Happy Holidays from the GVR Computer Club!

December 2018

GVR Computer Club Hours
Mon-Fri: 8 am - 4 pm |  Sat: 8 am -12 pm  |  Closed on Sundays

The Club will be closed on December 24, 25, 26, 31, and Jan 1.
Next General Meeting: Tuesday, December 18, at 1:30 pm
in the Anza Room, located on the upper level of the Santa Rita Springs Recreation Center.
Read about the topic in Kathy Arnold's article below.

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Message from your President

Dear GVR Computer Club Membership,

We had a very nice gathering on November 20 to hear Gene Barlow talk about ACRONIS, a great data retrieval service. The talk was recorded and is now on our website. Please look under the MEDIA tab and scroll down to YouTube. You can also watch it here:

Our next meeting on December 18 should be VERY exciting. It’s going to be a smartphone "Smackdown." Please come hear two informed Verizon associates talk about the pros and cons of Android vs iPhone devices. Can you be convinced to make a sweeping change or will you stay loyal to your phone? (This meeting should be fun and informative, and is not intended to encourage you to change carriers.)

At the 12/18 meeting we’ll also talk a bit about the Club’s website and how it can best serve you.  

Don’t forget to begin or renew your GVR Computer Club membership. It’s an incredible deal with too many perks to count.  

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Kathy Arnold

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Club News

>> Renew your Club membership today! For just $25 for an individual or $35 for a family, you can enjoy all that the Club has to offer for the entire year. Renew by December 31 to keep your membership active. See the Membership Renewal article at the end of this newsletter to learn how to renew. 

>> Interested in taking a free class? Click to view the class calendar.

>> Note that you need to register for hands-on classes. To learn how, read the instructions in the article near the end of this newsletter.

>> Bob Ogus offers a new Android Class on December 7 at 10 am in the Lecture Room.

>> Attn: Mac Monitors
     Click to view the Mac Monitor Calendar. To make changes, contact Kathy Arnold.

>> Financial Report, as of September 30, 2018, provided by Jerry Ferris:

   Computer Club Financial Report
   Balance on 09/30/2018   $   64,344.04
   Income   $     1,046.91
   Expense   $     2,509.48
   Balance on 10/31/2018  $   62,881.47

>> Recent issues of Green Bytes can be found at

The Club Remembers Kathy Frey

Members of the Club were saddened by the news of the passing of Kathy Frey on November 28. Lee Laughner shares Kathy's contributions to the Club over many years.

Kathy Frey was the mainstay in keeping Computer Club of Green Valley going since its inception. The club was founded in February 1989 and Kathy joined as the first woman in May 1989. Since then she tirelessly worked to improve the workings of the club and she was its first instructor.

Thanks to Kathy’s efforts, the roles of women in the club improved rapidly where we today have women in leadership roles. She kept abreast of the latest technology, was one of the instructors in a weekly Windows 8.1 class, she ran a weekly XP, Vista and WIN 7 class. Learning to write HTML, Kathy put the club on the web and was the webmaster for twenty years, primarily writing code instead of using design mode.

Kathy designed syllabi for handouts and taught hands-on and lecture classes on various subjects. She initiated weekly Q&A classes that have been running for over twenty years. She served on every committee and was vocal in getting the club to join ACPUG.

Despite physical infirmities, Kathy would always show up to teach and was always available to help in any capacity. She also took several classes in order to be able to assist students in areas such as photo imaging or she taught herself other topics that the students requested, meaning each new OS system that came out! She would even go to a member’s home to help correct problems with the member’s computer.

Kathy coordinated photo contests for two regional conferences, ensuring that entries are submitted. Her photo of a day-old giraffe at the San Diego Zoo won "Best of Show" in the Photo Contest at the October 2016 Las Vegas APCUG Technical Conference.

