|Green Bytes||December 2013|
Eleanor Blumenschein, Editor - firstname.lastname@example.org
December General Meeting
[Handouts from the November General Meeting
December class listings are at
These Green Bytes are also available online at
Mac information is at
It's been an honor and a pleasure to serve as Club President for the past four years. I learned a lot about the Club and computing, and quite a bit about myself. I'll look forward to continuing as a weekly monitor, and so can you. Just email Mike Kearns at email@example.com.
At the November membership meeting the following individuals were elected by acclamation to CCGV Board membership for two years, beginning at 00:00 on January 1, 2014: Jud Richardson, Terry Flanagan and Jerry Ferris. We're grateful that these seasoned veterans will help manage our Club, along with Ernie Cox, Mike Kearns, Don Coon and Claire Amato, who will continue on the Board. We're especially grateful to Eleanor Blumenschein for her four years as Secretary and renovation guru, and happy that she'll continue her long tenure as Editor of Green Bytes. The new Board will meet to elect officers on December 4.
Though I've regularly expressed gratitude toward our volunteers, there are generous souls who work quietly without much recognition. In this final Dick's Clicks I'll salute just one of them as a representative of those loyal aides. Since 1997, before Eleanor became Editor, Mary Wright, now a retiree at Prestige Assisted Living, has faithfully done the proofreading of Green Bytes. Thank you, Mary! If, some day, CCGV establishes a Hall of Fame, you'll be one of the electees. Happy New Year to you and to all Club members, and may we all live well in 2014.
Thoughts for the Year - Resolutions for 2014:
Practice the primary commandment: "Thou shalt care."
[Readers: Please tell me what you would add to this list. Maybe we'll publish the results.]
Dick Ramette, CCGV President (until 24:00 on December 31, 2013), firstname.lastname@example.org
In a written report, Bob Ogus mentioned the many winter classes being offered, including Computer Kindergarten, Win 8 Introduction, various SIGs and Maintenance classes. New and expanded classes include Linux and Chromebook and "Cutting the Cord" with emphasis on Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast. The Diagnostic Interest Group meets on Saturday mornings, and Exploring Stock Alternatives has moved to Mondays. Photo Editing classes and Family Treemaker classes continue. Members can now choose Win 7 or Win 8 on our dual-boot machines. "Lynda" Tutorial classes will also begin this fall.
Eleanor Blumenschein mentioned there should be some way to store confidential Club information and passwords. She reported a 57.9% open rate for the November Green Bytes.
Don Coon of PC Hardware and Mike Kearns said all setup work on the new membership program has been completed with the assistance of some professional help. All membership machines operate in a similar manner with a server located in the Maintenance Room.
Mike Kearns reported that October attendance was 1085, and paid membership is 1692.
Now the students in Rio Rico can work on their computer skills. The new Common Core State Standards mandate requires students be prepared for state academic tests which need extensive typing abilities. Requirements at San Cayetano Elementary include requiring third graders to have a typing speed of 20 wpm when composing paragraphs and fifth graders, 40 wpm for two pages. Fourth grade requirement fall in between. I think they've got us all beat!
Read the Green Valley News & Sun article at http://www.gvnews.com/news/local/gvr-computer-club-helps-rio-rico-kids-soar/article_fc1b0eac-4e3b-11e3-945d-001a4bcf887a.html.
Microsoft PowerPoint Introduction
Have you ever wanted to create a beautiful PowerPoint picture slideshow like the ones you have received in an email? The Computer Club is offering an Introduction to PowerPoint in both January and February. At the end of the four-week class, you will have created such a slideshow using your own photos. James Ertel has again agreed to teach us this powerful program on Friday afternoons. Go to the Club website http://www.ccgvaz.org, and click Class Registration to register.
The latest edition of Office 2013: The Missing Manual in ebook format is now available on a CD in the PC library. On the disk the book is stored in two formats, MOBI and EPUB. The MOBI format is compatible with the Kindle ebook readers and EPUB is used by most other readers.
What's that you say—you don't have an ebook reader! Not to worry. There is an excellent ebook management program available for free download in formats for Windows, MAC and Linux operating systems. See the website http://calibre-ebook.com for description, download and user's manual. After installation in addition to importing and managing ebooks, the program offers an option to download a large number of electronic editions of newspapers, magazines and journals. Some are free; some require subscription; some a mix—part free, part subscription. I have scheduled regular downloads of The Washington Post, The New Yorker and The Economist magazines. The Economist is interesting in that it is a weekly news magazine published in England and offers a different perspective than that presented in our increasing partisan domestic news sources.
Terry Flanagan, Librarian, TAFlan28@aol.com
Editors of APCUG-member groups receive 20+ articles each month to be used in their newsletters. The articles are PUSHed to the editors via e-mail. PUSH articles are written by user group members, industry tech writers, etc. These articles are just one of the many benefits of membership in APCUG. Any registered member at CCGV can look at these articles at http://apcug2.org/push.
Come One Come All
What: A technology conference for computer users of all capabilities. If you’re an early adopter, interested in current and technology, enthusiastic supporter of consumer technology, computer club leader, member or someone who wants to learn more about what’s available in the marketplace, then you should be at this conference. Whether you use a PC, MAC, tablet or some other device, there will be something of interest for you. Join other users to learn more about your device. You can do way more than email and research on the Internet, and we’d like to help you learn how. Come back to this website often as plans unfold for specific workshops.
When: January 31, February 1 and 2, 2014
Why: Learn about the latest technology by attending informative seminars. Attend the Vendor Expo and purchase the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. Get up close and personal with vendors who can’t wait to tell you about their latest product. Network with leaders in the field. There will be raffles, door prizes, special pricing and goodie bags.
Where: Arizona Golf Resort 425 South Power Road Mesa, AZ 85206
The Computer Technology Conference, http://www.CompTechConf.com, is pleased to invite speakers to participate at the conference; we also like to choose submitted proposals. We especially love highlighting new and up and coming speakers, so don't think you're too "new" to participate. Surely you have something you want to share.
The Computer Technology Conference is scheduled for January 31 - February 2, 2014 at the Arizona Golf Resort in Mesa. We welcome all platforms, skill levels and interests.
You do not have to register for the conference if you are going to make your presentation and then leave—but why do that? You would be missing a great opportunity! Stick around and meet some great folks; attend a class and make new friends.
Before submitting your proposal we'd like you to keep a few things in mind:
Hope to see you there.
|Computer Club Board Members for 2013|
|Dick Ramette, Presidentemail@example.com||Ernie Cox, Purchasingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mike Kearns, Vice Presidentemail@example.com||Claire Amatofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Eleanor Blumenschein, Secretaryemail@example.com||Don Coonfirstname.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|
|Claire Amato, Monitor Committee (Mac)||email@example.com|
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