APCUG Association of Personal Computer User Groups APCUG

Speakers Bureau

APCUG has put this list together as a benefit for its member groups. It is the groups’ responsibility to contact the presenter and make arrangements for a presentation at their meeting. Don’t forget to mention your time zone in the initial e-mail.

A number of speakers are prepared to offer Remote Presentations to APCUG Member Groups using the Internet. All you need is a broadband or DSL Internet connection.

If you do not have adequate Internet access where you meet, you may still be able to participate in this benefit. Please read this article to see the results of tests the Fox Valley PC Association did of various alternatives. You may also find that one of your members has invested in wireless access for his/her laptop and who might be willing to let you use their laptop and wireless access on meeting nights.


Gene Barlow, User Group Relations. Gene gives presentations on the latest versions of Acronis True Image Home and Acronis Disk Director. Contact Linda Barlow, linda@ugr.com, to schedule a presentation. www.ugr.com

Frances Chao, member, Tucson Computer Society, AZ and the Greater South PCUG, CA. Francis is a frequent presenter at the TCS; gave a Virtual Machine presentation at the 2011 Southwest Computer Conference and the APCUG Beta Virtual Conference. fchao2@yahoo.com / www.aztcs.org

Jim Evans. Jim has been involved in technology & computers for 30+ years and has written and presented on technology around the country. Jim is a long-time member and officer of the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group. Besides being involved with his local group, Jim has a long association with APCUG. He maintains a tech page at www.facebook.com/GeekClean. jamesievans@gmail.com / www.gcpcug.org

Hank Feinberg, President/Program Chair, Rockland PCUG, NY; ACUG Director. Hank is a regular presenter at his user group as well as other groups in the New York area. He has given presentations to many other user groups across the US; presented at the 2010 FACUG conference as well as APCUG annual conferences held in Las Vegas. hank.apcug@gmail.com / www.rpcug.org

Bob Gosticha, avast! After a successful career in banking, Bob enjoys his retirement as an enthusiastic IT security expert, most notably for AVAST Software, the creator of avast! antivirus software. The avast! website has a discussion and help forum, where Bob has been helping with security-related issues since 2004, having contributed over 15,000 forum interactions. Bob3160@gmail.com / www.avast.com

Chris and Jim Guld, Geeks on Tour. Jim and Chris both love computers and built their careers around them. In addition to many other computer-related activities, Chris was the owner of a computer-training center for 13 years and Jim was a network administrator managing more than 100 computers and is a Microsoft Certified instructor. They also share a passion for people and travel. They now live in a motorhome and tour the country giving computer seminars to RV Rallies and computer clubs as they travel. All their training is available on their website, www.geeksontour.tv in tutorial video format. Chris wrote the book "Beginner's Guide to Picasa" available on Amazon as well as their website. Jimandchris@geeksontour.com / www.geeksontour.tv

Kathy Jacobs. Kathy is currently the president of ASCIi (Arizona Society for Computer Information, Inc.), past president of APCUG and a Microsoft MVP. She loves to share her expertise on social media, OneNote, PowerPoint, SnagIt, Camtasia and video for fun and exposure. Kathy@vitaminch.com / www.asciiug.org

John Kennedy, Licking County Computer Society, Ohio. John has been involved with computers since the days of the Atari computers. During the last 10 years of his teaching career he taught computer skills to middle schoolers. Currently he’s involved with teaching senior citizens all levels of computer skills and working with his local computer group. With a fixed retirement income, he’s very interested in free software, free operating systems, and free services; and sharing what he’s found with anyone that would like to know more about those topics. lccs.freejohn@gmail.com / www.lccs.org

Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake-Sumter Computer Society, 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. ProgramLSCS@gmail.com / www.lscs.us

Hewie Poplock, Program Chair, Central Florida Computer Society, APCUG Director. Hewie attended his first user group meeting armed with a yellow legal pad and 21 questions. Although only four of them got addressed at that first meeting, he knew that computer user groups were an invaluable source of help, information and friendship. That was in 1982 at an Osborne User group. He has been active in the user group movement ever since. He likes to help computer users and give back much of what he has learned over the years. hewie@hewie.net / www.cfcs.org

