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SCPCUG Holiday Party 2016
The Space Coast PC Users Group held its Christmas Party on Saturday Dec 17, 2016 at the Merritt Towers Club House. This was our 14th Annual Holiday Party. SCPCUG provided meat, cheese and veggie trays, soft drinks, and coffee. Members brought a side dish or dessert to share. This year 39 people attended. There was more then enough great food with wonderful desserts and much conversation (some not about computers). Everyone received a $10 gift card. View photos from our 2016 Holiday Party at: http://www.scpcug.com/party2016.html

SCPCUG Donates $500 to Central Brevard Public Library and $300 to Merritt Island Public Library

SCPCUG Donates $500 to Central Brevard Public Library
At our Sep 17, 2015 Monthly Meeting SCPCUG President Dan Douglas presented a $500 check to Mrs. Marion Griffin, Director of the Central Brevard Public Library, as a "Thank You" for the many years of hosting our Space Coast PC Users Group Meetings.

SCPCUG Donates $300 to Merritt Island Public Library
On Sep 21, 2015 SCPCUG President Dan Douglas presented a $300 check to Mrs. Irma Fordham, Director of the Merritt Island Public Library, as a "Thank You" for hosting our Space Coast PC Users Group Learning Center Meetings.

Brevard Users Group Joins SCPCUG
At the SCPCUG Monthly Meeting on May 21, 2015 the 51 members of the Brevard Users Group (BUG) of Melbourne, FL officially joined SCPCUG. BUG members now have dual membership in both groups. BUG will retain their website at http://bugclub.org/ but all minutes of BUG activities and meeting schedules are now published in the Space Coast PC Journal. The Brevard Users Group Newsletter is discontinued.

 

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Jere’s Tech Tips
New to the APCUG Website. Tips from Jere Minich, Advisor, Region 5 (AL, FL, GA, SC). New items include: Whatever You Do, Don't Download These Apps-They're Hiding Malware!; WatchOut! Tech Support Scams Exploiting Worldwide Ransomware Scare; How Fast Will Identity Thieves Use Stolen Info?; 12 Android Apps Win 2017 Google Play Awards; How To Diagnose Your Car's Check Engine Light Using Your Cell Phone and An App; Google Home Gets Hands-Free Calling and 6 Other Cool New Features; Medicare Scam Alert: New Medicare Cards Are On the Way; What's New In Windows 10's Fall Creators Update, Arriving September 2017.
http://apcug2.org/jerestips/

APCUG 2017 Spring Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-24)
APCUG’s FREE 2017 Spring Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-24) was held May 6. Topics included: Picking the Best Backup Approach, Home Automation, Tune up Your Windows PC, Photo Editing with The Gimp, Crypto-Viruses, Alternative to Closing Your Computer Club.
View Presenter Bios and get Presentation PDFs and YouTube video links when available at:
https://apcug2.org/apcug-2017-spring-virtual-technology-conference-vtc24/

APCUG 2017 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-23)
APCUG’s FREE 2017 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-23) was held Feb 11. Topics included: Trendy Ideas from a Proud Tinkerer, Simple Techniques for Making a "Windows" Computer Easier to Use, Facebook for Your Group, Social Media for the Non-Tweeter, iOS 10 Features for iPad / iPhones, and Preview of Windows 10 Creator's Update.
View Presenter Bios and get Presentation PDFs and YouTube video links when available at:
https://apcug2.org/apcug-2017-winter-virtual-technology-conference-vtc23/

APCUG 2016 International Technology Conference
The 2016 International Tech Conference took place at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas on Oct 21, 22 & 23. There were attendees from: Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
Summary and photos at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2016-conference/

APCUG 2016 Digital Photo, Newsletter & Website Contest Winners
1st. 2nd, and 3rd place Newsletter and Website contest winners will receive flash drives as prizes. Digital Photo contest winners will receive SD cards. All participants will be presented with a Certificate of Participation. The winners were announced during the 2016 International Tech Conference as well as the Best of Show Photo Contest winner where all the photos submitted were eligible to be selected as Best of Show by the attendees.
Contest Winners posted at: http://apcug2.org/contests/

APCUG Reports
APCUG’s Reports is a quarterly publication of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups. Reports contains information about the activities of APCUG and related opportunities including meeting ideas, fundraising information, region reports about member groups, and much more. Issues are available as a PDF file for download.
The 2nd Quarter (Apr-Jun) 2017 report is available at: http://apcug2.org/reports/

APCUG 2016 Fall Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-22)
APCUG’s FREE 2016 Fall Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-22) was held Nov 5. Topics included: What to Do When Your Computer Will Not Boot; Windows 10 Features and Annoyances; 25 Awesome iDevice Tips; Staying Safe Online; Find a Grave; Must-have Android Apps.
View Presenter Bios and get Presentation PDFs and YouTube video links when available at:
http://apcug2.org/apcug-2016-fall-virtual-technology-conference-vtc22/

