Main Line Commodore User Group

Newsletter


January 2008 Issue 308

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE CENTER, ROOM 110

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 - JAN 12th

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UPCOMING MEETING

MAIN MEETING TOPIC: MAGICJACK

ADVANCED SESSION TOPIC: SPEEDFAN

I hope all of you had a great and safe holiday. And I hope your health prospers thru the new year.

If you received any new technology or computer related "toys" during the Christmas season, I'm sure all of us would like to know a little something about what you got. So be prepared to talk a little bit about your new digital radio, HDTV, computer, or other tech gizmos. Tell us about both the good and the bad.

As always we'll have our usual roundtable discussion of problems, issues, and announcements.

For our main presentation John D will review and hopefully have a successful live demonstration of MagicJack, an alternative VoIP. MagicJack is a USB device that plugs into Windows computers and then you can plug in a real corded phone or connect a headset to make calls to any USA or Canadian phone numbers for a total service cost of $20 PER YEAR! Time permitting and technology having no setbacks from Murphy, you will be given the opportunity to make a brief phone call to try out the technology for yourself. You may discover a new way to save money. So come on out to the meeting and learn about the features and limitations of MagicJack.

For our January 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. This is our third attempt to try to deliver this presentation. Hopefully the third time is the charm. So come out and join us for our first meeting of the new year.


THIS ISSUE OF THE NEWSLETTER

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 content of this newsletter during this time.

Emil has been experiencing health problems which have kept him from participating in the normal club activities. Please pray for his return to good health.


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

1) If you are a member and did not attend the December meeting, then you likely missed out on getting the end of year club DVD. If so, and you would like a copy, contact John M to make arrangements to get the DVD. (See the LAST MONTH’S MEETING section in this newsletter for more info about the DVD.)

2) Club membership entitles you to receive a copy of the newsletter and access to our email list server, which is run for the benefit of our members. Please do not hesitate to post club and computer related notices and problems to it. If we can’t solve your problem remotely, we can be alerted to it ahead of the monthly meeting where more hands-on may help resolve your problem.

3) A few of the regular attendees usually partake of lunch at the Country Squire Diner in Broomall near the intersection of Routes 3 and 320. So, after the meeting, why not join us? It’s an opportunity to get more help and to discuss our common interests.


LAST MONTH'S MEETING

Attendance: 14 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, December 8th. This was our typical Christmas holiday celebration meeting with raffles and a luncheon for all. Emil graciously provided the items that were raffled. Main Meeting Q&A: We began last month's meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. Among the questions and announcements, Pete referenced the CNN C64 nostalgia article, Emil mentioned the computer history museum and Kim Komando, Al spoke about Christmas specials, Layton showed his computer generated locomotive poster and Christmas card, Rich discussed his Vista problems, Marty spoke about his domain name issues, Ralph spoke of his Wi-Fi experiences, and Tom told us about his computerized washing machine problems.

Main Meeting Program: For the main presentation the steering committee thought it appropriate to create and gift a milestone marker for the year. So we created a DVD as a gift for each member that summarizes the club activities of the year and also provides a resource to what we hope is some useful software. In addition, the DVD included some entertainment in an attempt to bring some joy to the Christmas season. The entire steering committee was involved in the conceptual packaging of the DVD.

But it was John M who was responsible for the production and last minute decision making about organization and content details. John crafted a fine DVD with commercial quality looking labeling. Thanks, John.

Since John M was intimately familiar with content organization of the DVD, he also presented a review of the DVD to the group.

NOTE: For any member who did not receive a copy of the DVD, see the ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS, item #1, on page 2.

What follows is a description of the DVD contents as taken from the MLCUG Welcome…

Season's Greetings!

Welcome to the Christmas DVD 2007

Here is the latest in our continuing series of holiday giveaways. This year's disc is a DVD. It is filled with an assortment of treasures from the vast MLCUG Archives.

