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Details of Monthly Meetings

PATACS - Arlington

Wednesday, June 6th, 7 PM

Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204

WinDirStat screen

WinDirStat Utility -
for Mapping Hard Drive Space
Presented by Gabe Goldberg

Hard drives are huge, provide more space than once could have been dreamt of. And yet Windows manages to fill them with its bloat. What's occupying all that space? If you don't know, you can't delete the non-useful stuff to slim down data and speed accessing what matters. WinDirStat provides clear graphical representation of occupied space, allowing understanding from an overview to the lowest level directory.

WinDirStat is a free disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for various versions of Microsoft Windows. On start up, it reads the whole directory tree once and then presents it in three useful views:

o The directory list, which resembles the tree view of the Windows Explorer but is sorted by file/subtree size,
o The treemap, which shows the whole contents of the directory tree straight away,
o The extension list, which serves as a legend and shows statistics about the file types.

To make this session most useful: If you use anything besides basic Windows Explorer facilities to map hard drive space, please plan to describe and (if possible!) demonstrate it. There are so many tools for this, it's valuable hearing about as many as possible.

WinDirStat https://windirstat.net/


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, June 16th, 1 PM

3rd Saturday

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

Fairfax Meeting Info, Maps

June 16th, 12:45 PM https://zoom.us/j/2080042114 or
Zoom Meeting ID: 208 004 2114


Comparing Microsoft PCs and Apple Computers

Presented by
Lorrin Garson

For many years PCs running Microsoft's Windows and Apple computers running their proprietary operating system have been the topic of debate. Which is least expensive, has the best operating system, has the best performance, best user interface, display, support, applications software, ad nauseam. These issues and others will be discussed. Don't expect a resolution to the debate, but hopefully the most important issues for adopting one environment or the other will be identified.

Lorrin's CV is below

GPS Wrist Watch

Learn in 30:
Two GPS Watches and
a Security Camera
Presented by Lorrin Garson

This short talk is about three new digital gadgets. So, what is a GPS watch and why would anyone want one-or two? What kind of information do GPS watches provide? Aren't security cameras for banks and malls? What is the link between a security camera and digital watch? Come and find out!

Security Cams on Houese


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.

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 - see link below.

Clinic Rules

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

Future Meeting Topics:

July 21st - John Krout - Recording Ring Tones for Your Cell Phone

August 18th - TBA

September 15th - David Hoadley - Storm Chasing

October 20th - Gary Vaughn - WordPress Websites for All

November 17th - TBA

December 15th - TBA

Special Saturday Session - June 30th

Special Fairfax Meeting: June 30th, 2018 3rd Saturday - 1 PM,
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 4210 Roberts Rd., Fairfax, VA 22032-1028
June 30th, 12:45 PM https://zoom.us/j/2080042114 or
Zoom Meeting ID: 208 004 2114

Device Security

If it's Connected, It Needs to be Protected!
Windows & Mac Computers, Tablets,
Phones, IoT Devices

2018 - Live East Coast Tour!
Presented by Bob Gostischa

Updated information on why and how things that are connected to the internet need to be secured and protected. This presentation will cover: Computers (Windows and Mac), Tablets, Phones and the IoT (Internet of Things.

Join presenter Bob Gostischa, as he explains the current dangers that face us on a daily basis. He'll also share what he uses to keep his computers, smart devices and other connected things that are a part of the IoT secure.

About the Presenter: Norbert 'Bob' Gostischa, after a successful career in banking, enjoys his retirement as an enthusiast IT security expert, most notably for Avast Software, creator of Avast antivirus software and related products. 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 35,000 forum interactions. Avast Antivirus s.r.o. is currently the most used antivirus software in the world. Avast has been making security software for over 25 years and has more than 400 million users worldwide.

You can also learn more about Bob's presentations and passions in his Blog and YouTube Channel. Bob is a proud member of the APCUG Speakers Bureau.

Connected Living Landscape

PC Troubleshooting

PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday June 27th, 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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