Main Line Commodore User Group

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December 2009 Issue 331

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, MENDEL HALL, ROOM 241

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 -- DECEMBER 12th


UPCOMING MEETING

NOTE: MENDEL HALL, ROOM 241!

DECEMBER HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

JOIN US FOR HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

REMINDER: RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW IN TIME TO RECEIVE NEXT YEAR'S JANUARY NEWSLETTER!

REQUEST: WE ARE TRANSITIONING TO GOOGLE GROUPS AS OUR EMAIL LIST SERVER PROVIDER. PLEASE BE PREPARED TO PROVIDE AN APPROPRIATE EMAIL ADDRESS AND PASSWORD. CONTINUE TO READ FOR DETAILS.

As in years past, this will be one of our more light hearted meetings in keeping with the holiday spirit. We will eat, drink, and be merry and have prizes, raffles, and a club Christmas present.

We will open the formal part of our meeting with a shortened version of our round-table of announcements, questions, and problem solving. This is the part of the meeting where we all get an opportunity to help each other thru our computer experiences, both bad and good. So come on out to the meeting prepared to make a gift of your experiences and knowledge so all may learn and reap the benefits of shared knowledge.

For our main event we will have a working session to make sure everyone is properly setup to use the new Google Groups email list server. If you already have a Google email account, we suggest you consider using this account to receive club email. In which case, you will need to know your Google email password. Note: you can use an alternate email address if you prefer, but again, you will need to provide a password when using a ``foreign'' email account. We will try to answer any questions you have as to why we are making the transition and your privacy concerns. As in years past, we will intersperse the meeting with raffles and prizes and a Christmas luncheon near the end.

So come out and join us for the holiday festivities. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

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. The flash drives will normally be available to members at our regular monthly meeting.

2) Club membership entitles you to receive a hard 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, and recently at the Campus Corner Restaurant near the intersection of Routes 30 and 320 just off the Villanova University campus. 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: 12 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, November 14th.

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 the club dues are due, the club email list server will be transitioning to Google Groups next month, MS made an update to Vista's Windows Update that may require you to enable the All Users Can Update setting, and Google's worldwide simulcast of the October 25th U2 Rose Bowl concert on YouTube; Ed C was seeking a lower cost TV service; Rich T spoke about the advantages of a clean Windows 7 install and when to opt for a 32-bit or 64-bit installation; John M spoke about Kindle WinPC software, Stanza eBook reader software, WDTV, and Thermaltake's external HD adapter; Layton mentioned the new Leica camera lens while noting the current resolution limits of CCD technology; Marty gave us an update on his seemingly terminated Mayo Clinic website battle; Ralph told us he bought the Windows 7 family pack update from Amazon and was impressed with the startup and shutdown speed of that OS and noted a Quicken backup issue; and Peter spoke about the Homestead C64 newsletter discussing the marketing status of JiffyDos, the Mac Snow Leopard OS support for the Atom CPU, and the recent Scientific American magazine article on Internet TV status.

Main Meeting Program: This month's main meeting topic was titled, ``Flip on Video Editing''. This was our first foray into the realm of video editing and John M took the reigns as our guide. We chose to present the Flip camcorder because of its embedded and simple to use video editor. We also chose the Flip because it makes for a very good Christmas gift, Christmas being just around the corner so to speak .

The Flip represents the low cost segment of the camcorder market and in 2007 the Flip dominated that segment of the market in the USA. Though limited in capability compared to higher cost units, the low cost segment distinguishes itself by small size and convenience of use. For many families it is the right kind of camcorder to buy.

John guided us through the basics of using the Flip and its embedded editor. For demonstration, John used his Flip Ultra which he has had for about a year and has taken with him on business trips to Sweden. John finds the small size and simplicity of the Flip and the embedded video editor to be very convenient on such trips.

There are 2 relative shortcomings to the Flip. First is the stability of the camera while taking a video. John finds he can compensate by attaching a tripod and holding the Flip by its tripod. The second limitation of the Flip is its hard-wired storage memory which limits how long you can record before needing to unload the videos stored in memory to make room for more videos. The storage capacity for John's Flip was about an hour. Newer Flips can store about 2 hours of video.

