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Details of Monthly Meetings

PATACS - Arlington

Wednesday, April 5th, 7 PM

Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Thunderbird & AO:

Click on Email

Exploring Email:

Paul Howard

Mel Mikosinski

We continue our discussions of various approaches to sending and receiving email.


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The program planners for our First Wednesday PATACS meetings in Arlington are looking for topics that members would like to have explored or questions answered - this is your opportunity to have a say in subjects addressed at this meeting. This is a smaller meeting than the Fairfax meeting, and it allows for much more interaction between members than is possible in Fairfax. And – there's the post-meeting Pizza and Salad SIG, the post-meeting social at a nearby restaurant - another value-added feature of your membership! Please send your suggestions to lead planner Steven Wertime at arlmtgpgm@patacs.org.

OPCUG / PATACS Joint Meeting,
Saturday, April 15th, 1 PM

3rd Saturday

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Tallwood, TA1
4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, VA 22032-1028

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April 15th, 12:45 PM https://zoom.us/j/477933188 or
Zoom Meeting ID: 477 933 188

Creating Month-per-Page Photo Calendars
Presented by John Krout

We are awash in photos. How can you make good use of all those photos? Consider creating a month-per-page photo calendar. It can bring a year of smiles to your family. Take a break from tax prep and learn how

. This presentation will compare three different approaches for creating month-per-page photo calendars: web services, commercial software, and do-it-yourself with general presentation sofware such as Microsoft Powerpoint or OpenOffice Impress. John Krout used a web service to create his first calendar in late 2009; dissatisfied with that approach, he evaluated commercial sofware in 2010, and ultimately decided on the do it yourself approach as of late 2010. He has designed and published seven annual calendars since then, each with a different photo theme.

You will see a comparison of the economics and time demands of the three approaches. You will see a demo using John's free JK Calendar Creation Kit file, available for OpenOffice Impress and Powerpoint, to create the full-page month tables for January and February 2018.  He will also show you the inexpensive hole punch and binding equipment he uses. He will pass around copies of some of his past calendars.

John Krout is an Arlington resident, a software engineer and an employee of a major manufacturer of automated fingerprint identification systems, working now as a tech writer. He began writing computer programs in BASIC and Fortran at age 16 in high school. He began taking photographs at age 10. He earned degrees from MIT, UVA and Virginia Tech. John joined WAC shortly after the Commodore 64 was released, and still owns a C64 with a serial number in the low 2000s. During the next ten years, he served as that club's publicity manager, membership manager, Amiga special interest group leader, vice president and president. He presented many demos for the club. He wrote many how-to articles for the club newsletter, and occasionally edited issues of the newsletter.

John won the Grand Champion ribbon twice in the annual Arlington County Fair photo contest, and dozens of blue ribbons over 25 years. He has designed and micro-published month per page photo calendars every year since 2010, primarily for his immediate family and local in laws. Each year his new calendar has a different photo theme. 

Not to mention the 40+ video DVDs he has produced since 2004. You might think his motto is Try to Keep Up.

Learn in 30:
Highlights from the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show
Presented by Geof Goodrum

Geof will summarize the latest consumer technology trends and gadgets in photos from the January 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show.

Geof is co-editor of the PATACS Posts newsletter, Society director, and Linux enthusiast. His day job involves weather satellites at NOAA.

Contact director2 (at) patacs.org
to arrange a presentation !!

Future Meeting Topics:

May 20th - Rick Elrod: TV From the Internet

September 16th - Thomas Pratt - East Coast Siesmicity

October 21st - Fairfax County On-Line Library Services

PC Troubleshooting

PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday, April 26th, 7 PM
Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Technology & PC Help Desk: Extended Q&A

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Computer Mechanic

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