A LAST UPDATE FROM THE FIELD?

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

As we gather for what may well be the final official general meeting of MBUG-PC, we are fortunate to have one of our outstanding contributors return as the featured speaker. Mike Wecker, owner of Carmel Computers, will lead our discussion at the November general meeting to update us on common computer software and operating issues that are faced by users at all levels of experience, including preventing ransomware intrusion, using various backup techniques, and restoring from an “image” file.

Wecker has been a frequent speaker at MBUG and always provides a valuable and interesting question-and-answer session, presenting problems currently faced by his customers and discussing solutions and strategies. His open-ended approach allows audience members to give their input, so come prepared with your questions! If you want to present questions in advance for the meeting, contact Mike at mwecker@carmelcomputers.com.

Wecker 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.

Originally from Georgia, Mike has spent most of his life in Pacific Grove, Monterey, and Marina, and since 1999, in Cachagua in upper Carmel Valley.

BEYOND THE BASICS

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 star@computerpowerstar.com.

WHERE ARE WE NOW WITH WINDOWS 10?

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 http://www.franklintechnology.net.

To ask questions in advance, contact Franklin at carson@ franklintechnology.net.

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.

WINDOWS 10 . . . WHAT HAPPENED TO 9?

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

At the January general meeting, Carson Franklin, president of Franklin Technology Management, Inc., in Monterey, will present approaches to becoming familiar with Windows 10.

Franklin will cover tips and tricks that will save users time and keep our data secure. Topics will include Windows 10 and “The Cloud,” privacy issues, and how to identify the scammers and spammers!

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 http://www.franklintechnology.net.

To ask questions in advance, contact Franklin at carson@franklintechnology.net.

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.

THE LATEST FROM THE FIELD

MBUG August General Meeting
WEDNESDAY, August 12, 2015 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Hilltop Park Center
871 Jessie Street, Monterey
FREE to MBUG Members and the General Public

At the August general meeting, Mike Wecker, owner of Carmel Computers, returns to give his popular review of computer issues that he frequently sees in his business. He will discuss Windows updates, problems users currently have with software (including the “I’m calling from Windows” scam), and provide guidance for solutions. As one of the current big issues in software is the new Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, we look forward to Mike’s comments and experiences regarding this new program.

Mike has more than eighteen 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 welcomes audience questions on everyday computer problems, so come prepared! If you want to present questions in advance for the meeting, contact Mike at mwecker@carmelcomputers.com.