Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Program Archive 2016

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, smart phones, cameras, tablets, etc. Bring your tech issues and enjoy.


Thursday Evening Gathering
December 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM –  Create Documents – Spreadsheets – Online – You don't need to buy Microsoft Office! Create basic documents from scratch or start from a template. You can easily do all the basics, including making bulleted lists, sorting by columns, adding tables, images, comments, formulas, changing fonts and more. And it's free.

December 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM – Learn What A Chromebook Can Do – Whether you own a Chromebook or not, right here is where you start learning how to use it. Interested in buying a Chromebook, but afraid they're a bit too different from Windows laptops and MacBooks? Or, perhaps you already own a Chromebook, but you've yet to explore its capabilities.

​November 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM – Create Documents – Spreadsheets – Online – You don't need to buy Microsoft Office! Create basic documents from scratch or start from a template. You can easily do all the basics, including making bulleted lists, sorting by columns, adding tables, images, comments, formulas, changing fonts and more. And it's free.

​November 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM – 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. Thanks to the internet revolution, saving money shopping online has never been easier. With more retailers setting up shop on the web, all it takes is a click of a button.

October 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM – ​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 uncompressed 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.

October 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM – ​Two Factor Authentication – What is two factor authentication? Two-factor authentication means using two authentication methods (e.g. password, value from physical token, text message, or automated voice call with token number) to increase the assurance that the bearer has been authorized to access secure systems.

September 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM –   Use Strong Passwords – Your passwords are the keys to your internet life. Use strong passwords and keep the bad guys out. The best security in the world is useless if a malicious person has a legitimate user name and password. They can do everything you can do. LastPass Free Password Manager – Now you can finally use long, complex, different passwords for each site and no longer need to worry about forgetting them.

Third Thursday Gathering
September 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM –  Backing up data – why you need to do it – Data loss can happen in many ways. One of the most common causes is physical failure of the media the data is stored on, in addition MalWare can infect your system and corrupt or encrypt files. You probably have everything saved on your PCs hard drive. That hard drive will not live forever.

August 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM –  Backing up data – why you need to do it – Data loss can happen in many ways. One of the most common causes is physical failure of the media the data is stored on, in addition MalWare can infect your system and corrupt or encrypt files. You probably have everything saved on your PCs hard drive. That hard drive will not live forever.

  • Third Thursday Gathering
    August 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM –  Navigating Goggle, Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Wallet, Docs… – Google provides Internet services that let you search the web, create blogs, send email, word processing, spreadsheets, video chat, and publish web pages. Google has social networking tools, organization tools, and services for mobile devices, Google Wallet card, and even Google branded merchandise. 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.

August 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM – Use Google Photo To Manage Your Digital Pictures – All your photos organized and easy to find. Photos on your computer or smart phone are backed up safely, organized and labeled automatically, so you can find them fast, and share them how you like. Google has built in some clever tools for sharing photos as well – drag to select a few shots, and with a couple clicks, you can create a web album to . Free unlimited storage, automatic backup and fun editing effects make Google Photos one of my favorite tools for managing photos to share with friends.

  • Thursday Evening Gathering 
    July 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM –  Use Google Photo To Manage Your Digital Pictures – All your photos organized and easy to find. Photos on your computer or smart phone are backed up safely, organized and labeled automatically, so you can find them fast, and share them how you like. Google has built in some clever tools for sharing photos as well – drag to select a few shots, and with a couple clicks, you can create a web album to . Free unlimited storage, automatic backup and fun editing effects make Google Photos one of my favorite tools for managing photos to share with friends.  Cut, Copy, and Paste – Even if you know next to nothing about using a computer cut, copy,and paste are simple task you should learn how to do.  This tutorial teaches the easy and very handy skill of "Cut Copy & Paste".  There are several ways to copy and paste, choose the way that is easiest for your to remember.

August 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM – E-Mail – What is Bcc? – BCC stands Blind Carbon Copy. It refers to the practice of sending an email to multiple recipients without disclosing the individual emails addresses. While sending the same email/message to multiple recipients, it is a common practice for most of us by separating the email addresses with a comma or semi-colon and insert all those addresses in the To: filed. When emails are sent in this way, each receiver is able to see the complete list of recipient email addresses to which the same message is being sent to. Unlike To:, the BCC: option allows you to hide the recipients in email messages. In other words, when emails are sent using BCC:, the receiver will not be able to see the list of recipient email addresses. Thus using BCC is a smart way to protect the privacy of the recipients.

July 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM – 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.

June 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM –  What is a Chromebook? – A Chromebook is a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. Powered by Google's Chrome OS™, and featuring built-in, up-to-date virus protection along with Google apps and services like Gmail™, Google Calendar™, Docs and Google Play™ (plus thousands more in the Chrome Web Store™). Unlike traditional PCs, Chromebooks update themselves automatically for free, so you always have the latest and greatest version, while your stuff stays safe with Google Drive™ online file storage that's automatically backed up. And Chromebooks play nicely with your other devices—your phone, tablet or another computer—so you can stay in sync with your day from wherever you are.

June 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM – Use Google Photo To Manage Your Digital Pictures – All your photos organized and easy to find. Photos on your computer or smart phone are backed up safely, organized and labeled automatically, so you can find them fast, and share them how you like. Google has built in some clever tools for sharing photos as well – drag to select a few shots, and with a couple clicks, you can create a web album to . Free unlimited storage, automatic backup and fun editing effects make Google Photos one of my favorite tools for managing photos to share with friends. 

May 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM –  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 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM –  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. Cut, Copy, and Paste – Even if you know next to nothing about using a computer cut, copy,and paste are simple task you should learn how to do.  This tutorial teaches the easy and very handy skill of "Cut Copy & Paste".  There are several ways to copy and paste, choose the way that is easiest for your to remember.

April 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM – Navigating Goggle, Gmail, Calendar, Maps,Wallet, Docs… – Google provides Internet services that let you search the web, create blogs, send email, word processing, spreadsheets, video chat, and publish web pages. Google has social networking tools, organization tools, and services for mobile devices, Google Wallet card, and even Google branded merchandise. 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.