Getting Comfortable With The Basics

2022 Archive

The Gadget Gurus, we have no prerequisites. Just ask questions about previous topics. I will also review the current tech news. We will do our best to answer computers, smartphones, apps, cameras, tablets, and internet questions. So bring your tech issues and enjoy the meeting.


Jan 3, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting >
Navigating Google, Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Wallet, Docs… |
Google provides Internet services that let you search the web, send an email, word processing, and spreadsheets.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.
In The Groves Pavilion at 2:15 PM  | 

Jan 17, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Low|Cost Wireless Providers |
Project Fi is a wireless service offered by Google directly to users with coverage in 200+ countries.
Mint Mobile nationwide 4G LTE data coverage and unlimited talk and text as low as $15 a month.
Ting Their slogan is ‘Mobile That Makes Sense.
In The Groves Clubhouse at 2:15 PM  | 

Jan 31, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting >  Learn What A Chromebook Can Do | If you own a Chromebook, here is where you start learning how to use it. Interested in buying a Chromebook, learn what to look for.
In The Groves Clubhouse at 2:15 PM  | 

Feb 14, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Working With Your Digital Pictures Online | All your photos are organized and easy to find. Pictures on your computer or smartphone are​ safely backed up, organized, and labeled automatically. Go​​ogle Photos is my favorite tool for managing photos to share with friends.

Feb 28, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Streaming Video Your Best TV Entertainment Value | Streaming video is content sent over the Internet and displayed in real|time. The user needs a player that can be either a browser, a set|top box, or built into a Smart TV.

Mar 14, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Privacy.com Virtual Credit Cards | put the control in your hands when you make a purchase online. Protect your card details and money by creating virtual cards at each place you spend online or for each purchase.

Mar 28, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Do You Think Your PC Has a Virus | A computer virus is a malicious code; viruses may also be called malware. Browser hijacking is unwanted software that modifies a web browser’s settings. A browser hijacker may replace the existing home page, error page, or search engine with its own.

Apr 11, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > What’s a Podcast? The new on|demand radio and video servicePodcasts can be videos or audio|only. I personally mostly listen to audio podcasts. I use a podcast player Pocket Casts app.

Apr 25, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Two Factor Authentication  | Two|factor authentication means using two authentication methods. It is one of the best things you can do to ensure your accounts don’t get hacked.

May 9, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > United States Post Office – USPS | Consider creating an account on USPS.com; they have many services, including printing your package shipping labels with postage, getting notification of mail to be delivered, hold mail during vacations, and changing address.
GotFreeFax.com | A Fax cover page plus three pages free, you can send two free faxes messages per day maximum.

May 23, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Optimize Your Computer, E|mail, and WEB Use | Windows 10 has built|in real|time antivirus named Windows Defender. It automatically runs in the background, ensuring all Windows users are protected against viruses and other nasties.

Jun 6, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Back To The Basic | And the “basics” aren’t just for beginners. You always hear something new, or something you have forgotten because you haven’t used it for a long time.

Jun 20, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > What to Look for in a Laptop | Laptop shopping help!

Jul 4, 2022, at 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Remote Support for Windows, Mac, and Android phones and tablets. | We have implemented a software system/tool to connect to your computer remotely. Allowing us to provide remote help installing a program, using an application, fix a problem.

Jul 18, 2022, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > A Mesh Home Network?  | Google WiFi Mesh networking is a way for information to pass through several directly connected nodes to one another. A mesh WiFi router and its satellites act to get better WiFi signals encompassing a larger area. With Google WiFi, the satellite mesh units connect wirelessly to the base unit or can be connected using Ethernet cables.

Aug 1, 2022, 1 and 7 PMOnline Meeting tab ​​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.  Services, Shopping, Entertainment, and Apps I use. – Here are many of the services I enjoy regularly. You may also find some of them interesting and useful.

Aug 15, 2022, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting >  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. 

Aug 29, 2022, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > 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.

Sept 12, 2022, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Google Photos Assistant – One of the best features of the Google Photos app is Assistant. It’s an all-in-one notification center for everything that’s happening with your photos, and it’s quite useful.

     In-Person Tech Group program Phoenixville Library Community Room
Tuesday, Sept 20, 2022, 1:30 PM | Working With Your Digital Pictures Online | All your photos are organized and easy to find. Pictures on your computer or smartphone are​ safely backed up, organized, and labeled automatically. Go​​ogle Photos is my favorite tool for managing photos to share with friends.
View the live program stream by clicking the “Enter Online Meeting” link. Please try to check in 5 or 10 minutes before the program begins.

Sept 26, 2022, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Secure Your Digital Life – Protect your critical online services like banks, credit unions, email accounts, social networks, and shopping sites, each with a unique and robust password. Using two-factor authentication, along with a strong password, is your best protection from online hackers.

Oct 10, 2022, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Low-Cost Land-line Phone – I use Google Voice with the OBi200 adaptor for a one-time cost of less than $50. I do pay for GV911.COM $12 per year for E911 service.

Oct 24, 2022, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Cloud Computing, 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.

Nov 7, 2022, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > ICE – In Case of Emergency – ICE stands for “in case of emergency,” and it’s what emergency responders have been taught to look for if someone needs medical attention. What if that person is you? Where is your ICE info?

Nov 21, 2022, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Freezing Credit Is Now Free. Here’s Why You Should Do it Now. – Turning on a credit freeze is now more straightforward and more friendly to activate and temporally lift than ever. Placing a security freeze on your account makes it difficult for criminals to use stolen data to open fraudulent accounts, or borrow money, in your name.

Dec 5, 2022, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Registrar, WEB host, URL forwarding, Email Forwarding – You can have a personal web name. If you buy your own domain like (mysite.com), you’ll generally be able to choose any email addresses that end with your domain name [email protected][email protected], and so on. A personal URL (Domain Name) is about $10 a year.

Dec 19, 2022, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting >E-Mail – What is Bcc?– BCC stands for Blind Carbon Copy. It refers to the practice of sending an email to multiple recipients without disclosing the individual email addresses. Highlighting – Cutting – Copying – Pasting – Resizing Windows – Some of the very basic skills one has to master to work with computers. Unlike typewriters, while writing on computers, if you make a mistake, you can easily erase it (by backspacing) or cut it to remove it. 

Dec 26, 2022, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > No Gathering this week.


The Gadget Gurus, we have no prerequisites. Just ask questions about previous topics. I will also review the current tech news. We will do our best to answer computers, smartphones, apps, cameras, tablets, and internet questions. So bring your tech issues and enjoy the meeting.

     In-Person Tech Group program Phoenixville Library Community Room
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2022, 1:30 PM | Learn What A Chromebook Can Do | If you own a Chromebook, here is where you start learning how to use it. Interested in buying a Chromebook, learn what to look for.
View the live program stream by clicking the “Enter Online Meeting” link. Please try to check in 5 or 10 minutes before the program begins.

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