Pulborough Computer Club

2006 Calendar

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month and (except in December) on the Wednesday two weeks later.

Unless otherwise stated, all meetings are in the Rother Hall of Pulborough Village Hall and commence at 7:30pm. The hall is available from 7pm for setting up equipment. Please click here for directions.

7:30-8:45ish Tutorial
8:45ish-9:00ish Refreshments
9:00ish-9:50 Burning questions about any topic and hopefully, answers
9:50-10:00 Clear up

2006

Tuesday
3rd January
Back to Basics - A refresher on standard operations such as resizing windows and copying and moving files. (Jim Noble)
Wednesday
18th January
Freeware - A look at some recommended free programs which can be downloaded from the internet (Jim Noble) Websites mentioned during the lecture have been added to our Downloads page.
Tuesday
7th February
AGM and choosing meeting topics for the year.
Wednesday
22nd February
Making CDs and DVDs (Jim Noble)
Tuesday
7th March
Future Technology - Ian Greenslade of the Village Computer Club will describe his view of the future of computing and communications and look at the success of last year's predictions. (Ian Greenslade)
Wednesday
22nd March
Transaction security on the web with a look at the eBay auction website and the PayPal secure payments system. (Stuart Crump)
Tuesday
4th April
Informal session after the pattern of the Village Computer Club. Members bring along their own systems or laptops for problem solving or just showing off. A 13A socket and a table will be available. Please bring along everything else that you need to get your system running.
Wednesday
19th April
Microsoft Word basics including using tables for layout. Read John's notes (John Gauvin)
Tuesday
2nd May
Using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) data with PC mapping software to plan and log routes travelled. Includes examples of South Downs walks using a hand held GPS. (Jim Noble)
Using an in-car GPS system with videos of sample journeys. (Bill Cutting)
Wednesday
17th May
Microsoft Excel spreadsheet basics. (John Gauvin)
Tuesday
6th June
Demonstration of building a PC from scratch (with a case this time). A camcorder will be used to show the proceedings on the large screen. There are two supporting documents - Contents of New PC and How to Build Your PC. A DVD of the proceedings is available from Peter Leeke. (Dean Smith on screwdriver and Peter Leeke on camera)
Wednesday
21st June
Modern graphics program basics such as selection, masking and layers using Photoshop and or Paint Shop Pro. (Stuart Crump)
Tuesday
4th July
Alternative email clients such as Thunderbird and Eudora and a look at web based mail such as Gmail. You don't have to use Outlook Express. There are two supporting documents - Email Programs and Mozilla Thunderbird. (Dean Smith)
Wednesday
19th July
Microsoft Word - more advanced features such inserting and positioning images or text boxes and its little used features such as WordArt and line drawing. (John Gauvin)
Tuesday
1st August
Backup strategies (Dean Smith)
Wednesday
16th August
Gizmos. A look at plug in devices and extensions to your PC such as hard drives, thumb drives and other gadgets. (Dean Smith)
Tuesday
5th September
Colour matching screen and printer and improving photographs with Photoshop. (John Beard)
Wednesday
20th September
Microsoft Access. A look at this database application with some simple examples. (Ian Northen)
Tuesday
3rd October
Networking and wireless networking with live demonstrations. (Dean Smith)
Wednesday
18th October
The inner workings of a PC, explaining what a BIOS is and generally getting under the bonnet (Jim Noble)
Tuesday
7th November
Using mail merge in Microsoft Word to process Christmas card mailings. (Stuart Crump)
Wednesday
22nd November
Microsoft Vista - a look at this successor to Microsoft Windows XP. (Dean Smith)
Tuesday
5th December
A demonstration of Open Office, the free and file compatible alternative to Microsoft Office. (Stuart Crump)
Followed by mince pies and maybe more big grin.

2007

Tuesday
2nd January
PC Security. (Stuart Crump)
Wednesday
17th January
PC tune up software - what's good, what's not and what's a scam. (Dean Smith)
Tuesday
6th February
AGM and choosing meeting topics for the year.
Wednesday
21st February
File management for beginners including different file formats and how to structure your data so that you can find it again. (Stuart Crump)