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The Newsletter of the Computer Users Group of Greeley Colorado
MAY 2015
Issue 28-05
We are located in Beautiful Greeley, Colorado .. just East of the Famous ROCKY MOUNTAINS MAY 9
Dear CUGGers,   Our regular Second-Saturday  meeting is coming up this Saturday, same time same place 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm Classroom 2  Greeley Senior Activity Center, 1010 6th Street, Greeley. The West Parking lot is FREE on Saturdays
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Late last year, the board announced to members that dues would be raised to $36.00 a year. The primary motive for doing so was to raise additional funds that would allow CUGG to upgrade the Internet speed at the Senior Center. CUGG currently pays $35.99 a month to CenturyLink for the DSL circuit at the Senior Center, as well $200.00 a year to GreeleyNet for the ISP charge. The speed has generally been adequate, though at times the bandwidth has been slowed enough to cause problems for presentations that require Internet access. Our former president, Jamie Leben, first contacted Comcast to see what deal they could give us on Internet service. As CUGG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we stand to benefit from a discount on the usual monthly charge. The only delay was that we had been unable to locate a copy of CUGG's letter of determination, certifying that CUGG is registered with the IRS as a non-profit organization. I took up the responsibility of applying to the IRS to arrange for a copy to be sent to me. I mailed the request last fall and--by the IRS’s estimate--I expected to receive the copy by November 20, 2014. The date came and went, but the document did not arrive. The document finally arrived on April 2, 2015. Now that we have the document, the Board of Directors will move forward to see what deal we can get for Comcast Internet at the Senior Center. The speed increase will cost more, so I ask for members' understanding as to why we raised the dues for the first time in more than ten years. Ideally, we would like to increase income by additional means, such as signing up more members and the raising funds through sponsored advertising on CUGG’s website. We appreciate any support that members can provide. As we are a non-profit, any donations you make to CUGG are tax-deductible. We do also appreciate your support in non-monetary ways by telling your friends, relative, neighbors, and colleagues about CUGG. CUGG's mission continues to be to educate members of the community, not to raise money for its own sake. We appreciate your support and encourage everyone to get the word out as to what CUGG has to offer and why you feel compelled to continue attending our monthly meetings and supporting us through your yearly membership dues.
Eric Moore
Presenter’s Page
We will RECORD most meetings in AUDIO (Stereo) & Sometimes VIDEO. They will be posted to this page after the meeting or the Following Month. This is an experiment .. If you-all want this to continue Please send an email
Will add them when I can
APCUG Articles    Our Users Group belongs to this National association. User Groups Newsletter Sites
Using the Internet By Jim Cerny, 2nd Vice President, Sarasota TUG, FL December 2014 issue, Sarasota Technology Monitor jimcerny123 (at) The Internet is an almost unlimited source of information, news, entertainment, help, and, well everything. Most people, including you, probably have no problem using the Internet, but sometimes it is good to review some Internet-related terms and some basics. It helps us use the internet even better. Here are some Internet terms -- The INTERNET – a whole lot of computers sharing information. There is only one Internet, it does not come in parts. It is also called the World Wide Web. Anyone can put anything on the internet, it is not “policed” by anyone. Be careful what you see or read may not be true. You can connect to the internet using a wire to your computer or, more common today, without a wire, called a “wireless” connection or “Wi-Fi”. All laptop computers and iPads and “smart phones” have the ability to connect to a wireless network IF one is available in the range of your computer. Hotels, restaurants, libraries, and some towns may provide free wireless connections for you. Desktop computers usually connect with a wire but you can purchase a device to make your desktop connect without a wire. Internet PROVIDER – a company to whom you pay money to allow you access to the Internet. Companies like Verizon, Comcast, Brighthouse, or a satellite “dish” company are examples. Internet BROWSER – a program on your computer which allows you to view internet web pages. These programs, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, are all free. The Internet Explorer program comes free with Windows but you can download others from the Internet if you wish. All these programs work the same way but may look a little different. INTERNET ADDRESS – every web page on the internet has a unique address. ADDRESS BAR – located at or near the very top of your Internet Browser program window, this “box” contains the address of the web page you are currently viewing in the window. You can go to another web page address by left-clicking your mouse on the current address (which will highlight the address) and entering, using your keyboard, any new valid web page address. (If you enter words or text in this box instead of an address, your web browser will search the Internet using a search engine. That’s ok, but it may not be the search engine you want to use). WEB PAGE – a “document” on the internet which has a unique address. You may also think of a web page as a specific “location” on the Internet. A web page can be any length or size. Look for scrollbars at the side of the window or the bottom to use to see the entire page. HOT LINK – Almost all web pages contain “hot links” to click on with your mouse. These links will take you to another web page. SEARCH ENGINE – a web page that you can use to search the Internet. The most popular is Google ( but there are many others such as, Bing, and Yahoo. They are free to use, just go to their webpage. Now that we have reviewed some terms, we will look at the two ways to use the internet. The first way, if you know the exact web address of the web page you want to see, just enter that address in the address bar or box and hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard. Your Internet browser will go to that web page and the new address will be displayed in the address bar. The second way to use the Internet is when you do not know an address and just want to search