Main Line Commodore User Group

Newsletter


July 2012 Issue 362

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 – JULY 14th

UPCOMING MEETING

THE ANDROID CONNECTION

Since half our attending membership now owns portable Android devices, I thought it appropriate that we have a main presentation that focuses on how you can move data and applications onto and off these devices and some miscellaneous connectivity solutions between your Android device & your PC.

For those who don't own any smart portable devices, this presentation may be an opportunity for you to get an insight into the way they operate, their relatively simple user interface which is well suited to appliance users, and their inherit limitations. One of the biggest limitations of these portable devices IMO is that they lack a user friendly keyboard. However, they may become the first devices with practical voice recognition and speech control.

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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: 11 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, June 9th.

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:
The main meeting presentation topic was "New Win7 Computer Setup" and was presented by John D.

John's presentation covered issues related to security, reliability, and usability. Issues like desktop, taskbar, & start menu configuration; Internet Explorer & Windows Explorer setup; user types & related security & usability issues; free anti-virus/anti-malware options; and manufacturer originated bloat ware management were covered.

Presentation show notes as a PDF file should be available at: http://mlcug.org/ and for a brief while as a Dropbox download at: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/23346008/MLCUG%20-%20NEW%20WIN7%20COMPUTER%20SETUP.pdf

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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.

WHAT IS THE WINSXS DIRECTORY IN VISTA AND WINDOWS 7 AND WHY IS IT SO LARGE? https://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2008/09/17/what-is-the-winsxs-directory-in-windows-2008-and-windows-vista-and-why-is-it-so-large.aspx

Where is the WinSxS folder located? In Vista & Windows 7 you will find it located here: C:\Windows\winsxs

FYI, the WinSxS folder is very large (>5GB), and it will continue to grow as the OS ages and is updated with Service Packs and patches from Microsoft. It may easily grow to be larger than 10GB within a few years and some users have reported folder sizes greater than 20GB over time. When installing either Vista or Windows 7 in a limited disk space environment, this fact needs to be kept in mind.

If you find yourself running Vista or Win7 on a relatively small drive and running out of disk space after making efforts to reduce drive space usage through other means, you may be interested in these sites as a method to recover drive space related to the WinSxS folder and its contents: * Win7 solution (easy) - http://www.iishacks.com/2011/06/23/reduce-windows-7-winsxs-folder-size/ * Vista solutions - o Step 1 (easy) - http://www.mydigitallife.info/recover-and-reclaim-lost-disk-space-after-installing-windows-vista-service-pack-1-sp1/ o Step 2 (difficult) - http://www.techk2.com/tutorial/winsxslite-first-application-to-address-winsxs-size-problem/

MOZILLA THUNDERBIRD (FREE, cross platform) https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/

Software made to make email easier. Thunderbird is a free email application that's easy to set up and customize - and it's loaded with great features!

Features: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/features/

UNLOCKER (FREE, Windows) http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/

Suggested by Al G via email after the meeting.

If you've ever been unable to delete a file in Windows, and can't figure out what program's using it, Unlocker is the solution. Have you ever seen these Windows error messages?

* Cannot delete folder: It is being used by another person or program * Cannot delete file: Access is denied * There has been a sharing violation. * The source or destination file may be in use. * The file is in use by another program or user. * Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

Unlocker can help! Simply right-click the folder or file and select Unlocker. If the folder or file is locked, a window listing of lockers will appear. Simply click Unlock All and you are done!

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TERMINOLOGY YOU SHOULD KNOW http://www.no-ip.com/company/2012/06/01/tech-term-definitions-for-the-non-tech-person/

TECH TERM DEFINITIONS FOR THE NON-TECH PERSON

Sometimes, we use terms and explain things in a way that a not-so-technical person may have a hard time understanding. This blog will try to explain those terms in an easy to understand way. Enjoy!

DNS Resolution (Resolving) - During DNS resolution, a DNS server is contacted and the IP address of the URL you are trying to reach is returned. So, your computer asks the DNS server, “what is the IP address for yourhost.no-ip.com“, and the DNS server replies with the current IP address, which connects you to the correct website. This is the bread and butter of the Internet and how it works.

Port Forwarding- If you have a router at home or your office, you will need to forward ports in order for outside traffic to get into your network. Think of your router as being a huge electric fence or wall, with a few doors or openings. This electric fence, or wall serves as your barrier and security blanket from the scary outside Internet world. Your router comes pre-configured with a few of those doors (or ports) open to let you access the internet, but the others are closed tight. So, in order to run a mail server, game server, access your computer remotely, etc you will need to open an extra door or two in your router in order for the outside traffic to get inside. This is called Port Forwarding.

IP Address- An Internet Protocal Address or IP address for short, is like your computers phone number. Without it, your computer wouldn’t be able to connect to the Internet. Every computer, tablet, smart phone, and internet enabled device has it’s own IP address (even some light bulbs have an IP address these days).  An IP address consists of numbers and periods (192.168.1.1).

Static IP Address- A static IP address is one that doesn’t change, it is assigned to you by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and often costs extra money. A static IP address is YOURS and will never change (unless you cancel the subscription)

Dynamic IP Address- A Dynamic IP address is one that is NOT static. It changes from time to time. If you are unsure if your IP address is static or dynamic, chances are pretty high that it is dynamic. They are more cost effective for your ISP.

Hostname vs. Domain Name- A hostname is the beginning part of the domain, which usually consists of www. Another word for a hostname is a subdomain.

(Example: www.mydomain.com and the hostname would be something like…. myhost.mydomain.com)

URL- Abbreviation of Uniform Resource Locator (URL) it is the global address of documents and other resources on the World Wide Web. (www.no-ip.com or yourhost.no-ip.org)

HTTP- Hypertext Transfer (or Transport) Protocol, the data transfer protocol used on the World Wide Web. The secure and encrypted version of HTTP is HTTPS. If you are browsing the internet and want it to be secure, add the S. Make sure websites that you enter passwords and private data on have the HTTPS. Without that S, your not browsing securely.

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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/

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