Main Line Commodore User Group


January 2012 Issue 356





I hope all of you had a great and safe holiday. And I hope your health prospers thru the new year.

If you received any new technology or computer related ``toys'' during the Christmas season, I'm sure all of us would like to know a little something about what you got. So be prepared to talk a little bit about your new smart phone, tablet, HDTV, computer, or other tech gizmos. Tell us about both the good and the bad.

As always we'll have our usual roundtable discussion of questions, issues, and announcements.

For January, 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. 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. 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 2011 meeting, then you likely missed out on getting one of the end of year mini 9-LED flashlights. If so, and you would like one, contact John D at the next club meeting you attend to claim 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: 11 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, December 10th.

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: As this was our Christmas party meeting, there was no big main meeting presentation. As in years past, we had raffle prizes and provided lunch. For raffle prizes, we had only a 50-50 drawing. Tom J was the winner of the 50-50.

Guest of Honor Like last year we were scheduled to have a "Guest of Honor" at our December meeting. That being John M who was traveling on business in Europe. However, there were some unexpected circumstances that changed John's plans. The night before the meeting, John emailed me this message:

"I may not be able to do the webchat with the club tomorrow. I have to move to a hotel in another town for the next few days. Between the weather here and the train schedule, I might not make it to the hotel in time to get online to do the webchat. It has been raining for the last few hours along with high winds. It just started snowing along with the rain and everything is blowing sideways. Every few minutes the wind gusts towards the hotel and rattles the windows. I think it will be an interesting night for sleeping...

I tried to get a room at the new hotel tonight, but none were available. The first train leaves around midday, but I suspect there may be delays due to the weather. I will try to get online and contact you via GoogleTalk and iChat before 09:30am your time. If I don't make that time then I will likely still be in transit and you should just go ahead with the rest of your plan for the meeting. I will catch up when I return to the U.S."

Members' Christmas Present Our Christmas present to all members this year was a 9-LED mini flashlight that uses 3-AAA batteries.



Windows Vista and Windows 7 introduced a new data file backup called "previous versions" that is part of System Protection. Its use is described here.

New in Windows 7 Prior to Windows Vista, the system service called System Restore made backup snapshots of system and program files but omitted personal and data files. Beginning with Vista , System Restore was expanded into what is known as System Protection and the monitoring of data files by a service called Volume Shadow Copy was incorporated. The individual file backups are known as "previous versions". Unfortunately, Microsoft chose to limit the "previous versions" feature to the Vista Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions and keep it inaccessible in Vista Home Premium. However, in Windows 7, the Home Premium edition also contains access to previous versions of files.

Accessing previous versions in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Whenever System Protection creates a restore point for a monitored volume, it makes copies of any data files or folders that have been changed since the last restore point. To see the various file or folder versions, right-click on a file or folder and select "Restore previous versions" from the context menu. A dialog box showing all the previous versions of the selected file or folder will open. An example for a folder called "PDFs" is shown below.

There are three buttons that allow for various operations with a selected previous version. Clicking the button "Open" will display a selected entry. Clicking "Copy" will allow you to create a copy of a particular version and save it in a different location. Clicking "Restore" will replace the present file or folder contents with those of the selected version.

Restoring a previous version of a file As is shown in the next figure, select the previous version to be restored and click "Restore". As shown below, a dialog box will open asking for confirmation. Click "Restore"

Restore Point versions of a file will only be shown if it has been altered since the last Restore Point was created. If no previous versions are listed, open and save the file. This will cause Windows to list any Restore Point versions.

How to access previous versions in Windows Vista Home Premium Although the shadow copy service creates previous versions of personal files in Vista Home Premium, the Microsoft marketing types tried to squeeze the home user into buying a more expensive version by making the previous versions inaccessible. However, a free utility is available called Shadowexplorer that allows Home Premium users to browse the shadow copies..

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
	January 14			January 18
	February 11			February 15
	March 10			March 14
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