Dec 12, 2021 – SIG-Computing: using GIMP for Editing Photos ; SIG-Linux: GIMP presentation continued

Sharan Kalwani, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

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When: Sunday, Dec 12, 2021, at 1:15 P.M. Detroit Time
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SIG-Computing Topic: using GIMP for Editing Photos

Presented by Arthur Gresham

This is a demonstration of just a few of the features of GIMP software (GNU Image Manipulation Program). GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. Art will be demonstrating just a few of the many tools, using specific examples of actual works that he has produced. This will not be a full demonstration of how to install and use all its features as there are many available Youtube and tutorials available. A primary emphasis will be on the concept of “layers” and a couple of other unique tools, showing how you can enhance a photo or drawing, or even create an entirely imagined result.

Art retired from the US Navy, during which he earned a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He served in various computer and technology assignments, which lead to civilian jobs in Computer Programming. He joined the Heath User Group of San Diego in 1982 after building his first computer. The group transitioned to the Under the Computer Hood User Group as the home and business computer industry grew. He served in several positions with the UCHUG, including the current job as Editor of the group’s Drive Light newsletter since 1996.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Dec 12, 2021 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: GIMP presentation continues

Presented by Arthur Gresham

The GIMP presentation continues. Any time remaining will be available for open discussion.

Also: Questions and Answers after the presentation.

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When: Sunday, Dec 12, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.

Nov 14, 2021 – SIG-Computing: Ergonomics: You, Your Computer, Tablet, and Smartphone; SIG-Linux: The great Chip shortage

Sharan Kalwani, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

We will be using zoom for this meeting. This link will be active on day of meeting.

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When: Sunday, Nov 14, 2021, at 1:15 P.M. Detroit Time
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SIG-Computing Topic: Ergonomics: You, Your Computer, Tablet, and Smartphone

Presented by Judy Taylour

Sit straight! Shoulders rounded! Arms relaxed! Feet on the floor! Wrists/hands floating! Cumulative trauma! Repetitive stress syndrome!

We have all been using technology for many years; are we still practicing good ergonomics? Or, are we stressing our bodies every day without realizing it by extending our wrists, slouching, sitting without foot support, and bending our head to look at poorly placed monitors?

Along the way, we started using tablets and smartphones which have a different set of ergonomic issues. This presentation will take us down memory lane on computer ergonomics and give us ideas on the proper use of our tablets and smartphones.

Judy is a 34-year member of the Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club, where she serves as President, Editor, and Webmaster. In addition, she was co-facilitator for the Southern California Regional User Group Summit (SCRUGS), for over 20 years.

She spent 23 years involved with the Southwest Technology Conference held in San Diego, serving as co-chair and chair. Every year she scheduled the speakers and was the volunteer coordinator.

Judy taught adult education tech classes for over 20 years through her local high school district. She is a member of the Pierce College Computer Applications and Office Technologies (COAT) Advisory Committee that meets annually to suggest courses and hardware for the next school year. Judy is a firm believer in life-long learning and enjoys giving presentations via APCUG’s Speakers Bureau.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Nov 14, 2021 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: The great Chip shortage

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

The great chip shortage of 2021 is a current topic of discussion, in which the demand for integrated circuits is greater than the supply, impacting several industries and has led to major shortages and queues amongst consumers for video cards, video game consoles, cars and other electrical devices. This talk will give some background information plus a historical perspective as well. 

Disclaimer: We are not soothsayers, just researchers and purveyors of the facts.

Also: Questions and Answers after the presentation.

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When: Sunday, Nov 14, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.

Oct 10, 2021 – SIG-Computing: An Introductory Look at “Windows 11”; SIG-Linux: Kernel 5 – an overview

Sharan Kalwani, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

We will be using zoom for this meeting. This link will be active on day of meeting.

