Renew your membership for 2018
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 --11/13/2018
Subject: Your Smart Home
Speaker: Steve Brock
Many “smart” (internet-connected) devices are
now available for the home. They are typically managed with
your smart cell phone. They can be very useful, but proper
use of security/privacy settings is essential. Learn about
what is available, and some best practices.
October General Meeting --10/9/2018
Subject: Your Favorite SmartPhone
Speaker: Member and Guests
Members are invited to share their favorite
smartphone apps using their phones (either Apple or
Android). The apps will be shown on the front-of-the-room
screen so everyone can see them. Please share apps that are
not world famous--Google Maps, for instance!
Click here to see a
list of the apps discussed.
September General Meeting --9/11/2018
Subject: Using a solar array to power
your home and charge your electric car
Speaker: Rolf Klenk
Rolf will bring us up to date on solar energy production, the
advantages of roof top solar and electric autos.
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, 2017. 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.
Your PC Club Needs You
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and most require only a small amount of time.