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The South Eastern Michigan Computer Users Organization, Inc. (SEMCO) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) group dedicated to providing information, education and a forum to both professional and amateur computer users. SEMCO is one of the country’s oldest personal computing organizations and was established to help individuals better understand personal computing.

SEMCO is a community service organization providing technical support. SEMCO has also provided hardware and software repair to schools and disadvantaged individuals. Computer components and entire systems are also donated when appropriate. In addition, all meetings are open to the public.

SEMCO first began meeting in 1976. The original mailing list consisted of student members of an early computer organization at Wayne State University plus attendees of a seminar put on by MITS, the company, which produced the Altair computer.

The greatest change since the early years of the organization is an increased emphasis by members on “off the shelf” software and operating systems. In the past, more members wrote their own programs and built or modified their own hardware. This in turn parallels the changes taking place in the computer industry as a whole. You no longer need to know how to write your own software or how to operate a soldering iron to enjoy computing.

SEMCO maintains a presence on the World Wide Web at http://www.semco.org . Stop in and view our ever evolving web site. We can also be reached by e-mail at semco@semco.org (semco@semcor.org).

SEMCO currently holds its general meeting at 1:30 PM on the second Sunday of every month. Usually 30 to 40 members and guests attend the main monthly meetings, with more for special speakers. As for the current location: We meet at LTU, which is essentially at the northwest corner of 10 Mile Road and Northwestern Highway (see https://goo.gl/maps/5Et615QaRCP2) (https://goo.gl/maps/5Et615QaRCP2). The meeting is in room M213 of the Wayne H. Buell Management Building. For details on entry to the campus, where to park and how to get to the meeting room, go to https://www.wordpress.semco.org/?page_id=1638 .

Several Special Interest Groups or SIGs meet on a regular basis. These currently include: SIG-Computing (DOS, all versions of Windows, Linux); SIG-Programming and SIG-Linux. Some SIG meetings are held immediately after the general meeting, others meet at other locations and times throughout the month. SIG meeting notices are published each month on the SEMCO Web site. Feel free to contact individual SIG chairpersons for additional details. New SIGs are encouraged and can be formed by any members with a common interest.

Members will be kept up-to-date on the latest industry developments and future trends by way of our regular meeting. SEMCO continues to engage knowledgeable speakers, from both large international corporations and small domestic businesses, to discuss a wide range of exciting topics.

Perhaps foremost is the personal contact with other computer users, which provides for an open exchange of ideas in an informal setting.

Membership is open to all persons. Those under 18 must be sponsored by a parent or guardian. Visitors are welcome at all meetings.

Dues are $30.00 per year. For general information about future meeting topics, location, dates and times check our web site at http://www.semco.org . Any questions can also be addressed to SEMCO at our email address: semco@semco.org .

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