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February 2020

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APCUG Virtual Technology Conference Registration Deadline

APCUG Virtual Technology Conference Registration Deadline

You must preregister for VTC35.  More information here.

Fri, Feb 7 - 10:30 PM
10:30 pm
Linux on Saturday

Linux on Saturday

Join us for a discussion of all things Linux/Open Source. Our meetings are designed to allow attendees to drive the agenda with their questions. Users of all levels, from newbies to gurus, are welcome.

Want more Linux? Check out the Penguins Unbound site for information about their meetings.


Jack Ungerleider leads this meeting.

Location: Edina Executive Plaza
Sat, Feb 8 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
9:00 am to 11:00 am
APCUG Virtual Technology Conference

APCUG Virtual Technology Conference

Saturday, February 8
12:00 – 3:00 CT


APCUG's Virtual Technology Conferences are FREE!

Registration closes @ 11:30 PM ET on February 7
  • Attend using your computer, tablet or phone with the Zoom.us app.

  • Download the app for the device you will be using at:


  • Sessions are 50 minutes with time for Q&A

  • Register once via Eventbrite

  • You do not need an Eventbrite account to attend the conference

  • You do not need a Zoom account to attend the VTC
  • Before the event, you will receive an email with directions and links for attending Tracks 1 and 2.

  • Day of conference, after connecting via Zoom, it is very helpful if you sign into each presentation you attend via the Chat Box; first and last name you used to register at Eventbrite.

  • Why? If all of the questions aren’t answered during the session, the rest of the answers will be sent to you. Or, there might be a handout.

Register at Eventbrite

 More information at:  https://www.apcug2.org

Questions: Contact virtualconferences@apcug.org

1:00 PM ET
The Browser – Your Most Important App
Hewie Poplock, APCUG Rep, Central Florida Computer Society & Sarasota Technology User Group; Chromebook Evangelist
The computer program or app that we all use the most is the browser. A browser, which is short for web browser, is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web or Internet. Hewie will describe some of the important features of browsers and describe many important settings used in most browsers. He will also talk about little add-on programs called extensions for browsers, including where to find them, how to add them, and talk about some that he has found invaluable.
2:00 PM ET
What will 5G mean to you?
Ron Brown, Program Coordinator, Silvercom Computer & Technology Club
3:00 PM ET
Getting started in researching your Family History (Even if you have been researching for years)
Jeri Steele, Genealogist

Whether you are just getting started or have been researching your family history for years, Jeri presents some steps to organize, plan, document, and record your work. These steps keep you moving forward with your research instead of getting buried in the details. Case studies will be presented as examples.
1:00 PM ET
Future of Technology
Dave Dockery, President
Tampa Bay Technology Society
While it’s obvious that change in the world has been speeding up in the last several years, Doc will explain why the world is going to speed up even more in the future.  What does that mean for those of us who want to keep abreast of all of the coming changes.
2:00 PM ET
Introduction to Home Automation
Bill James, Vice President
Computer Club of Oklahoma City
Bill’s presentation covers: What is home automation, how to get started, what is required, two approaches – device or system, commercial home automation and security systems, do it yourself devices, types of hubs or controllers, security and privacy.
3:00 PM ET
Creating a Podcast for your group
Michael Crose, Board Member and Podcast Creator
Tampa Bay Technology Center
Is there a podcast in your group’s future? Michael’s presentation covers:
What is a podcast?
What can you podcast about?
How hard is it to start a podcast?
What kind of equipment and software do you need?
Do you need a website?
How do you get your podcast out there?

Sat, Feb 8 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tech Topics SIG

Tech Topics SIG

Rechargeable Battery Technology

We're going to take a look at the technologies used for rechargeable batteries with particular emphasis on those used for hybrid and electric automobiles.

Note: This will be an online meeting hosted on Zoom. Either use the hyperlink to join automatically or the Meeting ID and Password to join manually from the Zoom program/application on your device.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 893 5970 7770
Password: 3tjh8r37tr

Jack Ungerleider leads a technical presentation/discussion on various technical topics from the following areas:

  • Web/Internet
  • Mobile Devices and Apps
  • Playing with Programming
  • DIY (3D Printing, R-Pi, other hobby electronics, etc.)
Location: Summit Place
Tue, Feb 11 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Summit Place
TCPC General Meeting

TCPC General Meeting

Installation, Care and Feeding of a Mesh Router
Greg Skalka

Greg Skalka, President of the Under the Computer Hood User Group in California and an active member of APCUG, gave this presentation at last fall’s Virtual Tech Conference. He walks through the history of WiFi and its current specs and his decision to purchase and install a mesh router to solve dead spots and poor WiFi signals in his home. He is very knowledgeable and does a great job of explaining the technical information. You have probably read some of his articles that have been published in the TC/PC Digital Viking.

This is the regular, monthly meeting of the Twin Cities PC Users' Group.  Our topic varies each month.  We normally (time permitting) open with a time of Random Access where attendees are invited to ask questions that may be answered by other members.

Location: Summit Place
Tue, Feb 11 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Summit Place
Office on the Weekend

Office on the Weekend

Steve Kuhlmey leads a discussion of all things Microsoft Office, e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

Location: Edina Executive Plaza
Sat, Feb 15 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
9:00 am to 11:00 am