Earlier that fall, the Board of Directors named the Club's picture gallery after her. You can see pictures and photos by many members on the Kathy Frey's Picture Gallery page of the Club's website

We will miss Kathy Frey. Her family asks those with stories or comments to share them on Kathy's Facebook page,

Ernie's Mac Tips

5 Great Tips for Working on a Mac at Night or in Low Light
Click to read the article.

How to adjust Display Zoom on iPhone and iPad
Click to read the article.

How to Enable Weather on Lock Screen for iPhone with iOS 12
Click to read the article.

How to Enable Dashboard in MacOS Mojave
Click to read the article.

iPhone: How to customize the way you trigger Siri
Click to read the article.

To see all of Ernie's Mac Tips, organized into folders by topic, visit
Just double-click on any folder name to see the links for those tips.

Tip:  Having trouble with the URLs not working in the “Tips” above? Copy the heading of the story you want to read and put that into the browser. This also works if you can’t open an article in your favorite on-line news outlet.

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Sandhill Crane WebCam

From the November 28, 2018, issue of The Birding Wire

Click the image above to view the live webcam!

"Sandhill Cranes have returned to southeastern Arizona and the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s live-streaming camera is again trained on their winter roosting area at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area. Now birders can watch hundreds of these exciting cranes in high-definition.... The latest count totaled more than 14,000 Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, and the number of wintering cranes will continue to increase throughout the next few weeks." Click to read the entire article.

Click the image above, or go to, to see the live stream from the webcam. It will be available through March or early April when the cranes migrate back north to their nesting range.

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New Book in the Mac Library

Claire Amato reports the acquisition of a new book in the Mac Library:

macOS Mojave for dummies
by Bob LeVitus

From the publisher:

Pro tips for macOS from “Dr. Mac”

Your shiny new iMac or trusty old MacBook both rely on macOS to help you get things done. It helps to have an equally reliable guidebook to steer you through the tasks and steps that make macOS run efficiently.

This fun and friendly guide provides the direction you need to easily navigate macOS. Longtime expert Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus shares his years of experience to help you better understand macOS and make it a timesaving tool in your life. 

  • Take a tour of the macOS interface
  • Get organized and save time with macOS applications
  • Get pro tips on speeding up your Mac your data with easeBack up

Covering the fundamentals of the OS and offering insight into the most common functions of macOS, this is indispensable reading for new or inexperienced macOS users.

Mac users should check it out, literally!

Interesting Websites

Found in various WAUC (Wisconsin All-Computer Users Club) Bulletins       by Julia Rice

This article was provided to us by APCUG, of which we are a member.
You Say Aloha (Goodbye) and I Say Aloha (Hello)
You may not require a lot of instruction to learn another language. You might want to learn a few phrases so you can speak to your spouse's family, for example. You might just enjoy knowing the basics of a few other languages. You might be driving down to Mexico for the weekend and want to know enough Spanish to have conversations with the locals at stores, restaurants and on the bus. Duolingo is a good app to learn the basics of a language. It's fun, too. It teaches you with games, fun lessons and a bit of repetition. After all, that's how you learn.

Stay the Course - Learn Something Everyday  
Highbrow teaches you something new every day. As you sip your morning coffee and rub the sleep from your eyes, Highbrow delivers a short, 5-minute email lesson to help you learn anything from art and philosophy, to business and personal development. Lessons are delivered one-at-a-time, for 10 days, and are followed by fun, knowledge testing quizzes at the end of each course. What’s more, with over 250 courses in the Highbrow catalog, you’ll never run out of new things to learn.

Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain         
Welcome to Rainy Mood the internet’s most popular rain experience. Millions of people use Rainy Mood while sleeping, studying and relaxing. Enjoy the free web version or try the iOS/Android app with additional features.

Be a Convert with Your Files                            
FreeFileConvert provides conversion of files into various formats, supporting 8,337 different conversion combinations of audio, video, image, document, archive, presentation, eBook and font file types.

The Privacy Policy Chatbot - PriBot               
PriBot is basically a chatbot that can answer all your questions about a website or online service's privacy policy. Type in any question and PriBot will find the appropriate passage of a company's privacy policy that should answer your query. PriBot will even give its own thoughts and pieces of advice about the matter. Pretty slick!

