Main Line Commodore User Group


Febuary 2011 Issue 345



MAIN MEETING TOPIC: GET TO KNOW YOU (Rescheduled from January)

For Febuary, we have decided to follow the format of last January's meeting and take a bit of respite from our normal presentation and run an extended roundtable instead. If there's sufficient interest, we'll also take a few moments to talk about the MicroSD card that was distributed as the club Christmas gift to all members in case there are any questions about how to use it. Also, we can discuss any questions about the Mac iChat software that was used during the December meeting and why it was chosen to enable John M to conference with us during the meeting.

The goal of the extended roundtable will be for the steering committee members to get a better insight into the computer technology leanings and related aspirations of the club's members as trends and interests change year to year AND to hear about what tech gifts you got for Christmas. Are you the type that just wants reliable, inexpensive access to your email and browsing? Are you afraid to make online purchases or manage other online financial transactions? Or do you do more? Do you watch videos online and need a high speed connection to download large files? Do you manage large files, keep picture or movie albums, remotely access your home computer? Are you looking for other ways to use your computer such as Internet TV? Are you tending to use many more portable digital devices

Besides the good things you do with your computer, what things about computer usage irk you? Is your computer slow to do certain things? Does it fail more often than you would like? Does it lose network connectivity too often?

Hopefully, this discussion will help the steering committee with ideas for future meetings.


1) If you are a member and did not attend the December 2010 meeting, then you likely missed out on getting one of the end of year 4GB Kingston MicroSD cards with adapters as a Christmas gift. If so, and you would like one, contact John D to make arrangements to get yours.

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 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) 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: 2 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, January 8th. The meeting was canceled on account of snow, but John M took the time to go to Villanova to check if anyone showed up without first checking their email. Only Ted K showed.


Quoted Source:

NOTE: The RKS FAX software mentioned in the above web source is now called Essential FAX and is available at:

"Yes, you can!" Though FAX is not officially supported, you should be able to send a FAX by connecting your FAX machine or FAX modem to the magicJack phone jack port.

"I have not tried it with a standalone fax machine-I use a fax program-so I can't speak personally for machines... I am currently using a shareware app that is vista compatible called RKS Fax, because it was the most reasonably priced at $20."

"Also, in your fax machine or program, you have to tweak the transmission speed to lower than what you would normally use on a land line. I set mine to 7200 and that seems to be the optimal speed for my line."

NOTE: Since Windows FAX software does not enable configuration (I couldn't find a way, ed.) of FAX speed settings, it will not work. Also, 9600 baud/bps works for me - ed.

"Faxing through a magic jack is slower than using the standard land line for fax, but it does work as long as you have it set up correctly and your bandwidth is capable of VoIP. Small trade off for the cost, if you only fax a few times a week or less it wouldn't be a big deal. Takes me about 3 minutes per page."

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 -

 MLCUG Meetings Schedule        Steering Committee Meetings
	February 12			February 16
	March 12			March 16
	April 9				April 13

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