Windows 8 – the OS
that has many asking Why….
Rosemary Lloyd, President, Big Bear Computer Club (www.bigbearcc.org)
Have you been using Windows 8 and not loving it?
Designed for touchscreen use, Windows 8 on the PC is an
entirely new animal. The Start screen is an exploded
view that contains large, interactive icons and many
people have questions about the new ‘Start’ page, how to
find programs, files and folders, even the ‘Desktop’.
Searching for programs and files is super easy and
quick. You simply need to know how. It can take a couple
of weeks to become accustomed to maneuvering around
Windows 8 on your own. Bring your laptop - we will check
it out together.
What the Heck is
Wil Wakley, Past President, Seniors Computer Group, San
If you have Microsoft
Office Pro then you have Access, Microsoft’s database.
It is a very powerful program, but quite daunting to the
beginner because it is not very intuitive. If you like
Excel, you will love Access; it is Excel on steroids.
Any user group or organization, whatever the size, needs
a database in their software arsenal. Even at home you
can organize your various collections (music, videos,
CD’s, programs, etc.) in ways you never imagined
10 Simple Things Every Computer
User Should Know
President SCV Computer Club www.scvpcg.org
No matter how much
you know about computers, there are certain things every
one of us has to deal with when using a computer, but we
don’t always deal with them efficiently. This
presentation will cover 10 things that everyone can —
and should — learn to keep their computer fast, safe,
and easy to use.
The Tablet Revolution – Pros &
Cons + Prices
Wester, Program Chair, Temecula Valley CUG www.tvcug.org)
Barbara Marino, Public Relations,
Claremont Seniors Computer Club http://www.cscclub.org/)
Jim Glass, Member, Glendoras Computer Club www.gscclub.org)
Terry Currier, VP, WINdows usERS (WINNERS) www.windowsusers.org)
The panel will
compare the following tablets: Microsoft Surface, iPad,
Samsung, Kindle and No-name inexpensive tablet
Technology Goes Bonkers. Yesterday everything was fine,
today, well . . . your Wi-Fi is gone, and your computer &
printer hate each other. How can you get your sanity back?
Mark Thomas, Mark Thomas Computer Support (www.marktcs.com)
Mark has his own
computer support company (www.marktcs.com) and has seen
almost everything. He will discuss the best practices
for hunting down the gremlins and removing them. He’ll
talk about the problems people bring to him to fix and
what they could have done to prevent them. He’ll also
tell us about some of the tools we should have on hand
and how we can set up things right from the start. Bring
Medical Facts on the Web: How to
find them and How to use them
Dr. Garry Sexton,
President, Greater South Bay User Group www.gsbug.org
Garry’s presentation will take you through the maze of
medical information (or Evidence Based Medicine) found
on the WWW. The presentation will cover:
- Understanding the information
- What it all means
- How it applies to you
- Where to get the information
Best Free Digital Editing
Jim Glass, Member,
Glendora’s Computer Club, CA www.gscclub.org
Once your image is in
the computer from your camera, scanner or art work, what
do you want to do with it? Fix it, print it, save it,
find it, publish it to the web or social networks. All
the programs we discuss will have a different way to
accomplish this. Group participation is welcome.
Yourself, Your Computer and Your Identity
Norbert "Bob" Gostischa, Avast (www.avast.com)
It’s common wisdom
that avoiding suspicious web-based content and
especially ‘dodgy’ websites will keep you safe on the
Internet. Unfortunately, that sort of information is
‘old and outdated technology’. Internet security
(protecting both your computer and your identity) can,
however, be demystified.
focuses on normal computer users, rather than "IT
geeks," and clearly explains the following topics:
- Protecting yourself from viruses, worms, Trojans,
rootkits and, botnets
- Computer safety tips
- How to spot phishing attempts
- How to recover when your email account has been
- Email etiquette
- Social networking safety tips
- Software installation safety tips
- Other free software used to create layered
- Features and benefits of Avast's free antivirus
Join presenter Bob
Gostischa, as he simplifies, clarifies, and demystifies
your computer, making your Internet experience a safe,
secure and, enjoyable one.
Getting the Most from Your iPad
Cheryl Wester, Program Chair, Temecula
Valley CUG (www.tvcug.org)
Cheryl is a gadget junky and always has
the latest and greatest. She really loves her iPad and will share
many of her iPad favorite tasks and apps.
Latest Printing Developments
Don & Kay Baker, Klassic Specialties (www.klassicspecialties.com)
Kay will address areas of significance, as
related to Inkjet printing and today’s marketplace. The topics to be
addressed will include:
- An update of the current development trends and marketing
scenarios, of various printer manufacturers, and the related
- An overview of the various digital printing techniques and
- Laser Printers
- Thermal Bubble-Jet Inkjets
- Piezo-Electric Inkjets
- Various ink alternatives including Continuous Ink Systems
- Selecting media, what to look for in photo papers, and how
they differ, also a sampling of various media and the resulting
Can you really recover deleted files?
Terry Currier, Vice President, WINdows
usERS Group (www.windowsusers.org)
Have you ever deleted a file from your
computer, or camera media only to say "oh no, I needed that one."
Terry has reviewed many different programs that at least say they
will help you get them back – but can they? He’ll tell you about
some very good free programs that work. At the very least pay
attention when you install the program, Terry will tell you why.
Barbara & Jim Gates, Members, Long Beach
Computer Club (www.lbibmug.org)
Come join us as we share our new hobby
that we utilize while we bike, hike, and travel. We are developing
our history and personal stories using our new pocket tool----the
mobile phone. We simply snap, edit, and share our world with others
and carry it in our pockets. Meet the world of iPhoneography.
iPhoneography is the art of creating
photos using the iPhone and that makes picture taking handy and
easily accessible to everyone. Mobile phones are changing the world
of photography both for the professional and amateur. Come learn how
the iPhone helps us with editing and basic effects as well as
discover different tools that we have found helpful with the iPhone.
Explore new apps that support iPhoneography. We have discovered an
exciting and active tool to store our many "retired moments."
How to Publicize Your User Group
Judy Taylour, President, SCV Computer Club
Are you looking for new members? This
presentation will give you an overview of ways you can publicize
your user group / computer club.
All presentations are subject to change without notice.