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  • 14 May 2012 12:23 PM | Deleted user

    On Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00PM Eastern Time, the Central Florida Computer Society Digital Photo SIG will hold its monthly virtual meeting. This meeting is also an APCUG benefit and is open to its members groups and their members. Also the general public is invited to attend to see what Computer User Group Special Interest Groups (SIG) are all about.


    To register for the free on-line event, go to


    and check the box next to “CFCS Digital Photo SIG” and click the Register button. You will receive your log-in via email. There will also be a link to a test to be sure that you will be able to attend. A small download will be required.


    This month’s meeting consists of two parts and this meeting will be aimed at beginners and intermediate users. Part 1 will be “RTFM: A Guide to reading your Point & Shoot Camera User Guide”. Part 2 will be “How to Buy a Digital Camera,“ a short explanation of the 4 types of cameras and how to purchase the best type for you. This topic is based on a recent PC Mag article.


    We look forward to you attending. If you have any issues joining the conference, contact 

  • 26 Apr 2012 10:17 AM | Deleted user
    In this edition of NOOZ:
    O’Reilly / APCUG Quarterly Book Program
    Virtual Conference #3
    Virtual Digital Photo SIG
    1.    O’Reilly Books. If your group has opted into the O’Reilly / APCUG quarterly book program, the books and e-Book certificates will be to your group’s contact this month.
    2.    Virtual Conference #3. APCUG (the international computer organization your group belongs to) is having its third virtual conference via the Internet on Saturday, May 5. It will run from:
    Eastern - 1:00pm – 5:50pm
    Central - 12:00pm – 4:50pm
    Mountain - 11:00am – 3:50pm
    Pacific - 10:00am – 2:50pm
     for details.
    There are two tracks; the presentations are 50 minutes each. You may attend one or more presentations on either or both tracks.
    As of this date, the sessions scheduled for Virtual Conference #3 include:

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Francis Chao, Tucson Computer Society, Arizona

    How to Successfully Download and Install Software, Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake-Sumter Computer Society, Florida

    Freebies, Judy Taylour, President, Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club, California

    Using Your Smart Phone for Everything – Oh Really!, Bill James, Editor/Webmaster, Computer Club of Oklahoma City

    Mac for Newbies, Greg West, Vice President, Sarnia Computer User Group, Canada

    Protecting Yourself and Your Identity Online, Bob Gostischa, IT Security Expert, avast!

    How to publicize your user group, Don Singleton, APCUG Director
    Brainstorming with Judy Taylour, Chair, APCUG Board of Advisors

    Registration information and detailed presentation information may be found at:
    EVERYONE SHOULD REGISTER for both Track1 and Track2, even if they are only planning to attend presentations in one track. After they register, they will be sent a personal iLinc log-in that should not be shared with anyone since it is their unique log-in. Participants should use a headset to avoid feedback or echoing. If they do not have one, Instant Messaging will be available for any questions or comments.
    TEST DRIVE: If anyone would like to tryout iLinc prior to the Virtual Conference, there will be a training session on April 28, at 12:01pm Eastern. There are also step-by-step instructions at
    TEST YOUR SYSTEM AHEAD OF TIME: Attendees can find how easy it is to prepare and test their system ahead of time at:
    3. Virtual Digital Photo SIG. In APCUG’s ongoing effort to add member benefits, the Central Florida Computer Society
    ( invites you and your UG members toattend their Virtual Digital Photo SIG meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 16,at 7:00pm, Eastern time.
    Hewie Poplock, CFCS Digital Photo SIG leader, will be covering several photography and photo editing tips and tricks, aimed at beginners and intermediate photographers.
    If your user group doesn’t have a Digital Photo SIG, this is an opportunity for your members to participate in an online DP SIG. If your group has a Digital Photo SIG, it’s an added opportunity for those members to enhance their skills.
    The SIG meeting will be held via iLinc. To register, everyone will need to go to
     .Participants will be asked for their first and last name and email address. They should check the box for the correct session. (It may be the only one.) They will be sent a unique login and should not share that link as it is assigned to them. Participants should use a headset to avoid feedback or echoing. If they do not have one, Instant Messaging will be available for any questions or comments.

    Any questions please email me, Greg West:

    Thanks and I hope to see you at the May 5th. online conference...

    Greg West
    APCUG Advisor
  • 21 Apr 2012 12:46 PM | Deleted user

    "Hunderds of thousands may lose Internet in July". The FBI will turn off their "safety net". It talks about checking your computer by going to and having that software check your computer for infection.

    I don't know if it will be that many.. but still it is worth a couple of clicks just to be sure that your computer is okay.

    Thanks to Roger Klingeman for submitting this information.

  • 12 Apr 2012 10:16 AM | Deleted user

    Spring cleaning for your PC

    Spring cleaning for your PC
    Forget the house - what about a deep clean of your PC? If it's running slowly, it could be infected with a virus or other malicious software. Find out by running a PC safety scan. Then make sure you have Microsoft Security Essentials, our free anti-virus software - and the most popular anti-virus program in North America.