Free Sheet Music                                               
Are you a piano player? What about an aspiring violinist? Maybe you are just a music lover. Comforting and steady, back from the day when music composition didn't depend on computer generation. The folks over at IMSLP have put together a massive database of sheet music, complete with thousands of classical scores. Much of the sheet music for piano, violin, trumpet and every other instrument you can imagine is available completely for free, but there are also many more pieces that are available for a nominal fee.

Where in the World Are You?                         
This fun clever site drops you somewhere in the world, can you figure out where? The game is called GeoGuesser. How it works is, you select a map from the site and click Play. You will land at a random location from the map and you must guess where in the world you are. The game uses Google Maps' images to show you the surrounding area. You can navigate around these images to see people, roads and anything else that can be used to give you clues to your whereabouts.
How to Sign Up for Hands-on Classes

There are many classes listed on the Club Calendar. You don't have to sign up for a lot of them. However, you need to register for Hands-on Classes offered in the Agave and Pecan rooms during December, January, February and March. Note that Club membership is required to attend Club classes. 

How to sign up for classes using Electronic Registration:

  1.  Go to our club website:
  2.  Hover over Classes & Events.
  3.  Click on Class Registration Form.
  4.  Scroll down and click on Click for Electronic Registration Site.
  5.  Scroll to your class of interest.
  6.  Click on the class name. 
  7.  Scroll and read Event Details.
  8.  Click the Register button.
  9.  Enter all required info.
  10.  Click Complete Registration.
  11.  Click the close button on 'Share on Facebook'.
  12.  Read the information and record your event on your personal calendar.
  13.  Close your browser tab when finished.
Note that you can practice registering using the 'On-Line Registration Practice' option.

If you need further assistance, contact Marge Clark at (520) 399-9336.

Membership Renewal

Your GVR Computer Club membership dues are payable by the end of the year. To pay your dues, you can come to the Club and a monitor on duty will assist you, or you can complete the renewal form online and bring it or mail it to the Club.

Click here to download the fillable Membership Form.
(Use either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer to fill it out online.)
Print the form and bring it with your payment to the Club.
You can also mail the form and your check to:

GVR Computer Club
921 West Via Rio Fuerte Drive
Green Valley, AZ 85614

A Single Membership renewal costs $25, and a Family Membership costs $35.

If you have any questions, call the Club at 520-625-4508.

If you have a Single Membership and wish to add a person in your household to create a Family Membership, refer to the Membership Form for guidelines.

Your GVR Computer Club Team

To contact any of the individuals below, please email

Kathy Arnold, President
Mike Kearns, Vice President
Juanita Kauffman, Secretary
Jerry Ferris, Treasurer
Ernie Cox, Purchasing
Jay Adams

Terry Flanagan

Head Monitors
Mike Kearns, Head Monitor
Terry Flanagan, Assistant Head Monitor
Kathy Arnold, Monitor Committee (Mac)

Claire Amato
Kathy Arnold
Lee Laughner

Green Bytes Editor
Dorothy Fitch

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Green Bytes is published once a month from September through April by and for members of the GVR Computer Club. Annual Club dues are $25/individual or $35/family, payable before January 1. Tenant memberships are available.

Send submissions (articles, announcements, or letters to the editor) to 921 West Via Rio Fuerte, Green Valley, AZ 85614, or to Dorothy Fitch, Newsletter Editor, at Submission by email preferred, or on CD, using any common PC word ­processing program, or in RTF format. The deadline is the 20th of the prior month.

Green Bytes is an independent publication of the GVR Computer Club and is not affiliated, sponsored, sanctioned or associated with any commercial interest. Opinions, statements, positions, and views stated herein are those of the authors only.

The GVR Computer Club is a member group of APCUG, Association of Personal Computer User Groups, a worldwide organization that helps groups devoted to the world of technology including computers, tablets, smartphones, digital photography, genealogy, etc. by facilitating communications between member groups and industry vendors.
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