Volume 20 Issue 4
Official Newsletter of the Bowling Green
Area Microcomputer User Group, Inc.,
BGAMUG PO Box 50882,
Bowling Green, KY 42102-4182
From the President
2010 Club Officers Spring has sprung and has most everyone scrambling to take
advantage of the many things we enjoy this time of year. But most of us
President / APCUG Rep Program Director
Jerry Gillette 779-9645 Karen Wickliff(270)842-2715 have not abandoned our computers entirely. We continue to check our
firstname.lastname@example.org Karenwickliff@att.net emails and look-up things on the Internet. In doing so, we still toil with
VP of Membership Web Master the pesky frustrations that come with using our computers.
Ward Coleman (270) 842-3870 Betsy Sheppard(270)779-4152
If there’s one thing I know about our members, it is the fact that we all
Secretary VP of Protocol struggle with the fast pace of change. Just as we got use to using Win-
Lou Travelsted 776-0649 Kathy Jill Johnson 842-9515 dow’s XP, here came Vista, and now Windows 7. Office 2007 was also
a very big jump. With the new technology come many questions about
Treasurer Newsletter Editor how to do some old things the new way.
Paula Niece 846-2726 Sharon Taylor-Carrillo
SharonLyrae@aol.com I applaud all of you for hanging-in-there and keep clicking, as we fuss
about all the changes.
Sergeant at Arms BGAMUG Historian
Raymond Hunton (270) 781-2380 Neva Gielow(270)842-4118
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Inside this issue you will find information about our Power Point Work-
shop, the new Inkjet Express ink and toner cartridge exchange program,
Officer At Large Officer at Large BGAMUG’s participation in the Simpson County Earth Day event, and
Gary Wickliff(270)842-2715 Glen Williams(270)843-4028
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org other news.
PC Placement Program TAG Team Leader This month we are trying something new. We are going to play the
Gene Iglehart 842-4570 Joe Easterling BGAMUG version of America’s Favorite Game Show, The Wheel Of
Fortune. Complete with our own Patsy Sajak, Vanna-Jill, Power Point
& Excel, we will have members playing for prizes.
April Be there to share the fun.
Program Jerry Gillette, BGAMUG President
Inside this issue:
1 From the President
2 Calendar of Events
3 Meeting Info, etc.
4 Computer Tips Online
BGAMUG 5 Earth Day 4-24
Wheel of Fortune 7 Flash Drive Article
8 BGAMUG Information
Patsy Sajak and Vanna Jill
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Ruth Puckett 4/1 Ward & Jane Coleman 4/3
Caroline Atkinson 4/5 Edwin & Elease Phelps 4/28
Maurice Beam 4/17
Robert Parson 4/17
Jay G. Eatherly 4/18
Carol Brodeur 4/26 Steve Willoughby 5/3 Bob Hard 5/1
Ramona Bobbitt 5/4 Jesse & Ruth Puckett 5/7
Patricia Rose 5/10 Bill Hullhorst 5/16
Patricia Vincent 5/12
Ward Coleman 5/22
DOOR PRIZE WINNERS
March 23rd —2 Door Prize winners:
Richard Jakel : Pkg/50 CD’s
April – 2010 Paula Neice : CD/DVD Case
Paula Niece, Treasurer
March period: 2/28/10 – 3/31/10 $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Starting Balance……………….... $ 1,541.83
Income………………………….. $ 240.69 ????Door Dollar$ Winner????
Expenses……………….……….. $ 326.08 No winner of the Door Dollars
Ending Balance………………..… $ 1,456.44 The pot is up to $50.00
Remember you must be present to win
We have had no payments this month.
had earned two subscriptions from
We did however have $500.00 in reloads. Smart Computing Magazine
Thanks, that were given away during
Feb. & Mar. 2010.
Paula Niece Feb. Winner was Gilbert Lakes.
Kroger Card representative March winner was Elizabeth Rose
BGAMUG General Meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of
each month. These meetings are at the Bowling Green
Technical College, Bldg F, at 6:30 PM. See the map. The
entrance to the BGTC campus on Loop Drive is clearly
marked. Building 5 is the last building on the left, down the
road through the campus.
BGAMUG Board Meetings are on the first Tuesday of
each month . The next board meeting will be on Tuesday,
May 4th . The location will be announced by email.
The business meeting will begin at 6:30pm.
April meeting will be in the F Building……
Need to advertise your business???
ADVERTISING RATES are listed on page 10.
Sat. May 8th 9 AM – Noon
Abel Court Computer Lab.
Our first workshop of 2010 will be a one day, three hour session, on Power Point Basics.
It will be held on May 8th 9AM to Noon at the Abel Court Computer Lab.
We have about six registered for this workshop so far and can take up to ten.
