Magazine of the Perth PC Users Group
VOLUME 23 NUMBER 6 JULY 2009 RRP $2.50
For your diary
President’s Column ..................................... 3
Things That You Can Do With That JULY MEETINGS
Flash Drive ................................................... 4 General Meeting Wednesday 1st
Uh Oh - I’ve Lost the Manual For A
from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ev Nicholls Room,
Gadget/Device ............................................... 5
Receiving PPCUG Computer Help .............. 6 Main Office Building RAAF Association, Bullcreek
Jim’s Computer Tips ................................... 9 Drive, Bullcreek
Juice Your Broadband Speed .................... 10
Presentation: Search Engines, Searching,
Exploring Microsoft Windows 7 Beta 1,
Part II ........................................................... 11 Internet Fraud and much
Twitter - What You Are Doing Right Now 12 more.......
Reports from the SIGs ............................... 14 presented by Paul Barden
How Can I Tweak Firefox and Thunderbird
To Be As Great As People Say They Are 21
Paltalk Help Room ..................................... 22 Committee Meeting Tuesday 7th
Members’ Free Advertisements ............... 22
Members’ Contributions ............................. 23
Benefits of Membership .............................. 8
General Meeting Wednesday 5th
Readers’ Forum .......................................... 20
from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ev Nicholls Room,
Main Office Building, RAAF Association, Bullcreek
Members’ Help Page ........................................... 2 Drive, Bullcreek.
Membership Application Form .......................... 7
This Month’s SIG Meetings .............................. 18
Committee Meeting Tuesday 11th
This Month’s Calendar ...................................... 19
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We are always looking for The staff that work in stores on a
demonstrators and I think I can regular hour and get paid whether
President’s Column say, without a doubt, you all use they sell or not just have to keep
computers and could do something on selling and tend not to discount
for just five minutes. This would much.
be a great help to conveners and is
Hi again. always interesting to other You have to be armed with as
members. It would be a great much info about the item as the
I am sorry to inform you our bid shame for our group to just store now.
for training at the TADWA dwindle away after so many great
building has not continued. I will years. If you have had good deals from a
not bore you with the details specific store try to use them, as
except to say it’s within our group. Now to a brighter note, although the more you are seen by that store
We are, therefore, making a it’s a slowing economy we seem to the better your discount could be.
concerted effort to give training to be seeing a glut of cheap computer
our members. and electrical goods. Be wary as The committee is always striving
not all things are as they seem. to give the members more and if
Please keep a check on the club’s Some items are cheap because you have any ideas let us know.
web site for updates to training and they are the old model and now,
SIG groups. Our membership is even more, it pays to look up the We try to give you good
dwindling and for whatever reason price of goods on the net and demonstrations at our main
this is a critical event. Please make remember to ask is that the best meetings but we sometimes run
every effort to let people know price. In most cases the advertised out of ideas and this is where you
what we do. The committee is price is the one they only hope for. can help let us know what you like
working on this also, starting a or dislike and we will attempt to
new sub-committee aimed at If you have a choice of shops accommodate you.
getting more members. select the franchised store as the
staff at this store are usually on a Well that’s all for this month
If you go to a SIG group, help out, commission/sell situation and, please look at the web site for
be a member and I can assure you depending on what amount of further training and events.
your assistance will be greatly commission they have given away,
appreciated. may help in a better price. Gordon Giles President.
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Things That You Can Do With That Flash
Ira Wilsker, APCUG Director; students who wear their flash drives Computer h or Windows Explorer
Iwilsker (at) apcug.net on cords around their necks; they and then left clicks on Properties –
are referred to as “geek beads”. ReadyBoost, Vista will recommend
This article has been obtained from how much of the available memory
APCUG with the author’s Most of us use the drive simply for on the drive can be effectively and
permission for publication by portable storage, the ability to carry safely utilised by Vista. Other data
APCUG member groups; all other files around with us but in reality stored on the ReadyBoost drive is
uses require the permission of the these flash drives can do much protected from damage and will not
author (see e-mail address above). more than to simply be used for be harmed if the drive is used as a
storage. Most of the USB flash ReadyBoost drive. Because of the
WEBSITES: drives on the market today comply higher performance requirements,
http://portableapps.com with the USB 2.0 standard for high ReadyBoost compatible flash drives
http://u3.sssandisk.com/download/ speed transfer, while there still are a are slightly more expensive than
Download_no.asppp few inexpensive, low capacity standard drives but are often the
http://www.microsoft.com/ drives that are of the slower USB least expensive way to add memory
windows/windows-vista/features/ 1.1 speed standard or only about to a Vista computer.
readyboost.aspx 3% of the speed of the USB 2.0
Another useful feature often found
drives. From a practical viewpoint,
on a USB flash drive is known as
With the demise of the floppy disk the user will not notice any
gU3 h. Drives that are U3
and the approaching demise of the significant difference in speed if
compatible are labelled as such. A
CD disc for data purposes, the USB small files are saved and read but
U3 powered flash drive allows the
flash drive has become the de facto will notice a difference if large files
user to carry special versions of
method of saving and transporting are used.
hundreds of programs on the flash
files between computers. These
drive that can be run directly from
small USB drives are known by a There are some other standards for
the flash drive without being
variety of monikers, such as flash USB flash drives that many users
installed on the computer. This is
drive, pen drive, pin drive and may find beneficial, if their flash
an effective way to carry the actual
thumb drive. Since their drives have the capabilities. Users
software the user is familiar with
introduction a few years ago, their of Microsoft Vista (Home Basic,
and run it on other computers.
capacity has increased and their Home Premium, Business and
When unplugged from the
prices have plunged. They are Ultimate versions) may find it
computer, U3 leaves no data or
readily available in the big box advantageous to purchase flash
other information left on the
stores, discount stores, club stores drives that are labelled as
computer that was used. Some of
and online. The most recent ones I gReadyBoost h. According to
the popular programs that come in
purchased for the holidays were Microsoft, gWindows Vista
U3 formats are the Firefox browser,
8 gig size (almost the equivalent of introduces Windows ReadyBoost, a
Skype telephone, McAfee Antivirus
the data stored on two standard new concept in adding memory to a
(about $15), RoboForm Password
DVD discs, about a dozen CD discs system. You can use non-volatile
Manager, OpenOffice (the
or about 5700 floppy disks), and flash memory, such as that on a
comprehensive suite of office
cost under $15 each. universal serial bus (USB) flash
software including a Microsoft
drive, to improve performance
compatible word processor,
In the after-Christmas sales, some without having to add additional
spreadsheet, presentation program,
8 gig flash drives were advertised memory "under the hood". If the
database and more, free),
for $9 each (after rebate). This drive is compatible with the
Thunderbird email client and
amount of non-volatile storage for ReadyBoost standard, some of the
dozens of games. Most U3 drives
the price was inconceivable just a flash memory in the drive can
come preinstalled with password
few years ago. I thought I was effectively and temporarily be
protection and a gU3
getting a bargain a few years ago added to the RAM (memory)
Launchpad h which is a menu
when I bought my first flash drive, installed in the computer, with an
driven directory of the software on
a 64 Lexar, for $49, and now a improvement on performance. If the
the U3 drive.
drive with about 64 times that Vista user with a compatible flash
capacity is about one-fourth the drive right clicks on the flash drive For those of us who have standard
price! I have co-workers and letter displayed under gMy non-U3 drives, there is now an
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alternative that provides for the and personal data just as you would other programs available, almost all
same functionality. This alternative on your own PC. And when you free, which will run as portable
to U3 that will run on almost all unplug the device, none of your apps. The PortableApp website
contemporary flash drives is called personal data is left behind. h keeps a running tally of new
gPortableApps h, and can be Dozens of portable apps are software that is available, including
found online at portableapps.com. available, including the Firefox new releases and versions, as well
According to the PortableApp browser, OpenOffice office suite, as beta (pre-release) software. A
website, gA portable app is a antivirus software, games, simple click will install the selected
computer program that you can password managers and many other software on the flash drive.
carry around with you on a portable pieces of software.
device and use on any Windows Now that many of us are routinely
computer. When your USB flash The PortableApp Suite is totally carrying flash drives, it is nice to
drive, portable hard drive, iPod or free and does not contain any know that they may be capable of
other portable device is plugged in, spyware or adware. In addition to doing much more for us than just
you have access to your software the bundled suite there are many transport data.
