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.

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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

June 1, 2024 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Everyday Use of Android Devices and Apps Part 3 – Leader: JB Burke

Zoom meeting will open at 12:30 PM

Part 3 - Email and Internet Browsing
This 6-session class will cover many topics that are of interest to Android Phone and Tablet users.

This class is intended to gradually introduce Android device basics, leading up to more advanced features and uses in the final session. It's designed to empower seniors to navigate and use their Android phones or tablets independently, and safely. Each session includes time for questions and answers to ensure understanding.

Register in advance for this meeting

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

June 8, 2024 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
General Meeting – Leader: JB Burke
Bill Moss – How I Built an $11 Billion Computer

Zoom opens at 12:30 PM. Meeting starts at 1:00 PM.

Microcomputers did not exist when most of us were children. They were first developed in the 1970s and sold primarily to hobbyists. IBM considered them toys compared to their massive mainframe computers. Nonetheless, IBM decided to enter this toy market with its IBM Personal Computer in 1981. IBM's inability to foresee the power and desirability of these little devices left the market open for the development of PC-compatible computers, which changed the world.

Bill will review the history of microcomputing from a personal and anecdotal perspective, including the zeitgeist of the times leading up to the PC, the joys of the early hobbyist community, and the evolution of the devices we use today.

Register in advance for this meeting

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

July 6, 2024 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Everyday Use of Android Devices and Apps Part 4 – Leader: JB Burke

Zoom meeting will open at 12:30 PM

Part 4 - Downloading and Using Apps
This 6-session class will cover many topics that are of interest to Android Phone and Tablet users.

This class is intended to gradually introduce Android device basics, leading up to more advanced features and uses in the final session. It's designed to empower seniors to navigate and use their Android phones or tablets independently, and safely. Each session includes time for questions and answers to ensure understanding.

Register in advance for this meeting

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

July 13, 2024 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
General Meeting – Leader: JB Burke
Bill James – "MacOS vs Windows OS"

Zoom (ONLY) meeting opens at 12:30 PM

Many individuals are familiar with the Apple ecosystem, primarily through an iPhone or iPad. However, using a Mac PC, such as a Mac Mini or MacBook Pro, presents a new opportunity to gain experience with MacOS. As a newcomer to the Mac Operating system and transitioning from a Windows environment, it was intriguing to compare the functionality of Mac to Windows. Furthermore, it was imperative to evaluate how the knowledge and skills gained from Windows could be applied to the Mac, considering the Mac is just another PC. Through this evaluation, Bill sought to understand the similarities between the Mac and Windows keyboard and the similarities and differences between built-in applications. This presentation aims to share his discoveries, particularly the similarities between the two operating systems, specifically focusing on web-based cross-platform applications.

Register in advance for this meeting

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

August 3, 2024 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Everyday Use of Android Devices and Apps Part 5 – Leader: JB Burke

Zoom meeting will open at 12:30 PM

Part 5 - Using Camera and Gallery Apps
This 6-session class will cover many topics that are of interest to Android Phone and Tablet users.

This class is intended to gradually introduce Android device basics, leading up to more advanced features and uses in the final session. It's designed to empower seniors to navigate and use their Android phones or tablets independently, and safely. Each session includes time for questions and answers to ensure understanding.

Register in advance for this meeting

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

August 10, 2024 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
General Meeting – Leader: JB Burke
Rob Truman – "YouTube – An Introduction"

Zoom (ONLY) meeting opens at 12:30 PM

YouTube is a great education resource once you understand some of the ground rules. YouTube gets billions of hits a day, with hundreds of hours of new content uploaded every minute. Searching through that deluge of video can be harder than searching the entire web. This presentation will start with the basics and examine some of the tips and tricks to finding what it is you are looking for.

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.

September 7, 2024 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Everyday Use of Android Devices and Apps Part 6 – Leader: JB Burke

Zoom meeting will open at 12:30 PM

Part 6 - Advanced Features and Wrap Up
This 6-session class will cover many topics that are of interest to Android Phone and Tablet users.

This class is intended to gradually introduce Android device basics, leading up to more advanced features and uses in the final session. It's designed to empower seniors to navigate and use their Android phones or tablets independently, and safely. Each session includes time for questions and answers to ensure understanding.

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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