|Green Bytes||November 2014|
Eleanor Blumenschein, Editor - firstname.lastname@example.org
November General Meeting
Club is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., M-F
November class listings are at
These Green Bytes are also available online at
Mac information is at
Register for access to lynda.com at
We're not just a computer club. Our members are now offered access to lynda.com, an online learning company that teaches individuals just about anything computer related. Access is arranged through Club member Paul May at email@example.com. When it's your turn, you have the use of any of the tutorials for two weeks for as many hours a day that you wish to sit in front of your computer.
Our November General Meeting will feature a presentation by representatives of lynda.com. They will illustrate how things work. Join us on November 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the Anza Room. Don't miss it!
The Club holds its annual meeting this month and the election of candidates for the Board of Directors takes place. Fall classes will be starting. Be sure to check the Club calendar for your choices. Thanks to all of our members who support us by paying their dues. If you renew now, you can avoid the year-end rush.
Beginning November 3, the Club will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. See you there.
Jud Richardson, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
A chairperson is still needed to oversee topics and speakers for the General Meetings. Contact Don Coon at Don.email@example.com if you can help.
September attendance was 718, and members paid to date are 1724. Be sure to renew your membership for 2015.
Vice President Mike Kearns reported there are three openings for the 2015 Board of Directors. Ernie Cox and Don Coon will run for reelection, and Rose Estes will be a new candidate. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the October General Meeting.
The Board elected to renew the five lynda.com licenses. More will be added later, if necessary.
Complete information is available at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle.
Ever see a row of photos at the top of a Facebook or website page?
I'll bet it crossed your mind that this would be a good idea for one of your own projects.
I'll bet your next thought was that it would take a powerful photo editing tool, most likely Photoshop, to accomplish this horizontal photo montage'. Sure enough, when you did some cursory checking, words like 'layers' and 'flattening' began to appear. Or maybe you found how-to ideas for creating a photo collage, which is NOT what you had in mind.
I too went down this same road. I also discovered that the most recommended solution is to use Paint, a free program that comes with Windows. I found the Paint solution not very intuitive and a little time consuming to use. Then I discovered another solution that had been right in front of me for a number of years. It is also a free program, IrfanView. This little utility has been around since the days of Windows 95. It will open virtually every graphic file type—as well as most sound and video file types. I use it as a fast image resizer. But right there in the opening screen under the Image drop-down menu is the choice Create Panoramic Image. Perfect!
IrfanView gives you the choice of horizontal or vertical merging of photos. You add the photos you want, rearrange their order and then hit the Create key. Save the resulting photo-merge, give it a name and you are good to go. You could even resize the final image if it is too big or too small for your application.
So what about merging photos of different pixel size or resolution. No problem. I ran a few tests where the height dimensions were five times different. IrfanView makes the horizontal photo montage a constant height. The same thing occurred when merging photos of very different resolution. Again, the merged photos were a nearly constant total pixel size. The overall picture quality has been reduced substantially, but who cares when it is being viewed over the Internet.
IrfanView is the product of Irfan Skiljan, who lists himself as graduate of Vienna University. Be sure to get the latest version which is 4.37 as of this writing.
Editor's Note: To download IrfanView, go to http://www.ccgvaz.org, select Utilities from the list on the left, click on www.ninite.com, then select IrfanView from the list under Imaging. At the bottom of the page click on the box that says Get Installer. You are now given the option to SaveFile. The file will saved to your Downloads folder. Click on the file in that folder and installation will begin.
Las Vegas Nevada - The Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG) is co-hosting its annual meeting with Sun City Anthem Computer Club (SCACC). The APCUG International Computer and Digital Technology Conference will be held September 25 - 27, 2015, at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. The conference is open to all Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile device end-users.
Workshops include Digital Photography, Microsoft’s Windows Server, iPad instead of a PC, Facebook, Instagram, Linux, Internet Security, Social Media and Traveling with your iPad, plus many more.
For Early Bird pricing and registration details, visit the conference page at: http://apcug2.org/content/2015digitaltechnologyconference.
Your registration fee includes the social meet and greet, some meals, presentations, networking with other computer users, as well as vendor presentations and door prizes. The public is invited to register for this conference.
APCUG is an international technology organization with member groups in the United States, Canada and Australia.
You can renew your 2015 Computer Club membership at any time. The renewal form is on the club website at http://www.ccgvaz.org/member-renewal.html. Please complete the form, print it and bring it to the Club. Or you can mail the form and your payment to:
Computer Club of Green Valley
The cost of a single membership renewal is $25, and a family membership costs $35.
If you have a single membership and wish to add a resident of your household and become a family membership, you must bring the resident with you to the club with their GVR card and proof (such as a driver's license) that they live in your household.
|Computer Club Board Members for 2014|
|Jud Richardson, Presidentfirstname.lastname@example.org||Ernie Cox, Purchasingemail@example.com|
|Mike Kearns, Vice Presidentfirstname.lastname@example.org||Terry Flanagan||TAFlan28@aol.com|
|Claire Amato, Secretaryemail@example.com||Don Coon||Don.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jerry Ferris, Treasureremail@example.com|
|Mike Kearns, Head Monitorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Terry Flanagan, Assistant Head Monitoremail@example.com|
|Jerry Wallin, Monitor Committeefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ruth White, Monitor Committee (Mac)||email@example.com|
Green Bytes is published September-May by and for members of the Computer Club of Green Valley, Jud Richardson, President. Annual dues for 2015 are $25/individual-$35/family, payable before January 1. Tenant memberships are available.
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