Main Line Commodore User Group

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November 2008 Issue 318

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE CENTER, ROOM 110

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 – NOVEMBER 8th

UPCOMING MEETING

MAIN MEETING TOPIC: MICROSOFT VISTA – AN OVERVIEW (PART 3)

Our main presentation this month will be a continuance of last month’s presentation – an overview of Microsoft Vista.

John D will continue to discuss Vista’s installation, features, and configuration as they affect all users of this OS. Again, here’s a list of the mini subjects that will be presented:

To do justice to this Vista presentation will likely require more than one meeting.

Come out and join us for our November meeting. It’s a chance to learn how others are using and managing their computers and digital equipment.

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THIS ISSUE OF THE NEWSLETTER

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

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

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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 of the January 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.

4) 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 .

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LAST MONTH’S MEETING

Attendance: 9 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, October 11th.

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 mentioned how to handle autorun programs in Vista Task Scheduler and a utility to mount .ISO’s as virtual CD/DVD’s; Rich T spoke about Yahoo/Verizon webmail issues, Dell’s Remote Access service for WinXP and Vista users, and the new version of True Image; Ralph H expressed concerns about a defrag problem; Don W wanted more info on .ISO files, update pop-ups, and the use of email “To:, Cc:, and Bcc:”; Joan S updated us on her restored computer; Layton followed-up with memory sticks that acted like virtual CD/DVD’s; and Bill D asked about webmail issues related to Yahoo! and wanted to know how to use Skype which had been installed on his computer.

Main Meeting Program: Our main meeting was part 2 of a multi-part overview presentation on Microsoft Vista.

John D continued the subject of configuring and personalizing Vista to your own satisfaction. Particular focus was on the Taskbar and Start Menu settings and Vista’s Default Programs utility. Also discussed were the several changes to Vista’s Task Manager compared to WinXP. Several members were trying to follow along on their laptops during the meeting.

One issue that arose during the meeting was the constant high (40 to 45%) CPU usage by Vista on my MacBook. We spent several minutes with Task Manager trying to identify the cause, but were unsuccessful. Later that weekend while at home I experienced the same issue which came to my notice due to the high cooling fan speed. A check with Task Manager again did not reveal the cause. I decided to try a SysInternals utility called Process Explorer.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

Process Explorer displayed additional information that Task Manager didn’t. Specifically it showed that hardware interrupts were keeping my CPU busy. However, the problem is intermittent and I have not had an occasion to troubleshoot the problem further. Here’s a picture of the additional information that Process Explorer displays. In this picture the hardware interrupts are not causing any CPU activity.

Advanced Meeting Program: No activity – no report.

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!

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EMAIL ETIQUETTE

Since there was some discussion around this topic at last month’s meeting, I thought it appropriate to cover this topic more fully with this recent article from MacWorld.

Etiquette and the BCC field by Christopher Breen, Macworld.com

Sources: http://www.macworld.com/article/135919/2008/10/etiquetteandbcc.html

http://www.macworld.com/article/136085/2008/10/eitquetteandemail.html?lsrc=mwweek

An unnamed relative, learning the ways of the Internet, might have written:

Recently I sent out a message to friends and family regarding the upcoming election. Instead of the supportive reply I expected, an upstart relation chided me not only for putting the recipients’ addresses in the To field of the message but also for replying to the group. What’s his concern / problem!?

My guess is that he was, as gently and respectfully as possible, alerting you to the idea that in polite society, one does not plaster dozens of email addresses in the To field. This is considered both rude and a breach of privacy.

Messages of this nature are often passed around, and when they are, all those addresses can be passed with them. Suppose such a message is passed along to a spammer, phisher, or other Internet ne’erdowell. With one message you’ve violated the privacy of anyone hoping to keep their email address under wraps.

