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December 2010 Issue 343

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, MENDEL HALL, ROOM 241

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 -- DECEMBER 11th

UPCOMING MEETING

DECEMBER HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

JOIN US FOR HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

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

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.

We will not be having a main meeting presentation per se, BUT we are planning something different this year since John M expects to be in Europe at the time of our meeting. After the close of last month's meeting John M and myself, accompanied by Ted K, spent the better part of the afternoon at Villanova trying out some conferencing services like LiveCage & QNext. We encountered issues with each service and finally settled on simple iChat on the Mac. So, for December we hope to have conferencing setup between the club meeting at Villanova and John M in Europe for all attendees to see.

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) 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 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.

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 13th.

Main Meeting Q&A: We began last month's meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. Among the questions and announcements:

Main Meeting Program: Last month's main meeting topic was titled, ``NAS - Network Attached Storage''. This was our first foray into the subject of network attached storage and John M took the reigns as our guide. John presented us with a basic over view of RAID and NAS concepts and associated terminology like mirroring, striping, and parity. Much of the session was spent answering questions from the audience as members tried to grasp these concepts and understand how they might make use of a NAS.

I suggest that many might benefit by viewing and reading these 2 Wiki web sites:

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network-attached_storage

For demonstration purposes, John used a few years old single drive LinkStation.

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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.

LiberKey Portable applications http://liberkey.com/ 304 applications available in a few clicks! In all areas : Audio, Video, Graphics, Internet, Games, Security, Education, System, etc.

Free

Ready to use

Portable applications

Automatic online updates

Synchronization with the online catalog

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HINTS & TIPS

WINDOWS - HOW TO SET AUTO LOGON

Auto logon makes starting and logging onto a Windows computer very convenient and is only recommended when the computer is a single user computer that is only accessible to the user. If you set a computer for automatic logon, anyone who can physically gain access to the computer can also gain access to everything that is on the computer, including any network or networks that the computer is connected to. Additionally, if you turn on automatic logon, the password is stored in the registry in plain text. Therefore, only use auto logon if the computer is physically secured and if you make sure that users who you do not trust cannot access the registry either locally or remotely through a network.

References: http://beingpc.com/2010/02/how-to-auto-login-into-my-user-account-in-windows-7/

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315231

NOTE: Though the first link above says Windows 7, this procedure also works for XP and should also work for Vista as claimed on the web site.

This is the basic procedure without all the pictures:

1. Press Win Logo + R keys to open the Run dialogue box

2. In Run dialog box copy & paste control userpasswords2 and press enter.

3. Now the User Accounts Window will appear

4. Click on the user name which you want to set for auto login

5. Once you have selected your username un-check ``Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" and then click Apply

6. In the Automatically Log On window, type the password in the Password box, and then retype the password in the Confirm Password box.

7. Click OK to close the Automatically Log On window, and then click OK to close the User Accounts window.

If pictures help you get the job done, then refer to the beingpc.com URL link above.

HOW TO CHANGE THE TIME SYNC INTERVAL IN WINDOWS 7, VISTA AND XP.

If you find your computer clock gets out of sync by several minutes each week and it annoys you, you may want to change the time sync interval.

NOTE: The procedure described below involves editing the Registry. This is NOT recommended for the computer novice as making any mistakes could make your computer inoperative!

For a version of the following procedure that includes pictures, please point your browser at this URL:

http://www.m0ukd.com/temp/Time_Sync_Interval_Change_Vista_XP.pdf

By default, windows will sync with an internet time server every 7 days or 168 hours. This can be modified by changing the following entry in the registry.

1) Open Registry Editor by clicking start and in the search box type regedit and press enter. (XP users click start then run and type regedit)

2) In the left pane, navigate to the following:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\TimeProviders\NtpClient

3) In the right pane, right click `SpecialPollInterval' and select `Modify' (see below)

4) Before entering your time in seconds, click `Decimal' then go ahead and change the value in seconds. I would not recommend going below one hour. Your PC clock can't be that bad! Some examples are:

1800 = 30 minutes, 3600 = 1 hour, 14400 = 4 hours, 43200 = 12 hours 86400 = 24 hours

5) Click `OK' then close Registry Editor.

Now to check its working.

1) Left click the clock in the taskbar and select `Adjust time and date settings', then the `Internet Time' tab, then `Change Settings'.

2) Make sure the checkbox is selected `Synchronize with an Internet time server' then click `Update Now'

3) You should see the message `The clock was successfully synchronized with [your selected server] at [current time]'

4) Press `OK' and you should see in the `Date and Time' window that it has just been synchronized and that the next synchronization is in one hour from now (if you set to 3600 seconds) or whatever you set.

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SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK

NETWORK ACTIVITY INDICATOR FOR WINDOWS 7 http://www.itsamples.com/network-activity-indicator.html

Network Activity Indicator displays the old XP/Vista 'two monitors' icon on Windows 7 that flashes blue to show network activity in the System Tray with many more features. Has a very small footprint.

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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/

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