Member Group News

CIPCUG (CHANNEL ISLANDS PCUG, CA) PODCASTSCIPCUG has partnered with Mercury Broadcasting to host their podcasts. Tech Guru Toby Scott along with his side-kick, daughter Jes (AKA “The Coffee Princess”), answer your questions once a week. The podcasts are uploaded to the website (www.cipcug.org)  every Tuesday at 7 AM and can be listened to any time after. Be aware that this is “radio,” not “TV.”

To ask a question, log onto the CIPCUG Facebook page (you have to be a member of Facebook) and post away. They try to answer all the questions during the week. Normally, they record Sunday afternoon and edit on Monday. If your question is posted before Saturday, there is an excellent chance it will be answered the following Tuesday. https://www.facebook.com/groups/cipcug/

If you don’t wish to join Facebook, you can post questions using the Comment or Corrections link at the bottom of every page on CIPCUG’s website. The actual podcasts are on Mercury Broadcasting’s site and there are links to them at http://cipcug.org/podcast.cfm — no Facebook account required.

At their February 8 meeting, SCV Computer Club attendees were asked for question(s) for Toby to answer on the podcast. President Judy Taylour sent the questions to Toby and they were answered during the February 14 and 21 podcasts. User Groups helping User Groups. February 14 podcast: “We were lucky enough to get questions from out of town! Here are some questions submitted from Santa Clarita Valley. On their website, they give a shout out to CIPCUG!” February 21 podcast: “Thanks again for the questions from the SCV Computer Club. Hope they continue to help out. Other computer clubs are welcome as well.”

Toby invites questions from all APCUG member groups.

THE COMPUTER CLUB OF HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS – As part of their goal to be of service to their community, they have set up a scholarship fund for a qualified high-school student from either Jessieville, Fountain Lake, or Mountain Pine who plans to go on to college to study computer-related technology.

In 2016, they awarded scholarships to two Jessieville students for $750 each.

They are asking for donations to help them fund more scholarships in 2017. There will be a donation jar at their evening and breakfast meetings as well as at each of their classes. They are a 501(c)(3) organization, so donations are tax deductible.

Donations may be mailed payable to Computer Club of HSV, P.O. Box 8387, Hot Springs Village, AR 71910. Be sure to indicate it is a scholarship donation. If you need proof of donation for tax purposes, please let us know.  http://www.cchsv.org

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY (ILLINOIS) AND POTOMAC AREA TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTER SOCIETY (VIRGINIA)  have reference pages on their websites where members (and visitors) can get Windows 10 tips and / or general tips. (I found the Robocall info in Jere’s Tips on the CCS website./JT)

CCS – http://www.ccs.org
PATACS – http://www.patacs.org/patwindows10.html

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EAST-CENTRAL OHIO TECHNOLOGY USERS CLUB STARTS NEW FIFTH FRIDAY FOCUS AND FUN MEETING – ECOTUC has started a new feature/activity for its members called Fifth Friday – Focus & Fun. With every few months having an extra Friday that’s not being used by the Windows or ecotucLinux Help Desks, we decided to see about having a topic that we can explore on a Friday afternoon and spend a little more time learning about it. Our FF-F&F begins at 1:00 p.m. and concludes around 3:30 p.m. or so. This will give some extra time for presentation, discussion, and questions vs. the time we have at our regular Monthly Meeting Programs. The topics will vary and depend on who volunteers to present on those Fridays and what they want to present. For the July FF, we had a presentation on the new Windows 10.

For the September FF, we will be focusing on “Backing Up Your Data.” This is something that many people talk about doing because it’s a good thing, but too many don’t follow through. With the major threat of the “crypto-virus” and “ransomware” locking up your files unless you pay, you’ll either have to fork out the large amount of money to get the “unlock key” (and maybe they will and maybe they will just take your money and run) to get your files back; or you have all your files backed up and could care less about paying any ransom. It’s your choice.

At this session, you will have a chance to discuss the whys, the whats, the hows, and the to wheres of data backups. You will have a chance to see how to do it the most simple, manual way for the most important files you have, and continue on with a few other presenters that will demonstrate some programs that will run in the background and do it for you. We are hoping to have this program available over Zoom for those members that are unable to attend in person.

This program is basically for members as it’s one of the benefits of membership. But if you have a friend or family member that isn’t a member, bring them and have them get signed up as a member before the program. The $24 they spend on learning about backing up could well save them HUNDREDS of dollars in the event they get hit by one of those viruses. And, along with this one program, they would also have access to future Fifth Friday programs, and all our other member benefits that make our membership dues come out to just about 6 ½ cents a day for all that we offer.

Read about how the September FF-F&F meeting turned out in the Q4 issue of Reports.

BIG BEAR COMPUTER CLUB CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS IN JULY – Holiday Cheer! This is always an exciting meeting with gifts for their members who attend, good food, prizes plus networking with each other. So… come and enjoy the celebration. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy and deserts will be provided by the Computer Club. Members are asked to bring a complimentary side dish. This all takes place on July 12 at the Big Bear Senior Center – 1:30 pm.

