4/1/2020 Physical Meeting Canceled
Session via Zoom

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Details of Monthly Meetings

PATACS - Arlington

Wednesday, April 1st, 7 PM

Zoom Session: Details Sent via Email
Using Zoom
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What is a Zoom Virtual Background?

Presented by John Krout

A substitute for the normal background in your live video webcam image on Zoom. This is a good way to hide clutter, but also to demonstrate your interest in say a vacation destination or your professional experiences. What do you need to create a Zoom virtual background? The Zoom app for Windows, and at least one JPG image. It can be a photo, or it can be a flat color background generated in say Powerpoint and exported to JPG. If you have used your computer to Join a Zoom video teleconference like this one, it is likely that Zoom is installed on your computer. You will learn how to find the Zoom app, and how to use it to create a Zoom Virtual Background, in Windows.

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.

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.

4/18/2020 Physical Meeting Canceled
Session via Zoom - Details Will Be
Sent to Members via Email

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

Meeting Via Zoom - See Above Banner

Fairfax Meeting Info, Maps
Agenda / Meeting Info
Computing - Historically
Lorrin Garson -
History of Computers, Part 1

The technology of our modern computers goes back to the early 19th century with most of the advancements occurring in our lifetime. You will learn how weaving, mathematics, the telephone and cryptology played important roles and how the basic laws of chemistry and physics apply. Contributors to the development of computers include mathematical geniuses and hippies, aristocrats and the poverty stricken, men and women, party animals and withdrawn neurotics. No one person or group invented the computer. Our computers are the creation of many interesting people and several disparate technologies.

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:

May 16th - Lorrin Garson: History of Computers, How We Got Here, Part 2

June 20th - John Krout: Configure Your Cell Phone to Avoid Robo Calls
Learn in 30 - Roy Wagner: A Day in the Mobile Life

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

PC Troubleshooting

PATACS - Arlington,
Wednesday, April 22nd, 7 PM
Meeting by Zoom - Details Will be Sent by Email to Members

Technology & PC Help Desk:
Extended Q&A

Arlington Meeting Info & Maps       
Computer Mechanic

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