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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 10 (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.

Bob’s 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


From the meeting of 14 November,  2016

Announcements: There were about 16 in attendance with 1 returning member.

Treasurer’s Report: Jacqueline reported that we have $94 plus tonight’s money.  A $300 cheque donation was made to the GWSA back in June.

Club’s future: A discussion was held with ideas put forward.  Members voted for fewer meetings for 2017.  Namely March, June, September and December.  Also an important step;  a number volunteered contributing to meetings in the future which should lighten the load on those doing the organizing.

Program:
Ross K. gave us a viewings of  new devices.  Go to these websites:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KpLHdAURGo (Google Home Demo)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrpaQN8TN6o (Amazon Echo vs Google Home)

Gord C. showed a small collection of articles on Win10:

http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Win 10 stuff Nov 2016.pdf
followed by a review of a lengthy site discussing Win10 privacy I forwarded to members received from Ross K. earlier:
http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Windows 10 Privacy Settings.pdf

Questions/discussion: Some with much discussion.

Bob’s 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.

Ideas for speakers always welcome.

Next Meetings: Will be Monday, Dec. 12,  hence March 13, June 12 and so on.


From the meeting of 12 September, 2016

Announcements: There were about 17 in attendance with 1 returning member.

Treasurer’s Report: Jacqueline reported that we have $329 plus tonight’s money.  A $300 cheque donation was made to the GWSA tonight.

Program:
Ross K. gave us a comprehensive report about safe downloads and related items.  See them at: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/SafeDownloads.doc
Especially note the Avira and Ninite links.

Ken C. gave us an overview of GoogleNow.  See it at: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/GoogleNow.pdf

Gord C. gave a brief overview of some of the uses of the free Microsoft Paint program/photo editor that normally comes with most Windows O/S.  Besides drawing, etc. it works well for cropping, red eye over painting and titling pictures  See it at: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Paint.pdf

Questions/discussion: Not much!

Bob’s Tip of the Month:  Is about Futurelearn, a diverse selection of free step by step courses. Go to:  http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/  to see this and his previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers always welcome.

Next Meeting: Note that we have cancelled the Oct. 4 meeting as it is so close to the September one and having problems with topics too.  Therefore the next meeting will be Nov. 14.


From the meeting of 13 June, 2016

Announcements: There were about 17 in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report: Jacqueline reported that we have $289 plus tonight’s money.

Program: Guest speaker Julian Sale gave us an informative talk titled “How To Be Plugged In Digitally and not be overwhelmed”. He guided us through the most common of the social media apps. FaceBook got much attention and how to be more secure with it. See the visual part of it at http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Digital World.pdf

Questions/discussion: No surprise, Julian’s talk promoted much discussion.

Bob’s Tip of the Month: Is about Facebook tips which fitted in with tonight’s talk. Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see this and his previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers always welcome.

Next Meeting: Will be Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 (no meetings in July and August)


From the meeting of 9 May,  2016
Announcements: There were about 14 in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report: Jacqueline reported that we have $260 plus tonight’s money.

Ross K. guided us through most of the features of the new, revamped GWSA website.  He mentioned about websites with the prefix “http…..” versus secure ones with “https…..”
See his notes at: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Ross May 9 notes.doc

Gord C. gave a presentation on “Training Your Mouse” (and touchpad.)  How you can control or set the various features.  See it at: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Mouse Training.pdf

He also showed two web cam sites of nesting birds.  The Osprey nest at Belwood Lake: https://www.grandriver.ca/en/outdoor-recreation/Belwood-Lake-OspreyCam.aspx?_mid_=515

The Perigrine Falcon nest on Channel 13 microwave tower in Kitchener: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/they-ve-started-to-hatch-ctv-peregrine-falcon-cam-streaming-live-1.2313835

Questions/discussion: Claude announced the reduced storage data for Microsoft’s free Cloud storage OneDrive is now down to 5 Gigabytes.  This and other items were covered too.

Bob’s Tip of the Month:  Is about Apple QuickTime bugs Go to:
 http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see this and his previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers always welcome.

Next Meeting: Will be Monday, June 13, 2016 , (back in room #3.)  Guest speaker will be Julian Sale about social media, etc.


From the meeting of 11 April  2016
Announcements: There were about 17 in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report: Jacqueline reported that we have $198 plus $20 from the Lab printing box and tonight’s money.

