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Details of Monthly Meetings

PATACS - Arlington

Wednesday, May 3rd, 7 PM

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

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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, May 20th, 1 PM

3rd Saturday

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

Fairfax Meeting Info, Maps

May 20th, 12:45 PM https://zoom.us/j/585402414 or
Zoom Meeting ID: 585 402 414

Really - Free TV ???

Device TV
Watching TV on the Internet
Trends in TV Viewing
Presented by Rick Elrod,
Fairfax County Government

Today’s TV’s, computers, and mobile devices offer “over-the-top” options to watch movies and TV programs via streaming video over the Internet. Services such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon, Sling TV, and Apple TV provide new alternatives. “Cord-cutters” are replacing or supplementing their cable television subscriptions with such Internet video sources. The Fairfax County Department of Cable and Consumer Services will discuss the benefits and limitations of these options.

Frederick E. Ellrod III (Rick) is Director of the Communications Policy and Regulation Division of Fairfax County’s Department of Cable and Consumer Services. Before joining the County in 2009, he worked as an attorney at Miller & Van Eaton, a law firm representing local governments on cable and telecommunications issues. He helped negotiate the County’s 2013 and 1998 Cox cable franchises and assisted with the Comcast franchise renewal in 2005. Previously, he taught philosophy at the Catholic University of America. Rick graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude in 1986 and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University (1979).

Rick has resided in the County since 1989. He has published two short stories and is working on a science fiction novel titled House of Stars. Rick also plays the guitar. He is the proud father of David and Karen, and the grandfather of two charming granddaughters.

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Learn in 30:
Presented by Bill Walsh

Flightradar24 is one of several available websites that let you graphically follow aircraft in flight, with detailed parameters of the plane and flight route. Founded as a hobby in 2006 by two Swedish aviation enthusiasts, the program collects data from multiple sources, with increasing reliance on aircraft use of what is known as ADS-B transponder data, an important part of the FAA's NextGen air traffic control system.

Thousands of flights are shown around the world, with aircraft location, speed, origin, destination, etc. being presented. Flights can be selected and tracked onscreen, with many features controlling the program being offered to the user. Because of the use of near-realtime data, the displays are closer than most to showing aircraft positions, though accuracy is often dependent on reception of transmitted data.

Bill is Secretary of PATACS and has been instrumental managing meeting setup for the club for many years..

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

Future Meeting Topics:

June 17th - Dan Feighery: Photography as a Retirement Hobby
Judy Taylour: NoMo Robo

July 15th - Gabe Goldberg: iPad and Smartphone - Together at Last

August 19th - Jay Castillo: Preserving Digital Assets

September 16th - Thomas Pratt: East Coast Seismicity

October 21st - Fairfax County On-Line Library Services

November 18th - John Acton:3D Printing - What's It All About?

PC Troubleshooting

PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday, May 24th, 7 PM
Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Technology & PC Help Desk: Extended Q&A

Arlington Meeting Info & Maps       
Computer Mechanic

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