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 --11/14/2017
Subject: Avoiding Identity Theft
Speaker: Alan Baker
The Equifax Credit Bureau breach exposed the
credit records of about half the adults in the US. We
can expect more such bad news in the future, so what can we
do? There is no silver bullet to avoiding identity
theft, but there are best practices to reduce the
risk. We can also learn techniques to avoid phishing
attacks, ransomware, and scams. Come to the meeting
and learn more.
Alan has put together a web page with tips on
how to deal with the Equifax breach. You can find it here.
October General Meeting --10/10/2017
Subject: Mesh Routers and Libby
Speaker: Walt Cole
Learn about what mesh routers are and why
they are nice.
Libby is the latest app for your tablet or
smart phone for downloading and reading e-books from the San
September General Meeting --9/12/2017
Subject: DNA analysis for Genealogy
Speaker: Jim Riley
Learn about the three types of DNA tests and
which companies provide them. See an example of what you
receive from one of the companies. Help determine if it’s
worthwhile to have your DNA tested. If so, which company
should you use? How much does it cost? Where on the web can
you learn more?
August General Meeting -- Cancelled
July General Meeting --7/11/2017
Subject: Use Mouse Less, Use Keyboard
Speaker: Walt Cole
Many of the things you do with a mouse can be
done better with the keyboard, or so some experts think.
We’ll cover many keyboard shortcuts that will make you a
more efficient computer user, and a few that you may never
For many years Dick Stuart did an
outstanding job editing our club newsletter. It is with
much sadness that we report that Dick passed away on
March 30. We will miss him. We all agreed that no
one would be able to replace Dick as newsletter editor,
so in lieu of future newsletters, you might find some
interesting PC related information on the websites of
the Association of
Personal Computer User Groups or the Golden
Gate Computer Society. Also some good Windows 10
reference material can be found here
PDF copies of our previous newsletters
can be accessed by clicking Club
Newsletters in the left-hand menu.
Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky
The latest edition of this handy
reference has been posted here.
Check it out.
One Hundred Icons of Progress
For the IBM Centennial Beverly Baker
put together a PowerPoint presentation depicting IBM's
major accomplishments throughout its first one hundred
years. It is really well done. A PDF version of the
presentation is on this website. Click here
to view it.
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
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.
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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.
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