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.

Refer to our calendar for details of events.  To attend Computer Club events you must be a member of the Victoria Computer Club.

Memberships are $25 per person per year.  Memberships last 365 days from the anniversary of joining,

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Happy 2024

Fireworks Wikipedia

Fireworks Wikipedia

HAPPY NEW YEAR. 2024.. or 2^10+10^3, for any math nerds out there. Don’t put that date on your cheques!!. Any wanna-be instructors lurking out there are welcome to put a short lesson together for Monday’s classes. Or maybe reply with a list of typical problems that others might also have with devices or apps. Otherwise we will be showing some tech tip videos, and pausing frequently for questions and answers.

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Beginning Windows 10 / 11

Here are the slides for Dorothy & George’s class, “Beginning Windows 10 / 11

In 2024 we will move on to Beginning Computers and Phones, covering more than just Windows.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1A5krp-iqSprml_bghd6pEHQwj_dw-BWx/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=101236433564548916223&rtpof=true&sd=true

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Christmas Buffet in the Cafeteria, December 4th at 1:30pm

SOLD OUT – No further tickets for sale.  Contact George for any information.

If you missed the ticket sales, you can join a wait list by phoning the front desk, 250-382-3151 .

Lunch: Served December 4th, 1:30 pm.

Menu: Buffet Style
Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Mash Potatoes, Homemade Stuffing, Carrots, Pan Gravy, Organic Baby Greens, Salad, House dressing, Dessert, Coffee or Tea

Cost / person: $20 cash or cheque only, tax included.
Due to the limited number of dinners,  non-members cannot be accommodated.

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Iot, friend or foe

The Internet of Things (IoT) and digital assistants can help seniors in many ways

  • Timely reminder to take medications
  • Time to wake for an early morning appointment
  • A ten minute timer for something cooking
  • What wear for the day’s weather
  • A companion that never complains when you ask the same question 10 times in a day.

Here are the slides for the Monday, Sept 18th presentation

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Lessons Learned in Hybrid AGM Demo

Our demo on Aug. 29th of a meeting with both Zoom and in-person attendees (hybrid) for a ballroom turned out to be more of a learning experiernce than a clean demo.   We will try again September 25th.

Lessons I learned included:

1) It takes a small team to run a hybrid meeting, which I should have arranged.

  • Our camera operator, who learned of his role when he walked into the room,  needed training.
  • The presenter cannot be the Zoom operator at the same time.  I could not reliably switch to the speaker mic and be part of the discussion at the same time. An automatic camera that Brian spoke of would handle that in a board room.  It would have to be tested in a larger room.

2) 45 minutes is not enough time for setting up all the equipment:

  • I did not have time to start the Zoom sessions on the two laptops that I intended to use to view the room
  • A last-minute change in computers resulting in a change in microphone input jacks used up about 15 minutes of that time to rewire the plugs

3) A dry run at the location is necessary.  I did not have access to the library the week before so could not test the arrangement for the mock AGM

4) Our club members never got the chance to rehearse being a mock AGM audience.

5) Learn how to share the YouTube URL before the meeting

Here is a link to the google slides 

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2023 Picnic

A warm time was enjoyed by all who found the 2023 Computer Club Picnic.  Lots of leftovers taken home.

From left to right: Christine, Dorothy, Marcia, George, Dave, Sharon, Janet and Lin.  Anna Keane who took the photo,  is not shown.
2023 VCC Picnic

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A Month of Email in July

Part 1, Presentation slides
If I have only one email address and one device, what’s to know?

  • Writing better emails
  • A bit of humour
  • Managing your emails
  • Parts of an email address
  • Email service providers from your point of view

Part 2, for when you have more than one email address or device, will be presented July 25th:

    • Apps to access your emails
    • Web Apps vs Mail Clients
    • Mail Client Apps
    • Pop3 vs IMAP
    • Managing storage
    • Syncing between devices and multiple accounts 
    • Migration  of email accounts, e.g. @shaw.ca to @outlook.com or @gmail.com
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Ask our Computer Club Experts about Fraud

Here is the link to the slides shown Tuesday, May 30, 2023.  You might enjoy the interactive quiz on the last slide.

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The Augmented Human: How Computers Can Make Us Smarter (and Dumber)

 Miguel Nacenta gave a very interesting presentation “The Augmented Human: How Computers Can Make Us Smarter (and Dumber)”.  Here is a link to download the PDF.

We do not record presentations, but here is a youtube video by Miguel about part of today’s presentation, typography

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Calendars, Email Security and Migrating Contacts

Here is the slide presentation for Tuesday’s May 16th presentation by George on Calendars, Email Security, and Migrating Contacts

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