Past Meetings

March 14, 2012: Thursday, March14 2013 7:00 PM Miller Hall Room 105
Meeting on Browsers, main presentation by Dave Kempson, with supplementary presentation on Google Chrome by Murray Anderson
. We had the usual treats and questions.

February 14, 2013: Thursday, February 14 2013 7:00 PM Miller Hall Room 105
Second of two meetings on PowerPoint, by Pierre LaRochelle. This covered the more advanced features of PowerPoint, including putting audio in files, and how to extract audio from other PowerPoint presentations, for reuse. There's a link just below to Pierre's PowerPoint show used at the meeting.
We had the usual treats and questions after the presentation.

Here's the link.
Here's the link. It needs a PPS viewer, downloadable for free.
Here's the link to another version (PPSX), which may work better for some people.

January 10, 2013: Thursday, January 10 2013 7:00 PM Miller Hall Room 105
First of two meetings on PowerPoint, with presentation by Dennis Hamilton. This meeting was an introduction to PowerPoint. We had the usual treats, questions, favourite web sites etc.

December 13, 2012: Thursday, December 13 2012 7:00 PM Miller Hall Room 105
Meeting on Windows 8, chaired by Dave Kempson, with presentations on installing Windows 8 on the club laptop (Dave Kempson) and new features of the operating system (Murray Anderson). We also had the usual treats, questions and answers, and favourite web sites.

November 8, 2012: Thursday November 8 2012 7:00 PM Miller Hall Room 105
Topics in Excel: Murray Anderson gave a presentation on Excel macro programming, showing how to create Excel macros by recording them, then editing them.
Web Browsers : Dave Kempson described the major Web browsers, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, and polled the members on which they used.
We had the usual treats and questions.

October 11, 2012: Thursday October 11 2012 7:00 PM Miller Hall Room 105
The meeting consisted of two parts, the Annual General Meeting lasting about 20 minutes, followed by the regular meeting, which lasted till after nine. The meeting was chaired by Murray Anderson.
AGM
We received the financial report from Dave Kempson, and the auditors' report approving of our accounting by Dennis Hamilton. The membership voted approval of both reports.
The membership also voted approval of a slate of 9 directors plus 2 honorary ex-officio directors, subject in one case to the acceptance by the director involved, who couldn't attend the meeting. Dave Kempson informed us that he was going to try to get duplicate cheques from the Bank of Montreal, subject to further investigation, and approval by the directors.
The AGM was adjourned.
Regular meeting
We had a presentation by Ed Milne on network drive letters, in particular their use in accessing buried folders, and for allowing transfers of files without changing links, by changing the definition of drive letters. Ed also gave a short bonus presentation at the end.
Dave Kempson did a survey of the members present, to determine what operating systems they were using and what subjects they were interested in. He used a traditional form of touchscreen technology, a piece of chalk and a blackboard. We got several committments from members for presentations. Pierre LaRochelle recorded the blackboard writing, and at the end of the meeting Murray Anderson used his Blackberry Playbook to photograph the board.
We had a break for treats, including ice for the drinks this time, followed by the usual question-and-answer session presided over by Dave Kempson.
The meeting adjourned about 9:15, which wasn't bad, considering how much material we had to get through.

September 13, 2012: Thursday September 13 2012 7:00 PM Miller Hall Room 105
The meeting was chaired by Murray Anderson, and those present were glad to be back in our old location. Dave Kempson demonstrated the setup of a DLink router, which was subsequently raffled off to a member of the club. This all took longer than expected, so Ed Milne wasn't able to give his presentation.
We had the usual question period, and treats (though without ice for the drinks).

June 14 2012: Thursday, June 14, 2012 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105 or Bruce Wing Room 352
Murray Anderson gave a presentation on Remote desktop connections, using Microsoft's RDP and TeamViewer. You might like to check out the free TeamViewer software, probably the best if you don't want to do a router configuration. We had the usual questions and treats. The meeting was back in Miller Hall 105.

