can be very helpful for personal applications.
Security Analysis Using Excel Remy Papp, TPCUG Member
Remy showed us how he uses Excel to analyze the stock market by evaluating holdings and how to get a more realistic appraisal of the acquisition you may be contemplating. He ruminated on the topic of Security Analysis and presented a possible framework on an Excel spreadsheet he is working on for your appraisal and free use
June 26, 2008
CellPhone Cameras Joe Netzer, TPCUG Member
In today s world just about everyone owns a cell phone. If you own a cell then it is almost a certainty that it has a built in camera. Having this camera available for photos and even video provide great opportunities for those times when you don t have your dedicated camera with you. Joe Netzer, our Treasurer, talked about and demonstrated some of the ins and outs of your phone camera.
COMPUTER SECURITY Paul Keenan (HCC Professor)
An unprotected computer can be infected with viruses or spyware within twenty seconds of connecting to the Internet. All computers need effective anti-virus and spyware programs as well as software and hardware firewalls. In addition, computer users must recognize and protect themselves from "phishing" attacks and dangerous e-mail attachments. Paul discussed the different types of malware and how to protect against them. Related topics such as the security risks inherent in wireless home networks wasl also discussed.
May 29, 2008
APCUG 2008 Conference Report Joe Netzer , TPCUG Member
On May 17th and 18th the first Membership & Leadership Conference of Eastern Regional Groups in over 10 years is being held in West Nyack NY. While all User group members have been invited we will have three officers in attendance. Joe will report the conference highlights to the membership.
Custom Built Computer - Pete Basel, TPCUG Member
Pete discussed and demonstrated his hand built high performance PC. Membe were able to view the hardware and ask questions. If interest is high Pete will make a full presentation on PC hardware and/or how to build a PC.
ROXIO EASY MEDIA CREATOR John Roy, TPCUG Member
Roxio has been around for many years as a premier CD/DVD burning utility. While it still stands tall in the burning world it has emerged into full featured media suite. The suite has many tools for working with audio, photo and video. John provided insight into many of these neat applications.
April 24, 2008
TACKLING NAGGING COMPUTER QUESTIONS WITH HUMOR - Bill Roman , TPCUG Member
Bill is owner of Number Crunchers Unlimited, a computer support and repair company based here in Trumbull that specializes in bringing computer power to small businesses and individuals. He presented a free-wheeling discussion on how to keep your computer in its best shape. He took any and all P.C. related questions from the audience and provided a list of recommended free software.
March 27, 2008
Novice Essentials - Photo Cropping - Jerry Goldstein , TPCUG Member
Jerry showed how to make a make a better photo using basic cropping with software you already have. He used MGI Photo Suite 3, Arcsoft Photo impression, HP Photo Image Zone, his cellphone, and various digital camera's software. The idea is that you can use whatever software that is available on your computer to do basic cropping and improve a picture.
MY ATTORNEY, MYSELF - Attorney Jerome Goldstein , TPCUG Member
Jerry gave an overview of available software and web sites that let you be your own lawyer. He presented the benefits and pitfalls of being your own lawyer via your computer and listed a number of useful web sites.
February 28, 2008
Novice Essentials - John Roy , TPCUG Member
John addressed the computer basics that many computer users take for granted. While the items discussed are familiar to the seasoned computer user it exposed the novice to the essentials necessary to survive in the computer world.
DATA SECURITY - Joseph Stage (SVP, Corporate Development) of Grid Data Security
The presentation focused on the security issues associated with passwords and the various alternatives that exist in today s world and how companies are dealing with it He showed how his company s application will protect a person's identity while using passwords to log into various sites on the web. The presentation concluded with a hands on opportunity for members to use some PC's preconfigured for testing authentications/logons.
January 31, 2008
Miscellaneous Search Engines & Directories - Al Rankell , TPCUG Member
Although Google handles more than half of all web searches, Al described other available search engines & directories and how to use them.