Uh oh - I’ve Lost The Manual For A
Gabe Goldberg, Computers and www.oceanus-us.com/">correct AND POLITELY ASK ABOUT
Publishing, Inc.; Tiplet (at) Web site</a> first out of 3,400,000 DOCUMENTATION AVAILABILITY.
gabegold.com hits! Clicking Support and then MATERIAL IS OFTEN AVAILABLE BY
Manual Information takes me to a SPECIAL REQUEST -- SOMETIMES
Unless you're a compulsive packrat selection page for watch models. Of FREE, SOMETIMES FOR A MINIMAL
-- and can prove it with multiple course, Googling "oceanus FEE. DON'T BEGRUDGE PAYING FOR
neatly organized file cabinets -- manuals" would have taken me A MANUAL -- IF IT LETS YOU
you'll eventually find that a gadget directly to the same selection page, CONTINUE USING SOMETHING, IT'S A
or appliance has separated from its and including the specific watch BARGAIN COMPARED TO BUYING A
operating instructions. And unless model would have further refined REPLACEMENT!
it's something brick-simple with search results. And as a bonus, the
just On/Off buttons or you've manual downloaded from the Web This article first appeared on the
memorized its every esoteric site is much more convenient to Tiplet Web site, <www.tiplet.com>
function, you'll be baffled and read printed on 8.5"x11" paper than and is copyrighted by the author,
frustrated. Even worse, many the nasty included-in-watch-box Gabriel Goldberg. All rights are
products now come with one-page version with more than a hundred reserved; it may be reproduced,
pictures-only "Quick Start" 3.5"x2" pages! Similarly, downloaded or disseminated, for
instructions showing how to plug instructions for operating my single use or by nonprofit
them in or insert batteries, turn bargain-basement digital voice organizations for educational
them on, and not much else. recorder are instantly found by purposes, with attribution to Tiplet
Perhaps a real manual was Googling "olympus VN-1000se" as and the author. It should be
delivered on a now-missing CD or a is the manual for my recently unchanged and this paragraph must
now-forgotten Web URL was given acquired external hard drive, by be included. Please e-mail the
as a clue for help. simply Googling model number author at email@example.com
wd5000ml-00 (which also finds the when you use it or for permission to
Don't despair! Many manufacturers Quick Install Guide, Product excerpt or condense. Tiplet's free
offer full manuals on their Web Specifications and Frequently newsletter
sites, easily located and perused Asked Questions (FAQ). provides weekly computer tips.
online or downloaded for printing
or offline reference. HAPPILY, MANUFACTURERS OFTEN The article has been obtained from
PUT ONLINE MANUALS FOR OLDER APCUG with the author’s
Start your quest by guessing or PRODUCTS SOLD BEFORE WEB permission for publication by
Googling the manufacturer's Web RESEARCH WAS COMMON. AND APCUG member groups; all other
site. For example, Googling DON'T GIVE UP IF YOU CAN'T FIND uses require the permission of the
Oceanus -- my watch manufacturer WHAT YOU NEED -- CLICK A author (see e-mail address above).
-- finds the <a href = "http:// SUPPORT OR CONTACT US LINK
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Important Details To Receive PPCUG
When asking for help it’s very similar to web mail in that they required information when asking
important you know what program don’t save emails to your computer. for help.
you were running when the You just need access to the internet. If emailing, don’t forget your full
problem started. For example, name and membership number.
someone will say “I was doing The client based email was
some word processing and I had originally used for people with jobs Remember we can only give
finished and then couldn’t save it”. whose companies stopped them generic type of help if we only get
from using the company’s email sent details from you. If phoning,
In the case of MS Word there are space for personal emails. As it our helpers will not phone back so
about four main versions running didn’t save items on the company’s filling their answering machine will
and a possible three different computer the boss was none the not gain you any respect from the
answers or you may be using Word wiser. Then they were handy for helper.
Pad or Note Pad or even Open travelling and on came web mail
Office. from your ISP. We try to help our members as best
we can but some members have
In the case of email problems we All have their good and bad points many sisters and brothers with
have three main groups and several although I like to keep my emails many different computers. It’s most
different programs. on my computer. Also some of the difficult when you have been
web mail and Client server types relayed the problem and then you
Firstly the email program: This is are full of advertising. In all cases relay it to us. It becomes like
usually Outlook Express, Outlook now, all you need is access to the Chinese whispers.
and Eudora. These types are the internet to get email and send the
ones that download the emails to same, but you just need to know In the case of phone help you must
your computer. which program you use and the be at your computer when phoning
email name and password, to send as the helper may wish you to try
Next is Web mail: This is to your heart’s content. something to receive an action on
accessible via your ISP and is the screen. This will, in the end,
restricted to your access to your ISP Many other things are important in help out team helpers to assist you.
but works like ordinary email. It gaining help, such as what
will not normally save emails on Operating System you are using All our rules are in the inside cover
your computer unless you copy and and in some cases the speed or of each magazine along with the list
paste, then save on your computer. version of the Operating System. of helpers.
Next is Client based email such as To find this, right click on My Thank you.
Yahoo, Hotmail, and Google mail. Computer and click on properties Gordon is a member of the Perth
These are usually free and work and this will give you some PC Users Group
We still have DVDs to sell at $6-00 each. The contents are listed on the club’s web site.
If you have already purchased one and it appears to be empty go to your computer help and
look up “converting to NTFS”.
The disks were created on a computer running Vista Ultimate and using NTFS (New
Technology File System) and your system may have Fat 32. Usually this is not a problem but
occasionally I have found a problem.
If it will not auto start then open the DVD with Windows Explorer and look in the SDVD for
Default.htm and open this file and the program will start.
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Benefits of being a member Committee
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The Perth PC Users Group provides its members with firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jim’s Computer Tips
New Word AutoText Without change it to something smaller at from any e-mail lists you're on
Retyping this step. (most good e-mail software
So, you're working on your Word Click OK when you're satisfied removes addresses that bounce too
document and you realize that you with the name. many times). So, you may want to
frequently use a certain word or That's it! The AutoText entry is keep this one as a last resort.
phrase and you think that maybe it's complete without retyping any text
time to create an AutoText entry. or a menu in sight! Make it Stand Out in Excel
That entry combined with Word's Every once in awhile, we all have
ability to show AutoComplete Q: data in MS Excel that just needs to
suggestions of the AutoText could I'm going on vacation next week be presented with some "oomph."
really save you some time. and I don't really want a bunch right?
What do you do? of e-mail piling up in my Inbox Do you like to use AutoShapes or
Well, one way would be to go to while I'm gone. What can I do to text boxes to draw the reader's
the Insert menu, AutoText prevent this? attention to specific information?
submenu, AutoText choice and A: Maybe you'd be interested to know
begin typing the word or phrase that I'm sure several of you have been that the two can be combined. That
you want to add. (While you're in asking this very same question is, you can put cell data into a text
the AutoText window, double recently. If you get lots of e-mail box or AutoShape with a direct
check that the "Show (or even if you get a little e-mail) reference to the cell.
AutoComplete suggestions" option everyday, it's going to build up What's so good about a reference to
is checked to take advantage of that while you're away and you'll be the cell, you ask?
feature!) bombarded with it all when you get Since you reference the cell, you
This method works, but it seems to back home. What to do? don't have to retype the information
be a bit of a pain to navigate into Well, this may surprise you, but my and the cell reference will provide
the window just to retype the text advice is to just let it pile up. If it's automatic updates as the data
anyway. too much, just use your delete key changes.
