*CW Holiday Party- Reservations Ending Soon*
The last day to purchase tickets is December 7th at the Club. If you are using US Mail, mail by December 5th. See details below.


Next CW and PC User Group – General Meeting – Palm Ridge- January 10th

Social Time with a light lunch starts at 11:30 am. The CW General Meeting starts at 12:00pm. Included will the PC User Group – General Meeting. PC Raffle and Gift Card giveaway along with a speaker to be announced. Check your e-mail for an RSVP invitation.


 

Keep Your Club Open

Effective September 1st, Computers West will start Fall-Winter hours. The club will be open 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. The requirement for 2- people in the Club remains for the Club to stay open.

This is a great time to fulfill your monitoring obligation of 4 hours per YEAR.You also may bring your lunch and kick back and help the club stay open.

PC Help will continue Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 7:30 am and the Apple Genius Bar will continue Wednesdays at 10:00am.

Have you received help by any of our Apple, Microsoft, iPhone, Android phone or Cut the Cord technical volunteers this year? If so, please reciprocate and schedule your 4 hours as soon as possible. See the links below for information on Monitor Training and how to sign up.

Keep Your Club viable, sign up NOW!!

 

**Save the Date – December 18, 2022 – CW Holiday Party**

The Annual Computers West Holiday Party will be held on Sunday, December 18th at Palm Ridge Summit A, This is open to all CW members and guests (in accordance with club by-laws). There will be a catered dinner by Sharko’s, live music for listening and dancing with Yesteryear and prizes and gifts.  Reservations will go on sale  November 8th at the General Meeting. Checks ONLY, you will be recorded on a sign-up sheet, no actual tickets will be issued. Cost will be: $25.00 for members, plus $25.00 for a member’s first guest. Additional members will be $30.00 each. We only have room for 300 seats, so order early!! You may also register with the Monitor on duty or mail your check to:

Computers West
13940 W Meeker Blvd, STE 115, PMB 468
Sun City West, AZ 85375

Be sure the names to be registered are on the check


 

Microsoft Taking Windows 8.1 Off Life Support in January 2023

Microsoft wants to move on from Windows 8.1, which it launched in 2013. The company has announced the end of Windows 8.1 support will hit in January 2023, at which point anyone still running Microsoft’s old OS will be unprotected from any new system vulnerabilities that may crop up.

Windows 8.1 support will officially cease on Jan. 10, 2023. After that, there won’t be any further patches for the OS. That means every new exploit that appears online will worsen security on Windows 8.1. Even the Microsoft 365 suite will stop getting updates on Windows 8.1 after the cutoff date. Anyone who is still using Windows 8.1 will have no choice but to upgrade to Windows 10.

Your Help Group can still do a free upgrade from Windows 8.0 and 8.1 to Windows 10. Come by on Wednesdays or Fridays  at 7:30 am with your laptop (and power supply) or your desktop and one of our Tech Volunteers will assist in the upgrade, Be prepared to spend a few hours as the upgrade can take some time depending on your computer.


Cord Cutting  -Eliminate Cable TV -Classes Now Available

Starting Tuesday, November 15th for 4-5 consecutive weeks  at 10:00am in Room D we will be conducting classes on everything you ever wanted to know about streaming services. Sign ups available at the Monitor Station or send an e-mail to: macscwgb375@gmail.com


 

PC Flight Simulator Group First Thursdays – Monthly General Meeting See You on December 1st –  9:00 to 12:00 noon. Any CW Member can attend. Guest policy applies.

See the new Microsoft Flight Sim software in action, Watch  John fly the Top Gun Maverick fighter jet.

If you are interested in some one on one instruction, John Burr will be available Thursday mornings by appointment ONLY. Call 602-330-8055 to set up your appointment.

More Info – Click Here


 

Ancestry.com and Genealogy meets Wednesdays at 1:00pm to 3:00pm and Thursdays 10:00 am to Noon

We have updated the Room B Classroom’s new PC’s with the Ancestry.com link on Microsoft Edge. We can seat up to 17 students along with the Instructor. There are also 5 PC’s in Room A and 4- Macs in the Mac Room C with Ancestry.com installed. Any member of Computers West can access these machines if you are interested. Laura King and her assistants will be available on Wednesdays at 1:00pm to 3:00pm and Thursday mornings from 10:00am to Noon in Room A to provide guidance and instructions on using the software. This is a no fee class.


The Linux group is open Fridays 8:00am to Noon – Room D

Coffee is On

Sun City West Linux Group Supports:

The Re-building; Re-configuring; customizing; Hobby Computing; or any other “ing “you might want to do with FREE software and your computer hardware.

The installation and upgrading of Linux Mate 20,xx is now automated.

So, if you are running an older version of Linux OS, it’s time to upgrade into the free, fastest, safest, OS around.

