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PATACS - Arlington
Wednesday, January 5th, 7 PM

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We eagerly await your talk on a topic of mutual interest to you and our members. Contact info (at) patacs.org with your offering today.

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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 topics 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.

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OPCUG / PATACS Joint Meeting,
Saturday, January 15th, 1 PM  3rd Saturday

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Agenda / Meeting Info
Industry & Mountain View

Science -
Opinion, Fiction or Reality?
Presented by Lorrin Garson

There are many in our culture, and worldwide, who believe science is just another opinion among many. Not so. Using chemistry as an exemplar, the following will be discussed: (a) sources of science information, (b) publishers of science, (c) where research is done and who does it, (d) how science information is vetted, (e) errors and fraud in science, and (f) (briefly) science education.

Lorrin Garson had a long career in technical publishing of chemical information. His presentations to our computer groups are famous for their thorough research and clarity in explaining topics such as cryptography, encryption of personal data, cloud storage and the origins of personal computers.

Learn in 30

Tiles and Air Tags for Tracking
Presented by John Krout

This presentation will introduce you to the Tiles and AirTags, small battery-powered devices that can be attached to your property. These are designed to help you find misplaced or stolen property by using an app on your smart phone or tablet.

By far the most widely publicized use of Tiles and AirTags is to find checked luggage lost by an airline. Tiles and Airtags can also help you find your car in a large parking lot, as well as finding your purse, key ring, wallet, bicycle, stroller, and even pets and small children.

You will learn how to connect a newly-purchased Tile or AirTag to the corresponding app on your phone or tablet, how to use the app to force a nearby Tile or AirTag to make a sound so you can find it, how to find tiled or airtagged property that is nearby but beyond the reach of BlueTooth, and how to start a Global search for tiled or airtagged property. Global Search uses other phones to detect the missing Tile or AirTag. Global search has been celebrated for finding lost luggage.

John has been using Tiles since mid-2020 and has recently also obtained an AirTag for comparison.

John Krout is a past president of WACUG, a predecessor organization of PATACS. A frequent meeting presenter, John also was the author of many of the articles on our Zoom reference page, and many PATACS Posts newsletter offerings.

Upcoming Learn in 30 Sessions:
This Is Your Chance!
10 - 15 Minute Talks Welcome
Presented by YOU!!
Contact director2 (at) patacs.org to arrange a presentation !!

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Presentation Volunteers Needed! Contact director2 (at) patacs.org

February 19th: Mike Pafford - DJ with Spotify Pro

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PC Troubleshooting

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OPCUG Members Welcome!

PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday, January 26th, 7 PM

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Technology & PC Help Desk:
Extended Q&A

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Computer Mechanic

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