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,
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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.

Managing Your Passwords

October 16, 2019 Meeting

Maurice Green, PhD
President/Webmaster, SPAUG

A password manager is a piece of software that remembers passwords, so you don’t have to. By remembering a single master password, all of your other passwords are stored securely for retrieval as and when you need them.

Maury will discuss the properties and use of strong passwords to secure your online accounts and describe a number of available paid and free password managers.

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 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 be available online via ZOOM.
The online session will start at 7PM.

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Meeting ID: 230 051 280

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September 11, 2019 Meeting

Google Backup and Restore
Sue Kayton (The Computer Doctor)

Access and sync your files anywhere. Back up files from your computer, camera, or SD cards to the cloud. Find your files on any device or computer using Google Drive, and see your photos in Google Photos. Sue will discuss the use of Google Drive and other backup procedures. 

The Evolution of Website Design
Maurice Green (The Other Doctor)

From the early days of coding web pages with HTML to modern day page builders, Maury will take us on a journey through the world of website design, describing the evolution of techniques for building web pages.

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 be available online via ZOOM.
The online session will start at 7PM.

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August 14, 2019 Meeting

Computer Services for Seniors

As our population ages and technology expands, the need for help for our senior population to understand the use of all the new gadgets available becomes increasingly important. Our August 2019 meeting will feature a panel of three speakers with 20-30 minute presentations on topics of help for seniors with the new technology. A Q&A discussion will follow.

Jayant Kashyap, Google
The anatomy of today’s Jeeves – smart assistants and their potential

We are witnessing a marked transition in computing as people increasingly interact with non-traditional computers (aka. smart ‘insert-term-here’). What does it take to build a viable system to support such engagements; how is it impacting the people from around the world? And where do we go from here?

Jayant is a Software Engineer at Google, and has been working on Assistant since moving to the Bay Area earlier this year. Prior to moving here, he helped build an enterprise supply chain tracking system for Google.

Ryan Kawamoto, Senior Planet @Avenidas
Aging with Attitude 

Senior Planet is an award-winning program that helps those aged 60 and older use technology to connect, learn, and grow. His presentation will describe the epic new partnership between Avenidas and Older Adults Technology Services.

Ryan Kawamoto, a Bay Area native, is the Regional Director for the Senior Planet @Avenidas. He provides operational and administrative assistance while also maintaining the center’s technology courses. Ryan is the former Executive Director of Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service of San Jose and the former Chair of the Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County. 

Mick Fitzgerald, Anew Vista
Online Service Marketplace Networks – The Next Big Thing

Empowered with knowledge, experience, and wealth amassed over decades, older adults are poised to take the lead in driving the development of the next wave of consumer technologies.  They comprise the largest and fastest growing consumer segment.  Demands for continually improving wellness and lifestyle product/services and primary health care at home are transforming older adult households.  AnewVista is working with household consumers to shape daily living systems and transform lifestyle technologies.

Mick is CTO and founding partner at AnewVista. He leads the technology and development roadmap. He has developed systems and startups in robotics, sensors, and AI – from lab to market – spanning several industries and academia. 

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 be available online via ZOOM.
The online session will start at 7PM.

To join the Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 907 374 383
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