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New Meeting Schedule

At the December 2020 general meeting, a resolution was passed to again change the Club's meeting schedule. Starting in 2021, the Club will meet every month on the second Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. The meetings will be online-only using the Zoom Video Communications software.

General Meeting Information

Each meeting will include the club business report, a technical exchange, and, when possible, an outside speaker or club member will discuss a topic of interest to the club.

Before each meeting, an email containing the upcoming topic and a Zoom link will be sent to club members. You can join the meeting by clicking the link. If you do not have Zoom software on your machine, it will be installed automatically when you join the meeting.

If you have a computer, tablet, or phone with a camera 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.

July, 2021 Meeting

Subject: Windows 11 Preview
Speaker: DeForrest Home

Microsoft has released the first preview of Windows 11 to Insider Preview participants. DeForrest has installed it on one of his computers, and at our July meeting he will demonstrate some its most significant new features.

June, 2021 Meeting

Attendees discussed several podcasts, screen savers, and books that they recommend. Meeting notes can be seen at

PC Club Meeting June 8, 2021

April, 2021 Meeting

For the April, 2021 meeting, Our president, Walt Cole will discuss password managers and show screenshots of Bitwarden, the one that he is currently using.

Renew your membership for 2021

Since we are not currently meeting in person, we have decided to wave the membership dues. However, we would like you to fill out the membership application form. See the Membership link in the column at the left for instructions.

November Virtual Meeting--11/10/2020

Subject: Annual Photo Sharing Show and Tell
Speakers: Members and Guests

Share your favorite photos at our virtual meeting. You can display your photos in a viewer such as Irfanview or the Windows Photo Viewer, and then you can share the viewer window with the rest of the meeting attendees. It's almost like being there.

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 2020.

Club Newsletter

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 and here

PDF copies of our previous newsletters can be accessed by clicking Club Newsletters in the left-hand menu.

Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living

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 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

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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