May 10, 2012: Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Note that we changed back to the old room for this meeting. We hope to do the same in June.
Dave Kempson gave a talk on Internet security, showing a piece of free software called Mailwasher for stopping spam, and discussing wireless security, and routers.
We had the usual treats and questions, mostly concerning routers.

April 12, 2012: Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Bruce Wing Room 352
Bob Adams gave a talk on video presentation software, illustrated with the free software available in Windows XP, Vista, 7. He showed what you could do with this software by showing clips from his visits to China (Peking Opera) and Africa trip (lions and such). We had the usual treats and questions.

March 8, 2012: Thursday, March 8, 2012 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Bruce Wing Room 352
Ed Milne gave a talk on databases. Here are some links for his presentation:
PDF version http://www.ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/database/database.pdf
Open Office version http://www.ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/database/database.odp
Html version http://www.ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/database/web/database.htm
Note that you will need Open Office or LibreOffice to open the odp file.
We had the usual treats and questions

Here is a copy of the presentation formatted as a PowerPoint show:
PowerPoint version: Database.ppsx

February 9, 2012: Thursday, February 9, 2012 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Bruce Wing Room 352
Ed Milne gave a talk on spreadsheets. Here are his presentations:
http://www.ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/spreadsheets/Spreadsheets.odp ,
PDF version http://www.ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/spreadsheets/spreadsheets.pdf
Web based presentation: http://www.ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/spreadsheets/web/Spreadsheets.htm
Examples in Open Office: http://www.ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/spreadsheets/SpreadsheetExamples.ods
Examples in Excel: http://www.ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/spreadsheets/SpreadsheetExamples.xls
We had the usual treats, questions, and answers.

January 12, 2012: Thursday, January 12, 2012 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Meeting canceled due to room reservation problems.

December 2011: Thursday, December 8, 2011 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Nancy Cutway gave a presentation on "Your Computer and Your Genealogy", complete with numerous questions. After the break for treats Peter Barnett gave a short presentation on his experiences tracking down his family history on Jersey, Channel Islands during the Second World War. We had the usual question and answer session as well.
Here's a link to an outline of Nancy's presentation

November 2011: Thursday, November 10, 2011 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Meeting was chaired by Murray Anderson. Ed Milne gave a presentation on designing documents. Here is the pdf link if you haven't got it from Ed's email: http://www.ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/Design.pdf- The remaining links are at the end of this message.
We had the usual treats, questions, and favourite websites. The extra business by Dave Kempson didn't take much time at all.

More links for Ed's presentation

Open/Libre Office format: http://www.ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/Design.odp
HTML format: http://www.ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/Design/Design.htm
Examples: http://www.ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/Design_Examples.doc

 

October 2011: Thursday, October 13, 2011 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Annual General Meeting - We elected a slate of directors, with some new faces. We will had the usual treats, questions, and favourite websites.

September 2011: Thursday, September 8, 2011 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105.
The meeting was chaired by Dave Kempson. Lucy Humphrey gave a long and informative talk on buying and selling (and giving away) on the Internet, especially using Kijiji. Peter Barnett gave a short introduction to a nonstandard search using the Internet, to find the history and pictures relating to his wife's grandparents, who were deported from Jersey during the Second World War. There were numerous questions and answers, plus the usual treats.

June 2011: Thursday, June 9, 2011 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105.
The meeting was chaired by Murray Anderson. Dave Kempson gave a talk on backup and recovery. Murray gave a short talk on shortcuts. There were numerous questions and answers, plus the usual treats.

May 2011: Thursday, May 12, 2011 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105.
Ed Milne gave a presentation on Picasa and digital photos during the first hour. Dave Kempson hosted the question and answer session after the break. There were the usual treats, and the meeting lasted till 9:15.

Here are the links to Ed's presentation:
http://ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/imageediting.pdf

http://ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/imageediting.odp

http://ancientgeek.ca/PC_Club/imageediting/start.htm

April 2011: Thursday, April 14, 2011 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105.
The meeting was chaired by Murray Anderson, with a presentations by Ed Milne (Searching the Web) This was quite comprehensive, and ran until the break. After the break Dave Kempson showed how to use Google to solve certain computer problems. He suggested in addition that everyone have a backup user logon with administrator privileges in case of certain kinds of spyware
, when the main user profile might be damaged.
In addition to the above link to Ed's presentation, here are links to the pdf and Open Office versions.


