2006 Meetings Announcements
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Digital Imaging

by

Thomas P. Kaczmarek
Lead Instructor, DMI
Blue Ridge Community College

A brief history of digital imaging and imaging technologies will be presented along with a show of some selected pieces highlighting my photographic work. Open to questions and discussion following or as part of the presentation.

Tom Kaczmarek is a commercial photographer, graphic artist and the Lead Instructor for the Digital Media Institute at Blue Ridge Community College. Tom graduated from the Southeast Center for Photo/Graphic Studies with a degree in photography and is self employed here in Western North Carolina. With an extensive background in reproduction photography he has worked with many national and international artists and publishers helping them produce top quality art reproductions. Tom began the switch to digital photography in the early 90's, learning the intricacies of both the new medium and the art of preparing images for print. As an early adopter, Tom has helped other photographers and printers transition into digital work flows.

 

 

"The Basics of Digital Video Editing using Windows Movie Maker: >From Tape to DVD in 60 minutes"

by

Barry Macdonald

 

Barry moved into the Hendersonville area in 1997 to complete a Masters in Accounting degree which he obtained from Western Carolina University in 2000. After graduating, Barry had a desire to work on a more personal level with individuals and embarked on a career in Financial Consulting with Wachovia Securities. He then obtained his Certified Financial Planner designation in 2003 to enhance his expertise for his clients. Barry now works through A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. in Hendersonville as a Financial Consultant/Estate and Trust Services Consultant and provides sound advice for high net-worth individuals, financial professionals, and those in and near retirement. Barry is dedicated to his children Rachel (4), Sarah (2), Rebekah (born June 2006) and his wife of 9 years, Katherine.

 

Barry has been “fiddling” with computers since a neighbor showed him a Commodore 64 when he was 10 years old. However, recent inspiration came about upon the birth of his first daughter, Rachel. Enthralled with the idea of creating video memorabilia that would last a lifetime (or at least long enough to embarrass his daughter on her wedding day) Barry developed an enthusiasm for digital video editing. As Barry puts it, “Although many people own a digital video camera, I'm the only person I know who actually edits and burns home movies onto a DVD.”

August 21st - Windows Education Class 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Stay tuned! Brian, the whiz kid, is working on a topic.

 

August 21st - HACS General Meeting - 7:30 - 9 PM

An Introduction to Windows Vista and Office 2007

by

Eric Schmieder

After moving to Hendersonville in 1995, Eric Schmieder has been an active part of the Western North Carolina community. He attained his bachelors degree in Business Computer Information Systems from Western Carolina University in 2000 and his Masters in Entrepreneurship from WCU in 2005. Since 1999 he has been the owner/operator of Trinity Communications, Inc. providing computer services to the business and residential communities of WNC.

In 2001 Eric joined the staff at Blue Ridge Community College and has taught courses in Microsoft Office, PC Maintenance and Repair, and Visual Basic Programming. In May of this year, Eric assumed the role of Computer Faculty Coordinator for the Continuing Education department at BRCC.

Eric is a Microsoft Certified Professional, a Microsoft Certified Trainer, a Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician, and a Microsoft Office Master Instructor on Office XP and Office 2003.

July 17th - Windows Education Class 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Stay tuned! Brian, the whiz kid, is working on a topic.

 

July 17th - HACS General Meeting - 7:30 - 9 PM

Smart Computing User Group

by

Jen Clausen representing Sandhills Publishing

 

The presentation, aiming to educate attendees about Sandhills Publishing's magazines and the Smart Computing User Group Program, will step members through an issue of Smart Computing , convey the value of SmartComputing.com through a live demonstration, and introduce attendees to Smart Computing's sister publications - PC Today, Computer Power User , and the Reference Series . Each attendee will receive a packet of Smart Computing goodies and be eligible to win other Smart Computing merchandise. We invite anyone interested in expanding their computer knowledge to attend the Hendersonville Area Computer Society meeting.

June 19th - Windows Education Class 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Microsoft PowerPoint- Session II

What is it? How to use it? There is more to learn so come check on the "rest of the story". Come learn some persuasive ways of making multimedia presentations. Catch old "twinkle toes" himself, Brian Fifield, provide you with the insight into some of the "tricks of the trade" on design elements.

 

 

June 19th - HACS General Meeting - 7:30 - 9 PM

 

Everything you've wanted to know about Ebay but were afraid to ask . . .

Patty MacDuff will be joining us again in June to continue the lively discussion that we enjoyed when she was our guest speaker in April.  She plans on going over some basic steps in eBay; however, as we did in April, your questions will determine the direction we take this evening.  If time permits, we will also cover eBay Groups, Reviews & Guides, the Auction Guild , and what to do with a transaction that goes wrong .

 

So don't be afraid to ask , if you have one or two eBay questions, please send them to patricialynn@earthlink.net and she will gladly cover those ‘gray' areas so that you can start buying and selling the eBay way!

 

Digital Imaging

by

Thomas P. Kaczmarek
Lead Instructor, DMI
Blue Ridge Community College

A brief history of digital imaging and imaging technologies will be presented along with a show of some selected pieces highlighting my photographic work. Open to questions and discussion following or as part of the presentation.

