Welcome to the Prescott Computer Society

random meeting photoA typical PCS meeting scene.

The Prescott Computer Society (PCS) is a PC-based users group located in Prescott, Arizona. Our primary attention is focused on IBM-compatible computers, associated software and smart phones. We strive to provide personal, home office and small business computing solutions and presentation topics. You may obtain both basic and advanced information about computers by attending our club's meetings.

We hold several meetings each month to show you how to get the most out of your computer. These consist of our General meeting as well as several Special Interest Group meetings. Anyone with an interest in computers is welcome to attend our meetings and join PCS.

PCS is cooperating with the Prescott Mac User Group (PMUG) by occasionally offering joint meetings and by establishing a communication link between the Board of Directors of both groups. Typically, hardware and software common to both PC and Apple products are discussed at these meetings.

PCS is a member of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG) and the Arizona Alliance of Computer Clubs (AZACC).

Interested in Membership?

Additional information about PCS is available at our About Us page. Also, check out the most recent issue of the "Messenger" which is our monthly newsletter. For information about becoming a member of PCS, please visit our Membership Information page or contact Murray Smolens, our Membership chair.

Fun Stuff

A typical Q&A meeting chaired by some of our favorite PCS members. It's known as a "Stump The Geeks" session which is always enjoyed by all those who attend.

We often hold Question and Answer sessions at meetings at which our members attempt to "Stump The Geeks." Did they succeed? I guess you'll just have to come to a meeting to find out.

Actually, some of the questions are submitted in advance so we can come up with useful answers to our members' concerns. But that doesn't mean there won't be any surprises during the meeting!

Meeting Info

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Founders Suite (1st floor) of the Prescott Public Library. The Library is located at 215 E. Goodwin Street, Prescott, Arizona. Our extended meeting schedule (5-6 months in advance) is available here.

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This Week's Schedule

April 19 - Saturday

There will be no PCS meeting today.

Future Meetings

April 26 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Joint meeting with PMUG (Prescott Mac User Group) - Leader: John Carter
Location: Prescott Public Library

Topic to be announced.

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May 3 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Digital Photo SIG - Leader: Phil Ball
Location: Prescott Public Library

Many aspects of digital photography will be discussed, including use of digital cameras and using Photoshop Elements to make your photos look their best.

May 10 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
General Meeting - Leader: Ray Carlson
Location: Prescott Public Library

First Hour: Solid State Drives: Are They for You?

Increasingly, we see recommendations for replacing our computer's hard drive with a solid state drive or only purchasing new computers that use the solid state option. Is that a worthwhile suggestion? To help with this question, during the first hour of the General Meeting on May 10th, Jeff Stillman will explain the difference between hard drives (or IDEs), solid state drives, and hybrids that combine the two. He will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. Questions about problems with such drives will be encouraged.

Second Hour: Phil Ball will present Tips and Tricks with insights into various topics that assist with regular computer activity.

In addition to the presentations, the following are typical events which take place at our General meetings:

1) We hold an informal Flea Market in which you are encouraged to bring in your excess computer equipment or software and make them available for others to enjoy at no charge. Please deposit give-away items on the table in the back marked "Free Stuff." Any items left here at the end of the meeting are subject to disposal.

2) If you have items that are just too good to give away, you may set up a separate table and hold your own sale.

3) We conduct a raffle of new computer items at the end of the meeting, so make sure to get a pair of tickets from whoever is in charge and place one on the item you'd like to win.

4) We will also accept your used ink and toner cartridges for recycling. They are turned in to Think4Inc for credits which PCS uses to purchase office supplies from them.

May 17 - Saturday - 1:00-2:45 PM
Special Topics SIG - Leader: JB Burke
Location: Prescott Public Library

Because of scheduling issues, this meeting will end 15 minutes earlier than normal.

This month, JB will delve into topics related to computer hardware, software, the Internet and the World Wide Web. You are sure to find something educational and/or entertaining and/or interesting in this fast-paced enjoyable session. As always, questions and comments will be welcome. After all, JB has to be learning something from these sessions too!

May 24 - Saturday

There will be no PCS meeting today.

May 29 - Thursday - 6:00-8:30 PM
Board of Directors meeting - Prescott Public Library; Elsea Room

All PCS members are welcome to attend but you are asked to first contact Ray Carlson in order to ensure that there will be room available for you.

May 31 - Saturday

There will be no PCS meeting today.

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The Prescott Computer Society invites you to attend our next scheduled meeting and learn more about us.

4/26/2014 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Joint PCS/PMUG SIG - Prescott Public Library

John Carter will discuss topics of general interest common to both the PC and Mac platforms.

Please visit our Membership page for additional information about PCS.
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