In a followup to the March meeting, here is a link to my camera (user name murraya, no password), if you'd like to see my driveway. Here's a link to an outline of the presentation

March 2011: Thursday, March 10, 2011 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105.
Dave Kempson chaired the meeting, and started by reporting on the directors' study of possible club laptops. It was generally agreed that something could be had for a little more than $500, plus tax, with around 4 Gigs of Ram and onboard video, and that that would probably meet our requirements. The matter was passed back to the directors. Murray Anderson brought in his IP camera and router, and demonstrated the function of the camera. He warned of the difficulties of setting it up for use outside the house (away from the local IP addresses. Dave Kempson discussed a little more about the setup of routers and local IP's, and revisited the Dropbox program, which now seems to work well for the members that use it. There were treats, questions, and discussion.

February 2011: Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105.
Dave Kempson chaired the meeting. Ed Milne gave a follow-on demonstration on how to change Wikipedia pages. The link to the presentation is below. After the break Murray Anderson finally demonstrated Hotmail's Skydrive, and we did a survey of members present on what they would like to see for future meetings. We discussed the possible acquisition of a laptop with Windows 7 on it, Opinion was generally in favour.
There were the usual treats and questions (though no favourite web sites, apart from Wikipedia).

Here are the links to Ed Milne's presentation on editing Wikipedia,
and the survey.

 

January 2011: Thursday, January 13, 2011 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105.
We'll have a major presentation on Wikipedia by Ed, plus short presentations on Hotmail's Skydrive, Wolfram Alpha, and Sendspace (Murray), and another look at DropBox (Dave). Murray will be chairing the meeting.
We'll have the usual treats, questions, and favourite web sites.

December 2010: Thursday, December 9, 2010 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
This meeting started off with Ed Milne's presentation on sharing files using Google Docs. Here's an outline of the presentation. Next Dave Kempson showed us two alternative ways of sharing/transferring files, Sendspace and DropBox. We had numerous questions, then a break for treats, followed by more questions. Murray Anderson didn't get around to showing off the Hotmail alternative to Google Docs, too much material in the program. The meeting ended about 9:15

November 2010: Thursday, November 11, 2010 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105


October
2010: Thursday, October 14, 2010 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Annual General Meeting

September 2010: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105

March 13: We met in Miller Hall 105. Steve Cutway presented screen-reading software. This is of interest to anyone is now or might someday be visually impaired, or who knows someone who has this problem. That's a pretty inclusive group. There were numerous questions, and the meeting ended about 9:50.

April 10: This Thursday April 10 Wally Schwenger presented "Digital pictures as a hobby: acquiring, manipulating and organizing images" at 7:30 PM. in room 105 Of Miller Hall. A good preparation for May's meeting!

May 8: Janice Van Dijk from Camera Kingston gave an excellent presentation on Digital Photography. Members have subsequently suggested the following Web sites for those interested in digital photography:
http://www.zdnet.com/products/stories/reviews/0,4161,2627816,00.html (Cec Law)
http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,4148,5,00.asp (John Blanchard)

June 12: We had a presentation on creating presentations using Powerpoint, by an expert from Queen's.
The following Web site has some interesting PowerPoint presentations, if you have a high-speed connection: http://www.caib.us/media (Columbia Accident Investigation)

On the other hand, here is Edward Tufte's criticism of a PowerPoint-based analysis of foam striking a spacecraft.

September 11: We had a presentation on searching using Google. Specifically, Murray Anderson illustrated Google with a study of the problem of searching for info on nuclear bombs. Should you be using plutonium or enriched uranium? Too bad if you missed it!
Try this site:http://www.google.ca/help/index.html for Google features
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October 9: Annual Meeting.

