Renew your membership for 2018
See the Membership link in the column at the
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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.
February General Meeting --2/13/2018
Subject: State-of-the-Art Technology
from the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show
Speaker: Troy Wolverton
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 Yahoo.
CES is the largest electronics show on the
planet, and this year's show was bigger than ever. Come and
hear about some of the exciting new technologies introduced
at the show.
January General Meeting --1/9/2018
Subject: Silicon Valley: Where the
Future Was Born (video recording)
Led by physicist Robert Noyce, Fairchild
Semiconductor began as a start-up company whose radical
innovations would help make the United States a leader in
both space exploration and the personal computer revolution,
changing the way the world works, plays, and communicates.
documentary tells the story of the people who started it
December General Meeting --12/12/2017
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 2017.
Photos must be on a flash drive or CD/DVD.
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 identity theft. You can find it here.
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 &
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
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: http://bit.ly/autohacking
Printer and Monitor
Take a look at the new printer
and monitor calibration file contributed by Ed
Mueller. Click the link in the column on the
Sixty years of star
parties with the San Jose Astronomical
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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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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