What if you could use the text you when you get back from vacation. Happily, this merge of ideas can be
already have in the document to Besides, if you see something good, done with very little work!
create the AutoText entry without you'll be glad you didn't miss it. First, you need to draw the
all the menus and submenus? You can also try telling everyone AutoShape or text box you want to
Sounds like a plan to me and you're that you share e-mails with that use.
not going to believe how quickly it you're going to be gone for awhile, Now, with the AutoShape or text
can be done! so if they can resist sending you e- box selected, click into the
First, highlight the text for the mails, it would be best. Just send a formula bar and type an equal
AutoText entry. quick e-mail to everyone you think sign (=).
With the text still highlighted, hit will write to you while you're gone At this point, you simply need to
the Alt + F3 keys. and tell them your vacation dates click on the cell with the data to
and to please refrain from e-mailing display in the AutoShape or text
you. Reassure them that you'll get box.
back to them when you get home. Press the Enter key.
That will save you from any Inbox The data is now displayed inside
mania issues when you return. the object. From here, it's just a
If you are signed up for newsletters, matter of formatting the text and
you can contact each list and see if business as usual!
they have a "vacation" mode they
can put you into. Otherwise, you These tips are provided by our
The Create AutoText window will can unsubscribe and then rejoin members for the interest of our
open with the highlighted text (or when you get back. members. Original source is not
part of it if it's a long string) already A final suggestion is to have your known.
in place as a suggested name for e-mail account disabled. That will
your entry. You can choose to keep cause any e-mail you get to bounce Jim is a member of the Perth PC
the entire suggested text string as back to the sender. The only bad Users Group
the AutoText name or you can thing is that you may be removed
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Juice Your Broadband Speed
Vinny La Bash
Vinny La Bash is a member of the predecessors manufactured only modem. The other side of the split
Sarasota Personal Computer Users two or three years ago. Cable will take care of your television sets
Group, Inc., FL, USA; modems are no exception, so if which aren’t nearly as sensitive to
www.spcug.org; vlabash (at) yours is more than three years old line noise.
comcast.net get a new one from your provider.
After you’ve done everything from
Most providers will make a free
a hardware and firmware standpoint
People prefer broadband internet exchange but some will require an
and your cable connection is as
connections because of the obvious extension of your contract. You
clean as possible, you’re ready to
speed advantages over dial-up and want to do this because the latest
fine tune the system for best
satellite links. Then why is it that modems conform to the DOCSIS
performance. Vista users don’t have
broadband never seems to be fast 2.0 standard. This offers higher
to do much of anything to optimize
enough? Are you getting the speed upload and download capabilities
the operating system since Vista
promised by your ISP? Broadband and supports other advanced
does TCP stack tuning dynamically.
can cost $100 a month or more but broadband applications, including
Any internet performance
does the provider really provide the online gaming and peer-to-peer
adjustments can be made through
advertised speed? Is the connection computing.
the browser. Firefox users may
reliable or does the modem need a
want to try Firetune or Fasterfox.
reboot several times a day? Ask your ISP if they automatically
They are both free utilities and
Fortunately, there are ways to update firmware for the modem. If
allow adjustment to cache memory,
achieve high, reliable throughput they don’t, have them supply the
capacity and other settings such as
without having to have an website address of your modem’s
engineering degree. Here are some manufacturer so you can download
suggestions to get every bit per the most recent firmware. Check If you do a lot of downloading, you
second possible from your modem the website about twice a year for can save time by installing a
without any technical hiccups or new updates. download manager like Flashget.
interruptions in service. This widely used utility claims the
Next, go to a test site such as PC highest number of users on the
Start with your computer and TV Pitstop and check your upload and internet. It uses MHT (Multi-server
equipment. A common source of download speeds to see if they Hyper-threading Transportation)
line noise can be traced to improper match the terms of your service technique. It’s very easy to use and
grounding of anything that plugs contract. If they don’t, give your comes with exceptional document
into household electrical circuits. ISP a call and have them reset the management features. Best of all,
This can seriously degrade modem’s settings. While you’re at it’s free.
performance of cable equipment. it, have them check the signal-to-
Every electrical device, especially noise ratio. Too much noise can After all this work, it would be a
those in the same room as the cable cause interference and your modem tragedy if you didn’t keep in mind
modem, should be plugged into will then have to resend that sometimes the simplest
properly grounded outlets. The best information cutting down on your solutions are the best ones. Most
connections are with polarized throughput. cable modems and routers have
plugs oriented in the correct reset features. Many a mysterious
direction, and please don’t use any It’s possible that your cable wiring internet ailment has been corrected
three prong to two prong adapters. may contain too many splices or simply by resetting the equipment.
Get up-to-date gear. Electric outlet simply be too long. That can be Turn off the computer and the
testers are cheap. Buy one and use fixed by a visit from your ISP modem. Un-plug the modem for a
it to test for excess voltage on your technician. Have the technician few minutes and then power
cable wiring. Any problem could check the line quality leading to everything back on. You may be
indicate a serious safety hazard. your house. If the signal is good pleasantly surprised.
Engage a licensed electrician to fix and you’re having problems, the
it. house wiring may be the culprit. This article has been obtained from
The definitive answer for cable APCUG with the author’s permission
Almost anything manufactured modems is to create a split directly for publication by APCUG member
today in the consumer electronics after the junction box and then run groups; all other uses require the
world is light years ahead of its permission of the author (see e-mail
a new cable directly to your
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Exploring Microsoft Windows 7
Beta 1, Part II
Lee Reynolds is a member of the • a much friendlier version of
Boca Raton Computer Society, FL, Vista's User Account Control
USA; www.brcs.org; leetutor (at) • some new capabilities of the Aero
earthlink.net interface, notably "Aero Peek" and
"Aero Shake" and "Aero Snap"
This article has been obtained from
APCUG with the author’s permission MAIN FEATURES
for publication by APCUG member Let's start taking a look at the
groups; all other uses require the Windows 7 Beta in an organized
permission of the author (see e-mail
travelogue through all the main THE TASKBAR
features, complete with screen Let's take a look at the new
Lee continues an overview of what the captures. First, we take a look at the Windows 7 Taskbar. Note that the
new operating system might look like, Desktop. icons are a bit larger and therefore
as well as what it is likely to have for the Taskbar is wider than what you
features. THE DESKTOP may be used to from previous
When you look at the Windows 7 versions of Windows. You can
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Beta Desktop (Figure 1), you will adjust these smaller by using
For those who are wondering, these not see many differences from Taskbar Properties but then you
are what Microsoft says are the Vista’s. One difference you will see may lose some of the neat "Aero"
system requirements for Windows immediately, is that there is a little effects. When you first install
7: message etched into the lower right Windows 7, you see icons for
hand corner of the screen reading: Internet Explorer, Windows
• a 1 GHz or faster processor (for "Windows 7 For testing purposes Explorer and Windows Media
both the 32-bit and 64-bit version) only. Build 7000". Also, there is a Player. This is similar to what was
• at least 1 GB of main memory shortcut on the Windows 7 Desktop present on what was called the
(RAM) labeled "Send Feedback". This is "Quick Launch Toolbar" in earlier
• at least 16 GB of available disk your mechanism for telling Windows.
space to install the operating system Microsoft about what you like and
• a graphics adaptor that supports dislike, what bugs you found, etc. It
DX9 graphics with at least 128 MB will only send the report to
of memory (in order for Aero to Microsoft if you have a Windows
work) Live ID number. The facility for
• a DVD-R/W drive sending feedback is also present in
every window you open, at the top
MAIN IMPROVEMENTS right near the Minimize, Maximize
Windows 7 is essentially a much and Close buttons.
improved Windows Vista. It has
these main improvements over As in Windows Vista, the Start Does this mean the Quick Launch
Vista, among many others: button of Windows XP and Toolbar is now gone in Windows
• easier home networking through a previous versions of Windows has 7? Yes, it does.
new facility called HomeGroups been replaced by a small round The entire Taskbar in Windows 7 is
• a much more capable Windows "orb", which only tells you it is now a mixture of pseudo Quick
Backup tool related to "Start" if you hover the Launch icons and the ordinary
• a redesigned and more functional mouse over it for a second or two buttons present for running
Taskbar and then a tooltip pops up briefly. programs.
