Main Line Commodore User Group

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May 2010 Issue 336

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 -- MAY 8th

UPCOMING MEETING

MAIN MEETING TOPIC: POTPOURRI

It was bound to happen. The Steering Committee came up empty on what we considered viable presentations. The "Main Presentation" will be a chance for members to kind of direct the subject of discussion. So, the "main presentation" will likely be a potpourri of topics, a kind of extended round table for whatever is of interest to the membership. In one sense it is justice being served for the shortened round table of last month.

That said, I do have a couple of topics we could do impromptu. One such topic, I would still like to demo Boxee if there is interest. Boxee is a great resource for consolidating and viewing media on your computer, both local and streaming media.

Also, you may recall our January main meeting round table solicitation where we queried members on their computer related usage habits. At that time it was suggested we talk about "cloud" data storage and sharing services. In particular there was interest in services that facilitated photo sharing. The problem is that none of us who attended the last steering meeting uses these services. So, we're hoping to get some traction and input from the rest of the membership on the subject. I'm aware of websites like Snapfish, Flickr, Photobucket, Google's Picasa, Dropbox, and Drop.io which may be of interest and unfamiliar to most of us.


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.


LAST MONTH'S MEETING

Attendance: 10 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, April 10th.

Main Meeting Round Table Q&A: We began last month's meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. However, this round was shortened to just problems to accommodate the longer than normal main meeting presentation topic. Among the questions and announcements, John D mentioned back-up and restore problems he experienced with his Mac Mini which required a clean install and import of settings and data from his backups; Bill D spoke about his problems with an Excel spreadsheet and how he partially solved the problem by importing it into Open Office; Rich T continued with his ongoing investigation into his Windows 7 related networking problems and it was suggested he may be having a "master browser" problem; Don W sought help with a reoccurring product key activation issue; Marty C lamented his problem related to having dial-up Internet access and receiving large pictures in his email which required a long time to download; Layton F told us about a friend's C drive which kept being filled up by a large file; Al G told about us about his problem with CPU usage going to 100%; and John M related to us the problems he experienced upgrading his FiOS speed which required reconfiguration of his router settings.

Main Meeting Program: John D hosted our April main presentation on Internet TV featuring the PlayOn server software from MediaMall Technologies.

A summary of this presentation can be found on our club web site at:

http://mlcug.org/Internet_TV_Take_2.pdf

John's Internet TV presentation was a second look at Internet TV and the changes that have occurred in the past year. It focused on the PlayOn media server software from Media Mall networked to a WDTV Live client. This is a software program that runs on your Windows PC, giving you access to a wide range of Internet content on your TV -- Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon VOD, and many others through a variety of 3rd party plugins. It runs as a server to provide content to UPnP/DLNA capable devices including XBox 360, PS3, Wii, WDTV Live, XBMC, Boxee, Plex, and many other DLNA capable devices or software clients.

PlayOn is currently undergoing constant development. The latest version releases were on April 17th and 18th, a few days after the meeting. These releases fixed problems associated with Netflix, Hulu, and MLB.

More about MediaMall Technologies:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaMall_Technologies .


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/

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MLCUG STEERING COMMITTEE; PRESIDENT: John Deker 610-828-7897 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