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Index of Meetings

   
January
A) Computer Tips and Good Practices
B) Capturing, Editing and Sending Image, Video and Sound files
 
February
A) Wave - The E-Mail of the Future
B) Photo Shop Elements: Let's Show Off Those Old Photos
 
March
A) Ethan Meleg: Professional Nature Photographer
B) Network Storage Demonstration
 
   
April
A) Your Questions and Answers
B) Photographic Workflow
May
A) What To Do First Before Calling the Technician
B) Common Questions at Public Star Nights
June
A) Tips and shortcuts in MS Word
B) Bird Scaping: Creating a Wildlife Photography Studio in your own Backyard
July
A) Internet Safety
B) Face to Face with Mother Nature: The photography of all things natural

August
A) Important Tips and Interesting Free Programs
B) Master Cook 9: An affordable, yet powerful program that can act as your personal dietician

September
A) Computing 102
B) Photography 102
October
A) Your Digital Trail
B) Computing 102 - Part 2
November
A) Web Security 102
B) Cloud Computing

December
A) Scams and Frauds
B) Digital Imaging

 

2010
Meetings And Events

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Eastview High School - Room 172

Computer Tips and Good Practices

 

Paul Mather, BUG President

Paul will share with us some tips and good practices. Over the years, Paul has discovered many ideas to speed up his work on the computer. He will show us where and how to save our data so that it is accessible and safe. Paul will also entertain questions at the meeting but would appreciate them in advance, if possible.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Eastview High School - Room 172

Capturing, Editing and Sending
Image, Video and Sound files

 

Paul Mather, BUG President
Mike Clarke, BUG Treasurer

We are often asked how to send these types of files to people without causing them grief. They can be large! Paul will show us various ways to capture, edit and send these files. Although the focus will be on picture files, Paul will demonstrate how to add audio to email messages. Many point and shoot cameras have audio capture but if yours does not, Paul will also cover how to use your computer to capture audio.

Mike will show us "Faststone". This program will capture images from the screen and provide you with tools to edit the image. We have demonstrated this program before, so Mike will show how he uses the program in his work, particularly with aerial photographs.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Barrie Library

Wave - The E-Mail of the Future
Demonstration

Google has produce a "test" version of a new way to message with people. Shawn told us about this a few months ago and because we are curious, we gave it a try. Come and see how it works and why it is so different.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Eastview High School - Room 172

Photo Shop Elements
Let's Show Off Those Old Photos

We all have old photos. Paul will show us how to capture and edit them so that they can be proudly displayed. Your family history will be important to your children and it is often up to us to identify who many of the people are in the pictures we have.



Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Eastview High School - Room 172

A Special Presentation:
Ethan Meleg
Professional Nature Photographer

Ethan Meleg, www.ethanmeleg.com a professional outdoor photographer form Ontario, sold his house, bought a camper van and began an epic one year photo road trip around the continent. See the photos and hear the stories from his travels, living the dream as a wanderlust photographer!

Ethan is well-known as a public speaker, offering a rare blend in his presentations: great photos plus entertaining dialogue! His shows are humorous, entertaining and inspirational. Ethan has presented hundreds of photo shows, often as the keynote speaker.

Ethan specializes in photos of outdoor recreation, natural landscapes, birds and wildlife.

What others are saying .....

"The Owen Sound Field Naturalists had the pleasure of listening to Ethan Meleg talk about his passion for nature photography. Many of his shots are spectacular landscapes or great images of birds, but he also takes remarkable photos of ordinary, everyday nature experiences and makes them transcendent.. Ethan has a great sense of humour that comes out in his presentations. He’s an excellent speaker with excellent photography. I’ve never seen our audience clap so long or so hard."

Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Club Conference participants:
"Excellent photography presented with much humor. "
"Very knowledgeable nature information, excellent photography."
"Full of delightful energy & enthusiasm – neat personality – sure showed his love of the Bruce & the special photo ops there – appreciated his focus on protection of natural things."