• a new concept for organizing files Notice that Microsoft decided to
and folders called Libraries eliminate the famous Sidebar of You can distinguish a button on the
• the ability to use Windows Instant Vista. You can still have "gadgets" new Taskbar as being one for a
Search over other PCs in a network located on your Desktop but more running program by the fact that the
• improved support for multimedia about that later. button appears to have a square
using Windows Media Player and surrounding the icon. (Thus, the
Windows Media Center rightmost icon in the screenshot
JULY 2009 AXESS - PERTH PCUG Page 11
(Figure 2), which is for the built-in Notification Area. One is normally
Snipping Tool, has a square around the "Action Center" icon, which
it because the program is running – will notify you of important actions
that was what I used to take the you need to take, like downloading
screenshot.) a Windows update or turning on the
Also, if the button is a pseudo All of the Notification Area icons
Quick Launch button, then you can can be individually adjusted to
right click it and select Unpin from determine whether or not they
Taskbar on the context menu to appear there and whether or not
remove it. The screenshot below notification messages will be
shows this right click menu for the displayed. More about that later.
Windows Explorer icon. All of the icons are moveable on If there are hidden icons in the
the Taskbar. Just click and drag any Notification Area, you will see a
icon left or right anywhere you little upward pointing arrow on the
want. left which when clicked gives you a
display of the ones not shown.
The next screenshot shows the Notice that now the Taskbar is wide
“Notification Area” of the enough to show the date as well as
Windows 7 Taskbar. (This is what the time at the right end in the
was called the "System Tray" prior Notification Area.
to Windows XP.)
There are other properties of the
new Taskbar, which will be
described further in the Aero
If you right click one of the pseudo Effects section.
Quick Launch icons on the That is all for now, come back next
Taskbar, you get what is called a month for Part 3, which will cover
"Jump Menu". The screenshot the New Aero Effects:
shows a Jump Menu for Windows
Media Player. Aero Shake
Notice that there are only a few Aero Peek
icons present in the Windows 7 Aero Snap
Twitter - What You Are Doing
Ira Wilsker, APCUG Director; Twitter (the internet service and the media quoted by Twitter.com, “The
Iwilsker (at) apcug.net; http:// person who does the posting) and New York Times calls Twitter "one
www.twitter.com Twittering or Tweeting (the posting of the fastest-growing phenomena
of personal activities on Twitter) on the Internet." TIME Magazine
This article has been obtained from has become one of the most popular says, "Twitter is on its way to
APCUG with the author’s permission ways of communicating one’s becoming the next killer app," and
for publication by APCUG member activities so that others can follow Newsweek noted that "Suddenly, it
groups; all other uses require the what is going on in the life of a seems as though all the world's a-
permission of the author (see e-mail
Twitter. The service is self- twitter." One may wonder why a
described as, “Twitter is a service Twitter user would post his daily
for friends, family and co–workers activities as they occur; Twitter
Several of the readers of this
to communicate and stay connected explains it this way, “Why?
column asked me, “What is
through the exchange of quick, Because even basic updates are
Twitter?” following the media
frequent answers to one simple meaningful to family members,
reports that senators and congress
question: What are you doing?” friends or colleagues―especially
people were “Twittering” during
According to some of the national when they’re timely.”
recent presidential speeches.
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Just to experience the life of a clicking on the “Find People” icon, residence of the British Prime
Twitter, I went to www.twitter.com a window is opened that says “Find Minister), rapper M. C. Hammer,
and signed up for a free account. people”. Follow them”. To locate CNN Breaking News, Al Gore,
The signup process was very fast friends on Twitter, I chose to allow John McCain, Whole Foods Market
and easy, only asking for me to Twitter to access my email address (Fresh organic tweets from Whole
create my user name, create a book to determine if any of my Foods Market HQ in Austin),
secure password and enter my current correspondents are on Lance Armstrong, Britney Spears
email address. After creating my Twitter. Twitter can access (but (Yes! This is the real Britney
account, I was given the only with your express permission) Spears!), George Stephanopoulos
opportunity to upload a photo of address books on Yahoo, Gmail, (ABC News Chief Washington
myself for display to anyone that AOL, Hotmail and MSN. It will Correspondent and Host of "This
views my Twitter page and allow quickly scan the online address Week"), Women's Wear Daily, the
me to customize my page to control book and match any email Nightline TV news show, Martha
the way others view it. I entered my addresses in the address book Stewart, comedian and magician
first short message that I was using against the millions already in the Penn Jillette, rapper 50 cent and
Twitter and it appeared on my now Twitter database. Twitter states that many more. The business and news
personalized webpage. Since it does not save the email addresses outlets listed post breaking news or
messages and other postings are and passwords and does not send special deals to their Twitter
intended to appear as text messages out emails to those located without friends. One that I added, being the
on cell phones as well as on a express permission to do so. I also nascent bargain shopper, is
webpage, individual postings are used the “Find on Twitter” feature Woot.com, which posts one deeply
limited to 140 characters, the to enter my last name to see if any discounted bargain each day in each
maximum length of a text message of my relatives are on Twitter and of its merchandise categories.
(SMS) allowed on most cell phone add them to my friends list. Just as
systems. a lark, I entered the names of some Twitter, the company, is
of our elected officials and found headquartered in San Francisco and
As I was typing this column, I
that several of them do have Twitter was founded in 2006. It is a small
posted a Twitter (message) that I
accounts. If I want to invite friends company, with only a few dozen
was typing this column; if anyone
by personal email, I can enter their employees but has millions of
is following my activities at this
email addresses in the “Invite by members. It has a marketing model
instant, he would receive this news
Email” box and Twitter will send to generate revenue but the revenue
as a text message on his cell phone,
them an invitation. model has not yet been
as an RSS feed on his computer and
implemented, leaving all of the
email or by simply viewing my
If I want to add celebrities to my posts and web pages currently free
Twitter webpage. On my view of
friend’s list, I can click on of advertising.
my webpage is a text box where I
“Suggested Uses” and a list of
can type my current activity, as
celebrities who Twitter will be I am not sure how much I will be
long as I keep it under 140
displayed. By checking the box using Twitter on a regular basis by
characters, as shown by the counter
adjacent to their names, we can posting my personal activities and
adjacent to the text box. Postings
exchange Twitter posts and monitor short commentaries but I will check
can be made or received by
each others’ activities. Some of the my page occasionally just to see
computer, cell phone text message,
more interesting celebrities and who is following my activities. The
Blackberry or other
online services that can be added to main purpose of Twitter is to
communications device. Postings
anyone’s Twitter friends list are the answer the question, “What are you
can also be received on any
Jodrell Bank observatory, the Dell doing?” For those who want others
newsreader that uses the RSS
Outlet Store, JetBlue Airways to be able to know the answer in
format news feed.
Customer Service (monitors Twitter real time, they can do so with
Twitter makes it very easy to find 24/7), the New York Times, 10 Twitter.
friends who also Twitter. By Downing Street (the official
Welcome to our new members
Allen Mc Namara Stephanie Mc Namara
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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Armadale Daytime SIG recommended a book Sam’s Teach included and it is issued by email.