Here's some info about Virus scanning software from Dave Kempson:

Search of Google for sites that reference Anti Virus programs
http://www.google.ca/search?q=anti+virus+programs&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search&meta=

Virus Scanning or Information Sites
http://www.sarc.com/

Virus Removal Tools Lists
http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/tools.list.html

Test site to test that your virus scanner is working
http://www.freebyte.com/antivirus/

 

November 13: Thursday Nov 13 at 7:30 PM, Miller Hall, Room 105, Dave Kempson presented "Is your data safe?".

December 11: Thursday December 11, 7:30 PM, Miller Hall
A Christmas potpourri:
1) Smart Computing -- An Introduction to Their Web Site --- by Ken Carey and David Kempson
2) Questions and Answers ----
3) Comdex -- A Report! Is This A Dying Breed of Trade Show - by Dave Kempson
4) A short video clip from the BBC, presented by Ron Hardy
5) We didn't have much time for favourite Web sites
. Send them in for January

January 8: Thursday Jan 8, 2004 at 7:30 PM, Miller Hall.
Ken Carey showed a
CD demo about Smart Computing's website. This was an adventure, since the Internet connection kept failing. Those present got December issue of Smart Computing.
Ron Hardy had a VCR recording of The Best of BBC computing shows of 2003, and we
had a question and answer session. In spite of all the problems, a good meeting, keeping us occupied till after 9:30.


February 12: Thursday February 12, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105. Ron Bates discussed Capital Gains issues for taxation purposes. Ron Hardy showed another of the series of BBC programs on computer shows.
See further news below.

March 11: Thursday March 11, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105. Peter Barnett gave a presentation on Quicken. There were numerous questions and a good time was had by all.. Ron Hardy's BBC presentation couldn't be shown due to taping problems, but we had a question-and-answer session and donuts at the break.

April 8: Thursday April 8, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105
Dave Kempson showed us how to use the Lookup function and If function in Microsoft Excel, using Video Professor, with a lottery ticket application. Ron Hardy showed a BBC clip, as has become customary. We had questions, snacks, and some interesting Web sites.

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May 13: Thursday May 13, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105
Murray Anderson showed how to use the Queen's library database to get electronic journal articles. See below in News.
After the break and treats, Dave Kempson answered questions sent in to him by members over the preceding month. A good time was had by all.


June 11: Thursday June 11, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105

 

September 9: Thursday September 9, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105 there will be a panel discussion on Microsoft software.
Because of the flood the "panel" turned into Dave Kempson alone, but the meeting went very well. There were lots of questions from the floor.
What Word Processor should I buy? Where do I get an inexpensive copy of a Microsoft Product? Can I use an older copy of the Office Suite? I got a copy of Microsoft Works with My New Computer, but it doesn't seem to function the same as MS-Office?
We had the usual treats at the break.
Maybe we can have another meeting on this subject sometime!

October 14: Thursday October 14, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105 Glenn Tooth demonstrated Band in a Box, an $89 program which includes music scoring. He came with a Fire Wire external sound card - not in the under $100 range - but the program works with regular sound cards too! This would be a good Christmas present for someone who likes music.
Glenn demonstrated the addition of accompaniment to a score (himself on a flute). There were numerous questions.
Afterwards we had the annual general meeting, which went quickly, with the board of directors elected by acclamation. There were treats at the break as usual, and questions.

November 11: Thursday November 11, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105 Dave Kempson demonstrated " Windows Start-Up Inspector", and EndItAll (for closing down running apps). These apps were available at the meeting, but if you din't get them they can be downloaded.
Windows Startup Inspector can be downloaded from http://www.windowsstartup.com/download.php
EndItAll can be downloaded from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,174850,00.asp
The directors' proposal to buy a cheap desktop computer for the club was turned down by the members. The sense of the meeting was that we should try for a laptop, if at all possible.
As usual, we had treats at the break.

December 9: Thursday December 9, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105 Michelle Wilson of TD WATERHOUSE gave us a presentation "Introduction to On Line Investing. There were numerous questions.
Afterwards the members approved a proposal that the directors should be empowered buy a Windows XP laptop for the club, for a price not to exceed $1000, including taxes, if a suitable one could be found..
We had the usual treats at the break.

