Main Line Commodore User Group

Newsletter


March 2012 Issue 358

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 -- MARCH 10th


UPCOMING MEETING

SHARING LARGE FILES

More and more you are likely wanting to share photos and videos over the Internet. As technology advances we are likely recording more digital pictures and videos from our more capable digital cameras and video recorders. Ultimately we would like to share these with family and close friends. And the question becomes, "how do you share high quality RAW photos and HD videos. You can no longer just attach them to emails because they are bigger than the attachment limit allowed by email systems or they end up rejected due to the limited size of the recipients email inbox capacity.

So what are the alternatives? As it turns out there are Internet services that facilitate the process, some for free and some for a fee. Some of these services are part of the social service environment like FaceBook and Picasa. But, what are the risks and downside to these services? Alternatively, a person can set up their own private servers, but there are also potential down sides to this approach to sharing.

As it turns out, there may not be one ideal, simplistic way of sharing large fil%es. John M will discuss this in more detail at this month's meeting.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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: 8 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, February 11th.

Main Meeting Q&A: We began last month's meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. Among the questions and announcements:

Peter W

Wendy E Layton F Joan S Don W Rich T

Main Meeting Program: The main meeting presentation topic was "Windows Desktop Configuration" and was presented by John D.

The presentation strived to accomplish two things: 1. Make users aware they can customize their Windows desktop, task bar, and start menu to better suit the way they work. It is not intuitively obvious how to do this in my opinion. 2. To reinforce the notion that using the right hand mouse button is your friend and that hovering the mouse cursor over any object and right-clicking will almost always result in a pop-up context menu, a menu where the content of the menu is pertinent to the things the user can affect related to the object under the cursor.

Also quickly presented was a third party Windows utility, Dexpot, for creating virtual desktops or work spaces like those found on the Linux, Mac, and Unix OS's. If all you do on your computer is use a browser for email and browsing the web, then you likely do not need this utility, but if you use multiple applications or programs at the same time, especially ones that fill the full screen and hide the task bar, then this may be a handy utility for switching between application screens. http://www.dexpot.de/

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MEETING RELATED SIDEBAR

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

DEXPOT - (FREE for personal use; Windows only) The tool Windows lacks. With the Dexpot software you may setup separate virtual desktops for different applications. One desktop might feature applications for graphic design, for example, and another might feature your business applications.

Switch between virtual desktops in order to keep track of your open windows. Using Dexpot, you can considerably increase your workflow.

  • Current download size: 3.84 MB
  • Platform: Windows 2000/XP/2003 and Vista/2008/7 (incl. x64)
  • http://www.dexpot.de/

    ASUS EEE PAD TRANSFORMER - it's a touchpad, it's a notebook, it's super convertible.

    Eee Pad Transformer TF101 pictured Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 is similar

    http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee_Pad_Transformer_TF101/

    http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee_Pad_Transformer_Prime_TF201/

    POGOPLUG DEVICES from Pogoplug - Pogoplug is the only cloud service that lets you host your own data. Instantly store, stream and share your files and media wherever you are, with no fees and no limits: Simply purchase a Pogoplug device, add storage and connect it to your network.

    Pogoplug also offers 5GB of free cloud storage with the option to buy 30GB/mo, 100GB/mo and 1000GB/mo.

    https://pogoplug.com/devices

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    SOFTWARE & SERVICES WORTH A LOOK

    LASTPASS - (FREE version available, multi-OS support, browser extensions & apps for the more popular systems) LastPass is a password manager that makes web browsing easier and more secure. https://lastpass.com/

    REF: http://blog.lastpass.com/2010/07/lastpass-gets-green-light-from-security.html LastPass Gets the Green Light from Security Now!'s Steve Gibson From the beginning we've touted LastPass as `secure password and data management.' We've insisted that only you have access to your LastPass data, since only you hold the key that can decrypt your data. We've upheld that we employ localized, government-level encryption (256-bit AES implemented in C++ and JavaScript) with one-way salted hashes to give you complete security as you sync your passwords through the cloud.

    What does that mean? Well, it means that we developed the LastPass password manager so that the following three points hold true:

    1. All encryption and decryption happens on your computer. When you create your LastPass account, an encryption key is created on your computer (your Master Password, or MP, and email go through a complex, irreversible process known as hashing to form your encryption key). Any sensitive data you then save to your account is `locked up' by the encryption key while still on your computer, then sent in encrypted form to LastPass' server.

    2. The sensitive data that is harbored on our servers is always encrypted before it's sent to us, so all we receive is gibberish. Since the encryption key is locally created each time you submit your MP and email, all that we store and have access to on our servers is your encrypted data. Without your unique encryption key, your sensitive data is meaningless gibberish. Even if someone were to mandate that we provide a copy of our database, the data would still be unreadable without your encryption key.

    3. We never receive the key to decrypt that data. The unique encryption key formed from the hashing of your email and MP is never sent to our servers. We never, for any reason, would ask you for your MP, so the key remains safely with you.

    Don't just take our word for it: industry expert Steve Gibson recently reviewed us on his Security Now! podcast. After an hour-long, in-depth analysis of what LastPass is, how it works, and what it can do, Steve applauded our security measures and gave us his seal of approval.

    "This thing is secure every way you can imagine. And it's simple," Steve says at one point. "I've completely switched my entire solution for managing passwords, after spending days researching it and testing it and playing with it, over to LastPass.".

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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 10			March 14
            April 1                         April 18
    	May 12				May 16
    
    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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    V.PRESIDENT: Al Gottlieb  	215-793-9725
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