December 17, 2012
Annual Holiday Party
Cameo presentation by BPMUG Vice Presdent, Lee Seidman
We will have a quick election of officers for the upcoming year and
then BPMUG VP, Lee Seidman will show some cool features of Smartphones.
Not to worry if you don’t have a Smartphone nor desire to get one.
This is just a few fun things that Smartphones are able to do. Then
you can impress friends with your newly discovered knowledge!
This presentation will be short since we have a party to look forward
to. Of course its not a real party without food, so we will supply
punch, cups, and napkins and are asking members to bring a dessert,
cheese and crackers, or whatever hors d’Oeuvers-type thing you want
to share. Let’s have a fun meeting.
November 19, 2012
Gadgets for Holiday Shopping
Presented by John Yearsley, Staples
November is a time when we think about holiday shopping. The tech
world is constantly changing and we will have John Yearsley from Staples
back for a wonderful presentation on what’s new and what’s improved
in the world of technology. An electric generator may not fit in your
stocking but there are plenty of electronic gadgets that will!
A great meeting with all the new items and gadgets
available for the holiday shopping season — so bring a visitor with
you to the exciting Nov 19th meeting and stay after to enjoy snacks
and networking with other members!
October 15, 2012
Windows 8 Preview
Presented by Seth Freeman, Asst Professor, Capital Community College
Windows 8 is slated for general availability on October 26, 2012.
BPMUG is teaming up with a professor from Capital Community College
(www.capitalcc.edu) to talk about the significant changes to this
new Windows operating system. Seth Freeman, on the faculty at the
college has kindly offered to give us a preview of Windows 8 and answer
your questions as well. So if you’ve wondered what new features are
in Windows 8, whether you should upgrade to it, and what all the fuss
is about it, this is where you can find out.
The two main editions coming up for retail sale this month are "Windows
8" (which is intended for mainstream consumers) and "Windows
8 Pro" (which has added features aimed towards power users and
enthusiasts). The graphical user interface (GUI — or the look of
it), has some new features such as the removal of that Start button
that we all finally got used to. Even Windows Explorer, which has
been renamed File Explorer, has some new features to it.
September 10, 2012
Speed-up, Clean-up, and Maintain Your
By Jim Smith, Author of Home-based
Web Design Book.
Summer vacations are coming to an end
and it is time to prepare our PC’s for a long winter of computing.
BPMUG computer user group will sponsor our annual free demonstration
on how to tune-up, clean out, and gain control of your computer. We
will demonstrate a bunch of ways that you can speed it up and clean
out some of the clutter that is slowing it down. We will even pass
out some "cheat sheets" so you can follow along and see
how we do it. At the end of the evening, you’ll be able to take the
sheets home and put some life back into your own PC. So if you or
someone you know is interested in getting more power out of that tired
PC, you won’t want to miss this meeting!
July & August, 2012 — Off for Summer
June 18, 2012
eBooks — Has The Future Arrived?
By Richard LaPorta from Husky Trail Press
Are you currently an eBook reader
or planning to become one? If not, maybe its time to start thinking
about looking into eBooks. Richard LaPorta from Husky Trail Press
will be our June 18th presenter and will tell us what is coming
about with eBooks. Richard will walk us through the basics of eBooks
— what they are, what features are available for eBook readers,
as well as what the advantages and disadvantages are for using eBooks.
Richard will talk about how to obtain eBooks — whether you choose
to do your book shopping at home or through your wifi access to the
internet. There are currently many eBooks that are free such as those
from Project Gutenberg mentioned at the last meeting. Others can be
purchased at a reduced price from the printed edition and many can
also be rented or borrowed from libraries. Many newspapers and magazines
already have digital editions. Just think, even if you are traveling,
you can get your hometown newspaper and your magazines no matter where
May 21, 2012
By Matt Conicelli from The Wireless Zone
at Bishops Corner
Matt came from The Wireless Zone to talk
to us about some of the cool new mobile devices that have come out
recently. He brought some demos of the wireless wifi that is the
size of a business card and talked about the latest in iPads and
April 16, 2012
Simply Social Media — What Is It… And Why
Are There So Many?
By Jim Smith, Web Design and Author
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn
and more!! And Google is promoting something called Google-Plus.
And now Instagram is in the news. What are they? Why should you care?
Jim Smith will explain what social media is and demystify many of
the main social media components. Jim will show you what some of
the major ones look like.
March 19, 2012
Genealogy — Are Your Long Lost Ancestors
By Carol Whitmore, Connecticut Genealogical Society
Certainly your great-great-grandparents did not envision that you
could be using the Internet to find some historical facts about them.
