Dec 11, 2022 – SIG-Computing:  Add NAS To Your Router; SIG-Linux: No presentation this month

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

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Nominations for Officers and Board Members-at-Large. We will be taking nominations for candidates to run for our 2023 Officers and Board of Directors at the beginning of our meeting.

The open positions are President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and two Board Members‑at‑Large. You can nominate any member including yourself for any of the positions. Please consider running for these positions.

When: Sunday, Dec 11, 2022, at 1:15 P.M.
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SIG Computing Topic: Add NAS to your Router

Presented by John Krout

Modern home routers do more than give your computers and other digital devices access to the Internet. With a key feature now commonly found on modern home routers, you can attach a storage device called Network-Attached Storage (NAS) for shared access by your computers and other digital devices. That becomes a very fast backup device compared to cloud-based backups. Learn how to find out if your router has what it takes, how to set up and connect to an inexpensive test NAS, and how to find out if your router allows you to access your NAS on the go, via the Internet.

John is a retired software engineer. During his career, he worked on contract for federal government agencies around Washington DC. He began writing about creative uses of personal computers in the early 1980s. As a retiree since 2020, he has more time to write and deliver presentations, and has added topics on smart phones, tablets and digital cameras and camcorders. He lives in Arlington VA, and hopes to relocate to the US West in the next year or two.
Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Dec 11, 2022 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: No presentation this month

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

For the month of December, SIG-Linux will be skipping the session as not much has been happening in the Linux world. We will resume from January onwards.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

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When: Sunday, Dec 11, 2022, at 3:00 P.M.

Nov 13, 2022 – SIG-Computing: A guide to Synchronizing Your PC; SIG-Linux: Kernel Version 6 Update

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

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When: Sunday, Nov 13, 2022, at 1:15 P.M.
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SIG Computing Topic: A guide to Synchronizing Your PC

Presented by Bill James

There are numerous ways to sync desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones. This presentation will cover sharing over a network, local file sync programs, LANs, Cloud services, and more complex to relatively simple solutions.

Bill is a member of the Computer Club of Oklahoma City where he serves as VP of Operations. He is also the APCUG Region 8 advisor serving the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, and Alabama. He has been a member of both organizations for over 30+ years.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Nov 13, 2022 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: Kernel Version 6 Update

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

Linux kernel version 6 was announced in October 2022. We will talk about all the new and old items, updates, and what is expected for version 6.1.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

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When: Sunday, Nov 13, 2022, at 3:00 P.M.

Oct 9, 2022 – SIG-Computing: Bitwarden Password Management System; SIG-Linux: CENTOS.

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

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When: Sunday, Oct 9, 2022, at 1:15 P.M.
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SIG Computing Topic: Using the Bitwarden Password Management System

Presented by John Kennedy.

Are you using a password manager? Do you try to remember them? Keep them in a notebook? On your hard drive? Post-It notes all around you?  John talks about why you should use a password manager and what Bitwarden can do for you. He says that the two main reasons that he uses a Password Manager is “speed” and “convenience” and proves that with his demonstration of the app.

John Kennedy is the APCUG Advisor for Regions 3 and 6; and a member of the East Central Ohio Technology User Club. John is also a member of the APCUG Speakers Bureau and has done several web presentations for computer groups and at regional conferences in Ohio, Nevada, and Florida. John got his feet wet with computers in the early 80’s with his first Atari 400 and continued on to different PCs running Windows and Linux.

John taught elementary school for 25 years and taught computer skills in middle school for 10 years. He also conducts computer classes for seniors. John also spends many hours trying to help both Windows users and Linux users with their computer problems. He co-hosts ECOTUC’s “Linux SIG/Help Desk” that meets twice a month.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Oct 9, 2022 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: CENTOS

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

We will be discussing a controversial topic (there are not many – the last major one was ‘systemd’) – namely CENTOS.
We have made oblique references to it in past SIG Linux presentations, this time we will take a close look at it and why it matters to the Linux world

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

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When: Sunday, Oct 9, 2022, at 3:00 P.M.

Sept 11, 2022 – SIG-Computing: Computer Buying Guide; SIG-Linux: Linux Mint distro

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, Sept 11, 2022, at 1:15 P.M.
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SIG Computing Topic: Computer Buying Guide

Presented by Rob Truman

Getting ready to invest in a new computer?  Totally confused about all of the terminology and specifications? Rob will provide some basics when it comes to picking your next machine. If you are looking for a pre-purchase buying guide, then this presentation is for you.

Rob is a member of Computer Booters of Sun Lakes Computer Club and serves on their Board of Directors as their Web Director. He has over 40 years of experience in Information Technology and Internet-related fields. He is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Electronics Technician and has worked as a Technical Support professional for Microsoft over the years.  Rob holds a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology (BSIT).  He is a staunch proponent of lifelong learning and runs a website/blog called Geezer Tek which focuses on helping the senior community with their technology needs. Rob also volunteers and teaches adult education technology classes through his local community college and their lifelong learning program: New Adventures in Learning..

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Sept 11, 2022 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: Linux Mint distro

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

After last month’s presentation on MX (the #1 distro) I decided to focus on the next popular distro – Linux Mint. While it is rated #3, I chose it because this is also based on Debian and Ubuntu LTS, so that makes it possible to demo a number of good features and why several recommend it as a good choice for 1st time Windows and Mac OS users.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

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When: Sunday, Sept 11, 2022, at 3:00 P.M.

Aug 14, 2022 – SIG-Computing: Google Docs and Apps; SIG-Linux: MX distro

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 14, 2022, at 1:15 P.M.
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SIG-Computing Topic:  Google Docs and Apps

Presented by Tom Allen

This talk will cover what Google services are available and why you should use them.  A hands on demonstration of some of the more obscure and common Google apps will be given.

Tom Allen is a retired software and mechanical engineer.  Currently he does web design and computer consulting.  He also is a frequent speaker on a wide range of technical topics.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Aug 14, 2022 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: MX distro 

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

In August we plan on doing a review of the MX distro

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

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When: Sunday, Aug 14, 2022, at 3:00 P.M.

July 10, 2022 – SIG-Computing: The Cloud is Here – Don’t Get Left Behind; SIG-Linux: Porteus

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

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When: Sunday, July 10, 2022, at 1:15 P.M.
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SIG-Computing Topic:  The Cloud is Here – Don’t Get Left Behind

Presented by Judy Taylour

Are you using the Cloud? Unfortunately, many people still answer no. We seem to need buzz words to define anything related to computers, which seems to mystify people. You will be surprised when you find out how much we are all using the Cloud and how much more is out there that we can take advantage of.

We no longer have just one computer; we have a smartphone, a tablet, and probably a second computer. How can we keep our data files in sync on all of them? We want to share files with family, friends, and associates, but emailing them is inefficient. Is there a better way? 

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, July 10, 2022 at 1:30 P.M.

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SIG-Linux Topic: Porteus 

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

This month will be take a look at Porteus, which is a portable operating system based on Slackware. It does not require installation and can be run from fixed and removable media, such as a USB flash drive or compact disc. It is available in both 32 and 64-bit versions..

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

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When: Sunday, July 10, 2022, at 3:00 P.M.