Please email Jerry Gillette email@example.com if you wish to attend this session.
Regardless of what operating system or version of MS Office you use, this will be beneficial for all of you that are interested in
learning about using Power Point.
COME & PLAY
At the April Meeting
Spring Picnic Details: Mark you calendar JUNE
12thAt this month’s meeting members Neva Gielow
and Kathy Jill Johnson will be your hosts in a com-
puter generated BGAMUG Version of the Wheel of
We will use our random number program to pick three
lucky members to be players. To start there will be a
quick puzzle to see who goes first. We will then start
with a series of three puzzles to solve just like they do
on the real show.
We will have three rounds of puzzles with the three
winners of each round face-off in the Bonus Round.
This fast-paced game will be fun and keep everyone
COMPUTER TIPS ONLINE
On this site you will find many
Just click on a category and follow
from page to page until you find
what you are looking for.
BGAMUG to Participate in Simpson County
3rd Annual Earth Day Fair Event
Saturday April 24
BGAMUG has accepted an invitation to set up a booth and table for the Simpson County Earth Day in Franklin. The event
promotes “Reducing Our Carbon Foot Print”. The Earth Day Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 24th on the Courthouse
Square, 8:00am-11:00am with booth setup starting at 7:00am. The purpose of this event is to educate people on how their car-
bon foot print impacts the earth and provide small to large scale practices they can implement each day to reduce the negative
impact they have on our earth. In years past booths ranged from recycling cans, trash to treasures, using solar panels, organic
foods, and planting trees etc. The fair is a tremendous opportunity for Service Learning Projects involving youth.
BGAMUG will be accepting computer and electronic devices to recycle in addition to promoting our computer club.
Attend if you can. If you are interested in participating, please contact TAG Team Leader Joe Easterling, (270) 495-0273
INKJET EXPRESS PURCHASE/EXCHANGE PROGRAM
BGAMUG is announcing a new program
to start this month with InkJet Express of
Bowling Green allowing members the
opportunity to purchase and exchange
inkjet and toner cartridges conveniently
Below are the procedures to follow
1. Inkjet Express will deliver inkjet and toner cartridges to
the monthly BGAMUG meetings. If you want to make an order:
1. Call in your order two days prior to the meeting.
2. Payment can be made by check, cash, or credit card.
3. Take your empty cartridges to the meeting.
4. If you plan to pay by credit card, please give us your credit card number when you
phone in your order.
2. An alternate plan for those who need inkjet or toner cartridges prior to the next meet-
1. Call in your order.
2. Inkjet Express will deliver your order to the UPS Store on Campbell Lane in
3. Take your empty cartridges to the UPS Store.
4. Payment can be made by check or cash at the UPS Store.
5. You cannot use a credit card at the UPS Store. If you plan to pay by credit card,
please give us your credit card number when you phone in your order.
Excluding my operating system, I have nothing but freeware downloaded
“BeWARES!” from the Internet on my system! Aha, you are thinking, but what about ad-
ware, viruses, or poor freeware, and the considerable time in downloading and
By Berry F. Phillips, deleting it takes to find the best freeware on the Internet? There are several
Member of the Computer Club of Oklahoma City sites that contain only freeware. However, I recommend Gizmo's Freeware
www.ccokc.org site because I have used it for several years and found it to be very effective in
wijames (at) sbcglobal.net reviewing freeware and efficient to use in going quickly via links to safe and
secure freeware sites for downloading. I am reluctant to recommend other sites
This article has been obtained from APCUG with the author’s permission that I have not used for purposes of this article.
for publication by APCUG member groups; all other uses require the per- Gizmo's Freeware is easy to use and makes it very simple to locate the best
mission of the author (see e-mail address above). freeware on the Internet because it is extensively reviewed before it is recom-
mended. Until July 2008 Gizmo was the editor of "Support Alert", a highly
The wares have often perplexed computer users with numerous decisions recommended technical newsletter that was distributed to over 150,000 sub-
regarding software. The multitude of wares have been even more confus- scribers. The site evolved from his highly popular list of the "46 Best-ever
ing. Comware is commercial software which generally has more "bells and Freeware Utilities." The site grew well beyond 46 and reached the point that it
whistles" but requires the highest financial expenditure without the option could not be maintained by one person. Today, the site has grown into a kind
to try the software in advance. Trialware is usually characterized on the of Wikipedia for Freeware utilizing contributions of dozens of volunteer edi-
Internet as a free download for a limited time but requires a purchase to tors who edit and moderate suggestions from thousands of site visitors. As a
continue using the software. Shareware is also free to download but often result, the range of free software covered by the site is ever increasing and the
has features turned off or has an expiration date unless you purchase the quality of the reviews are ever improving. Gizmo's Freeware has, in a real
software. Trialware and Shareware do offer an opportunity to use the soft- sense, become the "Wikipedia for Freeware." I strongly suggest you check
ware before making the decision to purchase. Freeware is free for personal your freeware on your system against the recommendations of the best and
use on the Internet but it may contain adware, viruses, or be poor software. consider downloading the best.