Yourself Adobe Photoshop 7 in 24 Powerpoint may be the preferred
Joy O’Grady Hours by Carla Rose as being an option to Publisher as it has the
easier way to master it. Brian ability to save as Pack & Go which
asked that we email him our types includes a viewer for those who
We had a small rollup today with
of cameras and what programs we don’t have Powerpoint. Brian
12 members attending. Malcolm
primarily use as a starting point. displayed the information about
Holmes announced his resignation
This is definitely a subject worth Pack & Go on the overhead.
as Convenor from the Armadale
exploring due to the multitude of
morning SIG due to the greater
programs available and most of us Noel wanted to know what a self
need of care for his wife. Thanks
just want to know all the basics. extracting file was. This is a file
Malcolm for your very organized
There is a training video on Adobe which is compressed usually via
running of our SIG and your
Photoshop available for loan from either Winzip or Winrar to allow
humour, which brightened up many
the Club. transit via the internet and opens
a morning meeting. Brian Moore
automatically by clicking the
took over the reins for today but a
Jim’s interest in genealogy tempted mouse. Brian Moore often
new Convenor will need to be
him to find photo albums capable of downloads TV programs which
storing photos for 200 years. He come in segments and on extraction
found two types. One was Henso they join together to make up the
Questions & Answers
and the other Memories (a USA movie. You can’t send an .exe file
product at around $80). over the net without first zipping it
A member was interested in
copying slides and Brian had seen
Google Earth was discussed and
information on a dedicated slide
Brian advised that photos can be The cost of prepaid internet
converter for around $160. He
sent direct to the printer from the connection for laptops was raised.
offered to email details on it.
program. Members were keen to Dodo offered 15 gbs over 12
have a demo in the future on use of months for $135. If travelling you
Barbara was keen for us to organize
Google Earth. need to check the coverage as some
separate meetings to cover hands on
brands are fine in metro areas but
lessons on how to handle the digital
Ria produces a newsletter and useless in country towns. Ria
photos our cameras produce. There
someone came up with the idea that wondered if she could use her USB
was much discussion on this subject
she should use Publisher, load it wireless connector in Internet Shop.
eg. where to store them, what
onto the web and send it Not necessary as they have direct
cables to use, resizing, burning to
electronically to members. She was wiring.
DVD even creating Digital Albums.
concerned that if others didn’t have
A suggestion was that, perhaps one
Publisher would they be able to Treepad Plus was advocated as a
hour could be kept in a meeting to
view it. This seemed a tall ask for a great tool for keeping all your hints.
allow individuals to show which
beginner to HTML so other options This is on the Club CD and Brian
program they preferred and its pros
were discussed. Barbara said that gave a brief demo on the overhead.
and cons. Jim Percival was an
the Penguin Club uses Word which This was considered a good subject
advocate for Photoshop which is
allows columns and photos to be for the future. One particular use
usually quite difficult to learn – he
At this month’s General Meeting the presentation will be:
Search Engine Marketing and Optimisation, Google Toolbar (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly)
Google and the Search Engine Algorithm Changes, Internet Fraud and Much More......
presented by Paul Barden
If you have a request for a special presentation or a suggestion for the monthly
General Meetings, please contact Gordon Giles by e-mail: email@example.com
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was for keeping all your serial across, Sandra thought as it is part archived files and the 1386 folder
numbers together. It is also capable of Windows it cannot be moved. but not much of anything else that
of holding all the information on I found the below advice on the net will gain any substantial disk space
the free CD’s that come with which may help. on the C:\ drive. You can also move
magazines and only requires typing 1.What we are going to do is the Page file but it may lead to a
in a particular word to locate which relocate My Documents to the slight drop in performance if you
CD it was on. folder F:/My Documents. Here's move the page file to a different
how to do it: partition on the same hard disk.
Leo requested that EBay be Go to My Documents and select
considered in the future as a Properties. Another alternative (the one I
demonstration. He mentioned that When you've clicked on Properties, would use) would be to use a third
the owners made nothing in the first select "Move" and then navigate to party partitioning tool like
year; $20,000 in the 2nd and by the your new partition. That's F in my BootItNg or Partition Magic and
3rd year they are giving away case. Then click "Make New rejoin or merge the D:\ partition
$100,000,000 per year. Definitely Folder." Enter "My Documents" as into the C:\ partition. That is a bit
worth an understanding! the folder name and hit enter and complicated but not altogether that
then OK. Windows will then ask hard to do, it is for most part quite
Brian showed us how IView works. you whether you want to move your safe to do but there is always a risk
It allows you to test your bandwidth documents; click yes. of errors and partition errors can
and for those on Westnet the Moving your documents make take lead to catastrophic loss of all the
download is unmetered (so free). some time. Once moved, though, data on the disk.
I’ll have to get that TV episode I you can access them normally from
missed! the "My Documents" icon on the Sandra demonstrated how to do
desktop or elsewhere. labels in Word with an Avery
Raffle In the process you'll free up a lot of program you can download for free.
This was drawn but the person with room on your C: drive. Defrag the It has templates for various types of
the magic number had left so no drive so it can be utilized by labels and easy to use.
prize this week. Windows in the most effective
—–oooOooo—– For more information you can
consult this Microsoft document. Kalamunda SIG
Armadale Evening SIG http://support.microsoft.com/?
If you weren’t among the 14
2. it’s a bit more complicated than
May members present at the Kalamunda
that. You can move the "My
Brian opened the meeting at 6.30 May meeting you missed a treat.
Documents" folders quite easily:
pm with 15 members attending. Joy The speaker was Ric McDonald,
did a demo on trimming a movie who told us all about how to buy
How to Change the Default
clip which is done with Nero Vision and sell on eBay. Ric has been
Location of the My Documents
and a free program called Rad tools selling Nikon and Canon cameras
from Binck and Smacker, this is on eBay for some time now and so
used to convert MOV files to AVI. is right up to date on all the ins and
Joy already has this write up in the outs of conducting electronic
last magazine so I won’t double up. business on the ‘www’.
Moving the whole Documents and
You can also make slide shows on First of all he gave us the following
Settings folder is a bit more
Nero. information on a hand-out sheet:
Q & A. Peter had a problem with What is eBay?
installing a new printer on a Vista 1. An On line Auction and e store
An error message informs you that
PC.Sandra advised to turn off all business
you cannot move or rename the
Security programs and not to plug 2. 250 million users globally
Documents and Settings folder
in the printer before doing the 3. Turns over US$1BiIlion each
Joy’s question was she has only 4. Attracts 70,000 new members
about 5gb’s left on her partitioned each week
Other than the user folders there
drive so she tried to move My 5. Has 33 country-based websites
isn't really all that much that can
Doc’s onto the E drive of the so you can sell to your own country
easily be moved from the C:\ to the
partition but it would not move
D:\ partition. You can move (Continued on page 16)
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(Continued from page 15) us eBay in action. Ric warned that the document but if you go to Print
or to the world from your computer. there are crooks on eBay just as Preview they will show clearly.
6. AUSTRALIA - a. Ebay AU has there are in real life – no more, no Page Numbers: There is another
5 million members; b. 105,000,000 less – but the Feedback system is a way to add page numbers if that is
items on offer at any one time; c. protection. ‘Terapeak.com’ is one all you want. Go to Insert – Page
50,000 different categories; d. A car website where you go to research Numbers and choose the ‘Position’,
is sold every 12 mins and 27 secs; the best times to put your item up whether you want it in the Header
e. A laptop is sold every 8 mins and for sale, etc. PayPal charges the or the Footer, and the ‘Alignment’,
46 secs; f. An antique is sold every seller 2 ½ % of selling price but whether you want the number on
3 mins and 7 secs; g. A baby item is there are guarantees both ways and the Left, in the Centre, etc. You
sold every 46 seconds; h. A DVD is Bank transfer is not as good. When can also choose not to show the
sold every 23 secs you are buying, look at the seller, number on the first page if that is
i. A piece of women's clothing is read the feedback, get an idea of just the Title page of your
sold every 13 secs; j. 409 Pianos how they sell, then ask yourself if document by taking the tick out of
sold the previous week top price you feel comfortable buying from the ‘show number on first page’
$2,995 (Behringer EUROGRAND); them. box. Again you have the option of
and k. $45,462 worth of Pianos the changing the format by clicking on
previous week After the tea break Wendy the Format button and choosing a
7. The average Aussie woman has a presented Headers and Footers in number style – click OK. Click OK
potential small fortune $725* worth Back to Basics. You find ‘Headers when you are satisfied with your
of unwanted clothing lurking in her and Footers’ under ‘View’. A text choices.
wardrobe, according to a recent box appears at the top with the
survey commissioned by word ‘Header’ and a toolbar Next came the raffle and Allan
eBay.com.au. Women beat their appears on the page. When you Briggs won five Music CD-Rs.
male counterparts hands down, who click ‘Insert Auto Text’ you can
have on average just $372.00* select from a list of options which Q & A session
worth of clothes in their closets will automatically populate the text Q A member was having trouble
they no longer wear. box. If you keep clicking the with a program called AntiVirusPro
In 2006 More than 8,500 options they will add to the which he didn’t remember
professional eBay sellers in previous selections, so be careful. installing.
