Technology User Group

On January 11 we held a Zoom,  "Show and Tell" meeting where some members talked about recent tech related items they have acquired. Part of the meeting was devoted to discussing future plans. Two key points:
1) Joe Velson has stepped down as Activity Leader so Dan Poulin is stepping in on an interim basis. We are looking for someone to take over this position. Duties include soliciting members to contribute and lead topic discussions, maintaining communications with members, and leading the monthly meeting. A more detailed description of what is needed can be downloaded HERE.
2) We have no confirmed presentations for the next few meetings. Any user technology topic is fair game. One suggestion is that a member can share online content such as a YouTube video or TED talk and then lead a group discussion. Our activity room comes equipped with a large screen TV which can be hooked up to a laptop to display online content.
If you are interested in taking on the activity leader role, or if you have a topic you would like to present, please contact Dan Poulin via email or call 510-928-4519.

Our Mission Statement

The Technology User Group provides a forum for SIR members to exchange practical knowledge / information on topics that directly relate to the application and use of technology in our daily lives via formal presentations and informal discussion groups. Topics will be driven by members of this activity group. The group will meet in person at the Danville Library or online via Zoom when a physical meeting isn't possible.

Our 2023 Meeting Schedule

Date / Time Topic Presenter
January 11 - 2 PM (via Zoom) Show and Tell                                                             All                      
February - No Meeting    
March 31 - 10 AM - 12 PM
April 28 - 10 AM - 12 PM Electric Vehicles
Bob Maddox /
Mike McSweeney
May 19 - 10 AM - 12 PM    
June 30 - 10 AM - 12 PM    
July 28 - 10 AM - 12 PM    
August 25 - 10 AM - 12 PM    
September 29 - 10 AM - 12 PM    
October 27 - 10 AM - 12 PM    
November 17 - 10 AM - 12 PM    
December (No meeting)    
January 26, 2024 TBD    

When and Where are the Technology User Group meetings?

Starting March 2023, in person meetings will resume at the Danville Public Library, 400 Front St, Danville.  Meetings are planned for the last Friday of the month from 10 am - noon.
SIR Computer Group Meetings 2023:
(All last Fridays unless *, 10am -12pm)
  • March 31
  • April 28
  • *May 19 
  • June 30
  • July 28
  • August 25
  • September 29
  • October 27
  • *November 17
  • January 26, 2024 

Our 2022 Meeting Schedule

Date Topic Presenter
January 12     Show and Tell   All
February 9     "Cutting the Cord" (Streaming Services, devices, etc)   Jim Burke
March 9     Windows 11 Upgrading Discussion
   Joe Velson
April 13     Taking Digital Photos with Your Phone   Bob Maddox
May 11     What is "the Cloud" and How to Use It   Dan Poulin
June 8     Protecting Your Data - Best Practices   Joe Velson
July13     Home Power Backup Dan Poulin
August 10     Editing Digital Photos  Bob Maddox
September 14         Future Technologies Discussion    Michael Levine
  No further meetings scheduled until 2023  tbd

Previous Topics and Presentation Materials

12 Easy PC Tasks You Should Be Doing JUN 2013 Batteries  
(PC World - Mar 2013)
JUN 2013 Chrome  
2FA (Two-factor Authentication) AUG 2020
Consumer Electronics Show
50 Plants that Changed History MAY 2020 Cortana  
Batteries - Solid State Battery Evolution OCT 2020 eBay  
Batteries - The Race to Invent the Perfect Battery OCT 2020 ELM 327 OBD  
Batteries - Resources OCT 2020 Excel Tips JUL 2020
Best Backup Practices JUN 2022    
Bitcoin   Hangout  
Black Screen of Death AUG 2019 Maps (Google)  
Converting Photos and Slides to Digital JUN 2013 Movie Maker  
CRISPR Technology  and CRISPR Resources FEB 2020 SIR 128 Website  
Coronavirus (Covid 19) MAR 2020 Smartphones  
Cutting the Cord (Moving from TV to Streaming content) FEB 2022    
AUG 2019 Sports Tracker Live  
DNA (2018)   Tap and Pay  
DNA (2021) FEB 2021 The Modern Home  
Dogs & Humans JUN 2020 Ubuntu  
eBook Readers   Wearable Tech  
Editing Digital Photographs (YouTube video) AUG 2022    
Electrical Power Backup for the Home JUL 2022    
Emissions Economy NOV 2020 WiFi & Routers  
MAR 2021
Futuristic View of Consumer Technology  (Slide) (Handout)
SEP 2022
History of Computers AUG 2019    
How Can We Trust A Robot      
Mobile Virtual Network Operator      
MVNO Networks      
My Home Network      
Passwords & Password Safes AUG 2020    
Photography Processing on your PC MAR 2021    
Phishing Scams SEP 2020    
Print from Phone to WiFi Printer   (Android) and (iPhone) NOV 2021    
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Overview MAR 2020    
SmartPhone Photography, Improving Your      (mtg Video) APR 2022    
Steel JAN 2020            
Stock Android Tips      
Team Viewer Remote Access Software      
The Cloud and How to Use It  (.pdf)   (YouTube Video) MAY 2022    
Virtual Private Networks & VPN Spreadsheet SEP 2020    
Where is Technology Taking Us?      
Windows 10 One Last Time      
Windows 11 Upgrade Discussion MAR 2022    
Note: If you find a download link results in an error, please send a note to Joe Velson.

Get on our Mailing List

We use the information in the SIR's Member Directory Profile to send out occasional messages and updates about our group. Login to the website and go to MEMBERS>MY PROFILE>UPDATE PROFILE and check Technology User Group under the "Activities I'm Interested In" section. You will be automatically added to our mailing list.
Is there a topic that interests you? Are you willing to do a bit of research and spend a few minutes talking to the group about what you have learned? We need members to help develop content for our meetings. If you have an idea or need help putting together presentation materials, please contact Dan Poulin.