"Whether you are a naturalist, photographer or just love great photos you cannot miss this opportunity. Ethan's talks have taught me so much as a photographer and observer of nature. He shares his enthusiasm and expertise so that it benefits everyone, from the "pro" to the casual photographer. It is a must see event of the year!" (Paul Mather)

Download a poster for your work area. It is a pdf file to make printing easy.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Eastview High School - Room 172

Network Storage
Demonstration

David Jackson , BUG Vice-President

Many families now share their internet. David will show us an efficient way to also network our files so that they can be accessed. Network storage is the way businesses handle files. It is now available for the home. See how this technology works and how it could work for you.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Eastview High School - Room 172

Your Questions
and
Answers

From time to time we like to give our members and visitors an opportunity to ask their technology questions. Our resident experts will be on hand to provide answers or point you to the answer. These questions can be on any topic that we would cover at BUG, including technology, computers, software, Internet, photography, audio and so on .........

Our members have told us that these sessions are very informative and often they pick up tips and information that is very useful, even though they hadn't thought of the question themselves.

In order to provide thorough responses, we encourage people to send their questions to Paul and David or email us at the BUG contact email (follow this link). The more notice we have on questions the better prepared we are!

Also, if you are unable to come to the meeting, we will be taping so send in your question and see the response on the BUG DVD.

BUG is about learning and this is your opportunity to focus that learning on your needs.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Eastview High School - Room 172

Photographic Workflow

We will go through the process of actually taking photos all the way through to the finished product in a live demonstration, with plenty of tips, tricks and easy to follow steps along the way. We will also cover things like sizing and watermarking, or printing

Don Komarechka

Don has been a passionate technology enthusiast since his earliest memories. Taking apart home electronics at the age of five, an understanding of "how things work" has been a part of his life for many years. He is knowledgeable about the inner workings of modern-day digital cameras and all areas of digital cameras and digital imaging. After pursuing photography as a hobby, Don has come to understand the basic rules of taking great pictures and how to relate this understanding to everyday life.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Eastview High School - Room 172

What To Do First Before Calling Me!

When your computer is not working the way you want it to, what do you do? Aaron will be showing us the steps to take to check for possible solutions. If your problem is solved through these steps, you've won. If you still have the problem, then call for help from the professional!

Aaron Weston


Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Eastview High School - Room 172

Common Questions at Public Star Nights

All amateur astronomers participate in public star nights - bringing the wonders of the night sky to the general public. Regardless of location, exactly the same questions come up every time. Some are humorous, some are very serious. All are important and deserve to be answered. This presentation will look at the way in which astronomy is changing and starting to use much more advanced computers and technologies while answering the many common questions.

Francois van Heerden

Francois is an information technology security professional currently working the the Ministries of Community and Social Services and Children and Youth Services. He and the team he works with are responsible for securing all of the information for the Family responsibility Office, Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program. He has worked in both the public and private sectors deploying enterprise-wide security technologies such as intrusion detection and prevention and web content filtering. Francois has engaged in forensic investigations and the development of policies, procedures and guidelines. In his 36 years in information technology, Francois has come to realize the the most valuable aspect of computers is education, and now devotes a large part of his effort to educating people on the risks to privacy and security associated with the use of the Internet and computers in general.

He is an accomplished speaker who has presented at Showcase Ontario (Identity Theft, Social Engineering, Your Digital Trail), Privacy Conferences, and to the public at schools and other organizations.

In his spare time, Francois engages in his hobby of astronomy and delivers presentations in the provincial parks to campers, library audiences, boy scouts, girl guides and just about anyone else he can corner into listening. He uses his telescopes and assorted other equipment to present impressive views of the night skies to the campers. Using his computers (a notebook and a netbook), a Mallincam, and other hardware and software, he captures video of the objects he views in the night sky.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Tips and“shortcuts” in MS Word

Because today’s world is all about “technology”, knowing how to make it work better for us is essential.

The real word on MS Word– is… it’s easier when you know some of the secrets.
And, the biggest secret is "Your PC is not a Typewriter”.

