Speakers Bureau

If your group is a member of APCUG and you are looking for new speakers with fresh ideas, the Speakers Bureau features well over 100 Webinar presentations in 21 categories. Choose your presentation, complete the form and the presenter will get in touch to book it.

Please put the date(s) for the requested presentation in the Comments field.

Presentations are given by sponsors, user group officers and members via Zoom.us, Skype, TeamViewer, etc. All your group needs is a broadband, DSL, or mobile hotspot Internet connection.

If you have any questions, please contact jtaylour@apcug.org

Presentation Subjects below:
(Click the title to reveal the description and presenter with link to his/her bio.)

NOTE: Check out Leo Notenboom’s website for presentation topics.
See all of Francis Chao’s presentations at: http://aztcs.org/fc.pdf

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Android
Back-up
Cloud Computing
Digital Photography
Email
Ergonomics

Free Software
General
Hardware
iDevices/Mac
Internet

Linux / Open Source
Operating Systems
Preventive Maintenance
Printers / Printing
Security

Social Media
Software
User Groups
Utilities
Virtual Machines


Best Android Apps (E)
Life is made easier with apps. Bill will share some of his must-have apps during this presentation.
Bill James, Computer Club of Oklahoma City

Using Your Smartphone for Everything, Part 1 (E)
This presentation will look at some of the Apps that are available on Smartphones that allow you to work, play and really use your Smartphone for virtually everything. Although the Android phone will be the primary instrument used in this presentation, the concepts can be applied to both Apple and Android products.
Bill James, Computer Club of Oklahoma City

Using Your Smartphone for Everything, Part 2 (E)
It’s a remote control & more! No need any longer to have to fumble with or look for traditional remote control when you can download apps that can control everything from your TV to your home security system.
Bill James, Computer Club of Oklahoma City

Your Smartphone is like a Swiss Army Knife (E)
Smartphones are capable of doing multiple tasks and Bill will show how to make use of many of the features of your smartphone (Android and iPhones): all is takes is the right apps and a different mindset to make the device work for you. Bill will cover these topics and more: Use it as a remote control, control over other devices within your home – Nest Programmable Thermostat, Roku, Google TV or Smart TV; Remote printing using Cloud Print; View files using Cloud Storage; Remote access to your desktop and productivity suite.
Bill James, Computer Club of Oklahoma City

Backing up, Sharing, Protecting and Organizing Your Hard Drive (E)
In today’s computer networks, the ability to share conversation and pictures with others is a growing trend. Facebook and Twitter have become overnight sensations. However, these tools are not the best way to share your photos and other computer files with others. Acronis True Image a function that allows you to easily share certain files with your other computers and with friends across the internet.
Gene Barlow, User Group Relations

Perfecting Your Backup Solution (E)
The Maestro strongly believes there is more to owning a computer than simply turning it on and hoping for the best. Unfortunately, too many computer owners buy the least expensive unit and never pay attention to protection and preventive maintenance. He calls this the “plug and pray, then walk away” method of computer ownership. This presentation covers basic backup skills that are too often over-looked; what information is missing from your backup; protecting your computer backup; why cloud backup alone may not provide full system protection; the Maestro’s 4R’s model of better backups.
Elliott Stern, Maestro Computing Services

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A Comparison of OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, and iCloud (E)
This detailed comparison between the five cloud storage services provides you with the objective information for selecting which ones to use.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Cloud Computing (E)
This presentation covers: What is Cloud Computing? What devices does it serve? 5 Cloud Characteristics, Popular Apps that Use the Cloud, Cloud Benefits, Concerns, Security, Storage; Why should I use the Cloud? Who Provides Cloud Services?
Jere Minich, Lake-Sumter Computer Society

The Cloud is Here – Don’t Get Left Behind (E)
What is the Cloud? Where is it? Do I need it? Am I already using it? All this and more is covered in this presentation.
Judy Taylour, President, SCV Computer Club

To Cloud or Not to Cloud. That is the Question (E)
You have heard of the term the Cloud. What does it mean? What can you do there? One of the great things you can do with THE CLOUD is to share and store data. What if you have many devices, a desktop, laptop, tablet and phone — how important is it for you to share files and information between them. How to share and store data using the cloud will be covered in this presentation by using cloud storage; you will also lean about some of the programs and websites that can make your life easier.
David Williams, Central Iowa Computer User Group

