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2008 Event Calendar ..


General Meeting Presentations and Special Events

2008 Calendar Year
(Events are in reverse order with most recent at the top)

December 10th, 2008, Wednesday - 7 PM
Holiday Toys for Big Girls and Boys

It is always fun to see what new “toys” are available for the techno-geeks. Staples will return again this year to showcase gifts in all price ranges. Come see what is new for the Holiday season or what products you need to make the New Year more productive.

November 12th, 2008, Wednesday - 7 PM
Office Max Custom Printing
(Notice: The presentation, "Protecting Your PC and Securing Your Home Network" originally planned for November, had to be rescheduled to a later date, due to unavoidable circumstances. Watch for the new date.)

Representatives from the Office Max Custom Printing Department were at the November 12th meeting of the Quad Cities Computer Society. They showed us how to create cards, business cards, custom calendars and much more.

October 8th, 2008, Wednesday - 7 PM
**Note the new meeting location this month:

"Moline Public Library Tour" at 3210 – 41st Street Moline. IL

Eileen Ackerland will guide us on a walking tour of the facility. We will then assemble in one of the library's meeting rooms where she will demonstrate the many databases available for research of numerous topics. We will meet at 7:00 PM at the lower level information desk.

**Please note: This event has been moved to a different location
because of a religious holiday at the Tri-City Jewish Center.

NO BEGINNER'S SIG this month!!

September 10th, 2008, Wednesday - 7 PM

Is It Time For A New Phone?

Best Buy Offers Mobile Solutions

Are the choices too mind-boggling? Do you need some help sorting it all out?

At Best Buy you can shop for phones by brand, carrier or style. You can compare prices and plans from multiple vendors all in one place and you can choose the accessories that you need most.

Brett Jones, Mobile Manager of Best Buy in Davenport will be our guest in September. He will demonstrate features of Smart Phones and PDA phones and answer all our questions about choosing the perfect mobile phone.

August 13th, 2008, Wednesday - 7 PM
"How to start a BLOG"
Presentation by Rachel Piper

Do you keep hearing the word "Blog" and wonder what the heck people are talking about?

A Blog is a new term meaning Web Log. It is an easy-to-use web site, where you can quickly post your thoughts, interact with people, post photos, and link to other web pages or blogs. Sometimes readers can leave interactive comments.

Have you ever wanted to post your own web site?

Rachel Piper will visit the Quad-Cities Computer Society to answer all your questions about Blogging and give details about starting your own. This might be a great simple way to get started!

If you missed this informative August 13th presentation,
you can access much of the content covered at the following URL:


July 9th, 2008, Wednesday - 7 PM
Identity Theft Protection
Presentation by LifeLock

The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million people have their identity stolen each year.

Identity theft is serious and costly to repair. But now you can be proactive and stop identity theft BEFORE it happens.

Nationally recognized leader of identity theft protection, LifeLock, will provide the guest speaker at the July meeting of the Quad-Cities Computer Society.

Come learn more about the services they offer to protect your good name. Don't be the next victim!

LifeLock® Official Site

June 11th, 2008, Wednesday - 7 PM
Google--Much more than a search engine
Presentation by Victor Panegos

Google made its mark on society by making Internet searches easier. But are you aware of all the things Google does now? News, images, maps, shopping, calendar, mail, photos, document sharing, group mailing lists, blogs, 3-D drawing software, art contests and more.

These tools are all FREE from Google and many of them can make your life easier. Our guest speaker will demonstrate some of these applications that you may want to include as part of your daily routine.

May 14th, 2008, Wednesday - 7 PM
Selecting a New Computer
Presentation by Dale Wells, Computer Repair Center, Bettendorf, IA

Dale Wells spoke to a large crowd at the May 14th QCS General Meeting.

Is it time for a NEW computer or laptop? Should you choose one custom-built by a local reseller or one from a national manufacturer sold by the "Big Box" stores? This is a very good question that may be answered differently depending on YOUR needs and preferences. Dale will share many tips for buying your first or next computer and how to choose the one right for your needs.

