Eleanor Blumenschein, Editor - firstname.lastname@example.org
April General Meeting
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As a club we are once again ahead of the curve in providing our members with real-world experiences and training options found nowhere else in Green Valley. In April of 2006 I wrote of the new Epson flat-bed scanner, the laser printer and video-to-DVD equipment. Today we talk about "Cutting the Cord" with over-the-air antennas, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast streaming-video players.
For the month of April we will have 22 different classes. Many are taught three or four times during the month. Very popular are the Q & A sessions on Computer Questions and Windows 7 and 8. The Mac group classes are very interesting, and don't forget they also have three sessions on iPhoto.
One of the additional benefits of the Club is found under Utilities at the Club website, http://www.ccgvaz.org/utilities.html. If you have gone online and downloaded a program, you know how difficult it can be to avoid "malware" you don't want. Ninite (http://www.ninite.com) offers numerous free programs and utilities, is always up to date, and gives you safe, worry-free installations. It is used by NASA and the Harvard Medical School. So why not you?
A special thanks to each of you who volunteers to allow our Club to run smoothly. Remember, the summer hours start May 1.
Jud Richardson, President, email@example.com
Marge Clark said there is no electronic class registration for April through November. For December hands-on classes, members can sign up in mid-October. For April through November, there will be sign-up sheets on the bulletin board.
John Robertson, PC Maintenance, reported the network has been updated, although there have been a few minor problems.
In February 2,275 members visited the Club, and we have 1,486 paid members.
Picture yourself this summer sitting in a comfortable chair under a leafy tree with a cool drink, using your laptop to take advantage of online tutorials and training. Sign up for lynda.com and learn new software skills with the Club's subscription to this online teaching service.
Just contact Club Coordinator Paul May at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. You will be free to use lynda.com for two weeks before your turn is over. But you can get in line again for another session.
Interested? Just go to http:www.lynda.com to see what is offered and then contact Paul May.
Here are Ernie Cox's Mac Tips for April 2015:
What Is iCloud? - Learn about the basic features of iCloud and what the service provides. - http://macmost.com/what-is-icloud.html
iCloud Photo Sharing: one of Apple’s best kept secrets -http://www.idownloadblog.com/2015/03/02/icloud-photo-sharing-one-of-apples-best-kept-secrets
iPhone Basics for Beginners: Top 10 Tips - http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/iphone-basics-beginners-top-tips
How to find your iPhone’s last location even after the battery dies - http://www.cultofmac.com/313318/find-your-iphone-last-location-even-battery-dies
How to Force Reboot an iPhone & iPad- http://osxdaily.com/2015/03/03/force-reboot-iphone-ipad/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+osxdaily+%28OS+X+Daily%29
How-To: Boost your Mac’s speed and prolong its useful life with easy RAM upgrades - http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/04/how-to-boost-mac-speed-ram-upgrade
As with any tool with so many options, computers offer us so many applications that it is easy to become confused and need help. Fortunately, many of these "options" that computers have available are those that are supposed to help us. Here are some ideas for getting help when you are stuck.
Google it—yes, believe it or not, Google is one of the best places to get help. Go to the Google web page at google.com and enter in the search box your SPECIFIC problem for which you need help. You may phrase it as a question if you like, such as: "How do I change the default font size in Word 2010?" Notice that you should be as specific as you can with the product or program name and the edition of that program that you are using. Google will provide you a list of things to click on to get the answer you need.
YouTube—another amazing way to get help. On the Google web page look for a "YouTube" option or look for a very small array of little black squares. Clicking on that array will bring up many Google options, one of which is YouTube. Or you can just go to the YouTube web page at http://www.youtube.com. Again enter in the search bar your specific question or problem and you may be able to actually watch a tutorial on how to solve your problem. YouTube is a great resource for many things.
Classes—The big plus for classes is that you will go through a learning program instead of trying to learn "just one thing." If you are having more than one or two isolated problems with a specific program, you probably need a good class to bring you up to speed with that whole application. In a class you will become much more aware of what you do not know and get the bigger picture. And if you are stuck in class you can always ask the instructor or cheat by looking at what your classmate is doing.
Books—There is no lack of computer publications to help you. I like the books that have lots of pictures in them to show you what the computer screens look like as you learn. Although most people enjoy books, not many people can read a book and learn from it as they read. You need to actually do the exercises to learn.
Tutoring—This is really the best learning option because it should target your specific needs. If you do decide to have a paid tutor help you, why not negotiate and invite one or two friends to be there with you and share the cost?
Friends and Relatives—especially teens. They already know more than we ever will and would really have the knowledge to help you. But would they be able to teach well and be patient with you? That could be a problem. Or maybe you wouldn’t understand the tech-talk they might use. The blue circle with the white question mark in it – this symbol represents, in most Windows applications, the way to get help. Otherwise, look for anything on the screen that says "help." Click on it and search for what you want for that particular application.
This year's Computer Technology Conference was held in Mesa, AZ, February 19-21, 2015. Attendees came from as far away as Canada, as well as from California and Arizona. Many of them were winter visitors to the area. Numerous good lectures were scheduled, but it was impossible for me to attend everything.
Internet Security seemed to be a running theme, and there were several interesting speakers every day, covering various areas on the subject without overlapping.
Other topics we could choose from included Linux Basics, Facebook Tips and Tricks, Smart Phones and Tablets, Android Lollipop Tips, Google Maps, Cloud Storage, Garmin, iOS8, Google, Family Search Library, Windows 10 Preview, Evernote, Picasa and Web Albums, Kindle and How a Digital Camera Works. I gave two very-well attended presentations on Annoyances and Tips in MSWord.
On a sad note, Patricia and Al Hill, who were the movers and shakers in getting this conference off the ground four years ago, are stepping down for health reasons. Unless one of the computer clubs in the Phoenix area steps forward, this was the last Arizona conference. They both fervently hope another club will pick up the mantle and carry the torch they lit forward. Everyone agreed that as attendees, we all were kept up to date on the latest happenings in the computer world.
Lee Laughner, email@example.com
|Computer Club Board Members for 2015|
|Jud Richardson, Presidentfirstname.lastname@example.org||Ernie Cox, Purchasingemail@example.com|
|Mike Kearns, Vice Presidentfirstname.lastname@example.org||Terry Flanagan||TAFlan28@aol.com|
|Rose Estes, 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|
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