Abby Stokes, author, Is This Thing On? Abby has demystified computers for over 140,000 people, mostly seniors, in the course of the past 17 years. Abby has taught courses in basic computing at both Cooper Union and New York University’s School of Lifelong Learning, as well as computer skills to private and corporate clients. She has given in-person and Skype presentations to many user groups across the United States. abbystokes@yahoo.com / www.abbyandme.com

Marie Vesta is currently APCUG’s Vice President. She has been President of her local user group, the Pasco Area Computer User Group, for nine years and was President of the Florida Association of Computer User Groups for two years. She has been involved in user groups since 1991 and has been doing presentations since 1998. svesta@tampabay.rr.com

Gregory West, Vice President, Sarnia Computer Users’ Group, Canada. Sarnia has a sister user group, COMP; he has worked with COMP to teach people in Port Huron, Michigan with PCs. He also helped COMP rebuild computers for the blind when they won the APCUG Jerry Award. He created promotional videos on this project for COMP. Greg has been a book reviewer for O’Reilly Media for the past six years and has been writing a monthly tech column for a local newspaper for the past 10 years. He is currently designing a free website (www.alternatecloud.com) to assist seniors and is a former Mac teacher. alternatecloud@gmail.com

Cheryl Wester, Program Chair, Temecula Valley CUG, CA; technical support, Applian. Cheryl is always eager and willing to help others learn more about computers. Through computers and technology she feels she has become a better person. Cheryl doesn't feel she will become stale, since she needs to stay current as technology is constantly changing and evolving. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? If you e-mail Applian for technical support, you just might be talking with Cheryl. cwester@apcug.org

Presentation Topics

Cloud Computing
Digital Photography
Free Software
Linux / Open    Source
Music / Video
Operating Systems
Preventive Maintenance
Printers /   Printing
Social Media
User Groups Virtual Machines
Virtual World

Presentation Target Audience

B – Beginner
I – Intermediate
A – Advanced
E - Everyone



  • (E) Backing up, Sharing, Protecting and Organizing Your Hard Drive - In today’s computer networks, the ability to share conversation and pictures with others is a growing trend. Facebook and Twitter have become overnight sensations. However, these tools are not the best way to share your photos and other computer files with others. Acronis True Image 2012 has introduced a new function that allows you to easily share certain files with your other computers and with friends across the internet. Gene Barlow, gene@ugr.com / linda@ugr.com

Cloud Computing

  • (E) Cloud Computing - Jere Minich, ProgramLSCS@gmail.com
  • (E) Clouds - The future of computing is in the clouds. Google vs. Microsoft Hank Feinberg, hank.apcug@gmail.com
  • (E) Forms and Surveys - How to add forms and surveys to your websites. Hank Feinberg, hank.apcug@gmail.com
  • (E) Investing - Managing your finances and basic investing using the internet. Hank Feinberg, hank.apcug@gmail.com
  • (B) Online file storage for free - You can back up your data files and photos at one or more of the following Web sites for free: Adrive--50 Gigabytes, Google Docs, Microsoft’s Skydrive--25 Gigabytes, Idrive--5 Gigabytes Mozy--2 Gigabytes, My Picturetown--2 Gigabytes; Box--1 Gigabyte. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (I) Webcams and Related Free Software and Services - Frances will show you how a webcam can be used for: Voice and video calling with the free versions of Skype, Windows Live Messenger, or Google Video Chat, Interactive games that require a webcam, Taking still photos using free software and free Web-based services, software for doing frame grabs from video files and more. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (E) TeamViewer - Providing free tech support from the comfort of your home. John Kennedy, lccs.freejohn@gmail.com

Digital Photography

  • (E) Picasa - From the Camera to the Web, Picasa handles it all. It’s *fast*, it’s *easy*, and it’s *free* from Google. It’s the fast and easy way to make all your photos look better. jimandchris@geeksontour.com
  • (I) Picasa, Advanced - Learn about some of Picasa’s advanced features like facial recognition, movie-making, and geotagging. jimandchris@geeksontour.com


