SaddleBrooke Computer Club

What’s new at the SaddleBrooke Computer Club

Dennis Korger

Our monthly free public presentation on a computer tech topic is traditionally held on the third Monday of the month in the MountainView Ballroom. All of our reserved dates for January through April were abruptly voided and we’ve been scrambling to find alternate dates and reconfirm or replace speakers. Over 150 residents attended our November 19 presentation “iPhone Tips and Tricks,” the video of this presentation is available to current members through our website eLearn portal.

On Friday, January 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the MountainView Ballroom, our presentation will be “Smart Phones” (Android and iPhones). This is a return visit from Alex Bruno, manager of Cellular Sales, a Verizon franchise at Grant and Swan. Last year’s presentation was well received and well attended.

On Friday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m. in the MountainView Ballroom our presentation will be “Smart Speakers.” The speaker will be Andrea Bianco, Alexa expert and the owner of Smart House Consultant. Find out why smart speakers are one of today’s hottest selling electronic products!

We have reserved the ballroom for Friday, March 29 and Friday, April 19 for future presentations. As usual, check the Users Group page on our website for breaking news.

We’ve just added Tech Help Clinic to our current list of classes; this will offer individual help with uncooperative electronic devices. Other new classes for 2019 include WordPress Gutenberg Update (free website creation software), Facetime for iPad and iPhone, VeraCrypt, LastPass, Facebook Security and more to come.

The first class of 2019 started on January 9. Enrollment for our 2019 classes opened on December 15 and remains open as long as seats are available. New members pay $55/single or $80/couple to join the club and enroll in any class on a space available basis for the entire calendar year. Established members pay a $35 annual fee to enroll in subsequent years. See our website at for full class descriptions, our up to the minute schedule, answers to frequently asked questions, (FAQ), joining the SaddleBrooke Computer Club, registration for classes and participation in our eLearn classes (members only).

Computer tidbits: The Windows 10 October 2018 update (version 1809) was halted just four days after its October 2 launch. Termed by some as “the worst version of Windows 10 ever,” the revised update became available again on December 5 to “seekers” – those foolish enough to click on “Check for Updates.” The best advice is still “wait!” Microsoft now checks for compatibility issues and will not install the update until any issues are resolved. You’ll eventually get automatically bumped up to version 1809 sooner or later; later is better.