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Another three months has flew by and we are entering the New Year. I hope some of you took advantage of the webinar by Abby Stokes for a meeting of your user group. The information was in the 3rd quarter Reports.
The Bowling Green Area Microcomputer Users Group [http://www.bgamug.org] held a Christmas potluck in December.
Central Kentucky Computer Society [http://www.ckcs.org] had a Holiday Celebration in conjunction with a Tech Night in December. The Tech Night topic was “Antivirus and Malware”. Their two speakers, Joey Police and Craig Mayfield, commented on commercial and free virus protection programs and offered their opinions on which ones “work” and those you should avoid using. They also gave advice on what one should do when using a computer to reduce the chances of getting a virus.
The Chicago Computer Society [http://www.ccs.org] asked its members to bring their new gadgets that they received over the Holiday to the Digital Imagery SIG.
At the October meeting, Computer Operators of Marysville and Port Huron [http://www.bwcomp.org] had the opportunity to see what was involved in “Authoring a DVD Video” This was about a process, which involved much more than using a computer and associated equipment. They saw some selected clips from a video, and videos of different steps in the production part of that process. The following month transferring VHS to DVD was the program. They celebrated in December with a Christmas Party.
Computers Are Easy User Group [http://www.caeug.net] saw a demonstration on the uses of Google Mail.
Fox Valley PC Association’s [http://www.fvpca.org] program was “Squeezing More Out of Your Home Wireless Network”, how to squeeze a little more performance out of your wireless network, or to make it a little more secure. For more information about this topic, go to [http://tinyurl.com/29s5vyl]. The following month they had a program on Social Media, Facebook, Twitter and others.
Kentucky Indiana PC User Group [www.kipcug.org] had a representative from Barnes & Noble explain “How E-Book Readers Work: Just What Is A “Nook?”
Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts [http://www.lcace.org] celebrated with a Holiday Party. Some lucky members won one of the 5 raffle prizes: the big prize was a 17” HP laptop with 4GB RAM and a 320GB hard drive. Second prize was a 10” Acer netbook with 1GB RAM and a 160GB hard drive. An 8GB Apple iPod Touch was the third prize. Fourth prize was a VuPoint Magic Wand Scanner. Last but not least, fifth prize was a one year membership to LCACE.
Midland Computer Club [http://mcc.apcug.org/] saw an overview of Microsoft Office 2010. The December meeting was a Christmas Party potluck including pizza and pop. While looking at their newsletters, I found the following information that might be of interest:
The Quad Cities Computer Society [www.qcs.org] saw some of the newer gadgets from Staples including the Tough 3000 Digital Camera that the representative dropped (on purpose) and also put in a glass of water. This amazing camera took pictures after this punishment.
In November the SouthEastern Michigan Computer Organization [http://www.semco.org] found out what’s hot for the holidays presented by Richard Tapanine of the “Micro Center” computer store. SIG-IBM Chairman Tom Callow discussed wireless network webcams, that can be set up to monitor a location over a network or the Internet without a computer connection. He also demonstrated how to configure the webcam and your router to permit remote access to the webcam over the Internet from anywhere in the world. Their December programs were ProShow Gold 4.5, how to create amazing slide shows and how you can create slide shows that will dazzle your audiences and how to insert video clips and music soundtracks; plus a demonstrate of Wacom’s Bamboo graphics tablet, which adds multi-touch capabilities to any computer, allowing you to use simple hand gestures and finger taps to move around your desktop, scroll through documents, navigate the Web, zoom in and out of photos and rotate images. It also provides full graphics drawing capabilities with a pressure sensitive pen that can edit photos, make sketches and mark up documents.
Sterling Heights Computer Club [www.SterlingHeights ComputerClub.org] will learn about “Backup, Issues and Techniques” at their January meeting.
Sauk Computer User Group [http://saukcomputeruser group.org] visited “Websites That You Mostly Never Heard Of”. If you are curious, go to [http://saukcomputerusergroup.org/johnswebsites.html]. Their December Christmas potluck was cancelled due to a snow storm. It will be held in January.
Sandwich Computer User Group [www.scug.org] was informed about the use of Skype in November. December was their Christmas party. I found this url on their website [http://oldfortyfives.com/TakeMeBackToTheFifties.htm]. It is a must check out if you grew up in the fifties. It brought back many memories of a dear time in my life.