Good News!!


NTPCUG has returned to

in-person meetings at


Northaven United Methodist Church, 
11211 Preston Rd Dallas, TX 75230.

Use east-side doors



Need to learn more about computers, the Internet, programming, how to use the latest software? Are you interested in keeping your knowledge skills on the leading edge? If you are, then NTPCUG is where you will want to be.


  • Computer Users
  • IT Professionals
  • Developers
  • Small Business Owners


Next Meetings

 (all on 3rd Saturdays) 

  • October 21, 2023  (In-Person meetings have resumed)
  • November 18, 2023
  • December 16, 2023
  • January 20, 2024
  • February 17, 2024

In-Person meetings may also be held via ZOOM or Microsoft TEAMS teleconferencing.

Here is what we did at our  Saturday, September 16, 2023 meeting …


PowerShell SIG  – 8:00 – 10:00 am 
See details below

Windows Tips & Tricks SIG – 8:30 – 9:30 am

Special Presentation!!  Take Control of Your Passwords, by Joe Kissell
9:30 – 10:30 am — See details below

Artificial Intelligence (AI) SIG
9:30 – 10:30 am — See details below

 Internet/Windows Inside-Out SIG
10:30 – 11:30 pm — See details below

 NTPCUG members will receive the meeting details in the monthly flyer, at least 2 days prior.

PowerShell SIG

8:00 – 10:00 am 

For the PowerShell SIG beginning at 8:00, we will have a general “All Things Related to PowerShell” discussion in an online meeting format. Join us !!

This SIG will meet both in-person this month at Northaven United Methodist Church as well as virtually at

SIG Leaders: Larry Weiss and Josh Miller



Windows Tips & Tricks

8:30 – 9:30 am 

In September, SIG Leader Chuck Stark will cover:

  • How to Download, Install and Use ccleaner.
  • How to Use Windows ‘Disk Cleanup’.
  • How to download, install and use ‘Crystal Disk Info’ disk analyzer.

Also, if you have a ‘troubled’ system (or your system has a troubled user!) please contact Chuck via email to arrange for a ‘Live, No Net’ troubleshooting session in front of the group.

This SIG will meet this month both in-person at NUMC and remotely.  If attending remotely, click .

SIG Leader: Chuck Stark

Artificial Intelligence (AI) SIG

9:30 – 10:30 am 

In September, SIG Leader Howard Harkness will discuss Stability.AI. Topics will include an overview of the company’s products, and some information on some of the political and financial problems of Stability.AI.

We will be presenting remotely via Zoom,

Meeting ID: 844 4788 4529   Passcode: 781910

SIG Leader:  Howard Lee Harkness


Special Presentation
(hybrid meeting – on-site and remote)

9:30 – 10:30 am 


In September, Francis Chao will present on CELL PHONE TETHERING.  

If your smart cell phone has a “data plan” or a wireless connection to a Wi-Fi router, it can be “tethered” to a computer, a tablet, another cell phone or to a router.  

  • When you do so, your smart Android or iPhone cell phone can provide Internet access to the computer, tablet, another cell phone, or to a router. 
  • Your 5G cell phone can be your main Internet provider for your computer or it can be set up as a redundant “hot standby” or a “cold standby” Internet provider for a computer. 
  • However, most cell phone services “throttle” down your upload and download speeds after you reach a certain amount of “usage” during each calendar month or billing month
  • Using a cell phone as the Internet connection for a computer is much safer relative to using a public Wi-Fi hotspot.

Bio: Francis Chao has been presenting for APCUG for 13 years, and is currently a member of the Tucson Computer Society. Francis is an avid user of Windows, macOS, and Linux computers. See his current list of presentations at

Join us live, or remotely at

Meeting ID: 835 8552 1577  Passcode: 558409

Application Developers

After due consideration and reflection, SIG Leader Tom Perkins has decided to discontinue the Application Development SIG.  The SIG has run successfully for many years, but over time, interest has dwindled and/or users have departed.

The NTPCUG Board is very appreciative of all the contributions of time and expertise provided by Tom and his various co-SIG Leaders.

SIG Leader: Tom Perkins 

Internet/ Windows Inside-Out SIGs

(hybrid meeting – on-site and remote)
10:30 – 11:30 am 

This month, SIG Leader Glynn Brooks will present

  • Is it time to consider a computer for your wrist?
  • A comparison of the Google Pixel Watch vs. Apple Watch, and what’s coming in October.
  • Windows 11 irritations and workarounds – a continuing series.

For remote access, click .

SIG Leader: Glynn Brooks

Home Automation

Topics currently on hold .

SIG Leader: Bill Parker