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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

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!
Dummies/Wiley's are a fine supporter of  CCUG-PC!

Now Celebrating
Years of Excellence!
December,1990 - 2013

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!

O'Reilly CCUG-PC User Group Discount

America's Patriotic Struggle for Justice!

CCUG-PC's Disclaimer

CCUG-PC Newsbrief:  CCUG-PC has new and former issues
(Pre-Katrina, 2005) of
its Monthly Newsbits Newsletter online in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Archived newsletters are available, however.

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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:

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015

The next presentation of CCUG-PC will be held in on May 16, 2015 from 10:30 am - Noon. The topic will be "Stump the Experts."


Operator - Found in the Clouds

"On Saturday, October 18th, CCUG-PC had its general meeting. The member-speaker was
Ray Paternostro. His presentation was entitled: "Understanding the Cloud ..."

Jerry started off the meeting asking if anyone had new tech item to show off.  Eldon LeBlanc showed his USB disc recorder.  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 inclusive.   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 account also. by Barracuda networks offers 15 GB free and referral bonuses. offers 2 GB free (although it has had some security concerns recently). has 2 GB free and is $10 mo for 100 GB per their website.

Elephant drive is an app with an external network drive (

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 them.

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,,

Prizes were won by Garland Hilton, Joe Vilardo, Sue Wessing, Joe Tosh, Anita Smith, Ray Paternostro, Rose Penney , Harry Cancienne.  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 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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