Welcome to the Prescott Computer Society
A 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
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.
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!
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
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This Week's Schedule
March 15 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
General Meeting - Leader: Ray Carlson
Location: Prescott Public Library
First Half-Hour: Annual Meeting and Elections for the Board of Directors
The Prescott Computer Society will conduct its annual elections at
this meeting. PCS members may vote either at that meeting or prior to it over the Internet. The Board
of Directors is composed of nine officers whose terms are for two years.
About half of these seats are up for election each year - four in one
year and five in the next. There will be 4 two-year positions open
at this election. There will also be an election for a one-year term to
fill out a recent vacancy on the Board.
Second Half-Hour: Jeff Stillman will explain what Microsoft is doing - in
other words, what it means that they are discontinuing support. Next, he
will discuss what a person using XP or Office 2003 should do if they
do not want to upgrade and how much they should worry about losing Microsoft support.
Third Half-Hour: Ray Carlson will review a couple of free
software programs that can be used as alternatives to Microsoft Office.
Fourth Half-Hour: Phil Ball will talk about the technical things a person
should consider before upgrading including demonstrating the Microsoft
webpage where people can test whether they have the capacity to handle an upgrade.
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.
March 22 - Saturday - 1:00-3:00 PM
Special Topics SIG - Leader: JB Burke
Location: Prescott Public Library
This month, we will continue our discussion about upgrading from Windows XP.
First Hour: JB Burke will discuss the key differences
between XP and Windows 7 and 8 and particularly between 7 and 8.
Second Hour: Joan Baum will outline the differences between Office 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013.
March 27 - 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.
March 29 - Saturday
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There will be no PCS meeting today.