Program Info


Program Topic: “Cutting the Cord, Without Cutting It Off”

Are you feeling that your cable or satellite service is running away with your money and you’re not getting what you want, at a price that you feel is reasonable? Are you spending more time flipping through all the stations you get that you don’t want looking for something to watch and then missing the beginnings of the show you wanted to watch? Do you feel that there is no alternative, no competition to what you have, and nothing you can do about it? Well, surprise. There are alternatives where you can “cut the cord”, but still not “cut everything off”.

Stacie Bixler is a person that was feeling much the same way you are feeling now. But she was able to find ways to “cut the cord, without cutting it off”. She will be sharing her knowledge in this area with us at our next General Meeting program on May 20th. Stacie’s program will tell us who is cutting the cord and why. She will take us through her class called “Internet TV – 101” so we know what options we have. And she will let us know how we can “join” the movement.

Stacie will share with us what the current trends are in the TV industry, along with what the numbers are telling us. She will be honest and give us the opportunities and challenges people face when cutting the cord. Her presentation will also cover things like: equipment/devices, popular service providers, content/programming options, and of course costs.

Join us on Sunday, May 20th at 2:30 p.m. for our short business meeting followed by Stacie’s presentation. Please feel free to bring a non-member that might also be interested in learning how to “cut the cord”. Our members gather between 2:00 and 2:30 for renewing acquaintances and meeting new members. Read the next article to see how you can have input into the program.

Questions? Contact   Mitchell Boden, Vice-President in charge of programs. (see Officer’s page)

Join us at 2:00 for our “gathering time” and that will be followed by the short business meeting at 2:30.  The program will start after that.  If the presentation is run on a computer, we will try and share it live over Zoom for those unable to attend in person.  Watch your e-mails for more information and the link to attend.

The winner from the March 18 Meeting of the tablet was Mitchell Bowden, the 3TB external drive was Bill Toothman, and the 128 GB thumb drive was Dick Potts.   Our next raffle will be at the July Picnic meeting.  Watch for details in the newsletter and upcoming e-mail messages.

Fifth Friday – Focus and Fun “April 5th”

“Return to the Clouds”

It’s been 15 months since we first visited the “cloud”.  Since then there have been many members that  now have an interest in using “the cloud”.  But there are still some key questions in their minds  that will be addressed at the FF activity:  How do I get my own “cloud” (not as hard as getting your own “star”)?  Just where will my cloud be?  How should I set it up?  What do I send up to the cloud?  How does my stuff get there?  And how do I get things back from the cloud?  Did you also know that you can “share” some of the things in your cloud with other people?  These and many other questions will hopefully be answered by John Kennedy (and others) during our meeting time from 1:00-3:30 (or so).  You can even create your own cloud that very day on your own laptop or on the classroom computers.

(NOTE: This was rescheduled due to construction at the building this Friday)

Just a reminder that this meeting is only for club members as one of your special benefits of a membership in the East-Central Ohio Technology Users Club.  The cost for non-members is just their membership dues, which will more than pay for itself with the knowledge they gain on that day and the rest of the year.  Bring your non-member friend in before the meeting and we’ll get them signed up.

ECOTUC has started a new feature/activity for it’s members called Fifth Friday – Focus & Fun. With every few months having an extra Friday that’s not being used by the Windows Help Desk or the Linux Help Desk, we decided to see about having a topic that we can explore on a Friday afternoon and spend a little more time learning about it. Our FF-F&F begins at 1:00 p.m. and concludes around 3:30 p.m. or so. This will give some extra time for presentation, discussion, and questions vs. what time we have at our regular Monthly Meeting’s Programs. The topics will vary and depend on who volunteers to present on those Fridays and what they want to present.

For the “kick-off” FF in July 2016, we had a presentation on the new Windows 10-Anniversary Update; and in September we had a great turn-out for a panel presentation on “Backing up your data files”.

For our December 2016 FF, our theme was “Look, Up in the Sky.  Is it a plane?  Is it a bird? Is it Superman?  No it’s “the cloud“.  

For our March 2017 FF, our theme was “Picture This”.

For our June FF, our topic was “Google It, There’s more to it”.

For our September 2017 FF, our theme was “Windows 10, Updated again, and again, and …..!”


These programs are basically for members as it’s one of the benefits of membership. But if you have a friend or family member that isn’t a member, bring they and have them get signed up as a member before the program. The $24 or other amount (depends on when they join) they spend on attending just one of our Focus and Fun Friday’s. will be money well spent. And along with just one program, they would also have access to future Fifth Friday programs, and all our other member benefits that make our membership dues come out to just about 6 ½ cents a day for all that we offer.

Coming Next Month:  The June’s General Meeting program is ” TBD “.

Looking Ahead:  The July’s General Meeting program is “Summer Picnic”. More details to follow, read your newsletter and e-mails.

Remember, bring food donations for the Food Bank, if you like, and bring any empty ink or toner cartridges, and old birthday/holiday/etc.. cards for our different recycling programs.

Any of these programs can be view on our YouTube website.  See our “Meetings” page for details.

The program for the April meeting was titled “Browsers and Brow-Beating”. Link to the presentation’s

The program for the March meeting was titled “Chromebooks”. Link to the presentation’s pdf .

The program for the February meeting was titled ”          “.

The program for the January meeting was titled “Data Privacy”.

The activity for the November/December meetings was our   “Annual Holiday Potluck and Elections of Officers”.

The program for the October meeting was titled “Staying Safe Online, Preventing Ransomware, and Identity Theft”.

The program for the September meeting was titled “Software that’s FREE, for you and me“.

The program for the August meeting was titled  “Microsoft Deserves a Turn: Reviewing web apps from MS” (because we did a big program on Google Apps).

The program for the July meeting was titled  “Annual ECOTUC/LCCS  Summer Picnic”.

The program for the June meeting was canceled at the last minute due to illness of the presenter.

The program for the May meeting was titled Crypto-viruses“.

The program for the April meeting was titled “Your Cellphone Is Your Friend”.

The program for the March meeting was titled “Feel Safe Again As We Go Back To The Future”.

The program for the February meeting was titled “Ken, Sue and Stacie’s Vacation to Oregon & Washington-Tips for Capturing Memories”.

The program for the January meeting was titled “Click it; Sort it; Transfer it; Save it; Access it Immediately“.

The program for the combined November/December meeting was actually our Social Time at the annual potluck and elections of officers.

The program for the October meeting was titled “On-Line Shopping“.

The program for the September meeting was titled “Happy Anniversary Windows 10: What’s New With You?“.

The program for the August meeting was titled GPS Navigation for you and your car”, and “Home Security Cameras that connect to your tablet or phone”.

The program for the July meeting was titled Had a Great Time at the Picnic, sorry you weren’t there.

The program for the June meeting was titled Technology From A Different Perspective.

The program for the May meeting was titled “Being Smarter with Android Smartphones”.

The program for the April meeting was titled “Being Smart with Android Smartphones”.

The program for the March meeting was titled “Selling Items on the Internet, with focus on Craig’s List”.

The program for the February meeting was titled “Amateur Radio and the 21st Century”.

The program for the January meeting was titled “Accessing and Using Governmental Websites”.

The program for November/December was our annual Holiday Potluck and election of officers.  Everyone had a good time and the food was also good.

The program for our October meeting was titled “Tying Up Loose Ends”.

The program for our September meeting was titled “Windows 10: Taking It For A Test Drive”.

The program for our August meeting was titled “Windows 10: What’s all the hype, what’s the rush, what’s the buzz – tell me what’s a happening”.

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