Main Line Commodore User Group

Newsletter


November 2012 Issue 366

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 – NOVEMBER 10th

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2013

CHANGES TO NEWSLETTER AND ANNUAL DUES

PLEASE check that you are receiving the digital version of the club newsletter via the club email systems! On October 6th, the club emailed 2 copies of the newsletter - one via the Bee Net list server and one via the Google Groups list server. Each email indicated in the subject title which server was used for its distribution. If you did not receive BOTH emails, please contact John D.

The next mailings of the digital newsletter on November 3rd and December 1st will again be distributed via both email list servers so you can again check that you are properly receiving club emails.

Starting in 2013, hard copies of the newsletter will NOT be mailed. Along with this change, dues will be reduced to $10 per year.

In 2013 & beyond, the newsletter will only be distributed as a PDF file and will be sent via email thru the club's email system.

When you renew your membership and pay your dues this year, PLEASE make sure you have a registered email address with the club as this is the only way you will be able to receive a copy of the monthly newsletter.

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UPCOMING MEETING

MOUNTAIN LION OVERVIEW

A couple months ago we introduced you to Windows 8. Now we want to introduce you Apple's Mountain Lion for the Mac. Within the next few months, we hope to give you a Linux overview. We want you to be aware of the similarities and differences between these computer operating systems so that you can make a better and more informed decision when you get your next computer or decide to refurbish an older computer.

It's been awhile since our last non-Windows centric presentation and I felt we were due to look at alternatives to Windows. A few of us have been using Linux and Macs for awhile, but some of us have newly migrated to these alternative Operating Systems. For those who are new to the Mac and those who may be considering a Mac in your future, then this presentation is for you. John M is scheduled to lead us in this overview of Apple's newest Mac operating system called Mountain Lion.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

1) It’s that time of year again – CLUB MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL time. Please give your dues to our treasurer, John D, at the meeting or mail checks to his address as indicated on the back cover. Checks should be made payable to: MLCUG.

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.

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LAST MONTH’S MEETING

Attendance: 9 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, October 13th.

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

John D

Tom J Bill D Layton F John M Rich T Ted K Main Meeting Program: The main meeting presentation topic was "Plex for Your HTPC" and was presented by John D.

The show notes for John's presentation can be found at: http://mlcug.org/MLCUG_PLEX_FOR_YOUR_HTPC.pdf .

Because the main presentation started late and was a bit long, the presentation was terminated before its completion. Not presented was the preferences configuration from within the client. Besides the client preferences menu, it should be noted that the "C" key will cause a context sensitive pop-up menu at times within the client library interfaces.

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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.

PLEX MEDIA CENTER (FREE, cross platform) http://plexapp.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plex_(software)

Plex (also known as "Plexapp", "Plex Media Center", or "PMC") is a partially open-source freeware media player software with a 10-foot user interface, with a matching closed source media server ("Plex Media Server") software, which is available for Intel-based Macintosh computers and computers running Microsoft Windows. Its media player source code was initially forked from XBMC Media Center on May 21, 2008; this fork is used today as a front end media player for Plex's back end server component.

Plex's front end media player, Plex Media Center, allows the user to manage and playback video, photos, music, and podcasts from a local or remote computer running Plex Media Server. In addition, the integrated Plex Online service provides the user with a growing list of community-driven plugins for online content including Hulu, Netflix, and CNN video.

Plex began as a freeware hobby project but since 2010 has evolved into a commercial software business that is owned and developed by a single for-profit startup company, (Plex, Inc.). It is a high tech company based in the United States that is responsible for the development of the Plex front-end and back-ends, its client–server model, and all accompanying software under the "Plex" trademark, as well as the exclusive copyright of the closed source proprietary software parts, both when distributed on its own or when it comes as third-party software component in products by other manufacturers via a strategic partnership.

EQUISO SMART TV http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2028163448/equiso-smart-tv-turn-any-tv-into-a-smart-tv

Equiso puts the Power of an Android tablet on your TV. Combined with our interactive remote, Equiso will truly refine your TV experience.

Watch stunning 1080p HD content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and many more! Send emails, update your Facebook status, play Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja like never before. Download new apps, create and display a PowerPoint presentation, listen to music, read books, and play most all those interactive games you love so much on your phone or tablet.

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SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK

MINITOOL PARTITION WIZARD (FREE, Windows centric) http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html http://www.partitionwizard.com/partition-wizard-bootable-cd.html

Freely available as either a Windows installable executable file or as an ISO file that can be used to create a bootable CD.

Non-destructively manage existing partitions containing data.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to boot computer directly into MiniTool Partition Wizard to manage partitions without any limitations. Features including Rebuild MBR, Partition Recovery, Move/Resize Partition, Merge Partition, Extend Partition, Split Partition, Change Cluster Size, Copy Partition, Create Partition, Delete Partition, Format Partition, Convert File System, Hide/Unhide Partition, Explore Partition and much more.

Functions of MiniTool Partition Wizard MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD has the same features as of MiniTool Partition Wizard Home/Professional Edition. Features include: Move/Resize Partition, Copy Partition, Create Partition, Extend Partition, Split Partition, Delete Partition, Format Partition, Convert File System, Hide/Unhide Partition, Explore Partition, Partition Recovery, Rebuild MBR and much more.

System requirement MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD supports 32/64 bit Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 but does not support Windows Server Operating System. Upgrade to MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD Server Edition if you are using Windows Server 2000/2003/2008.

Main Features

  • Split one partition into two safely.
  • Align all partitions or align a specified partition to optimize performance.
  • Support Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7 & 8 (32 bit & 64 bit) OS.
  • Support RAID.
  • Extend system partition.
  • Create, Delete and Format partitions with simple steps.
  • Disk Copy to protect or transfer data.
  • Support disk and partition size larger than 2 TB.
  • Convert partition format from FAT to NTFS.
  • Partition Copy: Copy the entire content of one hard disk to another.
  • Copy Disk Wizard: Copy the entire hard disk to another without having to reinstall Windows.
  • Disk Map - Visually demonstrate your disk/partition configuration; preview the changes before applying.
  • Hide/unhide partition, set active partition.
  • Explore FAT/NTFS partition.
  • Set partition as primary or logical.
  • Rebuild MBR.
  • Disk Surface Test.
  • Partition Surface Test.
  • Change Partition Serial Number.
  • Change Partition Type ID.
  • Hot Extend Partition without reboot.

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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
       November 10                       November 14
       December 8                        December 12
       January 12                        January 16
    
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