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Don't forget to renew your membership for 2017

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.

April General Meeting -- 4/11/2017

Subject: Online Banking and Bill Paying
Speaker: Emil Baghdasarian, Meriwest Credit Union

Hesitant about online banking and bill paying?
Want to know more about the capabilities, benefits, and how secure it is compared to check writing?
Find answers at this overview.

March General Meeting -- 3/14/2017

Subject:  Using Windows File History
Speaker: DeForrest Home

DeForrest will demonstrate File History, the Windows 10 backup tool. He will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this system and talk about alternative backup schemes.

February General Meeting -- 2/14/17

Subject: State-of-the-Art Technology from the 2017 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:

  1. The Internet of things
  2. OLED Displays
  3. UltraHD Television
  4. Virtual Reality Systems

Don't miss this!

January General Meeting -- 1/10/2017

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.

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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