New Orleans Personal Computer Club
P.O. Box 8364
Metairie, Louisiana 70011
Club Hotline: (504) 222-2493

The New Orleans Personal Computer Club helps people take advantage of everything personal computer technology can do to improve their lives. Whether you have a smartphone, laptop, tablet, desktop with local or cloud storage, we have the help you need. We have monthly general meetings and special meetings where you can learn more than you ever imagined.

The PC Club was founded in 1981 as a Louisiana non-profit organization run by volunteers.

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** Past Due Notice **
Membership Renewals Were Due October 1

If your membership dues are current, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 Processors. For those who are still in arrears, here is a gentle reminder. Every member's dues are payable by October 1. While we try to keep expenses as low as possible, we still have the inevitable overhead. You can renew at the General Membership meeting at the registration table or at the New/Intermediate User SIG. Or, if you prefer, you can renew online by credit card or with your PayPal account by clicking on the link on the left of this page. You do NOT need a PayPal account. Contact Treasurer, Bill Howard if you have any questions about your membership status.

Elections at NOPCC

At the November General Membership meeting we held elections for the officers and directors to lead the NOPCC in 2015. The officers are President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. In addition, we have three Directors at Large. These seven members constitute the Club's Board of Directors. Each member of the Board will serve from December 1, 2014 until November 30, 2015. We will again hold elections at the November 2015 meeting. The Board meets once a month, on the third Wednesday, at 6:30PM

We'd like to thank those who served us well in past and those who will lead us in upcoming year. If you'd like to serve in any other capacity you're in luck. We can always use more help on any of the committees. Get with any of the directors and we will find a job that best suits your interests and talents.

2015 Officers
President Ray Paternostro
Vice-President Don Costello
Treasurer Mike York
Secretary Tomas Sosa
Director at Large Tom Gaffney
Director at Large Robert Romalewski
Director at Large Greg Wilde


November 2014 General Membership Meeting

Laser Scanning of Large Structures

Laser scanning devices are a rapid, non-contact tool for capturing the shape of an object. There are numerous types of scanning systems, with varying capture ranges, base technologies and platforms upon which they are mounted. This presentation will focus on laser systems suited for capturing large objects. The presentation will provide a brief introduction to the technology and the general benefits of using laser scanning systems. We'll review a myriad of possible applications for the technology and provide examples of how the tools were used and associated downstream benefits. The presentation will conclude with an indication of where the laser scanning industry is headed.

Dr. Gregory T. Dobson is a Principal Engineer Scientist II for Geocent, LLC. He is currently leading a group engineers at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility to support production planning, training and manufacturing operations for Boeing Exploration Launch Systems. As a part of his primary duties, he utilizes Modeling and Visualization tools, including laser scanning technology, reverse engineering software, CAD tools and animation software, to demonstrate and analyze production processes under the Space Launch System Core Stage program and to develop three-dimensional models of legacy tools and facilities. Dr. Dobson has over seventeen years of research and development expertise in 3D geometric modeling, production process simulation, laser scanning, reverse engineering and custom programming.

Make sure you're caught up on your dues so you can take part in our elections!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Congregation Gates of Prayer
4000 West Esplanade Av, Metairie, LA 70002  (For Android and iOS users   )
**** 1/4 mile east of East Jefferson General Hospital at Richland St; park & enter at rear ****

Guests are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

New/Intermediate User Special Interest Group (SIG)

Remember back when you had just the 1 computer that every member of the household had to share? Things have surely changed! These days you could have multiple pc's, laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones, smart TV's, set top boxes, ... Trying to stay in touch with friends and family scattered across the globe. Online shopping, banking, trading, and even healthcare management while trying to stay secure. And you thought that one computer was daunting. Well, that's where the New/Intermediate User SIG comes into play. No one person can figure it all out, but collectively we can cut the digital beast down to size. We share our experiences learned over the "years of tears" to enable each of us to more fully take advantage of our digital devices.

