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
October 2nd - Editing Photos Without Photoshop and Digital Resilience - Part 1
Photoshop is so iconic that it has become a popular verb, yet there are alternative photo editors that are very powerful and even free. We will demonstrate GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, a cross-platform image editor that does much of what Photoshop does, except charge you money.
Since October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, it is a great time to consider how each of us can be more resilient in the face of ever-increasing digital threats. In this first of a series presentation, we will discuss cyber threats like social engineering and what you can do now to protect yourself.
November 6th - TBD
Highlights from Previous Meetings
9/4/19 - The group had a discussion on placing multiple operating systems on a computer with multiple partitions and cleaning up the hard drive to recover space. We also presented some computer repair tips and strategies, and discussed the possibility of hosting a computer repair clinic later in the year.
8/7/19 - The group viewed an APCUG video presentation by Chris and Jim Guld of Geeks on Tour. The presentation highlighted their seven favorite Google Photos features: Editing, All your photos in one place and searchable from any device, Shared Library – automatically save partner’s photos of you, Shared Albums, Make Movies, Google Lens for reading business cards, and how to Navigate to a Photo’s Location. We also did a rapid-fire technology session. Each of our board members presented a new tech topic or tidbit in only five minutes per segment.
7/3/19 - We watched an APCUG Speakers Bureau video on "Are Your Bits Flipped?" which gave a different perspective on approaches to problem solutions. This was followed with a presentation on "Digital Use in the US Navy" following the updates in the military from analog to digital.
6/5/19 - We held our annual picnic meeting at Crown Point in Mission Bay. The club provided pizza, drinks and paper goods. The members brought other picnic goodies and lively conversation.
/1/19 - The members watched a APCUG VTC on Cutting the Cord, a video presentation to help understand many of the newest possibilities for TV viewing and what to look for to satisfy you and your family. This was followed by a discussion on processing old hard drives, tape cartridges or USB Flash drives for disposal so your information is not at risk.
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.
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