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Personal computer users sharing information regarding applications, operating systems and hardware for the home and small business environment.
Personal computer users sharing information regarding applications, operating systems and hardware for the home and small business environment.

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The digital revolution keeps exploding, and continually extending mobile devices into our lives -- from enhancing our senses with drones and VR goggles to connecting us with remote devices that monitor our homes and even our own health.
 
For this fifteenth edition of his Holiday Tech coverage, Doug Dixon is back to demonstrate more fun examples of the latest cool devices. We also will look back to see the amazing innovation in mobile digital products that got us to this point, and look forward to the possibilities of the future.
 
So come and check out the new gadgets hands-on, and enjoy some fun artifacts of the past, to see how far we've come as we ride the mobile digital revolution.
 
[ Background
 
Fifteen years ago the growth line of digital technology and storage passed legacy analog, launching the mobile digital revolution of the 2000s. Or, more viscerally, 2002 also was the year that the Encyclopædia Britannica discontinued its print edition, 244 years after its first publication.
 
The past decade and a half has seen amazing innovation in digital products -- cell phones and PDAs to smartphones, CD and MP3 players to media players, hard disks to flash memory, laptops to netbooks and convertibles, and Web to cloud and social media.
 
[ About the Speaker
 
Doug Dixon is an independent technology consultant, specializing in Web data analysis, digital media, and portable devices. He has been writing and speaking on digital media for over a decade and a half, and providing annual holiday gadget coverage in the Princeton area since 2002.
 
Doug previously was a product manager and software developer at Intel and at Sarnoff in Princeton. He has authored four books on digital media, published hundreds of feature articles, and presented over a hundred seminars and talks. He makes his articles and technical references freely available on his Manifest Technology website and blog at Manifest-Tech.com.
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Amazon Fire Stick, 2nd Generation:

On October 20, 2016 Amazon delivered their newest Fire Stick. Clarke bought one and we will get a "first" look at this amazing device. Most reviewers feel this is the best streaming media device at the time. (At least until a competitor introduces their next device.)

The "2nd generation" includes Alexis.

Cloud Based Storage Options:

At our regularly scheduled meeting we will view videos regarding storing data in cloud configurations.

A video by Lon Seidman introduces us to three configurations from Synology, Seagate and Western Digital.

Video producer Chase Drizzle gives us his review of five popular Cloud Storage Services.

For the do-it-yourself person we will view a how to build your own Free NAS System by Chris of Tech Uploaded. This video will give us a good feel of what goes in the "Cloud" configuration.

These videos are at the recommendation of Don Arrowsmith, President of the Philadelphia Area Computer Society, www.PACSnet.org When Don lived in New Jersey he was an officer of the Princeton PC Users Group.

Even though these videos are targeted to home users the information is pertinent to small businesses.

After the videos we will have time for a discussion moderated by Club President Clarke Walker.
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At our regularly scheduled meeting we will view a video by Ken Rogers about Considerations when you "Setup and Configure a Home Network".

Today's home network has many parts; including getting the Internet into the house and then getting it to all your computers, mobile devices and even some day, your refrigerator. How do you get the fastest speed, protect your data and keep out the hackers? Ken Rogers talks about what you need and what you need to consider.

Even though the video is targeted to home users the information is pertinent to small businesses.

After the video we will have time for discussion moderated by Club President Clarke Walker.

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Ken Rogers, IT Business Analyst gave this presentation at the APCUG Spring 2016 Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) in May 2016. Ken built his first home network using the existing telephone wiring in his house, and later replaced it with Ethernet and Wi-Fi technology. When he’s not installing new toys for his home network or making deliveries for his wife’s cake decorating home business, Ken works as an IT Business Analyst for PNC Bank. His hobbies include blogging, fencing, and watching far too many televised sporting events.

The Princeton PC Users Group is a member of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups ( www.http://apcug2.org ).

Clarke Walker was a Technology Consultant for Compaq Computer Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. He specialized in large cluster computers and networks. Clarke received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Clarke is the President of the Princeton PC Users Group, http://ppcug-nj.org/ . He is also an Instructor and Vice President at the Computer Learning Center at Ewing, NJ, http://clcewing.org/ .
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Club President Clarke Walker will be hosting videos on "Quantum Computer in a Nutshell (Documentary)" and "10 Things You have Heard and Re-told but are Completely False - Neil deGrasse Tyson"

The free "entitlement" upgrade to Windows 10 ends on July 29, 2016.
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Connect your computer to a TV with WiDi, Chromecast, EZcast and HDMI. This presentation is an explanation of some recently-introduced technologies for wirelessly connecting televisions, printers, tablets, and monitors to your computer. Published on Oct 22, 2015.

Francis Chao is a member of APCUG's Online Services committee as the OLS Administrator responsible for maintaining APCUG's hosted websites. He is a frequent presenter at the WINdows usERS Group in SoCal and the the Tucson Computer Society when he lived in Arizona. Francis has given presentations at the Southwest Technology & Computer Conference as well as many Virtual Technology Conferences . As a member of APCUG's Speakers Bureau, he has also given numerous online presentations to APCUG-member groups.
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Please note our original presenter Gabe Goldberg had to cancel because of back problems.
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Club President Clarke Walker will be hosting the meeting. 

At this evening's meeting we will be viewing several videos. They include:

“How Do I Learn About Social Media?” by Geeks on Tour and Abby Stokes

“Geeks on Tour” is a program hosted by Jim and Chris Guld. For the presentation given on April 24, 2016 they have a special guest, Abby Stokes. Abby wrote "Is This Thing On?" She is a noted author and speaker.

