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


and this second Forbes article

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


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:


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