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The PC Club meets at the Panamerican School in Belen on the third Saturday of each month (except December, when we have a party instead). Coffee, conversations, and snacks start at 08:30 AM and the meeting starts at 09:00 and lasts until 11:00. All club business is conducted in English. Anyone is welcome to visit one meeting, without joining first, to see if it might be useful for them. The meetings always include a software and hardware clinic to solve problems that members have. We started out as users of Windows and Linux on PCs, but we've expanded to include Macs, tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, etc. Members are encouraged to bring their latest gadgets to the meeting to show off, as well as problems that the club will try to solve free of charge. We have information sharing at each meeting that usually proves beneficial to everyone. Click here for directions to the meeting site or you can call the club president, Dick, at 2416-8493 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Some of our members don't live close enough to make it to the meetings, but they still receive all the other benefits of membership, such as access to the members-only content on this site and the General listserver that facilitates email contact between members. All of our monthly club meetings are recorded, transcribed, and summarized on this website (in the members-only section) so that members anywhere can benefit from them.
Click here for more information about our monthly meetings. The club meetings are fun and helpful and a good reason to be in the club, but there are other benefits as well. The Members-only section of this website offers references and tutorials on topics related to computing, such as software, hardware, network options, etc. All members are subscribed to a general mailing list so that you can send a message to one address and everyone receives it. This is often used to ask questions that can be answered on the same mailing list by several members. Although the club is based in Costa Rica, there are members from other places that participate only through the website. We also have a Member Forum, that allows members to post items in a bulletin-board fashion, and a private Facebook page.
A typical PC Club Christmas Party
You should see three menu items at the top of the page. These items help you navigate the public information on the site. You can hover your cursor over most of the items to see additional content. If you login as a member, you'll see more menu items appear. Many of the items have a historical component. If you click on the top level item, you can access information going back several years. Check it out!
The World-Wide Web is full of interesting and informative articles about every topic you can imagine. There are so many, in fact, that it's almost impossible to keep up with them all. We collect links that might be of interest to club members and organize them into a selected set of categories. If you don't have time to read all the details, you can get an idea of what's happening just by looking at the titles of the links.
For those who live elsewhere, the word Tico is what folks in Costa Rica call themselves. Those who come from outside are called estranjeros (foreigners) or gringos (English speakers). The word gringo is a deprecation in Mexico and other places, but not in CR. Bytes are collections of bits used by computers to store information. The Tico Byte is our monthly newsletter that lets members know what to expect at the next club meeting. Lately, it also includes a sample preview of links from the next month's Web News page. You'll find the latest Tico Bytes under the Club Meetings link at the top of this page.
Under the Club Meetings item you'll find maps to the meeting and a collection of Tico Bytes, monthly invitations to the meeting, that contain previews of the agenda.
Club members receive userids and passwords that allow them to log in to the home page. Logging in adds three more drop-downs (Club Business, Refs & Tutorials, and Help) in the top-right half of the page. If you're a member and need your login information, please send email to the webmaster.
Club members can access the Member Forum by clicking on (or hovering over) the Club Business menu item at the top of the page. The Member Forum is a bulletin board that lets members ask & answer questions and make comments. Members log in with the same userids and passwords that they use to log in to this home page.
Please send your thoughts about the website to the webmaster or to the club's general mailing list. It's our goal to make the site interesting and useful for you.
Some of the links on this site refer to Portable Document Format (PDF) files. If you have difficulty viewing them, download the latest PDF reader here.