The Central Florida Computer Society

If you enjoy computers and technology and the people who enjoy them as well, you should check out the Central Florida Computer Society.

I was a member years ago, then let my membership lapse when my schedule became too hectic and some of my priorities shifted. Yesterday I attended the monthly meeting and renewed my membership, and I’m glad I did.

The CFCS is a group of people who enjoy exploring computers and technology. They range from people with degrees in Computer Science to people who might be your parents or grandparents. I got a real kick out of watching a woman in her 70’s with her laptop explaining that she was configuring her wireless connection and pinging an IP address! There are a lot of people in the membership who have loads of “down in the trenches”, everyday experience with building computers, upgrading hardware, configuring software and managing just about any program you might have on your computer. One of the best features of the monthly meetings is what they call the “Ask it basket”, where anyone can submit a question regarding a difficulty they might be having or seeking guidance for a planned upgrade, etc. I watched the people present share a wealth of knowledge on each and every question that was posed.

The Society has a very informative website (see link above), meets once a month at the Orlando Science Center, has Special Interest Groups that meet at numerous times and locations and publishes a printed monthly magazine (they call it a newsletter, but it’s 20 pages of helpful information and reviews) that is mailed out to all members. Membership dues for an individual are a paltry $36 annually.

Check out the website and consider attending the meeting next month on May 15th.

1 Comment so far

  1. ryan (unregistered) on April 20th, 2005 @ 8:58 am

    Back in the day, a bunch of us 407 SysOps thought we were hot shit so we started, “The Orlando `Puter Society” or TOPS. We met at the downtown library. We were threatened with legal action from “Take Off Pounds Sensibly”. So we changed our name to “Computer and Telecommunications Society” or CATS.

    Man. We should have just gone to CFCS……….

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