Australia currently derive their The first icon inserts a page A This program is a rogue program
primary or Secondary source of number, the next inserts the number and came in on a Trojan, so remove
income from selling on of pages and clicking the third icon it. Google AntiVirusPro and the
eBay.com.au according to gives you choices for formatting the option to remove it will come up.
ACNielsen research. page numbers e.g. Roman numerals Q A Word 2007 document was
The research also shows etc. The next icons give the option received, opened and saved in
1. Almost 2,500 Australians use of inserting a date or the time. The compatible mode on one computer
eBay as their primary source of following icons take you directly to but when it came up on another
income. ‘Page setup’ and ‘Show and Hide computer it opened as WordPad by
2. More than 6,000 Australians run document text’. To change from default.
a business and use eBay as a Header to Footer and back again, A Right click the document – Open
secondary sales channel. click the icon showing a page with with – tick ‘Always use the selected
3. Almost 7,000 eBay sellers in offset headers and footers. The program’.
Australia have considered quitting greyed out icon and the last two
their day jobs to sell full-time on icons prior to ‘Close’ only apply
eBay where a document is split into
4. Three out of four eBay small ‘sections’, or has a unique first South of the River
businesses believe eBay has helped page, with different Headers and Daytime SIG
them reach out to more buyers than Footers. On the Ruler at the top of Joe Potter
is possible through an offline the page you will see that tabs have
business and over a third believe been set in the middle and at the May
eBay has helped them become more right of the page so you can use the The Third-Thursday-of-month-SIG.
profitable. Tab key to tab over to one of these 1:00pm, ( Next: 16Jul, 20Aug,
Ric gave us a general overview of settings to place your page number 17Sep.)
conducting business on the web, or other title.
looking at safety aspects from a Exactly the same options apply to Our May meeting was as exciting
buyer and seller point of view. the Footer when you change to it. as April’s, but for a different
Then he took us online and showed The headers and footers are feint on reason. The predicted strong winds
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for our Third Thursday meeting When linked to your PC, a UPS can bin to save space. Similarly,
date decided to force another shut it down safely when there is a instruct your internet browser to
sudden change of format on us, blackout. When it comes to delete its temporary files on
when falling branches and similar lightning, however; the safest shutdown. Deleted emails seem to
results of nature’s power cut off protection is about a meter gap be in a half-way state too, even if
electricity just after the group’s between the power outlet and the your setting is “empty deleted
computer and projector were set up cables. mailbox on exit”, and they clutter
and talking nicely to each other. up the works until you “compact”
RAAFA staff told us they were Connections should be tight, inside mailboxes (Outlook Express) or
being sent home, but we could or outside a PC to avoid trouble. A “concentrate” them (Eudora).
continue as long as we “shut the cable was shown which came off a
door behind us” when we left. Two crashed SATA harddrive. It was a Defragment your harddrives too
hours later, we 8 member and 4 loose fit, so one can only guess from time to time, to rejoin
guests did, after one member stood whether it contributed to the failure scattered file parts and provide
up to declare that today’s was the by corrupting data or damaging large blocks of clear space for new
best meeting we’d had for a long delicate electrical components, or files to be written to.
time. not. Digressing from electrical
problems, PCs must be shut down Malfunctioning keyboard:
So, what made the difference? by the software (Start/Turn Off../ Somehow triggered by some typing
Firstly, we had questions and Turnoff), and not just switched off error, pressing an underscore
answers for entre, dinner, and at the mains. Let them install generated a full line.
sweets, apart from a 4GB USB key security updates etc. when they This was identified by a member as
door prize and some minor gifts. want to at shutdown unless you XP’s “Sticky Keys” function,
Secondly, members freely joined in want corrupt files. This means do which can be started several ways,
contributing answers and valuable NOT press the PC power button in including pressing Shift key 5 times
insights. This seemed to generate an for 4 seconds to force a shutdown to start or cancel Sticky Keys, vis:
interactive questioning process as
well, probing varied aspects of a Improving Startup times:
subject. PCs automatically start numerous
(Maybe we should black out the programmes when you turn them
projector at times to free up the on. BIOS tells the computer what it
exchange of ideas, etc.) ism, and where it can find what it
Lastly, the whiteboard stopped needs to run; the operating system
being a white elephant, and was loads necessary drivers and other
brought into play to illustrate some software to run your hardware and Nero interfering with playing
answers with (very rough) sketches programmes. Some programmes videos:
of screen layout and ‘things to start very early in the process to It seems that recent installation of
click’. protect the PC from viruses and Nero created a new default file
other dangerous things that infect association. To this, locate and
Discussions: our machines for other people’s right-click on the wanted file, select
criminal pleasure or profit, and ‘open with”, browse to a preferred
Protecting Computers: others just nominate themselves to programme to play it, and select
The concern about possible damage auto-start. We can check up on ‘OpenWith/Choose Program/
to our projector by the sudden some of these by looking in the Browse’ then select a program and
power failure led to a discussion on ‘Startup” folder, and chosing to tick the box to “Always use (for)
protecting equipment from power delete their shortcut icons if so this kind of file”.
surges. Surge protectors have finite desired. Right-click ‘Start’, and
response speeds and practical limits select Explore all Users’/Programs/ Bob Ivery volunteered to demo
to what they can handle (as listed in Startup to see those ones. “Media Player Classic” next month
specifications). Sparks from from a recent Australian PCU
wriggling USB connections to While on speed, cleaning up the magazine’s DVD. Great move Bob!
remove them can damage stored ‘rubbish’ that clutters up computers He also mentioned that his copy
files or the USB device itself, over time is a good way to start. includes a promotion by Microsoft,
simple things as avoiding ‘sparks’ Deleted files go in a half-way house offering Students ‘MS Office
An uninterruptable power supply called the Recycle Bin. If you need Ultimate” for only $75.
(UPS) provides further help by one back, it can be restored from
feeding mains power through inside the bin, but when you are
stabilized circuits to a battery. sure files are not needed, empty the (Continued on page 19)
JULY 2009 AXESS - PERTH PCUG Page 17
This Month’s SIG Meetings
A note to all SIG members: If a member of your SIG sends notification of the next month’s
topics to the editor of AXESS, these topics will be entered on this page (see below). This will
attract more people to your meetings.
See the calendar on page 23 for the date of SIG meetings.
Advise all changes (convenor, cost, date and venue of meeting etc.) to the editor as soon as
possible so that the entry may be updated.
ARMADALE DAYTIME SIG ARMADALE EVENING SIG
Meets fourth Tuesday of the month; for members and non- Meets third Tuesday of the month; for members and non-
members, covering all computer topics. members, covering all computer topics.
Cost $3 for members, $4 for visitors Cost $3 for members, $4 for visitors
Convenor Gordon Giles: Phone 9276 4218 Level Beginners to intermediate
firstname.lastname@example.org Convenors Brian Moore: phone 9399 3873 or
Venue CWA rooms, corner of Anton and email@example.com
Avonlea Streets, Armadale Venue CWA rooms, corner of Anton and
Topic To Be Advised Avonlea Streets, Armadale
Date See calendar on page 19 Date See calendar on page 19
Time 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Time 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
KALAMUNDA SIG DIANELLA EVENING SIG
Meets third Thursday of the month; for members and non- Meets second Monday of the month; for members and non-
members, covering all computer topics. members, covering all computer topics.