  • (E) Good Computer Habits - Ergonomics, Netiquette, and How to Make a Difference. Abby will discuss online netiquette for e-mail and blogging, tips on how to be sure you're not hurting yourself when on the computer, and how to do good deeds with a click of the mouse. Abby Stokes, abbystokes@yahoo.com

Free Software

  • (E) Free and Alternatives to Free Software - Where money doesn't have to speak. John Kennedy, lccs.freejohn@gmail.com
  • (I) Free Software Trials from Microsoft - Kick the Tires for Gratis! As a computer user and especially as a member of a budget-challenged user group, you should take advantage of the great free trials and betas that Microsoft offers for their operating systems and applications software. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (B) Free Software Versus Free Services - For any given computer function, you often have both free software and free Web-based "software as a service" services to choose from. Frances will compare free software and free online services for doing word processing, spreadsheets, presentation creation, video game capture, and karaoke music. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (E) Free Online Computer Training - Your computer and its Internet connection can provide you with hundreds of hours of free training that you can access in the comfort of your home. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (B) Preparing a computer for free software and services - Prior to installing free software or free services, you should install the free Adobe Reader, remove existing unwanted software using Revo Uninstaller Freeware, and make sure that the Windows registry is as clean as possible with the free CCleaner software utility. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (B) Karaoke Music for Free - Karaoke means displaying the timed lyrics while playing the instrumental "backing tracks" for music that someone (you!) has to sing. Instead of buying a karaoke machine and karaoke CD+G discs, you can run karaoke for free in your Windows computer. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com


  • (E) Learn What Everyone’s talking About – Tablets, the iPad, eReaders, Social Networking and more. Abby Stokes, abbystokes@yahoo.com
  • (B/E) Navigate the Ever Changing Landscape of Technology - The digital divide widens with the rapid pace of new innovations and gadgets. What is out there and how it might benefit you can be lost in all the tech talk. Abby helps "digital immigrants" (those baby boomers and beyond not born with a keyboard and mouse in hand) understand what everyone is talking about and how to decide what might work best for them. Abby Stokes, abbystokes@yahoo.com
  • (B) Reading and Creating QR Codes - Frances will show you how to create QR codes and you how you can use the free bcTester software program to read QR Codes. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (I) USB 3 versus USB 2 versus eSATA - We have all heard the marketing hype about how USB 3 is 10 times faster than USB 2. Frances will show you his real world measurements as well as tell you about the backward and forward compatibilities of USB 3 and USB 2. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com


  • (E) Computer Hardware Overview – What is the story behind all that hardware in your computer. Jere Minich, ProgramLSCS@gmail.com


  • (B) Demystifying Computers - A reassuring, jargon-free talk to introduce late bloomers, grandparents, technophobes & the digitally challenged to all the wonders of using a computer, e-mail, and the Internet. Abby Stokes, abbystokes@yahoo.com
  • (E) Making the most of RSS – How to monitor the news, stocks, sports so you can keep up with the World. Jere Minich, ProgramLSCS@gmail.com
  • (E) Skype – Communicating over the Internet for Free. John Kennedy, lccs.freejohn@gmail.com
  • (E) The Ins and Outs of Skype – learn how to use Skype. Video conferencing with family or business, sending files, sharing screens, and much more. svesta@tampabay.rr.com
  • (E) VoIP - Voice over IP and how to save lots of money on your phone bills. Hank Feinberg, hank.apcug@gmail.com

Linux / Open Source

  • (E) Introduction to Linux - A free operating system that meets most people's needs. John Kennedy, lccs.freejohn@gmail.com
  • (E) LibreOffice and Openoffice.Org or Online Services for Free - The free LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org software suites are increasingly viable alternatives to the not-free Microsoft Office software suite. This presentation provides a hands-on demonstration of these two amazing freebies and provides an explanation of the differences between them and Microsoft Office. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com


Music / Video

  • (E) How to record your favorite music with Applian’s Replay Media Capture. Download videos & MP3's from millions of sites - Automatically! Cheryl Wester, cwester@apcug.org
  • (E) How to record your favorite videos with Applian’s Replay Video Capture. If you can watch it, you can record it. Cheryl Wester, cwester@apcug.org
  • (E) Video for fun and exposure - Kathy Jacobs, Kathy@vitaminch.com

