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Apple Keynote SIG


Fourth Wednesday of each month, 2:00 PM

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. Instructions using some Keynote files will be presented to develop your web site with

We will be using the library’s subscription to, 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

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, February 26, 2018

This Month’s Subject: 

“GGCS Welcomes Eric Dunn” 

CEO of Quicken, Inc. Quicken has been the leading Personal Finance software since the 1980s. In 2016,Quicken Inc. was spun off from Intuit as an independent private company.

Eric’s talk will cover:

  • The state of Quicken
  • Accomplishments over the last 18 months
  • Key features in Quicken 2018 – Windows and Mac
  • Coming soon – new Mobile and Web Quicken
  • Questions and Answers

Eric has been a Quicken user since 1985 and was employee #4 at Intuit when Quicken was Intuit’s only software product. He was a programmer on almost all the early versions of Quicken, led the development of its payments business, was its CFO during Intuit’s IPO and acquisition of TurboTax and later became Quicken’s General Manager and Intuit’s CTO.

Eric retired from Intuit in 2000 to pursue a second career in technology investing, first as an angel investor and then as a General Partner at Cardinal Venture Capital. He returned to Intuit in 2010 as a General Manager and is now CEO of Quicken Inc., the standalone private company.

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.


Click here for Directions to the meeting


Apple SIG

First Wednesday of the Month, 1:00-3:00 P.M.


Former GGCS President Steve Traiger and Apple Certified Consultant Chris Harnish co-lead the Apple SIG to explore and explain everything in the Apple ecosphere. Topics include Mac computers and IOS devices (iPhone/iPad/Watch, etc).

For more information,,. call Steve at 415-453-2525 or Chris at 415-927-2289.


Digital Camera SIG

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3rd Wednesday, 1:30 PM at the GGCS Classroom

This group compares features of digital and other cameras. The group also holds field trips. The group explores PhotoShop and other advanced programs.

For more Info call Mike Hancock 415-381-4772 or Barbara Hansen 415-332 1720



Windows X Interest Group

Windows X Interest Group

Second Thursday 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Microsoft Store
Village at Corte Madera
1640 Redwood Hwy, Corte Madera (Behind The Gap)

Co-leaders: John King, Ernie Ganas
RSVP: John King

Microsoft is letting us use their store for our meetings.  They provide at least 10 touchscreen laptops and a 103-inch LCD monitor.  Or, bring your own laptop, if you have one.

This special interest group is for people who have a Windows computer, are thinking about getting one or are just curious about it. We will explore the programs together. The topics to be covered will depend upon the groups interests but will likely cover:

  • The very new and different user interface
  • Difference between desktop and modern interfaces
  • What are programs vs. apps vs. charms
  • To touch or not to touch – do you need a touchscreen?
  • Related services such as Skydrive, Windows Live Essentials
  • What’s new under the hood in terms of startup, security, power, etc.

Tablet/Smart Phone SIG

Tablet/Smartphone SIG

Third Friday, 10:00 AM at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library

The Tablet/Smartphone SIG meets on the third Friday of each month at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library. Techno Reference Librarian, Ivan Silva, will be available to help us with our devices and learn how best to use them as well as how to use library resources with them.

Hope to see you at all things tablet/smartphone!

Contact Babette Bloch, 415-388-3864, or Barbara Hansen, 415-332 1720

PLEASE RSVP at the link below by Thursday morning, to let us know if you will attend this month.  We need a head count in order to let people on the wait list know if they can attend.

Quicken and Personal Finance SIG

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Second Tuesday 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

There will be no meeting in February, 2018. Next meeting will be March 13 and subsequent meetings will be every three months. Please watch for your announcements.

Quicken users of all skill levels exchange questions, answers and problems, helping one another to become more proficient in using the many features of this Personal Finance program.  The first hour usually is a “class” presentation of a specific feature of Quicken; second hour is open discussion, including various Personal Fiance issues such as on-line banking, bank rates, etc.

For more information, contact:

Babette Bloch:

Russ Flaum


School Support SIG

School Support SIG

Every Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

General Information

Some people refer to our Golden Gate Compute Society’s School Support Program as our best kept secret. Actually, this special interest group (SIG) is no secret to many of our members or to many schools in the Bay Area. We just don’t seek as much publicity as we could. This relatively low profile allows us to manage the balance between the three main components of the program: the volume of computers donated, the people and space available to work on them, and the schools asking for computers.

Our focus is on providing computers in classrooms and school labs for student use rather than for administrative use. We work most closely with the local Ross Valley School District, which includes Wade Thomas, Manor, Brookside, and White Hill schools. The school district helps us by providing workspace, and we provide them first pick of the equipment we have available. However, we also support any school which comes to us for help, as long as we have computers available that will meet their needs.


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