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When: Sunday, Oct 10, 2021, at 1:15 P.M. Detroit Time
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SIG-Computing Topic: An Introductory look at “Windows 11”

Presented by Francis Chao

This presentation will consist of a lively demonstration of the initial version of “Windows 11” that will be/was released on October 5, 2021. After this demonstration, Francis
will also talk about:
1. Stringent hardware requirements for “Windows 11.” relative to those for “Windows 10.”  
2. Determining if your existing computer can run “Windows 11..”
3. End of Life for “Windows 10” on October 14, 2025

4. The improvements over “Windows 10”

5. “Windows 10” features that will be deprecated in “Windows 11”

6. Differences between “fresh install” and “Out of the Box Experience” between “Windows 11 Home”  and “Windows 11 Pro” and how they both differ from “Windows 10.”

Francis is a member of APCUG’s Speakers Bureau. He is a member of the Tucson Computer Society and was a frequent presenter at the TCS when he lived in Arizona. He has given presentations at the Southwest Technology & Computer Conference as well as several at APCUG’s Virtual Technology Conferences.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Oct 10, 2021 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: Kernel 5 – an overview

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

What is new with the latest Linux kernel 5, a brief overview…..

Also: Questions and Answers after the presentation.

Where: Meetings will be on line until further notice. Click on link shown above.

When: Sunday, Oct 10, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.

Sept 12, 2021 – SIG-Computing: Google From 30,000 Feet; SIG-Linux: No meeting this month

Richard Jackson, vice president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

We will be using zoom for this meeting. This link will be active on day of meeting.

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When: Sunday, Sept 12, 2021, at 1:15 P.M. Detroit Time
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SIG-Computing Topic: Google From 30,000 Feet

Presented by Rob Truman

Learn about Google products. This presentation will be an overview of some of the more popular Google products (Gmail, Search, Google Drive, and Google Docs) and will also include a discussion on Google tracking and how to minimize your exposure when you are online.

Rob is a member of APCUG’s Speakers Bureau, he frequently gives presentations to member groups on various topics.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Sept 12, 2021 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: No meeting this month

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

No meeting this month.

Also: Questions and Answers after the presentation.

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When: Sunday, Sept 12, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.

Aug 8, 2021 – SIG-Computing: Using Android Apps and Your Smartphone; SIG-Linux: new command – ss (Scan Sockets)

Sharan Kalwani, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

We will be using zoom for this meeting. This link will be active on day of meeting.

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When: Sunday, Aug 8, 2021, at 1:15 P.M. Detroit Time
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SIG-Computing Topic: Using Android Apps and Your Smartphone

Presented by Bill James

The smartphone is a device that can do a multitude of tasks that you have traditionally done on your PC. It just takes the right apps and a different mindset in making the device work for you. From adjusting to using a smaller screen and keyboard, you can do many things you did not think possible. Countless individuals have been able to adapt to using a smartphone where other devices are impossible to use due to some physical handicap. This presentation will demonstrate a few things possible that makes the smartphone more than just a telephone.

            Microsoft Mobile Apps, Online Banking,

Controlling other devices within your home, GPS

            Using printers from Your Smartphone

            Viewing files using Cloud Storage, Google Play Store (Finding Apps).

Bill first became involved in a PC user’s group in 1992 when he joined the Oklahoma PC User’s Group now known as the Computer Club of Oklahoma City. He has been a member of the clubs’ Board of Directors since 1998. Bill served two terms as president and is currently the Vice President of Operations. He has recently gotten more involved with home automation using Google Home to automate his own home.

As a member of APCUG’s Speakers Bureau, he frequently gives presentations to member groups on Windows 10, Chromebook, Android devices, home automation, and synchronizing devices.

Bill attended his first APCUG Fall Conference in 2003. He is a past APCUG Region 6 Advisor and Treasurer and served on the APCUG Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009.

Bill also belongs to the Windows Insider Program and is the go-to person on everything Android. He is broadening his knowledge base with learning the Chromebook OS, the MacOS, and iOS for Apple products.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Aug 8, 2021 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: new command – ss (Scan Sockets)

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

This month we will take a look at a new command – ss.
SS is short for scan sockets, and is designed to be more human readable and easier than the venerable ‘netstat’ command  – which has been with us since the 1980s, when TCP/IP was first integrated into UNIX.
Several simple commands will be explored.

