Golden Gate Computer Society

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GGCS Meetings

Fourth Monday, 7:15 PM at the Drake’s Landing Community Room (next to Jason’s Restaurant). There is a non-member fee of $5 to attend this meeting (free if you choose to join the club @$48/yr).

Mon, January 22, 2018

This Month’s Subject: 

“Hard Drive Problems and Solutions” 

Rocky Trono, a Data Recovery Advisor with DriveSavers Data Recovery, Inc. in Novato, will be our speaker on Jan 22, 2018.

Rocky has worked with DriveSavers Data Recovery Inc. for six years wearing multiple hats, including data recovery and legal services advisor. With a background in technical sales and service he has given training at call centers for many different storage manufacturers. He also has given in-house training with new hires in the DriveSavers call center. From his past experience and industry knowledge, he will share some of the different data storage mediums available today such as Hard Drives, Solid State Hard Drives, flash memory and the new iOS and android portable devices such as cell phones and tablets.

He will also discuss how one protects oneself from losing data in a world of ransomware/viruses, physical/logical failures, and the ever advancing technology.

The meeting is free for GGCS members and open to the public at a cost of $5.00 for visitors. Pay at the door by cash, check or credit card. You get free admission and a raffle ticket if you join our club at the event ($48/yr). This is sponsored by the Golden Gate Computer Society.


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Weekly GGCS Announcement


Week of January 15 to January 19, 2018



  • Third Wednesday, 1:30 PM at the GGCS Classroom
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 

Linda Minor discusses “Dodge & Burn Tools in Photoshop and Lightroom”

The Dodge and Burn tools in Photoshop and the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom provide quick and easy methods to lighten (dodge) or darken (burn) areas of an image. These tools are the digital version of the old darkroom method with film and an enlarger, where your hands were the tools that allowed burning or prevented burning (thus dodging) certain areas on a print.

There are many more options for dodging and burning these days. To name a few: Luminosity Masking, Blend Modes, Curves and Levels, and pretty much any tool or function that allows for pixels to be darkened or lightened in some way. Lightening and darkening are, after all, dodging and burning, however that is accomplished.

Join us as we explore the vast array of digital dodging and burning possible. We’ll also discuss best practices for Content Aware moving or filling, as well as how to deal with burnt out areas (white or black) that you’d like to change.

Linda Minor:

  • is an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop.
  • has a State of California Adult Education Teaching Credential.
  • has been teaching Photoshop privately and in public settings since August 2000.
  • is a consultant in the areas of small business web development, photo restoration, digital imaging project management, and technical editing.

Linda earned a Certificate in Multimedia Studies from San Francisco State University Multimedia Studies Program in January 1998, and has been attached to a computer ever since. 

After Linda Minor’s presentation Doug Kaye will be demonstrating various sensor-cleaning tools and techniques. Topics will include:

  • Your camera’s built-in “cleaning”
  • Inspecting your sensor
  • Brushes, including the Arctic Butterfly
  • Swabs
  • Cleaning fluids such as Eclipse
  • Blowers
  • more exotic tools and techniques

Doug Kaye  

Directions to Classroom:  Mission and E Streets at the rear of the First Presbyterian Church down four steps on the right.

There is a $5.00 charge for non GGCS members.



  • Third Wednesday, 7:00 PM at the GGCS Classroom
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Internet and More is where people gather to talk amongst themselves about any topic related to the Internet, which allows for a broad range of conversational topics.  This month’s Internet and More will be hosted by Karen Stagg


Tablet/Smartphone SIG

  • Third Friday, 11:00 AM at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library
  • Friday, January 19, 2018 

As always, time will be allowed for your personal questions and comments, and everyone is invited to attend both sessions, regardless of which devices you use.


    For more information on these and other GGCS meetings, see our website at

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