Quad-Cities Computer Society.

2009 Event Calendar ..


General Meeting Presentations and Special Events

2009 Calendar Year
(Events are in reverse order with most recent at the top)


November 11th, 2009, Wednesday - 7 PM
See What's Hot for the Holidays!
Presentation by BEST BUY

As the Holiday Season approaches, our thoughts turn to “Gifts & Gadgets". It has been almost three years since Best Buy representatives showcased products for the gift-buying season. It will be interesting to see what they bring this year and how technology has changed since their last visit in December 2006.

They promise gift ideas in all price ranges. Come see the HOT new "techie" toys for yourself or for that special someone !!

October 22nd, 2009: WINDOWS 7 Party at Gamerz

Fifteen dedicated people braved the cold rainy night to attend the Windows 7 Party co-hosted with Gamerz. We watched videos showing the newest features of Windows 7 while enjoying snacks and additional conversation about computer and non-computer topics. Everyone went home with a small gift.

Secrets of Maintaining your Computer Plus a Preview of Windows 7
Presented by Gary Stanley of Stanley Computing
A Phoenix, Arizona based Technology Solution Company

Our audience of 175 was charmed, entertained AND informed when Gary Stanley conducted this "mini" seminar at QCS. His interview on Paula Sands Live October 12th brought in so many extra people that we had to double the amount of chairs that were initially set up for the event. His lively presentation was full of great simple advice to take the frustration out of your computer experience.

Watch for a review of his talk in the November Q-Bits newsletter and remember to check out http://gary.stanley.net. (Click "Cyber News", then scroll down on the next page to "System Maintenance" for his page of tips.)

Here is a link to the Gary Stanley Inteview with Paula Sands on "You Tube":

October 14th, 2009, Wednesday - 7 PM
Secrets of Maintaining your Computer
Plus a Preview of Windows 7
Presented by Gary Stanley of Stanley Computing
A Phoenix, Arizona based Technology Solution Company

Gary was born and raised in the Quad-Cities and was an active QCS member, serving as membership chairman and on the Board of Directors. He is a retired Jet Pilot and former Radio Personality, with 40 years of technology experience.   His computer knowledge goes back to the days of DOS, and includes all versions of Windows.

Gary has promised us a fun session in October and we believe him! He has presented hundreds of computer and Internet seminars in numerous cities, and has helped thousands of people and businesses with their computer related solutions. He brings a wealth of experience, fun, and lots of energy to his sessions.

Excerpts from his monthly magazine, "Cyber News", have appeared in our QBits newsletters. To learn more about Gary and to view his spectacular photography, visit these links: Cyber News, Stanley Computing, Photo Web Site, and Blog.

In addition to his appearance at our monthly 'open to the public' presentation on the 14th, Gary will be a guest on "Paula Sands Live", Monday, October 12th. Paula Sands Live is a Quad City-focused information/entertainment talk show weekdays at 4:30 PM on KWQC-TV6.

Gary plans to arrive an hour early on the 14th, so former friends and members can stop to greet him before his presentation. Come to the TCJ Center general meeting hall between 6 and 7 to welcome him.

September 9th, 2009, Wednesday - 7 PM
Digital Scrapbooking

Do you need help organizing and displaying your photographs?

Scrapbooking was a hobby even before the camera was invented. People collected hand written notes or poems, homemade cards and locks of hair, all in an effort to preserve memories. In the 1990's Scrapbooking became one of the fastest growing hobbies in America. People love to take photos of travel destinations, family events, pets and nature, but are your photos piling up in a shoe box or filling up your computer?

Shari Baker, a Consultant for Creative Memories, will be demonstrating the art of digital scrapbooking, a way to enjoy the photos we have taken and to preserve those memories for future generations. See how easy it is to organize your photos, create professionally hardbound "StoryBooks", and more!

your life | your story | your way
For more information, go to

August 12th,2009, Wednesday - 7 PM
Social Networking with Facebook

Have you been invited to join Facebook yet?

Facebook began in 2004 as a website for students to communicate and get to know each other. It is now becoming popular with people of all ages and occupations as a means of communicating with friends, relatives and coworkers.

About a year ago Rachel Piper and Deb Verber introduced the QCS to Blogging. They are returning in August to demonstrate how to use Facebook and join the “social networking” crowd.

Review the August 12th presentation about the Facebook phenomenon at this URL: http://www.thecreativitypipeline.com/

July 8th, 2009, Wednesday - 7 PM
PC Gaming Presented by Gamerz Arena, Davenport IA

Take a break from productivity!

Computers are tools for business, education AND ENTERTAINMENT. After a long day, it can be relaxing to just play a few games on your computer.

We are probably all familiar with card games such as Solitaire and other simple puzzle games, but have you ever wondered what else is available?

Representatives from Gamerz Arena will be our guests in July to answer all our questions about gaming in the Quad-Cites.

Join us Wednesday, July 8th to learn what is available for gamers of all ages. Come see what you've been missing in this fast-moving entertainment field!

