Training will be the order of business at the February meeting of the SLO Bytes PC Users Group. Three club members will lead break-out sessions on digital photography, flash drives and Web page creation.
In a session titled "Having Fun with Your Digital Pictures," Don Jones will demonstrate how to create slide shows using Adobe Photoshop Elements.
He'll also show there is more than one way to work through the creation process so that users can take the approach that best suits their work habits.
If you've been using a flash drive to back up your data, Alan Raul will suggest ways to expand its usefulness by demonstrating "Applications You Can Run Off Your USB Flash Drive." You're not going to be able to run Photoshop or Word from your thumb drive, but there are a host of so-called portable applications that don't have to be installed on the computer to run.
For example, the Mozilla Firefox and Opera browsers are available in portable versions, as are e-mail clients, instant messaging applications, bookmark managers, word processors and text editors. (Wikipedia lists a ton of them at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki
The capability of the flash drive doesn't stop there. A new generation of flash drives called U3 smart drives has been developed for even greater flash drive flexibility.
If you take your flash drive to the meeting, Raul will help you load some portable programs after the session.
Finally, Ralph Sutter will show how you can create your own Web site using Microsoft Word, free HTML software and free Web hosting services.
Prior to the main presentations, Raul will moderate his regular Q&A session from 12:45 to 2 p.m. The Windows operating system special interest group for beginners will also be conducted in the same time slot.
The SLO Bytes meeting will be Sunday at the I.O.O.F. Hall, 520 Dana St. in San Luis Obispo. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kaye Raul at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.slobytes.org.
Events this week
Wednesday. TechXpress Computer Training Center, 3450 Broad St., Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, 9 a.m. to noon. Topic is Microsoft Publisher Basics. Fee is $99. A complete schedule of TechXpress classes can be found at www.techxpress.net. Call 782-8324 to register.
Thursday. Cambria Computer Club Macintosh User Group meeting, Joslyn Recreation Center Conference Room, 950 Main St., Cambria, 2 p.m. Jack Hennessy finishes his presentation on "Internet and E-Mail Basics for Mac," covering online gaming, Internet personal finance, and using the Internet and collecting e-mail while you're away from home. He will also report on MacWorld 2007. Contact: Jack Hennessy at email@example.com or visit www.cambriacomputerclub.org.
Thursday. Computerooters meeting, Arroyo Grande Hospital Annex, 345 S. Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande, 10 a.m. Guest speaker Alan Raul of the SLO Bytes PC Users Group introduces Windows Vista. Public welcome. Contribution: $1/person. Contact: Ellie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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