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 stay at home orders for COVID-19 are lifted 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 resume at Wesley Palms after restrictions are lifted.

Directions - Take Interstate 5 to Garnet Avenue and go West.  Go .6 mile and turn right onto Soledad Mountain Road (heading North).  Go .2 mile and turn right on Loring Street to Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring Street, San Diego.

Enter the main building lobby to the left of center. Stop by the reception desk to sign in and obtain a Guest badge. Then, go down the hall past the reception desk, to the right to the central area and down the left hand hall by the elevators. The Activity Room is on the left side almost to the
end of the hall.

Note: Limited parking is available in front of the main building. Additional parking may be found on Loring Street. Carpool to the meeting if possible.
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
November 4th - November 4th - Let's Go Shopping
Under the Hood with Power Supplies

In our first presentation, APCUG Speakers Bureau presenter Ron Brown discuss many aspects of the online shopping experience, including Costco's daily delivery service with Instacart, shopping apps and payment methods.  You will find out what you should not purchase at Amazon, how to initiate a return and what to do if you have problems.
Our second presentation goes under the hood to solve your power supply problems.  We will talk about troubleshooting strategies, demonstrate a power supply tester and discuss how to change a desktop power supply.

December 2nd

Our first presentation was to help you understand the Amazon Fire TV Stick.  You will learn what a Firestick is, what you can do with it and how you can expand it. Our second presentation, by APCUG Speakers Bureau presenter Judy Taylour, was to help you troubleshoot problems that you encounter with your computer.  This presentation covered problems and solutions that just might help you avoid that $99 tech support call.

- The group watched a video by Leo A. Notenboom of Ask Leo. Leo went through an overview of the user interface and settings of GMail, one of the world's most popular email systems:

- The group had a detailed comparison with pros and cons of the cloud storage services OneDrive, Google Drive, Box and Drop Box. This was followed by a second presentation on the capabilities of USB-C and how it works.

- The group had an online presentation on Home Automation by Bill James the current Vice President of the Computer Club of Oklahoma City. Bill explained how Home Automation technology allows you to control connected devices and appliances from a central hub using a Smartphone or Tablet.

- The group had a presentation on USB hubs and why you might need one. This was followed by a discussion on untethered voice assistant devices such as Echo Dot using Alexia.

- The membership viewed a Speakers Bureau video by John Kennedy on TeamViewer. this was followed with a Speakers Bureau presentation by Bill James on the built in Windows 10 Quick Assist for remotely helping resolve PC problems.

4/1/20 - A  APCUG Webinar was presented by Ron Brown on what the upcoming 5G standard will mean to daily use of cell phones and in home internet via 5G cells.

- A presentation by enthusiast IT security expert Norbert "Bob" Gostischa discussed how using the right programs and apps (free whenever possible) can help keep you safe and increase privacy, so you can have a secure and enjoyable Internet experience.

- The group had a presentation on the San Diego City Library's Digital Memory Lab.  The Lab is an innovative conversion space to learn how to access, digitize and share videos,audio recordings and slides.  There are eight stations in the downtown library and two in La Jolla that have the capability to digitize video tape, film, audio tapes and records, as well as photos, slides and negatives. It is a great resource. There was also a discussion on best practices of digital hygene to protect your digital information and using Edge on Windows 7.

- The group was given a demo and had a discussion about configuring and using the Thunderbird emil client. After that part 2 of the Digital Resistance series covered how to prioritize your data to help protect what is most important, and the actions you can take.

- 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.

- One of the UCHUG members is a volunteer in the IT department at the USS Midway Museum. He gave the group an insider's view of the high tech computer and network installation that keeps this San Diego treasure ticking. This was followed by the first of a series presentations and discussions about  cyber threats like social engineering and what you can do now to protect yourself.

- The group had an hands on demonstration of using free, Open Source, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) as a very capable image and photo editor. GIMP does much of what Photoshop does. Time ran short so the Digital Resilience session was rescheduled for the November meeting.

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Highlights from Previous Meetings
The group meets to discuss hardware and software problems, answer questions and attend demonstrations on the first Wednesday of each month in the Wesley Palms Activity Room, 2404 Loring Street, San Diego, 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.