Using Apple’s iCloud Cloud Storage (E)
iCloud gives you an initial 5 Gigabytes storage on Apple’s server farms. To obtain this amount of storage, you have to first obtain an Apple ID by either filling in the form at the Apple Web site or by using the screens inside the iTunes program. Then you can use this Apple ID to obtain an iCloud account from inside a Mac running OS X 10.7 or higher, a recent model iPad, or a recent model iPhone. If you do not own one of these Apple computers or devices, you have to borrow one from someone. Then you have to create yourself a temporary account inside this device. Then you can run the iCloud applet to create yourself an iCloud account using your Apple ID. Finally, you have to delete the temporary account from the borrowed Apple computer or device.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Using Box Cloud Storage (E)
Box gives you 5 Gigabytes storage on their server farms. You can upload and download entire folders of data files or digital photos at the same time using most Web browser but uploads and downloads using Google’s Chrome browser are especially fast, compared to uploads of folders for OneDrive and Box. Box has the best online viewing and editing of data files because they over their own viewer, viewing and editing with Zoho, and viewing and editing with Google Docs.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Using Free Cloud Storage–an Overview (E)
You can use free cloud storage services to store data files and digital photos for free. The benefits of storing data files are:
o Reduce the chance of losing data files and photos due to hard drive crashes and operator error.
o Facilitates collaboration between multiple people working on the same project
o Provides you with the ability to synchronize data files and digital photo albums between multiple computers, tablets, and cell phones.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Using Google Drive Cloud Storage (E)
Google Drive gives you 15 Gigabytes of free storage on Google’s server farms. You can upload and download entire folders of data files or digital photos at the same time using most Web browser but uploads and downloads using Google’s Chrome browser are especially fast, compared to uploads of folders for OneDrive and Box.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Using Microsoft’s OneDrive Cloud Storage (E)
Microsoft’s OneDrive provides you with 15 Gigabytes of free storage space. The data files and digital photos that you store on OneDrive can be accessed from at Windows, Apple, Linux, and Android computers, tablets, and cell phones but it is especially well-integrated with the Start screen and the legacy Desktop of Windows 8 and 8.1.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

How to Succeed at Close-up Photography (E)
There are many ways you can do close-up photography and this presentation explores the most popular ways that are used and gives information about why one approach works better than others. The presentation covers some of the challenges of shooting excellent close-up photos of wild flowers so you can control the shot to get the very best possible pictures. Gene uses his and his wife’s wild flower photos to demonstrate the dos and the don’ts of close-up photography. Gene will also talk about the importance of backing up so you don’t lose your beautiful photos.
Gene Barlow, User Group Relations

Email Basics (E)
A typical email system consists of three servers up in the Internet cloud. Your end-user computer communicates with these three servers in order to send and receive email messages. To help you understand your options for sending and receiving email, this presentation will tell you about how email works.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Email Etiquette/Email Protection and Beyond (E)
The topics included in this presentation are: Good email etiquette practices, All about sending email, Managing your email for system protection and improved performance, Email protection, Email – the technical stuff, and Email marketing.
Elliott Stern, Maestro Computing Services

Good Computer Habits: Ergonomics, Netiquette, & How to Make a Difference (E)
Abby will discuss online netiquette for e-mail and blogging, tips on how to be sure you’re not hurting yourself when on the computer, and how to do good deeds with a click of the mouse.
Abby Stokes, Is This Thing On?
A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming
Abby Stokes

An Almost-Free Motion Detection Alarm inside Your Windows Computer (E)
If you install (or already have) a Webcam and you install the free ContaCam or Yawcam software programs into your Windows computer, you can use the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) server of your email service to have ContaCam send photos of motion detection events (intruders, wildlife, authorized personal, etc.) to your cell phone or laptop.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Free and Alternatives to Free Software (E)
Where money doesn’t have to speak and you still want quality software, learn about many alternative programs that you can get for free to do your computing tasks. Many of these programs are cross-platformed (meaning they have versions for Windows, Macs, and Linux) so it’s easy to share files with just about anyone.
John Kennedy, East Central Ohio Technology Users Club

Free Online Computer Training (E)
Your computer and its Internet connection can provide you with hundreds of hours of free training that you can access in the comfort of your home. The Tucson Computer Society has a collection of categorized hyperlinked shortcuts to Web sites that have free computer training. These shortcuts include free training from the Web sites of Adobe and Microsoft. You also can get free and non-free training from the Web sites of training organizations such as Lynda.com, Hewlett Packard, SeniorNet, Oasis, and various public libraries.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Free Software-Based Timers and Alarm Clocks for Windows (B)
You can download and run free software that provides you with virtual timers and alarm clocks for your Windows computer. These virtual timers and alarm clocks are equivalent to real high-end timers and alarm clocks that cost hundreds of dollars each.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Free Software versus Free Services (B)
For any given computer function, you often have both free software and free Web-based software as a service to choose from. Free software has the advantage of not requiring an Internet connection. Free Web-based services have the advantage of storing automatically on the Web to save you hard drive space. But to run a free Web-based service, your computer has to be connected to the Internet and the Internet connection can act as a bottleneck for the creation and editing of larger data files. Francis will compare free software and free online services for doing work processing, spreadsheets, presentation creation, video frame capture, and karaoke music.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Preparing a Computer for Free Software and Services (B)
Prior to installing free software or free services, you should install the free Adobe Reader, remove existing unwanted software using Revo Uninstaller Freeware or Revo Uninstaller Pro, and make sure that the Windows registry is as clean as possible with the free CCleaner software utility. Francis will use a Windows XP virtual machine to demonstrate these steps for preparing your computer.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Removing Trialware and Unneeded Software from Your Windows Computer (E)
Francis will show you various program you can use to remove / uninstall unneeded software from your Windows computer. You can then install a free antivirus program and a free office software suite to replace the trialware (nagware).
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCU

