FAQ

Questions

How do I become a PCS member?
Why haven't I been getting my weekly email newsletter?
How can I get into the Members-only area of the website?
How can I get a new name tag to wear at the General meeting?
What can I do with some old but still usable computers or computer equipment that I have?
Why are there tables of computer items at the back of the room during some PCS meetings?
What do you do with the used ink and toner cartridges you collect at the General meeting?
How do I give a presentation on a computer-related topic with which I am familiar?

How do I become a PCS member?

The easiest way is to fill out a membership application and bring it and a check made out to PCS for your dues through the end of the year to any meeting and give both to a PCS officer or other responsible person. We'll see that you get on the weekly newsletter mailing list, have access to our membership list and other benefits. Dues are $24 for a full calendar year.

During this difficult economic climate, the PCS Board has tried to be as frugal as possible. For example, our newspaper columns have provided excellent free publicity. We have encouraged ourselves as well as our members to use free software. In 2010 the Board set the annual dues at $24, a twenty percent reduction from the previous year.

For more information regarding joining PCS, please contact the Membership Chair, Murray Smolens.

Contact Murray

Why haven't I been getting my weekly email newsletter?

The weekly email newsletter is usually sent out every Monday morning. If you have not been receiving it promptly, there could be several reasons why this might happen.

1) The newsletter is sent out using this address:

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It's possible that this address has been erroneously listed as a spammer. Your should check the blacklist (remove the PCS address from here) and whitelist (add the PCS address to here) sections of your email provider's website as appropriate.

2) If you have changed your email address recently and forgotten to tell us, please inform us of your new address here.

3) Your PCS membership may have expired. Usually memberships expire at the end of the year and your newsletter subscription will be terminated after a few months of gentle reminders. Some memberships happen to be on a different schedule. To check on the status of your membership, when it expires, etc., please contact the Membership Chair, Murray Smolens.

Contact Murray

How can I get into the Members-only area of the website?

The Members-only area of the website contains our membership list, photos of some members and back issues of the weekly email newsletter. For privacy reasons and to keep our members from receiving spam, we restrict access to only those members who have set up user accounts. To obtain a user account and password, you will need to be a current PCS member and contact the Webkeeper with your choice of User Name. We will open an account for you and email you back with a temporary password.

To further protect our members, if your PCS membership expires, your user account will be terminated.

How can I get a new name tag to wear at the General meeting?

Please contact Phil Ball and ask him to make you up a new one. The tag will be waiting for you at the next General meeting.

Why are there tables of computer items at the back of the room during some PCS meetings?

At the General meetings, we usually conduct a raffle of computer items for your enjoyment and to encourage your attendance until the end of the session. A PCS Board member will hand out a pair of tickets to all attendees before and during the meeting. Simply take one of the tickets and place it on or near the item you would like to win and retain the other ticket. At the end of the meeting, a drawing will be held and the prizes awarded.

On other occasions, people will bring computer items that are still useful but they no longer want. Anyone is free to take any of these giveaway items for their use. There's no raffle here - first come, first served. If you take an item and later find out that it's not what you wanted, please feel free to bring it back to the next meeting and pass it on to someone else.

And, yes. Sometimes the items on the "Raffle" table are mistaken for items on the "Giveaway" table. Please pay attention to the tables so you don't confuse the two. If, for instance, you mistakenly snatch up that nice printer on the "Raffle" table that already has tickets on it, we will have choice but to track you down and take it away from you!

What do you do with the used ink and toner cartridges you collect at the General meeting?

PCS has an arrangement with Think4Inc, a local merchant which sells printer supplies. They refill our used cartridges and sell them at their two stores in Prescott and Prescott Valley. In return, they give PCS credit and we use those credits to purchase office supplies from them. As a result, we all benefit from reusing your old cartridges.

How do I give a presentation on a computer-related topic with which I am familiar?

We are always looking for some new people and talent to give presentations at our meetings - they can be of whatever length you feel comfortable doing. If you have attended our meetings, you will notice that some presentations fill the entire two-hour time slot and others are much shorter, even to the point of being "fill-ins". We would be glad to accommodate your wishes and abilities. Please contact Ray Carlson and give him the basic information about your proposed presentation. He will be pleased to review your proposal and determine where it best fits into our schedule and mission.

For some information about how to run a presentation for PCS (and other organizations) or just to find out what the typical PCS presentation entails, you will find the following articles very informative.

So You Want to Become a SIG Leader by Andy Reti
Presentation Tips by Ray DeCosta

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9/26/2017 - Tuesday - 10:00-11:00 AM
Technology Help Hour - Prescott Public Library - Computer Lab; 3rd Floor

Ask a technology question and get help from members of the Prescott Computer Society. Bring your own laptop or mobile device or use a library laptop. This is a weekly, drop-in service and registration is not required.
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