Cost $3 members, $4 for visitors Cost $3 members, visitors $4
Level Beginners to intermediate Level Beginners to Intermediate.
Convenor Tom Docherty, phone 9293 3445 Convenor Peter Scales, phone 9446 6461 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Venue Staff Room, St Brigid's College, Lesmurdie. Topic To be advised
Date See calendar on page 19 Venue Jim Satchell Hall, Light St, Dianella
Time 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Date See calendar on page 19
Time 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
MORLEY DAY SIG
Meets second Wednesday of the month; for members and
non-members, covering all computer topics.
Cost $3 members, visitors $4
Level Beginners to Intermediate.
Convenor Jeff Orr: phone 9344 5668
Topic To be advised
Venue Les Hansen Centre, Walter Rd, Morley
Behind the Morley Markets
Date See calendar on page 19
Time 1.00 pm - 3:00 pm
SOUTH OF THE RIVER DAYTIME SIG SOUTH OF THE RIVER EVENING SIG
Meets on the Third Thursday of the month; for members Meets on the last Thursday of the month; for members
and non-members, covering all computer topics. and non-members, covering all computer topics.
Cost $3 members, $4 visitors Cost $3 for members, $4 for visitors
Level Beginners to intermediate. Level Intermediate
Convenor Joe Potter, phone 9457 1717 Convenor Terry Vernon, phone 9354 2939 or
Venue Ev Nicholls Room, RAAF Association., Venue Ev Nicholls Room, RAAF Association.
Bullcreek Road, Bullcreek Bullcreek Dve, Bullcreek
Date See calendar on page 19 Date See Calendar on page 19
Time 1:00pm – 3:30 pm Time 7:00 pm (after bagging of AXESS magazine
from 6:00 pm)
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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
require your email account name our June meeting for our doorprize/
Continued from page 17)
and password for access. Use your s. Winners each month are
normal internet browser for access, encouraged (note, not expected) to
People sending big email and look on your ISP’s homepage volunteer to talk about any
attachments: for a webmail link. programme they find interesting or
This is a real problem if you are on
dial-up or have a tightly capped
This SIG’s members have Our SIG is what we make it, so lets
download limit. Instead of
contributed to a year’s subscription make it fun as we share ideas and
downloading emails with your
to an Australian computer monthly solutions.
usual email client programmes, pre-
magazine that comes with a Joe
check by webmail and delete any
software DVD. The first issue is
you have no interest in. Most ISPs
expected to be available in time for —–oooOooo—–
provide this service, but of course
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
PPCUG Morley SIG ** Deadline for
Committee next month’s
Meeting issue of AXESS
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Dianella Evening South of the River
SIG Daytime SIG
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
Armadale Magazine Bagging
Daytime SIG and South of the
River Evening SIG
To ensure that the correct information is shown on these pages, please advise details of SIG meetings
- such as times, dates and topics - to Gordon Giles (firstname.lastname@example.org or 9276 4218).
Also send a copy to the editor (email@example.com or 9293 2519).
JULY 2009 AXESS - PERTH PCUG Page 19
Your Questions Answered
Members can have their questions answered by sending them by e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting them to Readers Forum,
PO Box 46, Riverton, WA 6148. Include your membership details (name and number) and as much detail
about your computer system as possible. A team of experienced computer users has been formed to help
Answers to your questions will be sent to you, and the questions and answers will be published in the
Readers’ Forum section in AXESS magazine. Your name will not be published unless you request it.
Question This is like the UDF format that my ‘add and remove’ programs. It
How do you get the tabs in Firefox. INCD program creates. included numerous sites that I go to
It sets up a blank disk so you can drag on a daily basis as well as my
Answer and drop files to it like another drive. bookmarks. I was able to get my
Here is how you show the tabs in This is all fine if the computer is bookmarks back, but the site history is
Firefox. running the same software and burner/ missing. Is there a way to get the
Go to Tools, options and place a tick reader supports this mode. entire original task bar back....or at
in 'Always show the tab bar' There may also be a setting for least get the site history back?
Now right click on the tab bar - select finalizing the disk to play in someone This all started about 2 weeks ago
'New tab' then load the page you want else’s computer. when I downloaded the highly
for that tab. recommended upgrade, Internet
You can have as many tabs as you Question Explorer 8. My computer has crashed
want. I recently updated Internet Explorer several times, couldn't access files,
When you close Firefox down, you 8 using a hyperlink supplied by endless pop up security warnings,
will get an option of 'Do you want Yahoo. I am now unable to get entire system shutting down to
Firefox to save your tabs for the next Google back as my default search desktop, constant error
time it starts?' page. Subsequently, I followed messages.....the list goes on.
If you have several tabs open you may Microsoft's instructions on how to I have spent countless hours over the
just want to close some of then reset the default and also ticked the past 12 days with more than a dozen
manually before selecting 'Save and box labelled ‘Prevent programs from techs, plus advanced techs, research
Quit'. Also if you don't want suggesting changes to my default techs and even managers. Last night a
reminding each time place a tick in search provider’. Frustrated that manager closed the case because he
'Do not ask next time' Yahoo could do this, I even deleted said he could do nothing further to
Yahoo from ‘Manage Add-ons’ which solve the problems.
Question now, shows under ‘Name’ as ‘Fickr- My goal is to get my original Google
Hi I have recently burnt two DVD’s not available’. Yahoo is still task bar back, if possible. Or at least
using Nero on my Vista ultimate stubbornly opening Explorer as the get my site history back. Thanks in
computer and tried them on the default. I've spent a lot of time trying advance for any help !
desktop and the laptop running the to solve this one. Has PPCUG support
same system. When I gave them to a any suggestions for overcoming this Answer
club member he could not run them problem? To get your home page back all you
on XP. All computers are NTFS. On See below an Explorer update have to do is to bring up the page you
the XP computer the disk reads Used problem experienced by another require, ie. google.com.au
space 0 File Space O and reports it to surfer. Then same as IE7, go to Tools,
be a RAW file. On the two vista I suggest club members only update Internet Options, the first listing under
computers it reads File System CDFS. Explorer from Microsoft’s official General, is Home page. Click on "Use
No matter what we try we cannot get site. Current" to make the current page the
the DVD to read on the DVD reader home page.
running XP. Can you help PLEASE? The following item was downloaded With IE7 and IE8, you can actually
from Google's user's help line. The have more than one page come up
Answer writer did not mention Yahoo, but I’m when you start IE in separate Tabs. If
What version of Nero are you using? hoping it has no relationship to my you don't want this to happen then
What were the exact steps you took in problem. make sure there is only one entry
making the DVD? listed in the Home Page window.
Were you burning a movie DVD or a ANOTHER SURFER’S PROBLEM
data DVD disk? EXTRACTED FROM AN By installing IE8 from the Yahoo
I think you have done the latter. INTERNET HELP SITE webpage it also adds Yahoo as the
Your burner settings on your default home page and also installs
computer probably are set to format Thanks to a Microsoft "tech" my the yahoo toolbar. These can be
the DVD data disk as a CDFS disk. Google task bar was removed from
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disabled under the Manage add-ins screen to the top. I have tried scrolling you’re not dragging it all the way to
section. down whilst holding the mouse down the bottom. You just need to hold the
As with any software update there are (Left & Right) but this only moves it left mouse key down.
always advantages or some risks. to the top RHS. If you can’t make it all the way to the
Could you please tell me how I did it bottom, then release the mouse button
You should have the option to
and how I can put it back at the when it is on the side then try another
uninstall IE8 in your Add Remove
bottom? grab and drag it to the bottom.
Programs in control panel.
Thanking you for all your help. When it is in position you want you
Question can right click and select "Lock
The task bar (Start, Clock etc) on my Taskbar" to keep it there in future.
You’re almost there. It sounds like
XP has jumped from the bottom of the
How Can I Tweak Firefox and Thunderbird
to be as Great as People Say they are?
