Mastodon Channel Islands PC Users Group (CIPCUG) Podcast


During the pandemic we didn't process membership billing correctly. The board decided to change the billing cycle so that all memberships started January 1. This last year, income covered half the expenses, so we need more money to sustain the club. Dues were $10, as we needed to cover only online expenses. We were no longer paying the Boys & Girls club for a meeting room. WE have started meeting both in person and by Zoom. Ventura County Computers has graciously offered their site for free.

The mailing address of the club is:

  • P.O. Box 51354
  • Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

Please, if you didn't pay this year or any of the previous 2 years, send us dues. It's a bargain at $10. We are busilly working to get our financials up-to-date.

Listen to Podcast 366 of September 26, 2023

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Join Us on Facebook

By far the most popular activity for CIPCUG members over the years has been our Q&A sessions. We have added to this by having a podcast where we continue to answer Q&A questions from members. Post a questions on the CIPCUG Facebook page or email it to tech@ name-of-club (sorry to make it obscure, but if I didn't every spammer in the world would be my new best friend) and we'll answer it the following Tuesday -- or sometimes via a reply post or email within minutes. We need more participation among members, so ask away.

Our regular schedule is being continued, both in person and on Zoom. We have added a regular Tuesday hour-long meeting on Tuesdays at 7 PM. If you haven't already, sign up for our mailing list above and you will receive login credentials. We have to do it this way to prevent Zoom-bombing. We don't need pornography and profanity from bored, nuisance non-members.

Zoom Online and in-person Meetings

  • Saturday Dates

  • 4th Saturday of the month - 10 months
  • 3rd Saturday for November and December
  • Saturday Times

  • Q & A: 9:30 to 10:45 AM
  • Business Meeting: 10:45 - 11 AM
  • Program: 11 - Noon
  • Tuesdays

  • Every Week
  • From 7 PM to 8 PM

National Organization


CIPCUG is a member of APCUG, an International Association of Technology & Computer Users Groups. APCUG provides excellent articles for our newsletter, helps find programs, conducts webinars you can "attend" from the comfort of your own home (see past webinars on YouTube) and provides excellent support for user groups in the conduct of their business.

During the pandemic they have stepped up their online presentations. We publicize them on our Facebook page. Be sure to join in.


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CIPCUG on Facebook

Log into the Facebook CIPCUG page. If it's your first time, you'll be prompted to join. Do so. You should be approved in under an hour. We keep the bad guys out this way. Once you are in, keep reading posts and reply to those you find interesting. Post questions, which will we will try to answer on our new podcast (online radio) hosted on Mercury Broadcasting. Be sure to tune in on Tuesday mornings to hear the latest. We have a once a week schedule on Tuesdays at 8 AM (hopefully). You can listen any time after. Notices will be up on Facebook, our own Podcast page.

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Free Instruction


Webucator is offering our members free online self-paced courses in (see subject list.) This is only for currently paid members of CIPCUG. You must have a voucher to use them. If you are interested, please contact Bart Koslow at and he will provide you with the voucher you require.