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The PC Club meets at the Panamerican School in Belen on the third Saturday of each month (except December, when we have a party instead). Coffee, conversations, and snacks start at 08:30 AM and the meeting starts at 09:00 and lasts until 11:00. Anyone is welcome to visit one meeting without first joining to see if it fits their fancy. The meetings always include a free software and hardware clinic to solve any problems that members have. We started out as users of Windows and Linux on PCs, but we've expanded to include Macs, tablets, and smartphones. Members are encouraged to bring their computers or problems to the meeting and the club will try to resolve these free of charge. We have information sharing at each meeting that usually proves beneficial to everyone. Click here for directions to the meeting site or you may call the club president, Dick, at 2416-8493 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of our members don't live close enough to make it to the meetings, but they still receive all the other benefits of membership, such as access to the members-only content on this site and the General listserver that facilitates email contact between members.
Click here for more information about our monthly meetings. The club meetings are fun and helpful and a good reason to be in the club, but there are other benefits as well. The Members-only section of this website offers references and tutorials on topics related to computing, such as software, hardware, network options, etc. All members are subscribed to a general mailing list so that you can send a message to one address and everyone receives it. This is often used to ask questions that can be answered on the same mailing list by several members. Although the club is based in Costa Rica, there are members from other places that participate only through the website. We also have a Member Forum that allows members to post items in a bulletin-board fashion.
2014 PC Club Christmas Party
For those who live elsewhere, the word Tico is what folks in Costa Rica call themselves. Those who come from outside are called estranjeros (foreigners) or gringos (English speakers). The word gringo is a deprecation in Mexico and other places, but not in CR. Bytes are collections of bits used by computers to store information. The Tico Byte is our monthly newsletter that lets members know what to expect at the next club meeting. Lately, it also includes a sample of links from the month's Web News page. You'll find the latest Tico Bytes under the Club Meetings link at the top of this page.
You should see three drop-down menu items at the top of the page. These items help you navigate the public information on the site, including a collection of Web News links that can save you time in locating web information. Web News is compiled monthly and organized by category. Check it out!
Under the Club Meetings item you'll find maps to the meeting and a collection of Tico Bytes, monthly invitations to the meeting, that contain previews of the agendas.
Club members receive userids and passwords that allow them to log in to the home page. Logging in adds three more drop-downs (Club Business, Refs & Tutorials, and Help) in the top-right half of the page. If you're a member and need your login information, please send email to the webmaster.
Club members can access the Member Forum by clicking on (or hovering over) the Club Business menu item at the top of the page. The Member Forum is a bulletin board that lets members ask & answer questions and make comments. Members log in with the same userids and passwords that they use to log in to the home page.
Please send your thoughts about the website to the webmaster or to the club's general mailing list. It's our goal to make the site interesting and useful for you.
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