Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Phoenixville Tech Group
Gathering Monday 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Phoenixville Library
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No matter what operating system your computers, tablets or phone uses or if you are thinking about getting involved with some new tech or making a change, this is the place for you.

We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions, bring your tech issues and enjoy.

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Program Calendar

Program Archive – 201820172016

April 23, 2018, at 1:00 PM –The Gadget Guru – Everyone welcome! We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy.

April 30, 2018, at 1:00 PM – Use Google Photo To Manage Your Digital Pictures – All your photos organized and easy to find. Pictures on your computer or smartphone are backed up safely, organized and labeled automatically so that you can see them fast, and share them how you like. Google has built in some smart tools for sharing photos as well – drag to select a few shots, and with a couple of clicks, you can create a web album too. Free unlimited storage, automatic backup, and fun editing effects make Google Photos one of my favorite tools for managing photos to share with friends.
A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.  –  Chris Hadfield.ca

May 7, 2018, at 1:00 PM –The Gadget Guru – Everyone welcome! We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy.

May 14, 2018, at 1:00 PM – Sorry no gathering this week!

May 21, 2018, at 1:00 PM – Online Shopping – Everyone loves saving money, and online shopping makes it easy. Back in the pre-internet age, if you wanted to save a few bucks, you either had to visit several stores to compare prices or spend an entire Sunday afternoon cutting coupons.

May 28, 2018, at 1:00 PM – Memorial Day – Library Closed

June 4, 2018, at 1:00 PM –  Do You Think Your PC Has a Virus – A computer virus is a malicious code that replicates by copying itself to another program, computer boot sector or document and changes how a computer works. The virus requires someone to knowingly or unknowingly spread the infection without the knowledge or permission of a user. A computer worm is programming that does not require human interaction to spread. Viruses and worms may also be known as malware. Browser hijacking is a form of unwanted software that modifies a web browser's settings without a user's permission, to insert unsolicited advertising into the user's browser. A browser hijacker may replace the existing home page, error page, or search engine with its own.

June 11, 2018, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Guru – Everyone welcome! We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy.

June 18, 2018, at 1:00 PM – Google Photos Assistant Is A Must Have Tool – One of the best features of the Google Photos app is Assistant. Ther's lots to learn in Google Photos, but the new Assistant feature is here to help.If you want to check up on the status of your photo backups, see the latest Creations that Google Photos has made for you, be alerted of space to be freed up on your device, Assistant is here to help. It's just a tap, swipe, or click away from your photo library, and it'll keep you in the loop with what's going on in the Google Photos world. It's an all-in-one notification center for everything that's happening with your photos, and it's quite useful. Here's how you use it.

June 25, 2018, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Guru – Everyone welcome! We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy.

July 2, 2018, at 1:00 PM – Streaming Video Your Best TV Entertainment Value – Streaming video is content sent in compressed form over the Internet and displayed by the viewer in real time. With streaming video or streaming media, a Web user does not have to wait to download a file to play it. Instead, the media is sent in a continuous stream of data and is played as it arrives. The user needs a player, which is a special program that uncompresses and sends video data to the display and audio data to speakers. A player can be either an integral part of a browser, a set-top box or built into a Smart TV. – Back To The Basic – And the "basics" aren't just for beginners.  You always hear something new, or something that you have forgotten because you haven't used it for a long time. And we always appreciate having experienced users in these sessions to contribute their experience and knowledge to the group.  Find out all the things you can do when you "right click" on the mouse – or the things you can do from the keyboard without the mouse.

July 9, 2018, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Guru – Everyone welcome! We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy.

July 16, 2018, at 1:00 PM –  Let's Look At Mobile Apps –  If you have a smartphone or another mobile device, you probably use apps. To play games – Get turn-by-turn directions – Access news, books, weather, and more. Apps are easy to download and often free, mobile apps can be so convenient that you might download them without considering how they’re paid for or what information they may gather from your device.
A mobile app is a software program you can download and access using your phone or tablet.

July 23, 2018, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Guru – Everyone welcome! We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy.

July 30, 2018, at 1:00 PM – Program to be announced.

August 6, 2018, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Guru – Everyone welcome! We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy.

August 13, 2018, at 1:00 PM – Program to be announced.

August 20, 2018, at 1:00 PM – The Gadget Guru – Everyone welcome! We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous presentation session topics, or any other tech questions you might have. Glenn will be at the Library for one-on-one assistance with your computers, smartphones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy.

August 27, 2018, at 1:00 PM – Program to be announced.

September 3, 2018, at 1:00 PM –

 


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The Phoenixville Tech Group brings technology users together to share knowledge and experience. Everyone welcome!

We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions, bring your tech issues and enjoy. 

Gadget Gurus – Glenn will be available for one-on-one help and group discussion of computer use issues, and to help with questions you have about any presentation session. Or any other tech questions you might have, to help do tech things that no individual ought to have to do alone.

User groups are founded on the principle of “members helping members.”  We are particularly interested in helping those who have limited or no experience with a computer so they may participate in the rapid transition from traditional means of communications and commerce to the Internet. So please invite your "non-connected" neighbors to come along to a meeting or clinic and see how quickly we can help them learn what they need to know.  And please understand that, while a listed presentation topic may not be of particular interest, the discussion often branches into other issues of importance to those attending and that there is no meeting where you don't learn something new.  

An Important Note:  Along with much praise for the STG and what we do at our presentations, there are some of our attendees who say "their eyes get glazed over" at how quickly we move through the different screens and options.  WE HEAR YOU!   We have kicked this around and are committed to making no demonstration clicks or entries on the computer image on the TV screen without making sure everyone knows what are doing and how/why we are doing it.

Program Archives2017 – 2016 

During our group meetings and clinics, we cover the following topics and more.

  • Getting started with a computer
    • What computer, printer, backup drive… should you buy
    • Connecting to the Internet and WiFi arrangements
    • Securing your computer
    • Using your computer and its software
    • Help with your e-mail
    • How to search the Internet
    • Backup your photos to the cloud
    • Speed up a sluggish computer
  • Using the Internet more effectively
  • Cell Phones
    • Finding an economical plan
    • Choosing a phone
    • Programming your cell phone
    • Using Apps
    • Backup your photos to the cloud
  • Shopping online
  • Cable TV or Fios issues, cutting the cord (get rid of cable TV)
  • Talking online using video chat, web cam, and Skype
  • Digital camera and photo problems, what camera to buy
    • Sharing photos on the Internet
  • Using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc.
  • Setting up your own web address and personalized e-mail address
  • Building web pages 

Notice for Visitors to the Web Site: As you will see, this is an open website, with access granted to all Internet users.  The Senior Tech Group uses this site as a resource for the three communities we support, i.e., Coldstream Crossing residents and the Phoenixville Library visitors in Pennsylvania and The Groves community in Fort Meyers, Florida.  We provide direct support, including house calls, at appropriate times of the year for the Coldstream Crossing and Groves communities.  All of the services we provide are pro bono.

We welcome visitors from outside our supported communities, to view the resources on the website. While we attempt to maintain all the information and links the best we can, we disclaim responsibility for any use or misuse of any information or links to other sites or information contained here within.  


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