January 13, 2005: Thursday January 13, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105 John Blanchard and Murray Anderson presented Open Office. John demonstrated the word processor and Murray the spreadsheet.
In addition, Dave Kempson attempted to install Windows XP on a desktop computer (which was very kindly donated to the club!).

February 10, 2005: Thursday January 13, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105. Murray Anderson, filling in for Dave Kempson, installed Windows XP Service Pack 2 on the club computer.

March 10 2005: Thursday March 10, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105. Ron Bates spoke about tax preparation software, recommending Taxwiz. Dave Kempson discussed computer security, recommending Microsoft's new beta anti-spyware program. It is worth noting that this program doesn't work under Windows 98.
We had refreshments and questions

April 14 2005: Thursday April 14, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105. Murray Anderson gave a presentation on what's new in search engines. Google is falling behind on video searches but is otherwise still the engine of choice. Yahoo is coming up fast. Dave Kempson answered numerous questions after the break for treats. Ron Bates presented some Web sites at the end.

May 12 2005: Thursday May 12, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105. Wally Schwenger showed how to handle images, and Murray Anderson talked briefly about free pdf writers.

June 9 2005: Thursday May 12, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105. We had multiple presentations, from Murray Anderson on USB wireless networking, Dave Kempson on backup, and Ken Carey on Smart Computing features. There were treats and questions.

September 8 2005: Thursday May 12, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105. Dave Kempson demonstrated the repair of the club computer, demonstrating in the process that it needed more repair than he'd thought. There were questions, and treats at break time.

October 13, 2005: Thursday October 13, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105. Dave Keith from WTC Communications talked to us during the first half about the new role for ISP's (Internet Service Providers) and how this has and will continue to affect all forms of communication. We learned that "WTC" comes from Westport Telephone Company, one of few surviving independent phone companies, now providing Internet services as well. There were several questions about wireless coverage.
In the second half, Dave Kempson reported our financial situation for the annual general meeting, and the current board of directors was re-elected. We had treats and the usual questions.

 

November 10, 2005: Thursday November 10, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105. Spreadsheets! We had presentations on Lotus, Excel, and Quattro Pro. There were questions, and treats at the break.

February 9: Thursday February 9, 2006, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105. Spreadsheets! We had another spreadsheet presentation, plus treats and questions. The meeting ended rather late.

March 9: Thursday March 9, 2006, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105.
Dave started the meeting with a survey of the software used by the club members, which he wrote on the board. Ron Bates gave a review of tax software for this Year. There were quite a few questions.After the break Murray talked about using MS Excel, especially for regression analysis and sorting. We got to the point of creating a macro at the end. We had the usual treats at the break. It was another long meeting.

April 13: Thursday March 9, 2006, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105.
Dave Kempson attempted to cure a sick computer. He had some success too. We had treats at the break and there were lot's of questions asked and answered. In fact, the meeting went till after 10:00.

September 14: Thursday September 14, 2006, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105.
Murray Anderson presented Google Earth in the first part. After a question and answer period we were ready for a break, so Dave Kempson didn't get to do his presentation, which he will do at some later meeting
. There were the usual treats and a good time was had.
The link for the Google Earth download is http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html

October 12: Thursday October 12, 2006, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105.
Current Directors were returned for another year. There was a presentation, treats, and questions.

The annual membership fee is now due. The executive decided that $25 would be sufficient to keep the club in good shape.

November 9: Thursday November 9, 2006, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105.
Murray Anderson installed and demonstrated Skype phone.  Dave Kempson discussed memory expansion and other questions. The club computer had a new 1 Gig memory module installed (before the meeting), and was noticeably faster. There will be the usual treats
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December 14: Thursday December 14, 2006, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105.
Ken Carey demonstrated SPAM FIGHTER. This comes in two versions. a free version and a PRO version. The download is the PRO version which is free for 30 days. Dave Kempson demonstrated backup of OUTLOOK EXPRESS data: e-mails, addresses, etc. John Blanchard will demonstrated using a SMART COMPUTING site to solve a problem.
We had the usual treats and questions.

