Main Line Commodore User Group

Newsletter


August 2012 Issue 363

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 – AUGUST 11th

UPCOMING MEETING

WINDOWS 8 PREVIEW

For August we plan to take a look at the new Windows 8 GUI (Graphical User Interface) and system features. In particular, we plan to pay attention to the differences between it and Windows 7 from the perspective of using Windows 8 on a regular computer - desktop or laptop. I say regular computer since Windows 8 is also being released to run on tablets.

According to the July 19th show of Windows Weekly on TWiT.tv (http://twit.tv/show/windows-weekly/270), the general release date for Windows 8 is October 26. At that time, the OS will be released for sale to the general public From what I've heard and per John M's email to the club list on July 2nd, Windows 8 will be available for the low (compared to previous versions of Windows) price of $40. And from what I know, that low price will remain in affect until the end of January 2013. It has been speculated that Microsoft will extend their low price offer beyond that date in order to generate some momentum in the market for the purpose of encouraging development of their associated app store.

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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.XS 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: 13 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, July 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:
The main meeting presentation topic was "The Android Connection" and was presented by John D.

John's presentation covered issues related to migrating apps to your Android device and media and data between your Android device and your computer. Also covered were ways to display an Android phone's screen on a computer screen via a USB connection between the two devices.

Presentation show notes as a PDF file should be available at: http://mlcug.org/ and for a brief while as a Dropbox download at: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23346008/MLCUG%20-%20THE%20ANDROID%20CONNECTION.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.

SOME ANDROID CONNECTIVITY APPS...

REMOTE DESKTOP (FREE)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.androiddev.mobiletab

Remote Desktop brings order to your Droid. View and retrieve all the contents of your phone such as documents, photos, and videos wirelessly.

All you need is a standard web browser and Remote Desktop will allow you interact with your phone as easily as a PC.

Main Features:

  • files, gallery, bookmarks explorer
  • send sms
  • desktop workspace environment
  • remote terminal

    FILE EXPERT (FREE) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=xcxin.filexpert

    File Expert is an ultimate app for managing your files and other resources which are stored on your Android phone or tablet. Files can be stored on local SD card, local WiFi network, or cloud storage servers.

    You also can use File Expert as a sharing server to share your files with your friends over a WiFi network. They can use web browser, FTP clients, another phone that supports Bluetooth to access your File Expert powered devices.

    FEATURES

  • All basic file operations - Copy, Paste, Move, Create and Rename
  • FTP/HTTP Server without a USB cable.
  • Cloud Storage - Use one app to access various cloud services like Dropbox, Box.net, SkyDrive and more!
  • SMB, FTP, SFTP, FTPS, WebDAV and Bluetooth OBEX Client
  • Bluetooth - Full-featured Bluetooth capabilities include OBEX FTP, OPP
  • NFC Support. You can use NFC-enabled phone to transfer files and apps.
  • WiFi Send. Directly send files via WiFi between File Expert powered phones
  • Archive manager - Create, decompress, view ZIP/RAR/GZIP/TAR/TGZ/BZ files

    ISYNCR WIFI LITE ADD-ON

    ($1, iTunes on Mac or Windows req'd)

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jrtstudio.iSyncr.WiFiLite
  • http://www.jrtstudio.com/

    Syncing iTunes music and podcasts with Android devices is what iSyncr is all about. Break free of the cable and sync with iTunes wirelessly. Tired of plugging your phone in everyday to sync with iTunes? Break free of the USB cable and turn your phone into a wireless iPod with iSyncr WiFi.

    OVERDRIVE MEDIA CONSOLE (FREE)

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.overdrive.mobile.android.mediaconsole

    Get eBooks and audiobooks from your library with OverDrive Media Console. Download eBooks and audiobooks from your library directly to your Android device!

    OverDrive Media Console gives you on-the-go access to eBooks and audiobooks from your public, school, or college library. More than 18,000 libraries worldwide offer best-selling and classic titles via OverDrive, so use the ‘Get Books’ feature in the app to find a library near you.

    GBOOKMARK (FREE)

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amlegate.gbookmark

    GBookmark is Google Bookmarks client for Android. It helps you to use Google Bookmarks, the on-line bookmark service provided by Google.

    Benefit: It makes using the Android browser so much easier for sites you frequent. You avoid the need to type in a URL address for those sites.

    WIFI KEYBOARD (FREE)

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.volosyukivan

    Keyboard for keyboard-less phones like Nexus One, or as an alternative to the virtual keyboard on your Android.

    Enables you to type on your phone using your computer's _browser_. Internet Explorer is not supported and can be unstable. Recommended browser is Chrome.

    Use WiFi for low latency input. 3G may be blocked by some carriers. USB connection works best, but require some technical knowledge and connected cable.

    SOME PC CONNECTIVITY APPS...

    CALIBRE (FREE, Linux, Mac, Windows) http://calibre-ebook.com/

    Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

  • Library Management
  • E-book conversion
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices
  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer
  • Content server for online access to your book collection

    Calibre documentation recommends the Aldiko Book Reader app for your Android. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aldiko.android

    MIRO

    (FREE, Linux, Mac, Windows) http://www.getmiro.com/

    FEATURES

  • Converts and syncs to Android & Kindle Fire. Miro is simply the best music and video player for Android phones and tablets.
  • Buy Music and Apps inside Miro. The Amazon MP3 store is built-in to Miro. Buy, download, and listen, seamlessly. Buy Android apps from the Amazon or Google app stores and they will sync to your device.
  • Convert any video. You can convert almost any video with Miro into mp4/h264, with presets for almost any device you can think of (including iPhones, iPods, iPads, Android phones, and more).

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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
       August 11				August 15
       September 8				September 12
       October 13				October 17
    
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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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