Quad-Cities Computer Society.

2011 Event Calendar ..


General Meeting Presentations and Special Events
of 2011


December 5th, 2011 General Meeting
MONDAY Evening at 7 PM
BestBuy presents
"Holiday Shopping for Electronic Sugar Plums"

Location: Butterworth Education Center on the corner of 7th Street and 12th Ave in Moline. [See letter "A" on the
aerial view map. Parking lots are indicated by a (P)]

HOLIDAY SHOPPING IS COMING and representatives from Best Buy will help with gift ideas for the technology people on your gift lists. Cameras and accessories are always popular as well as standalone game products and software. This year choices might also include computer tablets or e-readers and their accessories.

And of course there are still computers, laptops, smart phones, TVs and DVD players. Come see what's new this year in the products you want to give (or buy for yourself).
November 7th, 2011 General Meeting
MONDAY Evening at 7 PM
Eileen Ackerland presents
"How Libraries Work in the E-book Age"

Location: Butterworth Education Center on the corner of 7th Street and 12th Ave in Moline. [See letter "A" on the
aerial view map. Parking lots are indicated by a (P)]

Amazon turned the page on a new revolution with the launch of the Kindle e-book reader. Today there are many more choices of readers, and their popularity continues for many reasons:

• Space saving, each reader can hold thousands of books
• After the initial cost of the reader, text is usually cheaper
• Can be read in low light with ability to adjust the font size
• And many books in the public domain can be acquired for free

A few drawbacks still exist that might discourage book lovers.

• Formats and file types have developed and changed and are sometimes proprietary
• Not ALL books are available as an e-book
• A paper book will never shut down with a low battery
• Although some sharing of books is allowed, you cannot donate your used books

Eileen Ackerland from Moline Public Library will explain how e-books have changed what libraries offer today in Moline and the Quad-Cities.

October 3rd, 2011 General Meeting
MONDAY from 7 PM
Butterworth Education Center on the corner of 7th Street and 12th Ave in Moline.
[See letter "A" on the
aerial view map. Parking lots are indicated by a (P)]

He's back by popular demand!
Gary Stanley of Stanley Computing presents his updated "ABC's of Digital Photography"

Other Gary Stanley events:

"Paula Sands Live" interview, FRI 9/23

Digital Sig guest speaker, MON 9/26 5:30

Co-leader at Vicki Wassenhove's LeClaire Iowa Worldwide Photo Walk

Always one of our top attractions, Gary will help show you how to get those great shots and keep you entertained at the same time!

Don't miss these events!


SATURDAY, October 1st at 9:00 AM-11:00 AM:

Join QCS Digital SIG leader, Vicki Wassenhove,
and co-leader of the photo walk, Gary Stanley,
at the LeClaire, Iowa edition of
Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk

It's a FREE, FUN social event for photographers
from beginners to pros.
See details & pre-register online.
HURRY! The walk is limited to 50 entries!

Direct link to the LeClaire Iowa Walk sign-up

Additional preview information about LeClaire & the Photowalk

Many thanks to these donors of additional prizes for our local event:

Quad-Cities Computer Society
Whitey’s Ice Cream
Sneaky Pete’s Restaurant, LeClaire
Camera Corner, Davenport


MONDAY, September 12th at 5:30 PM:

Help us celebrate our 30th Anniversary

Riverside Park Pavilion in Moline, IL.
See details and a map on the printable
PDF invitation

September 6th, 2011, Special event:
Note time and date: TUESDAY from 6-8:30 PM
Butterworth Home Library on the corner of 8th Street and 11th Ave in Moline.
[See letter "B" on the
aerial view map. Parking lots are indicated by a (P)]

Picasa Photo Editing Specialists, JIm & Chris Guld

The Quad-Cities Computer Society is pleased to offer a special public program to help people manage and edit the photos on their computer using a free program from Google. Jim and Chris Guld are considered experts on the use of Picasa, a widely popular photo editor. Even Google looks to them for providing the best training on the program.