Tom Kaczmarek is a commercial photographer, graphic artist and the Lead Instructor for the Digital Media Institute at Blue Ridge Community College. Tom graduated from the Southeast Center for Photo/Graphic Studies with a degree in photography and is self employed here in Western North Carolina. With an extensive background in reproduction photography he has worked with many national and international artists and publishers helping them produce top quality art reproductions. Tom began the switch to digital photography in the early 90's, learning the intricacies of both the new medium and the art of preparing images for print. As an early adopter, Tom has helped other photographers and printers transition into digital work flows.

 

 

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April 13th - SIG Meeting -1 - 3 PM

"Come and share Windows Tips with Jack"

Here is your opportunity to learn and to share best practices for computing-
come listen to "doc" Sokol!!!

If you have a question please e-mail it to jsokol@bigfoot.com so Jack can answer it at the meeting.    Hope to see all yal (all of you) at the meeting. 

 

April 17th - Windows Education Class 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Brian and his Magic! Ever made changes to your computer and it doesn't work? Learn about System Restore in XP and ME and how you can recover from a potential disaster!!


 

April 17th - HACS General Meeting - 7:30 - 9 PM

The E-bay Way

by

Patty MacDuff

Patty MacDuff has been an eBay buyer and seller since November 1998.  She first learned of eBay when her brother told her about the new IPO and she decided against buying the stock.  So, while not the shrewdest investor on the block, she has been successful in buying and selling on eBay for almost eight years.  She has a feedback rating of over 600, has been a Power Seller, and has also worked as a Trading Assistant.

Patty will go through some basic steps in eBay and her presentation will continue at the interest and comfort level of the group.  She hopes to list a pair of shoes in eBay that evening (to give the group a familiarity with the selling process—as well as some hints for successful selling). 

She will also talk about eBay Groups, Reviews & Guides, the Auction Guild, and what to do with a transaction that goes wrong .

If you have specific eBay questions, please send them to patricialynn@earthlink.net and she will gladly address them that evening.

 

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March 9th - SIG Meeting -1 - 3 PM

"Come and share Windows Tips with Jack"

Here is your opportunity to learn and to share best practices for computing-
come listen to "doc" Sokol!!!

If you have a question please e-mail it to jsokol@bigfoot.com so Jack can answer it at the meeting.    Hope to see all yal (all of you) at the meeting. 

March 20th - Windows Education Class 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Windows Class with Brian!

Inventory Builder,

a home inventory software is a powerful, easy-to-use inventory manager designed to help you organize, track your valuables and important documents. Easily take pictures and include them in your inventory list. Fast, Friendly program to Inventory your valuables and help process insurance claims in case of burglary, fire or natural disaster!!

Take a look here:

http://www.inventorybuilder.com/

March 20th - HACS General Meeting - 7:30 - 9 PM

World Wide Web and the Internet
(Click here for link to slides for this talk)

by

Jerry Liedl, HACS President and an "OLD" computer user!

What is the Internet and how is it related to the World Wide Web? why did the WWW get started? What happens when we "browse the net"? Come, learn and share!
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February 2006 Meetings

(all meetings at Opportunity House)

February 9th - SIG Meeting -1 - 3 PM

"Let Jack help you with a valentine for your computer - make it work better"

Here is your opportunity to learn and to share best practices for computing-
come listen to "doc" Sokol!!!

If you have a question please e-mail it to jsokol@bigfoot.com so Jack can answer it at the meeting.    Hope to see all yal (all of you) at the meeting. 

February 20th - Windows Education Class 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Windows Class

Come listen to the grand master, Brian Fifield, who will share his knowledge and experience.
Remember this is SHARE TIME !!!!

February 20th - HACS General Meeting - 7:30 - 9 PM

Money, money, money - how much will IRS get?

Come learn about TurboTax, a tax preparation software as presented by our friends at

Best Buy!!!

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January 16th - Windows Education Class 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Windows Class

Foxit Software PDF Reader Pro

Come listen to the grand master, Brian Fifield, who will share his knowledge and experience.
Remember this is SHARE TIME
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January 16th - HACS General Meeting - 7:30 - 9 PM

Use of Computers in Forensic Science

by

Lamar Miller ( a HACS member!)

Lamar Miller is a native of Alabama. He holds B.S. in Pharmacy from Auburn University. He began his career as a chemist involved in the analysis of illegal drugs for the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. Lamar began to develop an interest in the examination of questioned documents early in his career. His agency sent him to Georgetown University in Washington DC in the early 70's for one year basic training course. Additional training was obtained over the years. Lamar stayed with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for 25 years retiring in 1991. He testified in about 300 plus criminal trials in the state of Alabama, everything from worthless checks to multiple homicides. Lamar is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science and a former member of the Board of Directors, a member and past director of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners and the Southeastern Association of Questioned Document Examiners and Southern Association of Forensic Scientists. Recently he has devoted his time to workshops in the use of Microsoft Access in Questioned Document Examinations and teaching Digital Photography to Law Enforcement Officers. Lamar and his lovely wife Molly live in the Edneyville area. They have five grandchildren scattered from Huntsville, Alabama, to Key West, to New Mexico.