Save $$ With Free Software (E)
Great contributions to computer users have been made by freeware authors and you’ll have the opportunity to get an overview of some of those programs as well as free programs offered by major software vendors.
Free utilities – security programs – digital & video editing + more.
Judy Taylour, President, SCV Computer Club

Webcams and Related Free Software and Services (E)
Francis will show you how a webcam can be used for: Voice and video calling with the free versions of Skype, Windows Live Messenger, or Google Video Chat, interactive games that require a Webcam, taking still photos using free software and free Web-based services, and more.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

12 Tech Skills We  Should Know How to Do (E)
No matter how savvy you are, there are certain things every one of us has to deal with when using a computer – and we don’t always deal with them in the most efficient ways. Here are 10 things that everyone can (and should) learn to keep their computer fast, safe, and easy-to-use.
Judy Taylour, SCV Computer Club

Demystifying Computers (E)
A reassuring, jargon-free talk to introduce late bloomers, grandparents, technophobes, and the digitally challenged to all the wonders of using a computer, e-mail, and the Internet. (This is really an ultimate beginner’s talk for people who’ve never used or are JUST starting out – super basic).
Abby Stokes, Is This Thing On? A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming

Disaster Preparedness (E)
September is Disaster Preparedness Month – are you ready?
Judy Taylour, SCV Computer Club

File Managers for Windows 7 & 10 (E)
Windows Explorer and File Explorer are file manager programs built into Windows.
Hewie Poplock, Central Florida Computer Society

File Networking and Storage (E)
Folders are not just for “My Documents” anymore, you can store files anywhere you want to. David will show you how to set up a network, set up storage devices and how to organize your folders.
David Williams, Central Iowa Computer User Group.

Home Automation (E)
This presentation shows how Home Automation technology allows us to control your connected devices and appliances from a central hub using our Smartphone or Tablet. The presentation will explain how we can setup a system using widely available Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Samsung Smarthings Hubs.
Bill James, Computer Club of Oklahoma City

How Technology Has Changed the Way We Listen to Music (E)
This is a two-part presentation: a quick review of our music listening habits during the last 65 years and a look at today’s download and streaming offerings. From 78s to 45s, LPs, the 8-track tape, cassettes, the Walkman, Compact Discs, iPods and more – Ray will cover it all.

Ray considers himself an early Rock and Roll historian and has a digital collection of over 45,000 songs that began when he first started collecting records (most of which he still has) in his pre-teenage years. When living in California, he was the President of the Doo-Wop Society of Southern California, a non-profit organization that for almost 14 years produced live quarterly musical stage shows featuring vocal groups of the 1950s.
Ray Baxter,  APCUG Treasurer; Payson Area Computer Society

Is This Thing on? Navigating the Digital World (E)
The digital divide widens with the rapid pace of new innovations and gadgets. What is out there and how it might benefit you can be lost in all the tech talk. Should you buy a tablet or a computer? Stick with a PC or move on to an Apple? How do you maximize your searches and why on earth do people want to share on Facebook? Abby helps “digital immigrants’ (those baby boomers and beyond not born with a keyboard and mouse in hand) understand what everyone is talking about and how to decide what might work best for them.
Abby Stokes, Is This Thing On? A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming

Make Every Click Count (E)
With our busy lives no one can spare time to search the computer for a lost photo or letter. Abby helps you organize and simplify computer files as well as shows you how to protect your privacy and computer data. Learn how to find volunteer opportunities online and use your voice and your mouse to make a different in your community and beyond.
Abby Stokes, Is This Thing On? A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming

The Dark Side of Technology (E)
We love technology, and we make good (and frequent) use of it. The advantages it brings are obvious and seemingly endless: powerful pocket-sized computers, 3D printed bones and prosthetics, drone-abetted crop planting, the Internet, GPS, and on and on. (And who knows? Can true hoverboards be far behind?!)