Further, the marketing promotion of the wares can be even more mislead- The primary purpose of Gizmo's Freeware is to make it easy to select the
ing, causing you to download and then delete software that you thought best freeware product for your particular needs. The best freeware programs
was freeware when you discover it is, in fact, pay ware. are as good or better than their commercial counterparts but finding the most
appropriate programs can be challenging. There are dozens of freeware
The world of wares can be very frustrating a well as expensive to the download sites but few of these actually help you select the best program for
computer user. One can spend considerable time, frustration, and even your needs. The site has no downloads just honest advice and useful guidance.
expense downloading and deleting various wares on the Internet. Beware, Links are provided where you can safely and securely download the product
retailers will not accept returned comware after it has been opened for a you want. Furthermore, you will know that what you have selected is the best
money back guarantee. Relax, my holiday gift to my readers is a solution to available. Gizmo's Freeware is easy to use and will save you time, money, and
the problem that I have used for several years, saving me considerable time lots of frustration!
and money! However, I have had to endure personal comments from some BE SURE TO BOOKMARK GIZMO'S FREEWARE BECAUSE YOU
of my fellow computer users that I am "cheap!" Since my ancestry is Scot- WILL USE IT
tish who are known for being thrifty, I do not consider that comment an FREQUENTLY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS -- SAVING YOU MONEY, TIME,
insult. However, I do prefer the use of the word "conservative" to the AND LOTS OF STRESS:
rather blunt, "cheap." http://www.techsupportalert.com/
iPad Shoppers Beware!
By Gregory West, Member of Computers Operators of Marysville and Port Huron (C.O.M.P.), Michigan
prospector16 (at) gmail.com
This article has been obtained from APCUG with the author’s permission for publication by APCUG member groups; all other uses require the per-
mission of the author (see e-mail address above).
If you are bent on getting an iPad don’t read any further. However, if you are trying to decide between buying a laptop and an iPad this article is for
I like my laptop because I can load any software, connect any device such as a digital camera, memory stick, backup drives, by USB connections. I
like the idea of being able to load free software from any company or source and not be restricted to one company such as Apple.
"Your computer should be yours to control," said Peter Brown, the Free Software Foundation's executive director. "By imposing such restrictions on
users, Steve Jobs (APPLE CEO) is building a legacy that endangers our freedom for his profits (The Microsoft Blog).”
For me, choosing a laptop is simple: Macbook. I run Windows XP and Windows 7 on my Mac laptop without a glitch. Of course there are many
other laptops, notebooks and net books that work great too and all of them avail you the opportunity to install third party applications, many at no
The iPad has landed in North America and is creating huge hype. Rightfully so! It is a wonderful device allowing for various functions. According to
Wikipedia the iPad “is part of a device category between a smartphone and a laptop computer." This may be true but it is not close to my Macbook
laptop, not by a long shot.
For starters the hard drive is only 16 to 64 gigabytes (GB) of flash memory (a technology that is primarily used in camera memory cards). My laptop
is 250 GBs and with a terabyte hard drive connected by USB. I now have a grand total of 1274 GBs of hard drive space. Very different from 16 to 64
GBs of the iPad.
The iPad’s 9.7-inch (25 cm) screen has a low end resolution of 1024 X 768. What this tech talk means is that the iPad will not support HDMI video
which many have come to love. With high definition the rave...Why go back to a lesser screen resolution. This does not make sense.
Other features lacking in the iPad are: no camera, no webcam, no multitasking, no drag and drop file management, no USB port, no SD slot, no
Flash, no HDMI out, no 1080p playback, and no native widescreen. Are we going backwards here? In 2005 it was “the Year of High Definition
Video," according to cnet.com. How come the iPad lacks these features?
Many are saying the iPad has its neat functions and is esthetically appealing. Just make sure you are getting the exact features you require in any tech
device. Do your homework on this one.
Gregory West is a Mac Instructor for Lambton College in Ontario, Canada.
He is also Webmaster at Central United Church, the home of the new COMMUNITY Computer Room at: http://central-united-church.org/news.
Neat Things You can do with a Flash Drive
By Vinny La Bash, firstname.lastname@example.org, Member and Regular Columnist, Sarasota Personal Computer Users Group, Inc., Florida
www.spcug.org vlabash (at) comcast.net
This article has been obtained from APCUG with the author’s permission for publication by APCUG member groups; all other uses require the per-
mission of the author (see e-mail address above).
