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Details of Monthly Meetings

PATACS - Arlington

Wednesday, August 7th, 7 PM

Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
Zoom Session: https://zoom.us/j/894485185
Meeting ID: 894 485 185
Using Zoom

Stay Connected
Staying Connected
While You Travel

Presented by Ron Brown

Ron Brown is the Program Coordinator for Silvercom Computer & Technology Club in Arizona Ron and his wife, Gail, have two daughters, one lives in Adelaide, Australia and the other in Beijing, China. Their home is in Vancouver Island in Canada but they spend four months in Mesa, AZ then travel to Australia and China by cruise ship. Needless to say, Ron needs to stay connected and with their rigorous travel schedule it can be challenging.

He put this presentation together in October 2018 while on the MS Noordam from Vancouver, Canada to Sydney, Australia. The presentation looks at the options you have and specific challenges for staying connected with air-land-sea travel. Whether you purchase a local Sim Card at your travel destination or use your carrier’s International plan can save you a lot of money. Planning ahead to stay connected is important and explained in this presentation.

An APCUG VTC Presentation, 2/2019

Arlington Meeting Info & Maps       


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 our meeting program planners at arlmtgpgm@patacs.org.

OPCUG / PATACS Joint Meeting,
Saturday, July 20th, 1 PM  3rd Saturday

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

Fairfax Meeting Info, Maps
Agenda / Meeting Info

July 20th, 12:45 PM https://zoom.us/j/519103813 or
Zoom Meeting ID: 519 103 813
Using Zoom

Digital Literacy
Digital Literacy: TV and Beyond
Presented by Douglas Povich

Digital Literacy is the set of skills needed to survive in the Information Age. Becoming digitally literate requires an understanding of the vast and ever-changing array of information sources, how to manage or cope with technology delivering the information and how to make sense of the huge amount of information that we are subjected to each day. Television, radio, newspapers, magazines, social media and, of course, the internet are increasingly important sources of information necessary to our daily lives. Doug will discuss how to evaluate the information sources and delivery technologies available today with a goal toward helping you to effectively use technology to find, identify, critically analyze, and use information in the digital age.

Douglas Povich is a Management Analyst in the Communications Policy and Regulation Division of Fairfax County’s Department of Cable and Consumer Services where he works on cable TV, media and technology issues. Before joining the County in 2017, Doug practiced telecommunications and technology law for over thirty years focusing on regulatory and transactional matters in the wireline, wireless and public safety communications sectors.  He holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Union College (1982) and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1985).

Learn in 30

More Power To You
Presented by John Krout
Power Banks This is a sequel to John's February 2019 presentation on Power Banks, which are portable hand held batteries with USB sockets for charging devices such as smart phones and tablets. This presentation will focus on charging laptop computers and USB devices while in cars, airports and even airplanes.

You'll learn about and see a variety of inexpensive solutions for both AC power and USB power in cars, abundant AC and USB power from a single AC socket in airports, and even the beginnings of a portable AC solution for laptop recharging on airplanes.

John Krout is a frequent presenter at PATACS, and regularly writes articles for the Posts newsletter.

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

Future Meeting Topics:

September 21st - Lorrin Garson: History of Computers, Part 1

October 19th - Lorrin Garson: History of Computers, Part 2

November 16th - Latest Apple Devices and Ecosystem Update;
Learn in 30: John Krout - My Favorite Apps

December 14th - John Krout: OTG=On the Go: Adding USB Peripherals to Portable Devices;
PC Clinic

PC Troubleshooting

PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday July 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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