But we can’t ignore the negatives. Every technology that can be used to help people can also be used to harm them: think of 3D printed weaponry, privacy problems, Internet bullying, etc. The technology we love can be used to level the playing field for people, but it can also be used to spread mischief, misinformation, and mayhem. There are dangers in these technologies, and we can’t afford to ignore them. This presentation will concentrate on some of those dangers.
Rod Scher, Former Editor, Smart Computing
www.thegeeklyweekly.com

USB 3 Versus USB 2 Versus eSATA (E)
We have all heard the marketing hype about how USB 3 is 10 times faster than USB 2. Francis will show you the basic facts about these three connection technologies. He will also tell you about the backward and forward compatibilities and incompatibilities of USB 3 and USB 2.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Troubleshooting Your Computer (E)
It may look like your computer has crashed and all your data is lost forever. But there are a host of problems that keep you from reaching your data that can be fixed, sometimes in a matter of minutes.
Judy Taylour, SCV Computer Club

Hard Drive Reliability (B)
Hard drives, like every other part, of your computer have a 100 percent failure rate. That means you have to proactively plan ahead in order to avoid the loss of data files and photo files when a hard drive eventually fails. This presentation covers many ways to backup your system and files.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Maintaining and Repairing Hard Drives for Windows Computers (E)
When confronted with hard drive problems, you should perform low-risk, less invasive procedures first, followed by increasingly aggressive, higher-risk procedures. As you perform these increasingly invasive procedures, you will either repair the hard drive and return it to service, or you will decide that it is beyond economical repair.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Mirroring Hard Drives in Real Time with Software (E)
You can mirror two or more hard drives in real time using software to avoid data loss due to inevitable hard drive failures. This always-on backup technique can be described as a software-based RAID 1 configuration. Francis will show you three ways to accomplish this automatic backup scheme in an automated manner that is transparent to the computer end-user.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Upgrading Your Computer to a Solid State Drive (E)
Gene is an excellent technical presenter and can make complex topics easy for even the novice to understand. At the same time, the more advanced user will learn many new facts from his well thought out presentation. You will enjoy attending this session and will come away with a better understanding of the topic.
Gene Barlow, User Group Relations

Basic iPad / iPhone, Part 1 and Part 2(B)
For the beginner on iPads or iPhones. Basic operations and using settings.
Jere Minich, Lake-Sumter Computer Society

Basic iPad / iPhone Maintenance (B)
Clean out your iDevice, battery life, tips and tricks, useful features.
Jere Minich, Lake-Sumter Computer Society

iPad / iPhone Apps (E)
The best on the market. What they do and how they expand your functionality.
Jere Minich, Lake-Sumter Computer Society

Mac OS X Computers and How They Differ from Windows Computers (B)
This presentation looks at the pricing and models AND the user interface of four Mac OS X computers and compares them to Windows computers.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Good Computer Habits: Ergonomics, Netiquette, and How to Make a Difference (E)
Abby will discuss online netiquette for e-mail and blogging, tips on how to be sure you’re not hurting yourself when on the computer, and how to do good deeds with a click of the mouse.
Abby Stokes, Is This Thing On? A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming

Internet of Things (E)
Are you ready for the IoT? Are you already using some smart “things?” What are those “things?” Do you trust the cloud? Will there be enough IP addresses? Who are the big players? All this and more are covered in this presentation.
Judy Taylour, President, SCV Computer Club

Searching With Google
Tips and tricks for searching with Google to get better results.
Hewie Poplock, Central Florida Computer Society / The Sarasota Technology Users Group

SKYPE Basics (B)
This presentation covers how to use Skype, one of the most popular video call services. You don’t need a lot of equipment and the software is user-friendly, enabling you to make video calls within minutes of downloading it.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

TeamViewer – Providing free tech support from the comfort of your home (and in your fuzzy slippers)(E)
A “picture is worth a thousand words” as we are told. The same goes for being able to “see” people’s computer problems. This program allows you to see someone else’s computer screen, and even talk to them about their problems. And when they are having trouble trying to do what you tell them, you can take over their keyboard with your’s and take over their mouse with your mouse. I have solved a computer problem with TeamViewer in about 10 minutes that I wasn’t able to do after 25 minutes over the phone.
John Kennedy, East Central Ohio Technology Users Club

A Hybrid Ubuntu / Linux Mint Configuration for Viewing Live Television, Analog Faxing, and Playing Karaoke Music (B)
Learn how to use Linux Mint with Ubuntu running inside it as a virtual machine in order to have a Linux computer that lets you run all three of Francis’ have-to-have open-source programs: Kaffeine, efax-gtk, and PyKaaoke.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Easily Migrate from Windows to Linux (E)
Much of the software is the same.
John Kennedy, East Central Ohio Technology Users Club

Introduction to Linux (E)
A free operating system that looks, acts, and meets most people’s everyday computing needs. See what all the talk is about going to Linux and how well it works on both new and older computers AND remains free to all.
John Kennedy, East Central Ohio Technology Users Club

