February, 14 2016 – SIG-Computing: Effective Presentations using LibreOffice Impress, SIG-Linux: calibre

General Announcements

Mike Bader, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

When: Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 1:30 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

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Topic: Effective Presentations using LibreOffice Impress:

Kevin O’Brien will present Effective Presentations using LibreOffice Impress. Presentations are very common, and bad ones even more so, which has given rise to the term “Death by PowerPoint”. But done well they can be very helpful in communicating ideas. Kevin will discuss how to do that using LibreOffice Impress, the free, open-source presentation software. And along the way he will give some tips and tricks to get the most out of the software.

Kevin O’Brien is a Project Manager for Ford, and a LibreOffice fan. He is recording a series of tutorials on LibreOffice for Hacker Public Radio, and has presented on this topic at Ohio LinuxFest, Penguicon, Indiana LinuxFest, and local Linux user groups. He always prefers to use free software.

Also: Questions and Answers following presentation and during social time before SIG-Linux meeting. Snacks available during social time.
When: Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 1:45 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

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Topic: calibre:

SIG-Linux Chairman Brian Brodsky will demonstrate some of the features of calibre.  calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

  • Library Management
  • E-book conversion
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices
  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer
  • Content server for online access to your book collection
  • E-book editor for the major e-book formats

All are welcome.

When: Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 4:00 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

Please RSVP to the MeetUp group.
Free Wi-Fi available.

February 20, 2016 – SIG-Programming: Python


Topic: Python:

We are learning Python using the book “Learning Python” by Mark Lutz. It is an O’Reilly book http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920028154.do, but can also be purchased at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Python-5th-Mark-Lutz/dp/1449355730/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416007152&sr=1-1&pebp=11416007164251.

We are to read Chapter 17, “Scopes” for the next meeting. If you have any questions contact Richard Jackson (see below). All are welcome to come.

Where: Richard Jackson’s home. Call Richard Jackson at 248-546-3694 for directions.

When: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

APCUG – Winter VTC Conference – February 20, 2016

APCUG VTC 19 Feb 20 2016APCUG’s FREE 2016 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Time. The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via Q&A; the questions are answered by the presenter at the end of the presentation or via e-mail if there isn’t enough time after the presentation.

Videos from earlier conferences can be found on APCUG’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/apcugvideos.

To register for this VTC, please click on the below link:

Spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your members. VTCs are a great way for them to expand their technology experience and be introduced to new skills. Below are the sessions that are currently scheduled.

  • Laptops, Greg Skalka, President, Under the Computer Hood User Group. Do you have a middle-aged laptop? Greg has given a series of presentations for his group on how to upgrade a laptop. This is the first one: How to upgrade the RAM.
  • Utilizing iCloud on the iPad, Sheila Bigel, Member, Central Florida Computer Society. The iPad uses iCloud to share data between devices, both iOS and non-iOS. This data includes photos, email, contacts, calendars, app settings, and more. This is a discussion of the many options for sharing data including Family sharing, Photostream, iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Photo Sharing, iCloud Drive, etc. We will specify options that use iCloud Storage and the current cost of purchasing additional storage.
  • The Gramps Project, Orv Beach, SoCal Linux Expo. Research, organize and share your family tree with Gramps, a free software project and community.
  • Customizing Windows 10, Hewie Poplock, APCUG Representative, Central Florida Computer Society. Learn how to customize Windows 10 so it works for you: the Desktop, Start Menu, Task bar, security / privacy options, and more.

If you would like further information, please send an email to jtaylour@apcug.org

Judy Taylour, Chair
Francis Chao
Jim Evans
John Kennedy
Hewie Poplock
David Williams