Picasa is Google's free download and it is simply the best way to manage the enormous amount of photos now taken with digital cameras! It’s *fast*, it’s *easy*, and it’s *free*. Find pictures you had forgotten about with Picasa's 'Library View' and Search capabilities. You'll learn from the Geeks on Tour experts and you’ll be surprised how simple it is to make all your photos look better.
Google's official Picasa website: http://picasa.google.com/

For this QCS meeting, they will delve deep into file management with Picasa as we requested.

  • How to avoid duplicate files
  • How to keep your pictures on an external hard drive instead of your C drive
  • How to use the left sidebar with its collections, folders, albums, and people.
  • There will also be plenty of time for questions.
Who are Geeks on Tour? Jim and Chris Guld are living their dream. In 2003, they sold their home to live in their RV full time, traveling the USA from coast to coast exploring each area they visit and meeting new friends.
Both Jim and Chris had careers in the computer industry before taking to the road so they took their love for computers with them dubbing themselves “Geeks on Tour”. They present seminars to other travelers at RV Rallies and have a subscription website with tutorials on many subjects. Their focus is on things travelers use most, such as GPS mapping and trip planning, editing and organizing the thousands of photos they take as they travel and keeping a travelogue of their adventures with an online Blog.

Geeks on Tour website: http://www.geeksontour.com/

Did you miss a hand-out at the September 6th event?
Follow these links to download and print them from the Geeks on Tour site:

Four page general outline- http://www.geeksontour.com/files/Geek1-Picasa.pdf

One-page "Organizing" outline - http://geeksontour.com/handouts/Picasa-Organizing.pdf

For additional Picasa and general computer help, Jim and Chris offer books and videos for sale on their website. One-year subscription memberships provide online access to their videos. See: http://www.geeksontour.com/shopping.cfm

For more information about this FREE QCS presentation, contact

* Vicki Wassenhove vwazz@hotmail.com or
* Judi McDowell theqcs@mchsi.com

August 1st, 2011, First Monday of the Month - 7 PM
Location: Butterworth Education Center on the corner of 7th Street and 12th Ave in Moline.
Think GREEN (or Red or Yellow or Blue or even Black)
Recyle and Reuse with Cartridge World Refills

Karrie Holland, Presenter

There are lots of reasons to like Cartridge World:
  • Locally owned and operated, so you are helping your local economy
  • Helping to save the planet by recycling and reusing
  • Saving money which is crucial in today’s economy
  • Quality assurance with 100% guaranteed refills

Kerrie Holland, Owner of 3 local Cartridge World stores will be our guest speaker on August 1st.
She will give us details about the process of refilling ink cartridges and how much money you can save.

July 4th, 2011, First Monday of the Month - 7 PM
No Meeting on the Fourth of July!

Celebrate the holiday and we will see you in August at our regular location, the Butterworth Education Center!
June 6th, 2011, First Monday of the Month - 7 PM
Location: Library of the Butterworth Home on the corner of 8th Street and 11th Ave in Moline.
"Peak Performance"
Presented by Dr. Chris Beckwith, D.C., D.A.C.B.,
and Michelle Beckwith, Mrs. Illinois 2008.

Sitting at a computer for several hours a day can cause lots of stress and strain to your body, but there are also ways to reduce and relieve these conditions. Learn techniques to eliminate fatigue, improve performance and reduce risk of injury from our guest speaker experts on June 6th.

Topics Include:
  • Learn Your Body's Needs for Optimal Performance
  • Minimize Strain and Stress
  • Tips on Increasing Energy
  • Preventing Fatigue
May 2nd, 2011, First Monday of the Month - 7 PM
Location: Butterworth Education Center on corner of 7th Street and 12th Avenue in Moline

"Better Communication and Emerging Technology"
presented by Dr. David Snowball

In a fast-paced society with cell phones, email, text messages, voice mail, and Facebook messaging, life can get hectic and without face-to-face contact, the visual cues of a nod, a smile or even a frown, miscommunication can happen.

Research at the University of San Diego says the average person is exposed to over 100 thousands words a day or 23 words each and every second which they say would be enough to crash a laptop after a week.