    If it's not malicious software that's slowing your PC, try these time-tested ways to speed up your PC and make it perform better.

    Security updates for April 10, 2012

    The Microsoft Security Bulletin for April includes six security updates, including three for the Windows operating system, one for the Windows Internet Explorer browser, one for Microsoft Office, and one for Microsoft Forefront.

    Microsoft security news


    Microsoft battles Zeus botnets

    In collaboration with the financial services industry, Microsoft helped in the globally coordinated takedown of some of the worst Zeus botnets, which use a trojan horse to steal passwords and other banking information.


    Internet Explorer 10 offers enhanced security

    The next version of our web browser includes an enhanced Protected Mode, which helps protect your data in the event your PC is attacked. Read about it, and even download the preview version of Internet Explorer 10 and test it yourself.


    Senior citizens stay healthy with online gaming

    What is one group of seniors in Los Angeles doing to stay in shape? Tapping into the "social gaming" craze, with the help of Microsoft and our partners. The program combines exercise, health education, and health information tracking.

    Protect your computer 

    Compare malware protection tools
    If you're confused about the difference between Microsoft Security Essentials and other Microsoft anti-malware products, this helpful chart will set you straight.

    Help keep spam out of your inbox
    There's email fraud (see below), and then there's spam - most of which is simply annoying. But there are ways to keep it from reaching your inbox.

    Protect yourself and your family


    Win the battle against email fraud
    How many "phishing" email messages do you receive a week? Here are five common-sense tips to help you avoid email fraud designed to steal credit card numbers, passwords, and other personal information.  


    Have a safer spring break
    Everything that gets posted about you online can potentially be seen by anyone. If you're a student, these tips will help keep your spring break from affecting your future.   

    Security resources

    About this newsletter
    Microsoft Security for Home Computer Users is a monthly newsletter bringing security news, guidance, updates, and community resources directly to your inbox. If you would like to receive more technical security information, see the Microsoft Security Newsletter.

  • 03 Apr 2012 8:05 PM | Deleted user


    Census and Genology

    1940 Census Website

    Will help you find the enumeration district

    More on this next month.


    Mark Monyhan gave us an overview of Ubuntu Distro ( Version of Linux )

  • 13 Mar 2012 7:40 PM | Deleted user

    Please click here

    to read Marks article on Windows 8

  • 07 Mar 2012 9:10 AM | Deleted user

    Organization and shortcuts are the key to efficiency when it comes to e-mailing clients, customers and co-workers.

    Responding in a timely manner is crucial to business, so keep these Microsoft® Office Outlook® tips at your disposal to stay current and organized.

    1. Keep a tidy inbox

    The most important thing to maintain is also sometimes the most 0212_SMB-fturl_outlooktidyinbox735485581094.4298difficult: a clean inbox. Don’t be afraid to delete! Having a spring cleaning session once every few months is good for the soulundefinedIt gets rid of clutter. Deleted items can be permanently removed from your account by clicking Empty. Just be sure there’s nothing you will need in the future. You can also archive old items with the Auto Archive option. Having organized topic folders is helpful, as long as there aren’t so many subdivisions that it gets confusing. You can also store mail in the vault, which will automatically archive messages.

    2. Never see “Your mailbox is almost full” again

    Folders are a great way to maintain organization; however, unless folders are stored on your hard drive, they will still clog your inbox. Storing these on your hard drive will reduce the messages you have in your inbox, therefore making sure there is enough space, and avoiding the dreaded “Your mailbox is almost full” pop-up.

    For more information on saving to a Personal Folder file (.pst), visit this Microsoft Office How-to. [1]

    • On the File menu, highlight New, and click Outlook Data File.
    • Select Office Outlook Personal Folders File (.pst), and click OK.
    • In the File name box, type a name for the file, then click OK.
    • In the Name box, type a display name for the .pst folder.

    You can add a password of up to 15 characters.

    Use strong passwords that combine uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Weak passwords don't mix these elements. Strong password: Y6dh!et5. Weak password: House27. Passwords should be 8 or more characters in length. A pass phrase that uses 14 or more characters is better. For more information, see Help protect your personal information with strong passwords.

    It is critical that you remember your password. If you forget your password, Microsoft cannot retrieve it. Store the passwords that you write down in a secure place away from the information that they help protect.

    If you select the Save this password in your password list check box, make a note of the password in case you need to open the .pst file on another computer. Select this check box only if your Microsoft Windows user account is password-protected and no one else has access to your computer account.

    Important Neither Microsoft, your Internet service provider (ISP), nor your mail administrator has access to your password. No one can open or recover the contents of the .pst file if you forget the password.

    The name of the folder that is associated with the data file appears in the Folder List. To view the Folder List, on the Go menu, click Folder List. By default, the folder will be called Personal Folders.

