LATEST FROM THE FIELD

MBUG July General Meeting
WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

Mike Wecker, owner of Carmel Computers, returns at our July general meeting to once more review computer issues that he frequently sees in his business. As the rollout of Microsoft Windows 10 operating system continues, so do customer concerns about privacy, choice, and compatibility continue. Mike will be ready to bring us up to date on these issues as the end nears for the “free” update period for Win 10.

Mike has more than twenty years of experience in the computer field. He has been operating Carmel Computers in Carmel Valley since April 1999, providing software and hardware sales and repairs and training. Prior to that, he worked with Linda Sandidge at Central Coast Computers in Carmel from 1997-1999, doing sales and tech work, and before that, he was the purchasing manager at PC People from 1994-1997. Always a person with many community activities, he is also the regular Drummer for Paper Wing Theatre.

Mike was born at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, relocated to Pacific Grove at the age of three weeks, and spent the first thirty years of his life in Pacific Grove, Monterey, and Marina. In 1999, he moved to Cachagua in upper Carmel Valley, where he and his wife, Sabine, enjoy family life with their daughter, Maia.

Mike always provides a great question-and-answer session with his audience on a variety of everyday computer problems, so come prepared! If you want to present questions in advance for the meeting, contact Mike at mwecker@carmelcomputers.com.

BEYOND THE iPAD BASICS, PART 2

MBUG May General Meeting
WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

Jeffrey Fisher, a volunteer instructor in the Computer Technology Center at The Carmel Foundation, returns at our May general meeting to continue the discussion of iPad features.

This second iPad session will be more about personalizing your iPad, including creating your own icons, working with Siri, and playing with folders. He will present more iPad tips and tricks (via the App Store) and using Google Search. As always, Fisher welcomes your questions to drive a great deal of what we cover.

Be sure to bring your iPad to the meeting, if you have one, and follow along as we explore.

Fisher was a math major at San Diego State University and spent six years at Burroughs as a programmer and systems engineer. He also has thirty-one years at Hewlett-Packard as a field software/systems rep, did pre/post-sales support, acted as a project manager for his clients’ larger projects, and wrote Linux classes for internal training of HP’ers and customers. He was Tech Support Manager for six years at HP SoCal regional offices, finally retiring six years ago.

For questions in advance, contact Fisher at jeffreyfisher59@gmail.com. For a summary of Beyond iPad Basics, Part 1, see Joe Asling’s Meeting Notes article on page 6 of the MBUG May Newsletter.

BEYOND THE BASICS WITH YOUR iPAD

MBUG March General Meeting
WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

At the March 9 general meeting, our speaker will be Jeffrey Fisher, who is a volunteer instructor in the Computer Technology Center at The Carmel Foundation.

To start, Fisher will “walk around” the outside of the iPad, discussing all of the buttons. Next, he will discuss the Home screen, what it represents, and how to customize it to the user’s desire. Then he will spend some time in the Settings App. From there, he will explore the App Store, iBooks, and the camera feature, and maybe some other Apps. Finally, he will spend some time on Siri and the Del Monte Apple store.

Bring your iPad to the meeting if you have one; if you don’t already have one, this presentation may help you determine if you want or need one.

Fisher says he likes to be informal, so there will be ample time to ask questions, and you may also share your own war stories about the Apple experience.

Fisher was a math major at San Diego State University and spent six years at Burroughs as a programmer and systems engineer. He also has thirty-one years at Hewlett-Packard as a field software/systems rep, did pre/post-sales support, acted as a project manager for his clients’ larger projects, and wrote Linux classes for internal training of HP’ers and customers. He was Tech Support Manager for six years at HP SoCal regional offices, finally retiring six years ago.

For questions in advance, contact Fisher at jeffreyfisher59@gmail.com.

WEBSITE FAVORITES REVUE

MBUG December General Meeting
WEDNESDAY, December 9, 2015 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

For our December general meeting, we will be back at Hilltop Park Center for our Holiday Get-Together, a combination of informal discussion, sharing of favorite websites, and party time and door prizes.

