APCUG 2017 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC23)

Thanks to everyone who attended the February 11 VTC. We appreciate you participating in this event and hope you can use the below presentations, handouts, talking points and/or one of the presentation videos at one of your general or SIG meetings.

Here are comments about the presentations from attendees:

After an early start (5.00 am Sunday here in Eastern Australia), I found the Track 2, Session 1 an informative run-down on the various social media platforms and got some ideas on how we might use it for a group that I am with.

Switching to Track 1 for Session 2, an easy process, I gleaned a few tips on improving the way I use Windows and will be passing these on in our own training courses.

Back to Track 2 for Session 3, a very informative and well-presented run-down on what to expect on the next major update to Windows 10. I am eagerly awaiting answers from Bill to the two questions I posed in this session so I can pass them on to our User Group members. (FYI, Bill’s answers were sent to Mike on our Sunday evening/JT)

Well worth the early start to Sunday!

Mike Cassidy, Trainer, PC Users Group (Canberra, Australia)

I attended three of the six sessions at the APCUG Winter Virtual Technology Conference on February 11. It was great being inspired by excellent speakers, learning and getting new ideas, all the while in my bathrobe with a coffee pot within reach.

“Trendy Ideas from a Proud Tinkerer,” was by Stew Bottorf of the Tampa Bay Computer Society. He told us how he built things and took things apart since childhood. Now he works with Linux and Open Source Software. He spent time discussing Raspberry Pi, System on a Chip (SoC) devices and Kodi media player. Many retailers and medical facilities use Digital Signage. Time ran out before he could spend much time on the Internet of Things (IoT). A lot of the technology was over my head, but it was interesting to learn about new technologies.

Next, Francis Chao gave us many “Simple Techniques for Making a Windows Computer Easier To Use.” Some of the tips that I plan to try out soon are how to turn off “Hide File Extensions,” how to automatically add a year, month and date before a file name, how to drag and copy files between two windows, and how to disable anything you don’t use. You can read his Meeting Notes at www. Aztcs.org.

I also attended Diane McKeever’s talk on “Facebook for Your Group.” I didn’t know much about Facebook, so this gave me an opportunity to learn. I took a lot of notes that should be helpful in setting up a free business Facebook page for an organization. One has to log onto a personal page before creating a business page. Then you have to decide what kind of page, add a website, a profile picture and a cover picture. Choose a preferred audience, invite friends to like the site, enter contact information, and plan the post structure. Diane gave much detail on what to do to capitalize on the free advertising potential of Facebook. An organization can pay for a boosted  (sponsored) post, which appears higher up on your audience’s News Feeds.

It was an intensive three hours but well-worth the time.

Leah Clark, Editor, Los Angeles Computer Society

Social Media for the Non-Tweeter by Pam Holland –  I am new to Tweeter so I was very interested in hearing what she had to say. Once she starting talking about setting up Tweeter and how to use it was informative. She had good visuals which helps understand the process.

iOS 10 Features for iPad and iPhones – Jere Minich –  Jere had good information on the iPhone that I can use.

Facebook For Your Group –  Diane’s presentation was very well organized and presented in an easy to understand PowerPoint presentation. It made me think that our Computer Club should have a Facebook account so I will follow up on doing that.   Following her presentation, I will need to go into my Facebook account and check some of my settings. I set up my Facebook account but really did not know what I was doing, now I do. Excellent presentation.

In general, the presentations all had good information and I would like to thank the Virtual Technology Committee for putting this on. It takes a lot of work to put these VTCs together and make it all come together.

Yomar Cleary, President, Big Bear Computer Club, CA

VTC Track: 1

Stew is a proud tinkerer, someone who grew up building a crystal radio and now dabbles with Linux and open source software. Tinkering today has less positive meanings: beginner, dilettante. loafer, novice, or pretender. Once tinkering positively referred to successful inventors whose discoveries required meticulous trial and error testing. In the spirit of these early tinkerers this presentation covers inexpensive SoC (System on a Chip) devices. We’ll look specifically at:

  • Raspberry Pi and Android SoC devices
  • KODI Media Player
  • Digital Signage
  • plus touch on IoT (Internet of Things)

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VTC Track: 2

Even if you have not yet ventured into the world of Social Media, there is much to learn about how it is shaping communication in personal relationships, business, government and, of course, politics. Pam will give us a tour of and critical look at the most popular social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We will explore the benefits – and risks – in using these sites for breaking news, promoting the arts, research, social connection and communication. Pam will explain many of the new terms that are cropping up along with the new technologies such as hashtag, tweet, and follow.

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2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Eastern | 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Central
12:00 noon – 12:50 pm Mountain | 11:00 am – 11:50 am Pacific

VTC Track: 1

This is a hands-on demonstration of some simple tricks for making your Windows computer more user friendly and efficient.

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VTC Track: 2

According to Apple.: “Everything you love is now even better with iOS 10, our biggest release yet….” and Jere will show you what’s new for you to love.

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3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Eastern | 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Central
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Mountain | 12 noon – 12:50 pm Pacific

VTC Track: 1

Too many small businesses and organizations just don’t know how to capitalize on the free advertising potential of Facebook. Diane will tell you how you can make your group’s Facebook page better.

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VTC Track: 2

Bill will show you what’s new in the update, arriving Spring 2017.

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