APCUG’s FREE Saturday May 1st 2021 Spring Virtual Technology Conference

Welcome to our May 1, 2021 VTC.  Click here to register. You do not need a Zoom account to attend the VTC. Please update to the latest version of Zoom before attending the VTC. www.zoom.us/download

Unlike the Wednesday Workshops, you do not have access to the microphone. Please ask your questions in the Chat box; the moderators (Bill James, Track 1 and John Kennedy, Track 2) will ask the questions. If there isn’t time for all of the questions to be answered, Judy will send them to the speaker and forward the answers to those who put their first and last name (only) into the Chat box for each presentation they attend.

If there are any handouts for a presentation, those who have added their names to the Chat box will receive them as well as the YouTube link to the presentation.

9am  TRACK 1 – Learn all about a VPN (Virtual Private Network)
Don Arrowsmith, President, Philadelphia Area Computer Society

What it is; Why you would want one; How you can get one; and How to use one. You can run your own for free if you have the right router, network file server, or even a Raspberry Pi. There will be detailed information about setting up a VPN on a router with that feature available.

9am TRACK 2 – The Audio in Audacity!
Sharan Kalwani, President, SouthEastern Michigan Computer Organization

Audacity is a versatile program that can be used to record audio, edit sound files, and convert them to various formats. Audacity is Open Source; it is free. It is readily available to the public for download. This tutorial is designed to introduce new users to the basic features of the program.
Avidemux – open-source software for non-linear video editing
Avidemux is a very simple basic video editing tool. Of course, it is free and fun to use. This tutorial on Avidemux will introduce beginners to use this to cut, join, split, rotate videos as well as add filters.

Both of these programs are free cross-platform apps: Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

10am TRACK 1 – Using the Control Center on your iPad
Brooke Thomas, President, Central Kentucky Computer Society

Brooke will demonstrate where the iPad Control Center is, how to customize it, and an overview of the different controls available within the Control Center.

10amTRACK 2 – Your Online Privacy
Joe KissellAuthor, Publisher, Author and Publisher, Take Control Books

Nowadays, it can be difficult to complete ordinary activities without placing our personal data online, but having our data online puts us at risk for theft, embarrassment, and all manner of trouble. Joe gives practical advice that we need to handle common online privacy problems and to develop a sensible online privacy strategy customized for our needs. 

11am TRACK 1 – Music in the Car
Ray Baxter, President, Payson Meetup Club

Remember when it was so “cool” to have a push-button AM radio in the car? This presentation will review how to utilize your existing Compact Disc collection, now that many new vehicles no longer have a CD player, by streaming from an online service, using Bluetooth, flash drives, smartphones, etc.

11am TRACK 2 –Word Tips and Tricks
Jerry Heaton, Member, Central Kentucky Computer Society

During this presentation, you will be amazed at the available tools in the current version of Word. These handy tools will enhance your word processing experience. Speech recognition and editing assistance will also be covered.

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Ask the experts March 23, on Scams

Here is a link to today’s slides on scams


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Zoom Best Practices

Zoom Best Practises – March 9, 2021  by Dorothy Cushway

  1. Join 15 minutes before, that way the host can let you in from the waiting room. Sometimes if you arrive late, the meetings are locked, and you are out of luck.
  2. Make sure you have the meeting ID and Passcode  or the email handy.
  3. Make sure you have lighting in front of your face, not behind as you do not want to be in the dark on the screen.
  4. If using a virtual background, test before attending  a meeting – some devices cannot handle it.  As well, do not use moving virtual backgrounds, they are very distracting.
  5. Check your video and sound when you are joining .
  6. Tilt your screen-mounted webcam so you see your face rather than top of head or chin.  Each device is different if you are using a webcam on a PC, Laptop webcam, tablet, or phone.
  7. If you have your video on and are eating, texting, leaving your desk, turn your video off.
  8. Mute yourself always to stop background noise, phones ringing, dogs barking.  Many times, a host Mutes you – please do not unmute.  Other times all meetings are muted at the beginning, as well as turning off the video.
  9. Use chat if you do not have a microphone or there is noise.
  10. You do not need a webcam to join a Zoom meeting  – you can just watch and use chat as needed.
  11. Turn your cell phone to vibrate.
  12. Raise hand in the REACTIONS button on the bottom bar when appropriate.
  13. Do not monopolize the meeting on non relevant questions to the topic being discussed.
  14. To hide all the people who only have their names without a picture, right click your picture.
  15. Make sure you put your full name – and sometimes the city if you are attending a zoom meeting   in the US.  Sometimes add your title if you are an Executive member of a club.

First Install the Zoom app from https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting , or the app store for your device

Three  Ways to Join  Zoom Meetings

  1. If you have your own personal Zoom FREE account – sign in to https://zoom.us/signin prior to the meeting, then click JOIN and enter  the meeting ID and passcode  as required
  2. or Click on the LINK supplied in an email or on a calendar entry – sometimes this takes you to the BROWSER version of Zoom or tries to install Zoom on your device.
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Benefits of Membership

Club membership provides many benefits, including social, technical, and educational.  During the pandemic these benefits continue, transformed by using video conferencing.

