Digital Media at the Greater Victoria Public Library

Here is the link to Dorothy’s presentation on Digital Media at the Greater Victoria Public Library  from July 1, 2020

 

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Due to COVID-19, Corona Virus, the Clubhouse is Closed 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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Photography Group’s Albums

Here are the links to view the photography groups completed albums:

Waterfront      New Growth       Distancing    and  An Empty Victoria in March 2020

Incomplete albums, still open to collaborators are “The Subject is Light” and “Monochrome Assignment”.   To collaborate, send an email to photography@victoriaComputerClub.org  showing your name and email address. 

 

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Slides from Zoom meeting on “Alternatives to Zoom”

Here is the link to the presentation, 

There are 27 slides, that cover, in sequence

  1. Google Meet
  2. Facebook Rooms
  3. Jitsi
  4. Skype
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When audio doesn’t work in Zoom

So, you’ve found our zoom meeting, logged in and are seeing the video but sitting in blessed silence. Here’s what to do. NOTE: This cheat sheet assumes that you can hear sound in other applications – if not, you’ve got a problem this instruction sheet doesn’t cover. (Your speakers ARE on and sound isn’t muted, right?)  Click here for the rest of this article (full PDF).

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Headphones and Microphones for Zooming

Here is the link to the Zoom presentation April 22, 2020 on

Headphones and Microphones for Zooming

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Switching from Telus (or Shaw) webmail

The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Scream by Edvard Munch

Telus has begun migrating Telus email accounts off its webmail client onto Google servers.   For your consideration  read Telus’s reply to Techtalk’s questions half way down that page. You can keep your Telus email address on Google’s servers (minus Google’s docs), or prepare for a bigger change, to a different email address, as described below.  (Shaw may do the same as Telus in the future.)  Our members use the following for their primary email address: 1/2 use gmail, 1/3rd use Shaw, 1/6th use Telus, and 1/8th use a Microsoft account (hotmail, live.com, or outlook.com) .  What follows applies to anyone changing their primary email address.  It does not apply if you continue to use your telus.net email address.

Here is the Link to slides presented May 20 Zoom meeting

If you can abandon your old emails and contacts, the process is painless.    But we live in a networked world of contacts, many of whom will still email to your old address.  For years, I have forwarded all may Shaw mail to gmail, and only sent from my gmail account, but about 10 emails a day are forwarded from shaw to my gmail account.  Almost all are promotions or social media emails.  But not all.

Anything that needs confirmation emails will need to be changed to the new address while you still can authenticate your activity via the old address.  E.g. subscriptions, bank and financial accounts, utility and health services.

Unattended, your old email account may overrun its quota.  Instead, you should forward emails arriving at your old account on to your new account without saving a copy on your old account.  Watch for emails that came via your old account.  They will be addressed to your old account. For a year, watch out for subscription renewals that occur annually.

Though the following is only loosely coupled to your email address, now is a good time to decide whether to use a mail client running on your PC, or to access your email using a web browser.  Search  webmail vs mail client for an explanation of the differences and benefits of each.  I prefer webmail like gmail.google.com because I access my mail from public devices, and rely on gmail’s server backups and spam filters.  Some people are wary of google.

  • If you have been downloading your emails and deleting them on your old account using a mail client running on your PC, like Windows Mail, then your contact list will be on your computer.  You can export that list and upload it to your new webmail provider. Or you can just add the new email address to your mail client on your PC.
  • If you were using webmail through a browser, your contact list at your old address will have to be exported and uploaded to your new webmail provider or imported to a mail client.

If you are going to abandon your mail client program, keep it as a way to export and  access old emails and contacts.  You went through the pain of losing access when Microsoft abandoned the Windows live mail client, and you don’t want to do that again.

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Cybersecurity: This time, it’s personal.

Here is a link to the presentation by UVic’s Nav Bassi, given via Zoom to the Victoria Computer Club on Thursday May 7th at 10am.

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Updating ALL Your Devices

Here is a link to the slide show, “Updating ALL Your Devices” presented at the zoom meeting Wed April 29th 10am

 

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Rick’s Recipe for Foto File Management

Hello Fellow Fotogs,
I’m going to share My Way of managing photo files and catalogues. Some of you have already heard some of this, but I’d like to go further in depth and do it over a few emails. It’s a very simple process, but over the years, it has worked great for me.
Some of you probably have different methods, and that’s fine, use them. This is for anybody that might want to use these tips if they are struggling at all with organizing their photo libraries.
To start, every December 31st, I make a new sub-folder in my Pictures Folder and name it “Photos (insert the Year here)”.
Like what I did this year as an example…Photos 2020. (see  screen shot)
In that folder, I’ll make sub-folders…
  • 2020 Family Pix (for edited and finished photos of family members, etc.)
  • 2020 Finals All Others (artsy, everyday photos, edited and sharpened)
  • Originals from (your camera here)
  • Originals from (another camera here)
  • Photos from others (anything I download from relatives, etc.)
So, once that’s done I’m ready to select the photos from my SD card and drop them all in the Originals folder that is set up for either camera, since I use two different cameras. The Original files will always stay in their respective folder, unless they are total crap and get thrown out.
This is where the editing process starts…Look through your originals any time you want, and open the one you want to edit in your application.
When you are done editing, cropping, colour correcting, etc., now is the time to save it in one of your 2020 Finals folder. You MUST do a “SAVE AS” with a modified file name that is different from your original. This will prevent you from overwriting and losing your original photo. I usually save my finished photos as Jpegs. You always want to keep your original intact, because you never know how much you might learn in the future to make an even better version some day!
So, you did your Save As, but the little trick I do to each file name, to make it different from the original, is add “es” to the end of the file number.
For example: DSC01237.JPG  becomes… DSC01237es.JPG
That way, the files are kept in sequential order all through the year in all the folders, and you immediately know that that file was edited and sharpened. Hence the “es”. And you original stays intact!

Now that you’ve seen how I start my new year with fresh picture folders, the other thing that you need to do is start backing up these new folders to a separate external hard drive. You’ve no doubt heard of Back-Ups?

I have two external hard drives and I copy and paste any new stuff to each of them. I like to do this all manually, but there are apps that can make this happen automatically, but I would rather know what’s being done myself, rather than depending on somebody else.
I would recommend backing up to two places in addition to your computer or laptop storage. Even if you back up to memory sticks, at least you have a solid way to keep things safe. You can’t depend on only your computer to keep your memories.
Backing up on Google Photos is another way to have at least a second copy of your libraries, which you can access in case you lose your computer files. You can make photo albums in Google Photos that match the titles of the ones you have on your computer and your back-ups.
Ok, if you look at the attached  screenshot picture of one of my external HDDs, you will see what I did for last year’s collection of photos. There are the basic folders and some additional folders of special events and travel trips.
Because everything that was in my computer’s 2019 Photos folder has been copied to the external hard drives, the whole collection of 2019 photos can now be deleted from the computer, freeing up valuable space. Just make sure you have good backups!
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APCUG Virtual Technology Conference Sat. May 2nd 10am

Now that members are getting familiar with Zoom, it is time to join the Virtual Technology Conference  , put on by our Association of PC User Groups, Saturday, May 2nd at 10am for a couple hours.  Register for free at Event Brite days before the meeting.

 

TRACK 1
10am Let’s Go Shopping Online
Ron Brown, Program Chair, Silvercom Computer & Technology Club
Ron will discuss shopping apps that your favorite grocery store uses Continue reading

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