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WELCOME to the TUGNET interactive experience. Our Club is all about members sharing ideas, problems and experiences for the benefit of all members.

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11128 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA

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Meeting Agenda For March 2018

March 6 - Bob G. with Avast

Bob Gostischa, the Avast evangelist, is including TUGNET on his 2018 tour. He has a new presentation to help us with the following: Protecting Yourself, Your Home, Your Computer, Your Smart Devices and, Your Identity. He always gives us lots of information dealing with security and this year he will bring us up to date.

His talk will be relevant to computers (Windows and Mac), tablets and Smart phones.

•It’s important to use the right tools once you get to the Internet.
•It's important to exercise caution when visiting the Internet.
•It's important to avoid the dangers found on the Internet.

Norbert “Bob” Gostischa, after a successful career in banking, enjoys his retirement as an enthusiast IT security expert, most notably for Avast Software. Avast is the creator of Avast! Anti-virus Software. The Avast website has a discussion and help forum, where Bob has been helping with security-related and general computer issues since 2004. He has contributed over 35,000 forum interactions.

Come to the meeting to join presenter Bob Gostischa as he explains the dos and don’ts and what you need to know to stay safe on your devices and the Internet.

March 13 - 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.

March 20 - Mars Rover

Everybody is familiar with the Mars Rover as it moved around the Mars landscape after a long and successful journey. It has been fascinating, hasn't it?

Tonight we will hear from Michael Munn, a Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology employee, who actually worked on it! The Curiosity rover, the most technologically advanced rover ever built, landed in Mars' Gale Crater the evening of Aug. 5, 2012, using a series of complicated landing maneuvers never before attempted. The specialized landing sequence, which employed a giant parachute, a jet-controlled descent vehicle and a bungee-like apparatus called a "sky crane," was devised because tested landing techniques used during previous rover missions could not safely accommodate the much larger and heavier rover.

Curiosity's mission is to determine whether the Red Planet ever was, or is, habitable to microbial life. The rover, which is about the size of a MINI Cooper, is equipped with 17 cameras and a robotic arm containing a suite of specialized laboratory-like tools and instruments.

Michael will tell us about the Mars Science Laboratory missions and will be prepared to answer our questions. Come to welcome Michael.

March 27 - Restaurant Dining at Panera

19662 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 407-9400

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

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?

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

As you know, most of us arrive around 5:30 - 6:00 for dinner where we can sit together and enjoy visiting with each other.

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!

Nothing like eating with friends!

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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