They had no way of knowing that many years after they departed that
their descendants could electronically uncover long lost records
It has been a while since BPMUG offered a program on how to find
our long lost relatives. Things change for computerized Internet
searches so for our March 19th meeting we have a member of Connecticut
Genealogical Society coming to give a presentation. Our presenter,
Carol Whitmore, belongs to the genealogy group, is on their speaker
list, and is also computer savvy. That all adds up to a great informational
February 20, 2012
Hoaxes and Phishes and Scams, Oh My!
By BPMUG Members, Lee Seidman and Jim Smith
Have you ever been fooled into believing an Internet hoax? Are you
Lee Seidman and Jim Smith will be discussing many of the common
hoaxes and phishes (emails faked into looking like they are official),
and scams that are out there. We will display some of the general
methods in which scammers fool people into believing hoaxes. Many
times, it just takes a pause and a second thought to realize that
these are scams. But in our fast world, the scammers are hoping to
get you to skip that step. Don’t let yourself be taken in!
January 16, 2012
Money Goes To Google & Money
Comes From Google
By Jim Smith, Blarneystone, LLC & Author of Home-based
You’ve probably figured out by now that Google’s "Free" search
engine somehow makes money. Do you wonder how? And did you know that
thousands of people like you make money from Google from home? Presenter
Jim Smith is one of the people making money from Google. Not a lot
yet but it is a nice feeling to know it can be done.
Do you want to know more about how Google makes money and how you
can get into that revenue stream? Come to BPMUG’s January 16th meeting
and learn all about Google’s Adwords where Google makes huge amounts
of money little bits at a time. And learn about Google’s Adsense
where Google pays people to display ads on their website and pays
for those ads.
This will be a real eye-opener for many people who don’t understand
how a company like Google grew so large by offering a free search
engine. This isn’t a magical get-rich-quick scheme but rather an
informational presentation on how Google cashes in on the public
and how many individuals get to cash in on Google at the same time.
December 18, 2011
BPMUG Annual Holiday Party
Holidays to all. For our meeting we are going to have a Holiday
Party! We’ll have a quick election of officers for the upcoming
year Then our President, Jim Smith, will share a fun website
or two and then we’ll open the meeting to a party with Hors d’Oeuvers
and desserts provided by our members.
November 21, 2011
Holiday Gadgets for Holiday Shopping
By John Yearsley, Staples Office Supplies
November is a time when we think about holiday shopping. The tech
world is constantly changing and we will have John Yearsley from
Staples back for a wonderful presentation on what’s new and
what’s improved in the world of technology. An electric generator
may not fit in your stocking but there are plenty of electronic gadgets
that will! This should be a great meeting with all the new items
and gadgets available for the holiday shopping season.
October 17, 2011
The Basics — All About E-mail
By Dennis Halnon with Biznuzz IT Services
E-mail has been around since 1960 in many versions. In 1971 the
first ARPANET email application was introduced in which the user
and host names become “user@host” that we use today.
In the 1980’s the current email SMTP protocol was created.
This enabled sending a single message to a domain with more than
one addressee, after which the local server would locally copy the
message to each recipient. Then in 1978 a system was developed to
transmit emails over a telephone line for the U.S Army. By 1993 America
Online and Delphi connected to the internet, and began offering email
on a large scale global service. Email has come a long way with help
from many to the complex package that we now use.
With that complexity comes confusion over the basics of email. How
do you send attachments? How does email get to its destination? What
is spam? Mark your calendars and come to our October 17th meeting
and let Dennis Halnon unravel those email questions and give easy-to-understand
explanations of the terms associated with email.
September 19, 2011
Speed-up, Clean-up, and Maintain Your PC
By BPMUG Vice President, Lee Seidman
Summer vacations are winding down and it is time to crank up our
PC’s for a long winter of computing. BPMUG computer user group
will sponsor our annual free demonstration on how to tune-up, clean
out, and gain control of your computer. We will demonstrate ways
that you can speed it up and clean out some of the clutter that is
slowing it down. We will even pass out some "cheat sheets" so
you can follow along and see how we do it. At the end of the evening,
you’ll be able to take the sheets home and put some life back into
your own PC.
July 18, 2011
The Future Of Computing: On Your Desk, In
Your Pocket, Or Something In Between?
By BPMUG Members, Paul Silversmith and Barry Gordon
Desktop, laptop, notebook, netbook, tablet, smartphone! Throw in
e-readers and what’s a person
How many different “e-machines” do
you need? Which one(s) meet your needs?
Do you need storage, power and speed, a large screen, basic portability,
constant (pocket) portability and connection, special features, all
of the above? More? Are there other things/terms to list? We lay
out all the options.
At our July 18th meeting, Paul Silversmith
will discuss this growth and change in computing. He will discuss
the differences in capability and features of the different devices,
the power of the smartphone and tablets. A few different models of
smartphones will be compared and then the same will be done with
tablets. Barry Gordon will demo the Zoom tablet.
