PPCUG Next Meeting
May 24, 2016
Mercer County Library, Lawrenceville NJ
Amazon Fire TV Stick
My experience with iPad
=====Google's Chromebook? What's that? Do I Care?
For decades, the big consumer PC names were essentially Wintel
(Microsoft Windows on Intel) and Apple's Macintosh. More recently -- for
several years -- Linux (first widely used on servers) has been in the
game, initially for techies avoiding Wintel/Mac but increasingly for
more normal people's use. Lately, Google's Chromebook also targets the
consumer desktop, claiming economy, simplicity, and robustness. It's
mildly controversial, attracting both fans and skeptics. This talk will
describe Chromebook's architecture, ecosystem (hardware, software,
applications, online operation), and intended user niche, and briefly
demonstrate its use. It's an interestingly different web-based approach
to computing also seen in other cloud services.
=====Amazon Fire TV Stick
We're long past days of rabbit-ear TV antennas. After quite a while
where cable and a few satellite companies were the alternatives to
over-the-air reception, we're now seeing both a proliferation of choices
(e.g., Verizon FiOS and many streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon
Prime, Hulu) and consolidation (e.g., cable and telephone companies
offering one-stop shopping for Internet/telephone/TV services and often
home security/monitoring as well). This presentation will feature ONE
relatively new arrival, Amazon's Fire TV Stick -- a simple and very
inexpensive device which plugs into a TV set and receives streaming
content over WiFi from one's own Internet connection. It can play many
"channels" (each of which includes broad/deep material) such as Netflix
and Amazon prime.
=====iPad Purchase, Initial Experience, Evolution, Bonding
Several years ago I wanted to buy a tablet, just to have the tablet
"experience". Everything I read and was told indicated that an iPad was
the choice. After being only mildly interested in it for a while,
circumstances led me to bond with it and I began using it daily. When I
recently was intrigued by the iPad Air 2, I convinced my wife that she
needed an iPad so I could upgrade. It's an amazing device. It weighs
less than a pound, has 64 gigabytes storage, and includes much better
screen and cameras than the iPad 2 it replaces (which my wife
inherited). Features are almost entirely pluses beyond the iPad 2, with
just one -- typical -- Apple exception.
Gabe evangelizes for user groups, believing that user groups are an
antidote to feeling alone with technical activities, challenges,
problems, and triumphs. He's enjoyed being APCUG Region 2 Advisor for
He supports many national and local user groups. He served as Director
of (Meeting) Programs for Washington, DC-area CPCUG, one of the oldest
and largest PC user groups, where he organized and chaired the Internet
SIG. He served on User Support Team for CPCUG's domain and on CPCUG's
Board Of Directors. He was founding member and director of several local
user groups, and held management jobs in a national IBM user group. He
has given hundreds of presentations to these and other groups and
conferences. He has facilitated and helped exploit donations of
commercial hardware and software to user groups. He's presently Director
and APCUG Representative for PATACS, Potomac Area Technology and
Gabe is a technology writer, editor, and consultant targeting audiences
from consumers to computer professionals.
He worked for a small software company as VP of Technology and Business
Development, responsible for product planning, evolution, and
development, along with documentation and customer support.
He also worked in the leading-edge data center of a federally chartered
not-for-profit consulting organization where he developed widely used
software tools aiding other installations' mainframe use; before that he
designed and developed operating systems at IBM.
Gabe shared responsibility for AARP's online Computers and Technology
Web site and forums; before that, he co-hosted America Online's advanced
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