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March 2011 Issue 346

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 – MARCH 12th

UPCOMING MEETING

MAIN MEETING TOPIC: INTERNET TV THE BOXEE WAY

For the past couple of years we spent at least one session each year talking about the current state of Internet TV. This year will be no different as Internet TV increases its encroachment on conventional TV through a plethora of apps embedded in various devices. Almost every new TV now comes with apps embedded in firmware and a network connection. The same can be said for many Blu-ray DVD players. And then there's the plethora of add-on devices like WDTV Live, Roku, Boxee Box, Apple TV, Google TV, and many others.

So, for March I thought we would take some time to introduce Boxee. There are essentially 2 versions of Boxee - the firmware version and the software version. There are software versions for Linux, Mac, and Windows. However, from the user perspective, there are no differences between them once the software is running. There is, however, a definite difference between the software and firmware versions. The user interfaces (UI) are noticeably different which, in turn, affects navigation. In addition, there may be a tendency for the features of the 2 versions to diverge over time as the firmware version has begun to incorporate DRM (Digital Rights Management) features.

The plan for this presentation is to look at how to connect Boxee to your TV, give an overview of Boxee features and costs, and review the differences between the firmware and software versions.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

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.

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LAST MONTH’S MEETING

Attendance: 12 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, February 12th.

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: Really, there wasn't much of a main program per se as we had planned on an extended round table session in order to get a better idea of the type of future presentations that would interest the group. As it turned out, because we had missed our January meeting due to snow, our normal round table session extended way into the time period of the "Get To Know You" topic and we had only a short period to discuss the interests of the group.

Among some of the suggestions that members provided were:

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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.

"blue eyeball 2.0 webcam" http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_5_23?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=blue+eyeball+2.0+webcam&x=0&y=0&sprefix=blue+eyeball+2.0+webcam

"epson 1400 photo printer" http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&sku=C11C655001

RadioTime - Free Radio Online http://radiotime.com/

Search by worldwide location, station name, frequency, show name.  Local stations easily found - the site generally knows accurately where you're located. Membership enables history tracking of your listening & setup of PRESETS (favorites).

Secunia Online Software Inspector (OSI) http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/

Though Rich T discussed the PSI software version at the meeting, I suggest newbies try the OSI version above before deciding whether to download & install the PSI version referenced below. As mentioned at the meeting, take the results with a grain of salt ! Most times the recommendations are easily doable, but sometimes they are not, or are impractical to implement such as issues related to end-of-life software.

http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/

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SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK

POWERPOINT VIEWER 2007 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=048dc840-14e1-467d-8dca-19d2a8fd7485

PowerPoint Viewer 2007 lets you view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions. This viewer also supports opening password-protected Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. You can view and print presentations, but you cannot edit them in the PowerPoint Viewer 2007.

REDBUTTON records RadioTime content http://radiotime.com/downloadcenter.aspx Easy pause and playback controls Each program has a time bar with duration and elapsed time to fast forward and rewind.

Recording is simple Record once or every episode. RadioTime automatically picks the best time, station, source and name for recordings from the guide. Reliable recording RedButton uses alternate sources for the same program. The computer must be turned on and have broadband internet access at time of recording.

Play radio recordings anywhere Use with any desktop music software, on your iPod, or with any MP3 player.

Record while you do other things. Record as you listen or record while muted. Recordings are made directly to your computer (not RadioTime), and you can still use your computer for other things while recording. Automate recordings while you are away. Set it and forget it with the "wake from sleep" feature. Remember to keep your computer connected while it does the work for you. Record up to 8 radio shows at once. Catch several of your favorite shows that air at the same time.

Web scheduling management. Update your recording schedule from any browser. Just sign into your account at radiotime.com and changes take affect for the computer with RedButton installed.

Automatically add recordings to iTunes and easily synch to iPod. The RadioTime playlist has the radio show schedule you set. Supports AM/FM Hardware Tune and record local radio signal from any computer with a Griffin radioSHARK, Windows Media Center TV/FM tuner cards and others.

Many customized options Record to MP3, WMA, or AAC. Create presets, change settings for recording schedule, file names, sound quality, pause, and more.

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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/

MLCUG Meetings Schedule        Steering Committee Meetings
    March 12					March 16
    April 9					April 13
    May 14					May 18
EDITOR: John W. Deker, Jr. 2210 Lantern Lane, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444-2211 Produced with HP-P6267C: 2.5GHz 4-Core Q8300, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Brother HL-5370DW laser printer, CD-RW/DVD±R/RW drive, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OS, MS Office XP, Bullzip PDF Printer software
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VILLANOVA SPONSOR:	Prof. Frank Maloney, Dept. of Astronomy

MLCUG STEERING COMMITTEE;
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TREASURER/SEC: John Deker 	610-828-7897	
WEBMASTER: Peter Whinnery 	610-284-5234	
AT LARGE:  Tom Johnson	        610-896-2434	
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V.PRESIDENT: Al Gottlieb  	215-793-9725
DATABASE: Layton Fireng	        610-688-2080
AT LARGE: Nelson Schrock	610-834-0117
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