KEYSTROKES DECEMBER, 2007
A PUBLICATION OF LAKE HENRY COMPUTER USER GROUP INC.
SERVING RESIDENTS OF COMMUNITIES BORDERING LAKE HENRY
POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA
will take over as Treasurer. Darryl remains as
Director. Many thanks to all of these people.
Two others much deserving of recognition are
THE BOARD Carol Penner, Editor of Keystrokes; and John
Cullis, Software Review Chairman and Reporter.
After being editor of Keystrokes for several years,
I know from experience this is not an easy task!
For the last two years I’ve been writing the Mes-
Thanks, Carol. John is another person who is
sage from the Board. This will be my last one!
always willing to step in and help out our user
Serving as President for the last two years has
group. John has helped Tom (as I mentioned
really been an experience. We’ve had some
above) and has presented SIGs, etc. Many
good times and some very trying times! Finding
thanks to you too, John.
volunteers to be presenters at SIGs was the most
stressful. Trying to find Board Members ran a
close second! Bringing our user group up to the Although Bob Pritchard is no longer a resident,
21st Century by instigating the installation of DSL he was a faithful volunteer for several years. He
was one of my most rewarding achievements. is still a member of our user group. Roy Preslar
served as Treasurer for several years, and al-
though he has left the area, he is still a member
Several people have worked diligently to keep
of our user group too.
our user group going. Carol Costello has been a
great asset. As you know, she took on the mam-
moth task of setting up a web site for LHCUG. If I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Dick Krause who
you haven’t visited the site, you should–it’s good– passed away in early November. Dick was a
LHCUG.org member of LHCUG for many years, and he was
always willing to help out. . He was responsible
for making our name tags for several years. We
Tom and Merle Chamberlain have been setting
will miss Dick, not only as a willing helper, but
up the computer for meetings and SIGs for sev-
also as a good friend.
eral years. Tom also sees that the computer is
kept current on virus updates, etc. John Cullis
has helped Tom in “cleaning up” the computer. Our user group desperately needs more people
Merle not only assists Tom, but she is also Sec- to volunteer. We always need SIG presenters.
retary–going on her second year beginning in It’s also become very difficult to find members
January willing to serve on the Board. I hope some of you
will step forward and accept the challenge..
The other Board Members, Rena Chambers, My very best wishes to each and everyone for a
Vice-President; Don Williams, Director and Acting wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Treasurer; and Darryl Reaney have certainly
been assets to our user group too. Don will be Joyce Keller, President
Vice-President beginning in January and Rena
John Cullis offered suggestions concerning the
possible direction to go with our club. And a sur-
vey was also noted, asking for any possible SIGS
OF INTEREST. These survey sheets will be read
by the Board.
LHCUG INC. MONTHLY MEETING
MINUTES FOR NOVEMBER 15, 2007 A SIG was given by Carol Niemann on adding pic-
tures to a CD.
Rena Chambers, the Vice-President, stood in for
Joyce Keller and opened the meeting at 2:30pm. An ASK IT BASKET is available to all members.
Hopefully, some one will know how to aid the
Guest was Dot Shellhammer. questioner with their individual difficulties.
Treasurer’s Report was given by Don Williams— 50/50----went to Dwight Hull
balance is $6,217.30. Motion to accept was given by Print Shop Disk—to Barbara Lambert
Merle C. And seconded by Dwight Hull.
Adobe Photoshop–to Don McQueen
Disk Director -----to Rena C.
Secretary’s Report from previous meeting appears in
Ballot for Elections was presented by Carol Costello.
This ballot was accepted without any new names or
additions. Merle Chamberlain announced this ballot
3 times to the members present. Merle, as Secre-
tary, cast the final vote and the ballot for 2008 was
accepted as presented:
Vice President: Don Williams
Secretary: Merle Chamberlain
Treasurer: Rena Chambers
Director: Carol Costello
Director: Daryl Reaney
Carol Neimann, Presenter, November 15
Past President: Joyce Keller SIG on Picture CD’s
Chairpersons: We very much appreciate her contribution.
