Vol. 14, No. 2 Olympia Microcomputer Users Group February 2006
Upcoming activities include elections
By Bill Gortz which we will be providing coffee,
OMUG President cookies, etc. to the traveling public. One
President’s of the biggest attractions last year was
ast month I mentioned some of the the homemade cookies provided by
activities that OMUG will be doing
this year, but I did not have any
Post several OMUG members and associate
members. If you are inclined to help
dates listed. The following is the list of with the cookies, please start making
events by date: Oct. 6-8 – Raincoast and freezing them early so we can have
February/March – Nominations Dec. 14 – Potluck and Silent Auction plenty at the reststop. If necessary, we
received for April election of officers This list is the best of my knowledge can probably find freezer space to store
April 13 – Election of officers as of this time. There may be some cookies in.
May 23-24 – Information Processing additions, deletions or changes to this list In addition to the list above, we will
Management Association Forum at Saint as the year goes by, and I am sure some also be having our monthly general
Martins University – Tenative of you do not know what each event is meetings on the second Thursday of
June 17 – Super Saturday at The all about. As the dates draw near each month, business meeting on the
Evergreen State College explanations will be given and in many third Thursday of each month, monthly
July 1-3 – Maytown Rest Stop, from cases volunteers will be asked for to help SIG meetings and our newsletter
2 a.m., July 1 to 2 p.m. July 3 with the event. distribution party, as well as various
Aug. 12 – OMUG Picnic, Priest Of course our main money-raising committee meetings as needed or
Point Park, Shelter #3 event will be the Maytown Rest Stop at required. Check the monthly OMUG
Calendar of Events in the newsletter or
on the website (www.olymug.org). As
you can see, OMUG can be a pretty
busy place if you are looking for things
Speaking of things to do, we still need
nominations for all of the OMUG
Executive Board positions. Please
consider running for one of these
positions and contact any member of the
nominating committee if you are
interested in a position.
Don’t forget the general meeting
Feb. 9 begins with a “Meet & Mix” at 6
p.m., with coffee, cookies and hopefully
good fellowship. The general meeting
starts at 7 p.m. Beginning this month,
we will start with OMUG business and
a short question and answer session
OMUG general meetings are held the second Thursday of each
month, with a Meet & Greet at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. before the evening’s presentation starts.
I hope to see you there.
Previews, kids and taxes
By Sue Crane year. It was
Big Bear Computer Club
Tec h Ne ws
ech News a pipe dream
only a few
President: Bill Gortz, 426-2310, Microsoft Previews IE7 months ago but soon will be reality. An
firstname.lastname@example.org Internet Explorer ’s program ambitious effort from MIT Media Labs
Vice President: Shirley manager, Eric Lawrence, recently posted to put a $100 portable in the hands of
Bellinghausen, 426-7149, a blog that said IT7 plans to support the every child in the world is picking up big
email@example.com Transport Layer Security protocol by corporate partners, top engineering
Secretary: Larry Jensen default. He also explained how IE7 will talent, and interest from several
firstname.lastname@example.org behave differently from earlier versions countries. One Laptop Per Child
Treasurer: Max Whipps, 486-9959 when it encounters potential security (OLPC), a nonprofit venture, is expected
email@example.com problems. From an HTTPS page, users to start distributing machines late next
Newsletter Editor: Sandy will be forced to access insecure content year and to produce 100 to 200 million
Pishner, 459-5726, via the information bar, since only the in 2007.