Also: Questions and Answers after the presentation.

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When: Sunday, Aug 8, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.

July 11, 2021 – SIG-Computing: Security/Privacy Settings for Windows 10 ; SIG-Linux: Role of Linux in Embedded Systems

Sharan Kalwani, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

We will be using zoom for this meeting. This link will be active on day of meeting.

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When: Sunday, July 11, 2021, at 1:15 P.M. Detroit Time
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SIG-Computing Topic: Security/Privacy Settings for Windows 10

Presented by Jere Minich

Important security info and staying protected is a smart move for Windows 10 users. SmartScreen, App& browser control, privacy Updates and settings are all covered with screenshots from Windows 10.

Jere served for more than 20 years as a computer operator and instructor in the Navy. After retirement, he moved with Joyce to Leesburg, Florida.

Currently, he teaches classes in Windows 10, iPad, and iPhone, at the Leesburg Library, and at the college for the Lake-Sumter Computer Society. He holds numerous Technical Webinars for User Groups across the country.

He is a member of the APCUG Speakers Bureau, APCUG Advisor for Region 5, (jminich@apcug.org), and is a frequent presenter for APCUG Virtual Technology Conferences. (VTCs)

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: Role of Linux in Embedded Systems

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

It may astonish you that the volume of microprocessors sold for embedded systems is 10x times that sold for servers & desktops. Embedded systems have come to dominate almost every facet of our life: “appliances, network devices, medical devices, IoT, etc.”. In the past proprietary OS were used, but these days, various forms of Linux trimmed specially for embedded systems are now widespread. This talk will give a vast and sweeping overview of Embedded Linux and the needs of embedded systems that Linux has been adapted to fulfill.
Hopefully this will give a greater appreciation for Linux in this domain.

Also: Questions and Answers after the presentation.

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When: Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.

June 13, 2021 – SIG-Computing: Digital Asset Estate Planning; SIG-Linux: A Taxonomy of Linux performance tools

Sharan Kalwani, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

We will be using zoom for this meeting. This link will be active on day of meeting.

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When: Sunday, June 13, 2021, at 1:15 P.M. Detroit Time
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SIG-Computing Topic: Digital Asset Estate Planning: Even After You’ve Died Your Identity Isn’t Safe

Presented by Judy Taylour

The year after somebody dies is one of the most vulnerable times for identity theft. It’s a terrible crime but, because death is a public record, criminals comb through recently deceased records and create fake identities. This presentation covers many ways your identity can be stolen and ways to prevent it from being stolen after you are no longer here. There are also many tips to make it easier for your digital executor to close your accounts and how we can help.

Judy Taylour is a member of the APCUG Speakers Bureau and a 33-year member of the Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club where she serves as President, Editor, and Webmaster. She was co-facilitator for the Southern California Regional User Group Summit (SCRUGS), a group of computer clubs in Southern California that met together quarterly for over 20 years to share ideas and presenter information, solve problems, etc. She spent 23 years involved with the Southwest Technology Conference held in San Diego for 20 years and three additional years at Cal Poly Pomona, serving as co-chair and chair. Judy taught adult education tech classes for 22 years through her local high school district and is a member of the Pierce College Computer Applications and Office Technologies Advisory Committee that meets annually to suggest courses and hardware for the next school year. Judy is a firm believer in life-long learning.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: A Taxonomy of Linux performance tools

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

Beginning with good old UNIX and it’s many incantations (& devilish incarnations), tools to observe performance have grown, some may argue in too wild a manner. A few years ago Brendan Gregg, a well-known Linux performance engineer shared a birds-eye view of the various tools out there, in order to provide some structure to the collection. In this talk, we will briefly visit some of the tools (it is impossible to do all of them in-depth) and the general areas/domains they excel in, in order to get a better feel for which tools do what and where they may be best applied/explored..

Also: Questions and Answers after the presentation.

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When: Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.