Computer Repair Center, Inc. 872 Middle Road, Bettendorf, IA 52722 (563) 359-0042

Guest speaker on topic of Microsoft Access
Office SIG special event held May 5th, 2008

Wanda Cross (center) volunteered her time to give the Office SIG participants a great introduction to Access, Microsoft's powerful relational data base program. She described the advantages of Access over MS Excel if you have a large number of data sets which you have to sort, filter, group, and calculate values. Wanda has taught college courses on this and several other MS Office applications, so she is a terrific resource for information.

Additional sessions on the Access program may be offered in the 2008 fall series of Office SIG, depending on interest.

Contact Judi or Vicki if you would like to join us.

April 9th, 2008, Wednesday - 7 PM
Smart Computing Magazine
A Computer User’s Magazine written in plain English.

Come meet representatives from Smart Computing and learn more about this outstanding publication.

If you are looking for a magazine with...

Great information about keeping your computer running smoothly and how to install new hardware
Minimal advertising and live customer support
A huge archive of troubleshooting articles
An interactive Q & A message board
Online access to four publications for the price of one and the ability to set up a personal library

....Look no further than a risk free subscription to Smart Computing!

Smart Computing Web Site

Subscribers and renewals from our members earn bonus points for QCS!
A one year subscription is $29, two years is $48 and three years is $64.  They also have a web-only subscription for $17.  This subscription includes all of the website features of a regular subscription but does not include a hard copy of the magazine.  This is a great solution for subscribers who don’t have time to keep up with the mailed copy.  Subscribers have full access to all of the articles they have ever written and can read each issue online.
Sign up April 9th or use our source code, # 12157, for your subscriptions.

March 12th, 2008, Wednesday - 7 PM
Scott County E-recycling

Save The Environment...Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

If your computer and other electronics have finally come to the end of their useful life—What do you do with them? Many items contain Lead, Mercury or other toxins that should not be sent to the landfill. A demanufacturing facility located in Davenport is an environmentally friendly way to dispose of these items.

Come learn about this facility and how you can help save the environment.

WC of Scott Co website

February 13th, 2008, Wednesday - 7 PM

High Definition TV

On February 17, 2009 your television viewing may change—Will you be "HD-Ready"? 

Analog broadcasts are scheduled to cease and over the air networks will be required to broadcast in digital.

There is a lot to learn about HD before that date regarding the new TVs and the proper cables for hooking them up. You can find some expert advice at the February presentation when reps from ZEGLIN'S Home TV and Appliance come to answer all our questions and get us "HD Ready".
January 9th, 2008, Wednesday - 7 PM

Backing up your Computer

WHEN Your Hard Drive Fails, Will All Your Memories Go Up In Smoke?

Backing Up Your Data is the MOST important thing you should do on your computer. And if you don’t know how, come to the January meeting of the QCS. Larry Stone will describe "Backing Up" in great detail and give you many suggestions for keeping your data safe. He will discuss software products available and several other options.


January 9th, 2008-- A Board Meeting Worth Mentioning! ..........

After the regular January session, QCS Board members were in for a treat. They had a chance to see and try two of the new "XO" computers, compliments of Rex Felsman, who brought them to Moline during the holidays while visiting family. Rex is the brother of board member, Sue Peterson, and is a calibration tech from Worcester, Massachusetts.

The XO computers are inexpensive, durable laptop computers designed for children of developing countries through the "One Laptop Per Child" program.  (See http://laptop.org/laptop/ ) During their initial "Give One Get One" offer in 2007, you could donate one to the world program and also receive one for yourself. Rex was intrigued by the concept and made the donation twice in order to receive two of the laptops. He wanted to learn how the devices operated and communicated with each other to satisfy his own "techie" curiosity. QCS board members had a great time checking them out.

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