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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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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PCS News Flash for October 2021 and Beyond

The previously scheduled Special Program (Browsers and Search Engines) has been postponed from October 23 to the November 13 General Meeting. If you’ve registered for this, please re-register for the November 13 meeting.

The October and November General Meetings will be held via Zoom.

It is our goal to begin meetings at the library starting on December 18, but that will be contingent upon a continued reduction in Covid-19 cases in our community. If holiday travel or other events result in additional surges in cases, we will revisit that decision. Keep your fingers crossed.

Because of the departure of our Smartphone expert, Murray Smolens, we are left with a hole in our monthly schedule. Our new schedule will be 3 meetings per month in odd numbered months (Digital Photo SIG, General Meeting and Special Topics) and two meetings per month on even numbered months (Digital Photo SIG and General Meeting). When possible, we will schedule a 3rd meeting in the even numbered months in a new SIG tentatively titled "Things of Interest".

A recent survey of members regarding Days and Times of meetings returned mixed results, with the largest number of respondents voting to keep the meeting on Saturdays. And there they shall stay pending future developments.

Thank you for your continued support of the Prescott Computer Society - Sharing and Learning since 1988.

Currently Scheduled Online Meetings

November 6 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Digital Photography SIG - Leader: Phil Ball

Zoom meeting will open at 12:45 PM

Professor Phil Ball will resume our ongoing education in all things Digital Photography. Phil regularly peppers his programs with an eclectic mix of digital photo examples, shooting suggestions and post-production demonstrations. If you have a digital camera, and who doesn't with a smartphone in their pocket, you will benefit from Phil's expertise.

Register in advance for this meeting

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

November 13 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
General Meeting - Leader: JB Burke

Zoom meeting will open at 12:45 PM

Subject Browsers & Search Engines

What is the most important program on your computer? It's probably your Browser. Why is that, and which of the many Browsers should you be using? Being on the internet is nice, but that doesn't get you much. To see and do about anything, your Browser is your necessary Window to the World Wide Web.

Once you are on the WWW, how do you find stuff? You know where a few things are (your banks, credit card sites, shopping, etc.), but where is everything else (among the 1.88 billion websites that exist)? That's where the Search Engine comes in. But which should you use? And did you know - Search Engines and Browsers seem to be Free, but You (and your information) are the payment. We will address these issues in this 2-part program.

Register in advance for this meeting

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

November 20 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Special Topics - Leader: JB Burke

Zoom meeting will open at 12:45 PM

Dr. Burke 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.

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

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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.

PCS is a member of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG).

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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