|Green Bytes||October 2014|
Eleanor Blumenschein, Editor -email@example.com
October General Meeting
Featuring Bob Ogus
October class listings are at
These Green Bytes are also available online at
Mac information is at
Today we have computers, pads, phones, laptops, Roku boxes, etc. Take a moment to consider how far we have come as a club and as individual users of today's electronic world.
Recently a former Club member sent the following email:
"A GV friend forwarded a copy of your Newsletter—I was pleasantly surprised!
When a group of us founded the Computer Club back in the 80s our personal computer was the Commodore 64—we thought we were really with it! Not many in GV had computers.
Needless to say over the years most of us have gone through quite a few models. Currently I am still using my HP with Windows Vista and at age 95 do not plan to upgrade—it entertains me and keeps me going. It is ON 24 hours a day and keeps me in contact with friends and provides information I am seeking.
We (my wife Louise and I) moved from Green Valley to the Denver area in 2002 after spending our last 10 years in GV at La Posada and now live in the Lakewood Retirement Home. The few of us who still use computers share experiences.
You put out a great Newsletter. Keep Going.
Remember, you are never too old to learn new things.
Jud Richardson, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Mike Kearns opened the Board meeting held on September 3. Mike reported the Club's 1700 members can begin using the Club fulltime starting November 3 (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Claire Amato reported the Club has a new Mac Librarian, Judy Willoughby. Marge Clark will take on responsibility for the "Class Information" bulletin boards.
The Club is in need of a new chairperson to coordinate speakers for the General Meetings. Contact Don Coon, Don.email@example.com, if you can help.
Check the class calendar for additional classes and activities as things pick up speed for the new year.
The Club will be offering Win 7-Vista-XP Q&A sessions every Wednesday, October 1, 2014, through November 19, 2014. Sessions will resume January 7, 2015, providing there is sufficient interest. Session leaders will be Diane Serek and Kathy Frey.
The Win 7-Vista-XP Q&A sessions are designed to help those, beginners or otherwise, who have questions regarding the use of these operating systems and the computer software. Working together, we will find the answers. Attendance participation is encouraged—otherwise we have no reason to offer the sessions. No sign up is necessary.
If you wish to submit questions in advance, send an email to Kathy Frey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put "Q&A Question" in the subject line.
We would like a "heads up" on how much interest there is in this type of class session. If you have not returned to Green Valley, we still would like to know if you have an interest in the project. Send an email to Kathy at email@example.com. Be sure to put "Win 7-Vista-XP Q&A" in the subject line.
Kathy Frey, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Sonderegger suggested members might be interested in a TechCentral article in how their staff dealt with a phone call from a scammer. Go to http://www.techcentral.co.za/we-scam-the-indian-call-centre-scammers/50579/ to read the article.
Over the summer a number of items have been added to the PC library and can be checked out. Three are in traditional book form: Windows 8 Secrets, The Linux Command Line and Office 2013 – The Missing Manual. This last book is also available in ebook format. Plus we have four more in ebook format: Getting Started with Audacity, Getting Started with Paint.NET, Access 2010 – The Missing Manual and iPhone – The Missing Manual.
For those of us who gave up on Windows, we have The Linux Command Line. This book is not for those looking for an introduction to Linux. One can learn and happily use Linux without knowing much, if anything, about the command line. This book is about the nuts and bolts, and targets the "power user." That being said, there is no shortcut to Linux enlightenment. Learning the command line is challenging and takes real effort. It's not that it's so hard, but rather it's so vast. The average Linux system has literally thousands of programs you can employ on the command line. Consider yourself warned; learning the command line is not a casual endeavor.
The Missing Manual series is a sure bet when looking to be educated on any computer related topic. Office 2013 – The Missing Manual is an old-fashioned paper book for those of us still stuck in the 20th century. You can check out this book to have and to hold in your hands for two weeks, or you can check out the ebook CD, copy it onto your PC or ebook reader and have it forever to reference.
Getting Started with Paint.NET is the perfect companion to the introductory photo-editing class regularly offered at the club by Jud Richardson. Jud cannot cover it all or maybe there was something that you just missed. Now you can have the ebook to refer to. Again it is in three formats to accommodate your preferences.
Microsoft Access is a powerful application but probably not of widespread use among Club members. However, it is used by the Club to maintain the membership database. Access 2010 – The Missing Manual was obtained for use by the Club Membership Committee, but the ebook can be freely made available to all members. By the way, the Club can always use the help of an Access expert. Volunteer please.
Finally, the last ebook addition is iPhone – The Missing Manual. How many of us ever thought that we would ever need a 600 page manual on how to operate a telephone—but here it is! What more can I say.
Terry Flanagan, Librarian, TAFlan28@aol.com
Do you still have some irreplaceable memories on old VHS tapes, or even camcorder tapes? Unlike good wines, tapes do not get better with age. In fact, they can deteriorate beyond recovery.
The Computer Club has two systems you can use to digitize analog tapes and store the contents on DVDs without harming the originals. Many members with no experience in the field have used them easily, instead of trusting family scenes to commercial enterprises and snail mail.
One system has been set up specifically to make the conversion process as straight-forward as possible. The second can also be quite simple, but it can allow more control of quality. It is also the only one that can also be used in another mode to edit tapes. It can be used to cut out unwanted segments, and improve brightness, contrast, and color of faded tapes as well.
Thanks to the donation by one of our members of his very good (now retired) camcorder, it will also convert your original, 8 mm camcorder tapes. It can now be checked out of the club's library and substituted for the VCR currently plugged into the system.
If you're interested in preserving old memories, and maybe giving copies to children and grandchildren, plan on spending some time at the club. Conversion takes at least 10% longer than your tape.
Editing will take even more time. A printed version of the online help provided with the program is in the binder near the PC. A number of members with little or no experience in videos have used it successfully. If you think more help is needed, call Jerry Wallin at 393-1470. I can at least show you what I learned by trial and error, including some mistakes to avoid.
Jerry Wallin, email@example.com
Green Valley Computer Club Members:
We think you are qualified to be a member of the Board of Directors or the Board of Advisors in the APCUG. If you are reading this, chances are that you are a Director or Officer in your local user group, and have proven that you have what it takes to volunteer and help your fellow user group members. The only real requirement is the eagerness to help, and be a part of one of the best organizations in the country.
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
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 2014|
|Jud Richardson, Presidentfirstname.lastname@example.org||Ernie Cox, Purchasingemail@example.com|
|Mike Kearns, Vice Presidentfirstname.lastname@example.org||Terry Flanagan||TAFlan28@aol.com|
|Claire Amato, 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|
|Ruth White, Monitor Committee (Mac)||email@example.com|
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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