firstname.lastname@example.org secure content will be rendered by Phishers use Phony IRS Tax
Webmaster: Pat Sonnenstuhl, default. IE7 is also rumored to have Refund to Scam Consumers
email@example.com tabbed browsing similar to competitor A spam e-mail message has been
Director at Large: James Firefox. sent around the world telling people they
Gunnells, firstname.lastname@example.org A Computer for Every Kid are eligible for a $571.94 tax refund from
Director at Large: Christie A $100 laptop? A global effort is the IRS. The e-mail offers a link to a
McCormick, 426-9996, under way to make it happen by next fraudulent IRS Web site, but the link
email@example.com actually goes through a legitimate
Director at Large: L.D. McNall, Government Web site. The link in the
Thanks For phishing e-mail goes to a forged IRS Web
site that asks for a Social Security
APCUG Representative: Bill Gortz
Budget Committee Chair: Bill Gortz
Database Manager: Max Whipps
Renewing number, tax returning filing code and
credit card details including security
Elections Chair: Bob Steinberg codes and PIN. The government is
Historian: David Belles
Membership Chair: James Gunnells
Karen Clemens aware of the issue and is working to fix
Membership Renewal Coordinator:
Max Whipps Robert & Sara Lyon
Newsletter Distribution Coordinator:
Nominating Committee Chair:
Vincent & Lenora Hughes
Scholarship Committee Chair:
SIG Coordinator: Shirley Bellinghausen
Visitors Coordinator: Elizabeth Ross
Special Activities Committee Chair:
Public Relations Chair: Vivian Forrester
Gary & Mary Bigger
The Olympia Microcomputer Users
Group is a not for profit organization
Russell & Betty Nation Karl & Marth Hommer
dedicated to helping computer users Dixie Cattell Edith Rutel
improve their skills with computers.
OMUG News PMB 225 Jim & Chris Bevan Lisa Bangs
Vol. 14, No. 2 3430 Pacific Ave
February 2006 SE Ste. A6 May Murrell
Published Olympia, WA
2 OMUG NEWS FEBRUARY 2006
Programs set for next four meetings
By Shirley Bellinghausen
OMUG Vice President
eeting opened by Bill Gortz, OMUG president, at
7:10 p.m. Attending were Shirley Bellinghausen,
vice president; Max Whipps, treasurer; Chris
McCormick and James Gunnels, directors at large; and past
president John Marshall John Marshall volunteered to present a program on PC
Max Whipps asked if ACPUG and donation to Senior Mover.
Center had been paid. The answer was yes. James Gunnels gave about 50 OMUG brochures to Max
John Marshall is still helping out on Senior Center computer for distribution. He also offered his temporary resignation
problems. Bill announced he had sent a Thank You note to from the membership chairmanship.
the center also for their help with OMUG meetings. Bill Gortz announced the nominating committee will be
Program Chairman Shirley announced the programs for staffed by Arlene Kapner, Tonney Yamane and Bill Gortz
the coming months: have begun to contact members to run for executive board
February - Bill Gortz, Click Books member positions.
March - Officer Jim Dunn, Thurston County Sheriff on The reflector was again discussed.
Identity Theft A proposal was made by Bill Gortz to offer new members
April - Dixie Cattell, member, explaining court reporters a small packet containing pertinent information about OMUG
and video conferencing when they join. .
May - Dave Whittle, Webworker Services Suggestions for the gift bag: membership card, copy of
A report on the Holiday Auction and Potluck was turned bylaws, survey form, Pen or pencil, newsletter, standing rules,
in. We had a great turn out. brochure.
After some discussion Chris McCormick volunteered to
act as a greeter and have guests sign a guest book with name
In Memory Of . . . address, phone and e-mail address. They would be sent a
“glad to have you; come again” letter after the meeting.
Betty Barber Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Betty Barber, a member of OMUG,
passed away Jan. 25.
Betty joined OMUG in January 2003. OMUG Income & Expenses
She served many roles in OMUG, to December 2005
include Audit Committee Chairperson. Income: $856
A retired certified public accountant, [Dues–$220, Interest–$5, Auction–631]
Betty used her computer primarily to Expenses: $321
monitor her investments. [Newsletter Copying–$136, Membership Committee
Supplies–$125, SSSS Donation –$50 (Nov & Dec), Wine
License (Christmas Potluck)–$10]
Parking passes available Net Deficit: $96
OMUG members attending any OMUG activities during
Savings Account Balance: $3856 1/25/06
the day at the Olympia Center must now obtain a parking
Scholarship Account Balance: $1845
pass. for the Olympia Center parking lot.
