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Don't forget to renew your membership for 2016

See the Membership link in the column at the left for instructions and a membership application form.

General Meetings

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:

Printer and Monitor Calibration File

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

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 newsletter.

Thunderbird upgrade

The Thunderbird email client may issue an erroneous message about the TLS security protocol being disabled at  If you encounter this message, please change Thunderbird's server setting from TLS to SSL.  For more information about email at, click here.

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

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