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August 2014 Issue 387

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 - AUGUST 9th
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.

IMPORTANT REMINDER

As the club becomes smaller, it becomes more important than ever to respond to meeting invitations distributed from my Google Calendar. If I do not receive enough YES responses indicating member intentions to participate in a meeting, the meeting will be cancelled!


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS


LAST MONTH'S MEETING

Attendance:
11 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, July 12th. Three of the 11 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 -

Ed C -

Bill B -

Peter W -

Ted K -

Wendy E -

Layton F -

John M -

Tom J -

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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ABOUT SVCHOST.EXE PROCESSES
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/what-is-svchostexe-and-why-is-it-running/

Topics covered by the above link:

Preview

According to Microsoft: “svchost.exe is a generic host process name for services that run from dynamic-link libraries”.

Those services are organized into logical groups, and then a single svchost.exe instance is created for each group. For instance, one svchost.exe instance runs the 3 services related to the firewall. Another svchost.exe instance might run all the services related to the user interface, and so on.

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DISABLE SERVICES & STARTUPS WITH MSCONFIG

CAUTION: Utilities are powerful tools for diagnosing and troubleshooting. MSconfig is one such tool included in the Windows OS by Microsoft. It should be used with discretion and a general knowledge of how the Windows OS works. Always be aware you should have a valid backup and restoration plan should you damage your OS.

By judiciously enabling and disabling Startups and Services you may be able to identify the cause of a problem such as slow startup, crashes, and high CPU usage. Generally the cause of crashes are more quickly identifiied by reviewing the Windows OS error logs.

To launch MSconfig on XP --> Windows 7, go to Start > Run, and type “msconfig”. This brings up the System Configuration Utility. You will be greeted with this GUI on Windows 7.

NOTE that Normal startup is selected. This is the default setting for MSconfig. If this is not selected, then something or someone has changed the normal state of the Windows OS settings.

MSconfig general tab

Selecting the Startup tab displays all the programs that start automatically when the computer starts. Below I show some of the programs that start on my computer. NOTE I have sorted the programs according to Manufacturer and moved the slider to display programs from Microsoft. Below I have selected my Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus program.

When troubleshooting, you may be inclined to disable many if not all startups, BUT be aware you may disable your anti-virus program! You will want to decide if it is prudent to do so depending on your problem. In my experience the computer will start and run with all Startups disabled, but don't be surprised by the lack of icons in your Windows Task Tray.

MSconfig startup tab

Selecting the Services tab displays all the services that start automatically when the computer starts. This is shown below. Again I have sorted by Manufacturer.

NOTE I have also hidden all Microsoft services by selecting the checkbox in the lower left. Generally, Microsoft services aren't the cause of problems. Problems are more often caused by third party software. Once the Microsoft services are hidden, selecting the Disable All button on the lower right will disable only third party services. Be aware, your anti-virus may run as a service. You will want to decide if it is prudent to disable it depending on your problem.

MSconfig services tab

Once you have disabled the Startups and Services you think prudent, click the Apply and OK buttons. MSconfig will tell you to reboot your computer for the changes to take affect. Your computer will behave differently at startup based on the Startups and Services you have disabled.


SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK

AWESOME SCREENSHOT BROWSER EXTENSION
https://www.diigo.com/tools
(FREE; Chrome, Firefox, Safari)

Web page snapshot & markup extension that creates a PNG file. Capture the whole web page or any portion and optionally annotate screenshot / blur sensitive info, then one-click upload to share OR just save to your computer.

Other links:

NOTE: this extension will encroach on your privacy when you use it! It claims to anonymize the data.

[Updated privacy policy] Usage of the Awesome Screenshot browser extension requires granting it permission to capture anonymized click stream data. No personally identifying information will be captured in connection with this data. Please review our specific EULA https://www.diigo.com/extensions_terms.html and privacy policy https://www.diigo.com/extensions_privacy.html for more details.

Features:

【Capture 】

  1. Capture or clip selected area, or all visible portion, or entire page
  2. Support PNG format
  3. Support horizontal scroll when capturing

【Annotate & Edit】

  1. Annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text
  2. Crop and scroll & Show crop area dimension
  3. Use eraser to hide sensitive information
  4. Copy the screenshot and paste it to gmail etc.

【Save & Share】

  1. Save to Local
  2. One-click to upload to awesomescreenshot.com and get a shareable link
  3. Support Google Drive (Gdrive) Now.
  4. Save very large image, by pass the 2M limit. No crash any more.

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GOPRO STUDIO EDIT SOFTWARE
http://gopro.com/software-app/gopro-studio-edit-software
(FREE with Email address; Mac, Windows)

GoPro Studio software makes it easier than ever to create professional-quality videos with your GoPro content. We’ve taken our most popular videos and turned them into GoPro Edit Templates that help fast-track you to an incredible edit. The music, edit points, slow motion effects and more have been dialed—all you have to do is replace our video clips with yours. Or if you want to create your edits from scratch, you can do that too. Trim and mix clips. Adjust video playback speed for fast or slow motion. Add titles, music, audio tracks and more. It’s never been easier to make epic GoPro-style videos to share with your friends.

Key Features


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
August 9 TBA
September 13 TBA
October 11 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