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From the meeting of 8 January, 2018 

Treasurer’s Report: Brenda P. reported on the Computer Club’s bank balace. At the end of 2017, the balance was $176.94 Add tonight’s collected fees of $33.00 leaves a balance of $209.94. 

Announcements: There were 14 in attendance. 

Program: Ross dealt with three aspects of computer security, the GWSA’s website, Windows 10 shortcuts as well as some tips for using gmail effectively. 

* A video from DEV-CON, the biggest hacker convention in the world was shown. There were two main points made in the video. The first was that hacking can be done over the phone. The second had to do with phishing. When you receive an email with a link, be very careful about clicking this link. Ross suggested that you hover the mouse over the link to see where the link is pointing. See the DEV-CON video below. 

 

* The next point had to do with gmail logging out. Be absolutely sure that you log out of gmail completely. The process was demonstrated. 

* The last security issue had to do with a serious hardware flaw in ALL computer chips. This includes computers of all types, tablets and smartphones. To learn about the vulnerability, go to https://www.howtogeek.com/338269/a-huge-intel-security-hole-could-slow-down-your-pc-soon/. To determine if your machine is vulnerable and to find out what to do about it, go to https://www.howtogeek.com/338801/how-to-check-if-your-pc-is-protected-against-meltdown-and-spectre/. 

In addition to patching operating systems and computer BIOS, you will need to patch your browser. Firefox has already patched to version 57.0.4. On Jan. 23, a new version of Google Chrome (Chrome 64) should also include mitigations to protect your desktop and phone from web-based attacks. But if you don’t want to wait, Google says an experimental feature called Site Isolation can help right away. Instead of grouping different websites you browse together in a single process — which helps save your computer’s memory, among other things — Site Isolation appears to make each website use its own individual instance of the Chrome browser. That way, it’s harder for a malicious website to access data from other websites you’re browsing (using these new CPU exploits) and potentially do bad things.  

To turn on Site Isolation on Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS or Android:

  • Type or copy-paste chrome://flags/#enable-site-per-process into the URL field at the top of your Chrome web browser, then hit the Enter key.
  • Look for Strict Site Isolation, then tap or click the box labeled Enable
  • If your work is saved, hit Relaunch Now. Otherwise, save your work, then quit and relaunch Chrome.

Next, Ross demonstrated what information Google Analytics gives about the usage of the GWSA website (http://gwsa-guelph.ca). See below For a current screen shot.

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For a list of Windows 10 Shortcuts, go to http://www.comparex-group.com/web/com/about/press/2017/10-keyboard-shortcuts-for-windows-10.htm#. 

For tips on using gmail, go to https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ultimate-guide-to-gmail/. 

Website of the Month: http://grc.com as described by Ross K. 

Tip of the Month: Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.


From the meeting of 13 November, 2017

Treasurer’s Report:

Announcements: There were 16 in attendance.

Program:

The club welcomed Simon Bell, the Executive Director of “Focus on Nature” as our guest speaker who gave a presentation on the Focus on Nature program. He gave his background and a good description of the program including how a typical day of the program would unfold as well as the volunteer needs of the program.

Brenda P. gave us a Tip of the Month, a follow up to the Equifax hack which occurred earlier in the year as well as a reference to security considerations of Android Phones. Her presentation is here.

Ross K. demonstrated Faststone Photo Viewer, a free program which is capable of photo viewing and photo editing. The program is one of the features of the website http://faststone.org. The program is also capable of producing slide shows as well as many other benefits. The manual for the program may be found at http://www.faststone.org/FSIVTutorial.htm He also outlined the many benefits of a program called Winpatrol, available at no cost from http://winpatrol.com. There is also a paid version which has more features.

Website of the Month: http://faststone.org as described by Ross K.

Tip of the Month: Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.


From the meeting of 11 September, 2017

Announcements: There were 23 in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report: Brenda P. reported that we have $381.06 which includes $36.15 from the cash box in the Computer Lab.

Program:

Dushan G. gave a presentation on the various versions of Windows 10. His presentation included the dates of the various releases of Windows 10. To find out which version of Windows that you PC is running, press the Windows logo key + R, then type “winver”, then select OK. He gave out a handout with this information. For details go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_10_version_history and https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/windows-10-will-have-seven-editions-heres-how-to-tell-which-is-for-you.

Tony S. gave a demonstration of the new touch-screen monitors that were part of the computer lab upgrade. Two of the 12 computers (11 and 12) now have touch screen monitors.