January 11: Thursday January 11, 2007, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105.
Dave Kempson gave a report on Vista, Microsoft's new operating system. Do you need it? Do you want it? Answer: Definitely not yet. There was a large turnout and lots of questions on the subject.We had treats as usual, and afterwards more questions.

February 8: Thursday February 8, 2007, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105.
John Blanchard gave a talk on Open Office (free software, available by download). We had treats as usual, and afterwards questions and favourite web sites.

March 8: Thursday March 8, 2007, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105 (or so it was planned).
Murray Anderson showed how to back up Thunderbird email with MozBackup software. Ken Unger demonstrated his new U3-compatible USB drive, which allows you to use portable software (no local install). We had favourite web sites (mostly weather-related), and the usual treats. We ended up meeting in another room, because of Queen's student presentations, but that worked out alright.

April 12: Thursday April 12, 2007, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105.
Dave Kempson showed how to back up Outlook express. We had many questions on this and on Outlook. There were treats as usual and more questions and discussion.

May 10: Thursday May 10, 2007, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105.
Dave Kempson showed how to fix the USB problem we had at the March meeting. In addition we had a demo the new U3 drive, and saw a demo of Windows Vista (versions and capabilities) from the new DVDs we acquired. There was an interesting website, http://www.crucial.com, for determining the characteristics of your PC (e.g. for memory upgrades). There were treats as usual and more questions and discussion.

June 14: Thursday June 14, 2007, 7:30 PM at Miller Hall, Room 105.
Dave Kempson demonstrated the new Tornado USB hardware/software for linking computers to transfer files. There were questions, interesting web sites, and the usual treats.
Note the link to the latest Smart Computing newsletter below (thanks to Ken Carey).

June 19: Thursday June 19 2008, 7:30 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Murray demonstrated Skype MS Messenger with a webcam. Dave discussed the latest on Windows Vista, and there were many questions. We had the usual treats.

Welcome to the Fall 2008 Season

September 2008: Thursday September 11, 2008 7:30 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
We had presentations by Dave Kempson on CCleaner for cleaning of your system of temporary files and other such junk, and by Murray Anderson on Downloadhelper, a Youtube downloader, , for use with Firefox web browser. There were treats and many questions on various subjects.

October 2008: Thursday October 9, 2008 7:30 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Annual General Meeting. Dave Kempson gave the treasurer's report, and the current directors were returned by acclamation. After some questions, which Dave took, and an introduction to Revo uninstaller, Ron MacPherson gave his presentation on Tafiti (www.tafiti.com). He didn't much care for it, and after a quick demo showed us a web search program which he preferred, called WebFerret (www.webferret.com).Ron also noted that he preferred Microsoft's Live.com search engine to Tafiti. We had the usual treats, and questions after the break.

Nov 2008: Thursday November 13, 2008 7:30 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
We had a brief introduction to social networking software, such as Myspace, Facebook, and Linked-In. Murray Anderson showed how to build a free antenna to extend the range of your wireless router. We had the usual treats and questions.

December 2008: Thursday, December 11, 2008 7:30 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Dave covered JKDefrag, freeware defragmentation software, and Facebook, concluding that Facebook was more for the younger set. Murray had a brief introduction to Microsoft's free web pages and Windows Messenger, their equivalent of social networking. We had the usual treats and questions.

Welcome to the Winter 2009 Season

January 2009: Thursday, January 8, 2009 7:30 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Dave demonstrated Google Photos (Picasa), using some of his own photos taken of a wind farm. Peter Barnett showed how to use LearningElectric tutorials. We had the usual treats and questions.

February 2009: Thursday, February 12, 2009 7:30 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
We had a demonstration of the new Windows 7 Beta operating system, with online videos, and a start to the installation on the club computer. We had the usual treats at the break, and a lot of questions.

March 2009: Thursday, March 12, 2009 Meeting Canceled
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the March meeting was canceled.

