The Computer Education Society Of Philadelphia
Special Interest Groups ( SIGs )
SIG group members meet to demonstrate the use of new software programs and the use of new hardware.

Photography has become a popular SIG. At the Photo SIG meetings, members discuss camera reviews and user technical evaluations. Members critique photographs and learn the art of photography and the use of the ever-evolving software like Photoshop. Other SIGs, such as Video editing, Photoshop,

Genealogy and Microsoft Office are forming.

We have 2 Novice SIGs each momth for new computer users or thoes interestd in learning the latest
operating system like windows 8.1 and a cell phone SIG
Any member wishing to initiate or manage a SIG may propose his or her idea at a board meeting.

PC Hardware and Smartphone SIG / Digital Imaging/Photoshop SIG:
Usually meets on every other 1st Monday of the month
Huntingdon Valley Library
625 Red Lion Rd.
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
This SIG alternates meetings with the Digital Imaging/Photoshop SIG each month.

Digital Imaging / Photoshop SIG:
Usually meets on every other 1st Monday of the month
Huntingdon Valley Library
625 Red Lion Rd.
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
This SIG alternates meetings with the
PC Hardware
and Smartphone SIG each month.

Novice SIG:
Usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month
7:00 PM
Huntingdon Valley Library
625 Red Lion Rd.
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Our more advance members are there to help "novice" & Pro PC users with questions regarding using their PC.
Sick Laptop computer?
Bring it to thr Novice SIG on the 4th Wednesday of the month
and we will try to HELP you with it. This is on a first come first served basis

(This and all meeting are open to members of the Huntingdon Valley Library )

The dates for all our SIG meetings are listed on our calendar. Please check for last minute changes @.

Saturday Workshop Meetings:  
Open to everyone and is always free with no obligation.
We try to have a guest speaker to discuss various topics related to PCs, smartphones, cameras and photography.

The Workshop usually meets on the last Saturday of the month
10:30 AM
Huntingdon Valley Library
625 Red Lion Rd.
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

CESOP does not meet during the months of July and August.
Special Interest Groups, better known as SIGs, are topic specific meetings for our members.  At these SIG meetings, members can explore questions and answers on a particular area related to the SIG meeting.
Although membership is required to attend these SIG meetings, you are invited to attend a few for free
of the "Members Only" meetings to determine if you would like to become a member of CESOP.

  The SIGs currently on our agenda are:
Special Interest Groups ( SIGs )
Ocassionally there are last minute changes due to weather conditions
ice, snow, flooding, or something with the library schedule. 
Always check the CESOP calendar to see if there are any last minute
changes to the schedule befor leaving home.
You don't have to be a computer wizard to Know the answer,
just join CESOP
Read, understand, and watch for tricks, scams, malware and leader software  

One of the most common mistakes a new computer user makes is agreeing to dialog text boxes, agreements, or other prompts without reading the dialog text box or understanding it.

Before clicking any Ok or Install button, make sure you understand what you are getting your self into. Most computer manufacturer load your computer with programs that are "junk" you think it's something you need but you don't.

This is how computer manufacturer make their money. The companies pay them to include their software with your new computer.
This is how come you were able to buy that $899.00 computer for $499.00
Most of the programs are called LEADERS software and after you install it you find out its a trial offer and after 10 Days to 6 Month you have to start paying to use it.
If you do not understand what they are or how they work then don't click the OK or install prompt, click the Cancel button or close the box.
Any questions contact CESOP see the form on our contact page or one of our members

Also, while installing any program watch for any check boxes. Often free programs, plugins, and updates have check boxes that ask if it is ok to install additional programs onto your computer. For example, when installing the Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader and Shockwave have a check box (see Image below)
to install additional antivirus, firewall, toolbar, or many other programs. If left checked (often checked by default), these programs are installed and may cause problems or frustration.
Like notices that pop-up every few minutes or everytime you click on the Web Browser. They try to get you to pay for the full version even if it is not something you wanted. Some of thoes programs are very hard to remove from your computer. It's just so much easyer never to install them in the first place.

There are alot of great free programs out their, the aforementioned Adobe programs
are just a few but you have to be careful to read about what is good and bad out there befor installing anything. We recommend google it and read the reviews not the advertisements.
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