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.
July General Meeting -- 7/12/2016
Subject: Using a solar array to
power your home and charge your electric car
Speaker: Rolf Klenk
Rolf's solar panels have been providing power for his home
and his Chevy Volt for years. He has collected data on the
electric output of the array and has tabulated it in
spreadsheets. He will show us how the system is connected
and will discuss the performance data.
June General Meeting -- 6/14/2016
Subject: The Ring Video Doorbell
Speaker: Walt Cole
The Ring Video Doorbell is a gadget you mount in place of or
in addition to your doorbell at your front door. It has a
video camera, a speaker, a microphone and a proximity
detector. It communicates via your wifi network. You can see
who is at your front door on your smartphone or your computer,
no matter where you are, as long as you are connected. You can
talk to them, if you want.
May General Meeting -- 5/10/2016
Subject: The World of Smartphones
Speaker: Troy Wolverton, Personal Technology
Columnist for the San Jose Mercury News
Troy will discuss the features, advantages, and
disadvantages of some of the popular smartphones on the
Don't miss this!
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 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.
Farewell Paper Newsletter
The PC Club newsletter, "Bits
and PCs," is available to club members on the
club web site. The
newsletters are in PDF format, so you can use
the free Adobe Reader to
view/zoom/print pages or the entire
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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.