Sunday, December 13, 2009

Digital TV Reception Over the Air

Able TV and Antenna Service (Whitby) demonstrated some free and some cost efficient methods for receiving many high definition digital channels with an antenna and (if needed) a tuner box. Televisions made within the last three years will likely already have a built-in digital tuner, requiring no more than rabbit ears to pull in nearby channels.

Santa, attracted by an abundance of Christmas goodies, and an opportunity to thank our club volunteers, presented gifts.

Jasper Baarbe asked members to view and vote for a YouTube video he produced along with his brother. Votes may yeild a scholarship from the Fraser Instutute. Go to "Balance: The Economic Tightrope". You may vote if you are logged into a YouTube account.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Windows 7 by Microsoft - November Meeting

Damir Bersinic, of Microsoft, is thanked by Program Director, Jason. Damir not only provided a highly detailed look at Windows 7, but stayed throughout the meeting to assist with advice and answers to the "bug session". Shown above are two lucky winners of Windows 7 Ultimate.

Monday, October 12, 2009

October 2009 - High Definition Television - HD TV

Representatives from Best Buy and Geek Squad covered the newest HD television choices, along with installation options and cautions. Club members probed further with numerous questions concerning reliability, image quality and costs.

Photo: Ron Locke

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sept 10 Meeting - SketchUp & NoScript

Jasper demonstrated his extensive knowledge of Google's free version of Sketchup, and taught a novice user how to make a 3-D, textured and shaded object - in this case, a chair. Google Earth contains an option to turn on 3D objects created by SketchUp artists, making exploration of cities populated with Sketch-up architecture much more exciting and explanatory. The SketchUp Warehouse contains many pre-drawn drag'n'drop objects, saving a lot of time when, say, filling up a room with furniture. Mike followed with NoScript, a Firefox add-on for blocking JScript activity on web sites, except where permitted by the user.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Identity Theft - August 2009 Meeting

Howard Haslett is a Risk Management and Identity Theft Specialist working with PPL Legal Care of Canada, along with his wife Jacqueline.

  • What is Identity Theft?
  • Is it a crime in Canada?
  • Are you at risk?
  • Types of Identity Theft
  • High tech and low tech examples
  • Why worry about Identity Theft?
  • Why are you at risk?
  • Breaches of information
  • Laws to protect us
  • What can you do to protect yourself?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

April 9 mtg. - GOOGLE Night - Part I

Five club members presented an overview of many Google features - leaving a goodly number of Google possibilities still untouched. For this reason, we may follow up with a presentation of the remaining items at a future meeting - a GOOGLE Night Part II.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Gizmos and Gadgets Technology Expo - Oshawa

Promoting our club - several members at the Gizmos and Gadgets Technology Expo, Oshawa Public Library - March 24, 2009. Visitors were shown digital imaging, tablet computing, the Linux operating system, Vista, and music recording software.

During one of the break-out sessions, we demonstrated the use of web cameras for Skype video and voice communication, as well as direct voice calls (with Skype) to landlines from a home computer.

Monday, March 16, 2009

March Mtg. - Tax Software & Skype

Krista Sylvestervich and Sebastian Reisch present UFile and Quick Tax, for comparison of these two excellent tax preparation applications.

We video conferenced with club member, Mike Roche, while he was vacationing in Myrtle Beach.

[Photos by Ron Locke]

February Mtg.- Windows 7 with The Computer Mechanics

Les Shaw and Deb Cormier [The Computer Mechanics] after their presentation - an overview of Windows 7 beta. And, thanks again for providing many of the answers during our following Bug Session.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Jan. 2009 Meeting - Digital Photography Manipulation - Free Software

Free, digital photo manipulation and online web album programs: Windows Movie Maker, Photo Story 3, Picasa3, Flickr, PhotoScape, FastStone, PhotoMeister, PhotoFiltre, Pain.NET, XnView, Cam2PC, PhotoEditor!, and more - presented by Dave and Dan.

[The January 16th Toronto power outage has crippled the above site for the duration.]

Club photos by Ron Locke on Picasa.