Renew your membership for 2019
See the Membership link in the column at the
left for instructions and a membership application form.
General Meetings are held at 5:00 p.m. on the
second Tuesday of the odd numbered months (Jan, Mar, May,
Jul, Sep, Nov) 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
Meeting Schedule Change
At the January 2019 general meeting, a
resolution was passed to change the Club's meeting schedule.
Starting in 2019, the Club will meet six times a year on the
second Tuesday of the odd numbered months, January, March,
May, July, September, and November. Meetings will not be
held in the even numbered months.
March General Meeting --3/12/2019
Subject: Staying Safe Online:
Antivirus is not enough
Speaker: Alan Baker
Long ago, an antivirus program on your
computer was sufficient to maintain your security and
privacy on the internet. Today, criminals are
constantly probing your computer, your router, your phone,
your smart speaker, your security camera, your thermostat,
and your doorbell. Learn how these attacks work and
how to block them. Do you have a question about security and
privacy that you'd like answered in the presentation?
Send your question to email@example.com
The slides accompanying Alan's presentation
can be seen at http://alanbaker.net/defending.pdf
January General Meeting --1/8/2019
Subject: Android Auto
Speaker: Walt Cole
Android Auto is a mobile app developed by
Google to mirror features from an Android device (e.g.,
smartphone) to a car's compatible in-dash information and
entertainment head unit or to a dashcam.
Walt will discuss his experience with Android
Auto on his new Chevy Bolt.
December General Meeting --12/11/2018
Photo Sharing Show and Tell
Speakers: Members and Guests
photos that you would like to share. The guidelines are as
No more than 25 photos per person.
No more than 10 minutes per person.
Photos must have been taken in 2018.
Photos must be on a flash drive or CD/DVD.
For many years Dick Stuart did an outstanding
job editing our club newsletter. It is with much sadness
that we report that Dick passed away on March 30, 2017. We
will miss him. We all agreed that no one would be able
to replace Dick as newsletter editor, so in lieu of future
newsletters, you might find some interesting PC related
information on the websites of the Association
of Personal Computer User Groups or the Golden
Gate Computer Society. Also some good Windows 10
reference material can be found here
PDF copies of our previous newsletters can be accessed by
clicking Club Newsletters in
the left-hand menu.
Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky
The latest edition of this handy reference
has been posted here.
Check it out.
One Hundred Icons of Progress
For the IBM Centennial Beverly Baker
put together a PowerPoint presentation depicting IBM's
major accomplishments throughout its first one hundred
years. It is really well done. A PDF version of the
presentation is on this website. Click here
to view 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
Printer and Monitor Calibration
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 http://goo.gl/BSCYyF.
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please change Thunderbird's server setting from
TLS to SSL. For more information about
email at sjpc.org, 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 http://sjpc.org/pchealthcheck/software.html.
Your PC Club Needs You
There are many different jobs,
and most require only a small amount of time.