Main Line Commodore User Group

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Febuary 2010 Issue 333

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 -- FEBRUARY 13th

UPCOMING MEETING

MAIN MEETING TOPIC: SLIPSTREAMING WINDOWS

For February, we'll take a look at a technique we think you should know about which results in a CD that we hope you never need to use. The technique is a process that IT support staff would tend to use and not your average computer user, but then being a member of this club makes you more than an average user.

The technique is called SLIPSTREAMING and is the process whereby you can replace your original Windows install CD with one that includes the latest service pack for your OS. If you don't have an original Windows install CD, we'll also take a look at how you might be able to build one without it.

In discussing why and how you might accomplish this, we'll take a look at a Windows command line utility called System File Checker (SFC.EXE) and some FREE CD/DVD burning software. Our presentation will focus primarily on Windows XP and some time will be spent on Vista.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) Help MLCUG go ``Green''. We issue this newsletter by both electronic means through our email list server and in hardcopy format. If you find yourself not reading the hardcopy, PLEASE inform John D, the editor, so that you will only receive the electronic version.

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LAST MONTH'S MEETING

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

Main Meeting Round Table 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 problems Western Digital was having with firmware updates for the WDTV Live and WDTV HD, that Verizon had a free software called Verizon Call Assistant for Verizon users, that he was currently using MS Security Essentials on a trial basis, his use of NetGear's MCAB1001 for Ethernet over coax, the low cost of ZyXel PLA-400's and 470's (Ethernet over Power Line) at NewEgg, and how he favored the WDTV devices over Apple TV; Tom J spoke about cleaning his laptop XP OS and upgrading its RAM, his purchase of a book on the history of Google, and problems he was experiencing with a screen freeze when connecting his Flip camcorder to his computer; Bill D wanted to know how Skype calls to an area code in California were getting to his brother in Mexico, and mentioned why he had transitioned to a Consumer Cellular 500 minute plan; Dewitt S wanted to know what Skype was and how it worked and asked for a software recommendation for copying DVD's (ImgBurn was recommended); Marty C spoke about a scanner for slides, receiving a gift subscription to Block Buster and learning to use Block Buster's online queue feature, and his enrollment some of The Teaching Company courses; Pat S sought help with his Windows XP Dell computer not recognizing his camera's memory and getting pictures from his camera's internal / external memory; Joan S noted she had acquired a 22'' Acer LCD monitor over the holiday period and was given the parts for a home build computer which her son was working to assemble; Layton F lamented on his Win7 networking issues and spoke of his acquisition of an Verizon Android cell phone and associated headset, a very large TV remote, and a tripod for his Flip camcorder from Micro Center; John M noted his low cost acquisition of the ZyXel PLA-470 from NewEqq; Rich T covered several items / issues including http://www.fifthchair.org/, http://www.ionaudio.com/ionttusb, online Socrates Cafe, and a problem with Win7 coming out of hibernation on an HP DV6500 series PC; and Ted K spoke about a Dell restoration disk.

Main Meeting Program: This month's main meeting was quite a bit different from the norm. Our main meeting was like a continuation of our round table, but with the goal of gathering information about member preferences and habits related to technology.

Here's what we discovered about our members. Note: 11 members attended this meeting. Members not in attendance were not polled.

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RELATED MEETING LINKS

I thought I would include a section on web links related to some of the subjects we discussed during our round table discussions and presentations. Hopefully, readers will find these links of value.

NetGear MCAB1001 (Ethernet over Coax Cable): http://www.netgear.com/Products/PowerlineNetworking/Coax/MCAB1001.aspx

ZyXel PLA (Power Line Adapter) Kit at NewEgg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833181107&cm_re=zyxel_powerline-_-33-181-107-_-Product

Ion USB Turntable: http://www.ionaudio.com/ionttusb

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SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK

MS Security Essentials (FREE Anti-Malware) http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

``Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your (Windows, ed.) home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.'' _____

Skype (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) http://www.skype.com/

``You get Skype. Your friends get Skype. You all talk, chat and video call for free.'' _____

ImgBurn (Windows, FREE) http://www.imgburn.com/

``ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!

It has several 'Modes', each one for performing a different task:

* Read - Read a disc to an image file * Build - Create an image file from files on your computer or network - or you can write the files directly to a disc * Write - Write an image file to a disc * Verify - Check a disc is 100% readable. Optionally, you can also have ImgBurn compare it against a given image file to ensure the actual data is correct * Discovery - Put your drive / media to the test! Used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing''

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WINDOWS AV REVIEW

Reference: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2357677,00.asp

``Austrian lab AV-Comparatives.org regularly tests security products to determine how well their on-demand malware scans can detect and clean up threats and also how well the product handles new, unknown threats. They've recently released a Whole Product Dynamic Test report on the overall real-world protection offered by different security suites and a Performance Test report delineating the impact on system performance imposed by antivirus products.''

Summary report: http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/summary/summary2009.pdf

-------------------------------------------------------- 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 2010      Steering Committee Meetings  
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	March 13		March 17
	April 10		April 14
EDITOR: John W. Deker, Jr. 2210 Lantern Lane, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444-2211 Produced with PowerSpec 8922a: 2.6GHz Pentium 4, 3GB RAM, 640GB HD cap, Brother HL-5250DN laser printer, CD-RW/DVD±R/RW drives, Windows XP Home OS, MS Office XP, Ghostscript 8.54 & Bullzip PDF Printer software
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