FINANCIAL SOFTWARE- Caren Schwartz of Time & Cents Consultants LLC, TPCUG Member
.Are you prepared for April 15th or are you digging through shoe boxes to find the information for your accountant? Would you like getting
ready for tax day to be less painful next year? Caren showed how to use Quicken software in order to be better prepared next year, if
Caren is the president of Time & Cents Consultants, LLC, a software consulting firm specializing in helping small businesses manage time, money and information. She is a QuickBooks Advanced Certified Professional Advisor, a Certified Consultant for Peachtree, Timeslips, Amicus Attorney and Amicus Accounting, and a Certified Independent Consultant for Time Matters, Billing Matters, PCLaw and HotDocs. Caren is also a member of the Intuit Speakers Bureau.
November 29, 2007
Treacyfaces - Joe Treacy, President Tracyfaces.com
Treacyfaces,Inc. is a worldwide designer and marketer of unique, originaltypefaces, offering fonts at treacyfaces.com The company's founder and president, Joe Treacy introduced us to fonts and how Treacyfaces has set a gold standard of font design and production over the decades.
WHAT'S NEW WITH COMPUTERS - Adam Gitow of Computer Works in Monroe, CT
Adam covered many aspects of new computers. Items such as what are today s technology choices for motherboards and processors, memory, video and sound boards to name a few. If you are in the market for a new computer what are the important hardware purchase considerations. What Windows operating system should I consider is it all Vista now or is WinXP still an option?
October 25, 2007
Fan Films: Way Beyond Youtube - Jerry Goldstein , TPCUG Member
Film fans create short films you can watch on line for free. These are professional level films made by creative film makers outside the Hollywood studio system. Jerry discussed some film sites he finds interesting that include movie spoofs and short films using both claymation and live actors. These are done using professional quality production. Its niche is giving budding film makers a forum more professional than Youtube level.
3-D VIRTUAL TOURS - Steve Domyan, Design One
Virtual Tours provide a way to view buildings that are still in the
blueprint stage or under construction. Because of computer technology
it is possible to walk through a proposed building design. Steve
Domyan's company, Design One of Norwalk, CT creates virtual tours from
architectural designs before the buildings are physically built. Steve
founded Design One in 1995 after working for Intel as an applications
engineer for seven years.
To create a virtual tour Steve uses some of the hardware and software technology he helped Intel s customers create. Design One has produced 3-D virtual tours for such prestigious clients as R.D. Scinto of Shelton, CT and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Steve be showed us some of the techniques involved in using 3-D software to produce photo realistic 3-D animations.
September 27, 2007
Tips on Improving Your Internet Browsing Experience - Al Rankell & Herb Yanowitz , TPCUG Members
were presented on: "Phishing" E-mail messages, Opening docx & other Microsoft Office 2007 Files Without Using Office 2007, and Checking for Software Updates.
ONE PERSON'S VIEW OF MAINTAINING A SYSTEM - Jamie Yates of DACS [Danbury Area Computer Society]
always seems to be a lot of questions on how to maintain a system. What
software to use? How to do backups? What to do to protect a system? How
to solve problems that may crop up when the system slows down or when
strange things occur while sitting at the keyboard?
Jamie discussed how he protects and backup his systems: including insight how he tailors his systems, the tools he uses, and how and when he performs backups. He also discussed viruses, spyware, firewalls and router settings for wireless networks.
July 26, 2007
Creative Element Power Tools - Larry Gross , TPCUG Member
Larry presented a brief insight into this suite of over 30 useful Windows tools and settings. Included are: bulk renaming of files, bulk changing of file dates, easy creation of file folders, easy modification of file type right-click edit & open attributes, and comparing folder contents.
BUYING AND SELLING ON EBAY - Jerry Goldstein, TPCUG Member
Jerry presented a program on eBay, the leading on-line auction website, at which people from all around the world buy and sell goods and services. The eBay community includes over 40 million users, and is the most popular shopping site on the Internet when measured by total user minutes. Jerry gave an overview of how eBay works, including: auctions & bidding, how to register & buy, how to sell an item, etc.
