Microsoft shares details on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Computerworld states that Microsoft announced at its Build developer conference that the next major update to Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 3 and due in September, will be called the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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Massive ransomware infection hits computers in 99 countries

BBC News – A massive cyber-attack using tools believed to have been stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA) has struck organisations around the world.

Cyber-security firm Avast said it had seen 75,000 cases of the ransomware – known as WannaCry and variants of that name – around the world.

There are reports of infections in 99 countries, including Russia and China.

Among the worst hit was the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Scotland.

The BBC news understands about 40 NHS organisations and some medical practices were hit, with operations and appointments cancelled.

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Google Docs users hit by phishing scam

Google says it has stopped a phishing email that reached about a million of its users.

The scam claimed to come from Google Docs – a service that allows people to share and edit documents online.

Users who clicked a link and followed instructions, risked giving the hackers access to their email accounts.

Google said it had stopped the attack “within approximately one hour”, including through “removing fake pages and applications”.

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FREE May 6 Spring Virtual Tech Conference

Your membership in the Association of PC Users Groups lets you attend the
Virtual Technology Conference May 6th 10am to 2pm.  
A few members can get together and watch the sessions together. Or, members can ‘attend’ different presentations at home in their bathrobes and fuzzy slippers and give reports at their next general meeting. Or, if your group meets on May 6, you might watch live one or more of the presentations for your meeting. The ICON group in Missouri did this for the Winter VTC. The Quad-Cites Computer Society has had Tailgate parties in their meeting room with attendees bringing the refreshments. Of course, groups also use the VTC videos for meeting presentations.
Descriptions and Bios at:

Track 1
Acronis, New Generation – Gene Barlow, UGR Relations
Home Automation – Bill James, Computer Club of Oklahoma City
Tune Up Your Windows PC – Jere Minich, Lake-Sumter Computer Society
Track 2
The GIMP – Dennis Rex, SCALE
Crypto Viruses – Toby Scott, Channel Islands PCUG
Alternative to Closing a Computer Club – Ray Baxter, Payson Area Computer Society
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File & Document Management  –  Quick Primer  

Rick summarizes file management in Windows at the Seniors SIG

The Mouse Continue reading

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End-of-Lease Pot Luck Tuesday April 25th noon to 4pm

The April monthly meeting is at the clubhouse, NOT at Silver Threads, and will be an end-of-lease potluck, on Tuesday, April 25th, noon to 4.

This is an opportunity to see what is available for sale and for free before the lease ends June 30th, when we move to Silver Threads.

So far people are bringing to the pot luck:

  • chicken
  • salad (potato)
  • healthy salad
  • cheese and crackers
  • Potato balls with salsa
  • Desert
  • Fruit bowl
  • Shrimp platter
  • chips & dip
  • pinwheel sandwiches
  • a cake
  • stuffed eggs
  • Sausage rolls
  • mini-quiches
  • Fruit
  • 🍪 cookies 🍪

Please add to this list and email –  – with your additions.

The club will provide sodas, coffee, plates

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Security 2017 for the Seniors Group

The first half was presented to the Seniors Group on April 10th, up to the middle of slide 5.


April 17th we will finish the second half

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In-home Help

Over the years we have had a few members offering in-home help.  We have had no problems arise that I know of.  However, our insurance does not cover such activities. The Victoria Computer Club offers no in-home services.  Members that offer in-home help do so privately, and not as representatives of the Victoria Computer Club in any way.

George Bowden, President

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Backups, second time around

The slides for the  Seniors SIG presentation March 20th on computer backups can be found here, at  March 27th we will cover slides 16 to the end.

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Presentation March 28th : Seniors’ Services in Greater Victoria.

According to the 2011 census, the total number of seniors (65+) in Greater Victoria was 18.4 % of the total population. This is above the national proportion of seniors (14.8%) and the provincial share of seniors (15.7%).

With the significant number of seniors its essential that information on seniors services be maintained and made available for seniors.

Jane Sheaff, Executive Director of Seniors Serving Seniors will be speaking about seniors’ services in Greater Victoria.

Optional lunch of soup and sandwich for $7 is at 1pm. Choose which sandwich (salmon, egg, or chicken salad) in your RSVP to for lunch and/or presentation. Arrive for lunch by 12:45 please.

Even if you are only coming to the presentation please RSVP by Sunday, March 26th so that we will know which room to set up.

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