Ken C.  led off with a comprehensive presentation of the evolution of wireless and broadband development over the recent years.  See it at: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Mobile_internet_access.pdf

Then he continued with tips on tax preparation.  This is at: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Tax_Preparation_tips.pdf

Gord C. gave a short review of his trials and tribulations updating to Win 10.  Then went on to show info about newer methods thieves are using to break into cars to steal your possessions and a tip about how best to lock your car: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Car theft update.pdf

Questions/discussion: Ross K. mentioned a good photo recovery program for deleted pictures.  It is “Photorec”. For information and help using this program which works with Mac, Linux and Windows go to http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec. This program is one of the most effective for recovering lost pictures from corrupted camera cards and best of all, it’s free (donations are gratefully accepted, of course).

Bob’s Tip of the Month: EaseUs: ToDo Backup Free version 9.1 is now ready for Windows 10. PC World says: The Best Free Backup Tool in Existence. Back up partitions, restore partitions & individual files with highly useful backup program. Go to:
 http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see this and his previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers: a Julian Sale was mentioned as a speaker on social media at the March meeting.  This has been confirmed for the June 13 meeting.

Next Meeting: Will be Monday, May 9, 2016 and in the GWSA boardroom for this meeting only.


From the Meeting of 14 March, 2016

Announcements: There were only about 14 in attendance. Many missed good discussions.

Treasurer’s Report: Jacqueline reported that we have $168 plus tonight’s money.

Ken C. Led a presentation and discussion on income tax programs, router with USB connection, a Picasa update, Word Press course via the GPL and an internet statistics website plus others.

See them at:  march2016_ken

Gord C. gave a short review and info about Blu-Ray and M-discs plus related info. See it at: Blu-ray & M-Discs

Also a collection of websites about Blu-ray information. See them at: Blu-ray websites

Bob’s Tip of the Month: is about a source and Canadian website for mobility tips, aids etc. with free shipping Go to:

http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/  to see this and his previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers; a Julian Sale was mentioned as a speaker on social media. Ken C. may follow up.  Any topics/ideas and the like are always welcome.  Ask someone if they would give us a presentation on some computer related topic.

Next Meeting: Will be Monday, April 11, 2016


From the meeting of 8 February, 2016

Announcements: There were about 18 in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report: Jacqueline reported that we have $100 plus tonight’s money.

Ken C.   Showed a variety of items and websites, covering:
    New trends in ink supplies for inkjet printers
    Leef iBridge
    Magic Leap, 3D imagery
    Windows 10 task bar tips
    Managing Windows 10 update settings
See them at:  
http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Ken_Feb_notes.docx

Brenda P. showed items about the tech-toys offered at the Wellington County Library, at the Marden branch and is open to Guelphites too.  Some neat little robotic ones could be a hit with younger ones.  Having a Guelph Public Library card  will get you further too..
http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Well_County_Library.doc

Bob’s Tip of the Month: is about “BookBub”, a source for ebooks.  Go to:
http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see this and his previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers, topics/ideas and the like are always welcome.  Ask someone if they would give us a presentation on some computer related topic.

Next Meeting: Will be Monday, March 14, 2016


From the meeting of 11 January, 2016

Announcements: There were only 16 in attendance, including Sally and Tom M. possible new members.

Treasurer’s Report: Jacqueline reported that we have $67 plus tonight’s money. (A donation of $200 was made to the GWSA in December.)

Ken C. raised the possible updating for the Computer Lab. Some computers in the Lab need updated video cards if they are to be updated to Win10. See it all at:

http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Computer Lab Update.pdf

Gord C. gave reviews about SSDs (solid state drives) and related considerations. See them at:

and also some other links of interest: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Jan 2016 links.doc

Ross K. gave us info re trimming a SSD drives (you do not defrag a SSD drive.) Also some more tips and Linux info, all at:

http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/SSD Notes Etc Ross Jan16.doc

 

Bob’s Tip of the Month: is about other computer help sources. Go to:

http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see this and his previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers, topics/ideas and the like are always welcome. Ask someone if they would give us a presentation on some computer related topic.

One suggestion was about “M” discs for pretty permanent storage.

