Welcome to CCUG-PC!
Meetings are held at:
ST. Tammany Public Library in Slidell
555 Robert Blvd. - (985-646-6470)
Upcoming Meeting Date:
Feb/March (TBA), 2014
presentation of CCUG-PC will be held in February or March of the new year, 2014.
Due to the library meeting room renovation, the group was unable to set the date
at this time but will be announced to members in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all members and supporters of CCUG-PC.
November 16, 2013
meeting program for November, 2013 was entitled,
"Alternatives to Landline Telephone Providers."
and its speaker was
Ray Paternostro Jr.
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Saturday, November 16, CCUG-PC had its general meeting. The
Ray Paternostro. His presentation
was entitled: "An Alternative to Telephone Landlines."
Ray says that "for many years the local telephone providers and more
recently, the cable companies have enjoyed monopolies for the
telecommunications landline market. In recent years, these companies
have seen their customer base for landlines shrink considerably as more
people are choosing to rely on their cell phones as their primary means
of communication. Further competition for landline service is now in the
form of Voice Over IP providers, companies that can provide landline
phone service over broadband internet connections.
VOIP providers have many advantages over traditional phone companies,
the biggest of which is the pricing for service. They do have some very
significant disadvantages which will be highlighted, along with some
differences between the most popular providers."
In his demonstration Ray Paternostro's PowerPoint presentation
you can download here) gave a brief history of telephones and its
everyday usage. He explained how "legal abuses" were allegedly committed
in rentals, Touchtone fees, and service requirements and therefore was
speaking this day to show members how to use alternative ways to go
beyond what is offered landline customers. Some of his advice was to
incorporate adapters, VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phones and
devices to save huge bucks on
telephone services and purchased units.
He also went into detail about the advantages of using "non-landline"
vs. landline providers. Ray discussed equipment which could be purchased
as low as $140 plus fees of $0 to $30 a month in lieu of escalating
costs of rentals and phone services. In the discussion, Ray said that
members could buy adapters from companies such as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon,
Straighttalk and others to use with landline phones *such as Xlink,
Cobraphone Lynx or with the use of built-in Bluetooth which can work
greatly for customers around the home.
When asked what service he had/would use it was no contest for him. It
was a service called OOMA, which resembles an answering machine, and can
be used wirelessly or with Bluetooth. OMMA offers Basic or Premier
service (Basic is free plus taxes/fees while Premier adds $10 to basic).
Many other solutions and alternatives to costly fees and services as
well as equipment and hot links to many issues and help is available on
CCUG-PC's website (ccugpc.org) as
well as his presentation as a PowerPoint presentation link for
Ray finished out his outstanding presentation with Q & A from the
audience and was moderated by Jerry M.
After the meeting, Jerry (assisted by Sue Wessing and Harry Cancienne)
drew names in the prize-drawing giveaways in which Sue Wessing won a
Microsoft Documents, Presentations and Workbooks manual and a half-dozen
members walked away from the meeting with a mouse pad, a walker's water
container, a MS Phone T-Shirt and other books on computer-related
This November meeting was enjoyed by all and afterwards members met
socially to dine at Vera's Seafood Restaurant to discuss (what else?) --
Technology and computers!
August 17, 2013
Introduction to Tablet
buying or knowing more about Tablet Technology? Jerry M. gave an
interesting and informative presentation at our latest meeting.
Jerry talked about
briefly about the changes in the computer world in the 23 years since he
started the user group. We’ve gone from game consoles, to desktops, to
laptops and now more mobile tablets.
Mobility, ease of
use, convenience and portability were all mentioned as pluses of this
technology. You can browse the Internet, read email, read e-books, play
games and view and download videos, all in the comfort of your sofa or
He pointed out 4
common types of tablets. The Slate, which is similar to writing on a
slate. Touch technology provides ease of use. Some come with a keyboard
option or USB connection.
tablet has a pivot screen with a keyboard and stylus.
The Booklet type has
dual screen displays, front and back. The Hybrid tablet can be
convertible or slate when the keyboard is removed.
He next showed the
benefits and drawbacks of tablets vs laptops. Should this be a
replacement or extension of your desktop or laptop. These are very much
like a Smart phone, which works with your homes network or cellular 3 or
These machines don’t
have DVD drives, but can be backed up on the cloud or USB. Prices range
from $250 to over $1500 depending on features. There are Android and IOS (Apple) operating systems. The Windows tablets are moving quickly
into the marketplace also.
Desktops and Laptops
are still preferred for desktop publishing and other functions.
Jerry then switched
from the laptop to the ASUS that was gifted to him by his daughter. He
showed many apps that the tablet can do from Games, to Google earth, iHeart Radio, Skype or Tango video conferencing, Facebook groups. These
machines have voice activated capabilities which you can talk to text or
do the many apps, just like your Smart phones!
My daughter started
using one last year and loves it. She travels and can easily work from
it without carrying a heavy laptop to her conferences and continuing
education classes. She currently has it on vacation and is sending
pictures back through Facebook and email, a much easier device to
travel with. Jerry mentioned going online with his headphones while
overseeing his grandchild watching their favorite TV show.
Many prizes were
given out to members and guests. The major prizes were a book on MS
Office 2010 won by Carolyn Wagner, and Office 2010 inside Out won by
always lucky Garland Hilton.
Intro to Tablet Technology Presentation
Ed. Also group members can expect the
group's issue of
(Electronically PDF format) to be sent to members prior to the meeting
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St. Tammany Public Library
555 Robert Blvd - in Slidell, LA
Driving Directions to CCUG-PC Meeting:
Coming east from Mississippi the quickest route is exiting off I-10 on Gause Blvd/Hwy 190(right turn) then
proceed west on Gause Blvd. to
Robert Blvd. (Textron and Slidell Memorial at that corner of
Robert Blvd. which intersects Gause Blvd. You will see Slidell Memorial
Hospital on the left and Textron on the Right. Turn right at
the fenced Textron and
go two more traffic lights, library is on left just after
the second traffic signal Intersection of Robert and North Blvd/Audubon Blvd. (both streets
meet at Robert Blvd.)
From west or the Covington area you can exit I-12 Exit 83 (Hwy 11/Pearl
River Exit), turn right onto Hwy 11 (Front St), then turn left at next
traffic light (North Blvd.) Follow winding street to Robert Blvd.
The Library is on the left (behind the trees). There is construction
going on at the I-12 intersection.
From New Orleans get off Gause/Hwy 190 west exit (left). Follow along
Robert Blvd as above.
Meetings area always followed with members/guests meeting afterwards for
lunch. For more information, please contact Jerry at
firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP is preferred to
seat properly and cost is at the expense of members who wish luncheon
Always lots of
info, computer technology and
Q & A to stimulate the most challenged of
There's also an online presence, (since 1997)
of activity for
this time will be available
on its CCUG-PC Yahoo Club (Group)
and also on FACEBOOK, headed by Buster Matthews.
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