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.

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.

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

Getting started with Zoom

For help with Zoom by John Carter please click the button below.

Zoom Help

Currently Scheduled Online Meetings

May 1 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Digital Photo SIG - Leader: Phil Ball

Zoom meeting opens 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.

May 15 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
General meeting - Leader: JB Burke

Zoom meeting opens at 12:45 PM

First Hour: Digital Asset Estate Planning: Even After You've Died Your Identity Isn't Safe - Judy Taylour

We need to protect our digital assets even when we are no longer here and make sure our executor has the necessary authorization needed to access any of our digital data.

The year after somebody dies is one of the most vulnerable times for identity theft. It's a terrible crime but, because death is public record, criminals search through recently deceased records and create fake identities. This presentation covers many ways your identity can be stolen and ways to prevent it being stolen after you are no longer here. There are also many tips to make it easier for your digital executor to close your accounts and how we can help.

SECOND HOUR: Phil Ball will follow Judy with his patented Windows Tips & Tricks. Yet another opportunity to enhance your computing expertise.

Register in advance for this meeting

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

Special Topics - Leader: JB Burke
Zoom meeting will open at 12:45 PM

JB will serve up another copy of Special Topics on Saturday, May 22 at the usual 1:00 PM. 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.

June 1 - Tuesday - 5:00-6:00 PM
PCS Board of Directors Meeting - Leader: JB Burke

Zoom meeting will open at 4:45 PM

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

Register in advance for this meeting

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

June 5 - 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.

June 12 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
General meeting - Webcams - Francis Chao - Leader: JB Burke

Zoom meeting will open at 12:45 PM

First Hour - Webcam Basics/Using Webcam to Spy on Something - Francis Chao - APCUG Speakers Bureau/Tucson Computer Society
You can use various models of Webcams to spy on your home(s), business(es), and pets. They can alert your cell phone and/or your computer when they detect motion. In addition to these basic functions, the Internet cloud can now provide you with:

This will be several live demonstrations of real and virtual Webcams with extensive how-to documentation on installing for each type of Webcam.

Second Hour - Tips & Tricks - Phil Ball
Bob's program will be followed by Windows Master 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.

June 19 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Special Program – Affinity Photo - Leader: John Carter

Zoom meeting will open at 12:45 PM

Today John will provide you with an introduction to a photo editing program much like Photoshop. Affinity Photo is a professional photo-editing application that rivals Photoshop for features, but it is subscription free! And currently (as of April 16) it is available at 50% off - $25.00. Join John and learn about this great program.

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.

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

Interested in Membership?

Additional information about PCS is available at our Membership Info and About Us pages. For information about becoming a member of PCS, please contact the Webkeeper.

Fun Stuff

A typical Q&A meeting chaired by some of our favorite PCS members. It's known as a "Stump The Geeks" session which is always 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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