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PATACS - Arlington
Wednesday, October 6th, 7 PM

Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
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Is Cyber Security Really Important?
Presented by Bob Gostischa

Paying attention to Cyber Security is more important today than it has ever been. COVID-19 has exposed many more vulnerabilities than in prior years. More of us are now working from home, many children are learning from home, and many of us have added more IoT devices to make our lives easier. These devices present their own dangers which need to be addressed.

This presentation points out the dangers and offers suggestions that will aid in keeping you secure. Using the right programs and apps can help keep you safe and secure as well as reduce your privacy exposure. Using free programs and apps whenever possible to accomplish this goal is an added bonus and this presentation includes information on many recommended free programs. Join presenter Bob Gostischa as he guides you towards secure Cyber Security practices.

Norbert "Bob" Gostischa, after a successful career in banking, enjoys his retirement as an enthusiastic IT security expert, most notably for Avast; the creator of Avast Antivirus software. The Avast website has a discussion and help forum where Bob has been helping with security-related and general computer issues since 2004. He has contributed over 44,000 forum interactions. Avast Antivirus is currently the most used antivirus software in the world. Avast has been making security software for over 30 years and has more than 435 million users worldwide.

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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, September 18th, 1 PM  3rd Saturday

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Panoramic Images and Focus Stacking
Presented by John Krout

First, this presentation will show you how to photograph that magic moment, meaning the fleeting appearance of a toddler's first steps, or when graduate is handed a diploma, or when the bride and groom step out of the church. A widespread complaint about digital cameras is Shutter Lag, a delay between your tap on the shutter button and the actual capture of a photo. You will learn a very simple way to eliminate shutter lag.

Second, this presentation will show you two ways in which computers have made photography of difficult subjects much easier. The two specific types of subjects are close-ups of small items and superr-wide images of very wide or tall subjects, bigger than even a wide-angle lens can depict.

In both cases, the computer can produce a much more pleasing image if you take multiple photos and then combine the photos using computer software. You will see examples and learn how to do both types of computer based composition image prep.

PATACS member John Krout is a regular author of newsletter articles and frequent presenter at our meetings. He's won many awards for his photography.

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

September 18th: John Krout - Panoramic Images / Focus Stacking
Learn in 30 - Your Presentation Here!!

October 6th: Bob Gostischa - Is Cyber Security Really Important?

October 16th: Mark Schulman - Computers to the Moon
Learn in 30 - Lorrin Garson - Life Expectancy of Mac Computers

November 20th: - Learn in 30 - Lorrin Garson - Overview of Apple Computers for Windows Users

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PC Troubleshooting

Meeting Via Zoom - See Above Banner
OPCUG Members Welcome!
PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday, September 22nd, 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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