March 2013 Issue 370

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This presentation is being rescheduled from last month. Last month's meeting was not well attended due to a winter storm.

Over the past few months we introduced you to Windows 8 and Mac's Moutain Lion. Now we want to introduce you Linux. We want you to be aware of the similarities and differences and advantage and disadvantages between these computer operating systems so that you can make a better and more informed decision when you get your next computer or decide to refurbish an older computer.

Peter W will re-introduce us to Linux (it's been years since our last Linux presentation) in what I expect will be a round-table like discussion. He'll likely cover the most FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Linux and then some. In turn he may be provoking us with questions about why we spend so much for the run of the mill computers we have chosen to use. So come to the meeting to ask questions and expect to be asked questions in return.





6 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, February 9th. Two of the 6 attendees were virtual attendees via Google+ Hangout video chat.

Main Meeting Q&A:
We began last month's meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. Among the questions and announcements:

John D -

Nelson S -

John M -

Tom J -

Rich T -

Peter W -

Main Meeting Program:
There was no main meeting presentation this month due to the limited attendance caused by the winter storm.



This section contains web links & other info related to some of the subjects we discussed during our round table discussions and main presentation.


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From my two years of using S/MIME email, I’ve identified that there are two types of individuals who are using this feature: a) Government b) tech geeks. I can understand the lack of participation of S/MIME for general email usage as there are many hurdles to overcome to make S/MIME possible. But first the main question, what is S/MIME and Why should I be using it?

Definition -
S/MIME stands for Secure / Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions and is a standard for public key encryption and signing of MIME data (an email message). What it allows you to do is two things:

  1. Ensure to your email recipients that YOU actually sent the email
  2. Allows the possibility of sending and / or receiving email encrypted

Signing -
I like to relate the process of signing an email to putting a wax seal on a letter back when email or a government operated post office didn’t exist. Individuals would understand that a letter with a particular wax seal was the stamp of a sender, and thus knew it was authentic and should be trusted; same thing for sending a signed S/MIME email. If you don’t see the “signed” icon in Apple’s Mail (or any other Mail application), then you would be concerned that the email wasn’t truly from the sender.

Encryption -
Question: If you send a letter through the post office do you simply print a piece of paper and drop it off in a mailbox, or do you put it in an envelope. Why put it in an evelope? So people won’t read the contents inside the envelope! If you are worried about people reading your letter, why do you send an email without a virtual “envelope”? As an email passes through every router and switch… and from one mail server to another… without it being inside a virtual “envelope” (thus encrypted), anyone could look at your letter. Yes it’s a little dramatic, but it is possible.


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