|Green Bytes||March 2014|
Eleanor Blumenschein, Editor - email@example.com
March General Meeting
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The new year is off to a great start. Our attendance for January was 2,431 members. All of the classes are up and running. We have plans to accommodate overflow attendance by adding extra class sessions if necessary.
We are not just computers anymore! On Thursday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. we hold alternate Special Interest Groups. The first Thursday of each month is devoted to sharing with members information on how to reduce or eliminate their cable or satellite services. We demonstrate methods to enhance viewing experiences with set top streaming video units such as Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and others.
The remaining Thursdays of each month are devoted to the "How To's" of the Android smart phones and tablets that seem to proliferate our culture. We focus on the new user and the endless number of applications that are available to install on these devices.
Did you take lots of photos of your Christmas and New Year celebrations? And do your family and friends want copies? This year do something different and share them as a slide show on a CD or a DVD that you can play on your TV DVD player.
First, gather up your photos and slides, both film and digital. You can even include photos from years past and scan them all to a DVD. Did you know you can copy VHS tapes to DVDs, and phonograph records or audio tapes to CDs? The Club has the equipment.
We also offer Stock investing and Stock Alternatives, Genealogy, iDevices, as well as classes covering Windows 8.1, Linus and Macs. What is your pleasure? Check the Club calendar to see what interests you.
A big thank you to Kathy Frey and Diane Serek for their work on software maintenance, keeping our computers up to date. Also thanks to Don Coon for establishing our Membership Meeting Committee. Welcome to Lee Laughner for accepting the chair of our Membership Meeting Committee. My thanks to all the members who help keep the Club running smoothly.
Jud Richardson, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Ogus reported January was a busy month due to winter visitors returning to Green Valley earlier than usual due to severe weather in their home states. All classes are well attended and continue to grow.
Soon a new projector will be installed in the Lecture Room. The Lecture Room projector will be moved to the Agave Room.
MUG leader Robby Robinson has retired from the Computer Club. The Club sincerely appreciate his leadership of the Mac Group and the many hours he has spent assisting members.
A request was made to purchase a new HDTV to demonstrate installing Roku or Apple TV in the "Cut the Cord Classes." The Board approved the purchase of a TV with cart.
This malware reaches your computer bundled with otherwise legitimate software. To combat it, the Club has added a link to Ninite at http://www.Ninite.com on its Utilities page. Ninite is a safer, yet easier, way to download programs from the Club’s website. Ninite blocks toolbars and other unwanted junk , and makes sure the right software is downloaded and installed correctly. Access Ninite by going to the Club's website at http://www.ccgvaz.org/utilities.html.
Please understand that the Club Maintenance Team's highest priorities include keeping the Club’s over sixty computers running reliably, along with an extensive computer network and internet interface. When a myriad of equipment such as projectors, printers, scanners, etc., is added to its workload, the small staff of six volunteers has limited time left to work on members’ computers.
The photos are now available on the Club website. To view them, go to http://www.ccgvaz.org/2014-photo-contest-results-including-all-entries.html.
The new operating system, called iOS 7, involves hundreds of interface changes and adds a new "control center" (swipe up from the bottom of the screen) that gives you access to important features like the camera, clock, and music player.
It even includes a new way to multi-task between programs and a built-in flashlight. In short, it makes your iPhone look brand new.
But what are you really getting when you upgrade to iOS 7?
Here are some of some favorite features.
1. It looks completely different. The first thing you'll notice about the new iPhone OS is how different it is. All the icons have been "flattened" with a lot of the textures associated with Steve Jobs' efforts removed. Instead of rich leather lookalikes, you get clean, clear, and crisp text and lines. Instead of photo-realistic icons you get images that "suggest" their purpose.
2. It is truly secure. This is an interesting feature: when you lose your phone, you can lock it completely and thieves won't be able to reactivate it even if they want to. In short, in 99 percent of cases, a thief will never be able to use your stolen phone again. This should, Apple hopes, reduce iPhone theft.
3. Photo browsing got a lot easier. When you take photos in iOS 7 they are automatically organized into moments. For example, when you shoot a bunch of photos at the petting zoo and then come home and shoot a few more, these photos are broken up by time and location.
4. Expect better battery life. The phone should perform better thanks to upgraded multi-tasking and improvements to the base software. While you probably will still suffer if your phone has horrible battery life now—it probably means your actual battery is broken—new users can expect snappier performance.
