Thursday, November 14, 2019

Next Meeting - Thursday, Nov. 14 - Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Meeting Date

November 14, 2019

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
By Ken Gardner

Description: In this presentation, I'll be talking about the invention of blockchain, what it is, what its used for, and how it is being applied by cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Etherium.
The presentation will focus on the technology behind blockchain, the problems it is trying to solve, and some problems it has created. We'll be talking about some of the fundamental ideas used by blockchain applications such as mining, wallets, and coins / tokens.
We'll also be talking about some of the social and economic aspects of the technology. The subject will be presented in an introductory manner.

Nov 2019 Amplifone - hearing loss diagnosis

Amplifone is an international company, with several local agents, four of whom came to present an extremely informative and detailed account of hearing loss, and the many technological options for overcoming hearing loss. https://www.amplifon.com/ca/branch-locator/hearing-clinics-oshawa-on






Thursday, September 19, 2019

Sept. 2019 - What is New, and What is Gone?

Fred presented a timeline for both Microsoft and Google, showing the evolution of both companies, products they both created and remove through time, along with news about replacement products.
[Google and Microsoft such as Android and Windows OS, Google Suite and MS Suites, Office Suites, Calendar, emails, photos, connections, etc.]

Member, Bob Bell, has posted a complete set of photos and slides on Flickr.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Aug 2019 - Agricultural Robots - new ventures



Korechi Innovations Inc. specializes in design of Autonomous products for use in farms and turf maintenance.
The products are enablers, they automate tasks which do not require human ingenuity, thus the operators are freed up to do other tasks - making them more productive while enriching their experience.


Sougata Korechi


SNAP'D showed up for an interview and photos
Member, Bob Bell, took lots of photos... posted on Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/roberttbell/albums/72157710878190157

Jul 2019 - Linux vs other operating systems - an update

Alex Morrison, who leads the Linux Special Interest Group, was joined on stage by Mark and John, each describing a favourite installed version, along with favourite Linux software.







Jun 2019 - Genealogy and Modern Technology

Nancy Trimble, Chair of our local genealogical society, and past president of the Ontario Genealogical Society, presented commentary for a set of slides developed by Anne Delong, another member of the local genealogical society.
During the last thirty years, the tools and resources available to people who enjoy researching their family trees have grown exponentially. Nancy showed how genealogists have changed their processes over time to take advantage of everything from message boards, optical character recognition, online databases, family tree software, social media, and even DNA comparison to find their relatives.







May 2019 - TD Wealth - Private Investment Advice

Robert Gawne and Bobby McBride, of the Whitby branch, "Tax and Estate Planning - The Tax Bill You'll Never See".
Understanding that the Canadian Federal Government in Ottawa, whether we like it or not, is in our will is something not every Canadian is aware of. We will try incorporating some helpful technology tips in the presentation, however the main premise will be disinheriting the Canadian Government if at all possible. Steps we can take between now and when our time comes will alleviate some of the taxable consequences our estate may face.






 

Apr 2019 - Oh No! My Hard Drive Failed

Dave Swain and Bob Bell demonstrated back-up and recovery procedures using Acronis.
Acronis provides data protection for personal users including, backup, archive, access and recovery for Microsoft, MacOS, iOS, and Android operating systems. You will learn how to create a reliable backup that accomplishes 3 important things:
  1. Back up using cloning and mirror imaging to make a duplicate of your system
  2. Store - back up to a local drive and to the cloud for dual protection
  3. Restore - quickly recover your whole system or a specific file

prizes supplied by Dave's sponsor


Mar 2019 - Home Energy Efficiency

Gail Lawlor represented Veridian Connections -
  1. How your house works as a system
  2. Build Tight
  3. Ventilate Right
  4. True/False - debunking energy efficiency myths
  5. Provincial conservation programs (SaveOnEnergy)



Feb 2019 - Wikipedia - the Encyclopedia Anyone Can Edit

Anne Delong, who is a Wikipedia Administrator and member of our Club, explained; Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website on the planet, and the world's most-consulted online information source. Its pages are viewed about 15 billion times each month. Founded in 2001, funded through donations, with content contributed almost entirely by volunteers, today Wikipedia provides information to readers in over 300 languages. The English Wikipedia alone has more than 5 million articles. Learn how the Wikimedia Foundation has managed to maintain the project as "the encyclopedia anyone can edit" without having it taken over by fake news, biased opinion and vandalism. Also find out how to judge the reliability of the information you read there.
For those who've never edited Wikipedia, Anne showed how this is done.