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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.

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.

June General Meeting -- 6/10/2014

Subject: Electronic Checkout at the San Jose Public Library

Speaker: Walt Cole

Walt will discuss how to check out ebooks, emusic and audio books from the San Jose Public Library using OverDrive. He will demonstrate the procedure on his Windows 8.1+ laptop.

May General Meeting -- 5/13/2014

Subject:  The Raspberry Pi Computer
Alan Baker

What can you do with a $29 Raspberry Pi computer? Make it into a media center, wireless router, gaming console, file server, garage door opener, or digital camera to name a few.  Or maybe you're like Alan, and you need to control your lawn sprinklers from a thousand miles away.  Come and learn how you can get started in the Internet of Things.

April General Meeting -- 4/8/2014

Subject: Protecting Your Home Computer
Speaker:  Alan Baker

At the April meeting we will learn about "Protecting your home computer".  Alan will present three main topics:  why and how we are attacked, automatic system defenses, and human defenses.  He will discuss passwords, how to detect poisoned emails, phishing, and how to handle specific attacks.

Alan has posted his presentation slides on his website. You can access the PDF file at

Click the link below to learn how to convert your normal Windows 7 Administrator account into a Standard (limited) account.
Change your normal Admin account to a Standard (limited) account

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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