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Welcome to HAL-PC

HAL-PC is the world's largest PC user group - home to an award winning internet service, exciting technology presentations, Special Interest Groups, hands-on computer classes, award winning Magazine, Senior Learning Center Courses and more! We invite you to join the group and become one of thousands of computer users helping other computer users since 1982.


NEW BOARD MEMBER--We are pleased to announce the election of Jeff Watson to the Board of Directors to fill a vacancy on the Board. His election was at the meeting of the Board on March 25, 2014. His volunteering his time and effort to HAL-PC in this special capacity is much appreciated.

FACILITY UPDATE--We have asked contractors to provide preliminary pricing for building out the space to our specifications for all prospective locations.


2014 Spring Virtual Technology Conference

APCUG’s FREE 2014 Spring Virtual Technology Conference (VTC) will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Time. The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via a chat window. Videos from earlier conferences can be found on APCUG’s YouTube channel

To register for this VTC, please click here

If you would like further information, send an email to

Senior Learning Center - Clearlake

As previously announced, the Clear Lake Senior Learning Center will close at the end of June because the building is slated for demolition.  HAL-PC, the parent organization, remains alive and well. 

Microsoft Ribbon Menu System Mini Course
Monday and Wednesday, May 5 and 7
10:00 – 12:00 (Minicourse; two 2-hour sessions)
Instructor: George Roy
Not only is the Microsoft Ribbon a new way of looking at familiar Microsoft software, it also offers many more choices and options for creating your documents and spreadsheets, organizing and viewing your photos, and handling your email.  All of the favorite commands are still there – and much more.  This class will show you how to find your way around in the Ribbon, and will show you some handy tips and tricks which will make the Ribbon interface easier to use, no matter which program you are using.  Examples will be from Microsoft Word.  

Files and Folders
Tuesday and Thursday, May 13 through May 29
1:00 – 3:00 (six 2-hour sessions)
Instructors:  Bruce and Anna Dell Williamson
The Windows Explorer user interface changed considerably from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8  and 8.1. Students learn or review new ways to do familiar things such as how to manage files, folders, disks, and drives, including how to open, copy, save, maintain, backup, move, rename, delete and undelete files and folders.  “Search”, “My Computer”, and “Recycle Bin” are also covered. The course will be taught using Windows 7 but would be useful with other versions of Windows including Windows 8 or 8.1.    Please bring a USB flash drive.

The following class is in response to many requests and has been “under construction” for some time.  We are happy to be able to offer it before we close.

Adobe Photoshop Elements Overview
Tuesday and Thursday, May 13 through May 29
10:00 to 12:30 (six 2.5 hour sessions)
Instructors:  Liz Lunden and Cline Tincher
This class will cover some of the photo editing features that distinguish a basic editing program from a feature rich Intermediate level program that allows you to enhance and alter your photos.  Basic editing as well as suggestions for photo restoration will also be covered with extensive examples.  Photoshop Elements is one of the more popular intermediate level programs and the information covered in this class will mostly be applicable from version 5 up to the current version 12.  Familiarity with digital photography and computers is necessary.  Please bring a USB Flash Drive.

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Positions open

Class Instructors, Accounts Payable Clerk

If you are interested in the position of Education Coordinator, please send to a resume and an e-mail address and phone number where you can be reached.  You will be contacted within a few days.

Thank you.

HAL-PC Magazine

Which digital media application is right for you? Our HAL-PC review staff can help you choose.

Robert Du Vernay reviews the latest version of Nero. He also reviews NTI Media Maker 9 Ultimate HD Edition

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