Quad-Cities Computer Society


2007 Event Calendar .

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General Meeting Presentations and Special Events

2007 Calendar Year
(Events are in reverse order with most recent at the top)

December 12th, 2007 Wednesday - 7PM

QCS Holiday Party

We had fun in December with traditional paper games and also online games, holiday treats, and a white elephant gift exchange.

If you didn't attend, you missed some good old-fashioned fun with other QCS members! There were PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES and FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!

November 14th, 2007 Wednesday - 7PM:

Gift Suggestions for Techies from Staples

Want to make your Holiday shopping “Easy”?

Check out the QCS meeting in November when representatives from Staples will show products sure to please the techie on your list. They will detail products for the Holiday season as well as favorites for the computer user all year long.

A technician will also be available to answer technical questions and explain how to set up a wireless network.

October 10th, 2007 Wednesday - 7PM:

Computer Maintenance YOU can do!

Did you ever wish your computer had a "help" button?

Howard J. Press has been serving the Quad Cities for many years, building computers and repairing them. He will share some of his tips to keep your computer running smoothly and avoid unnecessary repairs by doing routine maintenance yourself. 

Come and learn how to be your own computer technician.

September 19th, 2007 Wednesday - 7PM: Verizon and Cell Phones

Is your Cell Phone a “Smart Phone”? Cell phones have come along way from just making phone calls. Now they receive text messages, email, photos, play music, games and more.

Some cell phones can keep you organized with appointment calendars, to do lists and of course a small electronic phone book right in your pocket. You might even be able to get driving directions, movie times and restaurant locations or take photos.

A representative from Verizon Wireless will speak to the QCS at 7PM on September 19th and explain exactly what a SmartPhone is and what it can do for you. They will demonstrate and field questions about high speed Internet solutions to fit your personal, business, and family needs. Discussion will include personal data assistants, PC card solutions, and tethered devices. A question and answer session will also be conducted.

August 8, 2007 Wednesday - 7PM: New Moline Library

The City of Moline has always known how important a library is to its community. They opened their first library in downtown Moline in June 1873, less than a year after becoming a city,  The Southeast Branch located on 41st Street Moline was added in 1983 and in August 2006  replaced with a brand new 68,000 square foot facility with an estimated 20 year growth space. At 7:00PM on August 8th a representative of the library will describe to the Quad-Cities Computer Society the resources available to its patrons.

For more information about the library, see their website: http://www.molinelibrary.com/

Among the topics to be discussed are the following:

Resources available to Genealogists

The electronic card catalog and how to access it from home

Volunteer opportunities for QCS members

July 11, 2007 Wednesday - 7PM: Photography and Digital Cameras
Presented by Jane Swanson, Graphic Designer and Freelance Photographer

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Jane Swanson was asked to speak at this QCS general meeting after impressing members of the digital SIG in May with her wonderful photos and her creative energy. (See May 16th below) She will share additional worthwhile tips for both the beginner and serious photographers at this session.

Our presenter holds a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio, where she majored in commercial illustration. She has worked in all aspects of the creative printing and publication fields, with photography playing an important part in her career. As the art director/associated editor for an international business magazine, she guided that publication into the digital era while that invention was still in its infancy.

Jane currently heads her own business, Creativity Communications, which provides graphics, design, creative writing and editing as well as digital photography for a variety of clients.

June 13, 2007 Wednesday - 7PM: Verizon and Cell Phones

(Rescheduled to September)

Special Event at Digital Media SIG
May 16th, 2007:

Guest speaker on digital photography

Jane Swanson, freelance photographer and graphic designer, shares tips on buying a digital camera and getting great photographic images. Her business, Creativity Communications, provides layout, design, photography and photo retouching, illustrations, cartoons, Web sites and promotional writing/editing for individuals, small businesses and corporations.

. May 9, 2007 Wednesday - 7PM:
Social Security and the Internet
Presented by Kurt Frank, Social Security Administration

Kurt Frank promises an interesting and entertaining discussion of the new SS Administration online services. Their site can be used to calculate your benefits before retiring. You can actually apply for disability or retirement benefits online. There are reminders on how to protect yourself from identity theft and general information on Social Security, as well as links to the IRS and Medicare websites. Come to the program to hear about many other features available on their secure site.

April 11, 2007 Wednesday - 7PM:
Genealogy and 'RootsMagic' presented by Bruce Buzbee, Software Developer
Tracing your family history? Planning a family reunion? Don't miss this meeting!

The QCS is privileged to offer this presentation by a nationally-known authority on genealogy and its software. Buzbee has authored several family genealogy programs, including Family Atlas and Family-Reunion Organizer. He is also the webmaster of a popular reunion planning website, www.Family-Reunion.com, and another website for his current software products, www.rootsmagic.com.

"The best genealogy program we've seen" is how Smart Computing magazine summarized 'RootsMagic' in a recent review.

March 14, 2007 Wednesday - 7PM: SIG Showcase

Puzzled about what happens in computer club SIGs?
QCS offers six Special Interest Groups; each one aimed toward a particular interest. You can learn about all of them when the leaders each give a brief introduction to what is covered in Web Design 101, Genealogy, Digital Media, Beginners, Internet, and Windows.

Did you miss the March General Meeting? See the Beginner SIG PowerPoint presentation by using this link. (It is a 180KB download.)

February 14, 2007 Wednesday - 7 PM: ProShow Gold Presented by Suzie Wanner

ProShow Gold permits you to add motion effects to still photos and incorporate them with videos, music and transition effects, then save it to CD, DVD, flash drives and other forms of media storage.

Read a review by Joe Durham about this presentation.

Special Mini-Session
January 25 and February 22, 2007:

Buying and Selling on Ebay Presented by Larry Sandhaas

January 10, 2007: Vista and Office 2007 Preview Presented by Larry Stone

Larry has been testing the beta versions of Microsoft's new systems. He will detail his observations and advise about computer requirements necessary to run them properly.


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