Everyone is encouraged to email questions in advance to or post on Meetup New/Intermediate User SIG Event. This gives Ray a chance to do a little research.

Tuesday, November 12, 2014 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Congregation Gates of Prayer
4000 West Esplanade Av, Metairie, LA 70002  (For Android and iOS users   )
**** 1/4 mile east of East Jefferson General Hospital at Richland St; park & enter at rear ****

Future General Membership Meetings

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Wednesday, January 7, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Congregation Gates of Prayer
4000 West Esplanade Av, Metairie, LA 70002


2014 2013
January 2014
Computers at the Airport
February 2014
How Technology is Affecting the News Business
March 2014
Hear From an FBI Special Agent and an FBI Intelligence Analyst
April 2014
10 Important Uses for That You Probably Did Not Know About
May 2014
Home and Business Security -- And Remote Access to Your Devices
June 2014
Data mining: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
July 2014
Tour of Jefferson Parish Crime Laboratory
August 2014
New Cutting Edge Trends and Technologies
September 2014
How Computers and Wearable Apps Can Help Your Health
October 2014
Living in an App-Centric World
November 2014
Laser Scanning of Large Structures
December 2014
Induction of Officers
January 2013
Louisiana's crime expert -- Our own Bones/CSI expert
February 2013
3D Printing
March 2013
Windows 8
   Windows 8 Common Shortcuts
   Peek Inside Windows 8
April 2013
Clash of the Titans -- Androids vs. iPhones
May 2013
Improve Your Online Shopping
June 2013
Google, Google, Google
July 2013
Alternatives to Landline Telephone Providers
August 2013
Windows 8 Potpourri
September 2013
New Media vs. Old Media
October 2013
How to Create Instructional Screencasts and, If You Want, Put Them on YouTube
November 2013
How Lawyers Find and Use Social Media Evidence In Divorces and Other Legal Cases
December 2013
Induction of Officers
How to Watch Great Lectures and Take Free Courses Online
2012 2011
January 2012
60 Tips in 60+ Minutes - Part II
February 2012
Alternatives to Pay Television
March 2012
Chad Cox, The Bad Guys Don't Knock When They Sneak Into Your Computer
April 2012
Robert Gordon, You Are Never Too Old To Climb the Family Tree
May 2012
How An Attorney Uses Technology In Trial Preparation and In Courtrooms
June 2012
SOPA and PIPA and CISPA, Oh My!
July 2012
Selling on ebay - Do All of the Work Yourself or Use a Professional
August 2012
Learn From A Google Rep About The Brand New Google Apps -- and the Old Ones Too
September 2012
Meeting Cancelled Due to Isaac
October 2012
How The V.A. Is Using Computers To Help Cure PTSD
November 2012
More Great Google Goodies
December 2012
Induction of Officers
The World's First Supercomputer - Your Brain
January 2011
Lydia Lourbacos, Cyber Ruggedize You and Your Computer
February 2011
Allen Square, Informational Tour of the Advances in the City's Technology Infrastructure
March 2011
Greg Czmbor, Technology Tours - Extraordinary Uses for Everyday Technology
April 2011
Newell Normand, Jefferson Parish Sheriff -- How the Sheriff's Office Uses Computers
May 2011
Digital Photography -- A Comparison of Free Picasa and Fee Adobe Photo Elements
June 2011
Hurricane Prep -- How to protect your family, your property and your computers
July 2011
Electronic Pickpockets Are Right Behind You
August 2011
New Technology in the Jefferson Parish Crime Labs
September 2011
Adobe Acrobat Is Not A Circus Performer
October 2011
Mobile Phones, Tablets, 4G and 4G LTE, Apps, and Xmas Goodies
November 2011
The Eyes Have It - Dr. Ginny Kullman
December 2011
60 Tips in 60+ Minutes - Part I
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PO Box 8364
Metairie, Louisiana 70011
Club Hotline: (504) 222-2493

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