Arizona Society for
Computer Information, inc.
Volume 9 Issue 03 http://www.asciigroup.org March 2002
Monthly Agenda President’s Message
Basic Questions and Answers : 12:30 P.M.
"You're the only person I've ever seen bringing a key-
BUSINESS MEETING : board to the hospital," said a woman in the elevator. I set
Old Business: up my notebook computer on a rolling table beside
Minutes: Mom's bed. She's my wife's mother. When she slept, I
Treasurer’s Report: drew my house plans using AutoCAD. When she
Committee Reports: needed help, I was right there with a suction tube. The
Membership: nurses called me The Computer Man.
Price Report: At age 93, Mom had suffered a stroke. She entered
Site Seekers: the hospital with clear lungs and a strong heartbeat.
Buy, Sell or Trade: Soon she had pneumonia and a heart attack. She hangs
Questions & Answers: on, but life is so uncertain.
The notebook has a touch pad, and it's a fine device
NEW BUSINESS: for pointing and clicking. But have you done much drag-
Announcements: ging with a touch pad? It's hard to beat an optical mouse.
There's one PS/2 port on the back, for a keyboard or a
General Questions and Answers mouse. And I like the full size keyboard if I'm doing
much typing, so the keyboard takes the PS/2 port and the
MAIN MEETING: mouse takes a USB port. It's a bit bulky lugging a key-
board sticking out beyond the notebook bag. Hence the
observation in the elevator.
Ric Fischer will give a presentation on Zoo Tycoon, a Several relatives arrived at once. "If we don't expect
Microsoft game featuring Lions and Tigers and Bears! her to live six months, we can get her in hospice," one
Oh, my. said, right there in her room. Mom was drifting in and
out of sleep. I tried to move the conversation into the
Bob Nixon will show us how to prepare a picture CD hall. "Oh, she can't understand anything," they said. Her
which will automatically run when inserted in the drive. dementia doesn't allow her to hold a sensible conversa-
tion, but how do we know what she can understand?
Bring your friends and neighbors. With positive messages, we strengthen each other.
With negative remarks, we break the spirit, and block
Great prizes for paid-up members. possible communication.
The specs called for insulation batting to be drawn in
c the exterior walls of my house plans. It's an interesting
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ASCIi OFFICERS (Continued from page 1)
President Hank Pearson 602-944-2965
Vice-President Bob Nixon 480-897-6204 curly line pattern. To see it cor-
Treasurer Jean Steell 602-861-3642 rectly on the screen, I set the
Secretary Ric Fischer 602-266-0567 linetype scale to .1875. That's a
six-inch wall divided by 32. At
COMMITTEES 3/8"=1', the drawing is 1/32 actual
Meeting Moderator size on D size paper: 36"x24". For
Clipboard Putter-togetherer Joe Benedetto plotting on paper, I set the linetype
Membership Lee Laughner, Quentin Campbell scale back to 1.
APCUG Coordinator Ric Fischer We took turns sitting with
Review Committee Chairman Mom. In her sleep, she had a
Training & Education Marilyn Carter, Jamie Clemmons strong cough and a good swallow.
Club Sales Carl Cole, Lee Laughner When awake, she couldn't cough
Doc Elwell Phone Tree Carl Cole and swallow, even with coaching.
Dealer Coordinator Physically, the automatic responses
Vendor Coordinator Bill Funk worked fine. But her mind couldn't
Webmaster Ric Fischer consciously take control.
A rattling noise developed in
her breathing. She strained more
ASCIi and more for each breath. The
Arizona Society for Computer Information, inc. is a non- nurses sent for a respiratory thera-
profit computer user group that formed well over 14 years ago. pist. Just as he arrived on the floor,
ASCIi is just computer people helping computer people by sharing he was called away for a double
information and talents. trauma. The room grew tense.