    You can also click on “Store in Vault” to select which items you would like to keep in cyberspace- in case you ever need them again.

    3. Create a new message shortcut

    0212_SMB_fturl_outlookshortcut785837438861.108For those of you who email frequently, setting up pre-addressed email templates and storing them in a shortcut folder on your desktop will cut out a lot of excess typing (and undoubtedly lower your risk of Carpal Tunnel). To create this shortcut, right click on your desktop:

    • Select New
    • Select Shortcut
    • In ‘Location of Item’ type ‘mailto:’ followed by the recipient’s email address (all with no spaces)
    • After clicking ‘Next,’ you will be able to name your new shortcut folder

    Once you are finished, you will have a pre-addressed email ready to go, every time you click the icon.

    4. Out of Office replies are key

    Out of Office replies will keep your colleagues and contacts 0212_SMB_fturl_outlookoutofofficescreenshot372276212711.6389from spending precious time wondering if and why you are avoiding them. While you still have the ability to check your email remotely, having Out of Office enabled will allow others to know that you may not receive their email until you return. It’s a good idea to include emergency contact information so those who need to get in touch with someone can do so easily. As long as your server runs on Microsoft Exchange, setting up Out of Office is simple:

    • Select Tools
    • Select Out of Office Assistant
    • Check Send Out of Office Replies, select date range, and type message
    • Click OK

    For more details, click here.

    5. Spell checking is the cardinal rule of anything ever written

    It is a tool that makes us wonder how we ever got along without it. There are simple ways to check and correct spelling in any e-mail. If you right click on a misspelled word, other spelling options for that word will appear, allowing you to choose one. To spell check an entire email, simply press F7 on your keyboard and you will be able to check the entire document for both spelling and grammar.

    6. Know keyboard shortcuts

    Keyboard shortcuts are convenient to quickly check, send, and save emails. Some of the most commonly used shortcuts (+ means ‘in combination with’; not the + ‘addition’ key) are:

    CTRL + D
    CTRL + R Reply
    CTRL + F Forward
    CTRL + N New Message
    CTRL + P Print
    CTRL + C Copy
    CTRL + V Paste
    CTRL + X Cut
    ALT + S Send

    Spell Check
    F9 Check for Mail
    F12 Save Document As

    Up arrow Next Message
    Down arrow Previous Message

    For a full list of keyboard shortcuts for Outlook, click here.

    Outlook tips and tricks allow you to stay on top of things, whether you’re in the office or on the go. Both standard and customizable shortcuts will make your life a lot easier when it comes to interacting efficiently via e-mail. The better you are at communicating quickly with your colleagues and contacts, the better they will be at communicating with you.

    For more information
    Microsoft Office Outlook keyboard shortcuts

    Microsoft and Outlook are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

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  • 04 Jan 2012 12:02 PM | Deleted user

    Thanks to those that braved the cold weather and came out to the meeting. We kicked off our Back to the Basics series this month. This is a series of several short presentations about things that you do every day with your computer. They will hopefully give you some insight as to why things happen and how you can work more easily with your computer and software.

    We started out by discussing the Recycle Bin.. this was taken from an article that you can find here. it is page 2 of the PDF

    We then had a presentation on how to resize photos and how to attach them into an email. John Henderson did a fine job make notes, you can look at them by following the link below and then click on the Cabinet door once you are tired of looking at the crown molding :-)

    Mark Monyhan the presented about Copy and Paste and followed up with some great keyboard shortcuts.. you can see his notes here

    Again thanks for coming out, please be sure to stop by the SIGS I know the weather is cold, but they are a wealth of information and our great members are always anxious to help.

    See you next month if not sooner !!
    Robbie Gibson
    KIPCUG President

  • 13 Oct 2011 12:33 PM | Deleted user

    More than half of the major security vendors have released their 2012 security suites already, counting both those with "2012" in the name and those released since the first 2012 edition appeared. Their prices range from under $40 to almost $90, but the most expensive aren't necessarily the most effective. Even though quite a few haven't been updated yet, a couple of clear winners have emerged.

    Norton Internet Security 2012 ($69.99 direct for three licenses, 4.5 stars) excels in all areas, with no component rating less than four stars. Even in areas like spam filtering and parental control, weak points for many suites, Norton does a great job. And its smart firewall protects against a wide variety of attacks.

    Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete ($79.95 direct for three licenses, 4.5 stars) is this season's breakout success. Totally rewritten, its core components occupy less than 600KB of disk space. In my testing, Webroot achieved a first-ever perfect score for malware blocking. And its online backup and file synchronization goes way beyond almost all of the competition. Webroot and Norton currently share the Editors' Choice honor for security suites.

    The chart below lists the 2012 suites along with the star ratings for their various components.

    2012 Security Suites
    By Neil J. Rubenking for PC Magazine
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