Main Line Commodore User Group


August 2010 Issue 239




We've been in kind of a slump for meeting topics that might be of interest to the majority of members. We think we have hit upon a subject that might reverse that trend. For our upcoming meeting we thought we would talk about browser add-ons and extensions.

For the most part we will likely focus on FireFox, but we will also cover Google's Chrome browser and Apple's Safari. I personally make very little use of IE, and except for toolbars, I am not aware of many other add-ons for that browser.

But, if you have some favorite add-ons for IE, please bring that information with you so we can discus it. And that reminds me, I would like everyone to bring a list of their favorite add-ons for any browser they use so we can see what others are doing and learn from each other.


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.


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

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:

Main Meeting Program: Our main meeting topic was shortened to a half hour or so. The discussion was short because our roundtable discussion lasted about 2 hours. The topic was rebuilding a Windows OS and was based on the web page at: There are a couple of reasons why you might find yourself in the situation where you might be considering a system rebuild - running out of disk space or deteriorating overall performance. One item discussed at length was a loss of free disk space in Windows Vista or Windows 7 caused by the growth of the winSxS folder. You can Google this or just start your reading here to find out what the issue is: Most likely winSxS will not be a problem on a newly purchased Vista or Win7 system because the drives in new systems are so large that it would likely take quite awhile for limited free disk space to become a problem. But, for upgraded systems with older and smaller drives or custom installations, it is more likely to become an unanticipated problem. Bottom line, if you find you are considering rebuilding your Windows OS, I highly suggest you use the December 2008 Digital Inspiration article at the link above. It will give you some guidance on how to prepare for and do the re-install.


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 and interest.

HDHomeRun is a TV tuner for computers -- Ethernet attached. Once connected to your home router you can access the HDHomeRun Tuners from any computer, anywhere in your home. Watch / Record TV from you Family Room / Kitchen / Garage / Backyard, anywhere you have a computer. Some of the best pricing can be found at NewEgg. Bamboo Pen gives you everything you need to enjoy pen input. Start using the pen to edit, mark up documents or collaborate with others. Doodle, sketch and personalize your materials. Or use the pen with the included Corel® Painter® Essentials to paint and make digital art. The ergonomically-designed pen fits comfortably in your hand, and the tablet's textured work surface makes you feel like you're working with a pen on paper. buy from FM Every Zune lets you listen to your favorite FM radio stations and tag songs you like for later purchase. wireless sync Connect to your home wireless network and sync your Zune with your PC without a cable. video to go Sync TV shows from Zune Marketplace and movies recorded on Windows Media Center to watch on the go. game time Zune players come with a selection of fun, free games so you'll always have action at your fingertips.


WinFF (Free for Windows & Linux)

WinFF is a GUI for the command line video converter, FFMPEG. It will convert most any video file that FFmpeg will convert. WinFF does multiple files in multiple formats at one time. You can for example convert mpeg's, flv's, and mov's, all into avi's all at once. WinFF is available for Windows 95, 98 , ME, NT, XP, VISTA, and Debian, Ubuntu, Redhat based GNU/Linux distributions.


DirectoryOpus (Windows, ~$75 US)

Directory Opus goes beyond the simple file manager metaphor, and offers you a complete replacement for Windows Explorer and many other utility programs for handling FTP, ZIP, viewing files and images, running slideshows and more. It provides you with all this within a fully-configurable environment within which you can access and manage your important data with a minimum of effort.

OpenOffice (FREE for Windows, Mac, Linux) 3 - Product Description Compatible with other major office suites, is free to download, use, and distribute. Download it now, and get:

Writer -- a word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.

Calc -- a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyse, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics.

Impress -- the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations.

Draw -- lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.

Base -- lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from within

Math -- lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor.

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 -

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