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Meeting Agenda For September 2018

September 4 - Picking the Best Backup Approach

Our presenter, Gene Barlow, is the best known presenter to user group audiences. In the early 80s, when the IBM PC was first announced, Gene managed the User Group Support organization for IBM and helped hundreds of user groups get started. For this he is often called the Father of PC User Groups. He has presented to thousands of user group audiences over the past 35 years. His presentation style is informative, yet easy to follow for even the most novice users. You will find him one of the best presenters you have heard. We are pleased to bring you this excellent presenter and presentation on a topic that he is well known for. Make sure you attend this presentation.

Backing up your hard drive on a regular basis is the most important process that all end-users must do on a regular basis to protect their computer from a crash or virus attack. Anti-virus utilities are not always completely reliable for this protection. Only a good backup can protect you 100% from a total loss of your computer system. Unfortunately, there are many different backup approaches that are promoted as being all you need to do. Most of these approaches provide only a partial protection of your system. However, there is one backup approach that is the best and the one you should be using.

This presentation will describe the four most popular backup approaches used today and tell you the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. After attending this presentation, you will be able to determine which is the best backup approach for you.. We represent Acronis and their True Image backup utility to the user group community. This product will provide you all of the popular backup approaches, but their incremental backup image approach is the best way to go. Again, how to setup and use this best approach will be covered in this presentation.

To help you get started doing excellent backups, we offer those that attend this webinar this Acronis True Image product at half the normal retail price. We also provide our customers with our exclusive True Image Starter Guide, which makes installing and setting up this product easy to do the best backups possible. In addition, we will help you with question or problems as you use this product for months to come. You do not want to miss this excellent presentation on “Picking the Best Backup Approach.”

September 11 - Board Meeting

The second Tuesday of each month is our TUGNET board meeting. In case you aren’t aware of it, our board meetings are open to all members. So if there is something on your mind, an idea you’d like to introduce, or a gripe (gosh, I hope not), you are welcome to come share it with us.

We meet for dinner at 6:00 p.m., meeting begins at 7:00, in the conference room of the Horseless Carriage Restaurant, Galpin Ford, 15505 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills.

September 18 - What Does the Future Look Like?

Okay that is too broad a question (and no, we are not talking politically or economically, either). But, what does a small part of the future look like? Spandex jackets for everyone? Three-hour work days? Three-day work weeks? Commuting to work in your own flying car, ala George Jetson? Again, too broad!

How about the common ordeal that affects almost everyone? Waiting in line.

No, we are not kidding! Waiting in line! Why?

In a given average American life span of, say, 73-77 years, what part of that life is spent waiting in line?

Is it the line at an amusement park?

Is it the line you wind up in waiting for someone to take you off hold and answer your important question?

Is it the line at the bank / ATM?

Is it the line at a government office?

Is it the line at the major retailer?

Is it the line you join when you are trapped in rush hour gridlock?

Is it the line your children or grandchildren stand in to register for school?

Is it that “seated line” you wait in at your health care providers?

The hard science answering this question says we spend a minimum of 6 months x 30 days x 24 hours = 4,320 hours ? and that is only the retail lines. The “Net Net” is that we give up years in every sort of line listed above. Has anyone done any of the hard research to solve this? Yes, several scholars. Has anyone built an app so that we can spend way less hours waiting in line? Only a few companies.

We are pleased to invite you to hear Bruce Carl Aronson, a returning speaker, to our Tuesday, September 18, meeting where you will see an actual working program solving the “waiting in line” issue for all of us, no matter if the line is in an amusement park government office, major retailer, or registering for school.

Come play with joining a line from your phone and getting real time updates from Qless’ Queue Manager. What if you change your mind and want to leave? No problem. What if you want more time before it is your turn? No problem. What if you would like to know how many businesses local to you have automated line waiting? All part of the evenings presentation.
The future is here now. Come early to be sure of getting a seat. Make sure your phone is charged so that you can play along interactively with Qless.

The future is now.

See you then!

September 25 - Sizzler

7131 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91405
½ block south of Sherman Way

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Most get there between 5:30 & 6 p.m. Hope to see you there.

Here comes the fourth Tuesday of the month, so it is time for us to dine together. It’s time to visit Sizzler on our schedule of dining events. We meet at the Sizzler in Van Nuys where everyone agrees the best salad bar can be found and the service is outstanding.

The menu is varied with a salad/soup buffet or order a complete meal off the menu. Try to come as the number of guests is always an influence as to whether we can return.

There are servers waiting for you — I think it’s called a win-win!

Try to come as the number of guests is always an influence as to whether we can return.

Here is your opportunity to help TUGNET while you enjoy a lovely, healthy meal with no preparation or clean-up. Really — what can be better than that?

Remember, this is the easiest way to help TUGNET’s financial needs since 20% percent of your meal total will be returned to us. So please plan to eat out!

From 4:00 to 8:00 our meals will apply toward fund raising. Be sure to bring our flyer or show it on your phone or other device to the cashier. They are generous with their donations from these fund-raising meals and have always sent a check for our share very promptly. Can you tell me an easier way to earn funds to support TUGNET? Please try hard to participate.

They are good about having us sit together and the waitress marks all our orders as "TUGNET." Most get there between 5 & 6 p.m.

If you have a favorite restaurant you’d like to have included in these plans, let Jefferson Kent know about it. His contact info is on page 3 of the monthly newsletter. He is happy to work with any location which welcomes groups. By the way, it is surprising how many restaurants are glad to participate in this sharing program. After all, this brings them customers who otherwise wouldn’t be there!

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