Main Line Commodore User Group


November 2007 Issue 306


MEETING STARTS - 09:30 - NOV 10th



BIG NEWS !!!!!


This month's meeting will be in the Mendel Hall Science Center in Room 241, a computer science lab. The layout is not our normal conference table arrangement, but is individual computer workstations. So things will require some adjustment for this one time meeting.

Here are the directions for access and parking to Mendel Hall…

After you enter through the Ithan Avenue gate, take a right at the tennis courts after the construction for the Nursing School. You will pass behind the parking garage for St Augustine Center near the railroad tracks, and then travel behind St Augustine Center, and past the huge air-handlers. Mendel Hall is on your left immediately after the air handlers. Park anywhere convenient for you.

Go up the steps just past the air-handlers to get to the entrance doors.

The REGULAR doors at the end of Mendel Hall towards St Augustine will be unlocked. The revolving door will likely be locked. Go up the nearest set of steps to the second floor - the elevators require a card to activate them and will not be available to members except by special request.

NOTE: If anyone is not able to navigate steps, please let me know so that special arrangements can be made for you to enter thru the Mendel Hall archway ramps and the elevators.

For our main meeting this month we’ll open with our normal session of Q&A in an attempt to update you with computer related news worthy issues and attempt to find solutions for any computer problems you may have.

For our main presentation John M will present some information on BARE BONES external drives and why they may be desirable in your hardware inventory. Time permitting, John may also discuss some drive parameters to pay attention to when buying hard drives. Do you know what the difference is between a SATA and PATA drive?

For our November advanced session meeting, John D will present SPEEDFAN, software to monitor computer temperatures including CPU, motherboard, hard drives, and video cards and control the associated fan speeds.



What happened to this issue of the newsletter?

This issue has been put together by the club treasurer, John D, who has stepped into the editor position in Emil’s absence. Please excuse the changed appearance and limited content of this newsletter during this time.

Emil has been experiencing health problems which have kept him from participating in the normal club activities.



1) It’s that time of year again – Club Membership Renewal time. Please give your dues to our treasurer, John D, at the meeting or mail checks to his address as indicated on the back cover. Checks should be made payable to: MLCUG .



Attendance: 13 people attended the meeting on Saturday, October 13th. I don't know if we should read anything into those numbers, especially since they occurred in the Halloween month, other than coincidence around the number 13. However, it would be nice to see more members turn out for the monthly meeting.

Main Meeting Q&A: We began last month’s meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. In the announcements category we mentioned the new versions of Spybot and Acronis True Image, mentioned that PC Magazine was starting to cover Linux, and eEye makes home security software that’s unique in that it doesn’t require routine updates.

In the questions arena, Marty had issues with Grub, Tom J had defragging issues, Ted K had issues with NetZero sluggishness and other oddities, Ralph had issues moving addresses from Verizon webmail to a local email client, and Rich T was still having problems with the Windows time sync function. As a follow-up to Rich’s problem, I learned that Rich’s McAfee firewall was not allowing communication on port 123.

Main Meeting Program: Pete W got most peoples attention with his presentation on web video. Pete put together a very nice presentation that is an over view to web video sources, players, rippers, and hardware requirements. For more information look to our club website at:

Advanced Meeting Program: Pete's main meeting presentation took longer than anticipated partly due to audience interest and enthusiasm. This ate into the time normally allotted for the advanced meeting topic. So we determined to reschedule the SpeedFan presentation to November.


MLCUG Meetings 2007      Steering Committee Meetings
November 10			November 14
December 8			December 12
January 12			January 16