Welcome to CCUG-PC!
Meetings are held at:
St. Tammany Public Library in Slidell
555 Robert Blvd. - (985-646-6470)
Upcoming Meeting Date:
May 14, 2016
The next general meeting of CCUG-PC will be held on Saturday, May 14th from
10:00 am to 12:30 pm.
– Utilizing External Data Storage
Hurricane season is upon us again and when making plans for evacuations we
want to ensure that the data from our computers is safe. At the next meeting,
Ray Paternostro will explain the different forms of external storage that are
available as well as cloud storage offerings such as those from Google and
Microsoft. There will also be discussion of backup programs and the differences
between incremental and image backups.
Ray is a longtime member and has
given a few well-received presentations at past CCUGPC meetings. He has worked
in IT for two decades and is the current president of NOPC.
Anniversary Meeting November 21, 2015
On Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, CCUG-PC celebrated its 25th Silver
Anniversary. The group's initial meeting was held on December 7, 1990.
Join us for this special 25th anniversary reunion meeting. We saw familiar
member faces not seen in a while.
There were 25 Members at the
celebratory event. They came to enjoy memories, prizes and food and they were
Jerry showed an updated slide show of outstanding photos and
memories from many of which were rescued from Katrina by Laura Brunies and
There were newer members who wished they would have known
about our group in years past! This
was a very nice compliment and testimony to the great things CCUG-PC
accomplished in its historical quarter of a century!
The food: Sandwiches, mini muffalettas, cheese and fruit
trays, many soft drinks, water and teas were provided by members, Jerry, Harry
and Sue. But, the grand food service was the 25th Anniversary cake which was
enjoyed by all!
After the anniversary memories presentation there were prizes
distributed, but the grand prizes was cash prizes which were awarded to:
Priscilla Scott, $25
Ray Paternostro $25
Jerry Artigue $50
It was truly a wonderful meeting. We’re still hearing about
the presentation of memories, food, and a grand time through good comments. –
Held on SATURDAY, MAY
presentation of CCUG-PC will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10:30 am - Noon.
The topic will be
"Stump the Experts"
The panel: Ray
Paternostro, Sue Wessing and Harry Cancienne
Questions were answered from cards given out
to members as they came into the meeting room, along with their ticket for a
chance of prizes.
were from a wide range:
How to correctly dispose of a battery?
When is Windows 10 coming out and will it cost?
What happened to Windows 9?
What programs to use for Malware and Antivirus?
How to do a genealogy or other search in Google Advanced
Can you edit and move files in the Cloud? Which Clouds
should I use?
What programs to use for backups?
What is the difference in a file backup and an image
Should you shutdown your computer or put in sleep moe?
Do sunspots affect our signals?
You want these
answers? You should have come to the meeting!
Join CCUGPC on Facebook
for answers to these and many more topics and questions.
Prizes were won by Rose Penney, Joe Tosh, Eldon LeBlanc,
Lance Castellanos and Harry Cancienne.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014
Found in the Clouds
Saturday, October 18th, CCUG-PC had its general meeting. The
Ray Paternostro. His presentation
was entitled: "Understanding the Cloud ..."
started off the meeting asking if anyone had new tech item to show off.
Eldon LeBlanc showed his USB
He uses to record speeches,
meetings and doctor’s appointments, plus it is has USB 8 GB storage capability
at a cost of only $15.00 (and sold on Amazon starting at $5.12).
“Understanding the CLOUD – A comparison of Cloud
Providers” with your member host, Ray Paternostro.
Ray showed many of the
most known Cloud storage providers, but by all means the list is not all
Questions were asked about the
locations of the storage and the security. He responded that the servers are in
multiple locations with much attention to the security.
Smart Computing, CNet, PCMag
and many other reviews can be obtained by entering “cloud storage reviews” into
your favorite search engine (Google, Bing, etc.)
Many providers offer free storage up to a certain
limit, with more storage available for a fee. Some are paid providers. Below is
a list of information given during the presentation.
Microsoft One Drive in Windows 8.1, 15 gigabytes
free with additional storage awarded with referral customers.
Microsoft Office 365 Home and Personal
subscribers get 1 terabyte of storage, business users have 3 different levels of
paid subscriptions, and they also have rewards for referrals of new customers.
Google Drive offers 15 GB storage which
encompasses the gmail.com account also.
Copy.com by Barracuda networks offers 15 GB free
and referral bonuses.
DropBox.com offers 2 GB free (although it has had
some security concerns recently).
Spideroak.com has 2 GB free and is $10 mo for 100
GB per their website.
Elephant drive is an
app with an external network drive (http://home.elephantdrive.com/plans/)
Questions asked were
“What type data to upload?”
Answer: Pictures, genealogy,
files that you’d like to access from another location (computer).
It was mentioned that Flicker by yahoo you can
backup pictures only, 1 TB free.
Whole system backups
are not currently done, but will be in near future.
Thumb drives (USBs) are good
backups also as they have larger storage capability now for low costs.
The key is to make
multiple copies and with Cloud Storage your files are stored outside of your
state in multiple locations.
Fires, hurricanes, tornados
can strike at inopportune times, as we all learned with Hurricane Katrina, and
files need to be uploaded and saved to “The Cloud” for additional protection of
Note: Better results are achieved with upload
speeds at least 5 megabytes. A discussion followed on what speeds were available
to the local Internet Providers, ATT UVerse, Cox.net, Charter.net.
Prizes were won by Garland Hilton, Joe
Vilardo, Sue Wessing, Joe Tosh, Anita Smith, Ray Paternostro, Rose Penney ,
Meeting then adjourned to Vera’s Restaurant to talk
more about computers over lunch!
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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