Main Line Commodore User Group


Febuary 2009 Issue 321





NOTE the slight change in topic title from last month’s canceled meeting! I am no longer calling it IPTV and I will explain why at this month’s meeting.

Since I canceled January’s meeting due to the threat of snow that never really materialized, February’s meeting will just be January’s meeting rescheduled. That being the situation, this month’s meeting announcement is abbreviated to make room for more important news. Please refer to last month’s newsletter for details on this month’s meeting.



It is with sadness that we note the passing of Emil Volcheck, our long time club president, mentor, and friend. Emil passed away on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009. Marty C, our club’s oldest member noted Emil’s passing with this email…


Hi to All -

I am sorry to report that our Founder, President, Editor of the Monthly Newsletter and other chores has passed away, early Saturday morning, January 24, 2009.

There will be no viewing but a Memorial Mass is being planed to be held in St. Max Kolbe church in Westtown, Pa. Date and time will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Marty C.

PS. It would nice and appropriate to send a basket or bouquet of Flowers to Mrs. Volcheck expressing the Clubs sympathy. (Flowers were sent on Monday – ed.)

And from the follow-up email announcing the funeral arrangements:

Announcement of Memorial services for Dr. Emil J. Volcheck, Jr.

Friday, January 30, 2009

9:00 Visitation 10:00 Funeral mass

Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church
15 East Pleasant Grove Road
West Chester, PA 19382
Rectory phone: 610-399-6936

11:15 Interment of ashes

(Interment will follow mass and funeral procession, so time is approximate.)

Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery
1235 Birmingham Road
West Chester, PA 19382
Office phone: (610) 793-1569

12:00 Reception

We invite you to join us for a buffet luncheon at the Concordville Inn to meet and share remembrances.

Concordville Inn
Route 322 & US Route 1
Concordville, PA
Front desk: (610) 358-9400

Please let us know if you expect to attend so that we can give the caterers a more accurate attendance estimate. Please call (443) 791-9910 or email to reply.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Mount Cuba Astronomical Observatory (MCAO), where Emil served as manager.

Mt. Cuba Observatory
P.O. Box 3915
Greenville, Delaware 19807

The MCAO is private, nonprofit, all-volunteer educational institution and administers the only public observatory in the State of Delaware. Contributions are tax-deductible.

If you have any photos or memories you'd like to share, whether by email or in person, we welcome them

Best wishes,

Emil ("Jan") Volcheck III

From the Obituary:

Emil John Volcheck Jr. passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at the age of 78.

He was born in 1930 and raised in Omaha, Neb.

In 1952, he completed a bachelor's degree in chemistry at MIT. He was active in the new campus radio station WMIT and managed it during his senior year. He earned a doctorate in organic chemistry at UC Berkeley in 1955.

Dr. Volcheck made his 34-year career with the DuPont Corp., starting in 1955 as a research chemist conducting laboratory research on Nylon. After nine years at the bench, he joined technical management and supervised research and development on a variety of textile products, including Dacron (a kind of polyester used in clothing), Nomex (a heat-resistant fabric used to protect firefighters), and Qiana (an artificial silk related to Nylon popular in the 1970s), until his retirement as a research manager at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del., in 1989.

Dr. Volcheck avidly pursued astronomy and computing, at first as hobbies, then later expanding into community service.

His interest in astronomy began in high school, when he made his first telescope. He was active in the Delaware Astronomical Society starting in 1958 and served in several offices, including president. It was at a DAS "Star Party" that he met his wife, the former Diana Burgess.

He assembled telescopes and built backyard observatories in three places where he lived: Kinston, N.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and West Chester. In recent years, he managed the Mount Cuba Astronomical Observatory, frequently hosting and lecturing at its Public Nights and overseeing a research effort on observation of white dwarf stars. He developed a particular interest in cosmology.

