Don't forget to renew your membership for
See the Membership link in the column at the
left for instructions and a membership application form.
General Meetings are held at 5:00 p.m. on the
second Tuesday of each month in the computer classroom at
the Almaden Community Center, 6445 Camden Avenue, San Jose,
California. The classroom is on the second floor. For a map,
click here, and for
directions to the classroom click here.
For a list of meeting speakers and topics for
the year, click the Meetings link in column on the left.
November General Meeting -- 11/8/2016
Subject: Virtual Private Networks
Speaker: Alan Baker
Do you ever connect your laptop or phone to a
public Wi-Fi hotspot at a coffee shop, hotel, or
classroom? Would you like to access your home computer
from another location? If the answer to either of
these is yes, you need a virtual private network (VPN).
At the November 8th meeting we'll discuss network
(in)security and end-to-end encryption. Then we'll
learn how a VPN can help and how you can create your own VPN
using open source software.
October General Meeting -- 10/11/2016
Subject: Using Google Photos to edit
your photos online
Speaker: Walt Cole
Walt will continue his discussion of Google
Photos. This time he will demonstrate the online photo
editing capabilities of the site.
September General Meeting -- 9/13/2016
Subject: Google Photos and the Windows
10 Anniversary Update
Speaker: Walt Cole
Walt will show how to share photos and make
albums with Google Photos. We will also show screenshots of
some of the privacy and security choices that you can make
when you install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Can Your Car be Hacked?
Read an interesting blog by Bob
Rankin about how vulnerable some of the new cars are
to having their controls hacked from the outside.
Hackers could potentially take over a car's engine,
breaks, steering, or even windshield wipers. Read
the blog here: http://bit.ly/autohacking
Printer and Monitor Calibration
Take a look at the new printer and
monitor calibration file contributed by Ed
Mueller. Click the link in the column on the left.
Sixty years of star parties
with the San Jose Astronomical Association
On September 19th the San Jose
Mercury News printed an article about the San
Jose Astronomical Association. The article
highlighted some of the activities that our club
postmaster, Jim Van Nuland, is doing to bring
the Association's Outreach Program to the
schools. Jim visits schools in San Jose and
neighboring cities and sets up telescopes for
night viewing activities. You can read the
article at http://goo.gl/BSCYyF.
Farewell Paper Newsletter
The PC Club newsletter, "Bits
and PCs," is available to club members on the
club web site. The
newsletters are in PDF format, so you can use
the free Adobe Reader to
view/zoom/print pages or the entire
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PC Health Check
Due to the smaller size of our
new meeting room, we will no longer be able to
provide a PC Health Check at our meetings.
However, information about software that
members can use to do their own PC health
check is at http://sjpc.org/pchealthcheck/software.html.
Your PC Club Needs You
There are many different jobs,
and most require only a small amount of time.