The NORTHEAST OHIO PC CLUB also celebrates Christmas in July! They meet the next day on Wednesday, July 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Attendees have the chance to win a 10” Window 10 Notebook or 11 other door prizes and will enjoy Christmas cookies and coffee. First time Guests can get a years’ free membership to NEOPC. This is the third and final year Windows 10 will be their “Christmas” topic. The deadline for upgrading to Windows 10 is fast approaching. Bruce Brockman will discuss what he has learned in the three years he has been giving presentations on Windows 10. Some of the pros and cons will be discussed as well as some very useful tips and tricks. If you are a Windows user for your PC, as over 80% of the computers in the world currently are, you cannot miss this meeting.

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VICTORIA COMPUTER CLUB fka BIG BLUE & COUSINS have several photoshoots scheduled this June. Their Photoshoot Walk was on June 7; they walked along Catherine to the Delta hotel’s Totem Point and returned along the waterfront Songhees walkway. The walk started at 4 pm and ended withVictoria
dinner & photo sharing at 5:30 pm at the Pub.

On June 11, they attended the official Grand Opening of Eagle Creek Village which featured a wild west-themed celebration with a free BBQ and live music. They had the opportunity to practice their food photography and other skills.

Their last photoshoot was on June 25 at the Photoshoot 7th Annual Summer So(u)lstice at Royal Oak Burial Park. There was music, poetry, and remembrance. Photo sharing followed at Broadmead’s Romeos.  www.bbc.org

Thanks to Ken Beattie, Photoshoot Director, for two photos he took at the Annual Summer So(u)lstice.

Celebration of Life

Celebration of Life

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PHILADELPHIA AREA COMPUTER SOCIETY CELEBRATES 40 YEARS! All paid-up members attending their anniversary celebration on June 18 will receive a nice gift. There will also be raffle prizes with several books, shirts, flash drives, etc.

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Founded in 1976, PACS is one of the oldest formally organized, continuously operating computer users groups in the nation. You had to know a great deal about electronics; therefore, the first PACS members were generally engineers and ham radio operators. The engineers were mainly interested in using the microprocessor not as a computer, but as a simple electronic controller replacing dozens of discrete components. When a new job came along you didn’t build another controller; you simply reprogrammed the one you were using. The microprocessors were teamed with 1K or 4K memories. By today’s standards that’s nothing-too small to hold most languages, or even an operating system. But that didn’t bother the engineers; all they wanted was to open a valve for a little while, then close it, that sort of thing. The ham radio operators’ interest was fun and excitement. These groups showed up at the early PACS meetings, all dreaming of owning their own systems. Back then there were no special interest groups. There was only one interest: To build a computer!

At one meeting Rob Smith brought in his home brew computer! He designed and built the entire system; it wasn’t a kit. The audience was breathless as Rob, to better explain his system, pulled one part out, then another, and then pushed them back together-and the computer still worked!
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SARASOTA TECHNOLOGY USER GROUP features Out Of The Past: What Was Happening in STUG 20 Years Ago This Month – April 1996 with a link to their April 1996 newsletter. www.thestug.org

Vinny La Bash was the president; this April he gave a presentation to the group on Developing a Core Portfolio with the help of your Computer.

Broderbund and Vox Systems were the March presenters; the April presentation was on StreetSmart®, the first on-line trading software that works in a Windows environment. It worked in conjunction with a Charles Schwab Brokerage account. 36 members joined during March. A survey by the Network Wizards Internet Domain showed the number of host computers as 9,472,000 – as of 2015 there are 3.2 billion. One of the articles was about: Starting in 1997, the Comdex/Spring and Spring Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will combine to from a “mega-show” held in Las Vegas. COMDEX ended in 2003. Reviews in the newsletter included: GoldMine for Windows 95, PowerDesk for Windows 95, Quarterdeck’s MagnaRAM2 – it can make your life a lot happier when Using Windows 95 or Windows 3.1x, CorelDraw 6 for Windows 95, and Operation Neptune for Windows.
SEMCO, the SouthEastern Michigan Computer Organization, Celebrates its 40th Anniversary at its general meeting on Sunday, April 10 from 1:30 to 6:00 pm.

SEMCOThey will be serving light refreshments and several presenters will be covering the history of the group, an overview of past and recent technology developments, and what the future may bring. Members will also be bringing in several vintage computer systems and demonstrating access to some platforms that were in use in the early days of the group.

SEMCO members are passionate on sharing their knowledge of what is possible now and what the future brings. The organization has been serving local computer and technology enthusiasts since the early days of personal computing and holds regular monthly discussions on interesting technology topics, including cyber security, leveraging open source software, strengths of Linux, Windows, and tablet operating systems, and more!

Please join them in their celebration!

Meeting location:
Altair Engineering, Inc.
1820 E. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083

Please park and enter the Auditorium through the West entry door by the SEMCO signs.