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About the Rochester Computer Society, Inc.

     The Rochester Computer Society is a non-profit group open for membership to anyone interested in computers.  We have monthly "club" meetings as well as Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings.  We will soon have Computer Basic Training classes open to the general public for a nominal fee which will include club membership for a year.  The majority of our members are computer novices, but we have a number of people with intermediate knowledge and even a few experts. 

     RCSi or The Rochester Computer Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization, 501(c)(3), which exists to promote a forum for communicating ideas, resolving problems, and increasing the effectiveness of computers and their related software and peripherals.

     The current emphasis of RCSi is on increasing skills in using the telecommunications potential of computers-- interpersonal, using the BBS and accessing the Internet.  We are also in the process of increasing the number of SIGs (Special Interest Groups) we have so that we can better meet the specific needs of our members. 

     RCSi also promotes within the limits of licensing agreements the creation, modification, maintenance, duplication and distribution of Public Domain and SHAREWARE software to members of the organization, and provides a forum for informational interchange among the members. For example, to users of older machines, the Society is making available a collection of shareware links to make productive even the oldest of the existing Win 3.x machines.  RCSi provides a forum for informational interchange among the members.

Our History

     RCSi has been around for quite awhile, although we were not always known as the Rochester Computer Society.  Some of our previous names include: Rochester Computer Club, Frog, PC 3, and many others.

Historical Information about FROG (now RCSi)

     Organized in the spring of 1982, FROG was originally the FIRST ROCHESTER OSBORNE GROUP, composed of those who were using the first "transportable" CP/M computer which came complete with software: WordStar, SuperCalc, dBase-II, and-- oh, yes-- that odd little MSBasic program from an obscure company called Microsoft.

     Adam Osborne turned out to be a lot better at marketing than at counting, and with the advent of IBM's late entry into the microcomputer field, the Osborne company in the US went Chapter 11, then belly-up-- after a final try with the CP/M Vixen.

     FROG survived; and most of us by this time have turned to DOS-- once the 386's became as productive as the old CP/Mers. The original acronym was retained in the name: FROG Computer Society. Society members supported OS/2 Warp and Windows 95, while others are still able to talk CP/M.

Historical information about PC3 (now RCSi)

     The purpose of the society is to: bring together people using or interested in the IBM Personal Computer, IBM Personal Computer compatibles and related products promoting the exchange of information on software/hardware features and problems associated with these computers provide a library of public domain software programs, hardware designs, and literature for these computers provide a community focal point to the manufacturers and developers of software/hardware for distributing information on new or existing products publish a newsletter ( RCSi Monitor ).

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