Quad-Cities Computer Society.

2010 Event Calendar ..


General Meeting Presentations and Special Events

2010 Calendar Year
(Events are in reverse order with most recent at the top)

No meeting or SIGs were held in December, because of the move from the Tri-City Jewish Center in Rock Island to the Butterworth Center in Moline.
**November 10th, 2010, Wednesday - 7 PM**
"Staples, The Office Superstore"
will suggest Holiday Gifts for Techies!

Gino Amodeo, Sales Manager of Staples
will showcase popular products for computer users, including some new items that won't be available at the store until December.

Come find a gift idea for a tech friend or for
yourself in advance of the holiday season.

** IMPORTANT NOTICE: This event is still scheduled for the Tri-City Jewish Center.

October 13th, 2010, Wednesday - 7 PM
Presenter, Gary Stanley of Phoenix, Arizona
Stanley Computing, a Technology Solution Company

Quad-Cities native and former QCS member, Gary is one of our most popular guest speakers at QCS. He will review his simple computer maintenance tips and then share his new presentation on Digital Photography.

His talk, "The ABC's of Digital Photography", will include:

Camera & Settings
Shooting Techniques
Photos to Computer
Editing Your Photos
Sharing Your Photos
Protecting Your Photos

The presentation will be helpful to all levels of photographers, but especially beginners. He promises it will be "plain, simple, fun, and to the point!"

Watch for him on Paula Sands Live, KWQC-TV on Monday, October 11th at 4:30 PM.

And there's even MORE!!...

Join Gary for a PHOTO WALK SEMINAR on Saturday, October 16th, sponsored by the QCS Digital Camera group! This will be a chance to apply all you learned at his Wednesday night presentation. Gary will lead the photo shoot, answer questions and help you get the most out of your camera!

Time: 9:30-11:30 AM
Place: Meet at the new Schwiebert Park in downtown Rock Island. Park on the street or in the lot on the east end of the park.

Optional: You may join us for a 'dutch treat' lunch following the photo walk at the Blue Cat Pub, 113 - 18th Street in Rock Island.

Sign up to reserve a spot on this photo walk at the QCS General Meeting on October 13th (Wednesday evening, 7 PM) or email vwazz@hotmail.com.

See some of Gary's photos from all over the world at www.gary.stanley.net

September 8th, 2010, Wednesday - 6:30 PM Dinner (No Regular General Meeting in September)
Social Gathering and POTLUCK PICNIC!
The TCJC facility is unavailable due to religious holidays, so instead we've decided to organize a purely social event at a Riverside Park covered pavilion in Moline.

This was a fun event and many think we should do it again next year!

Who: Everyone is invited, especially a spouse or a significant other. Bring a prospective member, a friend, or a relative. Our motto is "the more the merrier!"

What: It's a picnic where the food is great because YOU brought it! Bring a meat dish or casserole, vegetable, salad, dessert or munchies. If you don't have time to cook, be resourceful. A pizza or a bucket of chicken might be a great addition. Bring your own non-alcoholic beverages.

So what if we all bring the green bean casserole? No matter! No one will starve and we'll still have fun.

Where: A covered pavilion at Riverside Park located at 3300 5th Avenue, Moline, IL. See the map and aerial shot below.

When: Wednesday, September 8th 6-8 PM? We will plan for dinner at 6:30 sharp.

Why: It's just for FUN! JOIN US, WON'T YOU?

How? The club will provide the plates, plastic utensils, napkins, table cloths, etc. Nancy Polios and Vicki Wassenhove are handling all the details, but we need to hear from you in advance!

Please R.S.V.P. by September 5th or sooner. PLEASE !!!

Nancy Polios
Vicki Wassenhove
August 26th, 2010, Thursday - 7 PM
Abby Stokes "Webinar"
A Remote Presentation via "SKYPE"

Abby "wowed" our audience in April !!


New York author, lecturer and teacher Abby Stokes will return to the Quad-Cities Computer Society via Skype for a follow up to her April presentation, “Is This Thing On?”

She will give a short presentation about online safety and identity theft and will then answer computer related questions from the audience. The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM on August 26th at the Tri City Jewish Center in Rock Island.

Open to the public. No charge. Bring a friend!

A few shots taken during the event:

August 11th, 2010, Wednesday - 7 PM
VMware: Award-Winning Virtualization Solutions
Presentation by Dale Wells, Computer Repair Center, Bettendorf, IA

Dale Wells spoke to a large crowd at the May 2008 QCS General Meeting.

Legacy Programs in New Computers: What is VMware and how can it help you?

Dale Wells will give us an introduction to using Legacy Programs in new computers. VMware is software that allows multiple operating systems on the same machine without having to reboot. This might be a new concept to some, so come learn how to put this technology to work for your own purposes.

Computer Repair Center is a local business that can build a brand new system or troubleshoot and repair your current system. Dale can also answer your questions about choosing the right computer and give us tips for keeping it running smoothly.

Here is a good link shared by Dale at the 8/11 session:

Use this free utility to determine if your "plug-ins" are up-to-date.
You can upload newest versions on the same site.

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

July 14th, 2010, Wednesday - 7 PM
QCS Members Jim Kristan and Joe Durham
“Ubuntu for Dummies"

Jim Kristan will introduce Ubuntu, A computer operating system based on Linux. This “Open Source” Operating System has a Graphical User Interface much like Windows and has a reputation for being efficient and fast.

"Saving $$$ with OpenOffice ”

Joe Durham will introduce us to OpenOffice which competes with the more popular Microsoft Office. This suite of applications includes Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Databases and more and is available as a FREE download.

