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Don't forget to renew your membership for 2016

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.

February General Meeting -- 2/9/2016

Subject: State-of-the-Art Technology from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show
Speaker: Troy Wolverton, Personal Technology Columnist for the San Jose Mercury News

Troy will discuss some of the major new technologies exhibited at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For example:

  • The Internet of things
  • OLED Displays
  • UltraHD Television
  • Virtual Reality Systems
  • Super WiFi (IEEE standard 1900.7)
Don't miss this!

January General Meeting -- 1/12/2016

Subject: Interesting YouTube Videos
Speakers: 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.

December General Meeting -- 12/8/2015

Subject: Annual Photo Sharing Show and Tell

Bring some photos that you would like to share. The rules are as follows:
  • No more than 25 photos per person.
  • No more than 10 minutes per person.
  • Photos must have been taken in 2015.
  • Photos must be on a flash drive or CD/DVD.

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.

The notes that Alan composed for this presentation are available at

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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