 
Next Meeting: Will be Monday, Feb. 8, 2016


From the meeting of 14 December, 2015

Announcements: There were 13 in attendance, partly due to a rainy, stormy night.

Treasurer’s Report: Jacqueline reported that we can make a $200 donation tonight with a small balance plus tonight’s money.

Gord C. gave a review of some of the popular or more useful shortcuts for email and documents. See it at: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/WinShortcuts.pdf

Ken C. presented a variety of items that were discussed as he went along. Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Dec2015_KenC.doc

We had some lengthy and good discussions that those who did not attend missed. Some were re Excel spreadsheet tricks and tips plus many others.

Bob’s Tip of the Month: is about using www.dogpile.com as a way to give a wider aspect compared to a Google search.  Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see this and his previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers, topics/ideas and the like are always welcome. Ask someone if they would give us a presentation on some computer related topic.

Next Meeting: Will be Monday, Jan. 11, 2016


From the meeting of 9 November, 2015

Announcements: None. There were 17 in attendance. We had 1 potential new member, Bob W. (note again, we don’t disclose full names here.

Treasurer’s Report: Jacqueline reported that we have about$144 plus tonight’s.

Ken C. presented a good review of a new product called a Compute Stick. Go to: Compute Stick

Gord C. gave a brief demonstration of Windows MSPaint or just Paint, as can be used for photo editing. Paint is a complete drawing program as well. This is already installed (and free) on Windows any PC up through Windows 8.8 but not Win 10. It can be downloaded free from Microsoft and installed on Win 10. See the article at: MSPaint.

Ross K. proceeded with another Linux O/S demonstration, this time of Ubuntu 14.04 Linux he uses. Go to: Ross Linux Nov 2015.doc.

We had lively discussions on many topics.

Bob’s Tip of the Month: is about Windows 8.1 and IE 11. Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/  to see this and his previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers, topics/ideas and the like are always welcome. Ask someone if they would give us a presentation on some computer related topic.

Next Meeting:  Will be Monday, Dec. 14


From the meeting of 5 October, 2015

Announcements:  There were 19 in attendance. A surplus GWSA  Tower computer, new in 2006, with Win 7  complete, is available for a $25 donation. Contact Gord C. or Ken C.

Treasurer’s Report: Jacqueline reported that we have about $99 plus tonight’s.

Ken C. presented a good review of the new browser in Windows10 called Edge. Go to:  Windows_10_Edge

Gord showed a page about methods of USB to load Windows 10. Go to:  Win10 on USB and then some background on Linus Torvalds, the ‘founder’ of Linux, before Ross’s Linux demonstration.

Ross K. proceeded with a demonstration in this case of the Linux Mint 17.2 O/S version which he uses.

Go to: Linux Mint 10-05-2015  There are many other popular versions of Linux; i.e. Ubuntu, Red hat, Debian and others.

Various discussions took place with many participating.

Bob’s Tip of the Month: is about doing a reverse image search. Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/  to see this and his previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers, topics/ideas and the like are always welcome. Ask someone if they would give us a presentation on some computer related topic.

Next Meeting: Will be Monday, Nov. 9


From the meeting of 14 September, 2015

Announcements: None

Treasurers Report: Jacqueline reported that we have about $30 plus tonight’s, after we made a $250 contribution to the GWSA in June.

Claude B. presented a good summary of the steps and choices downloading Win10. Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/September 2015 meeting.doc to see his presentation about Windows 10 and related items.

Also a website http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/prevent-windows-10-upgrade-installing-after-making-your-reservation

Gord C. followed up with a file about Win10 caveats compiled by the Canadian Press. Go to http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/Windows 10 caveats.pdf

Ross K. tried to give us a demonstration of the Linux O/S he uses but the overhead projector did not cooperate, so we may reschedule this for a later meeting.

Varied discussions took place with many participating.

Bob’s Tip of the Month: is about using the Ctrl.+ Z keystroke combination to go back or undo an action. Go to: http://gwsa-guelph.ca/the-evergreen-computer-club/ to see this and his previous tips there, on the Hints and Tips link.

Ideas for speakers, topics/ideas and the like are always welcome. Ask someone if they would give us a presentation on some computer related topic.

Next meeting: will be the first Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 due to Thanksgiving being on the 12th.



Updated March 2016 G.C.; Minutes prior to June 2015 deleted

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