|Green Bytes||Summer 2015|
Eleanor Blumenschein, Editor - email@example.com
The Club is open
Summer class listings are at
These Green Bytes are also available online at
Mac information is at
Register for access to lynda.com at
The Club's summer hours begin May 1 and go thru October. We will be open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. until noon and closed on Saturdays. Also, we will be closed Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day. Marge Clark says hands-on classes needing electronic registration will be back after November 19.
As we start the summer season, I want to say thanks to our many staff member who keep the club running smoothly. This includes the instructors, the Mac group and the great support from the maintenance team. A special thanks goes to the monitors. A lot of work goes on in the background, unseen by the rest of us. And let’s not forget the fine work done by the Green Bytes staff.
I can’t believe the winter season is over. It seems like the winter season just started. If you have any ideas for additional classes or would like to teach next fall, please let us know. As you are aware we are not just a computer club anymore. We are ahead of the curve on providing our members with real world experiences and training options they can find nowhere else in Green Valley. Check our club calendar for summer classes you would like to attend: Linux, Chromebook and Open Source Software; Windows 8 SIG; Photo Editing for Beginners and MAC Users Group to name some. Also, summer is a good time to digitize your slides and photos, make CD’s from your 78, 33 and 45 records and create DVD’s from your VHS tapes.
Thanks again and everyone have a great summer.
Jud Richardson, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Kearns reported 2,042 members visited the Club during March. We have 1,643 paid members. Mike also expressed the need for additional monitors during the summer months.
Lynda.com will continue to be offered during the summer months.
The Club is still in need of a chairperson for the monthly Membership Meetings.
The next board meeting will be in September.
You need only contact Paul May at email@example.com to sign up. Paul will get you on the schedule. You will have the use of Linda.com for two weeks, then you can sign up again. Be sure to take advantage of this learning opportunity during the summer.
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At one time or another we all will be a victim of some form of cybercrime or phishing. The use of any preventive product is of little help if you don't practice safe computing. Help protect yourself by:
1. Watch out for "phishy" emails. The most common form of phishing is emails pretending to be from a legitimate retailer, bank, organization or government agency. Delete them. Do not open them.
2. Don't click on links within emails that ask for your personal information.
3. Beward of "pharming." This was also known as redirect. In this version of online ID theft, a virus or malicious program is secretly planted in your computer and hijacks your web browser. When you type in the address of a legitimate website, you're taken to a fake site without realizing it. Malicious programs can be either spyware, adware or malware. Run your spyware scanning programs. Malwarebytes is a recommended program.
4. Never enter your personal information in a pop-up screen.
5. Only open email attachments if you're expecting them and know what they contain.
6. Phishing also happens by phone. You may get a call from someone pretending to be from a company or government agency, making various kinds of false claims and asking for your personal information. There is no way they can possibly know if you even own a computer. If you have caller ID, screen your calls, and do not answer calls from phone numbers you do not recognize.
7. If someone contacts you and says you've been a victim of fraud, verify the person's identity before you provide any personal information. Get a phone number and call them back. Or call who they are supposed to represent and ask if that business is making those kinds of calls.
Kathy Frey, firstname.lastname@example.org
I have to admit that turning your computer on is pretty easy. You press the "on" button on your computer, a light or two may come on, and then you wait. What’s going on when your computer is going through all the steps to start itself up? Well, the computer is checking itself, making sure the main disk (the "C" drive) is working, and then it must load the "operating system" or main program before you can do anything. In other words, it must start the Windows program on a windows computer or the Apple operating system on an Apple computer, etc. Only when it completes all these "startup" steps will the screen brighten up with your familiar desktop. You may also see a message or two that your computer wants you to know about—such as a new update available for one or more of your programs. If you do get such messages it is always wise to download and install the latest updates for any programs (or apps) that you have. There, that wasn’t so hard, was it?
Now how about turning your computer off? Many businesses tell their employees not to turn their computers off at all, but I always turn my computer completely off if I am not going to use it for a half hour or longer. I don’t want it connected to the internet when I am not using it and I just don’t want to use the electricity to keep it on even in a low power state. It is just my personal choice, but I just feel better knowing my computer is completely off when I am not using it.
