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The Tech Tuesdays Series is produced by FearringtonEdge and is sponsored by Fearrington Cares.

When available, presentation files for each program are included in each of the following reports, which are listed in order of the most recent programs first.

FearringtonEdge wants to help all Fearrington residents enjoy the benefits of technology while minimizing the frustrations.

Contact FearringtonEdge@gmail.com with your suggestions for future programming and/or to volunteer to present a technology-centered program.


Upcoming Programs


Tech Tuesdays January 07, 2020 at 2:00-3:30 p.m. in The Gathering Place “Assistive Hearing Technologies”

Assistive Listening Systems and Devices can benefit people with mild to profound hearing loss. Assistive Listening Systems and Devices can benefit people with mild to profound hearing loss.

Fearrington resident Mike Eberling, who has installed several Hearing Loops in his own homes, will discuss the latest technologies for improved hearing as well as occasional impediments to adopting these new devices.

Mike will bring several devices to pass around that provide assistance for normal activities. According to the National Association of the Deaf, “Hearing is not an all or nothing phenomenon. People show varying degrees of hearing at varying frequencies in both ears.” This often results in ”a lack of understanding about modern technology that improves access to sound.” From dining out at noisy restaurants to enjoying British sitcoms in our living rooms, many of us could benefit from some assistive hearing technologies.


Tech Tuesdays February 04, 2020 at 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Gathering Place “Beyond Google Search: Google for Students and for Us”

Speaker: Tom Mullaney, Digital Learning Facilitator at Northwood High School.  Tom Mullaney is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer who has spoken at national and regional conferences about integrating digital learning resources into school curricula. Mr. Mullaney, who is also a Google for Education Silver Product Expert, will discuss how technology expands learning opportunities for students and even for those who are well beyond our high school years. Chatham County is a leader in North Carolina in the adoption of student laptops and Mr. Mullaney has helped guide the county’s innovative policies at Northwood. Our parents’ encyclopedia sets opened the world to many of us; let’s learn how our grandchildren (and we) can experience this amazing blue orb – and the worlds beyond – through technology.


Prior Programs


Tech Tuesdays November 05, 2019 “Surveying the Cyber Threat Landscape”

Submitted by Mary Johnson

Attendees at the November 05th, 2019 FearringtonEdge Web Security Program, part of the Tech Tuesdays Series, learned best practices for staying safe on the Internet.

Network security professional and experienced OLLI instructor, Tom Foss explained vulnerabilities and mitigation techniques for email, internet shopping, and password protection.  Tom’s presentation sparked lively discussions and pointed questions from among the 40 attendees about online behavior and avoidance of malware and bad actors.

This program followed Tom’s October 01st program on home network security.  Links to both presentations are here:


Tech Tuesdays October 01, 2019 “Covering your Assets: How to Secure Your Home Network from Intruders

Submitted by Mary Johnson

Network security expert and Fearrington resident Tom Foss presented the October FearringtonEdge program titled on Tuesday, October 01st in the Gathering Place.  Tom explained why we need to protect our home networks as well as how to keep hackers out of our computers and away from our private records.  Tom’s presentation, with suggestions for making your network secure, is available here.


Tech Tuesdays September 03, 2019 “Emergency Preparedness and the County’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)”

Submitted by Mary Johnson
With all eyes on the possible approach of Hurricane Dorian, Fearrington residents learned emergency preparedness techniques from Chatham County Emergency Response (CERT) team member Andy Foshee at a September 3 presentation sponsored by FearringtonEdge.  Focusing on how to minimize health and safety challenges in the event of major and widespread power outages and other emergency situations, Mr. Foshee urged residents to follow FEMA guidelines for maintaining seven-day food and water supplies and preparing “go bags” in the case of forced evacuations.  The full slide deck and other recommendations are posted here. 

FHA Health, Safety & Security Director Carl Angel, who assisted in arranging the program, noted that Chatham CERT offers free training for volunteers interested in learning how to help themselves and their neighbors in the event of local emergencies. Residents interested in developing a Fearrington cadre of trained volunteers should contact Carl for more information. Resource Materials from September 03rd Emergency Preparedness Program.


Tech Tuesdays August 06, 2019 “Preserving and Sharing Your Family’s History”

Submitted by Mary Johnson

The slide show accompanying the August 07, 2019 FearringtonEdge presentation of “Preserving and Sharing Your Family’s Historyis available here. Over 50 residents learned about proper techniques for protecting old documents, photos, and other materials. Durham County librarians with specialization in digitization and preservation techniques demonstrated best practices and explained how to scan and store materials online. The presentation also provided sources for preservation materials and for learning more about saving our family histories.

Presenters recommended reviewing the information, which is highly detailed, available from Preservation Self Assessment Program (PSAP). Follow this link (https://psap.library.illinois.edu/collection-id-guide) for information on preserving items ranging from 8mm tape to slides, negatives, daguerreotype, and, among others, sheep-leather bound books! The photo below (attached as sample photo) is a small excerpt from the types of documents reviewed by PSAP.

Other recommended sources include the National Archives web pages (https://www.archives.gov/preservation/storage) and Gaylord Archival (https://www.gaylord.com/c/Preservation) as one sources for purchasing archival materials. Open the program link for the full description of best practices and sources.

FearringtonEdge expects to follow up on this successful presentation, possibly with group online classes and/or scanning demonstrations. Email fearringtonconnect@gmail.com if you would like to be kept up to date on future plans for this and other FearringtonEdge projects.


Tech Tuesdays June 04, 2019 “Generators & Batteries”

Submitted by Mary Johnson

As part of its effort to facilitate neighbor-to-neighbor technical information sharing, FearringtonEdge presented a Generators & Batteries program session on June 04. The session was designed for residents to speak to other residents who have installed backup power solutions. Over 30 Fearrington neighbors joined the conversation about cost, installation experiences, and maintenance of various emergency power devices ranging from whole house generators to a lightbulb that stays lit when the power goes out, Participants shared their plans for dealing with almost inevitable power outages during summer storms.


Tech Tuesdays April 09, 2019 “Cutting the Cord (and Ditching the Dish) Without Breaking the Bank” (Repeated by Popular Demand on April 24, 2019)

Submitted by Mary Johnson

FearringtonEdge and Fearrington Cares presented a “Cutting the Cord” program on April 9th for an audience of 94 residents. Focusing on streaming services and internet and equipment requirements, Fearrington resident Mark Asman (with the collaboration of Tom Foss) explained options to conventional cable. While no one service exactly mirrors Spectrum or DISH packages, most offer access to major networks. Mark reviewed options for taking advantage of free trial versions of various streaming services and websites that compare channel availability and DVR services.


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Send Email comments and suggestions about this presentation, or other topics you would like us cover, to Fearringtonedge@gmail.com.