June 28, 2007
Screen Capture - Al Rankell, TPCUG Member
Al showed how to use the Print Screen Key and software already installed on your computer to: Save error messages, Eliminate need to write things down, Save pictures from your screen, etc.
BLUETOOTH - Alan Abrahamson
Alan explained in a non-technical manner what Bluetooth is, how it works and how one can use it. Bluetooth is a method of interconnecting mobile phones, computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other devices, via an automatic short-range wireless connection. A Bluetooth connection has many interesting features that can simplify our daily lives.
May 31, 2007
Computer Tips and Techniques - John Roy, TPCUG Member
John presented a selection of computer tips and techniques.that can be aplied to your own personal computing needs.
MYSPACE WEB SITE - Robert Wannagot, Chief Probation Officer for the State of Connecticut
presented a program on the attractions and dangers of MySpace, the social networking web site. MySpace.com is a wildly popular web site where teens can find each other, and sometimes find trouble. You may never have heard of this site, but most kids have.
April 26, 2007
Smart Computing Magazine- John Roy, TPCUG Member
gave a presentation on Smart Computing Magazine and Website. It is written in simple language and is a source for computer troubleshooting, common problems, and tips.
OPEN OFFICE - Bill Hart of FCUG [Fairfield CountyComputer UsersGroup]
spoke about OpenOffice, a free office suite that is comparable to, and can exchange files with, Microsoft Office. The components of OpenOffice are: Writer [ word processor], Calc [spreadsheet], Impress [presentation program], Draw [vector graphics editor], and Math [creating & editing mathematical formulas].
March 29, 2007
Computer Storage Devices - Shane Schmidt of Pexagon Technolgy, Inc.
Shane discussed various storage devices and their advantages and disadvantages.
GOOGLE REDUX, NOT! [Google Goodies that you may not be aware of
Yatesof DACS [Danbury Area Computer Society] discussed some of the many Google offerings including: Google Dsktop, Google Alerts, Google Earth, Google Toolbas, Google Calendar, Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Gmail and Picassa.
February 22, 2007
Meeting cancelled due to weather.
January 25, 2007
Browser Wars: David vs Goliath [Opera vs Internet Explorer 7] - Al Rankell, TPCUG Member
SHARING &PRESERVING MEMORIES - John Roy, TPCUG Member
The presentation addressed various methods of sharing and preserving your treasured photos and videos. The focus was using your computer to create photo and video CDs and DVDs.
December 14, 2006 - HOLIDAY PARTY
November 30, 2006
How to Purchase a Digital Camera- Charles Partridge, TPCUG Member
HOW TO BUY A NEW COMPUTER - Bill Roman, TPCUG Member
(computer consultant & owner of Number Crunchers Unlimited) explored what you need to know about buying a new computer. He covered topics such as: where to buy, how much computer to buy, desktop vs. laptop, Windows Vista, etc.
October 26, 2006
E-mailing Attachments- Al Rankell, TPCUG Member
HOME & SMALL OFFICE NETWORKING - Adam Gitow, President and Owner of Computer Works in Monroe
explored home and small office networking. He provided a behind the scenes look at actually getting that web page to your computer and securing wireless networks.
September 28, 2006
Printing From An Internet Page - AlRankell, TPCUG Member
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN & VISUALIZATION Scott Yates,
architect for over 15 years displayed some of his work, using software such as AutoCAD.
August 31, 2006
Mail Merge & Form Lettters - Bill Vaniotis, TPCUG Member
FINANCE PROGRAMS - Caren Schwartz, TPCUG member and professional in this area with her own business
Caren made a presentation on Financial Management, including: Introduction to Financial Management, Why QuickBooks/Quicken is better than other methods, and Differentiating QuickBooks and Quicken.
July 27, 2006
E-mail Etiquette& Tips - John Roy
WHY I SWITCHED FROM FILM TO DIGITAL - William Barnett (Managing Consultant - The Graphics Design Place)
Bill has many credentials in the world of photography including, exhibits, awards, TPCUG Member, judging, teaching and publishing. He presented the many reasons why he switched from film to digital photography.