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Meeting Announcement
MEETING Agenda & news updates
Socializing and eating at meeting
Power Point presentation, socializing and eating

Members will view an online PowerPoint presentation by Francis Chao at the meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6 p.m., at Coco’s Bakery Restaurant, 1011 N. Harbor Blvd., in Fullerton, California. Meetings end at 9 p.m. (A list of available PowerPoint presentations was emailed earlier to members to allow them to choose their favorite at the meeting.)


Please support Coco's by ordering a nice dinner or dessert and enjoy eating during the meeting. More info at www.orcopug.org

Do you know what Click Bait is?

Click bait (or clickbait) is a term applied to links, headlines or titles written in a somewhat sensationalistic way in an attempt to entice you to click through to read the associated article or post. The most common characteristic of click bait is the "over the top" terminology used to over-promise while the target material typically under delivers. Phrases like "you won't believe," or "will blow your mind" and others have become so common as to almost become parodies of themselves.

Click bait exists primarily because many advertising models are based on "impressions," or the number of times an ad is displayed and presumably seen. The more people click to visit the target page, the more the advertisements on that page are displayed, and the more money the website owner makes.


See more glossary terms by Leo Notenboom at Ask Leo!

Misleading virus alert

FTC nabs online tech

help scammers

OMG Tech Help and Vast Tech Support in Florida who "exploited consumers’ fears about computer viruses, malware and other security threats" to sell software and tech services were shut down by the FTC in a November raid. Scams involved taking control of users computers to display misleading information.

(Thanks to Judy Taylour)

Gadget cache needs jumper cables to open
Geocacher creates tricky "gadget" cache

Geocaching is a popular outdoor hobby using a handheld GPS to locate caches that can be hidden nearly anywhere or disguised as anything. One veteran geocacher has created an ingenius cache in plain sight that a determined cacher may open with the use of jumper cables! See the video. (Thanks to Tony Lake)

windows 10 products
Kim Komando: Show,
Newsletter, Website

"The Kim Komando Show," a three-hour call-in weekly radio show on technology is heard on hundreds of radio stations. Her website,newsletters, books, and USA Today column reach millions of others. “It’s not about techies and computer-troubleshooting anymore,” she says. “It’s now about a lifestyle – the lifestyle of a digital age.”

COMPUTER users are Talking about...
DVD in drive in laptop

How Much Storage Space Is On A DVD?

Not all DVDs are the same inside. Beneath their silvery rainbow surfaces, different kinds of DVDs are able to store different amounts of data. DVDs can be single-sided or double-sided and on each side there can be more than one layer for storing data. Like CDs, some DVDs can be written on only once, while others can be erased and used again and again. Depending on how it was manufacturered, a DVD can hold anywhere from a maximum of 4.7 GB to 17 GB.

Ira Wilsker: Using Your Smart Phone
as a Credit Card Substitute
Technological advancements may mitigate the risks of insecure plastic credit or debit cards. Much media fanfare has gone to Apple’s Apple Pay electronic payments system, but others have been active in promoting their systems including eBay’s PayPal, Google’s Wallet, CurrentC (Sears, Target, and WalMart, CVS, and others), GoSoftCard (American Express, Chase, and Wells Fargo), and several others. They are all designed to allow the use of a smart phone to make secure retail transactions without the use of a traditional plastic credit or debit card.... (To learn more about the different payment systems, click on the link below for Ira's entire column in PDF format.)
With new plastic, 3D printers can print circuits
right into devices!

"Imagine a world where you can 3D print your next cell phone, a drone, an Internet of Things device, or the latest in wearable electronics, complete with circuits and electrical components.” A new (plastic) filament called F-Electric, is “one thousand times more conductive than filament available today, and enables anyone to print circuits, wires, sensors, power connectors, and other electrical components inside projects printed from popular PLA-capable 3D printers.”

Functionalize, F-Electric's developer, is seeking $100,000 from the Kickstarter community to set up a production facility to bring F-Electric to market in volume.

(Thanks to Frank Bollinger)