Welcome to the Prescott Computer Society

The Prescott Computer Society is pleased to offer online meetings that are available to the public FREE OF CHARGE.

Interested in Membership?

Information about joining PCS is available at our Membership Info page.
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To view or download JB Burke's recent presentation at the Prescott Public Library on "The BASICS OF Internet Safety & Security for Seniors" please click here.

Online Meetings Using Zoom

PCS meetings are available to anyone, including non-members, who wish to join us online. We are using Zoom as a means of holding our meetings in the convenience of your own home.

Even if you're not a member of PCS we urge you to attend our online meetings. Both members and non-members may do so in advance of the meeting by registering below. You will receive a password and link to the meeting by email. This step is necessary to keep out spammers and hackers. You may join the meeting no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

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For information on how to get and use a Zoom account please click the button below.

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PCS UPCOMING MEETINGS

March 2, 2024 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Touring the Web SIG – Leader: JB Burke

Zoom meeting will open at 12:30 PM

JB will serve up another carefully researched and finely tuned program of Special Topics. You will learn many useful, interesting, unusual, educational, humorous, and ancient chunks of knowledge that you just never thought of. Now you don't have to because JB has thunk them for you.

Register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

March 9, 2024 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
General Meeting – Leader: JB Burke
Hewie Poplock - Laptop Ports Explained - What are All Those Connections?

Zoom meeting will open at 12:30 PM

PC & Laptop Ports Explained: What are all those connections? We will explore the various connectors found on a computer, including those used for data transfer, audio and video output, and power supply. The article will briefly overview each connector, its function, and where it is typically found on a computer. Additionally, the article will touch on the evolution of computer connectors, from the early days of serial and parallel ports to the modern USB-C standard, and discuss some of the challenges and considerations involved in choosing and using connectors.

The second hour of today's program will be Windows Adventurer Phil Ball with another helping of his famous Windows 10 Tips & Tricks. No matter how well you know Windows, you will be sure to come away from Phil's session with at least one new insight - and probably many more as well.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

April 2, 2024 - Tuesday - 4:00-5:00 PM
PCS Board of Directors Meeting

Zoom meeting will open at 3:45 PM

The board will meet to discuss PCS operations - Meeting Schedules, Zoom issues, etc.

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April 13, 2024 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
General Meeting – Leader: JB Burke
Judy Taylour – Utility Apps

Zoom meeting will open at 12:30 PM

Utility Apps. What is a utility? An app that performs a specific task and adds functionality to your computer or helps your computer perform better. We all have our favorites: system monitoring, backing up, system maintenance, password management, virus protection, and more. Judy shares some favorite apps in this presentation. Please plan to share one of your favorites during the Q&A part of the meeting. Hopefully, we will all learn about at least one new utility we want to try.

The second hour of today's program will be Windows Adventurer Phil Ball with another helping of his famous Windows 10 Tips & Tricks. No matter how well you know Windows, you will be sure to come away from Phil's session with at least one new insight - and probably many more as well.

Register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Other Computer Groups Sharing Meetings

Through PCS' affiliation with APCUG (see below) you may also virtually attend other computer club meetings throughout the country. Check out the wide selection of programs available to you.

Other Virtual Meetings

random meeting photoA typical PCS meeting scene.

General Information About PCS

The Prescott Computer Society (PCS) is a PC-based users group located in Prescott, Arizona. Our primary attention is focused on IBM-compatible computers, associated software and smart phones. We strive to provide personal, home office and small business computing solutions and presentation topics. You may obtain both basic and advanced information about computers by attending our club's meetings.

We hold several meetings each month to show you how to get the most out of your computer. These are our General meeting and several Special Interest Group meetings. Anyone with an interest in computers is welcome to attend our meetings and join PCS.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

PCS is affiliated with OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) as a Special Interest Group which is based at Prescott's Yavapai Community College. From the OLLI website: "Yavapai College is one of only five community colleges in the nation to boast an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, our locations in Prescott and Sedona-Verde offer a variety of learning and teaching opportunities for mature adults, 50 years of age and over." (Source)

OLLI Information

Association of Personal Computer User Groups

PCS is a member of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups (PCS APCUG page). PCS uses materials from APCUG in many of its presentations. From the APCUG website: "Membership in APCUG is open to any non-commercial organization whose primary purpose is to help its members learn about technology. It is a cross-platform organization supporting operating systems such as Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, Chrome, and Linux." (Source)

Fun Stuff

A typical "Stump The Geeks" Q&A session which is chaired by some of our favorite PCS members. It's always full of laughter and is enjoyed by all those who attend.

We often hold Question and Answer sessions at General meetings where our members attempt to "Stump The Geeks" with their questions about computer and smartphone problems and other related issues.

Do the geeks ever get stumped? Of course, once in a while they do but we all appreciate the very interesting and informative discussions that are held. I guess you'll just have to come to a meeting to see for yourself.

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