Dr. David Snowball, professor of communication studies at Augustana College will be our guest speaker on May 2nd. He has taught a Communication and Emerging Technology class for several years. He teaches about distractions and miscommunications and will give us tips on how to manage the “information overload”.

April 4th, 2011, First Monday of the Month - 7 PM
"Update on New TV Technology" by Virgil Richardson
Since television broadcasting went digital in 2009, there are more and more choices for entertainment in your own living room. Do you know how to choose a new HD/TV? Should you purchase a Blu-ray disc player? Do you need surround sound for the ultimate listening enjoyment?

Whether you are just shopping for a new TV or you want to turn your living room into a complete home movie theater, you will want to join us on April 4th when Virgil Richardson from Entertainment Expressions will be our guest presenter.

Come see what’s new in home entertainment!

This free presentation will be held at the Butterworth Education Center on the corner of 7th Street and 12th Avenue in Moline, IL.

Click here for an aerial view from Bing.com. The Ed Center is identified with the letter "A".

March 7th, 2011, First Monday of the Month - 7 PM
"Hearing Aids and New Technology" by Dr. Molly Parker, Audiologist
Location has changed for this event!

It will be held at the Butterworth Home on the corner of 8th Street and 11th Ave in Moline.

Click here for an aerial view from Bing.com.
The house is identified with the letter "B".

Hearing devices have been changed dramatically by the "computer age"and they are able to make communications more spontaneous, television viewing easier, and also help ease relationships. Even those without hearing loss should find this subject fascinating from its technological viewpoint.

Dr. Molly Parker, Audiologist at Don White - Parker Audiology, will provide a general overview about advancing hearing aid technology from ear horns to the latest digital products and equipment. Topics include smart hearing aid technology, and digital communications between hearing aids with other media such as cell phones. Additional topics include other assistive technologies to help hearing and websites that will facilitate your personal education.

For a copy of Dr. Parker's handout, use this link.

About Dr. Parker from her website: (www.donwhitehearing.com/)

Dr. Molly Parker has been an audiologist in the Quad City Area for 13 years. M.A. was obtained at U of Iowa in 1997. Clinical Audiology Doctorate was completed at AT Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2007. She has been a fellow of the American Speech-Hearing Association since 1997. Previous work experience includes fitting hearing aids for all ages, abilities and hearing loss, as well as performing diagnostic hearing and balance testing in a local medical facility.

Dr. Parker is originally from Iowa and has a wonderful husband and two terrific kids. Hobbies include baking, reading, and whenever possible, gardening, fishing, walking and biking.
February 7th, 2011, First Monday of the Month - 7 PM at our Education Center Location
Presented by Larry Stone
"Backup Options for your Home Computer in 2011"

From Larry:

A lot of things have changed in regard to backup solutions since my last presentation in January 2008.

New software programs have been released. The selection and price point on storage devices have vastly changed.

I will discuss the available options that are practical for home computer users.

See the actual PowerPoint Presentation with links to various products Larry discussed at this February event.

Click screen to advance through the slides and to exit at the end or use navigation icons in the lower left corner of screen.

January 3rd, 2011, First Monday of the Month- 7 PM at our NEW LOCATION
"The World of Smart Phones" by John McGregor, Verizon Presenter

The concept of cellular phones began in 1947 when developers began manufacturing car phones. Since then, technology has taken a long leap forward. The simple concept of making a call is a thing of the past! Now users have the capability to snap HD video of the grand kids, search for restaurants, movie tickets and the cheapest gas station. This is the era of smart devices. From Motorola DROID (exclusively at Verizon) to the new and exiting Samsung Galaxy Tablet and Apple iPad, technology will only continue to provide end users the ability to stay connected and Rule the Air.

Come join us January 3rd for an exciting look into the telecommunications industry of mobile devices. No need to be rushed in a store to purchase that perfect device, take your time and ask questions.

*Mobile devices will be available provided by Verizon Wireless.

*A technician will be on-site to provide self-help troubleshooting tips.

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