Central Coast Tech: How to track people down using the Net

At the March SLO Bytes meeting, Detective Ron Waltman of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner's office will cover "Tracking People Using the Internet," demonstrating how much information is available if one knows where to look for it. He will also offer tips about protecting your privacy online.

Prior to the main presentations Alan Raul will moderate his regular Q&A session from 12:45 to 2 p.m. The Windows operating system special interest group for beginners will meet at the same time.

The SLO Bytes meeting will be held Sunday at the I.O.O.F. Hall, 520 Dana St. in San Luis Obispo. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kaye Raul at or visit

Softec sits out February

There will be no meeting of Softec, the Central Coast Software and Technology Association, in February. Meetings resume in March.

Cal Poly is adding a digital audio course this spring

Cal Poly's computer science department offers a series of courses called "Computers for Poets," aimed at juniors who aren't engineering or computer science majors.

In the spring session, lecturer Randy Scovil will offer a new section (CSC 310-04) that uses digital audio as a tool for teaching computer fundamentals. Students will record and mix audio programs, create podcasts and learn to produce polished audio content using professional techniques.

Registration is under way. The class starts in April.

Free seminar helps teach protecting computer data

If your computer or network were completely trashed tomorrow, how would you recover and recreate your irreplaceable files? This is the focus of a free seminar titled "Avoiding Disaster -- Backup Considerations for the Small and Medium Business." The seminar will cover common backup solutions, common backup mistakes made by businesses and new backup systems that are available.

The seminar will be held Tuesday at GBP&B Tax and Business Advisors, 1150 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. To register, visit the Web site at For more information, contact Matthew Hashim, 544-1441, or e-mail

Events this week

Tuesday. North County Computer Club, Senior Center, 270 Scott St., Paso Robles, 1 to 3 p.m. Contact: or visit

Thursday. Cambria Computer Club Macintosh User Group meeting, Joslyn Recreation Center Conference Room, 950 Main St., Cambria, 2 p.m. Jack Hennessy's talk, titled "Megapixelated: Digital Camera Basics for Mac," covers the relationships between camera pixels, media card capacity and final image sizes. He will also cover software for editing your digital images. PC users are welcome. The meeting starts with an informal problem-solving and information-sharing session. Contact: Jack Hennessy at or visit

Thursday. Computerooters meeting, Arroyo Grande Hospital Annex, 345 S. Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande, 10 a.m. Lorna Hewitt, manager of the Bank of America Arroyo Grande branch, will give an overview on fraud schemes and how to prevent becoming a victim. The public is welcome. Contribution: $1 per person.

Contact: Ellie at