APCUG 2018 Spring Virtual Technology Conference (VTC28)

Saturday May 5, 2018


1:00 PM ET

Create a Smart Home with Home Automation & Voice Assistants
Joe Melfi, Strategic Technical Marketing Engineer

Joe’s presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Home Control & Automation
  • Home HVAC & Energy Management
  • Home Security & Surveillance
  • Home Entertainment
  • A.I. Smart Voice Assistants: Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Microsoft Cortana, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings
  • Automation Communication Technologies: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave wireless, Zigbee, Insteon, Serial, X10
  • How to get started; where to buy
  • Caveats, Security

2:00 PM ET

What’s new in the Spring Windows 10 update
Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake-Sumter Computer Society

Microsoft is readying the release of its semi-annual update to Windows 10. The upcoming update is expected to be called Spring Creators Update – Windows 10, version 1803. There are several new and useful features coming your way with Spring Creators Update. Here are the headlines, they will all be covered:

  • Timeline
  • Nearby sharing
  • Focus assist
  • Password recovery for local accounts
  • Choose your GPU (graphics processing)
  • Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer
  • Mute tabs in Edge
  • Swift Pair
  • Better privacy
  • A better Microsoft Store

3:00 PM ET

Teaching Technology Topics to Seniors
Ray Baxter, Payson Computer Meet-Up Club, APCUG Treasurer

“Teaching Technology Topics to Seniors” can require a different approach as compared to instructing typical school age persons. Ray will share some of the tips he uses as well as input and suggestions he has received from other professionals in this field.


1:00 PM ET

Synchronizing Your PC, a Guide to…..
Bill James, VP, Computer Club of Oklahoma City; APCUG Advisor, Region 8

There are numerous ways to sync desktops, laptops, tablets and phones.

From the complex to relatively simple solutions, this presentation will cover sharing over a network, local file sync programs, LANs, Cloud services and more.

2:00 PM ET

What’s new with Ubuntu?
Orv Beach, Training Chair, Southern California Linux expo – SCALE

Named “Bionic Beaver,” it is a Long-Term Support release with 5 years of support for both the desktop and server version. What’s new?

  • Minimal install option
  • Faster boot speed
  • Easier live patching
  • New Linux Kernel
  • GNOME desktop environment
  • New default apps
  • New way to install apps

3:00 PM ET

Write and Publish Your eBook on Amazon Kindle… for Free
Bill Neves, Member, Silvercom Computer and Technology Club

In this session you’ll learn how to easily and quickly do the following:

  • Research your book
  • Write your book
  • Name your book
  • Format your book
  • Set up your Amazon Kindle account
  • Upload your book
  • Offer your book for sale, or free
  • Rinse and Repeat