June 12, 2019 Meeting

Random Access

We have no outside speaker this month so all members are invited to come and discuss problems and learn about new techniques. If you would like to make a presentation on a topic, please let us know and we will schedule it.

We would also like to have a discussion about possible future topics for our meetings. If you know someone who would be a good speaker on an interesting topic, we want to hear from you.

As usual, the meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto and begins at 7PM. We will be meeting in the Conference Room on the second floor.

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our usual no-host pre-meeting dinner at 5:30PM in the Bistro Café on the first floor of the lodge.

NOTE: This meeting will NOT be available on ZOOM.

May 8, 2019 Meeting

The Doctor is In
Sue Kayton

Our guest speaker will be Sue Kayton, The Computer Doctor.

Topic of Discussion: New Windows Update policy and Demo of Office 2019.

She will bring her usual wisdom and humor and answer your computer questions.

As usual, the meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto and begins at 7PM. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room.

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our usual no-host pre-meeting dinner at 5:30PM in the Bistro Café on the first floor of the lodge.

NOTE: This meeting will NOT be available on ZOOM.

April 10, 2019 Meeting

Topic: Picking the Best Backup Approach

Speaker: Gene Barlow, User Group Relations (via Skype)

Backing up your hard drive on a regular basis is the most important process that all end-users must do on a regular basis to protect their computer from a crash or virus attack. Anti-virus utilities are not always completely reliable for this protection. Only a good backup can protect you 100% from a total loss of your computer system. Unfortunately, there are many different backup approaches that are promoted as being all you need to do. Most of these approaches provide only a partial protection of your system. However, there is one backup approach that is the best and the one you should be using.

This presentation will describe the four most popular backup approaches used today and tell you the strengths and weakness of each approach. After attending this presentation, you will be able to determine what is the best backup approach you should be using. We will then describe this approach in detail, so that you understand the best way to use this best backup approach. We represent Acronis and their True Image backup utility to the user group community. This product will provide you all of the popular backup approaches, but their incremental backup image approach is the best way to go. Again, how to setup and use this best approach will be covered in this presentation.

To help you get started doing excellent backups, we offer those that attend this webinar this Acronis True Image product at half the normal retail price. We also provide our customers with our exclusive True Image Starter Guide, which makes installing and setting up this product easy to do the best backups possible. In addition, we will help you with question or problems as you use this product for months to come. You do not want to miss this excellent presentation on Picking the Best Backup Approach.

Gene Barlow is the best known presenter to user group audiences. In the early 80’s, when the IBM PC was first announced, Gene managed the User Group Support organization for IBM and helped hundreds of user groups get started. For this he is often called the Father of PC User Groups. He has presented to thousands of user group audiences over the past 35 years. His presentation style is informative, yet easy to follow for even the most novice users. You will find him one of the best presenters you have heard. We are pleased to bring you this excellent presenter and presentation on a topic that he is well known for. Make sure you attend this presentation.

As usual, the meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto and begins at 7PM. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room.

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our usual no-host pre-meeting dinner at 5:30PM in the Bistro Café on the first floor of the lodge.

NOTE: This meeting will NOT be available on ZOOM.

March 13, 2019 Meeting

Good Old Fashioned “Random Access”

We will have a good old fashioned open meeting for discussion of various topics and your questions. Some of the topics to be discussed include:

  1. How to choose a new computer – from tablet to desktop
  2. Net neutrality – California has the toughest law, but is it enough?
  3. Backups – like New Year’s resolutions – are you doing them?
  4. Hacks and Hackers – new malware is everywhere.

As usual, the meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto and begins at 7PM. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room.

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our usual no-host pre-meeting dinner at 5:30PM in the Bistro Café on the first floor of the lodge.

February 13, 2019 Meeting

Highlights of CES 2019

Andy Marken returns to SPAUG to review the highlights and the best new products of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show.

Andy Marken is President of Marken Communications and has been involved in the marketing of storage technology for more than 25 years. His experience includes work with Panasonic, Verbatim, Matsushita, Plasmon, Nikon, Mitsubishi Chemical, OWC, Newertech and a number of storage solution manufacturers Andy can be reached at andy@markencom.com.

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto and begins at 7PM. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room.

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our usual no-host pre-meeting dinner st 5:30PM in the Bistro Café on the first floor of the lodge.