the internet for something. So, you use a search engine like Google. At the Google web page you will see your insertion point waiting for you to enter your search words in the search box. Use regular English words separated by spaces. You can even ask a question. Google will search the whole internet in a fraction of a second and give you thousands of results, usually ten or fifteen on a page. On the results, you can click on any web page title to go to that web page. Here are some very helpful things to consider when using the internet. You can find out more about them by using Google. FAVORITES – If you like visiting certain web pages often, keep it in your “favorites” list. The next time you want to visit that web page again, just click on “favorites” and click on the one you want in the list. You can organize your favorites into FOLDERS too. So you could have a folder of your favorite medical web pages or games or whatever. The Left and Right ARROWS at the top of the window of your web browser program can be clicked (with your left mouse button) to go back to a previous web page or to go forward to see a web page you have already seen. When you use your web browser you are building a chain of web pages that you have visited and these arrows allow you to move up or down that chain. OPTIONS – Your web browser program will come with many options some of which you may want to understand and use. For example, do you want to keep in memory your history of web pages visited?  You should use the “help” option on your browser program (mine is a small blue circle with a white “?” in it) to learn what you can do. You will not want to try everything, but you will find some things you will want to try. TABS – Most browsers are able to use “tabs” which are, simply, a web page that is kept active. Years ago you could only view one web page at a time. But by using tabs, you can set up your browser to have several web pages available to you at once (without opening another web browser program window). I don’t use tabs very much, but sometimes when you click on a hotlink it may open the next web page in a new tab. GOOGLE HELP – Remember, you can ask Google any question you want. If you want to know something about your browser program, you could enter in Google something like: “How do I save favorite web pages in Internet Explorer?”  Be as specific as you can with your question. Hopefully this has been a good review for you and maybe will inspire you to try something new with your browser program.  
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The Month That Was 
March Meeting
Special Interest Group 
Wednesday     3rd WEEK of this MONTH
Computer User’s 101
M A Y 20
6pm - 8:30pm Your Questions & Answers
We meet Wednesday this month at 6:00 pm at the Greeley Senior Center, 1010 6th Street.
Hosted by: Don Wiegel
I will be here at 6 pm .. Bring your Cameras and Manuals and I will explain the CONTROLS and how to use them. Anything about Digital Photography .. The Internet .. How to Use YOUR Digital DEVICES. Location:  Senior Activity Center  (Same room as the Monthly meeting) Hosted by: Don Wiegel Don brings his Ultrabook Win8.1 (64) 4-Core Laptop, his iPod 64G, and  his SAMSUNG G4 Smartphone  to this event. He will answer questions on how he uses these devices, and will demonstrate, by Request, any of the “MANY” programs he has installed on his computer. Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 .. AudaCity 1.3 Beta .. MAGIX Music Maker 17 .. MS Auto Collage Maker .. SmartDraw VP .. ACDSee Pro 7 .. Lauyn TOWeb Xara Designer Pro 10 ... Dynamic Auto-Painter .. MAGIX PhotoStory Pinnacle Studio 14 .. Pictures to Exe .. Many Others 2 1/2 Hours of: Your Questions and My Answers This is the time & place to ask those questions that don't get asked in larger group events. The focus is the new beginner to the advanced beginner  .. We usually have a lot of fun while learning .. I will also answer most of your Questions, usually with DEMOs  (Time Permitting).
Jamie Wiegel
Jazz festival will be here on Wed April 15 so we will not be able to host your Computer group that evening.
From a Photograph taken through a CAR Window
ANDROID  -  Operating System
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Donald E. Wiegel
I have decided to start a new page devoted to the Google Android products. I own a Android phone and NEXUS 10 tablet. I will outline my experiences with this system. Lets get started ....  
Garfield Daily
ColorNote Notepad Notes
Google Drive
VIDEOS on the WWWeb
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by Mr. Gadget C O O L  GADGETS of the Month
Hi .. I'm the Publisher of this newsletter .. Also known as "Mr. GADGET". Each Month I go to the ENDs of the Internet to find *GADGETS* for the 20 minute presentation at the monthly meeting.  Below are this MONTHS picks .. Just “CLICK” on most of the pictures to go to the SOURCE.       ..... This is a *FUN* few minutes .....
Don Wiegel Publisher
Eric Moore Webmaster
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We need you to submit Articles for this newsletter   .. No rules .. Just some of your interesting              Tips & Tricks
Newsletter The Random Access newsletter is published monthly on CUGG's website. The content consists of original reviews, advice, viewpoints, and other material written by CUGG members. We encourage members to contribute whenever possible for the benefit of members and the public. As you can see from the Sign to the right .. The Instructions, even though technically right, can be confusing.  This groups main mission is to provide clarification. Which comes first .. The Horse .. Or the Cart ??? .
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City of Greeley
The City of Greeley is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Weld County, Colorado, United States.. Greeley is situated 50 miles North of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. It is known as the 50 mile city, as it is also:   50 miles from the capital of Wyoming (Cheyenne). The only City in the USA to be 50 miles from TWO State Capitals. •  50 miles from Estes Park in the Rocky Mountain National Forest. •  50 miles from Fort Morgan, the last of the plains cities on the prairie. The majority of the state is dominated by the mountain ranges and range lands of the Rocky Mountain West, while the Eastern most section of the state includes part of a high altitude prairie region known as the High Plains. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 87,596.  Greeley is the 12th most populous city in the State of Colorado and the most populous city of Weld County .
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