The Philadelphia Area Computer Society

Users Helping Users Since 1976

Photo: Super Giant Food Store in Willow Grove, PA
Photo: Entrance to Community Center at Giant
Photo: Lobby of Community Center at Giant
Photo: Audience in main meeting

NEXT MEETING:
May 17, 2014
A panel of users will present a
"Comparison of Password Managers"

Everybody knows that best security practices call for different and strong (= complex) passwords for each web site that requires a login. But who could possibly remember 16-character passwords with uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols for 400 or more sites? This is where password managers come in. These add-ons save all of your passwords in an encrypted vault which is unlocked by one complex password. The managers then fill in web page login and other forms using the saved data. Other features include generating strong passwords to set up new accounts and synchronizing passwords across various devices.

Today's panel will describe some of the most popular password menagers. As of now we will have users of Roboform and LastPass on hand with possibly a KeyPass user. Come and learn how to stay secure without going crazy.

PACS will also hold its Annual Meeting where Directors will be elected to serve from June 2014 - May 2016

Print and post an announcement for the May meeting.


Meetings at PACS

PACS meets in the Community Center at the Super Giant Food Store of Willow Grove on Saturdays, starting at 8 AM. Click the Meeting Day Schedule link to see when the events of interest to you will take place. The store is located at 315 York Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. The center has wireless Internet connections, a cafe serving breakfast and lunch, and plenty of free parking.

Look here for details about using the wireless internet connection. Remember that this is an open connection and so you should use the caution that you would use at any WiFi hot spot.

PACS 2013-14 Meeting Schedule
Date Presenter Topic
September 21, 2013 Mark Bazrod Evernote - All Your Information On All Your Devices (more info)
October 19, 2013 Robert Cheetham, Azavea Visualizing and Forecasting Crime Events in Digital Philadelphia (more info)
November 16, 2013 Francis Chao Comparison of SkyDrive, Google Drive, Box & iCloud (more info)
December 21, 2013 Detective Jean Morrison Computer Identity Theft and Internet Safety (more info)
January 18, 2014 Jere Minich Basic Troubleshooting of Your Computer (more info)
February 15, 2014 cancelled due to weather
March 15, 2014 Jere Minich How Printers Work, Hints and Tips (more info)
April 5, 2014 Keith Perry How to Remove Viruses and Malware from Windows (more info)
May 17, 2014 Panel Comparison of Password Managers (more info)
June 21, 2014 Christine Roberts and Mary Butash Then and Now: Impact of Technology on Family History Research (more info)

September 21, 2013 - Mark Bazrod presents "Evernote - All Your Information On All Your Devices"

Evernote is a cloud-based app which works on desktops and laptops computers (PCs and Macs), tablets, and smartphones. Enter information (text, images, PDFs,and web pages) on one device and have it available on all devices. For those of us who have more than one device, this is the opportunity to access needed information whenever and wherever we need it. There is a free version, which is satisfactory for most people, and a premium version - $5 a month or $45 per year. The free version requires you to be able to access the Evernote database through the Internet while the premium version, among other things, allows you to store the files on all your computing devices. The free version permits you to upload 60 MB per month. The premium version permits you to upload 1 GB per month. There is virtually no limit on either version on the total amount of information which may be stored through Evernote.

Evernote enables you to use tags (similar to keywords) rather than require a hierarchy of folders, although I will discuss an Evernote concept called notebooks which is similar to folders.

Mark serves on the board of PACS and is a member of the Macs@PACS SIG and several other Apple user groups, including being President and Newsletter Editor of Main Line Macintosh Users Group. In 1956 he took two computer science graduate courses at Penn's Moore School of Electrical Engineering. He started using an Apple II and Macs in 1978, but for 20 or so years used a PC in the office and the Macintosh at home. He returned to the Mac in the early 2000s. He leased computers in the US and Europe for many years and for the last 20 years has specialized in financing or leasing computer software.


October 19, 2013 - Robert Cheetham of Azavea presents "Visualizing and Forecasting Crime Events in Digital Philadelphia"

Police Departments and other public safety agencies are increasingly visualizing their data using geospatial data technology. Maps provide an important mechanism for seeing patterns in both crime and other events to which public safety agencies respond. But GIS data provides an opportunity for much more than just displaying points on a map. New techniques are being developed to discover changes in the geographic pattern of events, to forecast the risk of crimes occurring in the future, and to identify high priority locations for intervention. In addition, recent advances in technology are enabling these capabilities to be made available through web and mobile interfaces. The workshop will also present the latest research being applied to public safety and crime analysis, including predictive analytics, forecasting, and mobile applications.

Robert Cheetham is the founder and CEO of Azavea, a B Corporation that creates civic geospatial software for the web. He founded Azavea to apply geospatial technology to support more sustainable communities while advancing the state-of-the-art through research. Today, Azavea uses both commercial and open source technology to create tools for urban planning, watersheds, land conservation, urban forestry, elections, crime analysis, human services and digital humanities. The firm's public service mission and research focus are at the heart of its work, including the Summer of Maps program, R&D partnerships with universities and donating a portion of its profits to charitable organizations.