Linux is Like Cars (Why are there so many?) (E)
One of the many “concerns” about Linux is that there are so many different versions / distributions (or distros as Linux users call them) that a new user doesn’t know which one to use. An equal questions is, Why are there so many cars? Because everybody doesn’t like the same car and that also pertains to the Linux desktop. John will take you through the ‘Linux showroom” so you can see for yourself what Linux is all about.
John Kennedy, East Central Ohio Technology Users Club

Linux on the Desktop (E)
Linux on your home firewall and router and media center and video security system and… Easier than you think!
Orv Beach, Training Chair, Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE)

Linux Software Store (E)
John will share information about the wide choices of free software available to the Linux user. He will have examples of software that relates to all the common computer tasks we do on a day to day basis. Attendees will see that running a Linux operating system doesn’t hinder them doing anything. A lot of the software John uses is also available for Windows and even Mac’s.
John Kennedy, East Central Ohio Technology Users Club

Using a Local Area Network (LAN) to Share Files Between Windows Computers and Linux Computers (I)
If you have both Windows and Linux computers on your local area network (LAN), you can use a few network tricks to share files between them.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Selecting the Best Version of Linux for You to Use (E)
Unlike Windows/Macs, there are lots of choices.
John Kennedy, East Central Ohio Technology Users Club

Customizing & Using Windows 10
You will learn how to customize Windows 10 so it works for you: the Desktop, Start Menu, Task bar, security / privacy options, and more.
Hewie Poplock, Central Florida Computer Society / The Sarasota Technology Users Group

Windows 10 Creator Hands-on Demo (E)
Windows 10 Creator Update hands on demo.
Bill James, Computer Club of Oklahoma City

Spring Clean Your Computer (E)
You spend a lot of money on your equipment – take care of it and it will last longer. Make your Windows computer faster and more responsive by ‘cleaning’ your hard drive with Windows’ built-in tools (and more). Also, learn how to clean the inside & outside of your PC.
Judy Taylour, President, SCV Computer Club

Tune Up your Windows PC (E)
Improve performance, clean up hard drive, operate with max security.
Jere Minich, Lake-Sumter Computer Society

How to Save $$$ on Ink (E)
Cut your cost of printing and ordering ink.
Jere Minich, Lake-Sumter Computer Society

Sharing Files and Printers between Windows Computers (E)
When you need to share files and/or printers between Windows 7 computers and computers running earlier versions of Windows, you have to use traditional file/printer sharing instead of homegroups. You might also have to use IP addresses to kick start the sharing process. Using a virtual machine running Windows 7 and one running Windows XP, Francis will show you how file and printer sharing can be done between disparate versions of Windows.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Tricks and Workarounds for Installing Printers (I)
You can set up printers for end-user computers faster and with fewer problems if you use a few high-tech tricks, including virtual machine technology, temporary USB connections, and Local Area Network (LAN) communications.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Troubleshooting Printer Problems (B)
Francis will show you how to use various screens in the Windows Control Panel and the Services Console to troubleshoot and resolve problems in the print spooler, print processor, and port monitor to resolve problems that are more complex than the usually-misleading fixes that are suggested by the Troubleshoot wizards that Windows provides for your various printers.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

A Comparison of Free Antivirus Programs (B)
Free antivirus programs are now good enough to meet the needs of most home computer users, many businesses and organizational entities. This presentation covers several of the free programs.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Cleaning Malware from Your Windows Computer (E)
The computer techs at a professional computer support company in Tucson, Arizona told us what they do to clean up malware-infected computers. Using their advice, we created this step-by-step cleanup procedure that has successfully disinfected 90+ percent of the infected computers that we have tried it on. This procedure consists of running Malwarebytes AntiMalware, SuperAntiSpyware, and ComboFix in sequence while the computer is in Safe Mode. In addition to providing this cleanup procedure as a step-by-step recipe for you to download and use, Francis will show you some screenshots from some of the successful computer exorcisms that he has performed.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

How to Safely Surf the Internet and Find (Almost) Anything Online (E)
Everyone is fearful of security breaches and identity theft. Abby walks you through how to create a memorable, safe and unique password. She also shows how to get the most out of your searches online; to safely shop and bank online and share recommendations for websites for travel, health, finance, and more.
Abby Stokes, author, Is This Thing On? A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming

Identity Theft (E)
Hewie Poplock, a victim of identity theft, presents this informative session which includes many videos of actual occurrences of events and articles that pertain to how ID theft can happen. Then Hewie gives many great suggestions on how to prevent you and your family from experiencing ID Theft. This session is frequently updated with more recent information.
Hewie Poplock, Central Florida Computer Society / The Sarasota Technology Users Group

Identity Theft: Protecting Yourself, Yourself
ID Theft Tops FTC’s Consumer Complaint Categories for 15 Consecutive Years. For successful scammers and thieves, every day is April Fools’ Day. How prepared are you to avoid becoming a victim of ID theft? Do you know what to do if you become a victim? This presentation covers: Many of the ways your ID can be stolen; What you can do to prevent that happening; What to do, who to contact, etc. if you or someone you know becomes the victim of ID theft and more.
Judy Taylour, SCV Computer Club