Brenda S. discussed the subject of being hacked. Her presentation – “Hacked: Recent Trends and Incidents” is here.

Ken C. discussed some of the updates to Windows 10 (Creator Edition) coming later this Fall. His presentation covered Print 3D, Story Remix, OneDrive Files On Demand and new Status Badges. His presentation is here.

Ross K. showed a Youtube outlining the features and benefits of using Google Photos. The video showed the steps involved when using this program and smart phone app. Here is the link to the video.

Website of the Month: http://www.theeldergeek.com. This website covers Windows from XP through to Windows 8 operating systems and offers a good user Forum. Ross K.

Tip of the Month: Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers always welcome.

Next Meetings: Will be Monday, Nov. 13 and January 8 (2018).



From the meeting of 12 June, 2017

Announcements: There were about 19 in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report: Brenda P. reported that we have about $300 plus tonight’s money.

Program:

Guest Speaker: Peter McAlpine of Google Canada in Kitchener. See his presentation here.

Ross K. : Presented a slide show about Google Drive versus Google Photos (which replaces the old Picasa that many liked) See his presentation here.

Questions: Were mostly covered during presentations.

Website of the Month: https://www.howtogeek.com/ told by Ross K.

Tip of the Month: Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers always welcome.

Next Meetings: Will be Monday, Sept 11 and Nov. 13.



From the meeting of 10 April, 2017

Announcements: There were about 13 in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report: Brenda P. reported that we have about $216 plus tonight’s money.

Program:

Dushan G. : Gave a detailed talk about Windows 10. See the summary here. He also distributed a few copies of of a very useful Quick Reference Card in colour. Get it here

Brenda P. : continued with the Google Earth series of PowerPoint slides with 2 links. See her slides here with the links here and here

Ken C.: presented a New secure Internet Browser called “Brave”. The link to his presentation is here

Ross K: talked about the various freeware packages (available only until midnight on April 17th). Go to: http://www.videoconverterfactory.com/easter/

Questions: Were mostly covered during presentations.

Meeting dates revised earlier: To be every 2 months except July and August

Tip of the Month: Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers always welcome.

Next Meetings: Will be Monday, June 12, then Sept 11 and Nov. 13.



From the meeting of 13 February, 2017

Announcements: There were 17 in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report: Brenda P. reported that we have about $170 plus tonight’s money.

Program:

* Guest speaker: Stefan Wiesen from Intrigue Media spoke and showed diagrams of how advertising principles perform in a website. See the notes here.

* Ken C. presented a comprehensive overview of the BIG DATA phenomenon. Really, we are sort of surrounded by it. See Ken’s Presentation here.

* Ken C. conducted the election of officers: Ross K. was elected President and Brenda P. as Treasurer. Other positions to be filled later.

* Ken C. made presentations to Gord C. and Bill R. / Both Gord and Bill have been on the Club Executive for many years and the presentation was to acknowledge this.

* Computer Club Meeting dates revised: Now to be every 2 months except July and August

* Questions/discussion: were covered as the program evolved.

* Tip of the Month: Go to the club’s website to see previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

* Ideas for speakers always welcome.

* Next Meetings: Will be Monday, April 10, then June 12, Sept 11 and Nov. 13.



From the meeting of 12 December, 2016

Announcements: There were 17 in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report: Jacqueline reported that we have $133 plus tonight’s money.

Program:

Guest speaker Kaye M. A Fourth Year Student at Sheridan College gave us a presentation on older adults and technology. She got a lively two-way going on this too. Kaye’s presentation is here.

Brenda P. gave us an overview of the developing Google Earth Engine (different from just Earth) with it’s rather formidable power. Also Flipp.com, a shopping app. Brenda’s presentation is here.

Ken C. presented a comprehensive overview of the popular Google Chromebook computers being marketed as a lower cost computer for students and others. Ken’s presentation is here.

Ross K. is sending out a questionnaire separately about future topics. Also, he presented the following including a link to the The International Association of Technology and Computer User Groups. See his notes here. After reading the article, please send him your comments and suggestions as indicated in his notes.

Questions/discussion: there was no time left for problems.

Tip of the Month: Was not received this month. Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see his previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link. We are looking into other options for the continuation of this popular feature.

Ideas for speakers always welcome.

Next Meetings: Will be Mondays March 13, June 12, Sept. 11 and Nov. 13 of 2017


Updated November 12, 2017 R.K.; Minutes Prior to December 2016 deleted. The Computer Club Minutes September 2015 to November 2016 are archived here

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