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Past presentations

A selection of presentations previously given to the Computer Café is available below for download, with the most recent presentations listed first.

Presentation on Printing & saving web pages​

This lengthy presentation was given over several weeks in Nov & Dec 2016, and is divided into the following parts:

  • Part 1 - Overview
  • Part 2 - Web pages with in-built printing functionality
  • Part 3 - Using web-browser functionality
  • Part 4 - Using add-ons / extensions for web-browsers
  • Part 4a - Adding and managing extensions in Mozilla Firefox
  • Part 4b - Adding and managing extensions in Google Chrome
  • Part 4c - Suggested add-ons / extensions
  • Part 5 - Using Electronic Notebooks

Parts 4 & 5 of the presentation are of wider interest than merely for printing & saving web pages:

  • Numerous (hundreds) of add-ons / extensions are available for web-browsers, and can add a wide variety of functionality to browsers, way beyond merely assisting with printing & saving web pages.
  • In that respect, Part 4 (especially Parts 4a & 4b) covers the basic details of:
    • what are add-ons / extensions for web-browsers; and
    • how to choose, add & manage them (irrespective of what tasks they are designed to assist with).
  • Likewise, 'Electronic Notebooks' can be very useful for storing all types of information and other 'notes', way beyond just web-page clippings.
  • Part 5 gives an introduction to Electronic Notebooks, with a brief overview of the type of information that they can store (in addition to clipped web pages).

Presentation on Malware & Internet Security Software (aka Antivirus Software)

This presentation was given on 21 October 2016, and includes sections on the following topics:

  • What is Malware? Types of Malware
  • Paid-for vs Free antivirus programs
  • Do I need a separate Antivirus program? Is my integrated Windows or Mac security enough?
  • Paid-for vs Free and Windows vs Mac - An alternative view
  • Malwarebytes
  • PC Mag UK: Anti-virus reviews (Sep/Oct 2016)
  • Tom’s guide: Anti-virus reviews (Sep 2016)
  • Which? Anti-virus reviews (Nov/Dec 2015)

The presentation is lengthy (44 slides), but you can skip through the bits that are not of interest; (unfortunately, because of the slide format, you do have to click through them all).

Almost all the information given is taken from reliable sources (all of which are identified on respective slides), and hence the views expressed are not simply those of the presenter.  The last three sections of the presentation provide selected summaries of tested and recommended anti-virus software from three reputable sources; all the slides provide links to the sources of the reviews, which will have more details and information about the respective products. The following is a selective summary only:

  • Paid-for products for Windows PCs: Products from BitDefender, Kaspersky (a Russian company), McAfee, and Norton, generally rank highly. (In this category, products from AVG have generally received poorer rankings; AVG is mentioned specifically only because it was asked about at the meeting and has previously been a popular choice amongst several members.)
  • Free products for Windows PCs: Products from Avira and BitDefender rank highest.
  • For Apple Mac devices: Products from BitDefender (paid-for), Sophos (free), Kaspersky (a Russian company) (paid-for), and AVG (free; 2015 review) rank highest.
  • For Android devices: Products from BitDefender (paid-for), Norton ('Freemium'), & Avast (free) rank highest.

See the slides and their links to the original reviews for detailed information. Additionally, some follow-up information was provided at the following meeting on 04 November 2016, and slides from that follow-up (with subsequent updates) are also available.

The following older presentations are available for download from Dropbox.

Please note the following points relating to these Dropbox links.

  • The links below will take you to Dropbox.
  • You may be invited to sign in to (or create an account with) Dropbox, but there is no need to do so: just click on "No, thanks. Continue to view".
  • You can then view the file and move through the slides directly on the Dropbox website — but you will not see the full animations used in the slide show.
  • We strongly advise that (instead of viewing the the slides directly on the Dropbox website) you first download the file, by clicking on the 'Download' button in the top right corner.  You will then be able to run the slide show directly from your own computer (by opening the downloaded file), and will also have it available for future reference if desired.  You can then go through the slide show with the full animations:
    - simply click with your mouse to move through the slides, or
    - use the left/right or up/down arrows on your keyboard to go backwards or forwards.
  • Excel Tips and Treats - by Paul - June 2014
  • Choosing, Using & Managing Passwords (** see note below) - by Trevor - Feb 2015
  • Mac PC and Apple Mobile Operating Systems - by Paul - Mar 2015
  • Is your Password Protecting You? (** see note below) - by Trevor - May 2015
  • Internet Banking: Yes or No? - by Paul - June 2015
  • Your Digital Legacy - by Paul - June 2015
    The number of people using the internet for banking, investments, social media, file storage, music, video, even gambling, clubs, societies, and so on, is growing.  But this means that a death or incapacity could make it very difficult for their family and friends to identify where all their information is, and to gain access to it - thus making it more difficult to finalise any probate.  And how do you close down social media accounts? Equally, there may be valuable sentimental pictures and film that the family may wish to retain; and how about leaving a long-term memorial legacy on-line? This presentation aims to take an informed look at the overall subject and offers some practical advice on how to plan for a digital legacy.
  • Windows 10 - A first look - by Trevor - 23 Oct 2015
    This presentation gives an introduction to upgrading to Windows 10, with a few selected reviews.  Although it was not intended to be viewed as a stand-alone presentation without oral explanation, you may nevertheless find some parts of it helpful.  A number of the slides give web-links to the sources of the material, and some of those will provide additional information.  The actual introductory look at the Windows 10 interface, menus, etc. was a 'live' demonstration separate from the slide show, and hence is not included.
  • Windows through the ages - on its 30th Birthday - by Trevor - 20 Nov 2015
    This is a quick reminisce through 30 years of Windows.
  • Upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 - by Trevor - 20 Nov 2015
    This presentation runs through the steps carried out in advance to upgrade the Club's Windows 8.1 laptop to Windows 10.  Specifically, it indicates the preparation steps advised in preparing for upgrading to Windows 10; how to download Windows 10 ready for upgrade; what to expect and how long to allow.  The final upgrading stages were carried out live at the Club meeting and were not recorded, but a summary has been added to the end of the slide show.
  • Backing-up your files - Jan 2016
    Emails – Photos – Music – Documents & other data : Why ? – What ? – Where ? – How ? – When ?
  • Synchronising & The Cloud - Feb 2016
    This presentation covers the concept and principles of synchronising between two or more devices, with & without using 'The Cloud'.  It explains what 'The Cloud' is; its uses for synchronising, for file sharing, for file storage, and other purposes.  Examples of Cloud Storage Services are shown; and possible sources for answers for specific synchronisation problems are indicated.  Material added subsequent to the original presentation includes "Tips for Storing and Sharing Photos in the Cloud"; suggestions of "Ways [to use and] Get More Out of the Cloud"; "Did You Know Cloud Computing Has Been Around Since the '50s?"; and "How Big Is the Cloud?".

** These two presentations contain some matter that is common to both, but each also contains information not present in the other.