Operating Systems

  • (E) Customize your Computer (Control Panel) – How to use the control panel to customize your computer. Jere Minich, ProgramLSCS@gmail.com
  • (E) Using Help and Support – The Book of Knowledge about your computer on your computer. Jere Minich, ProgramLSCS@gmail.com
  • (E) Windows 8 Consumer Preview Beta - The Windows 8 Consumer Preview provides us with a look into the rapidly-approaching future of the Windows operating system. Windows 8 will have both the old, legacy Desktop user interface and the new Metro Start screen. Metro is Microsoft's unified user interface that will be inside Microsoft's (future) operating systems for computers, tablets, cell phones, and PDAs. This presentation will be performed from inside a real Windows 8 Consumer Preview computer so that you can get a good look at its similarity and differences to Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (I) Making the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Pre-Beta Usable - Like any new operating system, Windows 8 Consumer Preview will appear mysterious and almost impossible when you encounter it for the first time. Frances will demonstrate the steps for making Windows 8 Pre-beta. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (I) Windows 7. Speeding Up Win 7 - Frances has prepared extensive step-by-step instructions for you to use to speed up your "Windows 7" computer(s). He will use an actual Windows 7 virtual machine to show you how to use the System applet in the control panel to perform various speedup tweaks including supersizing the virtual memory swap file. He will also show you how to run the services.msc in Microsoft Management Console to turn off and disable unneeded services, which will massively speed up your Windows 7 computer. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (I) Windows Vista. Speeding Up Vista - Same description as Win 7. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (I) Windows XP. Speeding Up XP - Frances has prepared extensive step-by-step instructions for you to use to speed up your Windows XP computer(s). He will use an actual Windows XP virtual machine to show you how to use the System applet in the control panel to perform various speedup tweaks including supersizing the virtual memory swap file. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (I) Turn Off Startup Programs To Speed Up Your Windows Computer - Learn to speed up your Windows computer by disabling some of the startup programs. Frances Chao, chao2@yahoo.com
  • (I) Sharing Files and Printers Between Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista computers. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com

Preventive Maintenance

  • (E) Performing Computer Maintenance - How to fix your computer or get Free Help. Jere Minich, ProgramLSCS@gmail.com
  • (E) Spring Clean Your Computer - Clean up your computer of all the junk files and improve performance. Jere Minich, ProgramLSCS@gmail.com

Printers / Printing

  • (E) How printers work, hints and tips - The inside scoop on how printers really work and how you can maintain control. Jere Minich, ProgramLSCS@gmail.com
  • (E) How to Save on Printer Ink – How to cut your cost of printer ink and save printing cost every day. Jere Minich, ProgramLSCS@gmail.com


  • (E) How a community refurbishing program can build a solid membership in your group. Hank Feinberg, hank.apcug@gmail.com
  • (E) The importance of Recycling and Refurbishing. Hank Feinberg, hank.apcug@gmail.com


  • (I) Cleaning Malware From Your Windows Computer - The computer techs at a professional computer support company told us what they do to clean up malware-infected computers. Using their advice, we created this step-by-step cleanup procedure that has successfully disinfected 90+ percent of the infected computers that we have tried it on. This procedure consists of running Malwarebytes AntiMalware, SuperAntiSpyware, and ComboFix in sequence while the computer is in Safe Mode. Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (E) Free Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware Software - When you are deciding between the free and non-free versions of anti-virus/anti-malware software, look carefully at the software developer's description of the differences in features between the free and non-free versions of their software. In most cases, you will discover that you do not need the features that are not free. Frances will demonstrate some powerful software programs: Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast, AVG, and FortiClient, Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (E) Identity Theft - Hewie Poplock, a victim of identity theft, presents this informative session which includes many videos of actual occurrences of events and articles that pertain to how ID theft can happen. Then Hewie gives many great suggestions on how to prevent you and your family from experiencing ID Theft. This session is frequently updated with more recent information. Hewie Poplock, hewie@hewie.net
  • (E) Identity Theft - A primer on identity theft and how to protect yourself. Hank Feinberg, hank.apcug@gmail.com
  • (E) Safety on the Internet - Some of the tricks and tips about being safe on the Internet, surfing and shopping. Jere Minich, ProgramLSCS@gmail.com
  • (E) Security myths, Internet do’s and don’ts, the evolution of computer threats + more. Bob Gosticha, avast!, bob3160@gmail.com

