About Us
Under the Computer Hood Users Group (UCHUG) is a non profit technology and computer group. UCHUG membership consists of first-time tech users through tech consultants. This diverse audience allows users of all experience levels to feel comfortable with exchanging ideas and obtaining help for problem resolution.
Until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted or become less of an exposure threat upcoming meetings start at 7 PM (Pacific Time) via Zoom online meetings. UCHUG members please watch your email for meeting invitations and ID numbers. If you are not a member and wish to attend, please send a request via email to info@uchug.org.  Please include your name and any user group you belong to.  Please make sure your Zoom name matches the name you send us in the request, as these will be matched to admit you into the meeting from the Zoom waiting room.  Please send email requests at least two hours before the meeting start time to insure a response.

Meetings may occasionally be held in person at the Pomerado Christian Church in Poway. The in person meetings will also have Zoom access and will be announced in advance via email, the UCHUG web site or on the UCHUG Meetup page. On site in person meetings may resume at this location permamently at a future date.

For meetngs held at Pomerado Christian Church in Poway take Interstate 15 to Ted Williams Parkway. Go East on Ted Williams Parkway 6.5 miles to Pomerado Road. Turn left onto Pomerado Road. Go north on Pomerado Road 2.1 miles to Sone Canyon Road. Turn right on Stone Canyon Road. Go up the hill (500 feet) and turn left into the double sided driveway,12708 Stone Canyon Road. Take a quick left at the top end of the driveway and park on the lower side of the building. Enter the building via an open door by the UCHUG sign. Go through the kitchenette and turn left down the hall. The meeting room is on the right.



The group meets to discuss hardware and software problems, answer questions and attend demonstrations on the first Wednesday of each month via Zoom meeting from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.

Meetings are open to the public free of charge. For membership information see the Membership Info listed below or contact the membership chairman at Membership @ uchug.org. Members receive a copy of the group's monthly publication, Drive Light, 30 days prior to it being being posted on the web site, a free uchug.org email address (if requested) and members-only raffle tickets for prizes at the annual Holiday Cheer potluck, auction and raffle.
Membership Info
You are invited to attend the meetings at no cost.  If you should decide to become a member the dues are $15.00 per year. Membership entitles you access to the monthly newsletter “Drive Light” 30 days prior to it being posted on the web site, a free email address and members-only raffle tickets for prizes at our annual Holiday Cheer potluck, auction and raffle. 

Please make checks payable to UCHUG.  Checks may be brought to the meeting, or mailed to:

UCHUG Treasurer
4027 S. Hempstead Circle
San Diego, CA 92116

If you have questions concerning your membership, renewal date, address info or other questions, please contact the membership board member at the meeting or by email at membership @ uchug.org

Upcoming Meetings
Highlights from Previous Meetings
9/7/22 - The main topic was a demo on setting up multiple monitors and other hardware tales. We also had a door prize and a slate of board nominations for the October board of officer elections.

8/3/22
- The group had a discussion on how to do a Droid transfer; 3 Useful sites: video from Simpletivity with Date calculator & time zone meeting planner, a Quick & easy whiteboard plus and using temporary email addresses. This was followed by videos on helping speed up your computer & Internet and a USB tutorial on types  A, B and C.

7/6/22
- The group had a demonstration of the advanced search tool Agent Ransack, whatched a podcast on Ransomware and discussed info about the MPU (Memory Protection Unit) incorporated in our PC's.

6/1/22
- The group had their annual picnic meeting at Crown Point in Mission Bay. UCHUG supplied pizza, soft drinks and paper goods. The members brought other picnic goodies and all had a good time.

5/4/22
- The membership shared more Tech Treasures, info video finds and Tips and Tricks.

4/6/22
- The group continued sharing More Tips and Tricks, followed by Cyber Security recommendations from the corporate level, browser extensions that will help your browsing experience and a demo of Agent Ransack which is an app that will help you search and files on your PC that other programs may miss.

3/2/22
- Tips and Tricks - From Windows to Android phones and tablets to Linux we can all benefit from a the tips and tricks that our members have picked up and shared with the group.

2/2/22
- One of our members discussed his experience using a set of Wize LED Night Lights and the built in Windows Snipping Tool. This was followed by a member survey on in person meetings or continue Zoom meetings, Tech On Line Videos and Rendom access Q&A.

1/5/22
- Members shared information on the new tech toys they received over the holidays.  There was also a Ramdon Access session for Q&A on any issues the members need to resolve.

12/1/21
- After a year hiatus UCHUG had their in person meeting for their annual December Cheer meeting at the Pomorado Christian Church in Poway. The agenda consisted of prize drawings (prizes provided by UCHUG), a raffle of member donated various software and electronics and pot luck holiday treats.

11/3/21
- Hanging by a PIN - Continuing discussions from Cyber Security Awareness Month theme as we discus 2 factor authentication via phone PIN. Also we discussed What is TPM? Do you care what TPM is? Does your computer have a TPM? What does it do? Well you might care if you plan to upgrade to Windows 11.

10/6/21
- October is Cyber Security Awareness Month so we continued with last month's theme. Our meeting, and this issue of the Drive Light werefilled with tips and topics to help keep you safe at home, and on-line. A presentation by Bob Gostischa outlined measures you can implement to strengthen your secure Cyber Security practices.

9/1/21
- The group had discussions on Smishing, a Short Message Service (SMS) or text-based phishing scam that uses misleading text messages to deceive victims and shortened URLs htat make shorter but more dangerous to use links and how to use them safely. This was followed by a video by APCUG Speakers Bureau presenter Ron Brown who will explain how hackers can get into your user accounts and how 2FA can help prevent them.













October 5th - This Month is Cyber Security Month and we will have a Guest Presentation from Bob G "Cyber-safety in the Digital Age". Also we will do our Annual Election of Officers,and see a demo of "A Foldable Mobile Phone Holder".

 

November 2nd - TBD