The June 2016 TOE is up

Grab it here

The Channel Islands PC Users Group (CIPCUG) was founded on the principal of users helping users. Have a computer problem stumping you? Bring it up at the Q & A session (held at every meeting) and you will probably find another user who stumbled over the same problem and figured out a solution. We have members whose experience runs all the way from absolute beginner to professional experts. You will be able to connect with other users whose experience level and interests match yours. Networking with peers is the best way to grow.

Bring your server, desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone problem to the meeting and you will probably receive an answer. We write up all our Q & A sessions in our monthly TOE newsletter and have archives of all newsletters since 1999.

Facebook & Podcast News

BG Club

We have made an agreement with Mercury Broadcasting to host our podcasts. Our first podcast is now available. We will be posting new podcasts every Tuesday morning.

Here's the good part: Need an answer fast? Don't want to wait for the next monthly meeting and then wait even longer for the printed answer in TOE? Not to worry. Just go to our Facebook page and ask your question there. We'll try to answer them in our podcasts as rapidly as we can. Unlike our regular meetings where you can't rewind Toby and Michael, you can rewind the podcast as many times as needed to get your answer. Pretty cool, huh?

In order for this to work you need to (1) join Facebook if you haven't already and (2) join the CIPCUG Facebook page. If you missed the June meeting or just need a refresher course, take a look at Toby's instructions on how to create a safe Facebook account.

Our Meeting Location

Join us at the Boys & Girls Club in Camarillo:

  • Location

  • 1500 Temple Avenue
  • Camarillo, CA 93010
  • Dates

  • 4th Saturday of the month - 10 months
  • 3rd Saturday for November and December
  • Times

  • Interest Group Meetings: from 8:45 AM to 9:30
  • Business Meeting: 9:30 - 9:45
  • Q & A: 9:45 to 10:30
  • Coffee break: 10:30 - 11
  • Program: 11 - Noon

The entrance to the auditorium is from the parking lot, toward the back on the right side.


CIPCUG is a member of APCUG, an International Association of Technology & Computer Users Groups. APCUG provides excellent articles for our newsletter, helps find programs, conducts webinars you can "attend" from the comfort of your own home (see past webinars on YouTube) and provides excellent support for user groups in the conduct of their business.

O'Reilly User Group Discounts

O'Reilly Books offers one of the best discounted book program for user groups in the business. Be sure to stop by their online store for your 40% discount of any title. Use the discount code shown in the banner above.


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Focal Press User Group Discounts

One of the best computer book sources, they offer a 25% discount with discount code of FOC25. Stop by their store to take advantage. Don't forget the discount code.

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Next Meeting Dates

Subscribe to TOE

As our President, Lisa Toth, said in last month's President's Message, we are being forced to terminate mailed paper copies of the TOE to members. To take advantage of newsletter postal rates, we needed 200 issues going out every month. Our declining membership has rendered this impossible and first class mail is prohibitively expensive. So, starting with this, the March 2016 issue, it will be online only.

We are expanding our email notification to members. Currently, about a week before the regular monthly meeting, we have been emailing notification of the event to those who have subscribed. This notification will be expanded so that not only will you receive the notification of the next week's meeting, but also a link to the current issue of TOE. Depending on how rapidly our TOE Editor, John Weigle, gets the issue out, there may be one or two messages. This month (March) TOE was out two weeks before the meeting, so there was a TOE message and will be a meeting message about a week later.

For those of you who have been relying on the paper issue in the mail to remind you of the meeting, please take advantage of our subscription offer. Email us to add your email address to our list so you continue to receive notification of our meetings as well as a link to the latest TOE. If you are using webmail and cannot use the email link, just open your browser to your email page, click on New or Compose and enter into the To field, with Subscribe in the subject and send.

CIPCUG on Facebook

We are enlarging our Q&A support. Log into Facebook (learn how to setup an account here) and then in the search at the top, enter "cipcug" without the quotes. You'll see the CIPCUG page. Cliok on it and ask to join when prompted. We keep the bad guys out this way. Once you are in, keep reading posts and reply to those you find interesting. Post questions, which will we will try to answer on our new podcast (online radio) hosted on Mercury Broadcasting. Be sure to tune in on Tuesday mornings to hear the latest. We have a once a week schedule on Tuesdays at 8 AM (hopefully). You can listen any time after. Notices will be up on Facebook as well as the Mercury Broadcasting pages.

Flash Drives

We have a very few of the 32GB flash drives for sale at $25. View the programs on the flash drives to see what's on the drive and to give you ideas for freeware you'd like to download yourself.

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Our newsletter and web page have won first place awards from APCUG, demonstrating our committment to provide you with the best user group experience possible.

Need Help?

American Graphics Institute (AGI)

American Graphics Institute and their classroom series at The Digital Classroom is as good as it gets. They offer books, lesson files and video tutorials to get you up to speed on a ton of subjects.

Major Publisher Offer

No Starch

No Starch offers the finest in geek entertainment. They have tons of educational books and tools for anyone to learn how to do all kinds of things. Be sure to stop by.

Excellent Computer Books

Peachpit Press

CIPCUG members can save 35% at by logging onto the Peachpit website and using the coupon code PEACHPITUG. Peachpit Press is one of the best publishers of computer and technology books. This is a very generous offer.

Free Instruction


Webucator is offering our members free online self-paced courses in (see subject list.) This is only for currently paid members of CIPCUG. You must have a voucher to use them. If you are interested, please contact Bart Koslow at and he will provide you with the voucher you require.