The President's Message

Janaury 2017

by Lisa Toth, President

Established 1987

By the time you read this, Christmas and the New Year will have happened. I hope your Christmas was wonderful with friends and family, and I wish you health and happiness in 2017.

Speaking of 2017, my term ends in June. We need a new president and a new treasurer. I'm sure Bob wouldn't mind if someone wanted to be the secretary. Andy and I could switch positions, but it really would be nice if we had some new blood on the board. Please step up and let me know if you are interested in one of the positions.

Last month's program was mostly by Michael Shalkey. He talked about the internet of things and how we need to have a really good firewall the more connected we are. I don't think we have any of these smart devices yet. I did get a 34-inch LG monitor for Christmas. It is designed to support two pages or screens without a second monitor. I'm not using it that way. I don't know if it has monitoring of any kind that could leak my personal info out. Not sure how to find out. As far as I know none of our TVs are smart devices. The newest one is a couple of years old and wasn't very expensive. If light bulbs can be hacked and get the bad guys into your network, we are in a sorry state. Apparently anything you can control with your phone is a smart device and open to hacking. I don't feel a strong urge to control things with my phone so I will try to avoid these things.

I was surprised when I noticed that many things on my computer are also on my phone and vice versa. I have a Microsoft phone. Suddenly all my contacts are there whether I want them or not. LOL. I knew I would find my OneNote things in my phone OneNote but did not expect to see reminders on my computer for things I had put in my calendar on my phone. Sometimes I feel very old. The tech world is getting ahead of me. I used to be able to keep up.

I'm looking forward to 2017. I hope it is a good year for everyone. I have six months at the Grand Jury then I have to decide if I want to do it a second year. I am waffling greatly. It is so much fun and interesting. It is work and a big investment in time. I have met some great people and learned some really interesting things. Well I think I will close for now. I hope to see you in January.

    Lisa Toth

Happy computing!

Happy computing!