Checking Account Balance: $136
The pass is free and you can get them at the parks
Bank Accounts Total: $5837
department front desk for functions at the center. There is
To Be Deposited: $120
one day pass, quarter pass for those who are taking a class.
Current Treasury: $5957
The Internet SIG is listed as a class. Additionally, for people
over 70 there is yearly pass.
FEBRUARY 2006 OMUG NEWS 3
No-show speaker presents opportunity
By Shirley Bellinghausen after some of our members complained good presentations we need to have
OMUG Vice President to the company about the speaker not members who understand and can give
showing up. a good presentation using the materials
fter our scheduled speaker failed We had over 40 members and provided, usually a prepared script and/
to show, the general meeting in several guests present. In addition to or a PowerPoint presentation.
January proved to be one of the our “on the spot” guest speakers, we We received several suggestions of
most interesting we have had for awhile. were able to hear from several SIG things people would like to see happen.
The originally scheduled speaker leaders and Pat Sonnenstuhl spoke about Among them is a practice we will start
was to talk about using the telephone what will be presented during her at our next meeting. We will have our
through the Internet and our member coming three sessions on PowerPoint. OMUG business start at 7 p.m., and
organizers were about to panic when the An open discussion gave an after that is finished we will have a
speaker didn’t show up. The meeting opportunity to gather comments from question and answer session until
was saved when one of our new those present on what members would approximately 7:30 p.m., where
members, Arlene Kapner, stepped up to like to have for presentations in the members can bring questions and
give us information she had received future. problems to the floor and knowledgeable
from Vonage, and a guest, Roy Staub, a The large companies rarely will send fellow members can help. So write down
retiree from Qwest, talked about his a speaker to a small, isolated user group a particular question and receive help.
experience in recently having Comcast such as OMUG, as they have in the past. Don’t make it too complicated, as time
installed at his home. However they will send a “Presentation is limited.
Instead of hearing only one point of in a Box” which usually consists of After the Question and Answer
view, we were able to hear about some material and a prepared presentation for session there will be a short 5-minute
differences and similarities in two a member to use. We are hoping to break after which the meeting will be
different systems and some of the things utilize some of these presentations in the turned over to that evening’s presenter.
to expect when getting them installed. future. But watch out, that presenter could be
We did receive an e-mail apology To take advantage of these very you!
Rules govern use of computer room
o clarify when OMUG activities as approved by the use of the computer room is the OMUG General Meeting.
members, associate Senior Services. the Internet SIG, which meets If there should be a need
members, and guests After normal hours, the on the first Tuesday of each to use these facilities for other
can use the Senior Services computer room will be opened month from 1 to 3 p.m. OMUG activities not
for South Sound Computer only for designated personnel If OMUG members or specified above, please submit
Room (hereafter referred to as requested by OMUG and associate members would like requests to the OMUG
as Senior Services or the approved by the Senior to use the computer room at President. If the president
Computer Room, as Services for South Sound. other times, they must feels the request is justified
appropriate) the following has Currently this includes the become members of the he will forward the request to
been set forth in agreement OMUG SIG Leaders, Senior Services for South the Senior Services for
with the Senior Services: OMUG President, and others Sound and comply will all of appropriate action.
OMUG members, performing various functions the rules and operating hours Depending on the request,
associate members and for or with the Senior established by the Senior this may require approval by
guests may use the computer Services. Services. Current the OMUG Executive Board
room only during approved The room can be opened membership for the Senior prior to forwarding it to the
OMUG activities, such as 30 minutes prior to the Center is $25 per year. Senior Services.
OMUG SIG meetings, designated activity. OMUG is authorized to The above is not all
OMUG Executive Board The only OMUG activity use the lobby in the Senior inclusive and may be modified
meeting, and other OMUG that is approved for daytime Center one day a month for as circumstances require.