By now you’re probably tired of reading about how much better Windows 7 is than Vista. me too, so let’s spend some time examining some of
the things you can do with a flash drive other than mere data storage. A USB flash drive consists of a flash memory data storage device integrated
with a USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface. USB flash drives are easily removable, and much smaller than a floppy disk. They are rewritable, and
usually weigh less than an ounce. There is a wide range of storage capacities with the most common being from 2 GB to 32 GB. Higher capacities up
to 256 GB tend to be pricey.
One of the most useful things you can do with a flash drive is to run portable applications. Open Office, for example, is a free suite of programs
that includes a word processor, spreadsheet, data manager, presentation tool, and drawing package. You can store the suite as a portable application,
and run it on any computer that supports Windows. Firefox and Thunderbird are also available as mobile applications.
Having office applications, email, and an internet browser all pooled in a portable drive you can carry on a key chain is a powerful combination. If
you want more go to www.portableapps.com for an open source platform that works with iPods and portable hard drives in addition to flash drives.
The platform is not only free, but it’s a full function site. You are not limited to a trial period or a limited function subset. There is no sign in require-
ment, and no necessity to provide even an email address. Go for it.
Everyone wants a faster system. With either Windows Vista or Windows 7, the built-in ReadyBoost feature can speed up your computer with a
USB flash drive. ReadyBoost takes the storage space on a USB flash drive and converts it into an additional memory cache that supplements the
main memory cache on your primary disk drive. It can do this because flash memory is faster than regular disk drives. It’s faster because it has no
moving parts, and you can get a noticeable improvement in response time. Implementing ReadyBoost is simplicity itself. Insert the USB flash drive
into the USB slot on your computer and follow the configuration prompts.
If you work or live in an environment where other folks have physical access to your computer you can use your flash drive to lock everyone else
out of your PC. There is no built-in utility like ReadyBoost for this, but you can download a free tool called Predator from www.brothersoft.com that
provides this function. Predator uses a standard USB flash drive as an access control device. After performing a short installation and configuration
process, your flash disk becomes a key that will lock and unlock your PC. When you leave your PC remove the USB flash drive. This causes the
screen to go blank while disabling the mouse and keyboard. When you ready to resume, put the flash drive back, and everything returns to normal.
Move over, Mr. Bond, Predator is here.
All the preceding capabilities are very convenient, but how would you like to carry around a portable operating system? If you are willing to ex-
pend a little time and energy you can configure a USB flash drive to be a bootable Windows 7 drive. You will need a flash drive with a capacity of al
least 8 gigabytes, and of course a Windows 7 installation disk. Start out by inserting your flash drive into its USB socket and inserting the Windows 7
installation disk in the optical drive. Please make a note of the drive letters. This is essential for successful installation.
Preparing the flash drive is the next step. Click on the Start orb and type: Diskpart
Pressing Enter opens a command window. (After typing a command at the command prompt always press Enter to execute the command.) At the
prompt type: List Disk
You will see a list of all your hard drives, partitions, optical drives, card reader drives, and flash drives. Identify the optical drive that contains the
Windows 7 installation disk and the flash drive you’re working with. For this example we’ll assume the flash drive is disk #4, also designated as G
and the optical drive is disk #2, also designated as D.
At the command prompt type: Select Disk 4
Run the following commands:
Partition Select Partition 1
Active Format FS=FAT32
This series of commands erased extraneous material from the flash drive, created an active primary partition, and formatted it with the FAT32 file
system. The next step is to copy the Windows 7 installation files to the flash drive.
At the command prompt type: Xcopy D:*.* /S/E/F G
In this example D is the drive housing the Windows 7 installation disk and G is the USB flash drive. The command copies the installation files to the
flash drive, and when it finishes you have a bootable Windows 7 flash drive. The last thing you need to do to make this work is go into the BIOS and
make the first bootable device the flash drive.
Carrying a flash drive around is obviously far more convenient than carrying a DVD, and has the additional advantage of being faster than a DVD.
This procedure also works for Windows Vista, but why bother when Windows 7 is here?
BGA-Bytes is the monthly newsletter publication of the BGAMUG holds regular presentation/membership
Bowling Green Area Microcomputer User Group, Inc. (BGAMUG), meetings the fourth Tuesday of each month (except
which is a nonprofit, charitable educational society recognized by
the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable December) at the Bowling Green Technical College
organization. Donations to BGAMUG may be tax-deductible. (BGTC) on Loop Drive in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The views expressed in BGA-bytes are those of the author(s) The public is invited to attend our regular
and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the organization.
BGAMUG is a member of the Association of PC User Groups presentation meetings. To join, our annual
(APCUG) membership. membership dues are $25 for an individual and $35 for
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