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Don't forget to renew your membership for 2015

See the Membership link in the column at the left for instructions and a membership application form.

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.

November General Meeting -- 11/10/2015

Subject: MythTV
Speaker: Alan Baker

Envision a mythical server in your home that enables all these things:
  • Watch live TV on your home's TV, computers, tablets, or phones
  • Record TV shows, videos, DVD's, and CD's to disk
  • Watch those on your home's TV, computers, tablets, or phones
  • Stream those through the internet to a computer, tablet, or phone elsewhere
  • Windows-compatible file sharing and backup machine
  • Internet file server and web server
You can have that mythical server now.  Come learn about MythTV.

October General Meeting -- 10/13/2015

Subject: The History and Technology of the Enigma Cipher Machine
Speaker: Ralph Simpson

The Enigma machine was an advanced electro-mechanical cipher machine used by the German military as their main device for secure wireless communications until the end of World War II. Ralph will present an overview of the Enigma cipher machine and its contribution to the outcome in WW2. For more on this and other cipher machines, see Ralph's website,

September General Meeting -- 9/8/2015

Subject: The Print Shop version 23.1
Speaker: Phyllis House

The Print Shop 23.1 includes professionally-designed templates for a wide variety of projects, including: Greeting Cards, Invitations, Photo Projects, Mailing Labels, Matching Stationery Sets, CD/DVD Labels, Calendars, Signs & Banners, and more! Phyllis will demonstrate some of the many projects that you can create with 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

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

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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