Main Line Commodore User Group

Newsletter


Febuary 2012 Issue 357

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 310

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 -- FEBRUARY 11th


UPCOMING MEETING

NOTE: SAC ROOM 310

WINDOWS DESKTOP CONFIGURATION

There are basically 2 types of computer & technology users. There are the geeks & the appliance users. The appliance users are frustrated by technology. They just want to use the tool technology provides without having to learn about the tool itself. Geeks on the other hand have a fascination with technology tools. They want to first learn about their tools and the features they posses, and then figure out ways to use the tool to accomplish tasks.

Therein lays the basis for this month's presentation. The goal of this month's presentation is to remove the frustration users sometimes encounter when trying to navigate through Windows desktop, task bar, and start menu. We want to show users how to configure these features to work to their advantage by showing them how to set configuration settings to favor their preferences.

Access to these settings is not necessarily obvious or intuitive. We will be emphasizing how right-clicking is a user's friend. If nothing else, I hope all users will come to learn this fact.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

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.

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LAST MONTH'S MEETING

Attendance: 12 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, January 14th.

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: This meeting was what has become our annual "Get to Know You" meeting. Technology changes so fast that members interests also change with the times. This meeting is an attempt to re-assess the interests and technology that members are using so that the club can hopefully setup main meeting programs during the next year that are pertinent and of interest to its members.

That said, here are the issues and questions that were discussed at this meeting:

What I came to realize is that many of the questions were a desire on my part to get a head count. That is, to know how many members used Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Macs, Linux, Apple portable devices, and Android portable devices, etc. The head count was important to determine the potential level of interest in future main meeting topics.

What was noteworthy, but of little surprise to me in the feedback was that appliance users often do not make the effort to go out of their way to learn the technical acronyms and vocabulary. Therefore much of the terminology used during presentations is over their heads. They face a situation where they fail to understand because they have not learned the vocabulary. They just want to be users. Its akin to trying to learn to be a glider pilot without wanting to learn the principles of flight and not having an understanding of essential vocabulary.

The big problem for the geeks is how to interest the appliance users in learning the vocabulary so both parties can communicate effectively. And always how to get everyone to ask questions when they don't understand the terminology.

From the members, suggested future topics included:

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CLOUD COMPUTING GUIDELINES

The following information was excerpted and edited from the Michigan Sate University guidelines at: http://lct.msu.edu/documents/Cloud%20Computing%20at%20MSU,%20guidance%20document,%206%20Sep%2011.pdf

Confidential Data. It is unlawful to disclose certain types of data to third parties (including cloud service providers) without appropriate safeguards in place. Cloud-services must NOT be used with any Confidential Data, unless an appropriate contractual agreement can be negotiated with the service provider.

Business records. Business records are ``information created, received, and maintained as evidence and information by an organization or person, in pursuance of legal obligations or in the transaction of business.'' Many types of data we receive or create every day fit this definition and do not necessarily involve Confidential Data, but deserve appropriate care in how we manage the records. Business records can take the form of e-mail, e-mail attachments and other electronic communications, calendar entries (particularly those involving important meetings or events; e.g. meetings involved in due process protocols; vendor contacts during bidding; etc.), and documents posted and edited in file shares, wikis and a variety of other electronic tools. Cloud-services must not be used for work involving business records, unless an appropriate contractual agreement can be negotiated with the service provider.

Intellectual property. This property often needs to be protected carefully (e.g., content with patentable subject matter or commercial value) and should not be placed in a cloud situation unless an appropriate contractual agreement can be negotiated with the service provider. Sometimes the owners of this property care less about its protection than they care about the value of the services they will be receiving from cloud applications. These trade-offs should be considered before using a cloud service, and the choices should be made by the involved content owners.

Agency decisions. One person should not make a decision regarding use of cloud services when others who are party to the use but not party to the decision may have valued data involved. For example, except in a limited number of circumstances, students own the copyright in works submitted to meet course requirements. If an instructor chooses to use a cloud application in a class, the application's terms of use should be reviewed with the students in the class, and the instructor must be willing and able to provide an alternative if a student decides not to use the service due to objections to its terms of use. Similar regard should be given to collaborators and their intellectual property if a cloud service is chosen for use to support a research project or other form of group collaborative effort. All members of the collaboration or work group should be aware of the conditions of use for the tools they are using, and should reach a consensus decision about the value of using those tools.

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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
    	February 11			February 15
	March 10			March 14
	April 14			April 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

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