You probably know that you do NOT turn your computer off by pressing the "on" button. For a Windows computer prior to Windows 8, you should close all your windows first. This lets you see if you forgot to save something that you have been working on. Once all your windows are closed, then click on the "start button" or the "start orb" to get the start menu at the lower left corner of your desktop screen. On the start menu will be the command "shut down" at the bottom—click on it and wait until your screen goes blank and the lights on your computer go off. If you have a laptop computer, a light may stay on to show you that your laptop is connected to your electrical outlet. Now you may close your laptop and, if you are going to be away for a while, unplug the power cord (and phone cord if you have it connected to your computer). During the time your computer is shutting down, it is checking itself, making sure all is neat and tidy inside.
You do have other "power down" options available to you on the Start menu. If you click on the little white triangle just to the right of "Shut down" you will get a list of these options. Some of these options are Switch user, Lock, Sleep, and Hibernate. Hovering your mouse over them will tell you briefly, in a small text box, what each one does. If you want to learn about these different options and perhaps use them, go to Google and enter the exact phrase of the option and you can get many detailed explanations. I almost never use these options.
When not using your computer for a day or longer, it is usually wise to disconnect the power cord. A lightning strike near your home may get in and damage your computer, even with a good surge protector connected. (This is a good idea for your TVs too.) I had one client that had a surge protector in place but their phone cord was connected directly to the computer. A lightning bolt hit the utility pole outside their home and the surge came in through the phone line and destroyed their "C" drive completely even though, in this case, the surge protector worked fine.
Here are some helpful things to consider about turning your computer on or off:
If your computer is not working (i.e. is "stuck") and you cannot use the mouse at all, you can force a shutdown by holding down the "on" button for one or two seconds. Your computer will almost immediately "go blank" and shut down, but it will NOT do all the checking that it would do in a normal shut down. Then when you turn on your computer again, it will do all kinds of additional checks before it starts up. You should not do this "improper shut down" unless you have no other choice, but it should not harm your computer if you do.
If your computer takes a long time to start up, it could be due to a virus or something else wrong—it could be a hardware or a software problem. It would be wise to have it checked out by someone who knows what they are doing and getting it "cleaned up" so that it starts quickly and cleanly. Always do a good backup of all your important files first.
Laptops have even more power options than desktops because they use a battery. Even if you do not have a laptop, checkout the "Control panel"—then click on "Hardware and sound," and then "Power options." You will be amazed. There are options to control how much battery your laptop or tablet uses under various conditions (an important consideration if you are using the battery). Some of these conditions may include how long the computer should stay on when it is not being used and what power options happen when you close your laptop. You should at least view these options so that you know what settings you may wish to change. Note that some settings affect the screen brightness and if passwords are required when "waking up" your computer from a "sleep" or "hibernate" mode.
If you have a tablet device, you will also have several power settings and options. Most people only use tablets when they are NOT connected to external power—that is, they are used after the battery has been charged. If you are going to use a tablet (or a laptop) on its battery, you should know and adjust the power settings. These settings determine how long your battery will last.
Also, for tablet devices (such as iPads), pressing the power button briefly does not really turn your device completely off. The screen goes blank and your device is in a very low power state, but it is not completely off. To turn my iPad completely off, I hold down the power button for a couple of seconds and then I see a "finger swipe" box which will completely shut down the device. To turn it back on after this requires me to hold down the on button for a couple of seconds as well. In normal use you do not need to completely turn your iPad off.
It seems that technology has taken over the simple "on" and "off" functions of our devices so that even these very basic steps have many options and settings to consider. And I think even more options will come in the future, more than we will ever need to use. Remember when TVs had two knobs? – One to turn the set on and adjust the volume, and the other to select the station? Now my living room has four remote controls each with fifty buttons. Welcome to the future.
September 25-27, 2015 - Palace Station, Las Vegas, Nevada
Besides the keynote presentation, Abby will have a table at the vendor fair where attendees will be able to purchase an autographed copy of her most recent 3rd edition, Is This Thing On? (A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital).
