Welcome to the Greater Tampa Bay PC User Group (GTBPCUG). GTBPCUG is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 educational organization, dedicated to helping members get the most out of their persoanl computers, tablets, and smartphones for over 30 years.
While the group supports IBM compatible personal computers, group meetings are open to all computer enthusiasts.
Typically the meeting features a software or hardware demonstration, including vendor presentations, announcements, computer related news, questions and answers, and social time.
Sometimes the meeting will focus on Windows issues. The first portion of the meeting often covers a prepared subject, while the second half is open for questions and answers at all levels.
Other times it will focus on Internet issues including security issues. Members learn how to access and explore the Internet, configure their software, use the World Wide Web, send and receive email, transfer files with FTP, telnet to other sites, participate in newsgroups, etc.
Each of the meetings will be followed by a Question & Answer session. Members and guests with specific questions not covered during the meeting can get help from the officers and more experienced members.
The meetings are held each Tuesday online using Zoom.
Group members enjoy presentations on the latest personal computer hardware and software, receive a monthly newsletter (Bay Bytes), containing reviews of programs and hardware, and other computer-related news. Members also are able to contact group volunteers for answers to computing questions, and have access to a library of books, instructional video tapes, and CD-ROM training materials. Qualified members also have the opportunity to review programs and hardware from major companies, and then will own the program when their review is published in the group's newsletter. At some meetings, great door prizes are won by lucky club members. In addition, some vendors and local merchants offer product discounts to club members. The group also has several special interest groups (SIGs) that meet each month to offer more personalized education about computer software programs and hardware.
All members pay dues to support various group activities. Group dues are now only $10 per year, payable each January, with new members prorated for each month remaining in the calendar year. In addition, all new members pay a one-time equipment fee of $20., which helps the group keep its equipment up-to-date.
For additional information, contact the Membership Coordinator.