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Details of Monthly Meetings

PATACS - Arlington

Wednesday, December 4th, 7 PM

Please Come Early & Help with Meeting Setup!

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

Windows 7 Sunset
Windows 7 Security Sunset

Presented by Geg Skalka

Windows 7 extended support and consumer security updates will end on January 20, 2020; no more updates or fixes, including security fixes. Greg will discuss options for those who are still fans of Windows 7.

Greg Skalka is President of the Under the Computer Hood User Group of San Diego, and frequent author of articles contributed to APCUG's PUSH article resource for member groups.

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, Dec 14th, 1 PM  2nd Saturday

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

Fairfax Meeting Info, Maps
Agenda / Meeting Info

Dec 14th, 12:45 PM https://zoom.us/j/519103813 or
Zoom Meeting ID: 519 103 813
Using Zoom

OTG Cables

John Krout - OTG=On The Go: Adding USB Peripherals to Portable Devices.

Those USB sockets on your computer are called USB-A. Would it be useful to have a USB-A socket on your smart phone or tablet? You can do that with an On The Go (OTG) cable. One end plugs into the portable device, and the other provides a socket for connecting and using USB peripheral devices such as a keyboard.

Your device will need to use an operating system version that includes a USB host capability. It turns out that iOS 12.x and Android 8.x include that capability.

This presentation will demonstrate the many USB peripheral devices that the presenter has tested with OTG cables for his Android phone, Android tablet, and iPhone, and what he has learned during the tests. Hint: not all OTG cables are created equal."

John Krout is a former president of the Washington Area Computer User Group (WAC), one of two groups that merged to become the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (PATACS). He has been writing about personal computer uses since he joined WAC in the early 1980s. He is a frequent contributor to PATACS Posts, and occasionally provides presentations on tech issues at PATACS meetings. He lives in Arlington VA and is a writer for the Thales Group, a major maker of automated fingerprint identification hardware, supporting the use of that hardware in the computer system of a major federal government agency.

Learn in 30

Driving an Electric Car From Maryland to California and Back
Tesla Model 3 Charging This 'Learn in 30' presentation will be a short run-through of info and lessons learned gained by Mike Pafford and his wife Kali Collins, as they drove her Tesla Mod 3 Basic from their home in Maryland across the U.S. to their daughter's home in Central California, then back home again. Mike's presentation will emphasize the 'Computer-Assisted' aspects of the car and the trip.

Mike Pafford is a long-time PATACS member who can't resist new toys (especially this time of year). He has a BS in Business and Management he completed while stationed around the world in the U.S. Air Force, and an MS in Information Systems he got as a Navy Officer from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Mike retired from the Navy in 1993, retired again in June 2016 from the Engineering staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), then retired one last time in December 2018 from the Systems Engineering faculty at JHU. He continues to offer educational workshops on Initial Project Planning (IPP) for engineering projects.

Future Learn in 30 Sessions:
This Is Your Chance!
10 - 15 Minute Talks Welcome
Presented by YOU!!

Diagnostic Troubleshooting

PC Clinic in the Annex

Get hands-on help with your computer problems from PATACS experts. Bring in your computer, and we'll help you lose the 'blues' - system slowdowns, unwanted programs, virus and malware. We can help install new RAM, optical drives, hard disks, and software.
Be sure to read the Clinic Rules - click link below.

Clinic Rules

Computer Mechanic

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

Future Meeting Topics:

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

February 15th - John Krout: SmartPhone Configuration

March 21st - Brian Belanger: Television in the 1920's

April 18th - Lorrin Garson: History of Computers, How We Got Here, Part 1

May 16th - Lorrin Garson: History of Computers, How We Got Here, Part 2

PC Troubleshooting

PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday, Jan 22nd, 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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