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October 2014 Issue 389

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 - OCTOBER 11th
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:
6 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, September 13th. All of the attendees were virtual attendees via Google+ Hangout video chat.

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

John D -

Rich T -

Bill B -

Peter W -

Tom J -

John M -

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 SECURE BOOT
References:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh824987.aspx
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c03653226

Secure Boot is a firmware "feature" of many new Windows 8 PC's and devices. BUT it may cause users problems if they try to add hardware to their PC or boot from a live CD / DVD / USB.

What HP Says About Secure Boot in their UEFI / BIOS

This document pertains to HP and Compaq PCs with Windows 8 and Secure Boot.

Secure Boot Configuration is a new feature of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) in BIOS 8 that helps a computer resist attacks and infection from malware. When your computer was manufactured, UEFI created a list of keys that identify trusted hardware, firmware, and operating system loader code. It also created a list of keys to identify known malware.

When Secure Boot is enabled, the computer blocks potential threats before they can attack or infect the computer. For example, Secure Boot can prevent your computer from starting from illegally copied CDs or DVDs that could harm the computer. Secure Boot does not lock out valid recovery discs or Windows discs.

You may have to disable Secure Boot in order to use hardware (such as older video cards) that Secure Boot does not recognize, or to boot from a CD or DVD that is not recognized. If Secure Boot does not recognize hardware, Windows does not use the hardware when it boots up, and you may experience problems starting the computer. If Secure Boot does not recognize a video card, the computer may have a blank display.

What Microsoft Says About Secure Boot

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

Secure Boot is a security standard developed by members of the PC industry to help make sure that your PC boots using only software that is trusted by the PC manufacturer.

When the PC starts, the firmware checks the signature of each piece of boot software, including firmware drivers (Option ROMs) and the operating system. If the signatures are good, the PC boots, and the firmware gives control to the operating system.

The following versions of Windows support Secure Boot: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows RT.

FAQ's

Do I need Secure Boot in order to upgrade to the latest version of Windows?

What happens if my new hardware isn’t trusted?

How can I add hardware or run software or operating systems that haven’t been trusted by my manufacturer?


SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK

AVIDEMUX
http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/
(FREE; Linux, BSD, Mac, Windows)

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.

Avidemux is available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license.

Avidemux is capable of non-linear video editing, applying visual effects (called “Filters” by Avidemux) to video, and transcoding video into various formats. Some of the filters were ported from MPlayer and Avisynth. Avidemux can also insert audio streams into a video file (an action known as multiplexing or “muxing”) or extract audio streams from video files (an action known as “demuxing”).

An integral and important part of the design of the program is its project system, which uses the SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine. Whole projects with all options, configurations, selections, and preferences can be saved into a project file. Like VirtualDub's VCF scripting capabilities, Avidemux has advanced scripting available for it both in its GUI and command line modes. It also supports a non-project system just like VirtualDub, where users can simply create all of their configurations and save the video directly without making a project file. A project queue system is also available.

Avidemux has built-in subtitle processing, both for Optical Character Recognition of DVD subtitles and for rendering hard subtitle. Avidemux supports various subtitle formats, including MicroDVD (.SUB), SubStation Alpha (.SSA), Advanced SubStation Alpha (.ASS) and SubRip (.SRT).

While it is primarily a GUI program, Avidemux can also be run from the command line.


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
October 11 TBA
November 8 TBA
December 13 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