Main Line Commodore User Group


December 2011 Issue 355





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 as we did last year and since John M expects to be in Europe at the time of our meeting, John will be joining our meeting via iChat, a Mac application for video conferencing. 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! --------------------------------------------------------

1) 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.

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: 10 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, November 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: John D led the main presentation. The topic of this presentation was Internet social networks where the focus was on their benefits and risks and how to mitigate and minimize those risks. Since the presentation started after 11AM, we did not complete the full presentation. What we did not present was a comprehensive review of security and privacy settings for Facebook, Twitter, and Google.

For an overview of this presentation, please refer to the MLCUG web site where the presentation notes should be posted by the time you receive this newsletter.

Here are some of the key points of the presentation: * Internet social networking is about sharing information with others. The modern social networks like Facebook will want to share a lot of your personal information unlike focused discussion group social networks of old. If you don't want to be part of the sharing process, don't join. Also, don't join out of curiosity. * By default Internet social network settings are set to share almost all information you provide with everyone, including strangers. You can minimize the sharing of your information by providing JUST your name, email address, and age and "lurking" in the background. In addition, max out your privacy and security settings and be diligent that these aren't changed over time by the social network provider or hacking of your account. * The information on Internet social networks is long lived. Your information remains stored somewhere on the system even after you close your account. This information could by made public by system hackers.


This section contains web links & other info related to some of the subjects we discussed during our round table discussions and main presentation.


Picture Source:

Real-life sharing, rethought for the web.

A quick look at Google+ Google+ makes connecting on the web more like connecting in the real world. Share your thoughts, links and photos with the right circles. Use easy, spontaneous video chat to strike up conversations with as many as nine people at once. Get everyone on the same page with fast, simple group chat. We're very excited about the new approach to sharing we've created through Google+, but this is really just the beginning.

Circles You share different things with different people. But sharing the right stuff with the right people shouldn't be a hassle. Circles make it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself, just like real life.

Hangouts Bumping into friends while you're out is one of the best parts of going out and about. With Hangouts, spontaneity hits the web. Whether you're home in your pajamas or hitting the streets with your mobile phone, video hangouts let you bring up to 9 people into your world. It's the next best thing to everyone being there.

Games Google+ has a game room. Play poker, build a new civilization, humiliate a pig, or just click wildly at anything that moves. When you do something worth talking about, it's easy to share it just with the people interested in your gaming updates. Beating a friend's high score is always a good excuse to say hi.

Search Search brings you updates from your circles, news from around the web and public Google+ posts, giving you instant access to the topics you care about and the people who care about them along with you.

FACEBOOK - About Facebook Founded in February 2004, Facebook is a social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers. The company develops technologies that facilitate the sharing of information through the social graph, the digital mapping of people's real-world social connections. Anyone can sign up for Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment.

Product Facebook, the product, is made up of core site functions and applications. Fundamental features to the experience on Facebook are a person's Home page and Profile. The Home page includes News Feed, a personalized feed of his or her friends updates. The Profile displays information about the individual he or she has chosen to share, including interests, education and work background and contact information. Facebook also includes core applications -- Photos, Events, Videos, Groups, and Pages -- that let people connect and share in rich and engaging ways. Additionally, people can communicate with one another through Chat, personal messages, Wall posts, Pokes, or Status Updates.

TWITTER - Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, informally known as "tweets".

Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched that July. Twitter rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 300 million users as of 2011, generating over 300 million tweets and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day. It is sometimes described as "the SMS of the Internet."

Twitter Inc., the company that operates the service and associated website, is based in San Francisco, with additional servers and offices in San Antonio, Boston, and New York City.

TWITPIC TwitPic is a website that allows users to easily post pictures to the Twitter microblogging and social media service. TwitPic is often used by citizen journalists to upload and distribute pictures in near real-time as an event is taking place.

TwitPic could be used independently of Twitter, in a way similar to Flickr. However, several characteristics make this site a companion for Twitter. TwitPic usernames and passwords are the same as the ones in Twitter. Comments to photographs are sent as a reply tweet. TwitPic URLs are already short, making it unnecessary to use URL shortening. Anyone with a Twitter account can post pictures to the site.

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
	December 10			December 14
	January 14			January 18
	February 11			February 15
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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