January 10, 2018 Meeting

The Internet of Things – It’s Everywhere!
Sue Kayton

In a recent review of Smart Home Devices Forbes Magazine wrote

Imagine a world where everything in our lives is connected to the internet and each other, from smartphones and computers to our home’s lights, windows, thermostats, water system and more. A world where all of these devices can be in constant communication and controlled by users remotely via voice command or the simple push of a button. With the rapid growth of the internet of things (IoT), this level of home automation has become a reality.

(Read full Forbes article)

These days you can go online to adjust your hearing aid, open your garage door, pay touchlessly at the grocery store, use your cell phone as the remote control for your TV set, have a video doorbell alert, and much more.  Is it safe?   Would it help you in your daily life?  Or is is unnecessarily complicating?

Join Sue Kayton, the Computer Doctor, in a round-table discussion.  If you have internet-connected gizmos, please plan to explain to the group what you have, and how you use it.  Are there specific questions you want answered?  Email them ahead of time.

Sue also recommends the following articles for reading before the meeting:

FBI tells parents: beware of toys spying on your children

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/07/19/fbi-tells-parents-beware-toys-spying-children/

and this second Forbes article

This Smart Doorbell Was Accidentally Sending Data To China, Until People Started Freaking Out

https://www.forbes.com/sites/aarontilley/2017/03/22/this-smart-doorbell-was-accidentally-sending-data-to-china-until-people-started-freaking-out/#7f86f2f45984

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. 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 regular meeting, including coffee and cookies.. And, of course, we will still have the no-host pre-meeting dinner st 5:30PM in the Bistro café on the first floor.

For those of you who have difficulties traveling or for whatever reason can’t join us at the Elks Lodge, the meeting will be broadcast as a live video conference using ZOOM software starting at 7:15 PST. To join the SPAUG meeting, use the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/446757944

November 8, 2017 Meeting

Tips and Tricks for Social Media
Christie Bilikam

The use of social media has grown exponentially over the past 10 years. Yet there are many people who still do not use social media or have problems using it. Christie will lead an open forum on the use of social media, showing you some techniques for using these platforms. Her talk will include Facebook, Twitter. Instagram. LinkedIn and others. Join us and share your experiences.

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. 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 regular meeting, including coffee and cookies.. And, of course, we will still have the no-host pre-meeting dinner st 5:30PM in the Bistro café on the first floor.

For those of you who have difficulties traveling or for whatever reason can’t join us at the Elks Lodge, the meeting will be broadcast as a live video conference using ZOOM software. To join the SPAUG meeting, use the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/446757944

September 13, 2017 Meeting

Video Conferencing Using ZOOM™

As promised at the last meeting, this month we will delve into some of the details of using video conferencing for chat, meetings, webinars, etc. The program we have selected for this demonstration is ZOOM ( http://zoom.us ).

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our regular meeting, including coffee and cookies in the library of the Elks Lodge. And, of course, we will still have the no-host pre-meeting dinner st 5:30PM in the Bistro café on the first floor.

For those of you who have difficulties traveling or for whatever reason can’t join us at the Elks Lodge, the meeting will be broadcast as a live video conference using ZOOM software. To join the SPAUG meeting, use the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/446757944

NOTE: the link will work starting at 7:15PM with PC and Mac desktops, tablets, iPhones and Android smartphones. When you click on the link, if you don’t already have the ZOOM software on your device, it will download and install it for you and then you will be taken to the meeting.

One nice thing about ZOOM is that they provide tons of information on how to use their product.

Getting Started on a MAC or PC

How To Host a Meeting

How To Schedule A Meeting

How Do I Start Screen Sharing

How Do I Host a Video Meeting

Live Trainings: https://zoom.us/livetraining

You can sign up for the Meeting on-boarding training for free: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/23a2eb1a1061b525d746f627e8486654

Or, you can watch a recorded version of the training any time: https://zoom.us/recording/play/ZzXya98-M0DrwUZrjYeT6rnazzDd-RUUIktDGV0bNaPPD2ehys7V4el-dSU2LodD

August 9, 2017 Meeting

Using Excel for Work

SPAUG member John Buck will show and discuss the MS Excel file he uses to create a work schedule for 30 people to fill 12 jobs on 13 days.

Bonus: We will demonstrate the “Meeting” feature of the TeamViewer Program. Bring your laptop and we will provide a link which will download a TeamView runtime module (no installation needed) and allow you to join the “meeting”.

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room. All members and guests are invited to attend an optional NO-host dinner prior to our general meeting. Dinner will be at 5:45 PM at The Bistro located on the ground floor of the Elks Lodge.

July 12, 2017 Meeting

Tips and Tricks

This is your chance to tell the group about some of your favorite computer tips and tricks or how you have solved a recent problem with your computer system.

  • PDF to Word conversion
  • Criteria for selecting a new smartphone
  • Using Social Media

If you have a topic you would like to present, please email webmaster@spaug.net with a description and you might get your 15 minutes of fame.

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room. All members and guests are invited to attend an optional NO-host dinner prior to our general meeting. Dinner will be at 5:45 PM at The Bistro located on the ground floor of the Elks Lodge.