Category: APCUG and TAPCUG Events

Upcoming TAPCUG and OMUG Linux SIGs

The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Sep 15, 2015 (3rd Tuesday) 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445. Traditionally we are on vacation during the summer- June, July, August.

The next OMUG Linux SIG meeting at the Olympia Center is Aug 11, 2015 (2nd Tuesday) 7 PM, see http://olymug.org . To get the most out of these meetings bring your ideas, questions and be an active part of the discussion. New members are always welcome.

We have three major computer systems today: Windows which is based on DOS, Apple’s OS X which was derived from open source FreeBSD . (Windows and Mac are closed proprietary systems). Linux, which is based on the Linux kernel and unlike the first two, is basically free and open source. Companies make money from the packaging and support of Linux.Linux is much more secure because its roots are from Unix,a serious business multiuser system. Linux has extra built in security such as Netfilter and IPTables which makes your system rock solid and secure.

Linux was created by Linus Torvalds in 1991 because he wanted a better desktop operating system. Ironically, it has totally dominated everywhere else from supercomputers, to servers, chromebooks and your smart phone but monopolies have so far mostly kept it off computers you can buy until now. It is now time to switch to Linux including Linux Mint XFCE or a Chromebook.  Linux Mint is the number four operating system in the world! Download and try it for free. Install if you like it. You convert easily and save lots of money! A+ Computers sells Linux computers along with other proprietary computers.

At the TAPCUG General meeting Aug 8, 2015 we will demonstrate Google+ Hangouts on a Samsung ARM Chromebook. At the Sep 15, 2015 TAPCUG Linux SIG we will review all the software that runs on the Raspberry Pi 2 including Berryboot and Noobs. We will review gpt vs mbr partitioning, xda Android replacement, plex, Chromixium, Nvidia Tegra K1 computers, K1 Linux install, Transmission, Openshot, Google Drive, Linux flash drive install, Gnome system monitor, quantum computers, youtube-dl, gsmartcontrol for hard drivesLightbeamGoogle hangout, Google Keep, Kdenlive, recorditnow, Chromecast, Pixel Qi screens, Remastersys and mesh networks, dual booting Linux on a Windows 8 computer, audacity, Mint xfce 4.12 upgrade, smart phone customizing: Convert Android to OnePlus One, TV music streaming, owncloud, youtube-dl, Google+ Hangout On Air,Samsung ARM chromebook hdmi to vga cable, BIOS replacements including UEFI, Coreboot, Seabios, OpenBios, Plop, flashrom.

We also plan to connect other persons computers to the projector so they can demonstrate what they are using.
For details, see http://Linux-Now.us

Joel Carlson fox7799@gmail.com

TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting and summer plans

The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Sep 15, 2015 (3rd Tuesday) 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445. Traditionally we are on vacation during the summer- June, July, August.

The next OMUG Linux SIG meeting at the Olympia Center is July 14, 2015 (2nd Tuesday) 7 PM, see http://olymug.org . To get the most out of these meetings bring your ideas, questions and be an active part of the discussion. New members are always welcome.

We have three major computer systems today: Windows which is based on DOS, Apple’s OS X which was derived from open source FreeBSD . (Windows and Mac are closed proprietary systems). Linux, which is based on the Linux kernel and unlike the first two, is basically free and open source. Companies make money from the packaging and support of Linux. Linux is much more secure because its roots are from Unix, a serious business multiuser system. Linux has extra built in security such as Netfilter and IPTables which makes your system rock solid and secure. The Linux live/install DVD should be ahead of your hard drive in the boot order of your computer’s bios. You need to enter F2, F10, delete, etc. when booting to enter your bios. You can run Linux live with no effect on your computer or opt to install.

Linux was created by Linus Torvalds in 1991 because he wanted a better desktop operating system. Ironically, it has totally dominated everywhere else from supercomputers, to servers, chromebooks and your smart phone but monopolies have so far mostly kept it off computers you can buy until now. With the fact that Linux is so much more secure, it is time to switch to Linux including Linux Mint XFCE or a Chromebook. Linux Mint is the number four operating system in the world! Download and try it for free. Install if you like it. You convert easily and save lots of money! A+ Computers sells Linux computers along with other proprietary computers.

ARM processor Chromebooks are top sellers at Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot, etc. for around $200. ChromeOS, which comes installed on the Chromebook, was primarly designed to work on the internet but people often have the need to work on documents, Emails, etc. offline and there is a way to do that. If you go to your documents or http://drive.google.com – More – Offline, you can set up to work offline. Many persons are installing a Linux operating system on ARM Chromebooks which gives them the ability to also work offline with all the usual applications such as LibreOffice, etc. and all the associated features we are used to.

