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What would you want from a Computer Users Group?
« on: Fri Nov 02, 2012 - 09:49:25 »
Back before the Internet, computer users group were great sources of software and tech help.  But, is there any value in a Computer Users Group today?  Is there anything a Computer Users Group could do for you, these days?

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Re: What would you want from a Computer Users Group?
« Reply #1 on: Sat Nov 03, 2012 - 08:53:16 »
I can see a good use for groups in that since we are Christians the entire piracy thing is obviously a no no. A group could get together on a regular basis to discuss freeware and open-source software solutions, with lists of pros and cons for each application. You could also discuss open source operating systems, and as a group learn from one another. In today's world it's quite simple to have every bit of software necessary from OS to video editing, all for free and legitimate.

Another good use for groups is to learn some troubleshooting, both hardware and software. Compile a nice list of "tools" necessary to fix almost any system, all on a bootable USB stick.

The "groups" I have personally been involved with have all been through internet forums, but I can see a RL group experience as having positive results.

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Re: What would you want from a Computer Users Group?
« Reply #2 on: Sun Nov 04, 2012 - 13:39:23 »
The reason I ask is because I know of people, especially older people who need help.  Recently, an older lady told me they needed to buy a copy of MS Office because their preview copy that came with their computer expired.   So, I thought about maybe starting a computer user's group at church.  But, I have some concerns.

Laptops aren't friendly to hardware troubleshooting, unlike desktops.  And, we're moving beyond laptops to tablets which are beyond hardware troubleshooting.  In other words, hardware troubleshooting is becoming obsolete. 

Open Source Operating systems are beyond anyone I'd be starting the users group for.

Of course, we could cover freeware.   Which would be great to talk about.   And, we could cover basic computer operation.   But, there's such a huge selection of freeware and the proliferation of platforms worries me (apps for iOS/Android/Win9, plus Windows 7/Vista/xp), making this such a broad subject that maybe a lot of people won't have an interest any one topic.

I'm fishing for ideas of how to flesh out a modern users group without it being nothing but volunteering to be free tech support for people's problems.  I don't wan't to do that, especially with software/websites I have little interest/experience with.   
 

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Re: What would you want from a Computer Users Group?
« Reply #3 on: Sat Dec 29, 2012 - 20:49:58 »
I'm a member of my local LUG (Linux users group) and have been active for about ten years there.  As the internet has come into it's own, fewer and fewer people join, and it's mostly become a social group for local computer nerds, but I can see the value in a users group.

I frequently contract out work to people on the list that is beyond my expertise at work.  I ask odd, random questions that I can't find answers to on google. 

Pretty much, the list as a tool to learn Linux is pretty useless.  But as a place people can find experienced nerds with a vast array of backgrounds to help with whatever endevours they are in, computer users groups are absolutely invaluable.  They've saved my behind many, many times.

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