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The Oakmont News / June 15, 2014

Oakmont Technology Forum and PC Users Group

nJohn Hamilton, PC Users Group; George McKinney, Oakmont Technology Forum

Survey on Cell Phone Reception in Oakmont

nBette Shutt


Dropbox is a home for all your photos, docs, videos, and files. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website—so you can access your stuff from anywhere! Dropbox makes it easy to share with others. Who best to show you how to make all of this work for you? Ronnie Roche! Remember there is always time for questions. Plan to come early at 1:30 p.m. for coffee/tea, refreshments and fellowship. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. followed by the program in the West Recreation Center. We look forward to seeing you. Website:


Dues are $10 per household. There are three ways to join: at any meeting; a check made payable to OakMUG and sent to Justine Haugen, Treasurer, 8926 Acorn Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409; or you may put your check into our file in the OVA Office. Members receive a discount on the entire catalog of O’Reilly and Peachpit books.


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668, Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-1598 or E-mail

iPAD SIG “show up and share”

WHEN: Tuesday, June 24, 11 a.m. PLACE: Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Linda Canar

PC Users Group

nBarbara G. Dudley


It’s summer! Well, maybe not officially, but we’ll stretch it a bit and start now. To provide you with more hours to fritter away, OPCUG takes its summer break from June through August. During that time, Program Meetings (third Mondays) and newsletters are suspended, while Q&A Sessions (second Mondays) continue, and only the August Board Meeting is scheduled. Enjoy your summer!


Here you can find information about upcoming meetings on our Home page, and read timely articles about PC issues on our Past Programs page and past issues of newsletters.


If you live in Oakmont and want personal PC help, group members are happy to assist you, free of charge. Call our experts: Phil Kenny at 538-2075, Dan Gaffney at (916) 878-9538, or Gordon Ramsey at 538-4981.

Many Oakmont residents have had problems with cell phone reception. It’s time we had a better understanding of the problem and possible solutions. This survey is being undertaken to analyze the actual experience of a large number of Oakmont residents. It is a joint project of the Oakmont Technology Forum and the Oakmont PC Users Group. Please participate and ask your neighbors to participate. We can only get a clear map of Oakmont cell phone reception if we have a lot of information. Everything will be held strictly confidential. Name_______________________________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone __________________________________________________________ This is my Home ____ Cell ____ My cell phone carrier is _____________________________________ (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc.) My cell phone handset is a ___________________________________________________ (example: iPhone 4) It uses 3G ____ 4G ____ Other or don’t know _____________________________________________________ My signal strength inside my house is: 1 bar __ 2 bars __ 3 bars __ 4 bars __ 5 bars __ Have you changed your cell phone service because of poor reception? If so, who was your old cell phone carrier? _______________________________________________ Describe any special method you use to improve cell reception in your home: _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Places in Oakmont outside your home where you have trouble with phone service: Berger ____ CAC ____ West ____ East ____ OGC ____ Other _______________

Please drop this form in the OPCUG folder in the OVA Office, or mail it to George McKinney, 307 Stone Creek Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. If you have any questions, please E-mail us at

Oakmont HEARS

Hearing Education, Advocacy, Resources and Support nCarol Haggerty

Our next meeting will be held from 1–2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, in Room B of the Central Activities Center. Our group consists of those who are hearing-impaired as well as those whose loved ones are hearing-impaired and anyone who might be interested in this subject. We will be discussing topics of mutual interest and concern. Over the months ahead the goal of Oakmont HEARS is to obtain and disseminate information on various aspects of living with hearing loss. We will look for and, with your help, find professionals who can educate us about hearing loss and hearing aids, like the new breakthrough technologies that now exist for both less expensive hearing aids and for greatly expanded control of some hearing aids with smart phones. We will invite representatives of hearing device companies to come to Oakmont and demonstrate their products. With you, we will advocate for improved services for individuals and families with hearing loss, e.g., we could begin by requesting improved sound systems in all the meeting spaces in Oakmont. We will share details of resources identified and utilized among ourselves and those we learn of through broader media. We will develop methods and means for providing support for each other and for the significant others in our lives. Questions or suggestions for meeting topics or speakers can be sent to me at Please join us for our next meeting. We use a portable microphone at our meetings so you won’t miss a word.

Cal Alumni Club

nMark Randol


The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, June 19 with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. There will also be a special presentation by the program manager of Cal Discoveries Travel. The menu will be grilled tri-tip roast with charred tomato salsa, grilled chicken, and apple sausage. There will be Strawberry Shortcake for dessert. Bread and rolls will be on each table as well as wine. The price of the dinner is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members. The price includes cocktails before dinner, tax, and gratuity. Reservations in advance a must and are due by Monday, June 16. Contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Wild Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.


The Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont has arranged group pricing for the concert on Friday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. Club members have been sent an E-mail with sign up information. For further information about the Oakmont Cal Alumni Club, go to our website at www. or contact Membership Chair, Bonnie Lukes at 537-9631.

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