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June 2014 Issue 385

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 - MAY 10th
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110
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UPCOMING MEETING

EXTENDED ROUND-TABLE

Unlike years past we are depending on crowd sourced topics and presenters for main meeting program presentations. As of this time there are no main presentation topics in the queue and no presenters in the queue.

So we will be having just an extended round-table of free form topics.


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS


LAST MONTH'S MEETING

Attendance:
8 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, April 12th. One of the 8 attendees was a virtual attendee via Google+ Hangout video chat.

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

Ed C -

Bill B -

Joan S -

Layton F -

Peter W -

Main Meeting Program:
There was no main meeting program agenda.


RELATED SIDEBAR

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

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THE DEATH OF COMPUTER CLUBS
http://www.apcug2.org/sites/default/files/Boca%20Bits%20May%202014.pdf

Computer clubs began to multiply shortly after the introduction of the personal computer in the 1980's.

Those computer clubs addressed the needs of the many folks who desired to become more knowledgeable and proficient at operating their home computers. Many of those clubs still exist today.

Times and technology have drastically changed since then. Younger folks are more proficient at using technology and the PC is being replaced by mobile devices, wearable devices, and the Internet of Everything. Technology is spreading well beyond the boundaries of the mission statements of all those computer clubs.

How can they survive? Will they survive?

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ANONYMIZE YOUR SEARCH
http://www.howtogeek.com/113513/5-alternative-search-engines-that-respect-your-privacy/
http://www.brighthub.com/internet/google/articles/93816.aspx

Google, Bing, Yahoo – all the major search engines track your search history and build profiles on you, serving different results based on your search history. Are you worried about revealing your IP when surfing the Internet, or having your search details being tracked and recorded? Believe it or not, you can search the web anonymously. Here's how.

Most search engines offer you a quick way to find information, but there is a downside as well. It’s well known that they capture your personal information for various uses. Details such as your search history, browsing habits, your physical location and your IP address are among the details search engines keep a record of.

If you want to safeguard your privacy while using search engines, the solution is anonymous search engines or non-tracking search engines.

Click the above links to find search engines that anonymize your search and protect your privacy.

Note that encrypted (HTTPS / SSL) search traffic only prevents third-parties from snooping on your search – it doesn’t prevent the search engine you use from tracking you.


SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK

DISCONNECT SEARCH
https://disconnect.me/search
http://lifehacker.com/disconnect-search-leaves-beta-makes-web-search-private-1550666340
(FREE donation ware; Android app & Chrome, Firefox browser add-on)

Anonymize your Google, Bing, and Yahoo searches. Disconnect Search makes your searches—no matter what engine you choose, whether it's Google, Bing, Yahoo, or even the already-private DuckDuckGo—completely private and untrackable. Searches are routed through Disconnect and anonymized, so they appear to come from Disconnect instead of a specific user. Plus, those queries are encrypted, so ISPs (or anyone riding their lines) can't see what you're looking for. Disconnect also never logs keywords, IP addresses, or other personally identifiable information. Each search is just as anonymous as the first one.

The service is available in the form of a Chrome / Firefox browser extension and an Android app.

Screen shot

How Disconnect Search protects you
Disconnect Search is a specialized VPN that lets you search privately using your favorite search engine. We don’t log searches, IP addresses, or any other personal info. To learn more check out their FAQ.

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EM CLIENT
http://www.emclient.com/
(FREE & $PRO$ versions; Windows)

eM Client is one of the best email clients for Windows. It supports very simple interface that makes it intuitive to use. The application can easily handle multiple email accounts, though the free version limits you to up to two accounts only. This limitation aside, eM Client comes with many nifty features such as ability to import your emails, tasks, events and contacts from other email apps, SSL / TLS communication for full security, easy account setup, support for Yahoo, Outlook, Gmail and other popular email services, and more.

The eM Client Pro version can be had for $30 instead of the $50 list by going to:
http://www.emclient.com/upgrade-to-pro

eM Client was a breeze to setup. It imported all the email acct settings - Gmail IMAP, Yahoo IMAP, Verizon (hosted by Yahoo) IMAP, MS Live - from my Windows Live Mail client and in the process automatically offered to sync with the respective cloud calendar & contact services for Google, Yahoo, & MS Live / Outlook. It also offered to automatically sync with my Google Chat. Its cloud syncing features far exceed any syncing services I've yet seen in an email client including Thunderbird (none), Windows Live Mail (MS Live only), & Zimbra Desktop (Google only, I could never get it to sync with Yahoo). If you access your email, contacts, and calendar services from multiple devices, then eM Client arguably offers the Windows user the best syncing experience for those services provided by the major cloud providers like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft.

It does support secure email in the form of S/MIME, but not PGP / GPG.

It does support integration with the Windows Task Tray and can be set to autostart at Windows login. I don't see an option for it to autostart minimized to the Task Tray.

For the most part it does support embedding of HTML such as the club newsletter copied and pasted from a browser window, but I have not been able to get the link associated with the MLCUG logo image at the top of the newsletter to work. Zimbra Desktop is the best client I've found for this; better than Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, & eM Client.

Pros

Cons


DIRECTIONS TO MEETING ROOM

Meetings are in the St. Augustine Center (SAC) at Villanova University. These monthly sessions normally meet in Room 110.

VU Map

Enter from the ITHAN AVENUE main gate, then proceed to the upper deck of the 2-level parking garage adjacent to the St. Augustine Center on the Ithan Avenue side of the building. (Click for link to Google Map)

NOTE: additional map & direction links on our website home page - http://mlcug.org/

MLCUG Meetings Schedule Steering Committee Meetings
June 14 TBA
July 12 TBA
August 9 TBA

CLUB STAFF

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MLCUG STEERING COMMITTEE:

President John Deker 610-828-7897
V.President John Murphy 610-935-4398
Treasurer / Sec John Deker 610-828-7897
Webmaster Peter_Whinnery 610-284-5234
At Large Layton Fireng 610-688-2080
At Large Tom Johnson 610-896-2434
At Large Wendy Emery 215-765-3328
At Large Nelson_Schrock 610-834-0117
Audio Scribe John Murphy 610-935-4398