Annual General Meeting Wed. January 21 at 2pm.

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If by December 31st, more than 25 people RSVP to come, then the AGM will be held at the Gorge Vale Golf Club.  If fewer, it will be held at the clubhouse, 85a Burnside Road West, Victoria.

Two motions will be voted on:

1)  Changing the Name of the Club.
A name change is needed to make our club more frequently found by those searching for a computer club in Victoria.
Motion: To change the name of the club
from “Big Blue and Cousins, the Greater Victoria Personal Computer User’s Association”
to one of the following, in descending preference:
a) Victoria Computer Club
b) Victoria Computer Users
c) Victoria Digital Club

All three names are taken to the BC Registrar of Societies, in case the most popular is not available.

2) Setting the Membership Fees for the Year.
The Adult membership fee has not risen in several years, and the associate fee for even longer.  The club must stem the decline in its bank balance, or eliminate its clubhouse as we know it.  The proposed increase in fees will still produce a deficit of about $1000 next year, so next year’s executive will again be searching for ways to increase membership and other sources of revenue.
Motion: To raise the Adult membership to $85, and the associate membership to $25.

The year end financial statements will be posted in early January.

Once we know where the AGM will be held, a second email will be sent about the pre-AGM lunch.  It will either be a pot-luck at the clubhouse or a $13 lunch at the Golf course.

See you at the AGM
George Bowden, president

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Windows 8.1 Classes

Screenshot (2)_3 Windows 8.1 next class Tuesday morning, December 16th,  10am-12noon with Martin & Faith  (dates for January classes will be announced soon). 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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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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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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Monthly meeting: Refurbished computers and Fall Training Plans: Wednesday, Sep. 17th

Priority1 Refurbished LaptopPeter Young of Priority1 Computers  will explain the ins and outs of refurbished computers.   See their products here.

George Bowden will demo a new format to our training, using online videos.

When: Wednesday, September 17th, 2pm to 3:30pm .  Bring your lunch and socialize at 1pm.
Where: At the computer clubhouse, 85a Burnside Road West

Please RSVP because seating is limited to about 25.  This page will be occasionally updated with the number currently registered.

Currently 15 members are registered.


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It has been a busy spring and summer around the Clubhouse. There has been sadness as well as accomplishments.  Our new name “Victoria Computer Club” has attracted new members and favorable comments. When the club was formed 30 years ago, everyone knew what “Big Blue” stood for but now so much has been added and changed in the computer world that the name ”Big Blue and Cousins” is no longer relevant.

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