Main Line Commodore User Group

Newsletter


September 2012 Issue 364

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 – SEPTEMBER 8th

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UPCOMING MEETING

MOTION IN RASPBERRY PI

Take a Raspberry Pi and mix in Motion and a video camera and what do you get? You get Peter's vacation project.

Peter is scheduled to be on deck for the next meeting presentation. He briefly showed us his Raspberry Pi at a previous meeting. Now he will have a chance to talk about it in much greater detail and the use he made of this micro computer while he was on vacation.

He has done what many pro-active members of this club have done over the years. He has taken the time to push the envelop of his personal computer knowledge with a project of his own choosing. In his case, a time lapse photography project using a very inexpensive micro computer.

Hopefully he will tell us what inspired him, what it cost in terms of personal time, effort, and money, and the research and difficulties he encountered along the way. Hopefully he will tell us whether his project is finalized or just one step on a path to a greater endeavor.

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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.

4) Remembering Marty:

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LAST MONTH’S MEETING

Attendance: 8 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, August 11th.

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 "Windows 8 Preview" and was presented by John D.

John had 1 notable takeaway for Windows 8 when used on current computers. Because of the multiple hot corners on the screen to access various menus, the system begs the user to learn some hot-keys to facilitate navigation on a computer rather than slide a mouse the long distances between corners to access the various menus. It's too early to judge the ease of navigation on a tablet.

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-%20WINDOWS%208%20PREVIEW.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.

TASCAM DR-40 ($200 street)
http://tascam.com/product/dr-40/

The DR-40 captures up to four tracks from built-in, high-quality condenser microphones, XLR mic or line inputs. The internal mics are adjustable from XY to AB position, helping you to tailor your recording to the sound of the room. A pair of great-sounding TASCAM microphone preamps welcome condenser microphones with phantom power, recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. It accommodates balanced XLR or 1/4" line inputs using locking Neutrik Combo jacks. The DR-40 accepts SD or SDHC cards up to 32GB, and a 2GB card is included.

Once recorded, play back your takes with EQ and the optional Level Align feature to avoid volume jumps. A stereo reverb effect is also built-in, as well as a speaker and chromatic tuner. Transfer recordings to computer using the USB 2.0 jack. Other features include overdub mode, variable speed playback, limiting and low cut filter, and much more – all with TASCAM’s simple-to-use interface.

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HINTS & TIPS

HOW TO ENABLE NON-CHROME-STORE SCRIPTS IN CHROME
http://www.howtogeek.com/121862/from-the-tips-box-grease-monkey-in-chrome-what-to-read-next-and-auto-connect-your-vpn-in-os-x/

I’m sure some other readers have noticed the recent change in Google Chrome: you can no longer quickly add user scripts from script repositories like UserScripts.org. If you click on the script you’ll get the error “Extensions, apps, and user scripts can only be added from the Chrome Web Store.” While I applaud Google for doing the right thing, security wise, it took me a minute or two to figure my way around it. The new way to load scripts is to save them to your computer and then drag and drop them onto the Extensions menu. Google provides the following instructions to do so:

  1. Download the extension file from the website and save it to your computer.
  2. Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
  3. Select Tools > Extensions.
  4. Locate the extension file on your computer and drag the file onto the Extensions page.
  5. Review the list of permissions in the dialog that appears. If you would like to proceed, click Install.

It’s not quite as convenient as clicking “Install” on UserScripts.org, but it is way more secure.

GOOGLE CHROME'S ABOUT: PAGES
http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2008/09/google-chromes-about-pages.html

Like most other browsers, Google Chrome has some special pages that show information about memory usage, cached files, plug-ins and more.

To see the full list of special pages just type: about:about into Chrome's address / search bar.

Here's a partial list of the more interesting (IMO) current Chrome URLs:

chrome://conflicts
chrome://crashes
chrome://dns
chrome://downloads
chrome://flash
chrome://gpu-internals
chrome://history
chrome://net-internals
chrome://omnibox
chrome://plugins
chrome://sync-internals
chrome://version

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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
    September 8                       September 12
    October 13                        October 17
    November 10                       November 14
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