Prior to founding Azavea, he served as a software developer and GIS analyst for the University of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department and as a civil servant in Japan. He serves on the advisory board of the Penn State University Masters in GIS and GeoDesign programs and as an occasional lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He has an MLA in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan.


November 16, 2013 - Francis Chao - "Comparison of SkyDrive, Google Drive, Box & iCloud"

The main meeting at noon will feature a recorded session from the May 4, 2013 APCUG video teleconference. The video is available on YouTube. A ppt file of the slides (with link URLs) is at APCUG.


December 21, 2013 - Detective Jean Morrison presents "Computer Identity Theft and Internet Safety"

Detective Jean Morrison was hired by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office in January 2012 after 27 years of service at East Norriton PD. Jean was a member of the Detective Division at East Norriton Police Department from 1999 until her retirement in 2012 when she joined the Montgomery County Detective Bureau.

Jean has extensive training in Computer Forensics and related topics. Jean holds memberships in the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists and the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. Jean has been a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force since 2006 and has investigated numerous cases surrounding the Internet, Computers and children.

Jean has conducted seminars and presentations on computer forensics and Internet Safety. Jean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Education from Ursinus College as well as various certificates from law enforcement training seminars.


January 18, 2014 - Jere Minich presents "Basic Troubleshooting of Your Computer"

The main meeting at noon will feature a recorded session from the August 3, 2013 APCUG video teleconference. The video is available on YouTube. A pdf of the slides (with link URLs) is at APCUG.


March 15, 2014 - Jere Minich presents "How Printers Work, Hints and Tips"

The inside scoop on how printers really work and how you can maintain control. This will be a virtual meeting via Skype.

Jere Minich is the Program Chair of Lake-Sumter Computer Society, Leesburg, FL. Jere is a frequent presenter at his user group and has also presented to several other user groups across the United States, including the Pikes Peak Application Society in Colorado Springs. A comment from their Program Chair: "Our meeting was another of those excellent Jere Minich instructional talks that came to us via Skype."


April 5, 2014 - Keith Perry with "How to Remove Viruses and Malware from Windows"

This presentation will focus on a methodology for removing viruses and malware from an already infected Windows system. There will be a review of the challenges of doing this on Windows and how a user may better recover from infection. After the presentation, there will be a live demonstration of the presented methods for removal.

Keith C. Perry, MSEE, Directory of Technology at V.C.S.N., is an information technology professional with more than 20 years of experience working on a variety of computing platforms ranging from mainframes to desktops. Having a wide range of skills, Keith has spent the majority of his career specializing in building or maintaining heterogeneous computing environments and helping companies focus on implementing standards based solutions. In more recent years, Keith has made data protection and business continuity services a primary focus while he continues to learn new technologies and develop new solutions for VCSN clients.


May 17, 2014 - "Comparison of Password Managers"

Everybody knows that best security practices call for different and strong (= complex) passwords for each web site that requires a login. But who could possibly remember 16-character passwords with uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols for 400 or more sites? This is where password managers come in. These add-ons save all of your passwords in an encrypted vault which is unlocked by one complex password. The managers then fill in web page login and other forms using the saved data. Other features include generating strong passwords to set up new accounts and synchronizing passwords across various devices.

Today's panel will describe some of the most popular password menagers. As of now we will have users of Roboform and LastPass on hand with possibly a KeyPass user. Come and learn how to stay secure without going crazy.


June 21, 2014 - Christine Roberts and Mary Butash present "Then and Now: Impact of Technology on Family History Research"

Learn how the technology revolution has transformed the process of researching your family history. The presentation includes an introduction to two of the major internet resources for genealogists, Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org, as well as the impact of technology on genealogical research and organization.

Christine Roberts is the founder and charter president of the Bucks County Genealogical Society, and serves on the lineage committee of the Washington Crossing Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is also a member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, the National Genealogical Society, the New York Genealogical and Historical Society, the New England Historical and Biographical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists. Christine is a Certified Public Accountant, working in real estate finance and development.

PACS member Mary Butash is a charter member of Bucks County Genealogical Society and is serving her second term as its secretary. She is also a member of Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Old York Road Genealogical Society and the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.


Archive of Past Main Meeting Topics

Meetings from 2007-08

Meetings from 2008-09

Meetings from 2009-10

Meetings from 2010-11

Meetings from 2011-12

Meetings from 2012-13


PACS 2014-15 Meeting Schedule
Date Presenter Topic
September 20, 2014    
October 18, 2014    
November 15, 2014    
December 20, 2014    
January 17, 2015    
February 21, 2015    
March 21, 2015    
April 18, 2015    
May 16, 2015    
June 20, 2015    

PACS 2015-16 Meeting Schedule
Date Presenter Topic
September 19, 2015    
October 17, 2015    
November 21, 2015    
December 19, 2015    
January 16, 2016    
February 20, 2016    
March 19, 2016    
April 16, 2016    
May 21, 2016    
June 18, 2016