5. Siri is smarter. First, Siri doesn't sound like a robot anymore, which is good news. Second, Siri offers more information in a more pleasing way and it can now search more sources of information and do more
6. It has some 3D tricks up its sleeve. One of the coolest features is one of the most subtle: the icons on the screen "float" over the background. In other words, when you move the phone the icons move around to reveal parts of the wallpaper underneath. It's a very cute feature that lets you see more of your favorite photos and offers a much cleaner view of the interface.
7. It includes iTunes Radio, a cool way to discover new music. If you've used services like Pandora or Radio, you're probably familiar with how iTunes Radio works. In short, it lets you stream music (and buy it) right from your music player. This means you can listen to almost as much new music as you want whenever you want as well as playlists of popular hits. Think of it as a way to preview iTunes purchases and a fun way to discover new music.
Books on Windows continue to be the most popular items in the PC library. To coincide with Microsoft's update to Windows 8.1 we have added two new books on the topic.
The first is Windows 8.1 Simplified by Paul McFedries. It is really a replacement for the edition on Windows 8 which was so well used by club members that the book was worn out and fell apart. The format of the book is made up of self-contained two-page lessons to make learning easy. There are full color screen shots to demonstrate each task, along with succinct explanations to walk you through the process step by step. The book's motto is "read less—learn more."
The second addition is Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual written by a team of technical writers and editors headed by David Pogue. Although it might be a bit intimidating at over 900 pages, it is written in a style that is clear, engaging and occasionally funny. The author is unafraid to state when a feature is useless or doesn't work right. The book covers:
Terry Flanagan, Librarian, TAFlan28@aol.com
As Kathy had arranged for all of us to help with the photo display for the Photography Contest, we arrived there early in order to set up the display.
Friday morning after the General Session, the ladies spread out to attend various classes. Some of us went to the "Windows 8.1" session to learn if we are missing something we need to teach in our Win 8.1 SIGs. Other sessions gave presentations on "Facebook, Tablets, and Great Photos."
During the second set of sessions, Lee gave a class on "Sky Drive and Google Drive" to a filled classroom. She ran out of handouts, but the conference organizers quickly printed more. Other sessions were on "Smart Phone, Skype and iPad."
After a delicious lunch and an "Ask the Experts Panel," the presentations continued with "Family Search, Cranium Crunchers, Sky Drive and another Windows 8.1" class.
Carey Holzman then gave the final presentation of the day called "Anything Goes" for all the attendees. We crammed in a lot of things the first day. On Saturday AZtRUT talked on recycling electronics, there was a session on how to write a software review, "Garmin GPS" and "WINX HD Video Converter Deluxe."
At the second set of sessions, Lee gave a presentation to a full classroom, on "Creating a Free Website with Google Sites." Verizon repeated its Smartphone session and we had part 2 of Garmin. Great Photos with any Camera was also repeated.
As we finished lunch, Matt Mardini of Wolverine Software demonstrated his incredibly interesting gadgets on converting slides and film to digital. He later had his wares for sale at reasonable prices during the Vendor Expo.
After lunch we had the opportunity to attend "Technology of Self Publishing," "Tablets" by Verizon, "Computer and Your Identity," and "iOS 7."
Following the break we then had the Vendor Expo with lots of give-a-ways and wares for sale.
Sunday morning, Ray Baxter, our Region 9 representative, gave a presentation on what our $50 gets us for being members of APCUG. There were also presentations on "On to the Next Level, Bitcoin," "Transportation Act of 1718," and "You’ve got a New Computer. Now what?"
The last group of presentations were "Quicken Secrets," "Complete CRM," and "AZacc Sharefest," which Lee found extremely helpful and informative. Kathy gave her presentation, "WinX DVD Ripper Platinum."
When lunch was over, the winners of the photo contest were announced. Seven of our club members received awards. We now dismantled the display and headed for home. It had been an exhausting four days, but we felt we gleaned a lot information that we will be sharing with the CCGV club members in the very near future. We arrived home just as the Super Bowl started.
By Marge Clark, Kathy Frey, Lee Laughner, and Diane Serek
|Computer Club Board Members for 2014|
|Jud Richardson, Presidentemail@example.com||Ernie Cox, Purchasingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mike Kearns, Vice Presidentemail@example.com||Terry Flanagan||TAFlan28@aol.com|
|Claire Amato, Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org||Don Coonemail@example.com|
|Jerry Ferris, Treasurerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mike Kearns, Head Monitoremail@example.com|
|Terry Flanagan, Assistant Head Monitorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jerry Wallin, Monitor Committeeemail@example.com|
|Claire Amato, Monitor Committee (Mac)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
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