October 14, 2020 Meeting

The Doctor is In
Sue Kayton

Join us for the October 2020 General Meeting with the Computer Doctor, Sue Kayton, who will join us for a “random access” Q&A session on a wide range of computer topics. 

If you have a particular topic you would like to discuss, please send an email to webmaster@spaug.net so we can reserve time in the schedule.

NOTE: This will be a ‘virtual’ meeting using Zoom videoconferencing.

The Zoom site will open early to provide time for some good ol’ schmoozing.

When: October 14, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time

Please register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArdOqqpz0uGtEAcn7jvM0hbYny5oVQyhP

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

September 9, 2020 Meeting

Firefox Add-ons
John Buck

For our September SPAUG general meeting, member John Buck will attempt to discuss and demonstrate some Firefox browser addons and search techniques. Since this is John’s first attempt at doing this, perfection is not guaranteed, and the results may be interesting and/or useful. All operations will be performed in strict observance of Murphy’s Law and its corollary that “Murphy was an optimist.”

There will also be an opportunity for our usual ‘random access’ discussion.

NOTE: This will be a ‘virtual’ meeting using Zoom videoconferencing.
The Zoom site will open ‘early’ to provide time for some good ol’ schmoozing.

When: Sep 9, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIod-qorTMtE9YK-0SQDHZh_GL_k6QsNQWh

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

March 8, 2020 Meeting

Video Conferencing with Zoom
Maurice Green

In light of the current concerns about the Coronavirus it has been decided that we avoid contacts in unnecessary group meetings, especially given the high risk factors for members of our group. So we will not have our usual monthly meeting at the Elks Lodge. Instead, the meeting will be conducted by, and the topic will be, Zoom Videoconferencing

This will be a live hands-on session. Maury will review the basic operating procedures of the Zoom software system, including screen sharing, white boarding, participant comments, polls  and discussions. We will encourage participants to share the hosting and engage in a ‘random access’ type  discussion. i.e. You will be able to demonstrate a problem or new software on your computer and all participants would be able to see it. 

Participants may join the meeting with video and audio capability using their desktop or laptop computers or smart phones equipped with camera and microphone. If you don’t already have the Zoom client software installed on your device, the system will install it for you when you join the conference. For those who only want to listen to the discussion, you can join the meeting via telephone. The meeting will be automatically recorded for future viewing. 

The meeting will begin at 7PM. Participants may join earlier in the ‘waiting room’. Your computer microphones will be muted when you first join. Here are the links for the meeting. See you Wednesday evening.

Topic: SPAUG meeting March 2020
Time: Mar 11, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 812 782 630

February 12, 2020 Meeting

Highlights of CES 2020

Andy Marken returns to SPAUG to review the highlights and the best new products of the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show.

If it wasn’t at CES this year it probably isn’t worth considering -nearly 4500 companies from over 160 countries, over 100 educational/informational sessions covering everything was there this January.  Think of the show as the UN and Davos of consumer technology. Lots of talk about 5G and AI but you couldn’t touch it, play with it so they’re just nice talking points.  Andy will return again to cover the highlights of smart everything – cars, TVs, toys, games, homes, cities, streaming content and more. 

No, he didn’t cover all 20 football fields of exhibit space but still there was plenty of really good stuff and lots of stuff that won’t be back next year (hint – we’ll try not to let you know about those so as not to build false hopes).  All we can say is that the show keeps getting bigger/better, attracting companies from every business segment around the globe. But as in recent years and did all the hard leg work for you to ferret out the good stuff! If you heard rumors about stuff and he doesn’t mention it during the meeting…sorry!  However listen hard and come with your questions…he’ll fill in the blanks!

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 Conference Room on the second floor.

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.

For those who can’t attend in person,
this meeting will also be available on our Zoom channel:

Meeting ID: 329 198 601
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Playing in the Sandbox

January 8, 2020 Meeting

Running Windows on a Linux OS
Bill Young

Running Linux on a Windows OS
Maurice Green

Virtual machines allow you to run an operating system in an app window on your desktop that behaves like a full, separate computer. You can use them play around with different operating systems, run software your main operating system can’t, and try out apps in a safe, sandboxed environment.

Bill and Maury will demonstrate using a virtual computer to run multiple operating systems at the same time. A virtual computer is a software computer that, like a physical computer, runs an operating system and applications. It is a software program that exhibits the behavior of a separate computer and can run applications in the separate computer. If you have Windows 7 programs that will not run on Windows 10, you could use a virtual computer to run a Windows 7 computer and the applications on a physical Windows 10 computer

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 online via ZOOM.