Program Info

GENERAL MEETING: March 18, 2018

Program Topic: “Chromebooks”
Just what is a Chromebook?
What does/can a Chromebook do?
Why should I go out and purchase one?

A great number of computer users hardly touch the power of a computer/laptop.  And they don’t need to.  We mostly go on-line to: read the news, check our e-mail, watch some videos, and play some games.  And we really want to do all of this without a lot of difficulty and complications.  Come and hear a fantastic presentation by Hewie Poplock, a past Vice-President and past member of the Board of Directors of APCUG, a member of the Sarasota (FL) Technology User Group and the current Windows SIG chair of the Central Florida Computer Society.  He was also a part of the formation team, moderated, and presented at many of the APCUG Virtual Technology Conferences, which now has had over 23 quarterly virtual conferences.
Hewie will be presenting to us from the comfort (and warmth) of his home in the Tampa Bay area, where he also heads up the CFCS’s Virtual Chromebook SIG (Help Desk in our ECOTUC language).  He has become a leader in the Chromebook movement and shares  a lot of information about Chromebooks, especially for seniors like us, on his personal website:  Chromebook 4 Seniors (CB4S “dot” net).
Join us on the 18th as Hewie shares his knowledge of the Chromebook, gives a great introduction to Chromebooks, what they do, and why we really want to be using this type of device.  You won’t regret attending this presentation and we encourage you to bring someone that might be interested in learning about Chromebooks.
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 December 16 Annual Potluck of the Lanovo laptop was:  Laura Luth.   Our next raffle will be at the March meeting.  Watch for details in the newsletter and upcoming e-mail messages.

Fifth Friday – Focus and Fun “March 30th”

“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.

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 2017 FF, our theme was “Googled 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:  April’s program will deal with a better understanding of web browsers, what they are and what they are not, how they do what they do, some of their new features, how to make them work better for you, and the many different browser that can be used by you.

Looking Ahead:  The May’s program is TBD.  Check back later.

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 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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