APCUG’s FREE 2015 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) will be held on Saturday, February 21, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight 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 www.youtube.com/apcugvideos.
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.
Spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your members. VTCs are a great way for them to expand their technology experience and be introduced to new skills. Below are the sessions that are currently scheduled.
If you would like further information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Windows 10 Demo
Bill James, VP of Operations, Computer Club of Oklahoma City; APCUG Advisor, Region 8
Windows 8 was a hard sell for many people who were very happy with Windows 7 and they are still using Win 7. Windows 10 starts a new conversation about the Windows operating system that desktop and touch-screen end users are sure to appreciate.
Win10 addresses many of the complaints or concerns that occurred with Windows 8. The focus is the desktop which will be the default screen for many users with a revised Start Menu which is similar to the start menu of previous versions of Windows. Bill’s presentation will be about the desktop and pointing out the similarities of Windows 10 with Windows 7 and 8 plus pointing out some of the features that, hopefully, will make it to the final version. Bring your questions for Bill. He has been using Win 10 since its release and has given many demos to his group as well as other groups via Webinar.
Linux Software Superstore
John Kennedy, Training Chair & Linux SIG Co-leader, East Central Ohio Technology Users Club; APCUG Advisor, Regions 6 & 7
John will share information about the wide choices of free software available to the Linux user. He will have examples of software that relates to all the common computer tasks we do on a day to day basis. Attendees will see that running a Linux operating system doesn’t hinder them doing anything. A lot of the software John uses is also available for Windows and even Mac’s.
The Secrets of Making Chrome a Solid Computer
Stew Bottorf, Linux SIG Leader, Tampa Bay Computer Society
Chromebooks, Chromebases and Chromeboxes are for sale everywhere at very favorable prices compared to Windows 8 computers. They are often thought inferior to “real Windows” computers but Chromebooks are perfect for most of our group members. They cannot catch viruses and are always backed up but can they be made productive offline? This presentation shows with proper app selections the Chromebook, Chromebase or Chromebox are real gems that work both online and offline at a fraction of the heavier computer complexity, price, weight and battery power. I value my Chromebook and often use it in place of more complex units sitting on the shelf.
Marketing Your User Group on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, Sabrina Watson
Sabrina Watson, President, Crystal Rivers Computer Users Group; APCUG Advisor, Region 9
We’re all looking for new members for our groups; this presentation will give you some ideas on how to accomplish that using social media.
How Secure is My Device?
Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake-Sumter Computer Society; APCUG Advisor, Region 5
We need to make informed decisions when using any electronic device. Tips for keeping your mobile devices secure and malware free.
Using VMware Player to Create a Virtual Machine
Francis Chao, Member, WINdows ERS, Greater South Bay User Group, and the Tucson Computer Society
This presentation will be a hands-on demo of VMware Player as Francis installs the new Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview program. Some of the reasons for using a Virtual Machine is to be secure when surfing the Internet, downloading programs, trying a new operating system, testing software, etc. and this demo covers three of the reasons: downloading programs, trying a new OS and testing software. VMware Player is the only virtual machine program that communicates reliably with USB devices such as printers, external fax/data modems, and flash drives.
Mark Richards, Corporate IT Application Administrator for Range Resources, Oklahoma
Although interest in Glass has cooled over the last year, Mark remains a strong supporter of the technology. His presentation will be an overview of Glass and some of its potentials. It is a wearable, voice-controlled Android device that resembles a pair of eyeglasses and displays information directly in the user’s field of vision. If it doesn’t go forward, the technology is there to be used in other cutting-edge products.
Judy Taylour, Chair
Virtual Technology Committee