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Virtual Conference 2
February 25, 2012

Schedule

The schedule for the Virtual Conference is:

EasternCentralMountainPacific Australia
AEST
Track 1Track 2
1:00pm -
1:50pm
12 noon -
12:50pm
11:00am -
11:50am
10:00am -
10:50am
Sun Feb 26
5:00am -
5:50am
Francis Chao
Using Virtualization of Hardware to Save Money, Time, and Space
Hank Feinberg
VoIP (Voice over IP via the Internet)
2:00pm -
2:50pm
1:00pm -
1:50pm
12 noon -
12:50pm
11:00am -
11:50am
Sun Feb 26
6:00am -
6:50am
Brainstorming Session
Presidents, Program Chairmen, etc.
Nothing
3:00pm -
3:50pm
2:00pm -
2:50pm
1:00pm -
1:50pm
12 noon -
12:50pm
Sun Feb 26
7:00am -
7:50am
Jere Minich
How to save money on INK
Gene Barlow
Backup and Synchronization
4:00pm -
4:50pm
3:00pm -
3:50pm
2:00pm -
2:50pm
1:00pm -
1:50pm
Sun Feb 26
8:00am -
8:50am
Brainstorming Session
Editors, WebMasters, etc.
Nothing
5:00pm -
5:50pm
4:00pm -
4:50pm
3:00pm -
3:50pm
2:00pm -
2:50pm
Sun Feb 26
9:00am -
9:50am
Jim Evans
Are You Over-Exposed on Facebook?
Abby Stokes
Navigate the Ever Changing Landscape of Technology
You are free to attend any session you want, and some sessions may have some beginner, intermediate, and even advanced material, but these colors represent what we think the main focus of the presentations will be For EveryoneFor Beginners
For IntermediateFor Advanced

Moving from one track to the other

On February 25 you will be able to go to the URL for whichever track you want to attend. You may choose to bookmark (favorites) both addresses, or place them in your browser's Bookmark Toolbar (Favorites Bar). If you have a fast enough computer and internet connection you can even go to both of them at the same time, but in that case you would probably want to mute the speaker for both sessions, and unmute it for whichever window you are in, because it would be very confusing to hear the audio from both presenters at the same time.

Attendees will be able to join the webinar rooms up to 20 minutes before the session starts.

If you are to be a presenter we will need any PowerPoint presentations, polls, etc that you need uploaded, and even presenters are asked to register as Attendees, and one of the APCUG Board Members will "Give You the Floor" during your presentation. Last time we tried registering presenters as assistants, but we had problems because there is a limitation on the number of assistants that can be logged on at any one time. If you need to practice we can set you up as an assistant prior to the day of the event, but we will need to remove that designation on the day of the event to avoid the problems we had with the First Virtual Conference.

Background

APCUG has been holding conferences in various cities in the United States since it was initially formed in 1989; this will not stop. On January 23-27 APCUG is having it's Annual Meeting at the FACUG 3rd Computer and Technology Conference@Sea on a Norwegian Sky Bahamas Cruise, and July 12-14 we will have the APCUG/CAMUG Regional Conference in Canton, Ohio. APCUG is augmenting the Regional Conferences in the real world with a series of Virtual Conferences in Cyberspace.

At a virtual conference you don't have the face-to-face networking experience you have at a physical conference but in the virtual conference we are going to have the same type of presentations you would attend at a physical conference, and you don't have the travel, hotel, and eating out expenses. You sleep in your own bed, and eat food you cook in your own kitchen.

We held our first Virtual Conference on November 12, and circulated a survey among the attendees to see when to hold the next one. The results of that survey are available at http://apcug.net/virtual/feb25/when.pdf.

Virtual Conference 2 will be on Saturday, February 25, 2012, and will run from 1:00pm-6:00pm Eastern time, 12:00pm-5:00pm Central time, 11:00am-4:00pm Mountain time, and 10:00am-3:00pm Pacific time.

The Virtual Conference will have two "Tracks," or two "Conference Rooms," so you will have a choice of two presentations you can attend at any time. You can pick one of those presentations and "go to that room" and watch and listen to a 45- to 50-minute presentation and ask questions of the speaker by typing your questions into a "public chat area." The presenter may respond to questions during his/her presentation or he/she may choose to wait until the end of the presentation. At the end of the presentation you will have 10 or 15 minutes before the next event starts. You can take a bathroom break, get a cold drink or cup of coffee from your own kitchen, and then return to your computer to watch the next presentation in that track. If a presentation in the other track interests you more, you can close your current connection and click on the link for the other "Conference Room" and reconnect to iLinc in that webinar session.

The Virtual Conference will also have Brainstorming sessions, which are always in Track 1. They will involve a short presentation on something of interest to User Group officers, and then we will invite each attendee to unmute their microphones and participate in the discussion.

Ideally every attendee should use a headset with attached microphone, but iLinc has the capability to check a box to indicate your microphone and speakers are separate, and you keep your mike muted except when you want to speak, unmute to speak, and then mute again to listen. Regardless of which you use, it is a good idea to test it with iLinc ahead of time, so we will have a test webinar the previous week, on Saturday, February 18, from 3:00pm-5:00pm Eastern time, 2:00pm-4:00pm Central time, 1:00pm-3:00pm Mountain time, and 12:00pm-2:00pm Pacific time.

Cyberspace is growing more important in the world of technology and we hope you join us in this innovative adventure.