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Gulf Coast Genealogical Society is still an integral part of CCUG-PC's history. The SBGS's complete bound set of its Genealogy books is available at the Nunez Community College Library. Below is the link!

L'Heritage at Nunez CC

Velocity - O'Reilly Conference


From Windows to web design, Computers to Creative Suite, Office to Outlook, and everything in-between, For Dummies has a book for all your computing needs! Members can now get a discount on Dummies Books! Check your newsletter for details!
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Now Celebrating
Years of Excellence!
December, 1990 - 2017

CCUG-PC Board of Directors
 (Pre-Katrina in 2005)
(L-R Seated)-Laura Brunies (Secretary), Margaret Wynn, (Membership Secretary),
Sue Wessing, (VP)
(L-R Standing)-Bob Faucheux, (Member Representative), Jerry (President/Founder), Sheila McElroy
(Programs Coordinator), and
Harry Cancienne (Treasurer).

Nuance/Dragon is a fine supporter of CCUG-PC!

America's Patriotic Struggle for Justice!

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Welcome to CCUG-PC!

Recent News!
Meetings are held at:

St. Tammany Public Library in Slidell
555 Robert Blvd. - (985-646-6470)

Upcoming Meeting Date:

May 13th,  2017
"Facebook: Social Networking"
The next general meeting of CCUG-PC will be held May 13, 2017. With all the excitement of "social media" online, we're considering tackling this broad subject with emphasis on the most popular online meeting place of opinion, photos, news and ideas:

"Facebook: Social Networking!!"

Make plans to attend this informative and fun meeting with Jerry M. ..Starts at 10:30 AM.

Stump the Experts

November 19, 2016

 Stump the Experts!

Ray Paternostro, Sue Wessing & Jerry M.: Experts

Jerry began the meeting with a pledge to the now missing library flag. He wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and for LSU to win their game today.

He said people are using the Internet to seek answers and many times they are overwhelmed by the answers.  Sites like Wikipedia have gone online, but are lacking documentation of their sources.  A computer user group is always a good way to find answers.

He then introduced Harry Cancienne, Ray Paternostro and Sue Wessing as our “experts/advanced users”.  They each have many years of computer experience in many fields.

Members wrote their questions on cards for the panel to try to answer.

Some of the topics fielded were:

Using YouTube downloader (available from C-Net and others), to capture help videos to your computer.

Wireless phone users not able to use their phone when Internet was out (turn off wifi settings on the phone to use 3G or 4G service.

Buying flash drives (USB) 3.0 (backwards compatible) vs 2.0 (slower).

Digitizing photos with a flatbed scanner, and editing them with free programs such as irfanview. (

Types and sizes of flatbed scanners vs all in one machines.  Larger flatbeds are better for photos and articles of many sizes.  Even black and white laser scanners scan to save the file in color. HP printers and scanners were by far the most used by members.

How to hook up a Mac or iPad to a hdmi monitor or tv, which called for mini pro to hdmi adapter.

PCs can hook up using hdmi cables from your computer to the Smart TV/monitor.

Mac book pro can use versions of Chrome and Firefox browsers. 


1.     Image file (which can be used to restore your files and software, all on your same computer)

2.     Backing up files on external drives

3.     Backing up files on flash/usb drives, they now come in 1 terabyte sizes.

4.     Backing up on DVDS’s

5.     Backing up to a Cloud service

6.     Keeping backups in several locations away from home or office. 

Prizes of instructional books and a “Microsoft Arc Mouse” were won by Rose Penney, Harry Cancienne and Carolyn Wagner.  ***


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Past MeetingS:
May 14
, 2016

The past general meeting of CCUG-PC was held on Saturday, May 14,  from 10:00am to
12:30 p.m.

Ray Paternostro explains using External data storage


Data Safety
– Utilizing External Data Storage
with Ray Paternostro

Jerry starting the meeting with asking who had purchased new technology recently.

Members and guest posed questions on their recent concerns.

Ray started his talk suggesting gathering the bulk of your computer files into the Documents folder in Windows, that way documents to backup are easier to find.

Other places to backup are pictures and music files folders.

Ray showed various USB devices (thumb drives) on which to back up files.  USB 3.0 and 3.1 are the most recent versions.  These devices are backwards compatible on older machines that have USB 2.0, however transfer may be slower when backing up to the older USB technology.

External Hard Drives were the next back up products discussed.  Ray showed several sites to obtain all the devices, and local office supply stores were also an option.

Newer hard drives are able to backup 1 Terrabyte of files and more.  Price is your only limitation.

Some hard drives are used to back up more than one machine, or several files such as documents, music files, photos, videos, etc.

Many times software is included on the backup device or a link to download the software are suggested for the end user.

Hard drives can be delicate if dropped, USB are a little more sturdy as they have no moving parts. 

CLOUD Storage, Microsoft One Drive and Google Drive are most popular.

MS One Drive recently downsized their free storage from 15 megabytes to 5. Google Drive still offers 15 megabytes of free storage.

MS Outlook Mail backs up to One Drive.  It is tied to an online version of Office which saves to the One Drive.

Google Drive lets two or more people share the document they are working on.  (I use this at work). There are calendars and so much more in these programs.

Image backups were discussed, these are a total backup of all the data on your computer, however you can only restore to the same computer or one identical to yours.  Individual files are not able to be restored from these backups.

A Better solutions are to backup files and folders.  Restoring is easier.

Questions fielded were how to open video and graphic programs on Windows 10.  Some older Windows program aren’t there any more. ( I for one notices Movie Make files weren’t opening.)  It was suggested to download VLC Media player. 

Further questions included Malware and Ransomware.  Free version of was one solution mentioned.  Always keep firewall and antivirus programs current on your computers.

Last note was July 29th 2016 is the last date for free upgrade to Windows 10.




Ed.  Also group members can expect the group's issue of Newsbits (Electronically PDF format) to be sent to members prior to the meeting with details.


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Map of the Slidell Branch


Photograph of the Slidell Branch
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 until Robert Blvd as above.

Meetings area always followed with members/guests meeting afterwards for lunch. For more information, please contact Jerry at RSVP is preferred to seat properly and cost is at the expense of members who wish luncheon accommodations.

Always lots of info, computer technology and
Q & A to stimulate the most challenged of computing minds!


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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