In the 1970s, he developed a fascination for computers and founded the Main Line Computer Users Group (MLCUG) and served as its president. At the West Chester Area Senior Center, he ran the "Computer Forum," where his frequent presentations on computers were well-received. He held office in the Commodore Mailink users group.

During his life he successfully combined his interests in astronomy, computers, electronics and photography to great effect.

The family offers special thanks to Nurse Laurie Clark of Neighborhood Visiting Nurses and Nurse Jerry McGuinness for their support and compassionate care.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Diana; son, Emil J. III and daughter-in-law Kathleen Wilsbach; son, Christopher J.; daughter, Juliana M.; and family member Jeremy Good; also by sister, Jeannine M. Miller and brother, Ronald N. Volcheck, both of Omaha, Neb.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 15 E. Pleasant Grove Road, West Chester, where his visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m.

Interment will be in Birmingham Lafayette Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Mt. Cuba Observatory, P.O. Box 3915, Greenville, DE 19807, Web site

Arrangements are being handled by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home Inc., West Chester, 610-696-1181,



1) If you are a member and did not attend the December 2008 meeting, then you likely missed out on getting one of the end of year club flash drives with embedded software as a Christmas gift. If so, and you would like one, contact John D to make arrangements to get yours.

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) Wanted: One or two additional club members to join the Club’s Steering Committee. Experience NOT required, just an interest in what is presented at our meetings and the presentation format of our meetings. Must be available for weekday evening meeting.



Attendance: 4 people in all attended the CANCELED meeting on Saturday, January 10th. The meeting was canceled at 7AM on that day due to the threat of snow which never materialized. A cancelation announcement was issued at 7AM via the club’s email list server.

Ad-hoc Meeting Summary by Marty C: MSG FROM MLCUG.ORG MAILING LIST ================================= The submission of this report has been delayed for any number of reasons or excuses, take your pick.

There are some of the members who do not read their EMail at 7:00 AM and as a result showed up for the usual monthly meeting of the MLCUG.

For the attendance records, the following, based on age, oldest first, were present – Marty C, Stew Dew, Don W and Ted K

Stew Dew told us about the new desktop that his generous daughter had given him. He said that after he had unpacked it and made all the proper connections he was hit with a message about making up "Back Up" discs of the system. He wanted to know what this was all about and what kind of discs he should use! CDR and DVD were thrown at him depending on what is on his machine.

Stew Dew also wanted to know to do about Norton's Antivirus which had about 20 days to run and renewal would cost about $60.00. He was told to get away from Norton and to use one of the FREE Antivirus programs.

Don W wanted to know what there was about this business of "Defragging". Microsoft’s systems for handling files was given the very scientific explanation to wit - Picture an old fashion Post Office with a wall of boxes for sorting the mail - well MS scatters the files all over the boxes resulting in delay because it has to search for all the parts when you try to open a file. "Defragging" is an exercise that gets all the pieces back together again (Hopefully). When Don W saw that the defragging process might take a little bit of time, he decided to wait until he got home.

Marty C then showed his latest addition to his collection of pocket size gadgets that are not used. The latest an RCA Small Wonder digital camcorder, the one that had been suggested by John M. It has a 1GB chip that will store up to 2 Hours. Marty C bought a 2GB chip which should double the recording time if he ever uses it. The item was bought thru Circuit City and ran about $95.00. There is nothing to the rumor that Marty C was last seen looking at NetBook Laptops in the Apple section of Micro Center store.

Ted K brought Cookies for the members who were all from "BELOW THE SALT LINE" and were not too sure as to whether or not there are any 'AVERAGE JOES" in their group pending clarification on what constitutes an 'AVERAGE JOE". Ted K was also helpful in sharing his computer expertise.

All in all, a good time was had by all to the extent that one member said he would like to see more meetings like this. The lights were turned off, doors closed, and the 4 went their way.

Submitted by Marty C - Most Senior Member


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MLCUG Meetings 2009      Steering Committee Meetings
January 10				January 14
February 14				February 18
March  14				March 18

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