Protecting Yourself, Your Computer and Your Identity
This presentation focuses on normal computer users, rather than “IT geeks,” and clearly explains the following topics: Protecting yourself from viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkits and, botnets; Computer safety tips; How to spot phishing attempts; How to recover when your email account has been hijacked’ Email etiquette; Social networking safety tips; Software installation safety tips; Other free software used to create layered protection and the Features and benefits of Avast’s free antivirus program.
Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangelist

Removing Ransomware from a Windows Computer (B)
Ransomware is malware that takes over your computer or part of your computer and offers to give you back access to it when you pay a ransom fee. The more sophisticated instances of ransomware can only be removed by booting up with a bootable rescue media CD-R disc, DVD-R disc, or USB flash drive device. Francis will show you how this is done.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Technology From a Different Perspective  (E)
Looking back at technology and comparing it to now, this presentation is an enjoyable and funny comparison combined with the stark reality of what you need to do to keep safe in the modern world. The presentation covers: Computers (Windows and Mac), tablets and Smart Phones.

Join Bob as he takes a comical look back in time and then explains what you need to know to stay safe in the present. He will make your Internet experience and computer operation safe, secure and, enjoyable.
Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangelist

Security is Everyone’s Business – Knowledge is King – Ignorance leads to Computer Infection, Identity Theft or Worse! (E)
This presentation covers the loopholes and pitfalls of using a computer and browsing the Internet such as: how to decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim of the many common scams that await the uninformed user; some threats hide in unexpected places; the difference between Privacy and Security and what you can do to enjoy both; Android Smartphone and Tablet safety and security recommendations. Bob will also discuss programs that will keep You and Your Computer safe and secure.
Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangelist

Security Myths, Internet Do’s and Don’ts, the Evolution of Computer Threats + More
It’s common wisdom that avoiding suspicious web-based content and especially ‘dodgy’ websites will keep you safe on the Internet. Unfortunately, that sort of information is ‘old and outdated technology’. Internet security (protecting both your computer and your identity online) can, however, be demystified. This presentation focuses on normal computer users, rather than “IT geeks,” and clearly explains security myths, Internet dos and don’ts, the evolution of computer threats, and more. Join presenter Bob Gostischa, as he simplifies, clarifies, and demystifies your computer, making your Internet experience a safe one.
Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangeist

So You’ve Got a New Computer, Now What? (E)
This could be a new computer or one that was given to you. This presentation covers what to add, what to get rid of and how to secure your new toy. The presentation focuses on normal computer users rather than “IT geeks” and clearly explains the following topics: Installing avast! Free on your new computer so you’re protected against viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkits; Features and benefits of Avast’s free antivirus program; Removing pre-installed unwanted/unneeded programs (Trialware and PUP’s); 21 programs that should be on every computer; Computer safety tips and Android Smartphone and Tablet safety and protection recommendations.
Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangelist

Tips for Staying Safe Online and Preventing Identity Theft (E)
Learn to use the tools that make visiting the Internet safe and enjoyable. It really isn’t important what you use to get to the Internet, it’s important to:
**Use the right tools once you get to the Internet
**Exercise caution when visiting the Internet
**Avoid the dangers found on the Internet
Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangelist

Using Encrypting File System (EFS) to Protect Data Files and Folders in a Windows Computer (B)
Many of the editions of Windows have the Encrypting File System (EFS) for securing files and/or folders inside NTFS hard drive partitions. Francis will show you how to use it to protect sensitive data files and folders.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Every Traveler Needs a Blog (E)
A quick and easy website to post your photos and tales of your travels. All your family and friends can follow along. If you haven’t seen a blog yet, check out ours: go to www.geeksontour.blogspot.com and click on Our Blog.
Jim and Chris Guld, GeeksOnTour

Facebook: Not Just for Kids (E)
Reconnect with people you haven’t seen in a life time. Expand both the quantity and the quality of your friendships with more frequent contact.
Jim and Chris Guld, GeeksOnTour

How Technology and the Internet are Changing the Way To Do Things (E)
What is it? Twitter. According to twitter.com, it is “a free social messaging utility for staying connected in real-time.” Twitter, along with Facebook, YouTube, blogs and the rest of the Internet, are changing the face of media as well as how people handle day-to-day tasks such as getting their news or staying in touch with an old friend. As Twitter, Facebook, blogs and podcasts take over our lives will it help us stay more in touch or push us father away from each other? Only time will tell.
David Williams, Central Iowa Computer User Group

