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PATACS - Arlington
Wednesday, April 7th, 7 PM

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Auto Key Fob
Theft of Keyless Entry /
Keyless Start Cars
Presented by John Krout

This presentation will introduce you to the keyless entry and startup tech used by Toyota Prius and other vehicles. This keyless sysyem enables manual car door locking and unlocking via a fob button from roughly 30 feet away, as well as sounding the horn to help you find the car.

Inexpensive Tech developments have enabled car thieves have taken advantage of that tech. You will learn how that works.

You will also learn how a car owner can eliminate the theft risk. John Krout has owned a Prius since 2005 and has taken steps to minimize the theft risk at home.


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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! (SIG Suspended - pending Covid resolution) Please send your suggestions to our meeting program planners at arlmtgpgm@patacs.org.

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OPCUG / PATACS Joint Meeting,
Saturday, April 17th, 1 PM  3rd Saturday

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Making Digital Video Subtitles
Presented by John Krout

In this digital video era, closed captioning, in the same language as the speaker, and subtitles, in foreign languages, have become synonyms. Both rely on a combination of technologies in the digital video file itself and in the digital video player software.

Subtitles can be valuable for anyone watching the video in a noisy environment, like a plane or train, and can be a definite plus for any hearing impaired viewer in any environment.

This presentation will show you a process for making that English sub-title happen in any video with English dialog, no matter the source. The process includes (1) obtaining text from speech in a video, (2) editing that text, because no speech to text conversion is perfect, and (3) merging the text into a video file. Your presenter has already used this process to add English sub-titles to some of his recorded presentations for past PATACS+OPCUG meetings.

Additionally, you will learn how to use the free VLC media player to turn on and off subtitles, and to adjust the size of the subtitles on the screen.

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

Learn in 30

Electronic Distribution of Scientific Publications
Presented by Lorrin Garson

Scientists communicate by publishing results of their research in journals, which are the primary source, and historical record, of science information. But what is a journal and how does a scientist get his/her information published? The first science journal was published in January 1665. Science journals were printed on paper and distributed to libraries and individuals until late in the 20th century when distribution began electronically via the Internet. Learn how this information transited from petrochemicals (ink) on crushed trees (paper) to 1s and 0s transmitted electronically..

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.

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:

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

May 15th - Learn in 30: John Krout - Making Composite Panorama Pictures

June 19th - Learn in 30: Tom Gutnick - Windows & Mac Virtual Desktops

July 17th - Amy Lynn Breedlove - Genealogy
Learn in 30: John Krout - Virginia State Parks and Avenza Maps

August 21st - Learn in 30: Lorrin Garson: Overview of Apple Computers for Windows Users

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PC Troubleshooting

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PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday, April 28th, 7 PM
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Technology & PC Help Desk:
Extended Q&A

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Computer Mechanic

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