APCUG FREE 2014 Summer Virtual Technology Conference


APCUG’s FREE 2014 Summer Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) will be held on Saturday, August 16, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight time.
The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via a chat window.
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: http://bit.ly/APCUG-2014-Summer-VTC-Register

This link is where you can view the presenter bios and, after the conference, you can download the handouts and get links to the videos.http://apcug2.org/content/vtc12  

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.

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



File Networking and Storage
David Williams, Secretary, Online Services and Programs, Central Iowa Computer User Group

Folders are not just for “My Documents” anymore, you can store files anywhere you want to.  We will show you how to set up a network, set up storage devices and to organize your folders.

Online Group Deals and Other Savings
Greg Skalka, President, Under the Computer Hood User Group

Everyone likes to save money and Greg will show you how to do that with group deal sites -- something that has become immensely popular and successful for all parties involved. Find out about how the deals work, the benefits, the restrictions, the gotchas, and more. Greg will also describe how you can celebrate your birthday with freebies and discounts.

Easy Desktop
Wil Wakely, Past President, Seniors Computer Group

Easy Desktop replaces the Windows desktop with a menu system as opposed to the thumbnail picture Icon system; however, it does require one to be able to read English. EDT has 9 pages of menus with each page holding up to 72 entries. Each entry can be a program, folder, document, picture or title. Come hear how you can eliminate desktop icon clutter, organize your programs and reduce your computer frustrations, especially with Win8.

UG Session – Is What Happened to HAL-PC In Your Group’s Future?

Judy Taylour, President, SCV Computer Club
Hewie Poplock, APCUG Rep & Program Chair, Central Florida Computer Society

HAL-PC was once one of the world’s largest PC user groups and a founding member of APCUG. They will be gone in a few weeks – selling their equipment, closing their office, etc. HAL-PC failed to keep up with the times. Its members grew older and their interests didn’t expand. Does this apply to your group?



Social Media Matters! Using social media to increase your marketing muscle

Tamera Rousseau-Vesta, Community Strategy Manager
VCE-The Virtual Computing Environment

This session will focus on how to use social media as a way to build membership and increase collaboration within your organization. Tamera will highlight tools, tips and tricks to make social media a valuable part of your marketing and communication efforts.


Linux is like Cars
John Kennedy, Member and Co-host, Linux Help Desk/SIG, Licking County Computer Society

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. And they wonder why there are so many, since they are used to only having one version with Windows and Macs. I reply, “Why are there so many different makes/models of cars?” The answer is that everybody doesn't like the same thing in a car, and that's the answer in Linux as well. In this basic presentation, I will show/explain what the main differences are in the many Linux distros, and (just like in cars) how you might decide which version is the one you might want. With Linux being a free operating system, you can try out as many versions as you want until you find the one that just fits you. Join me for an enjoyable trip around the “Linux showroom” and see for yourself what it's all about.


Editing Photos on Your iPad
Sheila Bigel, eBlast Committee Chair, Central Florida Computer Society

The iPad has a large number of apps that will allow you to improve your photos. There are apps that provide basic photo editing features such as adjusting brightness, contrast, etc. Many apps provide a multitude of filters for special effects. Other apps allow you to add borders, text, clip art and create collages. This presentation will show a few apps that are fun, easy to use, and are free or nominally priced and will allow you to enhance the photos on your iPad.


Virtual Technology Conference Committee

Judy Taylour, Chair
Jim Evans
Hewie Poplock
Marie Vesta