One of the unique plusses for the Flip is its embedded video editing software. The Flip comes with software for either a WinPC or a Mac. The software provides for simple basic editing of the videos and has features for sharing videos by email with your friends or by uploading to popular web services.

Current Flip Ultra Features: Simple to Shoot * Easy-to-use, pocket-sized camcorder * Start recording within 3 seconds of power-up; simple user interface features one-touch recording, making HD video easier and more fun than ever * Captures 120 minutes of high-quality video on 4GB of built-in memory; no additional memory needed * Two standard AA batteries included. Rechargeable Battery Pack and Power Adapter sold separately * Large 2.0 inch anti-glare display to play back and delete videos * Fast lens - great low or bright light results; 2x digital zoom * Convenient flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your PC or Mac to launch pre-loaded FlipShare™ software * FlipShare™ software makes it easy to email videos, edit individual clips, make custom movies, capture still-image snapshots, and upload video to Facebook™, MySpace™ , YouTube™ and other sharing sites * TV cable included to watch videos on television * Records high-quality H.264 videos that are compatible with most video-playing applications, including Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player, and iTunes * Video: VGA (640 x 480) at 30 frames per second (fps) progressive scan; recorded as MP4 files * ``Child Safe'' mode to prevent accidental deletions of clips * Silent mode for recording in sensitive situations * Tripod mount fits any standard tripod

Simple to Share * Pre-loaded FlipShare™ software for instant viewing, editing, one-click emailing, and online sharing: * Browse, play back, organize and archive your videos * Create movies with video clips, music and titles * Edit clips and create still-image snapshots from video * Instantly upload to Facebook™, MySpace™, YouTube™ and other video sharing sites * Share your videos privately using attachment-free emails or greetings cards (free and unlimited video sharing) * Create private Flip Channels to share your videos with groups of family and friends

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MEETING LINKS

This section contains web links related to some of the subjects we discussed during our round table discussions and main presentation.

Pure Digital Technologies FLIP Camcorder: http://www.theflip.com/en-us/

FLIP Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_Video

FLIP -- where to buy: http://www.theflip.com/en-us/buy/

FLIP -- Q&A / latest software: http://puredigital.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/puredigital.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php

Scientific American -- Internet TV article http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-everything-tv

Windows Secrets Website: http://windowssecrets.com/

WD TV on Western Digital Website: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=30

``WD TV Live'' Model on Amazon with demo videos: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Network-ready-Player-WDBAAN0000NBK-NESN/dp/B002KKFP9Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1258302895&sr=8-1

``WD TV Live'' Model at Best Buy http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+WD+TV+Live+Media+Player/9539591.p?id=1218121172453&skuId=9539591&st=wdtv

Thermaltake External HD Dock at NewEgg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153071

Windows 7 Family Pack on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Premium-Upgrade-Family/dp/B002MV2MG0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=software&qid=1258309286&sr=8-1

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SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK

STANZA DESKTOP -- Free eBook Reader / Converter

Reference: http://www.lexcycle.com/

Read eBooks on your Mac or WinPC and share with your iPhone, iPod Touch, & Kindle.

Stanza Desktop features built-in support for HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word, and Rich Text Format reading, as well as all the major eBook standards: unprotected Amazon Kindle and Mobipocket, Microsoft LIT, Palm doc, and the International Digital Publishing Forum's new epub Open eBook standard. Stanza Desktop features the ability to export your reading material to a wide array of formats that can be read on your mobile device. Stanza Desktop can also export to MobiPocket, enabling you to use the popular MobiPocket Reader to read your exported book on your Blackberry, PocketPC, Palm OS, Nokia Series 60, Sony Ericsson UIQ, and many other mobile devices.

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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 Schedule        Steering Committee Meetings
   December 12				December 16
   January 9				January 13
   February 13				February 17
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VILLANOVA SPONSOR:	Prof. Frank Maloney, Dept. of Astronomy
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TREASURER/SEC: John Deker 	610-828-7897	
WEBMASTER: Peter Whinnery 	610-284-5234	
AT LARGE:  Tom Johnson		610-896-2434	
AT LARGE:  Wendy Emery		215-765-3328
V.PRESIDENT: Al Gottlieb  	215-793-9725
DATABASE: Layton Fireng		610-688-2080
AT LARGE: Nelson Schrock	610-834-0117
AT LARGE: John Murphy		610-935-4398