Social Media

  • (E) Are You in Charge of Your Facebook Privacy? Facebook has a maze of privacy settings, what do they all mean? Do you have them set like you want? You can have them tighter than a drum or you can be totally over exposed for all to see. Don't assume that Facebook is looking out for you. Jim Evans, jamesievans@gmail.com
  • (E) Every Traveler Needs a Blog. A quick and easy website to post your photos and tales of your travels. All your family and friends can follow along. If you haven’t seen a blog yet, check out ours: go to www.geeksontour.blogspot.com and click on Our Blog. Jim and Chris Guld, jimandchris@geeksontour.com
  • (E) Facebook: Not Just for Kids. Reconnect with people you haven’t seen in a lifetime. Expand both the quantity and the quality of your friendships with more frequent contact. jimandchris@geeksontour.com
  • (E) It's Time for Facebook’s Timeline. Facebook has recently overhauled its individual profile page. Think digital scrapbooking the story of your life. But what do all these changes mean and why did Facebook make them? This presentation will cover all and then some. Jim Evans, jamesievans@gmail.com
  • (E) Social Media for your User Group (overview). Kathy Jacobs, Kathy@vitaminch.com
  • (E) Social Networking. What's everyone talking about when they bring up Facebook. Twitter and blogs? How to enjoy the benefits of social media without risking the loss of your privacy. Abby Stokes, abbystokes@yahoo.com
  • (E) Using Social Media: Twitter/Yelp/Facebook/YouTube/Vimeo/UStream/Etc. for exposure (This is a series…Pick the tool your group is most interested in). Kathy Jacobs, Kathy@vitaminch.com

Software Programs

User Groups

  • (E) Fundraising for User Groups – A dozen and one ways to earn extra cash for your group’s treasury. svesta@tampabay.rr.com

Virtual Machines

    All Virtual Machine presentations, Frances Chao, fchao2@yahoo.com
  • (E) Benefits of Using Virtual Machines - Let Frances show you how virtual machines can save you time, money, and space. You can use “virtual machines” to perform activities that you would otherwise have to do with real computers.
  • (I) Choosing a Virtual Machine Program - There are four free virtual machine programs that you can run inside your "Windows" computer: "VMware Player," "Oracle VM VirtualBox," "Windows Virtual PC" and "Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.”
  • (I) Creating Virtual Machines Inside Your "Windows" Computer - Frances will demonstrate three ways for you to install virtual machines inside your computer.
  • (E) Using Virtualization of Hardware to Save Money, Time, and Space - You can save money, space, and time by using the virtual software "devices" to simulate all or part of real, physical equipment: Fax, TV set, CD/DVD drive, and many more.
  • (I) Using a Real Computer To Make a Virtual Machine - In addition to the three ways to create a virtual machine, you can also create a virtual machine from an existing, real "Windows" computer. This process is called "Physical to Virtual." It is also known as "P2V." Frances will demonstrate the process.
  • (I) Using a Virtual Machine To Do Real Computing - After creating some virtual machines, you can start using them to do real computing. Frances will show you how to do this.
  • (I) Installing a "Virtual Machine Program" Into Your "Windows" Computer - Frances will demonstrate the actual installation of one or more these amazing programs into a "Windows XP" computer. He has created detailed step-by instructions to help you to install the following free "virtual machine programs" into your "Windows" computer: "VMware Player," "Oracle VM VirtualBox," "Windows Virtual PC," and "Microsoft Virtual PC."

Virtual World


  • (E) Websites - How to build a website in 1 hour … and free programs to do it Hank Feinberg, hank.apcug@gmail.com