The 2015 International Technology Conference will also feature a wrap-up keynote presentation by Carey Holzman, an IT professional, author, freelance journalist and former co-host of Craig Crossman's nationally syndicated radio show. Additionally Carey has produced many YouTube videos where he demonstrates how nonintimidating technology can be while teaching viewers how to build an entire computer system.
Between the two keynote presentations and the conference wrap up and grand prize drawing, there will be approximately 20 additional presentations covering a wide array of subjects, which include Social Media, Avast Security, Windows 10, How to Beta Test, Wolverine Data product demonstration, Genealogy, Getting Creative with Your Computer, Adobe Creative Cloud, You've got a new PC, Linux Winning Pretty Much Everything, Gimp Alternative to Photoshop Photo Editing program, Perfecting Your Computer Backup, The Art of Backup, Self Publishing, and Evolution of Technology.
Other possible presentation are: How Technology Has Changed the Way We Listen to Music, Conquering Annoyances and Tips on using Word 2013, Real Estate Photography, Yosemite Mac OS, Recycle & Repair, Linux different flavors, and many more.
There will be a Vendor Fair at the conclusion of the presentations on Saturday. Currently Abby Stokes, author of Is This Thing On?; Matt Mardini of Wolverine Data; Elliott Stern, The Computer Maestro; Bob Gostischa with AVAST Anti Virus; Orv Beach representing SCALE, The Southern California Linux Expo; and Cooper Product with Christopher Cooper.
Additionally, Manny Pacheco will have a vendor table in the foyer where he will be signing copies of his book, Forgotten Hollywood.
For additional updates on presentations and activities visit: https://www.facebook.com/APCUGRegionals
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
Visit the Eventbrite site and make your reservation now, http://www.eventbrite.com/o/apcug-and-the-sun-city-anthem-computer-club-scacc-7188613501. The fee for the early bird registration is $85, early bird ends June 30. Starting July 1, regular registration fee is $100, and on site or registration after August 1 and at the door will be $120.
Whether you are a computer or mobile device user, you will find sessions that will be beneficial to you. It doesn't matter whether you are using a Windows-based, Linux, and/or Mac computer or an Android or Apple mobile device, many programs and applications have cross-platform functionality; there will be something that piques your interest.
Your registration fee allows you to choose from the 20 or more presentations. As an attendee, you will receive a welcome bag with vendor items, various discounts and special pricing order forms. Additionally, you will be eligible to win door prizes. Several meal events are planned where you can network with other attendees.
Fee Schedule Early Bird Registration - $85 through June 30
Regular Registration - $100 July 1 through July 31
Late and On-site Registration - $120 August 1 through the conference.
• Hotel Registration: Palace Station Reservation Department at 1-800-634-3101
• Identify yourself as attending the APCUG conference (group code PCIAPCU)
• When you make your hotel reservation be sure to request a Boarding Pass card; it will give you discounted meals at the hotel restaurants.
• Room reservations come with access to pools and Jacuzzis, shuttles, fitness gym, and 24-hour Business Center.
• Conference rate for Courtyard rooms: $55 Friday and Saturday ($30 per day three days prior to and after the conference)
• Conference rate for Tower rooms: $79 Friday and Saturday ($49 per day three days prior to and after the conference)
• Conference rates are based on reservations made through September 8, 2015
• After the cut-off date, any new reservations, date or other changes to an existing reservation will be accepted based upon space rate availability.
• The conference rate cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to request the APCUG conference rate. A credit card and one night's room rate and tax must be provided for deposit. If the deposit information is not received within 14 days from the date the room reservation was made, the reservation will be canceled.
• Reservations can also be made using this Conference URL: https://tinyurl.com/2015APCUG-Hotel.
The Palace Station Hotel & Casino is conveniently located a few minutes from the Las Vegas strip.
|Computer Club Board Members for 2015|
|Jud Richardson, Presidentemail@example.com||Ernie Cox, Purchasingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mike Kearns, Vice Presidentemail@example.com||Terry Flanagan||TAFlan28@aol.com|
|Rose Estes, Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org||Don Coon||Don.email@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|
|Ruth White, Monitor Committee (Mac)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
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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