APCUG 2016 Summer Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-21)
APCUG’s FREE 2016 Summer Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-21) was held Aug 20. Over 200 registered to attend. There were approximately 130 unique attendees.Topics included: Take control of Windows 10 so you really do have a better, safer, somewhat private computing experience; Friend or Foe; How Technology Has Changed the Way We Listen to Music; Your Laptop's Midlife Crisis – How to Help It Cope, PART 3, Adding USB 3.0; Digital Scrapbooking; Favorite Utilities.
View Presenter Bios and get Presentation PDFs and YouTube video links when available at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2016-summer-virtual-technology-conference-vtc21/

APCUG 2016 SPRING Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-20)
APCUG’s FREE 2016 Spring Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-20) was held May 7. Topics included: Technology From a Different Perspective; Setup & Configure a Home Network; IOS 9.3 for iPads & iPhones; Upgrading Your Laptop, Part 2; Why I Recommend a Chromebook; Using the Task Manager in a Windows Computer.
View Presenter Bios and get Presentation PDFs and YouTube video links when available at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2016-spring-virtual-technology-conference-vtc20/

APCUG 2016 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-19)
APCUG’s FREE 2016 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) was held Feb 20. Topics included: Upgrading Your Laptop; Utilizing iCloud on the iPad; The Gramps Project; Customizing Windows 10.
View Presenter Bios and get Presentation PDFs and YouTube video links at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2016-winter-virtual-technology-conference-vtc19/
Videos from earlier conferences can be found on APCUG’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/APCUGVideos/videos.

APCUG 2015 Fall Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-18)
APCUG’s FREE 2015 Fall Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) was held Nov 7. Topics included: How I Save Hours per Day Keeping Up with Technology; Using Wi-Fi Wireless Webcams to Spy on Something; IOS 9; E-mail Security and More.
View Presenter Bios, download the handouts, and get links to the videos at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2015-virtual-technology-conference-vtc18/
Videos from earlier conferences can be found on APCUG’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/APCUGVideos/videos.

APCUG 2015 Security Beta Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-17)
APCUG's Free 2015 Security Beta Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) was held Oct 17. Topics included: ID Theft; Customizing Win 10 and Edge Privacy & Security Options; How Secure is Your Device?; Protect Yourself, Yourself.
View Presenter Bios, download the handouts, and get links to the videos at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2015-security-beta-virtual-technology-conference-vtc17/

2015 APCUG International Computer & Digital Technology Conference
The 2015 APCUG International Computer & Digital Technology Conference was held at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, Sept 25-27, 2015.
A summary of the event is at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2015-las-vegas-conference/
Photos of the event are on flickr at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskhyJhpN

APCUG 2015 Photo, Newsletter & Website User Group Contests
Winners were announced at the 2015 APCUG International Computer & Digital Technology Conference Sept 25-27.
2015 Newsletter, Photo and Website Contest Winners are posted at: http://apcug2.org/2015-newsletter-photo-and-website-contests-begin-july-10-2015/

APCUG 2015 Summer Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-16)
APCUG’s FREE 2015 Summer Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) was held on Saturday, August 15. Topics included: Files, Folders and Management - How to operate like a pro; Windows 10; iPad 201; Is your group taking advantage of APCUG’s benefits; TechBoomers.com; 3D printer; Applian’s Replay Capture Suite.
Presentation info, Presenter Bios and after conference download handouts plus get links to videos at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2015-summer-virtual-tech-conference-vtc16/

APCUG 2015 Spring Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-15)
APCUG’s Free 2015 Spring Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) was held online Saturday, May 2 , Topics include: iPad 101; Picasa, an easy-to-use digital editing program; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Recording and Organizing Your Research on the Web; Preview of New APCUG WordPress Website; Selecting the Best Backup Approach; Are We Under Cyber Attack?; Social Networking: What the Heck are Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn???
Details and Presentation PDFs available at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2015-spring-virtual-technology-conference-vtc15/

APCUG 2015 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-14)
APCUG’s Free 2015 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) was held online Saturday, Feb 21. Topics Included: Windows 10 Demo; How Secure is My Device; Linux Software Superstore; Using VMware Player to Create a Virtual Machine; The Secrets of Making Chrome a Solid Computer; Google Glass; Marketing Your User Group on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.
Details and Presentation PDFs available at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2015-winter-virtual-technology-vtc14/
Presentation videos are available at: https://www.youtube.com/user/APCUGVideos/videos

CFCS Windows SIG Goes Worldwide
The Central Florida Computer Society Windows Special Interest Group (WinSIG) started a new chapter on Sunday, Nov 9, 2014. The SIG is open to the world live via the web each month. The meetings include information, tips, tricks and how-to's concerning Windows and computers, and now concentrating on Windows in general, Windows 7, 8.1 and even the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Hewie Poplock has been the WinSIG leader for over 15 years and has a dedicated page for the SIG at http://hewie.net/winsig which contains the meeting notes for every meeting going back to 2008 with links to all kinds of Windows information.