We are expanding our mission to include maintenance of:

  1. Linux Mint & Cinnamon
  2. Other Linux Distributions
  3. Ed Madden’s Cable Cutting Lab
  4. More Information, click here


Help Group needs you

The Help Group needs volunteers to assist Members with tech support on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Typical help requests include:

  1. Clean install of Windows 10.
  2. Upgrading from Windows 7, 8 to 10 or 11.
  3. Cleaning out crapware to speed up the PC.
  4. Uninstalling third party Anti-Virus programs like Norton, McAfee and reverting to the FREE Windows Security.
  5. Installing freeware like Libre Office and VLC Media Player and configuring same.
  6. One-on -one software assistance, like configuring e-mail.
  7. Help with Android (Samsung, LG, Motorola etc.) cell phones.
  8. Installing solid state hard drives and cloning/moving data.
  9. General PC Help and minor instruction.

While I do not expect to find experts in all the above, if you do have some experience in any of the above and have any interest in helping our members with PC issues, please contact Bob Gasner or Gary Rall at the Club.

New Internet Provider for SCW Coming Soon

As a service to the community, the Recreation Centers of Sun City West wishes to advise residents that the company Zona Wyyered is planning construction in the near future throughout the community. Zona Wyyerd provides home internet service similar to Cox and CenturyLink. The Rec Centers has no association with Zona Wyyerd and does not endorse the company over any other internet provider, but is providing residents with a heads up since the construction activity will be highly visible throughout our neighborhoods.
Work is scheduled to begin sometime in the next 30-60 days and will continue through the end of the year. Residents will see Zona Wyyerd work trucks and contractors around several different locations in the community, including rights of way areas. The work includes locating and marking underground utilities, so residents can expect sidewalk markings and small flags in their yards during the periods when Zona is working on their streets. The company has county permits authorizing this work. As construction moves through Sun City West, Zona will provide notices to nearby residents in the form of letters and door hangers. Those notices will include a phone number residents can call if they have concerns or questions. Residents can also go to Zona’s website (https://www.fiber.events/) for information or to sign up for emailed construction updates.
Questions about the construction should be directed to Zona, not the Recreation Centers of Sun City West.This press release and other future announcements from the Rec Centers about Zona Wyyerd are meant to inform the community about their work and any disruptions that may occur from it.


Pay or Renew Dues for 2023 On-Line

Do not wait until you need help or assistance with your hardware or software. Membership renewals are due January 1st of each year. Keep your club viable and renew now, if you have not done so. If you are uncomfortable renewing on-line, come by the club with your check and a monitor will assist you. Thank you.

Pay with Credit Card – Click Here

Did You Know?

The PC Help Group can also help you with your Android cell phone. (Samsung, LG, Motorola etc.) Having issues? Come by on Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 7:30 am. You must be logged in by 8:30am. Help is available on a first come-first served based on the expertise of the PC Volunteers.


 

Streaming TV Help

Need help with your TV streaming device, Fire Stick, Tivo, Onn (Android box), Roku etc. Meet the guys every Wednesday morning at 9:00am in Room B. (meeting room)

 

NEED SOME TECHNICAL HELP ?

Here are the times when you can get one-on-one help with your Devices:

PC Windows Computers & Android devices (phones & Tablets)

Every Wednesday & Every Friday from 7:30am to Noon first come first served so(please sign up before 8:30am)

Linux Operating systems & Raspberry Pi devices

Every Friday from 8 am to 11am

Streaming TV devices (Firestick, TiVo, and other Android devices)

Every Wednesday from 8am to 10am

Genealogy

Every Thursday from 10am to Noon and Wednesday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.


Flight Simulator Group

The Flight Simulator Group’s General Meeting meets once a month on the first Thursdays at: 9:00am to 12:00pm. This general meeting is open to all interested CW members. The following Thursdays are for one-on one flight training by an Instructor. Contact: lanalbublitz@gmail.com or call: 602-330-8055 to set up your appointment. Instruction appointments will be from: 9:00am to 12:00pm. Interested?? Stop by any Thursday to observe the instructors and if you are lucky get some one on one flying time if an instructor is available. Observers are always welcome.

Room A has an active Flight Sim computer for your use anytime the Club is open.

More Info – Click Here


Digital Scrapbooking – My Memories software-Classes forming soon. Watch for updates.

This software is available for your use for free in the classroom anytime the club is open and no classes are scheduled.

Adobe Photoshop Elements – Software

Organize and edit your photos to use individually, in a Scrapbook of Photo Album.This software is available for your use for free in the classroom anytime the club is open and no classes are scheduled.


Genealogy Training and Demo’s

Room A – Walk-In – No Fee Thursdays at 10:00am to Noon and Wednesday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
The PC computer group pays for a subscription to Ancestry.com that is available only on the PCs in Room A and is free for Computer Club members to use.

More information, click here.


PC Discussion Group Information Files: CLICK HERE


 

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Holiday party pictures: The Pictures