Social Networking: What the Heck are Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn??? (E)
Abby explains what everyone is talking about when they bring up Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. She’ll also share how you can enjoy the benefits without risking the loss of your privacy.
Abby Stokes, Is This Thing On? A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming

Why Engage in Social Media-Especially if you are over 50? (E)
What is Social Media? Why should I care? You use some form of social media every day; we will be talking about the different types and forms of social media as well as how you can get the information you want and need without having to search endlessly to find it. You do not have to sign up for Facebook or Twitter to engage in social media, but we will talk about the advantages and disadvantages to help you plan your strategy. This presentation will also cover how you can use different types of social media to target the information you need.
David Williams, Central Iowa Computer User Group

Evernote (E)
The presentation will include using Evernote on several platforms, including Windows, iOS (iPad & iPhone), and the Android phones & tablets. It also works with the Blackberry OS, HP’s WebOS, and Mac OS X. You can capture anything, access it anywhere, and it works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there. It helps you find things fast. You can search by keyword, tag or even printed and handwritten text inside images. Once you save information in Evernote, it is available to you on any of your devices.
Hewie Poplock, Central Florida Computer Society / The Sarasota Technology Users Group

APCUG and Your $50 (E)
Your user group has rejoined APCUG for another year but is it using all of the benefits that are offered to member groups? This presentation will show you about those benefits; you might find some you aren’t using and your members will find worthwhile.
Judy Taylour, Chair, APCUG Board of Advisors

How to Publicize Your User Group (E)
Are you looking for new members? This presentation will give you an overview of many ways you can publicize your user group / computer club.
Judy Taylour, Chair, APCUG Board of Advisors

Ideas for Revitalizing Your User Group (E)
PCUG member groups were surveyed in 2007, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 – asking about the top challenges for their group; 50-60 groups usually responded. Over the years, the topics have mostly been the same: lack of volunteers, maintaining and increasing membership, officer burn-out, presentation ideas, finding presenters, attendance at meetings….
This presentation answers some of those questions for your group
Judy Taylour, Chair, APCUG Board of Advisors

Presentations, General Meetings, Board Meetings, and Conferences with Zoom (E)
Learn to use the program APCUG uses for Virtual Technology Conferences, SLO Bytes in California uses for their board meetings, and the Potomac Area Computer and Technology Society uses to stream meetings to members who are unable to attend. John’s group also does this.
John Kennedy, East Central Ohio Technology Users Club

Tips for Getting Presentations for Your Group (E)
We are all scrambling to find presentations for our user groups and many of us are tired of seeing the same presenters and those presenters are probably tired of being the only person giving presentations to your group. Are you thinking out-of-the-box to come up with new programs? You just might get some new ideas from this presentation.
Judy Taylour, Chair, APCUG Board of Advisors

Favorite Utilities (E)
Utility programs are small apps that can help you and your computer perform better. We all have our favorites although some don’t use utilities at all; they prefer to only use the Windows OS utilities. Judy shares what, over time, have become some of her favorite utilities.
Judy Taylour, President, SCV Computer Club

Must Have Utilities for Your Computer (E)
Ever wonder how fast your computer is actually running Do you wonder what type of motherboard you have? Do you want to know the best way to clean up your registry? How about what wireless networks are running in your neighborhood. All this and more is covered in David’s presentation.
David Williams, Central Iowa Computer User Group

Some Utilities and Programs to Help You Stay Connected (E)
Twitter, Facebook, blogs and podcasts – how is technology changing the way we go about our daily business? This presentation will discuss programs and utilities that will help you stay in touch with what is going on in the world around you and your own computer.
David Williams, Central Iowa Computer User Group

