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APCUG's 2017 Summer Virtual Technology Conference

APCUG Virtual Technology Conference Committee

Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

APCUG's 2017 Summer Virtual Technology Conference

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Attend APCUG’s 2017 Summer Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) from your own home or have a Technology Tailgate Party with your club members! This VTC will be held on Saturday, August 19, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern time (Central 12 noon - 3:00 pm; Mountain 11:00 am - 2:00 pm; Pacific 10:00 am - 1:00 pm). The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via a chat window. You will be able to attend using your computer or tablet with Zoom software.

You only need to register once. Before the event, you will receive an email with directions and links for attending both tracks of the conference.

Track 1

1 PM ET - Pi-hole

Don Arrowsmith
Philadelphia Area Computer Society

Pi-hole is a LAN-wide ad blocker that runs on a Raspberry-pi. If you're sick of ads all over the web pages you look at, tired of auto-starting audio and video ads, and disgusted at pop-up and pop-under ads every time you click a link, then you need a Pi-hole. It will eliminate all of those annoyances from every device on your LAN without having to make any configuration changes to those devices. The software is free and runs on a Raspberry Pi, a small, inexpensive system about the size of a deck of cards. If you have been wanting to learn more about hardware like this, it'll also be an educational tool. Don will run through the entire process of getting the software and hardware, installing everything, integrating it into your network, and maintaining it.

2 PM ET - Home Automation Security
Bill James
Vice President
Computer Club of Oklahoma City

Are your worried about home automation devices listening in on your conversations? Wonder if your devices can be hacked and don’t know how to keep them from being hacked? Many smarthome devices are designed to be easy to use but don’t come with a ton of security features – what should you do? Bill will answer these questions and more in this presentation, maybe making it a little bit easier to take the first step to automate your home and get a better price for it when you sell.

3 PM ET - Finding Tech Information on
Kathy Jacobs
Pasco Area Computer User Group

Medium is a large site for writers and readers. The platform is built to make it easy to share stories about almost anything. This presentation will introduce you to the basics of Medium's interfaces (app and website) via the introduction to some of the best tech publications on the site. You will also learn:

  • How to search for publications, articles, and writers on topics of interest to your club
  • Navigating the 3 basic kinds of articles in the Medium universe: Stories, responses, and series
  • Tagging on Medium
  • Writing responses that will get read
  • Connecting with authors and publication editors


1 PM ET - GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) - Why You Shouldn’t Get Lost!
Bill Hobbs
Modesto PC Users Group

This presentation includes information about GPS and other systems. He goes over GLONASS, Galileo, etc., history, signals, accuracy, and errors involved in the global navigation systems. In addition, he will demonstrate how to calculate location and time using a very simplified system.

2 PM ET - Chromebooks are for Seniors
Ron Brown
Program Coordinator
Silvercom Computer & Technology Club

Are you looking for a computer that isn’t complicated to use? How about one you can’t ruin by making a mistake from the keyboard? No maintenance, malware, trojans, and viruses, no subscription cost and it’s always up-to-date with web technology? The Chromebook is for you!

3 PM ET - Ideas for Revitalizing Your Computer Club
Judy Taylour
SCV Computer Club

Is your group suffering from?

  • Officer / leader burnout
    • One, two, or three officers are in charge of everything
    • They have done everything for years
  • Lack of volunteers
  • Reduced membership
  • Same person / people always give presentations
  • Presentations don’t meet members’ needs
  • Newsletter editor retired – no one wants to learn a desktop publishing program
  • Webmaster moved away – no one knows how the website works

This presentation offers ideas you might want to try to revitalize your group.

For detailed information on the sessions, including the presenters' bios click here.

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