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From the meeting of January 13, 2020

Treasurer’s Report: Amount in bank as of January 13, 2020:  $174.48

Cash collected from lab Nov. 12 2019 to Jan. 13, 2020:  $5.65

Cash collected from attendance at Jan. 13, 2020 meeting:  $ 33.00

Cost of new lock:  $6.79 + $0.88 (HST) = $7.67

Total account balance = $205.46

Announcements: There were 11 in attendance. Members are reminded that Bulk Barn now gives a 10% discount on all regularly priced merchandise to all GWSA members anytime. Simply show your membership card to get the discount.

Program: Tonight’s program was quite varied, interesting and informative.

Brenda P. reviewed on on-line quiz on digital awareness.  You can test yourself at https://pewresearch.org/internet/quiz/digital-knowledge-quiz/

A related article with more background information on this quiz can be found here.

She also reviewed an info-graphic on the changing profile of the major internet companies over the past twenty years.  This info-graphic can be viewed here .

A traveling museum exhibit assembled by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security is touring Canada and will be on display at the Wellington County Archives from January 15, 2020 until May 10, 2020.  More information on this display is available here.

Ken C. gave a very informative, interactive and educational presentation on Google Drive. This was requested during a previous meeting by one of the Computer Club members. See his presentation here.

Ross K. gave news from the Board of Directors: All club bank accounts are to be closed no later than March 31,2020.

Website update: he gave a preview of the GWSA website currently under revision and construction, slated for launch approximately mid-March.

He showed the Fireshot addon for most browsers (Edge, Firefox, Chrome) which will allow the user to take a screenshot of the full page or any part of the screen. Here is a description of the addon.

Website of the Monthcnet.com

  • Many different newsletters (free) are available
  • Registration for a free account is necessary

Tip of the Month: A Free upgrade to Windows 10 is still available. See the details from the how-to-geek and cnet websites.


From the meeting of December 2, 2019 (the meeting of November 11 was re-scheduled because of a snowstorm)

Treasurer’s Report: The bank balance for the computer club, after the meeting fees and the computer lab printer funds were deposited was $174.48. A donation of $275.00 was made to the GWSA in September.

Announcements: There were 11 in attendance including 1 guest. Bulk Barn now gives a 10% discount on all regularly priced merchandise to all GWSA members anytime. Simply show your membership card to get the discount.

Program: Tonight’s program was quite varied, interesting and informative.

Ken C. demonstrated the Vivaldi browser the power user’s favorite Web browser. See his presentation here. The new Windows 1909 build was also discussed. This build includes a Sandbox (for testing out new programs), a new file explorer and Microsoft’s language translating HaloLens program. See Ken’s Windows 1909 notes here.

Brenda P. Discussed the Internet of Things, giving suggestions on how to protect our connected devices more securely. See her presentation here. October was Cyber Security Month. Brenda gave a presentation on the subject. See her presentation here.

Website of the Monthhttp://curio.ca

  • Stream documentaries, television shows, radio and news reports on a wide variety of subjects, curated by CBC and Radio Canada
  • Available through the Guelph Public Library (free to patrons).

Tip of the Month: Windows 10 Tamper Protection

  • Tamper Protection is an important tool to prevent security bypasses

• Tamper Protection prevents Windows Security and Windows Defender
settings from being changed by programs, Windows command line tools,
Registry changes, or group policies.

  • Tamper Protection is a security feature that was introduced in
    Windows 10 version 1903
    • Microsoft will be rolling out this change to all Windows 10 users.
  • Search for Tamper Protection
    • Windows Security -> Virus & Threat Protection
    • Click Manage Settings, and scroll down to Tamper Protection


From the meeting of September 9, 2019 

 Treasurer’s Report: The bank balance for the computer club, after the meeting fees and the computer lab printer funds were deposited was $401.96. A donation of $275.00 was made to the GWSA from the club’s account.

 Announcements: There were 10 in attendance including 2 guests. Bulk Barn now gives a 10% discount on all regularly priced merchandise to all GWSA members anytime. Simply show your membership card to get the discount.

 Program: Tonight’s program was quite varied, interesting and informative.

 Windows 10 Fall 2019 Update (Build 1909): Ross K discussed some of the changes that are coming with the new build of Windows 10. See notes here.

 Brenda P. Showed and demonstrated Google Image Search. See her Powerpoint here. Brenda also reported on the progress of the GWSA Email Update. See the Powerpoint here.

Websites of the Month: http://iloveimg.com; http://ilovepdf.com. Both sites are free and offer methods of working with photo images as well as pdf files. Check them out to see the various features in action.


From the meeting of May 13, 2019 

Treasurer’s Report: The bank balance for the computer club, after the meeting fees and the computer lab printer funds were deposited was $338.33.

Announcements: There were 14 in attendance.

Program: Tonight’s program was quite varied, interesting and informative.

Windows 10 Spring 2019 Update (Build 1903): Ross K. showed a website https://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-v1903-new-features-list which outlined in a fair degree of detail the various changes that are coming with the new build of Windows 10. As mentioned in a previous meeting, Microsoft will be reserving 7GB of hard drive storage on all systems for future updates.  This will not be visible to the computer user. UPDATED 5/22: Windows 10 May 2019 Update, version 1903, is available to everyone starting May 21, 2019, after being in the Release Preview Ring for several weeks, and with this new feature update, you can expect a new set of features and changes to improve security, performance, and productivity.

Brenda P. Showed and demonstrated a few interesting Phone apps. Included were Google Timeline phone app, Canada Post/Canada Customs phone app, All Trails phone app, and Cornell University Merlin phone app. Her presentation can be accessed here.

Ross K. showed a FREE program that can be used if you forget your Windows Password to log into your system. The application can be downloaded, installed and launched. Once launched, you can create a recovery USB or CD which will allow you to change the main Administrator password. The program can be downloaded from the following website: (https://www.lazesoft.com/lazesoft-recover-my-password.html).

Website of the Month: http://cnet.com/cnet-magazine Ross K. showed a copy of the magazine which was described as an excellent source of up to date technology and tips. It is available for home delivery for about $20 US per year.

Tip of the Month: Go to: https://gwsa-guelph.ca/hints-and-tips/ to see previous tips there.


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