APCUG 2014 Fall Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-13)
APCUG’s FREE Fall 2014 VTC was held online Saturday, Nov 1. Topics included: Backing Up Strategies; Windows 10; Utilities & Programs That You Need For Your Computer; Setting Up a User Group Facebook Page; Buying and Selling On eBay; History of Women in Technology; Bitcoins and Crypto-Currencies.
Details and Presentation PDFs available at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2014-fall-virtual-technology-vtc13/
Presentation videos at: https://www.youtube.com/user/APCUGVideos/videos

Free Microsoft Office 2013
Microsoft Office 2013 online is free and get 15GB OneDrive cloud storage. Work on Office files with anyone, anywhere, in real time for free. Create, store, and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and notebooks online.
Video & blog with more info at: http://blogs.office.com/2014/10/06/join-us-tuesdays-webinar-guide-office-online/ or go directly to http://office.com/.

August CFCS Meeting Video -- Scamming the Scammers - How to Handle Fake Tech Support Calls
The August Central Florida Computer Society Meeting featured a YouTube video recorded by Carey Holzman called Scamming the Scammers - How to Handle Fake Tech Support Calls. This 1 hour 29 minute video of an "actual" phone call exposes how phone calls received from a person posing as a Microsoft person or “Windows Support person” are scams. Do not allow remote access to your computer by unknown parties. This is a very widespread scam and too many people succumb to it.
This must see video is at: http://youtu.be/GVQoAlQrnSg

APCUG 2014 Summer Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-12)
APCUG’s FREE Summer 2014 VTC was held online Saturday, Aug 16. Topics included: File Networking & Storage; Social Media Matters! Using social media to increase your marketing muscle; Online Group Deals & Other Savings; Linux Is like Cars; Easy Desktop; Editing Photos With Your iPad; Is What Happened to HAL-PC In Your Group's Future?
Details and Presentation PDFs available at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2014-summer-virtual-technology-conference-vtc12/

APCUG 2014 Newsletter, Photo & Website User Group Contests
Contest winners are listed on the links below.
Newsletter Contest: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2014-newsletter-award-winners/
Photo Contest: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2014-photo-contest-winners/
Website Contest: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2014-website-contest-winners/

APCUG Spring 2014 Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-11)
APCUG’s FREE Spring 2014 VTC was held online Saturday, May 3. Topics included: Photoshop Elements; Printers/Printing-How Printers Work, Hints & Tips; Linux Wins the Desktop in 2014; Mavericks & iDevice Benefits; De-Mystifying Windows 8.1 & the Latest Update; Creating aWebsite in WordPress.
Details and Presentation PDFs available at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2014-spring-virtual-technology-conference-vtc11/

CFCS Digital Photo SIG for Mar 2014
The Central Florida Computer Society (CFCS) Digital Photo SIG for March 2014 had tips for using memory cards & tips for using a tripod. Photo file types (JPG, GIF, and PNG) were explained. There was info about a tablet/phone program for Android & IOS that makes it easy to take group photos, with you included. EXIF data was examined & explained as to what it is and why it is important. The session ended with a discussion about the Eye-Fi and using it to upload photos directly from a camera.
View the 57min video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaLpr2IlY6c&list=UUxDTDRVp6jZy_MTSoq7mJsg

CFCS Digital Photo SIG for Feb 2014
The Central Florida Computer Society (CFCS) Digital Photo SIG was held on Feb 19, 2014.
Topics covered included: The Narrative Clip, Privacy! Yours, Mine, & Theirs, How to Hide or Blur Faces & Information in a Photo, 2 Demos showing how to hide faces or sensitive info, Photography for Beginners Travel Photography Tips, You Didn’t Know You Could Do These 5 Awesome Smartphone Camera Tricks.
View the 1hr 5min video at http://youtu.be/70i8aWK8rUw

APCUG’s 2014 Winter Virtual Technology Conference (VTC-10)
The APCUG 2014 Winter VTC was held online Saturday, Feb 22. Topics included: So You've Got A New Computer. Now What, Protect Your Passwords with Roboform, Quick & Beautiful Web Pages, What do I do now with my old XP Computer, A Comparison of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, iPad in the Classroom, How We Can Learn More on the iPad, etc.
Details at: http://apcug2.org/apcug-2014-winter-virtual-technology-conference-vtc10/

CFCS Digital Photo SIG for May 2013
This Central Florida Computer Society Special Interest Group Virtual Photo & Video SIG meeting was held on May 16, 2013. Topics were 1) Adobe Creative Suite going to subscription, 2) Using Snagit, 3) 10 Troublesome Colors to Avoid, 4) Carry you camera's manual with you, 5) 5 Best Windows 8 Photo Editing Apps, 6) Tips for taking a silhouette photo, etc.
A 1hr 8min video of the presentation is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHr9FaSCw1k

CFCS Digital Photo SIG for April 2013
This Central Florida Computer Society Special Interest Group Virtual Photo & Video SIG meeting was held on April 17, 2013. Topics were 1) Photo Resizing and 2) Screen Capture. Session was aimed at beginners and intermediate users from any Operating System.
A 1hr 37min video of the presentation is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpQGJ0Js8MA

CFCS Digital Photo SIG for February 2013
This Central Florida Computer Society Special Interest Group meeting examined 14 online photo editing programs.
A 56min video of the presentation is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ1AZLFFjgQ