June 10th, 2009, Wednesday - 7 PM
Two Presentations by Two QCS Members
Speech Recognition & Skype - Vicki Wassenhove and Judy McDowell

Voice applications that you might want to try

At our June meeting, Vicki Wassenhove and Judi McDowell will demonstrate some great voice applications for today's computer users.

Speech Recognition provides fast and efficient use of voice dictation to control and interact with your computer. Accuracy has come a long way in the last few years. You may be surprised. For additional information from this session, see www.vixpage.webs.com/speech.recognition.html.

**Click to view the PowerPoint Presentation on Speech Recognition

Skype, a VoIP application, allows free or low cost voice calling to computers or landlines around the world. It also provides instant messaging and video. Judy has used Skype with SharedView to make remote connections to SIGs possible.

** Click to view the PowerPoint Presentation on Skype

May 13th, 2009, Wednesday - 7 PM
Protecting your PC and Securing Your Home Network
by Jarrod Collins and Jake Schulte of Vista International Operations

Protective Measures You MUST Take

Viruses, spyware, adware and spam intrude into your privacy and can greatly reduce your productivity. Your PC and home networks, either wired or wireless must also be secure to protect your privacy and the integrity of your data.

Jarrod Collins and Jake Schulte will give us practical advice and answer questions on anti-virus programs, patches, email safety, firewalls, back-ups, downloads and installations, safe password choices, and use of a hardware firewall. Be sure to attend for this valuable information about protecting your individual PCs and home networks.

April 29th, 2009, Wednesday - 7 PM ** Note the date change due to scheduling conflicts at TCJC.
IH Missippi Valley Credit Union:
Safety Tips and Advice for Online Banking

IH Missippi Valley Credit Union will offer safety tips and advice to make online banking safe and secure.

Online banking offers the convenience of 24/7 access to your account information, transfers between accounts and even electronic bill payment.

BUT, it can also pose threats to those who do not know how to protect themselves.

A representative from the IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union will be our guest in April to teach us how to make our virtual bank as safe as our brick and mortar bank.

March 11th, 2009, Wednesday - 7 PM
Judi McDowell and Don Singleton presentation:
Remote Connections

Have you ever had an "oops, I forgot that file" moment and wished you could access your home computer from somewhere else?

Or have you perhaps wanted to help a friend with his computer from your house?

With "Remote Connectivity" and a broadband connection, both things are possible.

Time permitting, Don Singleton and Judi McDowell will demonstrate five programs. They are Crossloop, Microsoft Sharedview, Lotus Sametime Unyte, Acrobat Connect Now and Log Me In .

The following program descriptions are from their respective websites:

CrossLoop simplifies the process of securely working with friends located in different physical locations and across different network environments. It enables you to see the screen and control the mouse and keyboard on a remote computer. It is as if you are working side by side at the same PC.

Microsoft SharedView is a fast, easy way to share documents and screen views with small groups of friends or coworkers; anytime, anywhere. Use SharedView to put your heads together and collaborate - create, convey, and communicate…across physical boundaries, through firewalls, and down to the smallest details.

The IBM Lotus Sametime Unyte Share service is a quick and easy way to bring people and information together online. Use the Lotus Sametime Unyte Share service to show your desktop or share documents and applications with anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Adobe ConnectNow is a great way to share ideas, discuss details, and complete work together — all online. Reduce travel costs, save time, and increase productivity with a web conferencing solution that is easy to access and simple to use.

With LogMeIn you can beam into your PC from anywhere using just a web browser. Whatever you can do when you're physically at your PC, you can now do remotely over the web.

To view the PowerPoint Show from the QCS meeting, use the following link:
QCS HouseCall Remote Programs.pps
It is a 1.4 MB download.

For further information about REMOTE CONNECTIVITY, there are two articles written by Don Singleton on the following APCUG sites: http://reports.apcug.org/2008q4/6.htm and http://reports.apcug.org/2009q1/6.htm


February 11th, 2009, Wednesday - 7 PM
Remote presentation from Utah:
Gene Barlow on Acronis True Image Home 2009

Acronis True Image Home 2009 is an easy-to-use back up and recovery program. Create an exact copy of your hard drive including operating system so that you can recover from a virus or other unstable condition quickly.

Barlow will demonstrate this award-winning software remotely from his office in Utah and will be able to answer our questions following the presentation. Come see a great product demonstrated via an exciting technology.

This fine product will be available for purchase after the presentation at a special discounted price.

For more information on Acronis products, see www.acronis.com

January 21st, 2009, Wednesday - 7 PM (rescheduled from January 14th)
Having fun with digital photos in Picasa 3

Picasa 3 is the brand-new and improved version of Google’s FREE photo organizer—and it now includes more editing capabilities.

Norman Dunlap, leader of the QC Computer Society’s digital photography group, will demonstrate this new software. You’ll see how easy it is to organize, edit and share your digital photos. You may even find Picasa 3 is all you need to improve your pictures.

Follow this link to a review and notes page on the presentation.


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