Technology for 55+

We discuss how to effectively and safely use digital technology (smartphones, digital cameras,  tablets and computers) with those 55 and older who join our club.

Our 150 members can attend any of several sessions per month, held at Silver Threads Passmore Center, kitty corner to Tillicum Mall, south-east corner (click for map).  Scroll down for more articles.

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2019 Winter APCUG Classes – Feb 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific Time

Winter Virtual Technology Conference, February 9 – 10:00 – 1:00 pm Pacific Time

Attend APCUG’s FREE 2019 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) from the comfort of your own home. Even though there are two tracks, you only need to register once. Continue reading

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Basic Computing class presentation links

Here is Paul’s presentation on Google tips from Feb. 4th.

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Data Privacy Day is January 28th 2019

Three Internet Scams Targeting Seniors and How to Avoid Them

Privacy Tips for Older Adults

Test Your Cyber IQ

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Google through the looking glass – Jan 14, 2019 – George

To watch DottoTech’s YouTube channel, you should be logged in and subscribe… Here is how to do it…

Slide show is at https://tinyurl.com/ybtgog8p

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Annual General Meeting Tuesday January 22th, 1:30pm at Silver Threads

The Annual General Meeting of the club will be held Tuesday January 22th, 1:30pm at Silver Threads, 286 Hampton Rd, Saanich, BC V8Z 1H1.

Here is a map:  https://goo.gl/maps/zdXPxpss6Q72

Agenda includes (this post will be updated as available):

  1. Sign in, distribution of new membership cards, quorum count
  2. Approval of last year’s AGM minutes.
  3. Directors reports for the end of our fiscal year, December 31 2018:
    • President’s report: Thanks to volunteers, teachers. Thanks to departing exec: Martin, Iain, Rick
    • Treasurers report, Profit and Loss Report and Balance Sheet which will be emailed to members before the meeting
    • Vice president’s report: automation of membership notices. New membership cards.  Monthly meeting topics.  Bylaws and Constitution filing.
    • Membership report, there were 170 members as of Dec 31 2018.  All members are now regular members.  Associates were made regular members. 75 members are still using up their equity from the old clubhouse.
  4. Motions
    1. Setting of member dues.  It is proposed that dues remain unchanged at $25 per year.
    2. Motion to continue monthly draw of $20 gift cards
    3. Motion to retain membership number 7000 for award
  5. Election of officers for the year.  All positions are open for nomination.  Currently nominated are:
    • Dorothy Cushway, President.
    • George Bowden, Vice President
    • Rosa Benjamin, Secretary
    • Ed Prior, Treasurer
    • Barkley Cox, Membership
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Security Basics for Monday class – Jan 7, 2019 – Charles & Paul

Here is a link to  Monday’s Computer Basics class, Security Basics

on November 19th’ 2018: https://tinyurl.com/yd9qtdwh

and about VPN’s, on January  7th 2019: https://tinyurl.com/ycxadmdr

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Creative LED photography

Vertical sweep

LED Christmas tree lights offer creative opportunities to photographers.  Sweeping over a string of lights with a camera set to long shutter speeds and low ISO settings results in interesting effects.  LEDs on house power strobe at 60 pulses per second, resulting in “string of pearls” effects.  Try circular motions at arms length, and panning .  You never know what you are going to get until you look at the camera’s display of the photo after you take it.

The album Creative LED photography  was taken at the Computer Club Camera group photoshoot on Dec 27.  Photos were edited in Google Photos, adding maximum pop and lowering light levels.

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Timely Apps for Android phones and tablets

Here are some of the links used on Dec 20th’s presentation on Timely Apps. Click the underlined text below to view them.

We began with DottoTech’s Google Calendar Tips.

Tom’s Guide had several clocks reviewed

HowToGeek dealt with apps asking for your location.

It takes a class of people with different Android phones to remind me that Android is more complicated than it may first appear.  For instance, although Google Calendar Data is used by many Apps,  there is only one Google Calendar App published by Google LLC  .  Here are multiple calendar apps that use google calendar data:  Only the top left app is Google’s.  Note the publisher “Google LLC” under its “Google Calendar” name.

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APCUG Online Courses – Dec 17, 2018 – Dorothy

Dorothy gave an overview of how to watch the APCUG courses that are offered every 3 months by our associate club in the U.S.  We also reviewed and watched some of the videos as well as go to the You Tube channel to find them.

Presentation can be found here:  https://tinyurl.com/y83phy23

We also reviewed where to find Steve Dotto You Tube videos as he has many good ones. https://www.youtube.com/user/dottotech/videos

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Nine Good PC Habits You Should Have

Here is a link to Ed Prior’s presentation “Nine Good PC Habits You Should Have” given Oct 29th.

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