|Green Bytes||February 2015|
Eleanor Blumenschein, Editor - firstname.lastname@example.org
February General Meeting
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In Jud's absence, it's my turn to thank our many volunteers.
Approximately 80 members attended the volunteer luncheon on January 13. This is the Club's way of showing our appreciation for the time and effort spent by many individuals. As a member once said, "We're running what is equivalent to a small community college!"
And it takes many people to keep things working smoothly. There are the monitors who greet members as they come through the door, people who handle the new applications and membership records, the maintenance staff who keep the computers and the network working, the newsletter and website committees, and most important, our great instructors. And they are all volunteers.
So step up and offer your services. You may think there's nothing you can do, but we'll find a spot for you and in the process you can learn something new.
Mike Kearns, Vice President, email@example.com
Club Treasurer Jerry Ferris, at the January Board meeting reported the 2014 income was $4,200 over budget, and expenses were $16,000 under budget.
Board Chairpersons all reported things are going well. PC Maintenance will be replacing two routers for the network at a cost of $1,600.
The February General Meeting will feature Brad Brooks and Ernie Cox with their "Annual Apple Gurus Presentation."
December attendance for December was 1673, and 1055 members paid their 2015 dues.
• Photoshop Elements is available for use on one of the Photo Lab computers. Try it out and see the changes made from Version 12 to Version 13.
• A series of classes on Microsoft One Note (digital notebook) is being offered for four consecutive weeks beginning February 4, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. It is part of Home and Student, as well as all other versions of Office 2007, 2010 and 2013. Each class is self-contained. You do not have to attend each week. Instructor is Mike Goodrich.
• A new class, Windows System Image Backup (makes an exact copy of a drive) for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is being offered. Classes begin February 4, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Each class is self-contained. You do not have to attend each week. Instructor is Mike Goodrich.
• A new programming and coding SIG (special interest group) starts January 27, 1:30 p.m. Members will be focusing on the computer code that powers websites and apps. This SIG provides an opportunity for interested Club members to learn about programming and coding, to discuss individual projects and to share coding problems and solutions. Facilitator is Bob
• What To Do If You Can Not Remember an Apple ID or Password
• How to Check for a Carrier Settings Update on iPhone
• Give the Gift of Tech Support: 4 Super Simple iOS Maintenance Tips for iPhone and iPad
• How to Connect a Playstation 3 Controller to a Mac in OS X Yosemite &
• Fixing Bluetooth Discovery Problems in OS X Yosemite
Due to popular demand (January and February classes were sell-outs), the Club is opening a LibreOffice March class, a duplicate of the January/February offerings, but on a different day.
So, you decided to upgrade your PC computer perhaps from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8, or perhaps from Windows Vista to Windows 7 or 8. Or maybe you decided to buy a new computer with Windows 8 already installed. In any case, you're soon going to discover that after spending all that money, you need to spend more to buy the latest Microsoft Office suite. And it isn't cheap. And you realize there isn't any alternative because all your word processing files for the last five years are Microsoft Word files. And all your spreadsheets are in Excel format.
There is an alternative, and it is FREE! This product, called LibreOffice, is a suite of applications very similar to those in Microsoft Office. So similar, in fact, that it will read and write Microsoft Office files. Yes! FREE and COMPATIBLE! But wait! There's more! LibreOffice also runs on Macs. So you can easily transfer files between your PC and your Mac using LibreOffice.
I am offering a hands-on, introductory course in LibreOffice Writer (the counterpart to Microsoft Word) in March. There will be four Tuesday sessions, March 3, 10, 17, 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. If you bring your laptop, you can install LibreOffice in class. If you have an unportable desktop, I'll give you an install disk to take home. We'll meet in the Pecan Room, so attendance is limited. Please sign up electronically soon. Details can be found on the http://www.ccgvaz.org site. Click on the "Club Calendar" tab on the left.
ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Three new ebooks have been added to the PC Library and are available to borrow and copy onto your e-reader or computer. If you do not have an e-reader, there are several free readers that can be downloaded and installed on you computer. My favorite is Calibre which can be found at http://calibre-ebook.com.
The first book is Samsung Galaxy Note 3: The 100% Unofficial User Guide. It is in both mobi format for Kindle Readers and epub format for Nook. The book begins with a chapter on getting started and fundamentals for new users and works it way through basic and advanced features. The final chapters are on what the author considers to be must have apps and accessories. Even if you have a different small android tablet this book will be helpful.
The Microsoft Office 2013 Bible covers all the various applications found in the Office Suite. The book is really an amalgamation of selected chapters from separate books on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. The accessible, user friendly format combines straightforward steps and concise reference information. Beginners can use it to learn Office quickly and expand their skills beyond the basics. The book is well organized so that you can focus on the application you are currently working with. Again, it is in both mobi and epub formats.
The third addition is Office 365 Migrating and Managing Your Business in the Cloud. Rather than buying, installing and maintaining MS Office on your personal computer, you pay a monthly fee for Office 365 which is a fully functioning edition of Office on the cloud accessible through your internet connection. While this option is more advantageous for businesses rather than individuals, it may be a fit for some, and I have noticed it being included for a limited period with some new PC purchases. This book is only in pdf format.
Terry Flanagan, Librarian, TAFlan28@aol.com
Early Bird Registration is open. Visit the Eventbrite site and make your reservation now. http://www.eventbrite.com/o/apcug-and-the-sun-city-anthem-computer-club-scacc-7188613501
Whether you are a computer user or a mobile device user you will find a session that will be beneficial to you. It doesn't matter whether you are using a Windows, Linux, Mac or mobile device. Many programs and applications have cross platform functionality. We will have something that peaks your interest.
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. Your registration will allow you to choose from the 20 or more presentations available.
As an attendee you will receive a welcome bag with free vendor sponsor 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.
When you make your hotel reservations be sure to register a Boarding Pass card which will give you discounted meals at the hotel restaurants. The fee for the early bird registration is $85, early bird ends 30 June. Starting the 1st of July regular registration fee is $100, and onsite or registration after the 1st of August 2015 and at the door will be $120.
The 2015 APCUG International Computer & Digital Technology Conference will take place at the Palace Station Casino & Convention Center in Las Vegas.
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
921 West Rio Fuerte Drive
Green Valley, AZ 85614
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 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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