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PATACS - Arlington

Wednesday, July 1st, 7 PM

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Munching Fox
The Browser -
Your Most Important App

Presented by Hewie Poplock

The computer program or app that we all use the most is the browser. A browser, which is short for web browser, is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web or Internet. Hewie will describe some of the important features of browsers and describe many important settings used in most browsers. He will also talk about little add-on programs called extensions for browsers, including where to find them, how to add them, and talk about some that he has found invaluable. (APCUG Winter Virtual Tech Conference, 2020)

Hewie Poplock, APCUG Rep, Central Florida Computer Society & Sarasota Technology User Group; Chromebook Evangelist

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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 our meeting program planners at arlmtgpgm@patacs.org.

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OPCUG / PATACS Joint Meeting,
Saturday, July 18th, 1 PM  3rd Saturday

Meeting Via Zoom - See Above Banner

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Agenda / Meeting Info

Password Managers

Password Managers
Ray Parker -
Password Managers:
A Quick Tour and
Why You Should Be Using One

Due to the constant pressure from security breaches and the growing need for us to transact business online, the awareness of Password Manager products has changed from "What's a Password Manager?" to "Which Password Manager do you use?" However, even with that attention, there are still many questions to ask and answer regarding why you should be using one, and which one to use.

In this session, we will take a quick tour through a short list of some popular password managers (individual products as well as browsers) to give you an idea of their relative strengths, and explain how best to navigate the changing world of authentication.

We will also review some information about related tools that can help you in your daily practice: modern (2020) password standards, and two-factor authentication (2FA).

Ray Parker has been engaged on the front lines with computers for 40 years, including very large mainframes, rack-mounted distributed systems, personal computers, and now smartphones. Sheer curiosity drove all of that and keeps him interested in how to make these machines easier for people to use, while the industry takes two steps back for every single step forward. He has filled many roles: software developer, system and network administrator, pre-sales, support, workshop facilitator, and educator; and believes that information takes on greater value when shared with others.

Learn in 30

Customize Your Smart Phone's Greeting
Presented by John Krout

Voice Mail Greeting This presentation is a follow-up to the June 2020 PATACS/OPCUG presentation on How to Configure Your Smart Phone to Avoid Robocalls. Your smart phone, just like your 1980s era landline answering machine, lets you record a greeting message; the phone system plays that message whenever an incoming call goes to voicemail. This presentation shows you how to create a custom smart phone greeting message including sound effects. Specifically, if your greeting message starts with the famous three tones known as the Special Information Tones (SIT), then robocaller systems will hear the tones, conclude that your number is Not In Service, and will not call your number again. You can also include your voice in the greeting message, to tell your friends that your number really is in service. This presentation also covers how to transfer a custom greeting message from your computer to your smart phone.

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 !!

Future Meeting Topics:

August 15th - Brian Slawski: The Carrington Event
L in 30 - Lorrin Garson: Routine Computer Maintenance

September 19th - Meryl Secrest: The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti

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PC Troubleshooting

PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday June 24th, 7 PM
Meeting by Zoom - Details Will be Sent by Email to Members

Technology & PC Help Desk:
Extended Q&A

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Computer Mechanic

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