Renew your membership for 2020
See the Membership link in the column at the
left for instructions and a membership application form.
At the January 2019 general meeting, a
resolution was passed to change the Club's meeting schedule.
Starting in 2019, the Club will meet six times a year on the
second Tuesday of the odd numbered months, January, March,
May, July, September, and November at 5:00 p.m. Meetings
will not be held in the even numbered months.
For a list of meeting speakers and topics for
the year, click the Meetings link in column on the
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the PC Club has
cancelled in-person meetings until further notice. We will
have virtual meetings using jitsi, an open source virtual
meeting application. If you have a laptop with a camera or a
computer with a webcam and a microphone, you will be able to
participate in the meeting. All of the attendees will be
able to see and hear each other. If you have a microphone
and no camera, you will be able to participate in the
discussion, but the other attendees will not be able to see
you. If you don't have a camera or a microphone, you can
still attend and watch and listen.
A meeting link will be emailed to club
members before each meeting.
July Virtual Meeting--7/14/2020
The July meeting has been cancelled (due
to jury duty)
May Virtual Meeting--5/12/2020 (Our first
Using the online services of the library
Speaker: Walt Cole
Even though all library branches are temporarily closed,
they still offer a number of services that you can access
from your computer at home. You can check out online eBooks
and eMusic, you can attend online courses, and more. In this
meeting, you will learn what services are available and how
to use them.
March General Meeting--3/10/2020
Voice Computing, how you can make things happen by only
Troy is a Senior Tech Editor at Business
Insider. Previously, he worked as a technology columnist,
editor and reporter for the Mercury News. He is a longtime
tech journalist who has covered everything from Amazon to
An article on the subject from the Business
Insider can be found at
January General Meeting--1/14/2020
Interesting YouTube Videos
Speakers: Club members and guests
Members and guests are invited to bring links to their
favorite YouTube videos. The videos can be on any subject
and cover anything that might be of interest to the group.
November General Meeting--11/12/2019
Subject: Annual Photo Sharing Show and
Speakers: Members and Guests
Bring some photos that you would like to share. The guidelines
are as follows:
No more than 25 photos per person.
No more than 10 minutes per person.
Photos must have been taken in 2019.
Photos must be on a flash drive or CD/DVD.
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
There are many different jobs,
and most require only a small amount of time.