APCUG Workshops.

MARCH WORKSHOPS
9 am PT, 10 am MT, 11 am CT, 12 pm ET

March 10 – Macs vs PCs
March 17 – Linux
March 24 – Mailchimp
March 31 –  Backing Up

2021-Mar-10 : Macs vs Windows PCs

registration  https://forms.gle/Q2gSX669NhobwX8QA
Registration closes at 11:30 pm (your time) on March 9.

MACS VS WINDOWS PCS
Join Larry for a presentation on MAC vs PC where he compares features and shows you the pros and cons of each.

Many of you are probably Windows users, but maybe you’re a Windows user because that’s what you have used all your life and probably have never considered anything else. But, there may come a day when you will be faced with the need to upgrade or get a new computer.

Larry will show you why you should consider leaving Microsoft Windows and go with an Apple product such as a MAC Mini, Macbook Pro laptop, or an integrated unit such as the iMac.

  • Some of you will undoubtedly say that you don’t want to learn a new operating system.
  • Some of you will dismiss alternatives as too expensive.
  • Some of you may fear the unknown because of having to learn something new.
  • Some of you will say there are Windows programs you have to have that you can’t get on a MAC.

He hopes to dispel some of these myths as he explains the similarities between a MAC and a PC. Larry will show you that you can switch without it costing an arm and a leg as you may have thought.

Larry will give you compelling reasons why MAC PC’s are easier to use, safer from virus’, and provide applications that are not bloated in size, saving you money on storage costs, not to mention the ease of transferring applications from one MAC to another or even that of transferring your Windows files using the built-in features in the MAC. He will also show you how backup and restoration of your files are made simple and, more importantly, testable so that should the day come that you need them, you can be assured they will work.

As a certified Microsoft Engineer with hundreds of Windows applications to his credit, he discovered the ease of using a MAC when he decided to write an iOS application for his iPhone. The only way to compile it was on a MAC PC, so he purchased his first MAC Mini in 2012 and after a short time using it, switched exclusively to using a MAC for all of his computer needs. Larry has never looked back but, as you will learn, there are ways to have your cake and eat it too by running a copy of your favorite Windows OS right on your MAC for those times when nothing but Windows will solve your problem.

2021-Mar-17 :  Learning Linux #6

registration https://forms.gle/CXMdjoGAEdtPzJoC9
This is the same link as the Linux #5 workshop in January; if you registered for that one you do not need to register again.
Registration closes at 11:30 pm (your time) on Tuesday, March 16.

SETTINGS AND FILES AND COMMANDS, OH MY
At the March Learning Linux workshop, we will cover a number of topics. First, we’ll take a look at the differences between selected Distros and what they offer in terms of settings and preferences. Some distros give you a limited selection and others give you the kitchen sink.  Then we will present a Beginner’s Guide to the Linux file structure, which varies a bit from what is found in Windows. Finally, we’ll begin a series of presentations on Basic Commands for the Terminal for Beginners. Another session will be offered at the May workshop.

2021-Mar-24 : Mailchimp

registration https://forms.gle/p6aVaVy3mWnfjjEq9
Registration closes at 11:30 pm (your time) on March 23.

EASILY STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR MEMBERS WITH MAILCHIMP
Mailchimp is one of the most popular email marketing tools used for communicating with your group’s target market – members and prospective members. In this APCUG workshop, we will show how to utilize this free web-based app for sending information to your club or group. We will also show how to create a free account, build a mailing list, and develop an informational email for your members. The app has built-in templates to create compelling and interesting electronic messages, eBulletins, newsletters, and more. Our panel will share their experiences using Mailchimp and how they develop content for their messages. The Mailchimp team members are from the groups that won 1st place in the 2019 and 2020 eBulletin contests.
Bill James, VP, Computer Club of Oklahoma City
Deb Meisels, VP, Westchester PCUG, New York
Pierre Darmon, President, Westchester PCUG

2021-Mar-31 : Backing Up

registration https://forms.gle/5TzUVaPCgyrjK1Fg9
Registration closes at 11:30 pm (your time) on March 30.

IT IS WORLD BACK UP DAY ON MARCH 31, WE WILL BE TAKING THE PLEDGE 

HOW AND WHY TO BACK UP YOUR HARD DRIVE
Don’t lose any or all of your important data: documents, photos, music, or videos.
• Your computer could be hit by a virus.
• Ransomware could hold your files hostage.
• You should be prepared for a natural disaster
• Hard drives sometimes fail.

We will look at an overview of backing up your hard drive and your smartphone during this workshop. There will also be demonstrations of various back-up apps: Bob Gostischa will demo Aomei, Bill James will show us how the Windows 10 File History works, plus another (TBD) demos of backup programs. Maybe you will find the one for you!

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