4 OMUG NEWS FEBRUARY 2006
McKenna, Microsoft announce
landmark spyware lawsuit
SEATTLE — Attorney “Our investigations advertises through pop-up ads Cleaner each time someone
General Rob McKenna revealed that Secure that display warnings that a purchased the product.
recently announced the filing Computer, its principals and consumer’s personal “When spyware is
of Washington’s first lawsuit associates advertised and computer may be infected downloaded on your
under the state’s new distributed a product called with harmful spyware and computer, it can enable a
computer spyware act. Spyware Cleaner through offer a “free scan” of the remote computer to redirect
The suit in U.S. District spam, pop-up ads and computer. If a user elects to you to Web sites you don’t
Court in Seattle, accuses deceptive hyperlinks,” have the free scan performed, want to visit, monitor your
New York-based Secure McKenna explained. a software program computer usage, and even
Computer, as well as “However, not only did this downloads, installs, and record your keystrokes -
associates in the United product fail to detect and immediately executes on the including your passwords and
States and India, of marketing remove spyware on the user’s computer. bank account numbers,” said
software that falsely claims consumer’s computer, it “Our investigation found McKenna. “Unfortunately,
computers are infected with actually tampered with that this so-called ‘free scan’ until last year, we didn’t even
spyware and selling security settings to make the always detected spyware on have a statute in Washington
consumers a program that machine even more a user’s computer, even if that specifically prohibited
claims to remove it. In fact, vulnerable.” none existed,” McKenna these activities.”
the software renders The lawsuit brings charges said. “In order to remove this Washington’s new
computers more susceptible against Secure Computer falsely detected spyware, spyware act prohibits
to attacks. LLC, company president users are instructed to inducing a computer user to
The lawsuit and a similar Paul E. Burke, and Gary T. purchase the full software download software by
suit brought by Microsoft are Preston, who owns and product.” making false claims that the
the result of parallel manages Web domains for Yet, when tested on a software is necessary for
investigations by experts at Secure Computer. Both men computer that was security purposes. It further
Microsoft and the Attorney live in New York. In addition, deliberately infected with prohibits software from
General’s recently expanded three other individuals are spyware, the state’s surreptitiously modifying a
High-Tech Fraud Unit. charged in connection with investigation showed computer’s security settings.
“Spyware has overtaken advertising Spyware Cleaner Spyware Cleaner detected If found liable, defendants
computer viruses as the for Secure Company: Zhijian virtually none of the actual can also be fined up to $250
number-one threat to Chen, of Portland, Ore.; Seth spyware on the computer. per violation under the federal
personal computer users,” Traub, of Portsmouth, N.H., The software also erased a CAN-SPAM act, $500 per
McKenna said. “This lawsuit and Manoj Kumar, of computer’s Hosts file, which violation under Washington’s
will make it clear to those Maharashtra, India. can be used to store Web spam act, $2,000 per violation
who prey on consumers’ fears According to the state’s addresses that a user wants under the Consumer
about spyware that we are no complaint, Secure Computer, to block. Protection Act, as well as
longer going to tolerate their based in White Plains, N.Y., The state alleges that other restitution to be
heinous activities.” has marketed and sold Chen, Traub and Kumar determined by the court.
The state’s suit alleges Spyware Cleaner since at advertised Spyware Cleaner Consumers who
violations under Washington’s least 2004. Secure Computer through a variety of deceptive purchased Spyware Cleaner
2005 Computer Spyware Act, owns several Web sites, means, including spam e- are encouraged to file a
as well as the federal “CAN- i n c l u d i n g mails, hyperlink ads, and Net complaint with the Attorney
SPAM” Act, the state myspywarecleaner.com, Send messages,. The men General’s Office online at
Commercial Electronic Mail myerrorfixer.com, and were paid commissions equal www.atg.wa.gov or call 1-
Act and the state Consumer checkforspyware.com. to 75 percent of the $49.95 800-551-4636 to request a
Protection Act. Spyware Cleaner purchase price of Spyware complaint form.
FEBRUARY 2006 OMUG NEWS 5
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
Leader: Bob Stimmel, firstname.lastname@example.org Co-Leaders: Max Whipps, email@example.com
This Beginners SIG is the place to get answers. & John T. Marshall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Experienced users are usually on hand to help answer Collective wisdom is the key. This SIG will discuss any
questions or demonstrate solutions to problems. No question aspect of the various Microsoft Windows operating systems.
is too basic. We’ll even take on the not so basic questions, Share your Windows problems and solutions with the group
although it’s not a substitute for our specialized SIGs. We and we all gain!
meet the fourth Monday of each month at the Olympia Center, Normally meets on the month’s fourth Thursday at 7 p.m.
