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Computer Club Meet #3 Summary

posted Apr 15, 2012, 12:39 AM by Jason Lim   [ updated Apr 15, 2012, 12:49 AM ]

We had another very informative meet last week... and covered lots of material!

Meet Date: Thursday, March 29th 2012 - 10am - 12 noon
Location: Gina Johnson's home in Gilbert

Topics Covered during Meeting #3:
  • Review web browsing basics - tabs, bookmarks, links, etc.
  • Difference between webmail and email client software
  • Creating a new Gmail account
  • Basics of webmail using Gmail as common example
    • setting up email signatures
    • setting up custom email font for new email compositions
    • configuring other email features:
      • preview pane
      • calendar and documents widgets
      • conversation view
      • undo send feature
    • managing email folders (aka labels)
    • managing email filters
    • adding/editing contacts
    • nuances of contacts integration when composing email
    • how to send, reply, forward email
  • Concept of "mailto:" links on websites and how to configure Gmail to manage it automatically

Send me a message if you'd like to be notified of the next meeting date and location.

Computer Club Meet #2 Summary

posted Mar 19, 2012, 9:45 PM by Jason Lim   [ updated Mar 19, 2012, 10:06 PM ]

We had a very productive meet last week. As usual, we had the projector going on the wall, as everyone followed along with their laptops - or on the spare laptops I provided for those who didn't have one. =)

Meet Date: Thursday, March 15th 2012 - 10am - 12 noon
Location: Gina Johnson's home in Gilbert

A special Thank You to Gina for letting us use her beautiful big home! Attendees were able to use the wireless connection there to access the internet. Gina Johnson is a long-time client of mine and the founder of Sharing Down Syndrome AZ. She is a miracle worker, and as you can see loves helping others.

Topics Covered during Meeting #2:
  • Working with the Windows "task bar" and how program windows are represented there
  • Understanding "minimizing, maximizing, and restoring" program windows
  • The top three web browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome
  • Ensured everyone had the Chrome browser installed on their laptops
  • Instructed basic concepts centered upon Chrome browser
    • Working with Chrome browser tabs
      • Adding, deleting, and moving tabs
      • Opening links in current tab vs new tabs vs new window
      • Pulling tabs out of current browser window into its own window
      • Moving tabs between two separate browser windows
    • Working with Chrome bookmarks and the Bookmarks Bar
      • Revealing the Bookmarks Bar
      • Saving a webpage as a bookmark
      • Adding, deleting and moving bookmarks within the Bookmarks Bar
      • Creating folders within Bookmarks Bar to manage collection of bookmark
  • More efficient ways to browse the internet
    • Opening links in its own tabs via right-click or via middle scroll wheel button
    • Quickly browsing through lists of results/articles/ads links via separate tabs
  • General discussion over iPad, Apple computers, cheap laptops, and Chrome syncing

OOS Computer Club is a Go!

posted Feb 8, 2012, 10:58 PM by Jason Lim   [ updated Feb 8, 2012, 11:19 PM ]

The location, date and time is set! I've also decided to call this a computer "club" instead of a class. Even though I'm a self-proclaimed computer guru, I'm not an officially licensed instructor after all. I've found that some venues get picky about that. =)

WHAT: Onsite One Solutions (OOS) Computer Club - 1st Meeting
WHERE: ******
WHEN: Thursday, February 16th at 10:30am - 12pm
WHY: To get together and learn how not to wreck your computer!
TOPICS: The best way to turn on/off your computer, working with your mouse, understanding memory and your hard drive, understanding icons and shortcuts, understanding and working with files and folders, and maybe more...

Seating is very limited for this first meeting - so unfortunately it's invitation only. Those of you who got my email blast last October, and RSVP'd will be receiving an email detailing the location of the meet.

Depending on turnout and continued interest, I plan to make our meetings into a weekly gathering, while alternating between different meeting times, locations, and possibly larger rooms. 

If you are interested in being part of the OOS Computer Club, simply send me a message indicating you'd like to be on the computer club mailing list. You will then receive future meeting details!

Planning free computer classes

posted Oct 8, 2011, 1:18 PM by Jason Lim   [ updated Feb 8, 2012, 11:03 PM ]

I'm currently in the planning stages of putting together free computer classes. Location, topic and class structure is still being decided.

I've created an online questionnaire form for any interested person to fill out which will help direct me how to structure the classes. I will soon propagate this online questionnaire form to the masses via email and social networks.

Please feel free to forward the online questionnaire to anyone you know who may be interested free computer classes taught by a local computer guru! Here's the link again, spelled out in full URL form:

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