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WHO ARE WE?

Folks who share your fascination with consumer electronic technology and personal computers, including those that "do Windows," Macs, Linux, Android and iDevices. Our purpose is to further the use and understanding of personal computers and related technologies, including video / TV, digital photography, tablets, smart phones, and whatever comes next! We're big enough to give you the help you need, but small enough to be friendly! Our Society is a member-supported, non-profit, educational organization with roots back to 1977 and the first Commodore 64 and Radio Shack Model I computers!

The Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society, Inc. is an all-volunteer Virginia membership corporation. The Society sprang from a merger of two long-established technology and computer user groups. Our primary goal is helping each other learn about how to use and benefit from computer-based technology, regardless of platform. Included are software and hardware that runs on Windows 7, 8, and 10, Internet topics, Linux, Android, iOS, open source software, and computer-related technology. The POSTS newsletter and our meetings include discussions on a broad array of topics, including the Apple ecosystem and iDevices.

PATACS is an IRS-recognized, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to which tax-deductible contributions may be made.

A Brief History - 37 Years and Going Strong!

PATACS was formed in May, 2012, with the re-naming of the National Capital Technology and Computer User's Group, Inc. (NCTCUG), into which merged the Washington Area Computer User Group, Inc., or WACUG. These groups had been sharing equipment and programming resources for more than ten years, and had several officers and directors in common at the time of the merger.

NCTCUG was founded in May, 1978, as the Tandy Computer User's Group, shortly after Radio Shack's TRS-80 Model I computer was introduced. That name was revised in 2004 to reflect the reality of computer technology today. For a bit of (personal computer) historical perspective, the Commodore 64, Apple II and the TRS-80 were all introduced in 1977,   four years before the IBM-PC hit the market.

WACUG was originally formed in the early '80s to support the venerable Commodore 64. WAC expanded its scope over time to include the Amiga line of computers and IBM PC compatibles, Linux, and open source software.

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