Equipment: Daryl Reaney
Equipment Assistants: Merle Chamberlain,
Tom Chamberlain, Bill Sonneville
Communications: Joyce Keller
Membership: Rena Chambers
Membership Assistants: Gloria Wiepert, Merle Mike Berry
Chamberlain, Don Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Webmaster: Carol Costello
Reviews/Columnist: John Cullis
Keystrokes Editor: Carol Penner
Bonus Tip: Click any column heading to sort the
items within each column. Click again to reverse
sort. This works in any Windows program, so give
it a try! .
Ask Mr. Modem! – DECEMBER, 2007
Q. I just got high-speed cable access to the
www.MrModem.com Internet, but the dial-up connection box keeps
popping up when I click Outlook Express. I can
live with it if I have to, but it is annoying. Any
HEADLINE: Safely Delete Restore Points
Q. I've had my PC since January of 2007. Using
A. Go to your Control Panel and double-click the
XP’s System Restore, when I click “Previous
Internet Options icon. (Hint: In XP, you have to
Month,” I can only go back to October 2007. Does
click Network and Internet Connections before you
this mean that all restore points from January to
get to Internet Options.) .
October, including the original restore point, no
In the Internet Options window, click the Connec-
longer exist? How do I delete previous restore
tions tab. You can then click to select "Never dial a
points that I no longer need? .
connection," or you can select your old dial-up con-
nection, then click the Remove button. Since
A. There aren't any "hidden" restore points, so what
you’re not likely to be using the dial-up connection
you see is what you have to work with. Restore points
again, I’d suggest clicking the Remove button, fol-
created in the past, if they no longer appear, are gone
lowed by OK. That will resolve the case of the in-
forever. There are two primary ways to safely delete
trusive pop-up. .
restore points from your system: .
1. Disk Cleanup - Launch the Disk Cleanup tool (Start Q. I primarily use Firefox, which has a key-
> Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk stroke to put the cursor on the Address line.
Cleanup). After running Disk Cleanup, select the More Sometimes I use Internet Explorer and I won-
Options tab. If you press the Clean Up button in the dered if there’s a similar keystroke that will
System Restore section, Windows will delete all Re- also take me to the Address line? .
store points except for the most recent one.
A. Surprise, surprise! The same ALT + D key-
2. Briefly Disable System Restore - By turning off stroke combo will place your cursor in the Address
System Restore, all your Restore points will be de- field in both Firefox and Internet Explorer. .
leted. To disable System Restore, click Start > Pro-
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see the “Turn off System Restore on all drives” check Month — December 2007
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thanks to a recommendation in your weekly news- My trifocals (I recently upgraded from bifocals) fre-
letter, which I really love. When looking at my In- quently squawk about tiny text on Web sites.
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(Mr. Modem, continued from Page 3)
Whether you prefer a fancy-shmancy CappaFrap-
paSpresso, or just a good old cup of joe, this is the
ultimate site for coffee lovers. Here you’ll find a pip-
ing hot heap o’ news, articles, reviews and opinions
for the discerning coffee slurper. And what better SMART COMPUTING TIPS AND FUN FACTS
way to demonstrate your devotion to the Almighty
Bean than by committing the Barista Code of Con-
duct to memory? You never know when you’ll be • Slow It Down:
called upon to recite it. . Even if your CD burner's capable of writing CDs at 48X
http://coffeegeek.com or 52X speed, you don't have to use those speeds. In
most cases, audio CDs sound better and last longer if
you burn them more slowly, preferably at 8X. You'll find
Tall or Not: Celebrity Height . the dynamic range (difference between high and low
Have you ever wondered how much taller or frequencies and volumes) of the CD somewhat im-
shorter you are than various celebrities? Me nei- proved, but you'll also find fewer crackles, pops, and
ther, but this site is fun in a rather pathetic, “I-have- fuzz distortions. You'll also find that the CDs don't start
no-life” kind of way. I don’t like to brag, but I felt failing so often, skipping in your portable CD player, or
pretty good when I discovered that I tower over— refusing to track in your car stereo. You can adjust the
well, let’s see here, not Babe Ruth, not Barry writing speed either in the Options dialog box or as a
Manilow, not Bill Cosby, not David Letterman, not separate option after selecting Record. .