Jim and Chris Guld are Geeks on Tour. They tour the country in a motorhome and present technology seminars to other travelers along the way. “We are Geeks who Teach and we love technology that enhances our lives.”

“A Short History of Cryptography”

This video produced by the History Channel for their Modern Marvels programs highlights the development of cryptography.

“Why the NSA is breaking our encryption -- and why we should care”

Encryption dates back to the Founding Fathers and the Bill of Rights. Now, the United States National Security Agency is breaking and undermining core encryption technologies that power the Internet, saying it's being done for our own protection from terrorists. But are we sacrificing our freedoms for fear?

Matthew Green is an Assistant Research Professor of Computer Science at the Johns Hopkins University. This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

Microsoft Update on its Windows 10 Insider Preview Program
Before Windows 10 was released in July 2015 Microsoft allowed developers and technologists to test the pre-release of the operating system. After the initial release of Windows 10 Microsoft continued the Insiders Program to continue getting feedback.

In the last few months there have been several released “builds”. We will discuss the changes we can expect to see in future public releases.
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Clarke Walker was a Technology Consultant for Compaq Computer Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. He specialized in large cluster computers and networks.

Clarke received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Clarke is the President of the Princeton PC Users Group, http://ppcug-nj.org/ . He is also a Vice President and Instructor at the Computer Learning Center at Ewing, NJ, http://clcewing.org/ .
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“Inside: Google” by National Geographic

Google is a large company and a dominating force on the Internet. We will view a National Geographic video on how the company operates. 

“From Google’s offices in China and Russia to the Googleplex (its Silicon Valley headquarters), uncover why this company’s corporate philosophy and attitude is so unique among major companies today.“

Trenton Computer Festival, 41st

The 41st Trenton Computer Festival was held on March 19, 2016.  We share our experiences at the Festival.

Passwords

Passwords are very important to secure our accounts.  But how do you remember those passwords?  We will look at an ingenuous way to do this.

Microsoft Update on its Windows 10 Insider Preview Program

Before Windows 10 was released in July 2015 Microsoft allowed developers and technologists to test the pre-release of the operating system. After the initial release of Windows 10 Microsoft continued the Insiders Program to continue getting feedback.
In the last few months there have been several released “builds”.  We will discuss the changes we can expect to see in future public releases.

Moderated by Clarke Walker

Clarke Walker was a Technology Consultant for Compaq Computer Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. He specialized in large cluster computers and networks. Clarke received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Clarke is the President of the Princeton PC Users Group, http://ppcug-nj.org/ .  He is also a Vice President and Instructor at the Computer Learning Center at Ewing, NJ, http://clcewing.org/ .
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Google Apps

A Look at Google Maps and Google Picasa

Google is well known for it's search engine.  Not as well known is that Google has also developed several "apps".  In this presentation we will look at:

Google Maps and How to Navigate Public Transportation

We will see some examples of how to use Maps to find the nearest public transit stop and obtain a schedule to your destination. 

In the beginning of February Google announced that as of March 1, 2016 they will no longer be supporting 

Google Desktop Picasa

Picasa is used to organize photos into albums and includes a large variety of filters. 

We will take a look at Picasa and talk about whether you should download this free app while it is available.

If time allows we will watch the video "Inside Google".

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Clarke Walker was a Technology Consultant for Compaq Computer Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. He specialized in large cluster computers and networks. Clarke received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Clarke is the President of the Princeton PC Users Group, http://ppcug-nj.org/ .  He is also a Vice President and Instructor at the Computer Learning Center at Ewing, NJ, http://clcewing.org/ .
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'Tis the holiday giving season, and amazingly the Internet now helps make your giving more personal and more satisfying.

"Crowdfunding" allows you to follow your passions -- to support specific people in need, or help provide venture funding to small entrepreneurs dreaming of creating new products, or become a patron to individual artists bursting to express themselves.

This talk will show how sites like KickStarter and GoFundMe are bringing together individual creators with groups of individual contributors to enable a new flowering of small-scale charity, product invention, and artistic expression. And this is serious business -- there are multiple such sites that have each raised billions of dollars from tens of millions of donors.

We'll look at the broad range of crowdfunding campaigns across the globe, ranging from creative projects (including art, music, film, photography, design, and comics) to product development (books, games, and tech) to personal fundraising (medical, educational, volunteer, emergency, and sports teams).

Of course, in the holiday spirit of giving, we'll also demonstrate some of the fun new products and designs that have resulted from crowdfunding projects, from inventive books and films to clever tech gadgets.
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Some statistics (approximate):

    Kickstarter has raised $2 billion for 90,000 creative projects from 9.5 million backers.
    GoFundMe has raised over $1 billion for personal needs from 16 million donors.
    Indiegogo has over 7000 campaigns active at a time and 15 million global visitors per month.
    DonorsChoose has funded over 600,000 classroom projects in public schools.
    Patreon has 250,000 patrons providing $2 million per month to support artists.
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About the speaker ...

Doug Dixon is an independent technology consultant, specializing in digital media and portable devices. He has been writing and speaking on digital media for the past decade and a half, and providing annual holiday gadget coverage in the Princeton area since 2002.

Doug previously was a product manager and software developer at Intel and Sarnoff in Princeton. He has authored four books on digital media, published hundreds of feature articles, and presented over a hundred seminars and talks. He makes his articles and technical references freely available on his Manifest Technology website and blog at www.Manifest-Tech.com.
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