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March 2014 Announcement

EXTENDED ROUND-TABLE

Unlike years past we are depending on crowd sourced topics and presenters for main meeting program presentations. As of this time there are no main presentation topics in the queue and no presenters in the queue.

So we will be having our second round-table discussion in an attempt to crowd source some main program presentation topics both from within and from outside the club. We will also be looking for volunteers to present topics or find outsiders willing to present topics.

Published: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:42:15 GMT
February 2014 Announcement

CROWD SOURCING

Unlike years past we are depending on crowd sourced topics and presenters for main meeting program presentations. As of this time there are no main presentation topics in the queue and no presenters in the queue.

So we will be having our first round-table discussion in an attempt to crowd source some main program presentation topics both from within and from outside the club. We will also be looking for volunteers to present topics or find outsiders willing to present topics. John M will host this round-table discussion.

Published: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 02:13:16 GMT
January 2014 Announcement

GET TO KNOW YOU

I hope all of you had a great and safe holiday. And I hope your health prospers thru the new year.

If you received any new technology or computer related “toys” during the Christmas season, I’m sure all of us would like to know a little something about what you got. So be prepared to talk a little bit about your new smart phone, tablet, HDTV, computer, or other tech gizmos. Tell us about both the good and the bad.

As always we’ll have our usual roundtable discussion of questions, issues, and announcements.

For January's "Get to Know You" topic we will be focusing on the future of the club since as of this writing we have only 9 paid members and one gratuitous member in the form of our sponsor. Therefore, the theme for this meeting is "Ask not what your club can do for you, but what you can do for your club". What new year's resolution are you willing to make to contribute to the future of the club? What computing related goal are you willing to set for yourself that will better yourself and the club? Will you become more active in the club mailing list in announcing your recent technology purchase or posting of your most recent problem? Will you volunteer to host a presentation or round-table session? Will you do an online search including a search of the club website & Google Groups mailing list before breaching your problem to the club membership? Will you become more proficient and active in Google+ Hangouts? If you have a thing against Google, will you make a concerted effort to find a competitive alternative? The future of the club depends on your monthly participation, not just your attendance. The lack of your participation will certainly hasten the demise of the club.

Hopefully, this discussion will help the steering committee with ideas for the future of the club and club meetings.

Published: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 02:19:49 GMT
December 2013 Announcement

DECEMBER HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

As in years past, this will be one of our more light hearted meetings in keeping with the holiday spirit. We will eat, drink, and be merry and have prizes and raffles.

We will open the formal part of our meeting with our normal round-table of announcements, questions, and problem solving. This is the part of the meeting where we all get an opportunity to help each other thru our computing experiences, both bad and good. So come on out to the meeting prepared to make a gift of your experiences and knowledge so all may learn and reap the benefits of shared knowledge.

As in years past, we will intersperse the meeting with a raffle and a Christmas luncheon near the end.

So come out and join us for the holiday camaraderie. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Published: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:03:17 GMT
November 2013 Announcement

LINUX MINT SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT

As of August the club officially announced its support for Linux Mint with Mate desktop as the Linux distro of choice for Linux newbies.

In September's presentation we walked thru the basic installation of this distro from a Live DVD.

For November we will talk about Linux Mint software management - what are packages and package managers, how to keep Linux Mint and its installed applications up-to-date, how to install both curated and not curated new software, how to remove software, and how to clean your system of supporting software that is no longer needed. We'll walk thru the GUI apps that are available for doing these tasks as well as how to do some of the same tasks from a CLI (Command Line Interface).

Published: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:08:34 GMT
October 2013 Announcement

HD RADIO

This month we'll take a break from subjects directly related to computers, tablets, and the Internet and indulge ourselves in something more entertainment oriented, and that is HD Radio. Its claim to fame is its higher quality sound than standard analog AM and FM radio. HD Radio broadcasts also frequently include meta data in addition to media content. So, bring your best listening ears to the meeting to see if you can discern the difference and check out the other features of HD Radio.

HD Radio has been around since 2002 when it was approved by the FCC, but never caught on big with the general public. Its lack of mainstream popularity could well be related to price, both for the consumer and the radio station broadcaster. HD Radio uses proprietary technology licensed by the iBiquity Digital Corp. We'll be reviewing the cost of entry into the HD Radio market and show you how to check if your favorite radio station broadcasts an HD Radio signal.

We've scheduled this presentation a couple of months ahead of the big holiday season so you can determine whether you may want to indulge in gifting an HD Radio.

Published: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:52:07 GMT
September 2013 Announcement

LINUX MINT LIVE CD & DUAL BOOT INSTALLATION

As of last month's meeting, MLCUG is "drawing a line in the sand" and recommending to members transitioning to Linux or wanting to test Linux that they start by trying or using the Linux Mint distro with Mate desktop. Like the sands of time, our recommendation may shift with time.

As a followup to last month's Live CD topic we will be taking a brief look at running Linux Mint as a Live CD on a Windows laptop where we may face the challenge of getting WiFi working. We'll be showing you where to get the ISO image to create that CD.

We next plan to install Mint on the laptop's hard drive and turn the laptop into a dual boot computer capable of running either Windows or Linux Mint. We'll take a look at the boot manager to see how it lets you choose which OS to boot. We'll also want to show you how to manage your WiFi connection in Linux Mint. Time permitting, we'll take a look at some of the applications included with Linux Mint and maybe make some minor config tweaks including how to add favorited apps to the launch bar to make starting those apps easier and quicker.

Published: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:07:38 GMT
August 2013 Announcement

MAKE LIVE CD FROM ISO

This month we'll take a look at making a live or bootable CD from an ISO file. This is something you may never need to do, but it is something you should be aware you can do if the need arises. We'll provide a couple of examples of why you might need to use a live CD. We'll also discuss what an ISO file is and how it is different from a file archive format like a ZIP file.

For Linux and Mac users support for burning an ISO to a CD is natively supported by utilities included with those OS's. Not so for Windows users. So we'll be taking a look at one way Windows users might make a live CD from an ISO file.

Published: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:11:45 GMT
Updated: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:43:12 GMT
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