Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Phoenixville Tech Group Mission Statement

The Phoenixville Tech Group has three primary missions:

  1. To help those folks with little or no knowledge of computers enter into the information age, so they are not “shut out” as our society transitions from traditional ways of communicating and doing business.
  2. To form a User Group where we bring technology users together to share knowledge and experience.
  3. To encourage those members with technical skills to help others within our communities implement and maintain all types of computer-based, digital systems in our meetings.

While the major focus is on the use of computers, applications, and the Internet, our support extends to digital cameras, mobile phones, television and home theater arrangements and more.

We particularly welcome those who have no experience with computers, who may not even own a computer to join our group and learn the basics (along with many others that share their current situation).  Many of our members started from the same base and are now comfortable using computers and the Internet.  When we cover the “basics,” we attempt to simplify the material so all can understand it.  Moreover, we hold “clinic” sessions where our members provide “one-on-one” training and coaching.

The Phoenixville Tech Group User groups represent the spirit of the frontier, a community getting together to do things that no individual ought to have to do alone. User groups founded on the principle of “members helping members.”  Many participants in user groups say that their primary reason for being a member of the group is to make contact with other tech users.  The Senior Tech Group, with the help of all who join us, will try to answer your questions and share helpful tips.

During our group meetings and clinics, we cover the following topics and more.

  • Getting started with a computer
    • What computer, printer, backup drive… should you buy
    • Connecting to the Internet and WiFi arrangements
    • Securing your computer
    • Using your equipment and its software
    • Help with your e-mail
    • How to search the Internet
    • Backup your photos to the cloud
    • Speed up a sluggish computer
  • Using the Internet more effectively
  • Cell Phones
    • Finding an economical plan
    • Choosing a phone
    • Programming your cell phone
    • Using Apps
    • Backup your photos to the cloud
  • Shopping online
  • Cable TV or Fios issues, cutting the cord (get rid of cable TV)
  • Talking online using video chat, webcam, and Skype
  • Digital camera and photo problems, what camera to buy
    • Sharing photos on the Internet
  • Using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc.
  • Setting up your web address and personalized e-mail address
  • Building web pages