June 20, 2011
On-Line Selling Simplified
By Jim Smith, Blarneystone Internet Services
Have you thought about setting up a web site to sell something you’ve
made? A book? Sweaters you’ve knitted? Bird feeders you build in
your garage? Are you uncertain where to start? Or have you started
to delve into it only to have more questions than answers?
For our June 20th meeting, Internet guru Jim Smith will demystify
online stores. He will demonstrate how to add a free online ecommerce
service to your web site. He will also demonstrate how easy it is
to make PayPal buttons to add to your web site.
May 16, 2011
By Capital Community College Professor, Michael Ligon
Universities and colleges have been offering on-line courses for
a long time now. This is an easy way to earn credits if you are too
busy or unable to physically go the school. Also larger schools offer
a wide variety of courses. Additionally, if you are out of work or
in a dead-end job and want to train for a new career, this might
be your answer. Long distance learning has come a long way over the
years and it’s available to all us.
Michael Ligon, from Capital Community
College, will show how online courses work and what is available
to us. Michael will demonstrate an actual on-line course that the
college offers and what you can expect in a virtual class. He will
also address what computer equipment you will need to participate
in an on-line course. Being a local community college, the college
prices are very reasonable but Michael will also talk about other
on-line courses that you might find interesting.
April 18, 2011
Fat-Free, Calorie-Free Easter Eggs on your PC
By Jim Smith, Blarneystone Internet Services
It is Spring and for some, Easter Eggs
conjure up pastel colored hard-boiled eggs. However, for many computer
techies, Easter Eggs are something completely different. They are
harmless messages or games hidden deep within software that developers
use as an inside joke or a way of personalizing an otherwise mundane
composition of computer code. Whether you have known about Easter
Eggs are or not, this meeting will be a fun way to see some popular
and not-so- popular Easter Eggs.
Our presenter, Jim Smith, proclaims
to eat Easter eggs instead of embedding them but will discuss what
embedded Easter Eggs are, what they are not (they are not viruses
or malware), and how to find some. Jim will show you how to enjoy
some on your PC software such as Microsoft Office and Open Office
as well as in the popular browsers.
March 21, 2011
Secrets Your Printers & Copiers Are Keeping
By Paul Sheridan, CDIA+, with Flo-Tech Imaging Systems
Printers & copiers have been with us for a long time in various
forms from laser to desktop to portable. They have improved over
time to the extent that many have their own memory and computing
power built in. If you send a print or copy job to your printer from
your PC, and your PC indicates it is complete while your printer
is still printing, that is because your PC downloaded that print
file to the printer memory. Your printer remembered that document
and depending on its memory, likely many more documents you’ve sent.
Seems very convenient right? It is a nice thing until that printer
goes back to the leasing company or you sell or ditch it to get the
newer model. Remember all those documents your printer got? Your
printer may still be remembering them. And the person who gets your
printer next, can download all of your tax returns, your doctors’
medical records, etc.
Paul Sheridan, a printer and copier guru from Flo-Tech, will discuss
how you can protect your privacy when you get ready to get rid of
your printer or copier. He will also give a handout with tips on
questions you should ask your doctors office and others to assure
that your medical and personal records are secure and will not leave
their office when the copier or printer lease term expires.
February 21, 2011
Facebook For The Rest Of Us
By Jim Smith of Blarneystone Internet Services
Are you still baffled by Facebook?
Do you feel it is just for kids? Then you won’t want to miss this
presentation! It is now time to discuss Facebook for the rest of
us! Presenter and long-time Internet user, Jim Smith, will talk
about why Facebook has also come of age for "grownups".
Jim will touch on privacy and security issues with Facebook but
won’t dwelled upon it. There is much more to Facebook for you. With
over 40% of the US population having a Facebook account, it is no
longer a fringe toy. With February being the 7th anniversary of Facebook
and with it having 600 million active users, it is time to take another,
more serious look at what Facebook has evolved into.
You will learn what Facebook is… and more generally what social
networking is. You will see what a Facebook page looks like. You
will discover reasons you might have for creating your own Facebook
page. And you will find out how easy it is to set up your own free
Facebook page to try it out.
January 17, 2011
Webinars and Related Technology
By Rebecca Bridges from RB Production Services
The term "webinar" is short for "Web-based seminar".
In the "old days" we had teleconferencing with a phone
line but no video. Today these webinars are truly wonderful and have
the ability to inform and educate many people at the same time all
over the globe. Unlike a webcast that was just a one-way web presentation,
most webinars are done with a live feed and can be dynamic with interaction
with the listeners. The users can participate through chats, file
sharing, or by asking questions with a built in microphone or via
For our January 17th meeting we will have Rebecca Bridges from RB
Production Services as our presenter. She will take us through all
the basic aspects of this new mode of "show and "tell".