Don't know a computer chip from a chocolate chip? Having trouble finding software for your brontosaurus of a machine that is nearly extinct? Want to find out how to turn your personal computer into a home music studio? Eager to sharpen your programming skills?
If so, chances are there is a computer users group or special interest group (SIG) in the area to meet your needs.
Listed are several users groups that meet in the North County. If you don't see one that suits you, contact the San Diego Computer Society (549-3787) or the San Diego Macintosh User Group (287-4626) for help, or attend one of their meetings.
Commodore 64 Seniors--For seniors who use the Commodore 64 computer. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 2 p.m. in Escondido. Contact Kae Allred at 480-6368 for meeting place.
Disabled Interest Group--Contact Pat Mathias at 743-3217 for information on the San Diego Disabled Interest Group (DIG-SIG), which meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center of the North Park Recreation Center, 2719 Howard Ave., San Diego.
ERACE (Electronic Resources Atari Computer Enthusiasts)--For all Atari computer users. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the NCC computer store, 1830 Hacienda Drive, Vista. Contact Gary Martin at 489-9872 after 6 p.m.
K-North--For users of Kaypro and other MS-DOS computers. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 531 Vista Bella, Oceanside. Contact Bob Boomer at 941-6161.
MUSIC (MIDI Users Special Interest Consortium)--For those interested in forming a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) group in the North County, call Scott Garside at 673-8275.
North Coast Kaypro Users Group--For those interested in Kaypro CP/M computers. Contact George Guy at 755-4911 for information.
North County Appleholics--For Apple computer users. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Contact Tony Diaz at 439-0304 for meeting place.
North County Commodore 64 SIG--For Commodore 64 and 128 users. Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at 3340 Jasmine Place, Escondido. Contact Ron Silva at 747-2094.
North County IBM PC SIG--For all IBM and compatible computer users. Meetings are held the second Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at MiraCosta College, Room E-9, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Contact George King at 931-1000.
North County TI-99ers--For users of Texas Instruments 99 computers. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Coco's Family Restaurant, 1340 E. Valley Parkway Escondido. Contact Charley Summerhill at 745-6654 or Richard Hay at 487-6058.
North San Diego Apple Club--For Apple II computer users. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Ericson Elementary School, 11174 Westonhill Drive, Mira Mesa. Contact Bill Walker at 579-9649 or Lee Dronick at 695-1485.
Personal Ancestral File Genealogy Group--For users of the Personal Ancestral File software program, and others interested in using computers to study their family history. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1917 E. Washington Ave., Escondido. Contact Berta Lee MacDonald at 746-4317.
Ramona Amiga Users Group--For all Amiga computer users. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the SIGH Amiga store, 677-B Main St., Ramona. Contact Nick Jensen at 788-0447.
San Diego Macintosh Users Group North County SIG--For Macintosh computer users. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at 802 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. Contact Leo Lamboy at 743-5557.
Tandy Users Group--For all Tandy computer users. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Great American Bank, 2751 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. Contact Nick Sacorafas at 942-5798 after 7 p.m.
The San Diego Computer Society, through which many of the above groups are affiliated, meets on the third Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Sea World's A Place to Meet. The San Diego Macintosh User Group, parent organization for San Diego County's Macintosh SIGs, holds its meetings the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the UCSD Price Center Theater.