We Have Moved Into Our New Classroom click for directions. The School Support Sig remains at the old address.
Sign up for the Picnic and raffle Sunday Sept 7th. Click here to download the registration pdf.
Next GGCS General Meeting:
August 25, 2014, 7:15 P.M.
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel (Napa Room)
1010 Northgate Drive, San Rafael
Click here for directions.
Open to the public – admission and parking are free
Subject: WHAT Does This Button (and That Icon) Do?
News Flash: See the end of this announcement for special smart phone class the following day!!!!!
Whether you've had a Smart Phone or tablet, (iOS or Android), for years, just got one, or are thinking about getting one, you'll learn lots at this meeting Chris and Jim Guld, aka Geeks on Tour, join us to demystify our Tablets and Smart Phones. We had a full house when they spoke at last year's General Meeting, and you won't want to miss their return engagement.
. The Gulds will explain what these devices are/do and what extra costs they incur, then discuss the features important in using them, such as Internet browsing, Email, GPS, Cameras, and Bluetooth, and give you their short list of must-have Apps. They'll also demonstrate how to install a QR code scanner and use it to find the information stored behind those funny looking square codes, as well as showing you some basic ways to customize your phone or tablet various settings and home screen organizations. They'll talk about security and backups, as well as how to delete downloaded items and pictures after you're finished with them, and how to decide whether you need both a smart phone and a tablet or just one or the other.
Bring your Tablet and/or Smart Phone so you can follow along on your own device. The Gulds are non-denominational and will address both Apple and Android systems.
Jim and Chris Guld were in the computer training and support field since the early '80's. In 2003 they sold their home and conducted their business from an RV. The following year, they took to the road, presenting seminars at RV Rallies and Computer Clubs across the country. Their website www.geeksontour.tv includes a library of tutorial videos on the software and hardware they use and recommend.
Have Dinner Before the Meeting: We're encouraging members and visitors to get together for dinner before the general meeting at the Sheraton's restaurant. Arrive around 5:45 pm and feel free to ask to join another's table or invite another to join your table. The food is excellent and moderately priced, and there is a 20% discount coupon in the newsletter, or click here. There is also a "Happy Hour" in the bar from 4 to 7 pm.
About the Meeting:
Our general meetings offer a friendly forum for people interested in computers at all user levels, from novice to expert.
Before the General Meeting, between 6:00 and 7:00 PM in the same room as the the main meeting room, there is a free Introduction to Computing Class Ask at the reception table outside the meeting room for directions.
From 6:30 to 7:00 PM Door Prize raffle tickets are given out to members, memberships are renewed, etc. You can stand around talking to people who know lots and lots about computers.
The meeting usually follows this schedule:
7:15 pm – Announcements, followed by an open session during which members and guests can ask the group for help or opinions.
7:30 pm – Main presentation.
9:00 pm – Closing with a raffle of various hardware, software and books. There are often quite a few items from which to choose. Each member gets a free raffle ticket, both members and non-members may purchase additional raffle tickets.
Future meetings: Our general meetings are normally on the fourth Monday of the month. There is no meeting in December. The May meeting is sometimes a week earlier or later to avoid Memorial Day.
Two Special GGCS Classes – Hands-on Basic Training in Smart Phones and Tablets Limited Enrollment
Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Two different classes specific to either Android or Apple
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm – Android Smart phones and Tablets
6:00 – 9:00 pm – Apple iPhone and iPad
Location: GGCS Classroom at 1510 Fifth Ave (at E Street), San Rafael (First Presbyterian Church, Office Building, ground floor)
Parking: Two hour metered available on streets east of E Street
Two hour free parking on 5th Ave west of E Street
There will be a short break to take care of cars in 2-hour parking meters.
See: www.cityofsanrafael.org/parking-map for lot locations
Instructors: Chris and Jim Guld, "Geeks on Tour"
Cost: $45.00 per person for each class
About the class: This is hands-on training aimed at people getting started with their smart phone and/or tablet and is specific to either Android or iPhone/iPad only, no Windows or Kindle devices.
• Individual help provided
• Hands-on exercises
• Accompanying workbook included
• Maximum 20 people - first come, first served
So you bought a smart phone—now what? Chris and Jim will provide instruction, and hands-on exercises covering the basic functions for both Android and iPhone smart phones. Topics will include finding your account information and checking data usage limits, browsing the web while also on a phone call, customizing your display and camera settings, rebooting (did you know you had to do that?) and much more. Please come with your device fully charged.