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Details of Monthly Meetings

PATACS - Arlington

Wednesday, February 5th, 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
To Be Announced

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, Jan 18th, 1 PM  3rd Saturday

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

Fairfax Meeting Info, Maps
Agenda / Meeting Info

Jan 18th, 12:45 PM https://zoom.us/j/519103813 or
Zoom Meeting ID: 519 103 813
Using Zoom

No More Robo Calls !!

John Krout - Configure Your Cell Phone to Avoid RoboCalls.

This presentation will show you how to configure your Android phone or iPhone to prevent the phone from ringing for any call other than one from a person in your phone's Contacts list. This is a way of avoiding robocalls, those "cold" calls that phish for your social security number and other identifying information, with the hope of stealing your bank account, IRS refund, or your identity.

If you have no idea what is meant by robocalls, come on in and you will literally hear some that John found in his voicemails. John learned of this smart phone technique from an online columnist who asked his readers to describe their ways of coping with robocalls. While the columnist reported various reader approaches, some of them hilarious, he did not explain the smart phone configuration steps needed to make the most effective technique work for you.

John figured out those steps and has been using the configuration for about three months on his Android phones, and will show you exactly how to do it yourself during the presentation.

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

Routine Computer Maintenance

Computer Maintenance Is routine maintenance necessary? How often should it be done? Should backup be part of regular maintenance? What about software updates? Do you need antimalware software, and does it need recurring attention? How full is your disk drive and does that matter? Is your computer running hot and so what? What about those dust bunnies, ventilation and cable discipline? Do you need to lubricate the bearings in your hard drive? Should you replace your old computer if it still works?

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.

Future 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:

February 15th - Pam Holland: Staying Safe On Line - A Rational Approach

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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