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
June 6th - Annual picnic meeting at Crown Point Park in Mission Bay. The club provides pizza, drinks and paper goods. Members and guests provide any picnic goodies they want to share and lively conversation.
July - The UCHUG general meetings are normally held the first Wednesday of each month. This year the first Wednesday of the month is July 4th. In observance of the holiday the general meeting may be held on a different date to be determined. Check back for new date and topic.
Highlights from Previous Meetings
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.
2/7/18 - UCHUG hosted a discussion on the practical use of VPN’s, how to use passwords and things to try if your PC will not boot up.
1/3/18 - We viewed the APCUG video presentation "Internet Camouflage Using VPN" which informed us about the best way to help make your data unreadable and untraceable by implementing VPN (virtual private network). We also had a demonstration of the new Linux distro Solus Budgie.
12/6/17 Annual Holiday Cheer raffle and pot luck. The club provided hardware items and gift cards for drawings as well as drinks and paper goods. Members donated gently used hardware and software items to raffle as well as provided their favorite holiday food items for the pot luck. A lot of fun and lively conversation.
11/1/17 - Greg Skalka gave a Preview of his future APCUG Tech Brief on "What’s New on Voice Activated Assistants using such devices as the Amazon Echo". Ray Ferbrache gave a quick rundown on Two-Factor Authentication for LastPass from and article in the Ask Leo NewsLetter.
10/4/17 - October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. We had discussions of several aspects of security and your computer, home and devices. The discussions ranged from home security cameras, to a secure Linux operating system installation, and a general review of passwords, to group discussions from the collective wisdom of our members.
9/6/17 - Continuing with Mobile Devices and home automation, we featured the Samsung Galaxie S8 smart phone, and discussed WIFI controlled Home and Business Thermostats.
8/2/17 - The group had a presentation on what a Wi-Fi Mesh network is, how it is different from Wi-Fi range extenders and the presenter's experience setting up one up. We also had a APCUG video presentation and discussion on how Home Automation technology can allow control of your connected devices and appliances from a central hub using your smartphone or tablet. The presentation will explained how to set up a system using widely available Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Samsung Smarthings hubs.
7/5/17 - The group watched a APCUG video presentation on Crypto Viruses showing you what encrypted files look like, what messages you get when they are finished encrypting everything, what data is vulnerable and how to protect yourself.
ur group's editor will demonstrated how a Chromebook can be wiped. And our our group's president revealed what he has learned in setting up and using his first smartphone for the first month.
6/7/17 - UCHUG will hosted its annual Summer Picnic meeting at Crown Point Park in Mission Bay. UCHUG provided Pizza, soft drinks and paper goods. Members and guests brought other picnic related food goodies and their lively conversation.
5/3/17 - Drones and Robots, What's New in Technology - We reviewed the current and future impacts of Robots and Drones upon our society. These exciting new technologies have many current applications and may impact our lives sooner than we might predict. We discussed some of the latest technology trends, innovations and issues in the news today.
4/5/17 - APCUG speaker's bureau presentation: Free and Alternatives to Free Software was viewed in a live online seminar. We learned about many alternative programs that you can get for free to do your computing tasks. Many of these programs are cross-platform (meaning they have versions for Windows, Macs, and Linux) so it’s easy to share files with just about anyone.
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