Stay informed about all your options for Operating Systems and Productivity Software by learning the basics of these alternatives.

June 9th, 2010, Wednesday - 7 PM
Mike Godsil, Photographer and Knox College Photography Instructor
“Making Better Photos with Your Digital Camera”
Michael Godsil is in his 25th year of teaching photography, digital photography and photojournalism in the Art Department and Journalism Program at Knox College, in Galesburg, IL.

Godsil's presentation at QCS will cover some basic camera control settings, when and how to use your flash to improve your photos, and some helpful composition guidelines.

As a young adult, Mike studied under Ansel Adams in a summer workshop which initiated his interest in photography as fine art. His personal, creative photography is primarily of landscapes and nature details and is usually made using a large format, 4" x 5" field camera, with traditional analog film and darkroom methods. In recent years he also increasingly works in digital photography.

Recent self-assigned projects have involved multiple trips to the American Southwest to photograph isolated Anasazi ruins, a trip to Peru to photograph Machu Picchu and other Incan ruins, and an ongoing project photographing receding glaciers in Alaska, Montana, and the Canadian Rockies. Photographs from the Anasazi and Inca sites now comprise a sizeable solo exhibit titled “Ancient Echoes in Stone”, which was on exhibit earlier this year at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

May 12th, 2010, Wednesday - 7 PM
Presentations by QCS Members Patty Lowry and Judi McDowell
There will be TWO presentations at the General Meeting this month! Both products being discussed are designed to improve your computing experiences.

Judi will show products from Lapworks, laptop desks designed to shield your lap from heat buildup. http://www.laptopdesk.net/ and http://www.squidoo.com/Laptop-Computer-Ergonomics

Patty will demonstrate aiSquared, products to enhance text for the visually impaired. http://www.aisquared.com/

Come Learn More about These Products!

April 29th, 2010, THURSDAY - 7 PM
Special Presentation by Abby Stokes, Writer and Educator from NYC!

QCS is delighted that Abigail Stokes, author of books to help first-time computer users, is scheduled to speak and autograph her latest handbook at QCS on April 29th. This is a great event for your beginner friends or anyone intimidated by computers... Invite them!

About Abby Stokes (and her Book Tour) Abby has demystified computers for over 100,000 people, mostly seniors, in the course of the past 15 years. Abby has taught courses in basic computing at both Cooper Union and New York University’s School of Lifelong Learning, as well as computer skills to private and corporate clients. She has lectured on the topic across the country. A firm believer that “if my mother can learn the computer anyone can,” Abby is confident that everyone can master the computer and navigate the Internet.

Abby is the author of “Is This Thing On?” A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking & ScreamingDinner Party Disasters: True Stories of Culinary Catastrophe, and It’s Never Too Late to Love a Computer. She splits her time between New York City and Niantic, Connecticut.

Following Stokes "kick-off" event, QCS will be offering two FREE classes giving additional help to those wanting to get started with computers. We will cover a wide array of topics including everything from turning the computer on to Internet safety. Dates for these classes are Thursday May 6th and Thursday May 13th.

These first three events are open to the public as a "community service project" by the club. No membership is required. Of course, QCS members are also welcome to attend.
AND... More help is offered by QCS if these newcomers decide to join our club. We wil be holding a "Computer Basics Mini-SIG" for three more weeks to give more help and answer individual questions of these new members. Our regular SIGs may also offer a night of "basics" this summer to help transition these "newbies" into the club.

Do you or a friend need BEGINNER HELP with computers?
Check out this section about Abby Stokes and our


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.

March 10th, 2010, Wednesday - 7 PM
Gene Barlow presents "Moving to Windows 7"

A longtime supporter of User Groups, Gene Barlow, will return ‘virtually’ to the QC Computer Society with a new presentation, “Moving to Windows 7”.

Using a remote connection from his office in Utah, Gene will give us instructions and tips on how to switch to Microsoft's newest operating system. His approach focuses on hard drive efficiency and keeping your current operating system intact.

For over 25 years, Gene has worked with software companies for the betterment of user groups. He knows what computer users want and need.

For information on Acronis products, from Gene's previous presentation, see www.acronis.com.

February 10th, 2010, Wednesday - 7 PM
Dr. Ilesh Kurani presents "Computers in the Doctor's Office"

Computers have revolutionized every part of our lives, including our health care and visits to the doctor. This presentation by Dr. Ilesh Kurani from the John Deere Medical Group will bring you up-to-date. He will explain how computers and the use of "Pentabs" help expedite and enhance your appointments.

January 13th, 2010, Wednesday - 7 PM
The Quad-Cities Computer Society Says...

This event was postponed from December due to ominous weather forecasts for 12/09/09.

Held on January 13th instead, the party was fun and the food was great and plentiful! We held a white elephant sale, had some great door prizes (including two gift certicates for Whitey's Ice Cream donated by a member) and we played a few games. Two members won the raffle for the Vista Ultimate Operating Systems.

January is a great time to relax after the holidays and have some fun with friends. This year the QCS will do just that at the first general meeting of the new year. Games, finger foods, a White Elephant Gift Exchange and some good conversation with friends are what’s in store for all those who attend. It's also your final opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for Vista Ultimate—Two winners will receive the Grand Prize! See details here: www.qcs.org/notice.html

Bring a "white elephant" gift item to exchange... A computer or "tech" related item that you no longer want or need might be especially appropriate. There's no need for fancy wrapping paper, either!

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