Presenting Travel Picture Programs and Presentations with PowerPoint

MBUG March General Meeting
WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

At our general meeting on March 8, long-time MBUG member Dan Presser will treat us to another colorful presentation of one of his travel adventure trips. This time he will give us a look at Going on Safari in Botswana.

Presser will also go over the process he uses to manage his trip photographs and put together slide shows, including the use of Microsoft’s PowerPoint application for the final product.

Presser is the owner of FourWinds Travel in Carmel, California, and has been organizing and leading tour groups for over twenty years to many interesting and exotic places, including Botswana, Uganda, around the tip of South America, and the jungles of Borneo, and in July, he will explore Mongolia. He has provided many enjoyable trip reviews to MBUG over the years, and here is your chance to share in another adventure!

To ask questions or get information in advance, contact Dan Presser at


MBUG January General Meeting
WEDNESDAY, January 11, 2017 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

Start the year off right by learning how to “unshare” your life with Microsoft. Star Reierson, owner (now retired) of Computer Power since 1984, will guide us through some of the ways to deactivate Microsoft’s tendency to collect data on your every move.

She will show you how to turn off Cortana—are you using it?—and discuss alternatives to One Drive, Microsoft’s on-line storage that competes with Google Drive and Apple Cloud, among others. Who knew that the “sync settings,” buried in the privacy section of Microsoft’s sixteen screens of setup routine defaults means “send all data regarding my preferences to Microsoft’s servers?”

Reierson’s talk will be based on a news story published in Network World by Howard Wen (October 31, 2016) titled “The Paranoid User’s Guide to Win 10 Privacy.”

If you have questions that you would like addressed in advance of the MBUG general meeting, please email Reierson at


MBUG September General Meeting
WEDNESDAY, September 14, 2016 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

At the September general meeting, Carson Franklin, president of Franklin Technology Management, Inc., in Monterey, will discuss the current status of Windows 10 now that the period for free download has ended and replacement of Windows 7 and 8.1 seems to be virtually required. What are the issues now for installation, update, bugs, privacy, and security?

Franklin will address these and your other questions and, as time allows, will cover Windows 10 and “The Cloud,” how to identify the scammers and spammers, and provide tips and tricks that will save users time.

Franklin Technology Management was incorporated in 2007, and Franklin provides an array of managed services in the IT business. For more information, see his website at

To ask questions in advance, contact Franklin at carson@


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


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