We will review gpt vs mbr partitioning, xda Android replacement, plex, Chromixium, Nvidia Tegra K1 computers, K1 Linux install, Transmission, Openshot, Google Drive, Linux flash drive install, Gnome system monitor, quantum computers, youtube-dl, SweetHome3D, gsmartcontrol for hard drives, Lightbeam, Raspberry Pi 2Google hangout, Google Keep, Kdenlive, recorditnow, Chromecast, Pixel Qi screens, Remastersys and mesh networks, dual booting Linux on a Windows 8 computer, audacity, Mint xfce 4.12 upgrade, smart phone customizing: Convert Android to OnePlus One, TV music streaming, owncloud, youtube-dl, Google+ Hangout On Air, Samsung ARM chromebook hdmi to vga cable, BIOS replacements including UEFI, Coreboot, Seabios, OpenBios, Plop, flashrom.  We also plan to connect other persons computers to the projector so they can demonstrate what they are using.For details, see http://Linux-Now.us

TAPCUG and OMUG Linux SIG Updates

The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Sep 15, 2015 (3rd Tuesday) 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445. Traditionally we are on vacation during the summer- June, July, August. The next OMUG Linux SIG meeting at the Olympia Center is June 9, 2015 (2nd Tuesday) 7 PM, see http://olymug.org . To get the most out of these meetings bring your ideas, questions and be an active part of the discussion. New members are always welcome.

We have three major computer systems today: Windows which is based on DOS, Apple’s OS X which was derived from open source FreeBSD . (Windows and Mac are closed proprietary systems). Linux, which is based on the Linux kernel and unlike the first two, is basically free and open source. Companies make money from the packaging and support of Linux. Linux is much more secure because its roots are from Unix, a serious business multiuser system. Linux has extra built in security such as Netfilter and IPTables which makes your system rock solid and secure.

We will review gpt vs mbr partitioning, xda Android replacement, plex, Nvidia Tegra K1 computers, K1 Linux install, Transmission, Openshot, Google Drive, Linux flash drive install, Gnome system monitor, quantum computers, youtube-dl, SweetHome3D, gsmartcontrol for hard drivesLightbeamGoogle hangout, Google Keep, Kdenlive, recorditnow, Chromecast, Pixel Qi screens, Remastersys and mesh networks, dual booting Linux on a Windows 8 computer, audacity, Mint xfce 4.12 upgrade, smart phone customizing: Convert Android to OnePlus One, TV music streaming, owncloud, youtube-dl, Samsung ARM chromebook hdmi to vga cable, BIOS replacements including UEFI, Coreboot, Seabios, OpenBios, Plop, flashrom.  We also plan to connect other persons computers to the projector so they can demonstrate what they are using. For details, see http://Linux-Now.us

Upcoming Google+ Hangout on Tuesday June 16, 2015 7 PM

TAPCUG Linux SIG has traditionally been on vacation June, July and August but in June we have traditionally had a virtual meeting online. This year the Google+ Hangout on Tuesday June 16, 2015 7 PM. Over the years virtual meeting technology has greatly improved. The events page is here, Youtube page is here and the event is embedded into the html at http://Linux-Now.us . I’m also working on another event using this technology where we will be streaming from a wifi hot spot on a Samsung ARM Chromebook. At this event I’ll be using a Logitech C310 usb webcam because the video is a little better and a Logitech H390 usb headset to prevent unwanted noise.

To learn this I watched a video on creating an event here and embedding into a web page here.

Thanks, Joel

APCUG – Virtual Technology Conference, February 21

Member-of-APCUG-Square-200-WideAPCUG’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.

  • To register for this VTC, please click on the below link:

http://bit.ly/APCUG-2015-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.

http://apcug2.org/content/vtc14

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 jtaylour@apcug.org

TRACK 1

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.

TRACK 2

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.

 

Google Glass

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

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2015 APCUG International Computer & Digital Technology Conference

2015 APCUG International Computer & Digital Technology Conference

September 25-27, 2015

Palace Station Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

http://apcug2.org/content/2015digitaltechnologyconference

 Whether you are a computer or mobile device user, you will find sessions that will be beneficial to you. It doesn’t matter whether you are using a Windows-based, Linux, and/or Mac computer or an Android or Apple mobile device, many programs and applications have cross-platform functionality: there will be something that piques your interest. Or interests you – this was just a different wording instead of piques – someone needed to make a decision on which one to use.