Brooke Shields—on second thought, this site isn’t
that much fun after all. .
• Check The Temperature:
Excessive temperatures, high or low, are never good
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CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESS: • Viewfinder vs. LCD:
JOE DOYLE:: email@example.com How many times have you taken a photo using the
viewfinder of a point-and-shoot camera, only to look at
the LCD and see half of your subject's face? When
looking through the viewfinder, what you see is not al-
ways what you get. With most digital cameras, the lens
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT and the viewfinder see the subject at different points.
OUR WEBPAGE You can easily misjudge this shift in views, especially
when shooting extreme close-ups. Therefore, learn to
www.lhcug.org rely on the LCD to frame your shot so you know what
to expect as your end result.
Carol Costello, Webmaster
Reprinted with permission from Smart Computing. Viisit
Up-to-date information on upcoming www.SmartComputing.com/groups to learn what Smart
meetings, officers, current issue of Computing can do for you and your user group.
Keystrokes, and links to helpful
DECEMBER 6 SIG
Jim Lewis and Russell Eisenberg from
SIG Micro Solutions were presenters at the December 6
NOVEMBER 29 SIG. They stressed the importance of backing up
and of having good virus protection. Russell stated
that many of the problems people have with their
computers is because of viruses.
After Russell’s presentation, both men answered
several questions from the audience of 34 mem-
We were fortunate to have with us Jerry Reeser, Di- bers. They also brought four flash drives to be
rector of the Family History Center of the Church of given away as prizes. Winners were: Gloria Gus-
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of Winter Haven. tavel and Ellen Bush– each a 4 GB drive; Joyce Kel-
Jerry gave an hour-long presentation on family history ler and Vicky Braverman--each a 2 GB drive.
or genealogy and how we might go about beginning
or better defining a quest of our own family back-
Our thanks to Jim and Russell for taking the time
ground. He spoke about websites and programs that
from their business to speak to our user group.
are available to us that are either free or fairly nomi-
nally priced, as well as those that have amazing
amounts of information but are more costly.
To locate living relatives he suggested using sites
such as: att.com/directory, whitepages.com. ,
switchboard.com and people search.com. Some-
thing that can also be very helpful is simply entering a JOYCE!
person’s name into one of the common search en-
gines, such as Google.com, Alltheweb.com, Alta-
vista.com, hotbox.com, yahoo.com, or Ask.com.
This can give surprising results, even including some FOR 8 YEARS,
history of your family, already researched by others. SERVIING AS A DIRECTOR, EDITOR OF KEY-
STROKES, SECRETARY, VICE-PRESIDENT
For family that is generations removed, he suggested AND THEN PRESIDENT. AN OUTSTANDING
family history websites that are fairly comprehensive, EXAMPLE OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE.
such as: cyndislist.com, myfamily.com, .
familysearch.org, rootsweb.com, ancestry.com,
genealogy.com, onegreatfamily.com, and heri- MERRY CHRISTMAS
tagequest.com. Heritage Quest, which deals mainly AND BEST WISHES FROM THE
with U.S. heritage, can be had free by being a mem-
ber of the Polk County Library Cooperative. This can BOARD OF LHCUG.
be procured at either the Winter Haven or Haines City
libraries. BOARD, DEC. 07
Jerry also mentioned a program where one can store Carol Penner
all of the information you may obtain. It is called Don Williams,
“Personal Ancestral File” and is available to download Rena Chambers,
— for free — from familysearch.org. John Cullis,
He also mentioned that he would be available for as- Daryl Reaney,
sistance to those who might feel they could benefit Merle Chamberlain,
from his expertise…...for free. (Phone # 422-8456) Carol Costello,
Harry Woodend Tom Chamberlain.