Together lets learn a few tips about MS Word and take advantage our PCs.

Ellen Rogers

Ellen lives in Barrie, she moved here from Toronto 18 years ago. She has 2 children, a son 18, and a daughter 16 – who attend this high school. When her children were young, she was a stay at home parent. Ellen and her husband, a forester for Hydro One own a rustic, water access only, off the grid cottage in Haliburton that they escape to as often as they can.

Recently Ellen went back to school as a “mature student” when Georgian College partnered with Laurentian University earning a degree in Gerontology – “the study of aging”.

Presently Ellen works for Hydro One’s “Training Department” in Orangeville. This department is responsible for preparing training material for all trades within Hydro One – foresters, lineman, and station maintenance people.

Although Ellen works in MS Word all day, she does not consider herself an expert in computers – which is why she joined the Barrie Users Group.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Eastview High School - Room 172

Bird Scaping
Creating a Wildlife Photography Studio
in your own Backyard

Learn how to create a habitat in your own yard to attract birds and wildlife. We call this BirdScaping. By creating a habitat attractive to birds you will be able to create your own "wildlife photography studio" in your own backyard. For those without a backyard the concepts can be used in a local community green area. We will also provide some ideas for great birding/photography locations. Most of these are in the GTA but we do know a few "out-of-town" locations.

Lynda and Jim Mackiewicz

Lynda and Jim have owned Wild Birds Unlimited in Etobicoke since Jan 1991 and avid backyard bird feeders/observers for the past twenty years. They are both "naturalists"; hiking for over twenty years for the purpose of observing birds and wildlife; and camping for the past fifteen years. They have assisted in bird banding, fostered, rehabilitated and then successfully released injured/abandoned birds. Lynda and Jim provide foster care for baby squirrels through the Toronto Wildlife Centre. For one year they wrote the birding articles for the Ontario Gardener and have appeared on Canadian Living TV and Breakfast Television regarding bird habitat and on the CTV national news regarding bat houses and habitat. Lynda and Jim are both avid amateur photographers


Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Kozlov Shopping Centre - 400 Bayfield Street, Barrie (map)

Your Digital Trail
(Internet Safety)

This presentation focuses on the many electronic bits of data we leave behind us every day, often without being aware of how extensive it really is. Of greatest importance is the potential impact that the digital trail can have on your personal information and privacy. Francois van Heerden has created a quick trip through the many layers of data that is being accummulated by businesses and some of the ways in which it can be used and abused.

Francois van Heerden

The speaker used himself as the target of the investigation to research what can be found on the Internet about a person. He was able to locate content from the mid-1990s that had been placed on the World Wide Web. He shows how to use simple, ordinary tools to find a wealth of information that can lead to Identity Theft or fraud. With the continued penetration of Social Networking with Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, blogging and so on, a person's privacy is at risk unless extraordinary care is taken.

These also extends to organizations that allow their staff to access such tools from the office environment.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Kozlov Shopping Centre - 400 Bayfield Street, Barrie (map)

Face to Face with Mother Nature:
The photography of all things natural

David J. Hawke

Award winning nature photographer and author, David J. Hawke will share some of his tips on getting displayable images of our natural environment. He will show us a selection of his images and a 'walk through' of how he processes digital files, from the camera to the living room wall.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Kozlov Shopping Centre - 400 Bayfield Street, Barrie

Computer tips and free programs

David and Paul

Due to our speaker not able to attend David and Paul provided important tips on updating windows and demonstrated some interesting free programs.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Kozlov Shopping Centre - 400 Bayfield Street, Barrie (map)

MasterCook9

An affordable, yet powerful program
that can act as your personal dietician

Yvonne Suffern

Yvonne will be demonstrating the creation of cookbooks in which you can add your favourite recipes, make shopping lists, create menus and check their nutritional value.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Kozlov Shopping Centre - 400 Bayfield Street, Barrie (map)