Workshops include: Digital Photography, Microsoft’s Windows Server, “iPad instead of a PC,” Facebook, Instagram, Linux, Internet Security, Social media, “Traveling with your iPad,” plus many more.

Your registration fee allows you to choose from the 20 or more presentations. As an attendee, you will receive a welcome bag with vendor 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.

Conference reservations will be handled through Eventbrite at: www.apcugvegas2015.eventbrite.com

Fee Schedule

Early Bird Registration – $85 through June 30

Regular Registration – $100 July 1 through July 31

Late and On-site Registration – $120 August 1 through the conference.

  • Hotel Registration: Palace Station Reservation Department at 1-800-634-3101
  • Identify yourself as attending the APCUG conference (group code PCIAPCU)
  • When you make your hotel reservation be sure to request a Boarding Pass card; it will give you discounted meals at the hotel restaurants.
  • Room reservations come with access to pools and Jacuzzis, shuttles, fitness gym, and 24-hour Business Center.
  • Conference rate for Courtyard rooms: $55 Friday and Saturday ($30 per day three days prior to and after the conference)
  • Conference rate for Tower rooms: $79 Friday and Saturday ($49 per day three days prior to and after the conference)
  • Conference rates are based on reservations made through September 8, 2015
  • After the cut-off date, any new reservations, date or other changes to an existing reservation will be accepted based upon space rate availability.
  • The conference rate cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to request the APCUG conference rate. A credit card and one night’s room rate and tax must be provided for deposit. If the deposit information is not received within 14 days from the date the room reservation was made, the reservation will be canceled.
  • Reservations can also be made using this Conference URL: http://tinyurl.com/2015APCUG-Hotel

The Palace Station Hotel & Casino is conveniently located a few minutes from the Las Vegas strip.

 

APCUG 4th Quarter Report

To: APCUG Region  11​

​Member Group Officers

Your copy of the 2014 Q4  Report

You will find information about APCUG’s 2015 annual conference to be held in Las Vegas in September, as well as the FACUG mini-conference in January, the Arizona Computer Technology Conference in February, and the Southwest Technology & Computer Conference in June.

November brings the 2014 election process to APCUG. Please read the information about those who are running for office. A ballot will be sent to both your President & APCUG Rep — please vote — one vote per group.

The Region articles will give you several ideas for meetings; the Ideas for You and Your User Group will give you even more ideas. Advisors put their region articles together from information in your newsletters and/or websites. If your advisor isn’t on your group’s newsletter distribution list, please add him/her. Have you taken a look at your website? Does it have up-to-date meeting information, etc. that will entice visitors to attend your meetings and make it easy for your advisor to include your group in Reports? Many of them don’t.

November also brings us the Don Singleton Volunteer of the Year competition — don’t forget to read about it and nominate one of your special volunteers. More information will reach your Inbox in early November.

And, the Early Bird Dues Renewal runs through December 31. Maybe your group will be one of three that wins an eReader.

Don’t forget to check out the Benefits of Membership list

Judy Taylour, Advisor

Region

​11​

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Upcoming computer groups activities, Linux News

Oct 9, 2014 7 PM OMUG

General Meeting: Computer Transportation Planning by Intercity Transit.

Oct 11, 2014 9:30 AM TAPCUG General Meeting:

Introduction to Linux by Joel Carlson and John Wickliffe.

Oct 14, 2014 7 PM OMUG Linux SIG is cancelled this month.

Oct 21, 2014 5:30 PM TAPCUG Linux SIG (third Tuesday)
The Linux operating system (android, chromebooks, supercomputers, Linux Mint, etc.) has many more exciting new developments to keep up with at the Linux meetings.

I downloaded the Windows 10 preview which looks like Windows 8 at https://kickass.to/microsoft-windows-10-technical-preview-for-enterprise-english-t9652781.html and ran it on a test computer.

We can discuss this.

Thanks, Joel Carlson

Special reminder for Linux SIGs and LinuxFestNorthwest

The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Apr 29, 2014 (5th Tuesday) 5:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445 (normally 3rd Tuesday).

The next OMUG Linux SIG meeting at the Olympia Center is May 13, 2014 7 PM (2nd Tuesday). LinuxFestNorthwest is April 26-27, 2014 in Bellingham, WA.

Below is the flyer for LinuxFestNorthwest.

For details, see http://Linux-Now.us

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