Second offering of Windows 8.1

Screenshot (2)_3 Windows 8.1 second class, Thursday mornings,  10am – 12 noon . Please email training at if you want to register for this course. Attendees must have a laptop with Windows 8/8.1 installed. Basic topics covered will include: tiles, charms, desktop, apps vs programs. Cost is $4 to members.  Watch for updates in the club calendar.

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Welcome to 2015

What is it?

What is it?

First, I would like to welcome all new members who have joined The Victoria Computer Club (BB&C) since the fall. You have added to the vitality of the club!


We have made a few changes around the premises. Continue reading

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Annual General Meeting Wed. January 21 at 2pm.

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Please click and  RSVP now.

The AGM will be held at the clubhouse,
85a Burnside Road West, Victoria, at 2pm

Two motions will be voted on: Continue reading

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WordPress Groups

We partition WordPress instruction into three groups, or SIGs:

1) Websites hosted on rented hosts, such as BlueHost
(shortened on the calendar to WordPress.ORG)

  •  Database management with PhpMyAdmin
  • Security access filters with .htaccess
  • Managing Images with simple editors and wordpress editors
  • Using Short Codes for content functions, such as forms
  • Templates to control layout and content blocks
  • Controlling page styles with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Examining CSS using the browser’s inspector
  • Java script identifyers
  • RSS feeds
  • Backups
  • Local hosting on your laptop
  • Migrating websites to other hosts

2) Websites hosted on free space at
    (shortened on the calendar to WordPress.COM)

  • Setting up an account on
  • Exploring your WordPress account
  • Managing Images with simple editors and wordpress editors
  • Choosing a theme
  • Posts vs Pages
  • Menus vs Categories
  • Widgets
  • Short code
  • Using Short Codes for content functions, such as forms
    RSS feeds

3) Workshops arranged through for those who have been administrators on at least a few self hosted sites.

Our most advanced offering.  Topics vary, according to presenter.


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Christmas Lunch

hollyJoin us at the Gorge Vale Golf Course on Wednesday, December 17th for Christmas lunch at 1:00 pm.    The buffet includes a seasonal salad with condiments, pre-carved roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and savory stuffing, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables.  The buffet also includes chef’s choice desserts and coffee/tea.

The price is $24 per person (Includes the 15% Grat and 5% GST.)   Tickets must be purchased at the clubhouse, before December 14th.   Because the tickets are being sold at cost, we cannot take credit card payments.  No tickets will be sold at the lunch, because we must pre-order the number of meals in advance.

You can bring to the lunch a wrapped gift of interest to anyone, not more than $5 in value, new or used, for exchange.

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Why Windows??


Windows is evolving rapidly to challenge Google and Apple with its Internet Applications  Joel Rushworth will bring us up to date on the Windows Universe, including, One Note, Windows Phones, Office Online and XBox.

To sync up, attend the presentation Sunday, December 7th at 10:30 am.   Please RSVP .

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iMobile SIG Review with links

We had a great turnout for the second session of the iMobile SIG.  Bill P. brought his brand new iPhone 6 plus.  We discussed everything from security to travel apps. Get all the SIG news on our SIG group page here. The next meeting is Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 10am at the clubhouse.  See all you iPeople then!  — Cody (Catherin) Gregory

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Windows 8.1 Classes

Screenshot (2)_3 Windows 8.1 next class Tuesday morning, January 27th,  10am – 12 noon with Martin & Faith. Attendees must have a laptop with Windows 8/8.1 installed. Basic topics covered will include: tiles, charms, desktop, apps vs programs. Cost is free to members. To sign up send an email to: .  Watch for updates in the club calendar.

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iMobile Shared Interest Group

This group meets the 4th Thursday at 10am.  iPhone, iPad and iPod users meet to learn how to better manage their Apple mobile products. Led by Catherin (Cody) Gregory.

Leave a reply on the iMobile SIG Page to get help with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices.  Your first comment will need to be moderated before it appears.  After that, your comments appear automatically.

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Monthly meeting: Smart Phone Cameras: Beyond the Selfie, Wed, Oct. 15th

Gorge Vale Golf Course, Tillicum and Craigflower Road, Esquimalt

Mike Nelson Pedde explained the ins and outs of how to edit photos on your smart phone. Mike has 40 years experience in photography.

Notes after the presentation:

1) There are two places in the presentation where Mike jumped over to Firefox. Those links won’t be active in the .pdf  of the presentation.
2) Mike can’t overemphasize the importance of good digital asset management (D.A.M.) – this is a great place to start:  The DAM Book   and    The DAM Forum
3) For anyone who’s interested, here’s the URL for the Victoria Photography Meetup Group
P.S. The Wacom Bamboo Stylus can be purchased at London Drugs, Stapes, etc. but the replacement tips are harder to find. I recommend It’s $7.50 for three nibs, plus shipping, so I usually order 6 as the shipping cost is the same. Part number for the nibs is ACK20601 There’s also a softer nib – ACK20501 but I don’t like them. Maybe if you’re drawing in ‘charcoal’ on your iPad.

The facts are that cell phone (and tablet) cameras are everywhere today, and that mostly they’re used by people to make selfies to post on Facebook or to email to friends. Continue reading

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