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General Meetings

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.

October General Meeting -- 10/14/2014

Subject: Interesting YouTube Videos
Speaker: 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.

September General Meeting -- 9/9/2014

Subject: Make Windows 8.1 Act More Like Windows 7
Speaker: DeForrest Home

A common complaint about Windows 8.1 is that the familiar Windows 7 Start menu has been removed. DeForrest will show you two ways to bring the Start Menu back. He will also demonstrate how to open the new Modern applications in multiple windows on the Desktop that can be sized and moved around.

To see a copy of DeForrest's handout, click here.

August General Meeting -- 8/12/2014

Subject: 3D Printing
Speaker: Jessica Wong

Jessica is a Tech Museum Volunteer. She will discuss the various types and uses of 3D printing. She will bring a 3D printer to the meeting and will demonstrate the printing of a small plastic figure.

July General Meeting -- 7/8/2014

Subject: Windows 8.1+
Speaker: Walt Cole

The subject for the July PC Club meeting will be Windows 8.1+, using a video supplied by the APCUG called "De-Mystifying Windows 8.1 & the Latest Update - APCUG 2014 Spring Virtual Technology Conference." The video is of a presentation made at the conference by Lee Laughner.

Click here to view the slides that accompanied Lee's talk.

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 newsletter.

Thunderbird upgrade

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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

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