222 Columbia St., Olympia. in the computer room (2nd floor) of The Olympia Center,
222 Columbia St, Olympia.
Digital Imaging Paintshop
Leader: John Gerecht, email@example.com Leader: Bill Gortz
Digital Imaging is the creation, manipulation, and output This SIG works with the Jasc Paint Shop products and
of any form of image using a computer. We don’t care how it is for the beginner and intermediate learners. Programs
gets into the computer: digital camera, PhotoCD, Scanner, covered will be Paint Shop Pro, Paint Shop Pro Studio (a
drawing, or any other form. new program) and Paint Shop Photo Album. There is no set
Our main focus has been Adobe PhotoShop, but we’ll look structure and subjects will be covered as determined by
at any other programs that interest you. We meet at 7 p.m. persons attending. Hopefully we can all learn together.
on the second Monday of the month in Capital High School’s This SIG will meet on the first Thursday of each month
Graphic Computer Lab at 2707 Conger Ave. NW in Olympia. at 7 p.m. in the Computer Room of the Olympia Center,
222 Columbia St., Olympia.
Hot Topics OMUG Lunch Bunch
Leader: John Marshall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilitator: Loren Freeman, email@example.com
The newest Hot Topic is personal finance software
This social interest group, formerly known as the
programs, led by Wim Verhoef.
Kingfishers, is a gathering of fellow OMUGers who just want
This subject holds promise for learning how one can make
to spend some quality time getting to know each other. They
use of appropriate software (such as Quicken, Microsoft
also enjoy the freedom to discuss the world of personal
Money, or others) to facilitate management of one’s personal
computing, OMUG, world politics and the current plight of
finances. From budget building, to check book balancing, to
the stock market. As Loren says, we’re at the picket fence of
investing, there is a software program to help.
This SIG meets the second Wednesday of each month, at The OMUG Lunch Bunch meets on the fourth Tuesday of
7 p.m. at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St., Olympia. each month at 11:30 a.m., at El Sarape restaurant, 1200
Cooper Point Road in West Olympia. The El Sarape is located
in the new section of the mall near the Gateway Computer
Store and the new Post Office.
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OMUG Suppor ters
Facilitator: Bob Elves, firstname.lastname@example.org We are thankful for the many people, organizations,
NEW TIME! The purpose of the Internet SIG is to learn and businesses who support OMUG.
more about using your browser, e-mail, and surfing the Below is a list of a few who have given back to the
Internet. We start the meeting with an informal question and community by assisting OMUG in its mission to help
answer session. If you have a question about where to find computer users help computer users and their community.
something or want to show us some new, wonderful site, bring Supporters provide services and discounts, give of
it along. If we run out of things to share and talk about, I will their time, provide space for OMUG activities, introduce
bring up an Internet topic that may be of interest to the group. OMUG members to new products, share knowledge
Internet novices are most welcome. We meet the first and expertise, provide OMUG with software and
Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m., at The Olympia hardware, or provide educational opportunities. All of
Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. them are appreciated.
Senior Services for South Sound
Olympia Computer Central
Leader: John Moody
The Hardware SIG meets the third Tuesday of each month
Cartridge Care, Inc
at 6:30 p.m. Meeting takes place at JME Computers, located
at 4305 Lacey Blvd SE, Suite 8.
Capital High School:
2707 Conger Avenue NW
in Olympia. Follow the
signs to the computer lab
from the lower parking lot.
El Sarape Restaurant:
1200 Cooper Point Road in
West Olympia near the Olympia Senior
Gateway Computer Store. Center is located in
The Olympia Center:
222 Columbia Street NW in
the south end of the
Olympia. Olympia Community
The Lacey Senior Center: Center building.
1147 Willow Street SE in
FEBRUARY 2006 OMUG NEWS 7
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