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Windows Security Checklist from July 2016 General Meeting

Best practices for protecting your computer

  • Back up, back up back up- Use an external hard drive – 2 TB Seagate sells for about $90 and Off site remote back up, .ie.: Carbonite, Mosey, Crash Plan, Sugar Sync those types of programs.
  • Don’t install unfamiliar software on a whim. Ie: weather software, file conversion software, driver review software, games, utilities etc..
  • Unique passwords for everything – Either author them yourself or use a program like LastPass, Roboform, Dashlane
  • Use know good software security: Norton Internet Security, HitMan Pro Alert, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium, Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit Premium.
  • Realize the Internet has many dark places. Don’t follow links in email – go there directly. BofA, Wells Fargo, American Express.
  • Keep your computer up to date on Microsoft security patches.

Directions to Drakes Landing Community Room

Drakes Landing Community Room
(next to Jason’s Restaurant)
300 Drakes Landing Road
Greenbrae, CA

12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge

  • From Highway 101 in Greenbrae, take the Sir Francis Drake exit and go west in the direction of San Anselmo.
  • Turn left at the first stop light onto Barry Way.
  • Turn left at th first stop sign onto Drakes Landing Road.
  • Go to the end and look for the Jason’s Restaurant sign.
  • Go into the foyer and turn left (Jason’s is on the right).

Drakes Landing Community Room Map

Community Room Entrance

 

 

 

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General
Information

415-454-5556



Officers

President


Vice-President


Secretary
Heinz Scheuenstuhl

415-990-2097


Treasurer
Shirley Kosciusko

415-435-0650



Services

Advertising
Mike Hancock

415-381-4772


Book and Software Reviews
Babette Bloch

415-388-3864


Membership
Heinz Scheuenstuhl

415-990-2097


Newsletter Editor
Chris Johnson

415-454-1590


Presentations


School Support Program
John Foote

415-457-9645


Volunteer Coordinator
Jeff Mulanax

415-459-3278


Webmaster
Heinz Scheuenstuhl

415-990-2097



Special Interest Groups

Apple Devices
Steve Traiger

415-453-2525


Apple Devices
Chris Harnish

415-927-2289


Beginning Seniors
Al Springstead

415-250-3808


Collecting Interest Group
Ron Matteri

415-454-0714


CompuClass
Russ Flaum

415-897-1017


Digital Camera
Barbara Hansen

415-332-1720


Digital Camera
Mike Hancock

415-381-4772


Google Services
Paul Bell

415-456-5219


Internet and More
Karen Stagg

415-897-6824


Introduction to Computers
John King

415-472-7035


Quicken
Babette Bloch

415-388-3864


Quicken
Russ Flaum

415-897-1017


Tablets/Smart Phones
Barbara Hansen

415-332-1720


Tablets/Smart Phones
Al Springstead

415-250-3808


Technical Help Desk
Paul Bell

415-456-5219


Wayne’s Computer Class
Wayne Johnson

415-454-1590


Windows X
Ernie Ganas

415-881-7401


Windows X
John King

415-472-7035


About the School Support Program

Every Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Training Facility: 100 Shaw Dr., San Anselmo, CA – Get Directions

For information specific to your interest, please select the appropriate link below:

  • General Background on the School Support Program
  • Donating Computer Equipment
  • Obtaining Computers for a School or Other Non-profit Organization
  • Volunteering to Help

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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The School Support Program started in 1990, when one of our members helped fix up and place one donated computer in a local school. Since then, many volunteers have pitched in to place over 2,500 computers in approximately a hundred schools, mostly in the San Francisco Bay area. We typically place about 100 computers in schools each year. In 2003, we received a donation of several hundred identical computers from a major corporation, which allowed us to efficiently process significantly more than our usual volume.

The computers come from individuals and local corporations who donate computers and other related equipment to GGCS for use in the School Support Program. The equipment does not need to be in working condition, but it must be something we think we can fix and find a place for in a school. We generally accept computers approximately 5 years old or newer and other peripheral equipment (printers, network, etc.) of a similar vintage. If you or a company you know have computers or other equipment you may want to donate, please call the SIG leader (contact information below) to make arrangements. Please do not just drop off equipment at the classroom.

School Support volunteers gather every Saturday at the GGCS training facility in San Anselmo at 10:00 a.m. for a “work day”. Our primary focus is to test the equipment and repair it as necessary, reformat the hard drives, re-install the basic operating system software, and then give the systems to schools. Of course, we also learn a lot from each other about computers and other topics of interest, catch up with what is happening with family and friends, and generally have some fun. Volunteers need not be technically savvy, although they may risk becoming adept at fixing computers if they hang around long enough!

