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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

September 24, 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.

October 1, 2018, at 1:00 PM – Two Factor Authentication  – Two-factor authentication means using two authentication methods (e.g. password, the value from a physical token, text message, or automated voice call with a token number) to increase the assurance that the bearer has been authorized to access secure systems. Two-factor authentication is one of the best things you can do to make sure your accounts don't get hacked

October 8, 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.

October 15, 2018, at 1:00 PM –  What's a Podcast? The new on-demand radio and video service. Podcasts can be videos or audio only, I personally mostly listen to audio podcasts. They can be played on a web browser like Chrome or Safari but the best experience is to get some type of podcast management app for your phone or tablet. I use a podcast player Pocket Casts app.

October 22, 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.

October 29, 2018, at 1:00 PM –  Type With Your Voice – You can type and edit a document by speaking in Google Docs. Note: This feature is only available in Chrome browsers.

November 5, 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.

November 12, 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.

November 19, 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.

November 26, 2018, at 1:00 PM –  Computer & Internet Security – Simple tips to reduce your exposure to spyware and viruses: – Stop using Windows as an administrator. Use it as a limited user instead. – Use Google Chrome as your web browser. It's free and far more secure. – Don't use Java, unless you know you need it. – Don't click on links in an email. – Only get software from the original vendors. – Keep the antivirus software up to date. – Be careful of what gets installed, and be careful what you click on. 

December 3, 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.

December 10, 2018, at 1:00 PM –  Remote Support for Windows, Mac, and Android phones and tablets. – We have implemented a software system/tool to remotely connect to your computer. This allows us to provide remote help installing a program, using an application, fix a problem… With TeamViewer Quick Support or Chrome Remote Desktop tool, you can allow me to remotely connect to your PC. No installation is required, you download then run the web application by clicking one of the icons below.

December 17, 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.

Happy Holidays – See you in April

 


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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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