Here are the slides of the presentation given Feb 11th 2021


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Due to COVID-19, Corona Virus, the Clubhouse is Virtual till further notice

Due to COVID-19, our club activities take place outdoors or in Zoom online meetings.  We are using Silver Threads limited openings to teach Zoom to those members unfamiliar with video conferencing.  Refer to our calendar for details.

  • This website contains slide presentations that you may have missed.
  • We will also put up new pages with links to interesting sites.
  • We plan photo shoots outdoors and share the photos via photo albums, which let you add photos and comments.
  • And we deliver classes online using the Zoom video conferencing app.

Home visits to fix computers are still ruled out for now.

If you have questions, please email VictoriaComputerClub@gmail.com

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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. Continue reading

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APCUG Workshops in April

9 am  April 14 – Cutting the Cord
9 am  April 21 – Learning Linux #7
9 am  April 28 – Genealogy

Wed. 4/14/21 9am
Cutting the Cord
Registration – 
Registration closes at 11:30 pm (PT) on April 13.

Cutting the Cord – Watching TV (Legally) Without Cable with Rob Truman
Have you wanted to cut the cord? Pay less money each month for the programs you want to watch? Don’t know how to do? Afraid to take the leap?
Rob will help us discover our options when it comes to living without a cable bill each month. We will learn how to use our Internet connection for all our viewing needs, including cable, local, premium, music, and sports channels.Rob will be joined by Bill James and Sandee Ruth, talking about how they cut the cord and are enjoying it!

Rob Truman, Webmaster, Computer Booters – SouthEast (AZ) Valley Friends in Technology
Bill James, VP of Operations, Computer Club of Oklahoma City – Confused about computers? Perplexed about software programs? Baffled by email and the Internet? The ccOKC is here to help!
Sandee Ruth, President, Lorain County Computer Users Group – Come Learn With Us


Learning Linux Workshop #7
Registration – 
This is the same link as the Linux #6 workshop in March; if you registered for that one you
do not need to register again.
Registration closes at 11:30 pm (PT) on Tuesday, April 20.

Learning Linux – Customization
The topic for this workshop presentation is “Customizing the Linux Desktop.” One of the great features of Linux is how customizable the desktop environment can be. We will have four Linux users start with the default desktop look that comes with different distros and show us how they customize it to meet their likes, needs, and workflow.Murray Strome – Xfce
David Hatton – MATE
John Kennedy – Cinnamon
Orv Beach – KDE

Registration – 
Registration closes at 11:30 pm (PT) on April 27.

Have you wanted to know more about your relatives but don’t know to start or what to use? Sue, Orv, and Murray will talk about What is genealogical software? Why use it? and give us a demonstration on Family Tree Maker, Gramps, and RootsMagic.

Sue Mueller, Genealogy SIG Organizer, Computer Users of Erie – Family Tree Maker, Discover your family story
Orv Beach, Linux Guru who uses Gramps, an open-source genealogy research app
Murray Strome, Genealogy 101 SIG leader, Victoria Computer Club – RootsMagic, Software to reunite families

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Windows 10 tips presentation March 4 2021

Here is the link to the Windows 10 tips presentation given March 4 2021 by Dorothy and George.

Here are the links to the two videos by Hewie Poplock that we showed,

Part 1: https://youtu.be/VHSTTluqShA

Part 2: https://youtu.be/mX0hnAeVddY

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APCUG 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.

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.

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.

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.


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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Here are the slides for the browser password managers presented Feb 4th by George and Dorothy

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Digital Estate Planning

Your Identity Isn’t Safe Even After You’ve Died

Judy Taylour of APCUG fame,  presented Digital Estate Planning   to the Victoria Computer Club on January 7th, 2021.

• How much of your life is virtual?
• Do you know anyone who doesn’t have a computer, a tablet or a smartphone?
• Every email, every payment, every movie, every picture, every file in the cloud is
a digital asset.
• What happens if you die and no one can retrieve them?
• Your estate can get stuck in digital probate.

Read the full presentation notes here

The links to the worksheets were sent out in our Events email to members on January 25th, 11pm

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Data Privacy Day, Jan 28th 2021

Data Privacy Day Info 1-28-21

Data Privacy Day – January 28, 2021

Sponsored by National Cyber Security Alliance

Information from Data Privacy Day – Stay Safe Online  

Millions of people are unaware of and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected, or shared in our digital society.

Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the January 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. On January 27, 2014, the 113th U.S. Congress adopted S. Res. 337, a non-binding resolution expressing support for the designation of January 28 as “National Data Privacy Day.” Data Privacy Day is observed to inspire dialogue and empower individuals and companies to take action.

Attend the Data Privacy Day 2021: Data Privacy in an Era of Change event – reservations required. Data Privacy Day 2021: Data Privacy in an Era of Change – Stay Safe Online

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