Software Goodies

Here you will find a folder with an assortment of more than 44 free applications and files that are related to topics that we covered during the year. Many are cross platform. They are collected in one spot to save the time and trouble of locating and downloading them. Open the PDF file in the top Software directory for a list of the files that includes the web site for the program, the location on the DVD and a short description of the program.

Audio Goodies

This is a collection of podcasts of the original radio version of "The 4th Tower of Inverness" by the ZBS Foundation. It a full length radio serial that harkens back to radio plays of yesteryear. It is well worth a listen...

Linux Mint 4.0 (Daryna)

The latest version of a very cool Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 7.10. It is a complete desktop distribution that includes everything you need to replace Windows on your PC. It comes with many video and audio applications, along with drivers for some of the most popular devices - like wireless network cards. We have included an ISO image file that you can burn to CD and a comprehensive installation and setup manual in PDF format.

Audio Archives

Listen to our Meetings! Here you will find the last year's worth of meetings, from December 2006 through November 2007.

The recordings are in mp3 format. They have been re-mastered at a higher bit-rate than we use for the recordings posted on the web site. You can hear every cough, paper-rustle, book slam and train passage with stunning clarity!

On most computers you should be able to just double-click on the mp3 file and your operating system will start up an appropriate audio player to play the file.

Newsletter Archives (2007)

Collected here are PDF files of the last year's worth of newsletters, from January 2007 through December 2007.

Christmas Amusements

Two Holiday slide shows in PowerPoint format, with festive music! If you don't have PowerPoint we have included the free PowerPoint viewer from Microsoft in the \Software\Utilities\Microsoft directory.

Advanced Meeting Program: Due to the December meeting holiday festivities we did not have an advanced session meeting. We are picking up from where we left off in November and have rescheduled the SpeedFan presentation to January.

Miss The Meeting? NOTE: Recordings of the meetings (made and edited for the web by John M) are online for you to download and listen to. Go to our web site:

http://mlcug.org/

and scroll a bit down the page to locate the Audio Archives. The audio is accessible from the web site as MP3 files. You can download and listen to them as you choose!


Computer History Museum Presents
IMPACT OF THE COMMODORE C64: A 25th Anniversary Celebration

The lecture was given December 10th. The full lecture and video can be accessed with this link:

http://archive.computerhistory.org/lectures/impact_of_the_commodore_64_a_25_anniversary_celebration_lecture.2007.12_EDITED.wmv


USEFUL TIDBITS By Al G.

Backing up your Windows drivers. It can become necessary on occasion, to reinstall a driver that's become corrupted or you may transfer your files to a new computer and find that you need a to install a driver for one of your applications that didn't transfer correctly. Or you may need a .inf file or a codec. Sure you can go to the developers web site and download the driver. But it's easier if you have a copy of the drivers available. There are several programs that will backup and save all of your Windows drivers. I have had success using a program called WinDriversBackup which is a simple, free utility from the JerMar Corporation. It will find and backup all the Windows drivers on your computer (or a computer on your network) so that you can archive them in a safe place. The software can be found at:

http://tinyurl.com/35sxcw


CROSS PLATFORM PRINTING

Do you own computers other than Windows PCs?

Do you have a printer connected to your Windows PC for which there is no driver for your non-Windows PC?

Would you like to be able to print over your network to your Windows specific printer? There are printers on the market for which there are only Windows drivers.

THEN, this information may be of interest and value to YOU! Most, if not all, computers have a Postscript (PS) printer driver. Having said that, did you know you can make your Windows specific printer emulate a PS printer? Well, you can through the magic of Ghostscript (GS) and a couple other pieces of software. Here’s a website that describes the procedure for setting up a PS emulated printer so you can print from a Mac over the network to a Windows PC attached printer…

http://iharder.sourceforge.net/current/macosx/winmacprinter/

Make sure you read the comments in the responses. You will discover that you can abbreviate the discussed procedure in some areas and you should be able to adapt the procedure for use with other non-Windows platforms.


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