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2023 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 2, 2023, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting 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 9, 2023, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting Low|Cost Wireless Providers |
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Jan 23, 2023, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Backing up data – why you need to do it! – Data loss can happen in many ways. One of the most common causes is a 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 PC’s hard drive. That hard drive will not live forever. To quote one of the tech geeks I follow, “there are only two types of hard drives – the ones that have failed and the ones that will fail.

Feb 6, 2023, 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.

Feb 20, 2023, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online MeetingLearn 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.

Mar 6, 2023, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online MeetingSettings  Settings are essential if you expect the best experience running programs from the web or directly on your computer.  Web services, social networks, webmail, and even your banking service will have settings you should pay attention to.  Many of these settings greatly influence how secure and private your online experience will be.

Mar 20, 2023, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Use Google Photo To Manage Your Digital Pictures| All photos are organized and easy to find. Pictures on your computer or smartphone are backed up safely, organized, and labeled automatically. Google Photos is my favorite tool for managing photos to share with friends.

Apr 3, 2023, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online Meeting > Browser – Search Engines – Research Tools A web browser or Internet browser is a software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web.

Apr 17, 2023, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online MeetingUsing Search Tools How big is the Web?  Currently, there are around 1.14 billion websites in the World. 17% of these websites are active, and 83% are inactive.

May 1, 2023, 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.

May 15, 2023, 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.

May 29, 2023, 1 and 7 PM | Join Online MeetingIntroduction to Spreadsheets  Spreadsheets have many uses in the organization and maintenance of information.   We use them extensively to collect and store information for future analysis or research. 

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