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STEM Page Update

A Science problem has been posted on the STEM page. If you like rocket ship physics, solve it, be the first to post a correct answer on the Members Forum, and be recognized as a science wizard.
Update: No solution submitted by members. A solution has been posted by Webmaster. See the Members page after logging in.

Bitcoin Update

It was all the rage. But now, according to an OC Register article on 4/13/14, interest is dieing down. A bitcoin is now valued at around $420. And mining is expensive: A "miner" who spent $16,000 on high speed computers to mine bitcoins, just sold his equipment on eBay at a $6,000 loss. His power bill was $480 a month, which was more than the amount earned from mining. Also, an updated type of fantasy-coin is now in vogue: LiteCoin. Check it out on your favorite Wiki.

Computer Museum

For several months, NOCCC has been investigating sponsoring a "Personal Computer History Display" in some display case on the Chapman campus. The Library is the most likely candidate. Anyone interested in helping should contact Richard Miller or Dr. Don Armstrong.
For some information on an  industrial strength  computer history display, follow this link for a Cray or this link for the whole museum.


It's all the rage. But is it real? Our Club Secretary, Steven Breitbart, has spoken about it at the February 2014 SIG "Exploring New Technology". This SIG meets at 9:00 AM in Science Bldg. 109.

Election Time Again

Hear yea ! Hear yea! Officer nominations are in. There are many openings for new leadership. Results:
  • President: Don Armstrong - interim
  • Vice President: Ben Lochtenberg
  • Secretary: Bob Dickson
  • Ed. Orange Bytes:Steven Breitbart
  • Webmaster: Rudy Lauterbach
  • Sig Leader/NewTech:TBD
  • New SIG: Programming/Rudy L.

Slate was presented in April, with voting in the June meeting.

'Life' and HTML 5

Try the Game of Life. Another example of HTML 5. Instruction are minimal but intuitively obvious to the most casual observer. Go to Pastimes. Only if you have some time to kill. :-)

HTML 5 Support ???

Click the Technical Information link to check whether your browser supports HTML 5, and specifically the canvas tag. If not, time to upgrade. Don't forget to reload or refresh often.

Your PC's Z-Axis

Click the Pastimes link to check out your computer's z-axis. Didn't know your computer had one? That's what we're here for. Don't forget to reload or refresh often.

Consignment Sales

Click the Benefits link, then scroll down, to learn how the Consignment Table works.

Really Important

Read this! “The Great Schism of the 21st Century” or “The Most Absurd Religious War in Geek History.” You say [hard-G]gif, I say [soft-G]gif (as in jif or Gene Autry). What could be more important to techo-nerds? Link1, link2, link3.

Share Your Views

A community forum is now available. Only MEMBERS may participate to prevent spam and hackers. Just LOGIN, and follow the prompts. Communicate with other Members, Officers, and Directors. This is your chance to be heard!

Hard of Hearing?

We have a solution! For main meetings, so everyone can hear the speaker adequately, we will be broadcasting on the FM dial starting with the June 2013 meeting. Just bring your FM pocket transistor radio, WITH EAR-BUDS, (no tube radios) and you will be able to tune in the speaker's words. Actual frequency will be assigned in real time. Give it a try. (If you don't know what a vacuum tube is, you're too young to attend. :-)

Embedded Computers

If you're a hobbyist building robots or your own router, you may be interested in a crop of single board computers. They are all hosted on small PC boards and selling for peanuts. See the table under menu NEWS -> SingleBoardComputers. A discussion of these was held in the May Exploring New Technologies SIG.


Interested in The Association of Personal Computer Users Group? If so, here's their Current Report. And, their web site is here.
And here's an interesting and local technical conference notification from our Apcug leader, Judy Taylor.

Help us grow !

Needed: New members to share our interest in all-things-computing. For details, please contact our Membership Chair, Ben Lochtenbergh
(949-653-2545, bal@msn.com) or our P.R. Chair, Tia Williams (714-583-0404, lwilliams_00@yahoo.com). Present leadership is getting somewhat "long-in-the-tooth". New members with "fresh blood", new ideas, a desire to get involved, and a young spirit, regardless of your age, are needed to keep this 37-year-old institution going. Thanks.

Like to write?

We need writers. We like book reviews* and original technical articles for our Newsletter. Here's a chance to get published and "become famous immediately". You have two outlets: The Newsletter or the Website. We are somewhat independent.
*How to write a review.

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Social Media?
Need to network more? Need a life? Give it a try. Here are some sites to get you started.

Tech Solution
A programming solution to the Technology/STEM problem referenced below has been posted. Log in first, then look on the Members Page for a writeup.

Tech STEM Problem
Computer Science is Technology, right? So, continuing to educate humanity in STEM, we now pose a Computer Science-type of question: How to encode and decode sectet messages. There's an encrypted message waiting for you to decrypt.

To Be . . .
Should we even try to continue with this grand experiment? More.

APCUG Virtual
Our umbrella PC Users Group is hosting some interesting "stuff". A "virtual conference" (that means you can stay home in your PJ's) is being held Saturday, 2/2/14. (Unfortunately, the same day as our Feb. meeting. So, if you can't make the NOCCC meeting, ...) To register: Click Here. To see the planned sessions, Click Here. Also, there are some APCUG YouTube Videos that look interesting: ApcugVideos.

Data Privacy
Interested in data privacy? Check out this note from Judy Taylor of APCUG. Keep January 28th open. Click here.

Math Problem
We are starting to do our part in educating humanity in STEM. Check out our meager efforts here. Check out the general question also. STEM Page

Member's Forum
The Member's Forum is the new name for the old, obsolete CBB. You can read member comments and submit your own comments, but first you must LOGIN (far right of top manu bar). So now, you don't have to post 'bulletins', just say what you will. Management would like some member feedback. Thank you.

Other Clubs
Maybe you'd like to see how other computer clubs do it, or just read their online pub's. Use News -> Other ...
or just click here.

More: July 7
Have a look at the July 7, 2013, Main Meeting - in wide-angle photography. Attendance was a little light, but the presentation topic was well received.

July 7 Meeting
Our speaker will be Bob Gostischa of Avast Software, speaking on anti-virus and anti-malware tools to keep your computer safe.

Computer Classes
Maybe, just maybe, if more people knew how computers worked, we'd get some new members. Placentia Library is offering some computer classes. Click Here for more info.

Some Tee-shirts advertising NOCCC are available for purchase. Most are XXL size, but they should shrink. We also have some coffee mugs available (yes, they will also hold tea, or whatever you like). Inquire from Gerry Resch at one of the meetings if interested. Or contact the Club Secretary. With enough interest, we may be forced do a re-order.

The "Raffle" prizes have been getting better and better. Why not come by around 2:00 PM and buy some tickets. Six for $5. Non-members welcome.