April 2009: Thursday, April 9, 2009 7:30 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
We discussed email systems and how to transfer contact lists and messages between them (and whether this is always possible. Murray will showed the use of 800notes.com to look up phone calls, if you have call display. We had the usual treats and questions.

May 2009: Thursday, May 15, 2009 7:30 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Murray showed off a program for recording calls, if you have call display. Then we had a presentation of Microsoft Windows 7 Release Candidate, installed on Cec Law's old computer. There were numerous questions, and we had the usual treats.

June 2009: Thursday, June 11, 2009 7:30 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
We got the latest news on Windows 7 (Release Candidate), plus a demo of speech recognition in the new operating system. There were treats and questions.

September 2009: Thursday, September 10, 2009 7:30 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
We had a general discussion of what's new with Windows 7, soon to be on sale, and comparisons with Windows Vista. Murray showed some of the new features of Google, and we had questions and treats.

October 2009: Thursday, October 8, 2009 7:30 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Annual General Meeting. We discussed the situation of the club and its future. We decided to have a public introduction to Windows 7 in November. We had a presentation of Google's new features, notification of new web content in particular. Dave discussed the current outlook on Windows 7. We had discussion, questions and answers, and treats.

November 2009: Thursday, November 12, 2009 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
We had a rather large crowd out for Dave Kempson's presentation of the features of Windows 7. We met earlier than usual, and finished earlier. There were questions, treats and giveaways.

December 2009: Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Dave Kempson started the program with a presentation on the latest about Windows 7. After the break, Murray Anderson gave a short presentation on Windows Live mail, and other ways of getting Hotmail (or Live mail). There were many questions, and the usual treats.

 

January 2010: Thursday, January 14, 2010 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
We will had a presentation by Glenn Tooth of Redwing Computers on viruses and spyware (he doesn't think there's much difference between them). He discussed antivirus software, commenting that he like Kaspersky, but thought some of the other programs slowed the computers down too much. He also likes the antispyware program MalwareBytes Anti-malware. He booted the club computer using a BartPE CD (available through the web, with a little bit of work to prepare the actual CD). After the break he answered some general questions. There was quite a round of applause for Glenn when he left.
The meeting continued till 9:05 with further questions and favourite web sites.

Followup:
Here are three interesting web sites that came up at this meeting
AllMyFaves.com, Librivox.org, and RedFlagDeals.com.

 

February 2010: Thursday, February 11, 2010 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
We had presentations from Dave Kempson and Murray Anderson, on how to get into the BIOS setup of a computer (for changing the boot order for example), and on BartPE (the boot CD shown by Glen Tooth in January). There were questions and treats.


March 2010: Thursday, March 11, 2010 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Murray presented Windows shortcut keys, especially those using the Windows key found on many of the newer keyboards. He then went on to destroy our faith in the security of Windows with the OphCrack program, free for download. Dave Kempson's (admittedly simple) Windows password fell quickly victim to this cracker program. We had a draw for the Windows 7 CD, plus draws for the Smart Computing subscriptions, and a look at the Smart Computing web site (see below under News).
We had the usual treats and questions, and the meeting closed shortly after 9.

Followup:
Here is the website for Windows keyboard shortcuts: http://support.windows.com/kb/126449
Here is the website for OphCrack, with some videos on security: http://ophcrack.org/

April 2010: Thursday, April 8, 2010 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
The meeting went fairly well, considering the lack of preparation. We had favourite web sites, which led into a series of questions. There were the usual treats, and a good time was had.

May 2010: Thursday, May 13, 2010 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Dave Kempson gave a presentation on backup programs, including hardware-based external backups such as ClickFree, and software solutions such as Acronis. There were numerous questions about backup, and later about other subjects, and a good time was had. There were the usual treats and conversation.

June 2010: Thursday, June 10, 2010 7:00 PM Miller Hall, Room 105
Ed Milne gave a presentation on RSS feeds, then after numerous questions for Ed, Peter Barnett gave a short talk on Google alerts. After the break Peter showed us a new favourite Web site, www.wolframalpha.com, which does symbolic and numerical computation, and looks up information. We finished up with questions and answers. Too bad if you missed it!