Benefits of Using Virtual Machines (E)
Francis will show you how virtual machines can save you time, money, and space. You can use virtual machines to perform activities that you would otherwise have to do with real computers. When you use virtual machines in free virtual machine programs, it is like getting a pile of computers to use for free with all of them residing inside your existing physical host computer. When you run virtual machine programs, you can use fewer real computers because you can create virtual machines instead of keeping old computers around or buying additional new computers.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Choosing a Virtual Machine Program for Your Windows Computer (B)
There are three free virtual machine programs that you can run inside your Windows computer: VMware Player, Oracle VM VirtualBox, and Hyper-V. Each of these programs let you create and clone virtual machines which are complete software-based computers. Since they are all free, you can run all of them in your Windows computer–but not at the same time. The compelling reasons for picking one of the virtual machine programs are presented to help you pick the best one for your needs.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Creating Virtual Machines Inside Your Windows Computer (I)
Francis will demonstrate the three ways for you to install virtual machines inside your computer: Use the installation media provided by the maker of the operating system; Clone an existing virtual machine so that it runs in the same virtual machine program; and Clone an existing virtual machine so that it runs in a different virtual machine program (= V2V )
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Extend the Usefulness of Your Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux Computer with Peripheral and Virtual Add-Ons (E)
You can use peripheral and/or virtual add-ons to enhance the usefulness of your computer: fax modems, TV tuners and webcams, free software to create virtualized computer hardware, etc.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Installing a Virtual Machine Program into Your Windows Computer (I)
Francis has created detailed step-by instructions to help you to install the following free virtual machine programs into your Windows computer: VMware Player, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Windows Virtual PC, and Microsoft Virtual PC. Francis will demonstrate the actual installation of one or more these amazing programs into a Windows XP computer.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Installing and Running Windows and Linux OSs in Virtual Machines with UEFI and Secure Boot (B)
Since 2012, all Windows computers must have an UEFI with Secure Boot enabled. UEFI stands for Unified Extensive Firmware Interface. This means that all Windows 8 / 8.1, and all future Windows 10 computers that are sold at retail AND display the Windows 8 logo, or the Windows 8.1 logo, or the future Windows 10 logo, must boot up with a UEFI with Secure Boot enabled instead of the legacy Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) that Gary Kildall invented in 1975. At the present time, the only virtual machine program that can provide a virtual machine with a UEFI with Secure Boot enabled is the bundled Hyper-V program running in one of the following operating systems: Windows Technical Preview (of Windows 10), Microsoft Hyper-V Server Technical Preview, and Windows Server Technical Preview.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG.

Running Android inside a Virtual Machine in Your Computer (B)
You can install and run a free copy of Android 4.3 in a virtual machine inside a virtual machine program in your Windows or Mac OS X computer. This gives you a chance to learn about the Android flavor of Linux without or prior to spending money for an Android phone or tablet.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Secure Web Access Using a Two-Router Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and a VMware Virtual Machine (B)
From inside a VMware virtual machine that connects with a USB-to-Gigabit Ethernet adapter to a two-router De-Militarized Zone (DMZ), you can access the Internet with the maximum amount of protection from malware.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Using a Free Virtual Machine to Simulate a Hewlett Packard Stream 11 Laptop (B)
From inside your existing computer, you can use a free copy of Windows inside a free virtual machine to simulate a $200 Hewlett Packard Stream 11 laptop. Francis’ hands-on presentation shows how to do this.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Using a Free Virtual Machine to Simulate a Specific Model of Computer (B)
From inside your existing computer, you can use a free copy of Windows inside a free virtual machine to simulate a computer that you or someone else plans to buy. Presentation covers the advantages of using a virtual machine to simulate a computer.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Using a Real Computer to Make a Virtual Machine (I)
In addition to the three ways to create a virtual machine, you can also create a virtual machine from an existing, real Windows computer. This process is called Physical to Virtual. It is also known as P2V. To use a real, physical computer to create a virtual machine (P2V) that can be played in any Windows computer that has a VMware Player, Oracle VM VirtualBox, or Windows Virtual PC, you can use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone or Microsoft’s Disk2vhd. Let’s demonstrate the steps for using these two free software programs.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Using a Virtual Machine to Do Real Computing (I)
After creating some virtual machines, you can start using them to do real computing. Francis will start off by looking at the virtual hardware in virtual machines inside VMware Player, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Windows Virtual PC, and Hyper-V. Then look at how the mouse cursor and keyboard work when you are inside a virtual machine. Finally, Francis will take a look at the virtual networks that are connected to your virtual machine.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Using Free Virtual Private Network (VPN) Services and Virtual Machines (VMS) for Secure Public Internet Access (E)
When commercial companies give remote Local Area Network and Internet access to their road warrior employees, they usually provide them with a virtual private network. As a private, non-commercial computer user, you can take advantage of these security enhancements by using a free account from a virtual private network service. The virtual private network service provides you with an encrypted tunnel to their server which provides you with regular access to the Internet. For extra security and redundancy, you can connect to the virtual private network service from inside a virtual machine running inside your laptop computer. You can store clones of the virtual machine on an external USB or eSATA hard drive. If something catastrophic happens to your laptop computer, the cloned copy of your virtual machine on your external hard drive allows to you use another laptop computer to access the Internet securely by means of the virtual private network service.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Using the Bundled Hyper-V Virtual Machine Program in Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 (B)
Hyper-V is bundled with the Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 8, 8.1, and the Windows 10 Technical Preview. You can use Hyper-V to run virtual machines containing guest operating systems such as Windows XP, 7, 8, and 8.1; Puppy Linux, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, and Debian. The net result is that you can put free virtual computers and a free virtual network inside most Windows 8.1 computers.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG

Using Virtualization of Hardware to Save Money, Time, and Space (E)
You can save money, space, and time by using the virtual software devices to simulate all or part of real, physical equipment: Microsoft Fax, a USB tuner and WinTV or Windows Media Center, the Virtual CloneDrive instead of a read DVD/CD drive, etc.
Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, WINNERS, Greater South Bay PCUG