Computing 102

Paul Mather

Whether a "beginner" or an experienced "user" you will find that "Computing 102" will help you increase your enjoyment of your computer. Paul will not only show us how to do basic tasks, but will also show us how to do things more efficiently and safer. He will also be entertaining questions and would appreciate them in advance.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Kozlov Shopping Centre - 400 Bayfield Street, Barrie (map)

Photography 102

Don Komarechka

Not just the basics, but how to get the most out of your camera. Don will be talking about what different settings do ( and more importantly - when you want to change them!), visual examples, Don\s mistakes and what he has learned from them and how to keep it all easy and enjoyable.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Kozlov Shopping Centre - 400 Bayfield Street, Barrie (map)

Your Digital Trail

This presentation focuses on the many electronic bits of data we leave behind us every day, often without being aware of how extensive it really is. Of greatest importance is the potential impact that the digital trail can have on your personal information and privacy. Francois van Heerden has created a quick trip through the many layers of data that is being accumulated by businesses and some of the ways in which it can be used and abused.

Francois van Heerden

The speaker used himself as the target of the investigation to research what can be found on the Internet about a person. He was able to locate content from the mid-1990s that had been placed on the World Wide Web. He shows how to use simple, ordinary tools to find a wealth of information that can lead to Identity Theft or fraud. With the continued penetration of Social Networking with Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, blogging and so on, a person's privacy is at risk unless extraordinary care is taken.

These also extends to organizations that allow their staff to access such tools from the office environment.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Computing 102 - Part 2
Paul Mather

Whether a "beginner" or an experienced "user" you will find that "Computing 102" will help you increase your enjoyment of your computer. Paul will not only show us how to do basic tasks, but will also show us how to do things more efficiently and safer. He will also be entertaining questions and would appreciate them in advance.

This is part 2 of the September session but even if you were unable to attend that meeting you will benefit from coming to this one.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Kozlov Shopping Centre - 400 Bayfield Street, Barrie (map)

Web Security 102


Shawn Conroy
http://www.shawnpconroy.ca

Shawn will explain how so many computer accounts get cracked, how to protect yourself for hackers without sacrificing convenience. You will learn how to protect your identity and financial information online.

After understanding how to protect, Shawn will show how to have fun by using modern Web 2.0 websites for a fun, productive, and SECURE online experience.

He will also show how to use some popular and not so popular services and what sort of websites are out there to use.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Kozlov Shopping Centre - 400 Bayfield Street, Barrie (map)

Cloud Computing
Ian Pavlik

Ian Pavlik is a native of Barrie and President of pavliks.com, an IT Solutions company in business since 1969. pavliks.com focuses on IT services and support for businesses in Simcoe County and GTA, and developing software and web solution for clients across North America.

Ian will be talking about Cloud Computing and how this concept is changing the face of how technology is developed and delivered to people and business. To quote Wikipedia "Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like electricity."

We will uncover how Cloud Computing works, the changes that have happened already and what the future might hold as we embrace the possibilities of the Internet acting like one giant server powering the software we use.

http://www.pavliks.com/t/aboutus.aspx


Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Kozlov Shopping Centre - 400 Bayfield Street, Barrie (map)

Scams and Frauds

François van Heerden

The presentation reviews the many types of scams and frauds currently being perpetrated globally (and they are legion) and the tactics used by the perpetrators. There are elements of social engineering being used and Van will provide us with some of the key methods in recognizing how these scams and frauds perate. We will gain insight into how to recognize when a fraud or scam is underway and what they can do to prevent ourselves from being trapped and becoming a victim.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Digital Imaging

Ian Hawkins and Judy Graham
Staples (Barrie View Drive)

Christmas is coming and there with be a lot of cameras in use. Make sure that your shots are the best they can be and learn how to display them. Point and Shot Digital Cameras are easy to use but there are things to remember when using them.

Come and see Ian and Judy demonstrate some basics of camera use. They will also be showing us how to use digital frames.

Ian Hawkins is the Business Support Manager, 7 years with Staples and
Judy Graham is their Technology Consultant, 5 years with Staples.


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