ASCIi has a formal meeting on the second Saturday of the month in the One of the features most fun to
ABACUS building, at 3rd Street and Earll, on the first floor. draw is electrical wiring, with gen-
ASCIi also has an informal meeting on the fourth Saturday of the month tle curves connecting the switches
at Exceptional Realty, 4645 S. Lakeshore Dr. Suite 1, Tempe, AZ. and lights. Everything is drawn in
Hardware and software problems welcome. layers, in different colors, and dif-
Steering Committee meetings will be at the Eastside meeting at 1:00 ferent line weights. Each symbol
P.M. which lasts about 30-45 minutes. All members are encouraged to has a meaning. Drawings are or-
attend and input their ideas for the future of YOUR user group. ganized and tidy. With drawings,
we can plan the real future.
New users are welcome, and membership in ASCIi is NOT required to Life is random and unpredict-
attend the meetings. able. Perhaps there is a plan, some-
where, more organized and tidy
Information may be obtained by contacting one of the ASCIi officers, on than a computer drawing. But we
the ASCIi web-site www.asciigroup.org or by writing to: are not trained to read it. We do
Arizona Society for Computer Information, inc. not know the future, but we always
4397 W. Bethany Home Rd. PMB# 1296 have choices. We can fall victim to
Glendale, AZ 85301 life's cruel turns, or we can learn
c from life. The exact outcome is not
in our plans. But we can decide
what to do with the symbols.
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Ric’s have seemingly divine inspirations. For example, if we did this same
scheme among a group of 100 people, what would happen? If I received
Ruminations the letter from an outside source, I would pay the outsiders a total of
$5.00 for the documents they are selling me. If I then add my name to the
By Ric Fischer bottom, remove the first name, and send it to the other 99 people in my
group, I would receive $99. I then send out 99 copies of document num-
The Federal Trade Commission ber 5, since each of the 99 received a letter with my name in the fifth slot.
(FTC), a branch of the govern- The other 99 people then add their name to the bottom, delete the first
ment that is, among other things, person and now I am in the slot for document number 4. Those 99 people
charged with protecting the inter- mail it to 98 people, since they will not send it to themselves or me. Here
ests of the consumer, recently is the fun part: 99 people will have mailed 98 other people, each of them
issued a request: Break the will have my name in the slot for document number 4. However, since all
Chain! of them already have document 5, none of them will send this newer let-
We have all received chain ter to the other 98 people, because, as the letter says, you do not re-send a
letters at one time or another. new version of the letter. Since those 99 people already received docu-
Before the Internet soared in ment number 4, they will not be ordering it from me. We have hit a dead-
popularity, we were getting them end within the group of 100 people. I gained $94.00 (not including post-
via regular mail. I am sure you age and copying costs). Everybody else in the group each lost $5.00 and
will recall the good old, “Send the world kept on spinning in space.
this letter to ten people or you’ll However, it said that there is one born every minute. It sure is an inter-
have seven years of bad luck.” esting experiment in wealth-redistribution, though.
One of the more popular Email is a terrific tool for cheap and effective communication, whether
schemes was to sell documents or not you are sending the communication to someone you know. It costs
for a dollar each. First, you send a little to send an email to a hundred thousand people. Sadly, it costs only
dollar to each of the five people slightly more to email two hundred thousands.
listed at the bottom of the letter I do not enjoy spam. It annoys most people. If you get a joke or story
(thus ordering five different that you enjoy, please do not send it to everyone in your address book. I
documents). Second, remove the used to receive quite a lot of them. I read almost none of them. I finally
first person and add your name to asked people to send something to me only if they themselves have some-
the bottom of the list. Lastly, thing to say to me. I rarely receive jokes nowadays. I am happy about
send the newly modified letter to that. I really appreciate it when someone takes the time to write a mes-
as many people as possible. The sage and email me. I am human and I enjoy human interaction. I consider
result is that you could make forwarding very impersonal, especially when it to me and 133 of their
thousands if not hundreds of closest friends. Good examples of close friends are firstname.lastname@example.org
thousands of dollars. Then there and email@example.com. It is truly an honor to be among such a
is the responsibility of mailing select group.
out one of the five documents to I no longer wonder why it can be so difficult to get responses in a
each person that sent you a dollar. timely fashion from various support email addresses.
In addition, the letter never Back to the FTC advisory: They are trying to let us know that we
seemed to mention sales taxes. If should not be participating in these chain letter schemes because many of
the purchaser lived in the same them are illegal.
state as you, I always thought that You can read more about it at http://www.ftc.gov/chainmail/.
you were legally required to have Please, do not break the law. It would be terrible if we had to move the
a tax ID license and submit an meetings to a special room in prison.
earnings report plus your share of
the state sales tax to the Depart-
ment of Revenue. However, I c
could be wrong. Silly me. Of
course, I would rather skip the
whole thing and just make my
Fortunately, I was never silly
enough try this. Occasionally, I
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Review of Zoo Tycoon Would you be willing to go to the
local zoo if the admission fee was
by Ric Fischer $50.00?
Do you like animals? Do animals like you? Many humans eat animals and Then again, we have staffing to
vice-versa. We like our vicious animals behind bars where we can watch hire. Paid employees include
them. Sometimes it is fun to watch them and sometimes it is boring. Have maintenance workers,
you ever been to the zoo and just felt like it was not a fun experience? zookeepers, and guides. It gets
Perhaps the entertainment value was so low because there was not enough tricky trying to weigh and
to keep you interested. balance your various costs
against your income.
Have you ever wanted to watch a man flee for his life from a lion that
somehow escaped the lion pen at the zoo? Now you can and without any This summer, Microsoft will be
blood or gore! Last year, Microsoft introduced a terrific new game called releasing an expansion pack
Zoo Tycoon. The game comes with several scenarios, an assortment of called Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur
animals, and a bountiful selection of buildings and structures. Digs. It will allow Zoo Tycoon
players to build a dinosaur zoo.
Installation is a Imagine setting
piece of cake. a tyrannosaurus
The game runs rex or a
smoothly and velociraptor free
has a very good to chase your
scenario to get
you familiar Running a zoo
with the basics can be a lot of
of playing the work but very
game. rewarding. Just
The goal is keep the lions,
whatever you tigers, and bears
want it to be. in their pens.
You can try to
build a small Ric Fischer is a
community zoo computer geek
that specializes of the second-
in providing a respite from the doldrums of everyday life. Alternatively, highest order.
you can strive for the peak of the zoo world by having a huge, You can learn more about him at
moneymaking zoo that is world-renowned for the incredible results they http://www.DesertDwarf.com/.
get from their research and the wide array of animals on display. You can reach him by email at
Whatever the ultimate goal, you have several things you must accomplish
in any zoo. Build the animal pens and provide facilities to attract guests. c
Guests dislike zoos that do not provide clear visibility to the pens. They
get grumpy if you do not have food for them, and they get especially
irritated if you do not have conveniently located restrooms. The condition
of the animals also affects the humans. If the animals are always hungry,
thirsty, have lousy or inappropriate living quarters, or the wrong terrain,
the guests can tell that the animal is dissatisfied and will not want to visit
your zoo in the future.
Tickets, annual memberships, donations, research grants, and concession
sales all generate income. You might be tempted to pump up the prices.
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I don’t like Future Site Seekers
political I have a partial listing for the clipboard, but will fill in holes later (as I
jokes… get volunteers).
March Ric Fischer
April Robert Schulz
Too many of May Volunteer needed
June Volunteer needed
them get July Kevin Svec
Oct Bob Nixon
Nov Kathy Deaton
c Dec Volunteer needed
Submitted by Phyllis Baughman
Change of c
Or any other change we should know about? e-mail address change?
Let Lee Laughner, our Membership Chairperson, know. She can be
reached at the main meeting, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone (her number is on the telephone & Email list available at
the main meetings).
Make sure New location for the Steering Committee will be at the
Eastside meeting at 1:00 P.M.
your dues are
paid to be NEW LOCATION
eligible for 4645 S. Lakeshore Dr. Suite 1
the door prize Tempe, AZ
For further info. Call Bob @ (480) 831-0002
Every member who attends is on the committee.
Important decisions are made at these meetings.
c This is YOUR club. It needs YOUR input!
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The Fourth Saturday of each Month
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