Out-going president Joe Asling will start things off with a presentation on podcasts, reviewing what’s out there and some of the interesting things you can learn through podcasts.

In-coming president Jeff Helms will provide an update on “Best of the Year” technology, highlighting devices such as the new Amazon Echo and video fobs.

Any attendee is welcome to chime in and comment on his or her website of special interest. This is also an opportunity for informal Q & A on computer-related questions.

And don’t forget . . . we will want to hear your QUESTIONS for THE ANSWERS given on page 3 of the December MBUG Newsletter! Hint: Information for formulating some of the questions appears throughout the Newsletter.

Bring a family member, bring a friend—come and join in the sharing! For information, contact C. Lake at lakelyn@comcast.net.

ARE SMARTPHONES REPLACING PCs?

MBUG November General Meeting
WEDNESDAY, November 11, 2015 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Canterbury Room, Canterbury Woods
651 Sinex Avenue, Pacific Grove
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

Are PCs becoming obsolete? Many people find they are using their smartphones almost exclusively for many tasks previously done on their PCs. A recent report from Kleiner Perkins (venture capitalist in Menlo Park who invests in information technologies) shows that smartphones now exceed PCs for everyday Internet usage.

Smartphones allow you to do almost everything a PC can do—and they can make calls as well. Are smartphones replacing tablets? Will smart phones themselves be replaced in the next revolution of computer development? At the November meeting, MBUG Board member Norma Dunipace will discuss these issues and present some survey results on how people today are using their PCs and their smart phones.

The presentation will include how computers have evolved and some statistics about where we are today. What do current users expect from their computers/Internet devices? Are personality traits of the next generation partially driving the development? What do the experts such as Walt Mossberg think? Is there technology available that allows us to turn our smartphones into mini PCs and use them for productivity work?

Norma Dunipace retired in 2007 as Manager of Technology Licensing and Industry Sponsored Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her computer use includes a desktop, a couple of laptops, an iPad, and an iPhone, and she writes “I am not a computer expert, but I need them to do the things that interest me. I find I am doing more and more on my phone simply because it is convenient.”

Looking to the future, Dunipace notes that although membership in MBUG is still strong, it has been declining and aging in recent years and that Club Mac of Monterey has ceased to operate; she asks, “Should we broaden our interests?” This promises to be an interesting discussion that has implications for MBUG’s direction in the coming year. Come join us!

WINDOWS 10 INTERNET MEDLEY

MBUG October General Meeting
WEDNESDAY, October 14, 2015 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

Again we will be trying something different for our October general meeting: a mixture of viewing Internet video clips about Windows 10 along with commentary and audience discussion. Clips will be selected from a menu of offerings from YouTube, APCUG Virtual Conferences, and TED, as well as audience suggestions. This will also be an opportunity to review and discuss some of the many news items and announcements that have been on the Internet regarding Windows 10 installation, pricing options, and privacy and security issues. MBUG Board member Star Reierson will moderate the discussion. Come join in, ask your questions, and also contribute your answers. If you have questions in advance, contact Star at star@computerpowerstar.com.

COREL PAINTER 2015

MBUG September General Meeting
WEDNESDAY, September 9, 2015 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
The Carmel Foundation
Lincoln Ave, Between 8th & 9th, Carmel
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

The September general meeting will take us away from our usual location at Hilltop Park Center, and we will instead be meeting at The Carmel Foundation in Carmel. We thank the Foundation for making its computer classroom available for this special opportunity.

Roy Hilts, volunteer instructor for The Carmel Foundation Technology Center, will present an overview and sample lesson of Corel Painter, an in-depth digital art painting program. This will be a hands-on experience, and Hilts has prepared a short lesson plan for people to follow. He will also touch on using Broderbund Print Shop and how he uses Adobe Photoshop as a prep tool for both programs.

The CF Technology Center has twelve computers available, as well as some additional seating. All of the PCs now have Painter 2015 installed.

If you have questions in advance of the meeting, Hilts can be contacted at roy@hilts.com.