Spring has Sprung!

daffodillsFirst, I would like to welcome all new members who have joined The Victoria Computer Club (BB&C)in the last few months.  We hope you will make new friends, learn a great deal and volunteer if you can.  Our motto is ” Users helping users”.

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

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What “computer” should you buy?

Talking to a senior today about her next computer purchase made me think about the options facing any senior.  And by computer, I mean phone, tablet and laptops of all sizes.

Can the choice be made through answers to a series of questions? e.g.:

Are you already a computer or smart-phone user?  Will you resist replacing mice and keyboards with touch screens and voice input?  Or are you starting fresh?

  • What info (calendar, contacts) must you shared across devices (phone and laptop) and in what universe (Apple vs Google vs Microsoft) is that info today?  For instance, is your email in Google, and your contacts on your iPhone?
  • How is your eyesight, mobility, and patience?
  • What are your “Must-have” programs, be they editors, games, Skype, email and ebook readers, or photo editors
  • What are your printing needs
  • Where will you need to be able to get help
  • and not least, what are your budget limits

In deriving a choice, weights should be applied to the importance of the answers.  For instance, do you have an absolute limit to the cost, or is it a guideline.


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Open House today, Saturday March 21

Get your three free workshop passes by joining as a new member before the end of March. Workshops in photo-editing, WordPress website construction, and Windows 10 starting soon.  And if you like to lead or facilitate groups, we have lots of video training to make leading a class a snap.

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Basic photography course postponed

Ken Beattie has decided to delay the Basic Digital Camera Course in April because not  enough interest was shown.  You can continue to show interest by emailing training@bbc.org , and we will let you know when we have enough students.

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Everything digital, anywhere, anytime

digitalglobeDo you want everything digital available anywhere, anytime, on any device?  Will you get that with Microsoft’s or Google’s or Apple’s cloud storage and applications?   Lets discuss this, and the implications, at the monthly presentation, March 18th, 2pm at the clubhouse.  Drop by with your lunch an hour earlier to socialize.

RSVP here, and I will show the count here on the website.  Cut-off is about 25.

Current count: 22 attendees

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Thanks to the volunteers at the Senior Expo 2015

Faith and Martin at the Show

Faith and Martin at the Show

For March, New members get 3 workshops free.

Thanks to:
Joan Greig,
Martin Brooks,
Julia Wren,
Sharon Duncan, Faith Shannon,
Mary Davie and George Bowden for helping out at the Senior Expo 2015, Tuesday March 10th.  We had a great looking booth.

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Workshops on Picasa, the fast free photo organizer and editor


Fee is $10 per session.  Email training@bbc.org to register.

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Training Survey Results

Here are the training survey results, as of January 21:

Sufficient interest was shown to run multi-session classes of “Writing Blogs and Building Websites”, “Backing up your info on all your devices”, and “Protect your identity across all your devices”

Sufficient interest was shown to run single-session classes of “Compare SkyDrive, Google Drive, Box and iCloud”, “Internal and External Storage for photos, documents, emails….”, and “Protect your Facebook or Google+ privacy online”

Sufficient interest was shown to run single-session free presentations of “Utilities”, “Managing passwords”, “Files, Folders and Favorites”

Here is the full table of results, unweighted:  Continue reading

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Second offering of Windows 8.1

Screenshot (2)_3 Windows 8.1 second Basic class, Thursday mornings,  10am – 12 noon . Please email “training at VictoriaComputerClub.org” if you want to register for this course. It will begin when there are ten people registered. Please bring your laptop with Windows 8/8.1 installed (if you have one). Club computers have Windows 7. Students without Window 8 laptops are welcome to view the visual presentation and take notes. 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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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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