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.
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:
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
May 1st - May 1st - Cut the Cord - Things to Consider Before Firing Your Cable Company
Safe Disposal of Data Storage Devices
There are many reasons to cut the cord. Most do so to save money. Others do it to have better choices and just to be able to fire their cable company. There are many choices of products and equipment, as well as services that are now available to let us change the way we view video content. This video presentation will help you understand many of the newest possibilities for TV viewing and what to look for to satisfy you and your family.
Do you have old hard drives, tape cartridges or USB Flash drives that you no longer need, but may still contain sensitive information? What about drives that no longer work? We will talk about ways to process them for disposal so your information is not at risk.
June 5th - Our annual Picnic meeting at Crown Point in Mission Bay at 5:00 - 7:00 PM. UCHUG provides the Pizza, drinks and paper goods. Member and guests are encouraged to bring other picnic goodies and your lively conversation.
Highlights from Previous Meetings
4/1/19 - A presentation on what a Mesh WiFi network is and how it can enhance your home WiFi setup was given by the UCHUG President. This was followed by a visit from David Stonier-Gibson, an officer of the Melbourne Australia PC User Group. David spoke of his groups makeup and similarity of challenges for the future between our two groups.
3/6/19 - Bob Gostischa (Bob G), retired banker and spokesman for Avast was our speaker. His new presentation this year was “Protecting Your Digital Life”. Check his blog at https://bob3160.blogspot.com/
2/6/19 - Our group discussed and viewed video of some of the new product introductions from the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. We also discussed the upcoming Windows 7 end of support on 1/20/2020, what it means to the consumer and options.
1/2/19 - Our board and members discussed and demonstrated some new tech devices they have received during the holidays. We also discussed new tech trends for the New Year.
12/5/18 - UCHUG held their annual Holiday Cheer Pot Luck and Raffle. UCHUG supplied the drinks, paper goods and new raffle items. Members brought their favorite holiday food items and good cheer...along with gently used but working items to donate to the raffle.
11/7/18 - The group viewed a video presentation by Abby Stokes about social networking sites. She shared how you can enjoy their benefits without risking your privacy, and how to avoid scams. Next came a discussion and demonstration of the latest version of Linux Mint. This was followed by a quick review of
some interesting new tech items in the media.
10/3/18 - Election of officers was held with the nominees being voted in to their respective positions. A demonstration of the San Diego Library web site was was shown. We attempted to demonstrate how to cast your smart phone screen using Google's Chromecast and the Home App. Unfortunately, the Wesley Palms router firewalls blocked the phone to Chromecast hand shake. However, the principles were discussed and understood. This was followed by a group discussion on favorite and useful phone apps.
9/5/18 - Joe Kissell of Take Control Books discussed how to handle and preserve your digital life - photos, videos, passwords, email and online accounts - as your digital legacy. We learned how to identify our key digital assets, plan for each type of asset, communicate our wishes and preserve our data. We had a brief update from last month's slide scanning presenter. There was a demonstration on how to use your smart phone display on a big screen using Google's Chromecast. One of our board members also gave a quick demonstration of their favorite apps.
8/1/18 - The group had a discussion and demonstration on converting film and slides to digital media. This was followed with a discussion on what topics the membership is interested in for future presentations and assistance.
7/11/18 - The group had a demonstration on using Teamviewer on a Chrome Book for remote access. It was followed by a Speakers Bureau video on a Guide to Synchronizing your PC.
6/6/18 - The group held its annual picnic meeting at Crown Point in Mission Bay. The user group provided pizza, soft drinks and paper goods. The members and guests provided other picnic related food treats and lively conversation.
5/2/18 - The group discussed and viewed videos on the advances in robotics. This was followed by viewing some of the boards favorite and informational online videos.
4/4/18 - The group viewed an APCUG VTC about various ways to get better Google search results quicker. There were also discussions what you can do with an action camera and a brief rundown of the best apps Google offers for Android.
3/7/18 - If it's Connected, it needs to be Protected! - Presenter Bob Gostischa explained the current dangers during use of computing devices that face us every day. He’ll also share what he uses to keep his computers, smart devices and other connected things that are a part of the IoT secure.
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