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GGCS Meetings

Fourth Monday, 7:15 PM at the Drake’s Landing Community Room,   There is a non-member fee of $5 to attend this meeting.  The fee will be deducted from a membership registration that evening.

Mon, April 25, 2016

This Month’s Subject: 
Technical Trifecta

Part I: When you ask Google a technical question, you can often get frustrated ending up in a forum where people vote on the best answer. Or, after reading several pages of comments, you wonder if it is a situation of the blind leading the blind. Tonight we hope to show you a way to get better answers faster. We’ll be looking for some audience questions, of course, and we’ll have some good ones to start. 

Part II: Introduction to Streaming. Whether you want to be a cord cutter to save money, or just get more and better content on demand, streaming is the way to go. We’ll talk about the different devices, how they differ from each other, and how to get them connected properly. We’ll also look at the best way to find good content. We will demo a Roku, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV and maybe others. 

Part III: Google has announced that Picasa will close on May 1 (well, not exactly, it’s just moving). Replacing is will be the new Google Photos. We’ll take a look at how Google Photos works. It’s a little tricky getting started, but we’ll show you how to do the same things with that you used to do with Picasa, and more. You also can get unlimited free photo and video storage and syncing with all types of mobile devices, not just Android. 

The speakers will be Steve Shank, Marcelino Nogueiro and James Gafford, with John King hanging around to embellish, correct and fill in the gaps in any of our answers.

Click here for Directions to the meeting

Weekly GGCS Announcement


Week of April 25 to April 29, 2016


Fourth Monday, 6:00 PM at the Drake’s Landing Community Room.  Non-member fee of $5 will cover both the class and the meeting. 

Mon, April 25, 2016:  John King Presents: Introduction to Windows 10, Part 4

This month the main topic will be more on Settings in Windows 10 and Cortana the new digital assistant in Windows 10.

  • In Privacy settings: General, Location, Speech, inking & typing, Account info, hardware and apps.
  • Cortana, what she can do and her settings.
  • Windows key shortcuts to start programs pinned to the Taskbar.
  • Windows 10 Mail, Calendar, People and OneNote apps, a first look.


GENERAL MEETING: See Announcement at left



Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 2:00 PM

Thereafter the Fourth Tuesday of each month

San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E Street, San Rafael, CA

The GGCS, in conjunction with the San Rafael Public Library’s TechZone, will present a SIG in which users with iPads will learn to develop Keynote presentations so that they can display whatever they choose: photos, mementos, vacation travel, hobbies or family events.

We will be using the library’s subscription to Lynda.com, an online technology learning tool.  During the session attendees will create professional looking presentations on a TechZone iMac which they can then copy to a flash drive and download to their own iPad. 

SIG leader, Ron Matteri – 415.454.0714



Fourth Wednesday of the month, 1:30 PM at the GGCS Classroom

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
For true beginners. When seniors buy or receive a computer, we’re here to help.

Leader: Al Springstead 415-250-3808


Help Wanted: Looking for Volunteers

PRESENTATIONS COMMITTEE – this group plans our General Meeting, contacts potential presenters, and introduces them at the meeting.  We need new ideas, and you’ll enjoy the fun and creative juices of helping us present tech subjects and developments of interests to fellow members.  Let us know of your interest and when you are available for meetings..

Contact:  volunteer@ggcs.org


For more information on these and other GGCS meetings, see our website at http://www.ggcs.org.

Visit us on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/goldengatecomputersociety


Follow this link for: Directions to the classroom:

The GGCS classroom is located in the office building portion of the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael at 1510 5th Avenue at E Street

  • Take the Central San Rafael Exit from Hwy 101.
  • Go west on 3rd Street for 1/2 mile
  • Turn right on E Street
  • Turn left on Fifth Ave

After you park, go down the walkway on the west side of the office building portion of the church, through the black gate and look for signs for GGCS.  There is plentiful street parking and a lot at Mission Avenue and E Street. The parking is 2-hour metered east of E Street and free west of E Street.


From Our Sister Group: Marin County Genealogical  Society 

  • General Meeting:
  • When: April 28, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:59 PM
  • Location: Marin Family History Center, 220 North San Pedro Rd., San Rafael 

“Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman”

Presented by Stephen P. Morse.

Researchers of all levels can learn methodology from Case Studies. This lecture presents a case study using the One-Step Webpages invented by Stephen Morse to develop a family history when only a minimal amount of initial information is available.

He creates an entire genealogy, showing how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings, and how to avoid accepting wrong information.

Stephen Morse has spoken to MCGS several times in the past and is warmly anticipated again. As he puts it: “In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in engineering. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086, the granddaddy of today’s Pentium processor, which sparked the PC revolution 30 years

ago. We know him best for his invention of the One-Step Webpages, which make searching Ellis Island, the 1940 Census and many other websites easier for researchers.” Go to www.stevemorse.org for more interesting information and techniques.

The first twenty minutes of our meeting will include a period to share information about hard-to-research ancestors.

Do you have an ancestor that’s been a real challenge to research? Bring your photos, stories and memorabilia to share.








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