A packed To field can also be inconvenient for the recipient. For example, every so often I get a hunk of business-related email with dozens of recipients in the To field. Reading such a thing on my iPhone is a bother when I have the Details field open (as is my habit). I either have to hide details (and remember to turn them back on) or scroll, and scroll, and scroll some more to finally get to the meat of the message.

To avoid getting gently spanked in the future, use your email client’s BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) feature. Put one recipient in the To field (and that can be your own email address to keep other addresses really private) and put all other addresses in a BCC field. That way everyone gets the message but no one can see the other recipients’ addresses.

If you routinely send messages to the same group of people - your coworkers, for example - consider creating a group for those addresses and then send to the group rather than individuals.

And how exactly do you find the BCC field?

A couple of readers interested in employing the Bcc field couldn’t find it. Here’s where to look:

Yahoo Mail. When creating a new message, look to the right of the To field. You’ll see a Show BCC link. Click it and the BCC field appears.

Gmail. Under the To field in a new message is an Add Bcc link. Click it and there’s your Bcc field.

MobileMe. Choose Preferences from the Tools menu, click the Composing tab, enable the Show Bcc field option, and click Save. All new messages you create will include a Bcc field from now on.

AOL. Click that Bcc link next to the To field in a new email message.

Outlook. In the latest version of Outlook open a new message and click the Message Options tab. In that tab you’ll see the option to Show Bcc.

Mail (Jaguar and Panther). The versions of Mail that shipped with Jaguar and Panther lets you use Bcc but the field isn’t obvious. To display the field in Jaguar’s Mail, open a new message and choose Add Bcc Header from the Edit menu. In Panther’s Mail, choose Bcc Header from the View menu.

As for your relative’s admonition about replying to everyone in the group, if you’d like to make and keep friends on the Internet, you’ll want to reply just to the sender rather than banging the Reply All button. In your case, while the group was probably interested in the initial message, not everyone may be thrilled with the follow-up political spat between you and one other member of that group.

This applies to business email as well. If the boss sends out a welcome message to a new employee or congratulations missive to Rosco for the fine work on the Friday doughnut project, resist the temptation to hit Reply All. If you’re particularly pleased with Rosco’s choice of crullers and maple bars, by all means, send along a personal - and individual - slap on the back. Trust me, the group isn’t interested.

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WINDOWS: .ISO file as a Virtual Drive

Here are some helpful website references for WinXP (possibly Win2K) & Vista...

For WinXP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/916902

For Vista: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/mount-an-iso-image-in-windows-vista/

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DIRECTIONS FOR ST. AUGUSTINE CENTER MEETING ROOM Meetings are in the St. Augustine Center at Villanova University. The regular monthly sessions meet in Room 110. Enter from the ITHAN AVENUE main gate, then proceed to the upper level of the 2-level parking building adjacent to the St. Augustine Center, on the Ithan Avenue side of the building. NOTE: maps on our web page - http://micug.org/

     MLCUG Meetings 2008                 Steering Committee Meetings
          November 8				November 12
          December 13				December 17
          January 10				January 14
EDITOR: Emil J. Volcheck, Jr. 1046 General Allen Lane West Chester, PA 19382-8030 ACTING EDITOR: John W. Deker, Jr. 2210 Lantern Lane Lafayette Hill, PA 19444-2211

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MLCUG LISTSERV:		for members only...
OUR WEB PAGE:		http://mlcug.org/
PUBLICITY:		Position OPEN!
VILLANOVA SPONSOR:	Prof. Frank Maloney, Dept. of Astronomy

MLCUG STEERING COMMITTEE:
PRESIDENT: Emil Volcheck 	610-793-5156	
TREASURER: John Deker 		610-828-7897	
WEBMASTER: Peter Whinnery 	610-284-5234	
AT LARGE:  Tom Johnson		610-896-2434	
SECRETARY: Position open
DATABASE: Layton Fireng	        610-688-2080
AT LARGE: Al Gottlieb	        215-793-9725
AT LARGE: John Murphy	        610-935-4398