Anyone who would like more information about the School Support Program should feel free to call the SIG leader, John Foote, at (415) 457-9645 or email
, or just drop by the GGCS training facility on a Saturday morning. As mentioned above, people with equipment to donate should contact John before bringing it to the classroom, to make sure we can accept your contribution.

By way of this article, we also wish to thank the dozens of volunteers, donors, and teachers who contribute to making this program a continuing success. It should be no secret how much great work they do!

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Donating Computer Equipment

If you are considering a donation of computer equipment to the School Support Program, please feel free to contact the program leader, John Foote, at 415-457-9645, or e-mail
. Answers to frequently asked questions are below:

  • GGCS is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code, and a public charity under section 509(a)2, allowing tax deductions for donations to the organization. Click here to see a copy of the IRS determination letter.
  • The GGCS School Support Program (SSP) helps schools from kindergarten through 12th grade obtain and use computers in the classroom.
  • We do not charge schools any fees for the equipment or services they receive from us.
  • We accept donations of computers and related equipment approximately 5 years old or newer.
  • Donated computer equipment need not be in working condition. We test and refurbish equipment as needed before giving it to schools.
  • We provide a donation receipt to all donors. We can provide additional documentation of transfer of ownership if requested.
  • We have a zero landfill policy. Equipment we are not able to repair and place in schools is disposed of using recyclers who also have a zero landfill policy.
  • It is our policy to reformat hard drives and reinstall operating systems on all computers given to schools. Systems or components disposed of through a hardware recycler may or may not have the hard drives reformatted. (It is hard to reformat a hard drive that doesn’t work). We can provide additional data wiping services upon request.
  • We have limited resources for picking up computers at the donor’s site. If you would like us to pick up your donation at your site, please contact John Foote (contact information above) to discuss the arrangements.

We are an all volunteer non-profit program with no paid employees. This means the value of your donation goes to schools or other non-profit programs rather than to overhead. However, this also means that we often reply to e-mails and return calls during evenings and weekends. We appreciate your flexibility in working with us.

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Obtaining Computers for a School or Non-profit Organization

As our name implies, our purpose is to provide computers to schools. We support both public and private schools. When we have computer equipment that schools do not need, it is also available to other non-profit organizations.

Anyone interested in obtaining computers for their school or other non-profit organization should contact John Foote, at 415-457-9645, or e-mail
We generally reply to calls and e-mails in the evening or on a weekend, so please provide appropriate contact information.

Answers to frequently asked questions are below:

  • There is no charge for the equipment or services we provide.
  • We can provide computer systems, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, cables, networking equipment, and other miscellaneous computer related equipment.
  • You will be asked to provide some information about how the equipment will be used. We use this information to prioritize your request and select equipment that will meet your needs.
  • We focus on providing computers for student use in school facilities rather than administration or home use.
  • We are not structured to provide computers to individuals.
  • A representative of the recipient school or non-profit organization will generally need to pick up the computer equipment at our facilities in San Anselmo. Our normal hours are on Saturdays, although other times can be arranged if necessary.
  • The recipient organization is responsible for all software licensing. We find most schools have site licensing arrangements which enable them to acquire licenses at a lower cost than we can.
  • The person picking up the equipment will need to sign a receipt which:
    1. Identifies the recipient organization.
    2. Itemizes the computers received.
    3. Acknowledges that the recipient organization is responsible for software licensing, and that GGCS is not providing software licenses.
    4. Acknowledges that the recipient organization accepts responsibility for properly disposing of the equipment when it is no longer needed.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Volunteering to Help

School Support volunteers gather every Saturday at the GGCS training facility in San Anselmo at 10:00 a.m. for a “work day”. Our primary focus is to test the equipment and repair it as necessary, reformat the hard drives, re-install the basic operating system software, and then give the systems to schools. Teachers also frequently join us during this time to receive computers for their classrooms. Of course, we also learn a lot from each other about computers and other topics of interest, catch up with what is happening with family and friends, and generally have some fun. Volunteers need not be technically savvy, although they may risk becoming adept at fixing computers if they hang around long enough!

Anyone who would like more information about the School Support Program should feel free to call the program leader, John Foote, at (415) 457-9645 or email
, or just drop by the GGCS training facility on a Saturday morning.

