Month: January 2014

APCUG 2014 Winter Virtual Technology Conference

APCUG’s FREE 2014 Winter Virtual Technology Conference

2014 Winter Virtual Technology Conference

Saturday, February 22, 1:00 – 5:00 pm ET

APCUG’s FREE 2014 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) will be held on Saturday, February 22, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern time. The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via a chat window. Videos from earlier conferences can be found on APCUG’s YouTube channel

Spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your members. VTCs are a great way for your members to expand their technology experience and be introduced to new skills. Below are the sessions that are currently scheduled.

APCUG-2014-Winter-VTC  This link is where you can view the presenter bios and, after the conference, you can download the handouts and get links to the videos.


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So You’ve Got a New Computer. Now What?


Bob Gostischa, Avast


A new computer is a wonderful new tool but can also be a source of real frustration. Turning this new addition into your friend and something that will make your life easier is what this presentation is all about. This presentation focuses on normal computer users, rather than “IT geeks,” and clearly explains the following topics:




  • Installing avast! Free on your new computer so you’re protected against virus, worms, Trojans, rootkits
  • Removing pre-installed unwanted/unneeded programs before you’ve ever used the computer
  • Setting up a backup routine to prevent a disaster – before it happens
  • Creating a bootable System Recovery USB thumb drive or CD / DVD
  • Computer safety tips
  • Other free software used to create layered protection
  • Features and benefits of Avast’s free antivirus program
  • Android Smartphone and Tablet safety and protection recommendations

Quick & Beautiful Web Pages
Jim Evans, Director, APCUG

Sometimes you just need a simple one-page web page. You don’t want to bother with messy HTML, your friend of a friend expert is too busy and those so-called easy website creation sites are a pain. Well, there are solutions and they are free. In this session, we will look at:

  • – Remember business cards? Yeah, they are still around, but this is a web version. You can have your group’s logo, a picture, contact information and even a description of you or your group.
  • – Remember the flyers you used to post on bulletin boards? Now there is web version. Got a great meeting coming up and want to promote with information, directions, map and pictures? In just a few minutes you can have a professional looking flyer that you can share on the web and via email.

A Comparison of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1

Francis Chao, Member, Tucson Computer Society, AZ

At the present time, you have a choice between running Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. Your selection between these operating systems should depend on the differences in their various features. Francis will explore those features.


User Group Session
APCUG and Your $50

Judy Taylour, President, SCV Computer Club; Chair, APCUG Board of Advisors

Your user group has rejoined APCUG for another year but is it using all of the benefits that are offered to member groups? This presentation will show you about those benefits; maybe you will find some that you aren’t using and your members will find worthwhile.


Manage your Passwords with RoboForm Pro
Dave Gerber, Director, APCUG

We’re always told to use a different password for each account and sometimes we feel that our brains are full and can’t remember one more. If you need to manage your passwords, RoboForm remembers them so you don’t have to. RoboForm has been around since 1999 and has millions of users worldwide. The RoboForm Identities feature lets you securely store your name, address, email, credit cards, and all other personal information which makes it super simple to fill in forms. RoboForm runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Windows USB drives.

They also have apps for most popular mobile phones including the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. Dave has arranged with RoboForm to give away five copies of their Pro program. All presentation attendees are asked to sign-in with their name and user group to be eligible for the drawing.

What do I do now with my old XP Computer?
Stew Botoff, Linux SIG Leader, Tampa Bay Computer Society

This April Windows XP® goes away. Has your computer has become slow and slower? Should you buy a new computer?

Give your legacy hardware new life by installing Linux on it. Make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. The conversion is simple and most Windows tasks are duplicated using free open source applications.

Stew will show you how simple it is for a Windows person to switch: walking you through a full conversion is less than an hour. You’ll gain a more secure connection on the Internet that no longer requires antivirus solutions. Plus, the conversion is free of cost except an hour of your time.

iPad in the Classroom, How We Can Learn More on the iPad
Greg West, APCUG Advisor, Regions 6 and International; Chair, Marketing Committee

Virtual Technical Conference Committee

Evernote: Remember Everything


Evernote apps and products make modern life manageable, by letting you easily collect and find everything that matters.

Evernote Web Clipper:

Evernote Web Clipper

From interests to research, save anything you see online—including text, links and images—into your Evernote account with a single click.