Gabe Goldberg, Computers and Tools and then Options. Explore the tabs: browse for alternatives, since several add-
Publishing, Inc.; Tiplet (at) Main, Tabs, Content, Applications, ons may perform similar functions. Look
gabegold.com Privacy, Security and Advanced; within at ratings (number of stars) and number
Advanced, subtabs address different of downloads reported -- obviously a
One of the Internet's many beauties is the functions. For each options group, the highly-rated add-on being downloaded
diversity of choices available -- for Help button displays specific information 150,000 times a week is a safer bet than a
everything. There are multiple search describing choices available. less-popular lesser-rated choice. And read
engines, Web browsers, ISPs (Internet reviews for real-people descriptions of
service providers), operating systems You needn't study and learn all options at how add-ons work -- or don't. Note which
(Windows, Linux, Mac). This means that once but it's worth occasionally browsing Firefox versions an add-on supports,
no two people have precisely the same what you can tweak. Firefox defaults are since some may need a relatively new
computing setup or online experience and certainly pleasant and workable but by version and others may not have yet been
leads to hours of fun-filled arguments making your own decisions, you can updated for them.
about whose choices are best. customize the browser to accommodate
your unique preferences. On the Thunderbird handles options and add-ons
In fact, competition works to everyone's Advanced/Update tab, I recommend in a similar fashion. For perspective, I
advantage: no matter what your choice is checking all three boxes to check for have 15 Firefox and 9 Thunderbird add-
for a given function, the vendor or updates and then selecting "Ask me what ons installed and occasionally shop for
manufacturer knows that you have to do" about updates. That way you'll find yet more to improve my browsing and
alternatives and must hustle to keep your out about available updates and control email experience.
loyalty. The "browser wars" -- first when when they're downloaded and installed.
Microsoft pushed Internet Explorer (IE) This article first appeared on the Tiplet
development to catch innovator Netscape But there's more! Click Tools, then Add- Web site, <www.tiplet.com> and is
and more recently with Mozilla Firefox ons, then Get Add-ons, to open a copyrighted by the author, Gabriel
stealing market share back from IE (and, wonderful catalogue of small tools you Goldberg. All rights are reserved; it may
of course, with contributions from Opera, can add to perform new functions. These be reproduced, downloaded or
Chrome and other contenders) -- have are available because Firefox is open disseminated, for single use or by
generated beneficial innovation and source software, meaning it's developed, nonprofit organizations for educational
evolution. supported and maintained by volunteers. purposes, with attribution to Tiplet and
While the most important browser the author. It should be unchanged and
Recent reports show Firefox taking functions are included in the basic this paragraph must be included. Please
market share from Internet Explorer -- browser, hundreds of developers produce e-mail the author at
but Microsoft is introducing Internet add-on modules to extend it. email@example.com when you use it or
Explorer Version 8, so the horse race for permission to excerpt or condense.
continues. So it's worth exploring (pun You'll initially see a few Recommended Tiplet's free newsletter weekly computer
intended) why software like Firefox, add-ons; click See All Recommended tips.
which must be added to Windows Add-ons to visit the Web site of all-
systems which by default include IE, can things-add-ons. On the left, you'll see The article has been obtained from
be so successful. broad categories (e.g., Appearance, APCUG with the author’s permission for
Bookmarks, Search Tools); the main publication by APCUG member groups;
In addition to speed and security superior
display shows the most popular tools. all other uses require the permission of
to at least earlier IE versions, Firefox and
the author (see e-mail address above).
its Mozilla sibling email client
Explore categories in which you're most
Thunderbird provide powerful
interested. But before installing any,
customization tools. In Firefox, click
JULY 2009 AXESS - PERTH PCUG Page 21
Paltalk Help Room
We have had a help room 3. Select “All Rooms” in the may be banned from the
running on Paltalk since mid dropdown box. Select site.
October 2001. “Computer &
This site was designed by Bob Technology”, open it and 6. The word you need to
Hunt and we have met every select “Computer Help & enter the room is
Monday Night since then. Advice”. Maybees. Remember the
We help people with computer capital letter.
problems and just generally chat 4. Look for “PerthPC”, it 7. When installing the
and we have opened it up looks like it has a key next program the nickname can
recently and asked anybody to it. This indicates that be your first name but
interested to come in for a chat. you need a password, don’t use your email
1. Look on the club’s web which I will give it to you password and it’s not a
site under “Miscellaneous/ at the end. good idea.
Paltalk Video Chat” for the
link to download the file. 5. Once in the room wait till 8. We meet every Monday
you are invited to talk or night between 6 and 7pm
2. After installing the enter something in text. but sometimes it may be
program wait until We will then give you closer to 6-30pm. It’s nice
Monday Night at about some pointers on chat to just chat to friends and
6PM and follow the steps. etiquette and please no bad you are all welcome to join
language or music or you us and ask us for help.
Members’ Free Advertisements
• Members’ advertisements for Wanted, For Sale, Free, Swap etc are printed free of charge.
• Members’ advertisements must include the member’s name and at least one phone number.
• These advertisements will be included in the first available issue of AXESS magazine.
• The advertisements may be sent by e-mail or supplied as an ASCII (.txt) file on a virus free disc.
• Infected discs will be thrown out with no attempt to disinfect or recover data.
For Sale Wanted
Canon i965 Printer with CD printing. I am looking for somebody that would be willing to give
$50 me some help; any help at all would be appreciated, with
Pickup only Armadale 93993873 getting started with Sony Movie Studio Platinum 8.0.
Will demo if required. Alister Crampton
Brian Moore PH 9443 4382 or MOB 0401 505 027
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A Place Where Our Members Can Contribute Tips,
Freebies And Favourite Websites
Trisha Moss: password to open it. screen and boot straight to the XP
You can also put in a password to desktop. Go to Run, on the Start
Password Protect a Word prevent anyone from modifying a menu and type ‘control
Document: document that they have been able userpasswords2’ (without the
I found this quite by accident and to open. quotes), click OK, select your user
realised it would be very handy name and uncheck ‘Users must
when keeping a diary etc that you Gordon Giles: enter a user name…’ then click OK.
want to keep private. Go to Run again and this time type
Open the document or after Skip XP Logon ‘control userpasswords’, click
having created it go to Tools, Windows XP is certainly a notch up ‘Change the way users log on and
Options and Click on the on earlier versions of the operating off’ then uncheck ‘Use the
Security Tab. system when it comes to security Welcome screen’ and ‘Use fast user
Type in a password and click but, if you are the only one that switching’.
OK. uses or has access to your PC, it can
Whenever you go to open the be a real pain having to log on Try this as it’s a tip in Treepad
document a small window every time you boot up XP. Here’s Files. Club DVD 2009
will come up asking for the a painless way to skip the logon
School for Seniors
Trinity Arcade, Perth CBD.
Classes are held every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday during term time.
9.00am – 10.30 Beginners: For students with little or no computer knowledge.
10.30am – 12.00 Intermediate 1: Basic MS Word and the Internet.
1.00pm – 2.30 Intermediate 2: Introduction to other programs.
Computer classes are supported by the
WA Government’s “First Click” program.
Students wishing to participate in other activities or classes of the
School for Seniors will be required to pay the Semester fee of $65.00.
The School is available only for Seniors aged 55 and over.
Tern 3 - 4th August – 24 September 2009.
Term 4 - 13 October – 26 November 2009.
Telephone Gary on 9483 1333,
JULY 2009 AXESS - PERTH PCUG Page 23
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This month’s meeting of the Perth PC Users Group
will be held on Wednesday 1st July from 6:00 pm to ▪ 6:00-6:30 p.m. Refreshments, talk with new members
8:30 pm at the Ev Nichols Room, Main Office Building, ▪ 6:30-7:30 p.m. Presentation
▪ 7:30-8:15 p.m. Question & Answer Session
RAAF Association, Bullcreek Drive, Bullcreek ▪ 8:15-8:30 p.m. Chat and tidy up
$3 entry fee Visitors are welcome
firstname.lastname@example.org PERTH PC USERS GROUP http://www.perthpcug.org.au