Contact Old

Board, Steering, and Club Committees

The GGCS Steering Committee generally meets on the first Wednesday of every month at the classroom All are encouraged to attend and participate in discussions. The Presentations Committee meets immediately after the Steering Committee. All telephone numbers below are in the 415 area code, unless otherwise noted.

Officers

President
Steve Traiger [B]……………..453-2525

Vice-President
Russ Flaum [B]……………….897-1017

Secretary
Heinz Scheuenstuhl [B]…….990-2097

Treasurer
Shirley Kosciusko…………….435-0650

 Services

Advertising
Mike Hancock [B]………………381-4772

Audio Visual
Chip Sari………………………….472-1547

Book and Software Reviews
Babette Bloch [S]………………388-3864

Membership
Heinz Scheuenstuhl [B]……….990-2097
Al Springstead [B]………………250-3808

School Support Program
John Foote [B]…………………..457-9645

Procurement
Steve Shank [B]…………………383-4800

SIG Leaders

Beginning Seniors SIG
Al Springstead [B]…………….250-3808

CompuClass
Russ Flaum [B]………………..897-1017
David Schieser [S]……………332-4751

Digital Camera SIG
Russ Flaum [B]……………….897-1017

Google Services SIG
Paul Bell……………………….456-5219

Hardware SIG
Steve Traiger [B]……………..453-2525

Internet and More SIG
Karen Stagg [B]………………897-6824

Quicken SIG
Babette Bloch [S]………………..388-3864
Russ Flaum [B]……………………897-1017

Smart Phone/Tablet SIG
Babette Bloch [S]……………..388-3864

Stamp Collecting SIG(online)
Ron Matteri [S]……………………454-0714

Technical Help Desk SIG
Paul Bell……………………….456-5219

Wayne’s Computer Class
Wayne Johnson…………………..454-1590

Windows 8 SIG
Ernie Ganas……………………….881-7401
John King…………………………..472-7035

Committee

Newsletter
Babette Bloch [S]…………………388-3864
Russ Flaum [B]……………………897-1017
Mike Hancock [B]…………………381-4772
Joe Lavigne [B]……………………435-5245
Chris Johnson (Editor)……………454-1590
Cathy Schieser…………………….332-4751
Steve Shank [B]…………………..383-4800

Presentations
Presentations………………………454-5556

Board & Steering (not listed otherwise)
Barbara Hansen [B]………………332-1720
Marcelino Nogueiro [B]………….877-1419
Karen Stagg [B]…………………….897-6824

Volunteer Coordinator
Jeff Mulanax [B]…………………….459-3278

Webmaster

Paul Bell …………………………… sfpaulsf@gmail.com

 

[B]=Member of  Board of Directors and
Steering Committee

[S]=Member of Steering Committ

Directions to School Support Facility

Location: 100 Shaw Dr, San Anselmo, CA

From Hwy 101 take either Sir Francis Drake in Greenbrae or 3rd Street in San Rafael to the San Anselmo “hub” (where Red Hill/3rd St and Sir Francis Drake meet) and continue on Sir Francis Drake for 0.3 mile.
Immediately before the Redhill Shopping Center turn right on Shaw Drive and continue until it ends at an oval parking lot.
School Support is located in the rear of 100 Shaw Drive, but take the driveway marked 110 Shaw Drive for the Administration Building of the Ross Valley School District.
Continue around and to the right until you get to our building, which is next to the Montessori School.

Use both mapsThe Google map to get you close and our detailed map for the rest of the way.

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Directions to Microsoft Store

At The Village of Corte Madera Shopping Center
1640 Redwood Highway, Space D001
Corte Madera, CA

This is the location for the Windows X Interest Group. During summer months this group may meet in the GGCS Classroom, so check the online calender to be sure.
It is across from Williams Sonoma.


 

Directions to GGCS Classroom

Most Special Interest Groups meet in the classroom, but click here to be sure.

First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
1510 5th Avenue/1505 Mission Avenue at E Street
Ground floor of the office building

From Hwy 101, exit Central San Rafael.
Go west on 5th Avenue or Mission Ave 0.5 mile to E Street.

Classroom Map

From 5th Avenue: Take the walkway on the west side of the property (pull up on the gate knob to release) and look for GGCS signs.
From Mission Avenue: Go down the outside steps.

Parking: Nearby parking lots and 2-hour metered street parking. 5th Avenue west of E Street has unmetered parking.

Please do not park in the church’s small parking lot before 5pm.

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