CREATIVE TROUBLESHOOTING CLUES — CHRISTMAS 2007
From John Cullis, Review Chair Cullisj@yahoo.com
PC World’s—10 Pages of ideas for improving your computer.
Windows Updates — Keep your machine up to date automatically.
Power Point Slide Show — “The Art of Being Well”
OpenOffice.org—FREE full office program. — The parts include “Writer” (like Word), “Calc” (like
Excel), “Base” (like Database), “Impress” (like Power Point). Http://www.openoffice.org/ (Click the
green rectangle “Get OpenOffice.org”)
• OpenOffice.org 2.3 Impresses By Tiffany Maleshefski, November 28, 2007 eWeek.com Review:
OpenOffice.org 2.3 sports a nifty set of feature improvements, but the suite's sweetest features remain
its low cost (free) and its strikingly broad platform support.
• Open-source a software alternative Krysten Appelbaum, 10/21/07 College Publisher Network
OpenOffice.org is, as the name would suggest, a full open-source suite of office programs. Every pro-
gram a student ever needs is in here, from a writing program to a presentation creator similar to
• Spreadsheets Are Free John Edwards, August 02, 2007 CFO.com Liberated from license fees,
Calc can be downloaded and installed on as many PCs as you please.
• Users' Guide: A free Office alternative? Sweet By Etan Horowitz, Saturday, July 28, 2007 Or-
lando Sentinel I was able to do virtually everything I could do in Office, such as create pivot tables from
spreadsheets and add animations to slides. If you want free software that operates the most like Microsoft
Office, this is it.
• OpenOffice.org 2.2 outstanding free office suite (29/06/2007) IT Reviews Recommended We
can't stress enough how impressive this is for a freebie suite. Both Writer and Calc in particular perform
admirably compared to full-priced rivals, and Impress and Base are right up there in terms of power and
• OpenOffice free office software suite By Andrew D. Wright Monday February 26, 2007, The
ChronicleHerald OpenOffice.org is a completely free Open Source office software suite that not only can
read and write to the various commercial office software file formats, but also writes to the now-standard
• Open Office a lot like Microsoft product - and free By Nick Francesco - February 19, 2006
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Open Office (or, as they prefer, OpenOffice.org) is a complete of-
fice suite, much like the more familiar Microsoft Office. For those of you who are familiar with Microsoft
Office, you'll feel right at home with OpenOffice.org ... Give OpenOffice.org a try. It's free and you can
have it loaded on the same computer at the same time as Microsoft Office.
Ed. Note: Some of us are not into mp3 or iTunes. How-
ever, the following article might be of interest to those After downloading podcasts, connect your mp3
who would like to listen to a podcast that a friend might player to a USB cable and right click on the file.
want to share with us — even though we don’t have an Select “Send to” and click on the drive letter of the
mp3 player. mp3 player to transfer podcasts to it from your
How To Find Podcasts computer.
by Mike Lyons, President Orange County IBM PC
Users’ Group, CA Besides the iTunes Podcast Directory, you can
find podcasts of Computer America shows at
www.orcopug.org www.businesstalkradio.net/w eekday_
president(at)orcopug.org host/Archives/cc.shtml and
National Public Radio at .
Obtained from APCUG with the author's permission for publi- www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.p
cation by APCUG member groups. hp.
