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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Message from Judy Taylour, APCUG

Thank you for attending the Summer VTC, we hope you learned something new about the technology you use and information that entices you to try something new. Several are going to give Bitwarden a try and one attendee is going to buy a Chromebook. Another is going to dive into FreeNAS 100% going forward.

Several would like to see Kenneth Tubaugh’s complete presentation on Password Managers featuring Bitwarden. He will be giving a 2-hour Wednesday workshop on the topic and another hands-on workshop with attendees invited to install it on their computers and join him while he sets it up, creates passwords and shows everyone his tips for using the program.

We’ll also be having an officers Wednesday workshop to meet other officers, talk about going forward with our groups via online meetings, talking about hybrid meetings with some members meeting in person and others participating via Zoom at home, etc. User Groups Helping User Groups.

The PDFs of the presentations have been uploaded to www.apcug2.org; I’ll let you know when the videos are uploaded to APCUG’s YouTube channel.

Answers to the chat box questions will be sent to those who signed into the session.

We hope to see you at the November 7 VTC, annual meeting, and contest winner awards.

As you know, a volunteer’s job is never done

  • September-December = Home Automation Wednesday Workshops
  • September = Contest entries
  • October = Contest judging
  • October = APCUG Director & Advisor 2021 election
  • November = VTC, Annual meeting, etc.
  • November & December = 2021 dues renewal contest
  • Happy holidays and it’s 2021….
  • What other workshops would you like?
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Home Automation, presented by Scott Dyer

Here are the slides of the zoom meeting presentation on Home Automation by Scott Dyer

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July 30 zoom presentation slides on Smartphones 2020

Here is a link to July 30 zoom presentation slides on Smartphones 2020

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Summer Picnic CONFIRMED at Government House. Tuesday, July 28 12 – 3pm

Good news…  Our Summer Picnic is CONFIRMED at Government House. Tuesday, July 28 12 – 3pm.  Because of COVID, you will have to bring your own food, non-alcoholic beverages, and a chair.  Please register with your name and phone number by emailing bigBlueSocial@gmail.com .  We usually see about a dozen or so members, and we need to track attendance this year.

From Saanichton’s Sea Cider House. https://www.seacider.ca/about/sea-cider-farm-ciderhouse/

We will spread out in the orchard near the bandstand, where we have met the last few years.   This is an in-person picnic, NOT a Zoom meeting.

Government house has not asked that we wear masks, but you may still want to wear one.  No smoking.

Maybe we will have a mask making workshop… (if so, bring your own scissors).

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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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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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