Review: Dashlane is a robust password manager with a gorgeous interface

A password manager is a must. Unless you’re using the same password for everything (not recommended) or have a truly phenomenal memory, your productivity can benefit from a place to store all your passwords and easily use them whenever necessary. There are several strong players in this field, such as LastPass and KeePass. Dashlane (free for basic version, $20/year for Premium) aims to take on both.

Dashlane is a robust password manager with additional room for your various IDs, credit cards and other payment methods, receipts, and notes. It comes with an auto-fill feature for online forms to which you can add different addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information you’re tired of typing repeatedly. There are two features that make Dashlane stand out when compared to both LastPass and KeePass: Its beautiful and easy-to-use interface, and its optional cloud syncing.

Regain hard disk space by using Windows Update Cleanup in Windows 7 and 8.x

Disk Cleanup’s Windows Update Cleanup weeds through the WinSxS folder and eliminates unnecessary files. Learn how to use the feature in Windows 7 and 8.x.

Disk Cleanup’s new feature called Windows Update Cleanup is standard in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and was added to Windows 7 by an update that was made available in October 2013. The Windows Update Cleanup feature is designed to help you to regain valuable hard disk space by removing bits and pieces of old Windows updates that are no longer needed.

I’ll take a closer look at the Disk Cleanup tool and then focus on the new Windows Update Cleanup feature. As I do, I’ll give you a little background on the Windows update leftovers that this tool is designed to eliminate.

Note: Disk Cleanup and the Windows Update Cleanup feature works the same in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. This article applies to all of those Windows versions, though all of the example screen shots are from a Windows 8 system.

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How To Create Booklets Using Microsoft Word 2013

Microsoft Office products are more powerful now that they’ve ever been. In fact, there are many things you know a program like Word can do, but you might not know where to start. For instance, you can post articles directly to your blog from Word, and create professional flow charts for presentations at the office.

Here I’ll take a look at creating booklets. Booklets can be useful in a lot of situations. Whether you’re doing a presentation, or just printing out menus for a dinner party. No matter what the reason might be, creating them with Microsoft Word 2013 is simple.

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Buying A New TV Or PC? Avoid Showroom Tricks That Cost You Money

Wondering why your HD TV isn’t producing images as good as in the store, or baffled you’re your expensive new computer isn’t as fast as advertised? The truth is, special techniques and tricks are used to persuade you to part with your money for hardware that you might have avoided under other circumstances.

One of my pet hates is shopping in a consumer electronics store. Over the years I’ve become more and more resistant to their tactics and approaches, thanks mainly, I think, to the realisation that they haven’t been entirely honest with me.

Throw in some experience working at a major electronics retailer in the late 1990s (where I picked up a few tips and tricks concerning customer-facing roles) and it seems apparent that what we experience in these stores is pretty much theatre.

How to Create eBooks from Wikipedia Articles

Wikipedia is a great source for all kinds of interesting information. In addition to reading articles online, you can also create custom eBooks out of Wikipedia articles that you can read on your mobile device without a data or Wi-Fi connection.

To create an eBook out of Wikipedia articles, find an article that interests you and click the Print/export link in the list of options on the left.

OMUG Linux SIG Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 7 pm

With Windows XP ending March 2014, the failure of Windows 8 and extremely high prices of Apple products it is time to consider Linux including a Chromebook (Samsung ARM Chromebooks are now available for around $200!). Don’t be left behind with old, obsolete technology!

New users are welcome at the OMUG Linux SIG. You will be amazed at how easy it is to switch. John Wickliffe, a very experienced user of various operating systems will lead the SIG. Also the TAPCUG Linux SIG is the following Tuesday January 21, 2014.

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10 Excel defaults you can customize to work the way YOU want

You don’t have to adjust every Excel workbook to meet your needs. By changing a few settings, you can make all your workbooks automatically conform to your preferences.

Like Word, Excel’s out-of-the box environment might not provide the most efficient setup for you. If you find yourself changing the same attributes every time you create a new workbook, consider changing them at the program or template level. That way, Excel will generate each new workbook just the way you like it. The following settings are some of the more common ones that users customize. If you don’t find your favorite, please feel free to share your suggestions in the discussion below.

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