â??Users helping usersâ? is the motto of the Chicago Computer Society (CCS). This group has been around for twenty-five years and holds over a dozen face-to-face meetings every month. Members attend for several reasons.
Request help with computer problems
Learn something about computers they didnâ??t know before
See the latest technology demonstrated with an opportunity to ask questions
Take advantage of special club pricing home automation on selected computer supplies and equipment
Developing friendships with peers
In the Beginningâ?¦
One of the first computer clubs was the Homebrew Computer Club. They held their first meeting in Menlo Park, California, March of 1975. Among the members, attendees and presenters at these meetings were people like Adam Osborne (manufacturer of the Osborne 1, the first commercially successful portable computerâ??only 23.5 pounds), 20 home automation year old Steve Jobs (co founder, CEO of Apple Computers) and a 24 year old Steve Wozniak (co founder, designer of the first Apple Computer).
Meetings would begin with members commenting and discussing industry rumors, swapping components, and solving problems. Members would show off their latest successâ??or sometimes failure.