Download the free 7.3 iTunes program from . There are even locally-produced user group pod-
www.apple.com/itunes/ and install. Now, all you need is casts. The Los Angeles Computer Society has
an mp3 player, and you’re all set to download podcasts podcasts of their main meetings at .
and listen to them on the go. www.lacspc.org/podcast/Archive.html
When you first open iTunes, click on the “Podcast Direc- You don’t have to have an mp3 player to listen to
tory” at the bottom next to “Report a Concern.” That actu- podcasts, though. If you left-click on the mp3 title,
ally takes you to the Apple Store. In the upper left corner it plays right in your browser. Or, if you right-click
is a magnifying glass and a space to search for a word or on the title, select “Save Link As,” and you can
phrase. Type in “computer.” The Apple logo in the top save it to a directory on your computer.
center area changes to a candy cane-striped bar as it
searches. The bar will turn solid and display the results: Besides playing podcasts in mp3 players and
Name, Time, Artist, Album, Price, Popularity and Genre. browsers, mp3 files on your hard drive can be
burned to a CD. Then, you can play them in your
Next to the name is a grayed-out circle with an arrow in car. Just burn them as a music CD instead of a
it. This leads to more information about the podcast. It data CD.
includes a description, user reviews, a list of the last 20
podcasts and a list of 5 “Listeners also subscribed to.”
Headings are sortable by clicking on them, so if you click WANTED to RENT, BUY OR BORROW
on Price, all the free ones appear at the top.
A Video Camera which uses 8mm Video
Some of the stuff is pretty explicit, that’s why they call it Cassettes and still has good audio and video
the “wild, wild web.” Podcasts are labeled “clean,” playback ability.
“explicit,” or blank which means the rating hasn’t been
determined. Our Sony Handicam CCD TR77 has an inter-
mittent audio problem which repair technicians
I look to see how often and consistently the podcast oc- can’t seem to find. This prevents us from do-
curs (some really good ones haven’t been updated since ing transfers from our analog 8mm cassettes
2006), check customer comments, and the “Also sub- to digital (DVD) so we can edit the videos.
scribed to” list. Does anyone out there have one available?
If you want to subscribe, simply click on the “subscribe” Carol & Alan Penner
button. To go back where you were, under the Apple 294-9456
logo on the left is a small button with a left pointing
“twirly”. Click on this to get back. firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFICERS/DIRECTORS for 2007 HELP LINE
Please note email addresses have been included.
Joyce Keller, President……………...299-2655 Frequently you can receive a quick response using
email@example.com this method. If the person you contacted is unable
to offer a solution via email, someone will come to
Rena Chambers, Vice President..…401-9134 your home to assist you.
Merle Chamberlain, Secretary……..299-9473 GENERAL ASSISTANCE:
Don Williams, Director……………...294-3697 Daryl Reaney………………………….299-8278
(Acting Treasurer) Mardlr1@juno.com
Carol Costello, Director……………..293-3309 Harry Woodend……………………....401-9369
Daryl Reaney, Director……………...299-8278 John Cullis…………………………….299-3478
Equipment Assistants: Gil Mracek……………………………..292-9047
Tom & Merle Chamberlain...................299-9473 Gkmracek@juno.com
Bill Sonneville......................................291-5089 WORD PROCESSING:
W.Sonneville@tampabay.rr.com Joyce Keller…………………………...299-2655
Daryl Reaney.........................................299-8278 Kelcomfl@aol.com
SEND YOUR CHANGED EMAIL ADDRESSES
TO JOYCE KELLER AT:
Education/Programs: Vacant Kelcomfl@aol.com
DISCLAIMER: The Lake Henry Computer User Group, Inc., is in
Merle Chamberlain.......................299-9473 no way responsible or liable for any damages resulting from any arti-
Gloria Wiepert...............................299-9023 cles or opinions or statements, advertising representations, publica-
tion, nor do we endorse or recommend any products or services men-
Webmaster: Carol Costello.....................293-3309 tioned or illustrated herein. Any comments or opinions herein are
solely the opinions, judgements or policies of the Lake Henry Com-
Livenez25@aol.com puter User Group, Inc., its officers, members or affiliates.
Reviews /Columnist: John Cullis...........299-3478
Lake Henry Computer User Group, Inc. is a member of the Florida
Keystrokes Editor: Carol Penner............294-9456 Association of Computer User Groups (FACUG) and the Associa-
firstname.lastname@example.org tion of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG)