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									                           THE JUNE 2008 EDITION
                             From the President’s Perspective
                                     Terry Roberts

                         From the President’s Perspective
      In a speech delivered at the University of San Francisco Law School, on
      September 29, 1962, Senator Robert F. Kennedy said:
             "Since the days of Greece and Rome, when the word “citizen” was a title
             of honor, we have often seen more emphasis put on the rights of citizen-
             ship than on its responsibilities...and today, as never before in the free
             world, responsibility is the greatest right of citizenship, and service is the
             greatest of freedom's privileges."
      Senator Kennedy’s words were a reflection of the famous line from his brother’s
      (President John F. Kennedy) 1961 inaugural address:
            “...ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for
            your country.”
      The guarantee of America is personal freedom, but a major underlying benefit of
      that guarantee is the opportunity to try, fail, and keep trying. Likewise,
      membership in ICON doesn’t guarantee proficiency in computer skills; it
      guarantees each of us the opportunity to benefit from the efforts of others who
      are willing to share the fruits of their labors. Proficiency is dependent upon our
      own persistent efforts.
      Those who (throughout ICON’s history) have been entrusted with the leadership
      of your user group have worked very hard at providing the opportunities, but
      without your participation, all that work will come to naught! Participation by
      each of us enhances the overall success of our group, whereas lack of
      contribution inhibits our ability to provide the help we offer.
      The price we pay for failure to participate is less help and fewer benefits. If we
      fail to take advantage of the opportunities ICON membership provides, we gain
      less. However, if we take advantage of the benefits and give nothing in return,
      we assure fewer benefits, not only for ourselves, but for everyone else as well.
      No matter how much (or how little) we know, every single one of us can, and
      should, contribute to the success of our organization by helping others who
      know less than we do, or by some other means. Our true strength is anchored in
      contributions made by the members, not in the few who manage the

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(The President’s Perspective Continued from page 1)
June marks ICON’s 18th anniversary, and as we celebrate this milestone, in an effort to assure our
future success, I challenge each and every ICON member to commit at least 1 hour of your time
each month to benefit our organization.
A few lines prior to the above mentioned quote from the 1961 inaugural address, President
Kennedy said:
      “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of
      our course.”
Those words ring true for ICON today.
See you soon,

                         Program Preparations for JUNE 2008
                                           By Terry Roberts 
June 21, Brentwood Library
      Monthly Membership Meeting – ICON’s 18th Anniversary Celebration
             Program – Who Needs Video Professor? (Resources for Tutorials on Everything)

June 24, The Library Center (Meeting Room B)
      Mick Topping’s Monthly Class “Drawing and Painting Digitally”

June 28, The Library Center (Auditorium)
      10:00 a.m. – Hands-on Class “Keeping Windows Files and Folders Organized”
      12:00 p.m. – Brown Bag Lunch
      1:00 p.m. – Windows SIG
      2:15 p.m. – Advanced Technology Forum
             Open Group Discussion – Topic to be decided by participants

July 12, The Library Station (Frisco Room)
       10:00 a.m. – Hands-on Class “E-mail Etiquette and Security”
       12:00 p.m. - Brown Bag Lunch
       1:00 p.m. - Digital Imaging SIG “Transferring Video from VHS Tapes to DVDs
       2:15 p.m. – Political Perspectives 2008 – Online Resources

July 19, The Library Center (Auditorium)
       The Real Facts About E-Waste

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          WINDOWS Questions & Answers – JUNE 2008 – by Mary Phillips
Q. What does the Search feature do?

A. Search helps to locate files and information when you can’t remember
exactly where they are. Click Start->Search and you will see the menu asking
“What do you want to search for?” Four choices with green arrows are
available: 1) Pictures, music, or video -- Pictures searches for file types: .tif,
.jpg, .gif, .bmp, etc. -- Music searches for .wma, .mp3, .mid, .asf, .ult, .ax, etc.--
Video searches for .mov, .asx, .avi, .mpg, .mmm, etc.

2) Documents (word processing files, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.) – .doc,
.xls, .rtf, .ppt, and tif.

3) All files and folders – looks for all of the above.
4) Computers or people – looks for computers on your network or on the Inter-
net. People looks for people in Windows Address book or on the web.

The first three ask what criteria is to be used, what drive or folder you want to
search (click on the down arrow point for the menu), and offers Advanced
Search options—When was it modified? What size is it? And do you want
system folders and/or subfolders searched?

Change preferences option brings up the Search Companion.
                             Examples of the animated screen characters are
                             brings up the Search Companion.

                             A: Rover               , The Dot

                             F1              , Mother Earth               ,

                             Links                 , and Merlin

4) Computers or people – looks for computers on your network or on the
Internet. People looks for people in Windows Address book or on the web.

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                                The Immigrant experience

It is difficult to say what causes a person to become an immigrant. With me it began when I
learned how to read. I read about those far away places with strange sounding names. I read
adventure books. I loved adventures. I dreamt of going to Africa. That changed when Germany
became the Third Reich and the political philosophy lead to Hitler and dictatorship. With the event
of WWII I no longer desired adventure. I wanted to live in a free country I wanted freedom for
myself and the children I would someday have. When an American soldier offered marriage, I
knew I was going to accept because along with marriage came the offer of being an American
citizen. America was known to me as the land of Die unmoegliche Moeglichkeit (where the
impossible becomes possible). For me that meant freedom and limitless opportunity for a good

I turned my back on all that I had known, the good as well as the bad and stepped into the un-
known. I am often asked if knowing what I know now, would I still make the same decision, and
the answer is always an unflinching, resounding positive YES.

Beginning my life in America was not easy. My husband came from a large family. He was one of
seventeen siblings, all by the same father and mother. My mother-in-law considered all Germans
the enemy. She was quick to inform her brood that I was a Nazi and that I kept a knife under my
bed and that I would probably cut their throats. She informed anyone who wanted to know that I
worked for Hitler. Only one of my husband’s brothers considered that to be nonsense and helped
us to become established.
My brother-in-law found a job for my husband and arranged for our first place to live. It was a
house, a tarpaper shack to be exact, with two rooms, a kitchen, an outhouse and a well in the back
yard, a kerosene lamp for light and a wood-burning stove. Not much to write home about, but it
was my first home my very first house of my own.

Learning became the means of survival, language first and the monetary system next. I learned
how to find a job. As an alien I knew nothing about the laws that protected the working man. I
washed dishes at night at a small restaurant known as ‘THE SEVEN GABLES’. I worked eight
hour nights and earned eighteen dollars a week. After the restaurant burned down I became a
‘chicken plucker’ I plucked chickens five cents a chicken for a poultry purveyor.

Two years later we had learned enough and earned enough to find a new house in the city of
Springfield. We moved because the neighbors stole the chickens we raised and helped themselves
to our wood. My husband did not deem that to be a safe neighborhood.

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The new house offered two bedrooms, a bath-room (indoor facilities) and electricity. To me it was
a mansion.
During those first years the children arrived. We had two boys and a girl. We also had friends,
people we met through common interests.
There are those who take advantage of the immigrant for monetary gains. We were told that the
person who sold us the house in the city used every ruse and method to get her tenants to move
within the first three months. Down payments were not refundable. We began to understand that
when she taught her son to call our children Hitlerpot. We could not move. We had no place to go.
The man shot the children’s pet cat. The German shepherd was poisoned. We stayed with the
place. We took the abuse for nine years. A friend came to the rescue and helped us to change
homes. With the help of an attorney the property became the down payment on a new house. That
was forty years ago. I still live in that house.

A door to door salesman take advantage of the disadvantaged immigrant. The person who came to
the house and sold us a set of Childcraft Encyclopedia told us that the books were legally required
if the children were to be allowed to attend public school. It was not an honest way to sell a set of
encyclopedias. We bought what we couldn’t afford but the children learned a lot and so did I.

Before we knew or understood our finances we owed more than we earned and my husband fell
into that ‘Quick loan” trap. Neither I nor my husband knew anything about loan sharks. Again it
was a friend, this time an attorney who helped us out of that problem. Money was still in short
supply. I had once again taken a job. I had graduated from dishwashing to chicken plucker to Fry
Cook. That came to an end when I accidentally dropped a bun in the butter and the lady slapped
me in the face. Shortly after that I was severely burned cleaning the burger griddle. It was a friend
who told me that in this country employers did not slap their employees. She helped me filling out
an application at a new factory that came to town. She taught me how to apply for a job
successfully. She made me aware of the need for a Social Security card. I got the job and things
were changing. I now earned $45.00 dollars a week. The new job provided for two weeks paid
vacation, sick leave and hospitalization insurance.
It was a friend who taught me how to drive a car and saw to it that I had a driver’s license.
It was a friend who helped me to obtain my citizenship.

The compassion my husband’s parents lacked was made up by an elderly couple who became lov-
ing grandparents to our children.

Slowly those harsh and bitter post war comments of people who saw every German as a Nazi and
held every German accountable for the atrocities of the holocaust receded in to the background.
Slowly I found myself accepted as the person that I am.

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It was a friend who encouraged me to write. It was a friend who encouraged me to opt for a
college education. Getting in was next to impossible. I was told without a high school diploma I
could not attend classes, unless of course I was willing to take the G.E.D. I was willing and I
passed with a score on the 98% percentile rank. Going to college as the mother of three children
was not acceptable. But I went and I finished. In the end the were four of us graduating at the same
time; two from elementary school; one from high school and one from college.
I completed several degrees and taught for 27 years. And in the end it could be said that I learned
as much from my students as I hoped they’d learned from me.
After six decades of living in America I feel I have put aside the hate and antipathy that greeted me
at my arrival. I love this land. I’m proud to be an American. And while all my degrees are safely
tucked away with other paper, it is my certificate of Naturalization that is prominently displayed in
my swamp.

I will always be grateful for having had the opportunity to become an American; even more so I
am grateful for the grace of God that blessed me with friends who assisted me along the way.


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                                Nancy Preffitt
                       869-0596 —-


It's easy to share photos, documents and other files with anyone online, but keeping them private is another
story. DROP.IO is a private site where you can do this. You need only create a drop, or personal area. You
name your Web page and upload your first file. There's no registration! You’ll get the address for your
drop which you can share with anyone you wish. You’ll get an e-mail address and a voicemail number. You
can call and leave a message which will be converted to an MP3 file! Read its blog. It will give you some
great ideas! You can even choose a date to have the file deleted.


Lightning is one of the most beautiful displays in nature. Check out these two sites for a marvelous explana-
tion of lightening and some beautiful images, as well as photography tips. http://       


This is a game for mechanical minds! All you have to do is move a ball to a flag, but it gave me a horren-
dous headache and I never accomplished it. Those of you who think more logically will fare better.


Images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers
and magazines between 1911 and 1955 are presented here, divided into five main subject areas: Radio, Tele-
vision, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II. Click on the “Browse” button and be
transported back in time. You’ll enjoy seeing how much advertising has changed. http://

What To Do If There's An Earthquake?
We’re fairly close to the New Madrid Fault in Southeast Missouri. It's one of the largest faults in the United
States, and, in 1812, it changed the course of the Mississippi River. The experts say that we wouldn’t receive
major damage if it acts up, but who really knows? Check out these two sites and be prepared.
flash/quake/during.html /quake/during.html

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                       Family Tree Maker and Ancestry by Mary Phillips
Beginning with Family Tree Maker version 2005 and continuing through the most current version, a web
search feature of has been included. It teases me by getting my hopes up and then frustrates me
greatly because it will only                       give up its information if I take the 14-day free trial or pay
for that particular collection.                    Now I do have to agree with Dick Eastman’s point (“I Have a
Complaint Concerning Many Genealogists”, Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, May 26, 2008), that the
fees for Ancestry’s public information are considerably less than the expense of driving or flying to the
archival libraries or places of origin and searching for documentation.

However, there is hope. Access to most of Ancestry is available at The Library Center on S Campbell, from
the computers in the Local History section. And from home, going to, and clicking
on Help brings up a page that has four tabs: Ask Ancestry, Email Ancestry Support, Videos, and Webinar.
Presently there are 541 answers to questions in the Ask Ancestry database. Email Support has spaces for your
email address, the type of request, Ancestry username, your operating system, and browser name if the ques-
tion is related to the
Internet. Videos presently has seven selections, and Webinar (an online, interactive seminar for which you can
register and you will be able to ask questions as you listen and view a PowerPoint presentation) has several
archived programs beginning with the one for which I registered but missed. Search Like the Pros --
Presented: August 29, 2007 -- Have you ever wanted to learn how to better use Ancestry's search technology
to find your ancestors? This video is your chance to learn from an Ancestry expert. You'll learn valuable tips,
tricks and techniques that will help you get the most out of Ancestry Family Tree Maker 2008 -- Presented:
October 25, 2007 -- In an effort to increase communication between the Family Tree Maker team and our
customers, this webinar focused on the new user interface, working with people in your file and much more.
Ancestry Press -- Presented: November 1, 2007 -- Ancestry’s brand new online self-publishing application
presents new ways to preserve, share and give your family’s history as a gift. It also presents plenty of new
avenues to explore, and neat features to master.

Introduction to Family Trees on Ancestry -- Presented: May 27, 2008 -- Here’s a chance to learn all about
Ancestry’s family tree tools. We cover helpful tips and tools to help you build and grow your family tree on
Ancestry, as well as answer your questions about family trees.

Ethnic Research Webinars -- Presented: June 3, 2008 thru July 1, 2008 -- Mark your calendars. The Ethnic
Ancestry Seminar Series is coming in June. Ancestry is bringing you a five-part series focusing on German,
Irish, Polish, British, and Italian ancestry taught by experts.

Mary Phillips

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                                                  Bits & Pieces
                                                 Sarah Marshall
Years ago, someone in my workplace subscribed to a little magazine called Bits & Pieces. It was filled with a mix
of unrelated anecdotes, humor and quotes, all relevant to understanding human nature. Upon its arrival each month,
the little booklet was passed from office to office, and it always seemed people were a little nicer to each other that
day. The contents seemed to provide a prospective we were too busy to see most of the time.

It’s still around, that little magazine. They have a web site now, of course, where you can subscribe or view a
sample issue. ( - they must not have been quick enough to obtain the obvious
domain name.) Evidently there’s still a need for subtle wisdom (or drivel, depending on your perspective) in a
written form.

Daily I accumulate bits of unrelated technology information I find useful, or at least interesting. Sometimes the
information comes from talking with an ICON member or from answering a question an ICON member asks.
Other pieces come from reading e-mail newsletters, web sites or blogs. A lot of it comes from wondering, “how do
you do X with Y software?” and then finding the answer. Mostly, these daily bits and pieces are filed away in the
recesses of memory, sometimes recallable, or bookmarked in my browser Favorites. Less often than I should, I
take a few minutes to commit a few of them to writing for “share and tell”.

   An ICON member recently asked me if I knew that pressing ALT+A in Internet Explorer brought up the
   Favorites dropdown list. Nope, I didn’t remember that, and I’m glad he reminded me. His mentioning caused
   me to Google for browser shortcuts, which in turn led to the following “Five Browser Shortcuts Everyone
   Should Know” (
           Set up a keyboard shortcut to launch your browser (Especially for Vista users)
           Alt+D to navigate to the browser address bar
           Ctrl+E to navigate to the browser search box
           Alt+Enter to open searches or websites in a new tab
           The middle mouse button opens links in a new tab, and also closes tabs
       Wow, I never knew that about the middle mouse button! There are many more shortcuts, see the site for
       links to them and for instructions for the first item listed.
   In Word, use your mouse to highlight/select some text, then press SHIFT+F3 once, twice, three times. Do you
      see what happens? The case of the text toggles between lower, upper and mixed cases. If what you have
      selected is a sentence, Word only capitalizes the first word. If what you have selected is not a sentence,
      Word will capitalize the first letter of each word in the selection. (You can also select the text, and then
      from the top menu click Format > Change case)

       The shortcut doesn’t work in OpenOffice Writer, but clicking Format > Change Case in Writer does let you
       choose between upper case and lower case.
                                                                                    More Bits & Pieces next month…

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