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Members will discuss their computer questions and problems, and give help to each other on Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014, 6 p.m., at Coco’s Bakery Restaurant, 1011 N. Harbor Blvd., in Fullerton, California. Meetings end at 9 p.m.


Please support Coco's by ordering a nice dinner or dessert and enjoy eating during the meeting. More info at www.orcopug.org

Do you know what CPU means?

CPU is an acronym for Central Processing Unit, which is the chip that is often referred to as the "brain" of a computer.


"CPU" is often used to incorrectly refer to the entire computer itself or the desktop box. In reality, the term CPU specifically refers to an integrated circuit or "chip" that resides on or is connected to the computer's motherboard inside. This and more glossary terms by Leo Notenboom are at The Ask Leo! Glossary

Top and bottom of different CPU chips
photos by "D-Kuru/Wikimedia Commons"

CPU chips - front and back
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Windows 9 preview set for September 30

Microsoft's Windows 9, Threshold, the successor to the widely panned Windows 8, could be shown at the end of month, according to a new report. It will preview the features and isn't a general release. Photo: The Verge

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Free app shows vital info in system tray

Inexplicably, the Windows 8.1 Recycle Bin does not show the total file space used! A free, small app, MiniBin, shows you how much space the Recycle Bin is using, not just the space it's allotted. For Windows 7 & up.

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Enjoy the granddaddy of computer shows

Computer America, with Craig Crossman, is the longest running, nationally syndicated radio talk show about computers. Plus watch live streaming video interviews, chat with hosts and members, read free newsletter.
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Photo by Antonio Zugaldia, Creative Commons License.

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Our broadband Internet access is not
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