We Have Moved Into Our New Classroom click for directions. The School Support Sig remains at the old address.
Next GGCS General Meeting:
October 27, 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: Google Services
Google has gone far beyond Search and now offers a huge array of web services, almost all of which are free. Some are well known, others aren't. Some services may require – or work better with – a Google or Google+ account.
Our speaker will be Paul Bell, who leads the Website Design interest group. Paul also will be leading a special interest group for Google Services that will explore how these services work in detail. However, tonight's talk will be an overview of the whole of Google and learning how the parts fit together and how the landscape is ever-changing:
• Google history ... how Google went from search to tentacles everywhere.
• The range of services and interesting ones you never heard of.
• The role of the Google account.
• The (changing) role of the Google+ account as a common thread among the services and a launch pad for them.
• The interplay among Chrome extensions, Play Store, Android devices and Google hardware.
• Plus a bunch of tips as we go along.
Time permitting, we'll also explore two specific services:
• Google Hangouts
• Google Voice/Google Talk/Google Chat – how to replace your phone and fax line for free
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.