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Volume 14 - Issue 6                   www.asciigroup.org                                                    June 2007


Westside Meeting                Article                                                                            Page
   Saturday, June 2nd
       12:30 PM                 This Month’s Meetings .................................................... Front Cover
                                Editor’s Notes ................................................................. Front Cover
• Mail Merge
       Kevin Svec               About the ASCIi User Group .......................................................... 2

• Windows Explorer              ASCIi Meeting Schedule ................................................................ 3
     Hank Pearson               About ASCIi Meetings .................................................................... 3
                                Why you need a Firewall (Brian K. Lewis, Ph.D., Sarasota PCUG) ...... 4
 Central Meeting                Vista Vexes (Jan Fagerholm, Associate Editor, PC Community) ........... 6
                      th
• Saturday, June 9              Southwest User Group Conference ............................................... 7
  12:30 PM
                                Secure Your Flash Drive Cap (by Fran Damratowski, Chesapeake PCUG) .. 8
  Mail Merge
       Kevin Svec               Ask Mr. Modem - May 2007 ........................................................... 9

• Windows Explorer              Site Seekers (Phyllis Baughman, ASCIi) ............................................ 10
     Hank Pearson               Membership Application ............................................................... 11
Steering committee
       11:30 AM                 Maps of ASCIi Meeting Locations ................................... Back Cover



 Eastside Meeting
    Saturday, June 23rd
        12:30 PM                                                     Editor’s Notes
                               Newsletter Deadline. To make it more feasible to complete the
• Deep Dark Secrets of Vista
                               newsletter before the first meeting of the month, the article
      Bruce Jacobs             submission deadline is the second Saturday of the month. In other
• Troubleshooting              words, by the Central Meeting date.
      Attendees
                               Joe Benedetto, Newsletter Putter-togetherer

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                                                          About the      ASCIi                User Group

The Arizona Society for Computer Information, inc. (ASCIi) is a non-profit computer user group formed over
20 years ago. Its diverse membership ranges from beginners to enthusiasts and experts, all eager to share experiences,
and to learn from, and help, each other - to not only cope with, but to enjoy using, our modern technology.
OFFICERS
President ........................................... Bob Nixon ..................... (602)      284-0547....................... president@asciigroup.org
Vice President .................................... Arlene Holcombe .......... (623)             934-6988.................vice-president@asciigroup.org
Secretary ........................................... Phyllis Baughman ......... (623)           247-4707........................secretary@asciigroup.org
Treasurer........................................... Hank Pearson ............... (602)          944-2965........................ treasurer@asciigroup.org
COMMITTEES AND STAFF
Newsletter Putter-togetherer .................. Joe Benedetto ......................................................................... editor@asciigroup.org
Newsletter Publisher ............................. Bob Nixon ......................................................................... publisher@asciigroup.org
Newsletter Distribution .......................... Hank Pearson ................................................................. distribution@asciigroup.org
Webmaster ........................................... Ric Fischer....................................................................... webmaster@asciigroup.org
Presentations Coordinator ...................... Hank Pearson ...............................................................presentations@asciigroup.org
Membership Coordinator ........................ Robert Schulz ............................................................... membership@asciigroup.org
Site Seekers Coordinator ........................ Phyllis Baughman............................................................. siteseekers@asciigroup.org
Product Review Coordinator ................... Joe Zagar ............................................................................. reviews@asciigroup.org
Vendor Coordinator ............................... Joe Zagar .............................................................................. vendor@asciigroup.org
Information Officer ................................ Joe Benedetto ............................................................................ info@asciigroup.org
Affiliates Coordinator ............................ Joe Benedetto ................................................................... affiliates@asciigroup.org
Prize Coordinator ................................... Bill Funk .................................................................................. prizes@asciigroup.org
Property Coordinator ............................. Tom Held ............................................................................ property@asciigroup.org
“Doc Elwell” Phone Tree......................... Carl Cole .......................................................................... phonetree@asciigroup.org
Bylaws Committee ................................. Ric Fischer (Chair), Bill Funk, Bob Nixon, Hank Pearson, Joel Schwartz
Steering Committee ............................... See explanation, below.
AFFILIATIONS
Association of PC User Groups (APCUG)                                                           www.apcug.net
Arizona Alliance of Computer Clubs (AZacc)                                                     www.azacc.com
Microsoft Mindshare                                                               www.microsoft.com/mindshare


STEERING COMMITTEE
                                                                         The ASCIi Clipboard newsletter is published monthly by the Arizona
Any member who attends the Steering Committee meeting
                                                                         Society for Computer Information, inc. (ASCIi).
is on the committee. All members are encouraged to
attend and contribute their ideas, and vote on issues that               A subscription is included in the group’s yearly membership dues. Each
effect the future of the user group.                                     member receives a printed copy in the mail. A PDF version is also available
                                                                         online.
The committee meets one hour before, and at the same
                                                                         The information in this newsletter was obtained from sources considered to be
location as the Central Meeting.
                        Meeting                                          reliable. Accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed. Opinions expressed
WEBSITE                                                                  in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the ASCIi officers and staff.
www.asciigroup.org
The ASCIi website provides information about the group,                    Permission to reprint ASCIi members’ articles is granted if all of these
a meeting schedule and newsletters.                                        conditions are met:
MEMBERSHIP                                                                   a)   the author and ASCIi are credited
Dues are $30 per year, prorated to the end of the calendar                   b)   a link to the ASCIi website is included
year ($2.50 per month). A membership application is                          c)   the article is published in full, without unauthorized editing
inside the back cover of this newsletter. You can mail it,                   d)   a printed copy or PDF of the article is sent to The ASCIi
or join at any meeting.                                                           Clipboard Editor (see the mailing address on the left, and the
MAILING ADDRESS                                                                   e-mail address, below).
  ASCIi
     1934 E Laguna Dr                                                        Deadline for article submission: 2nd Saturday of the month.
     Tempe AZ 85282-5913                                                                Please send questions, comments and articles to:
                                                                                                   editor@asciigroup.org


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                                            ASCIi Meeting Schedule

                                 J U N E                            2 0 0 7
                  Westside Meeting                    Central Meeting                  Eastside Meeting
              • Mail Merge                        • Mail Merge                       • Deep Dark Secrets
                Kevin Svec will demonstrate         Kevin Svec will demonstrate        of Vista
                how to create a mail merge          how to create a mail merge         Bruce Jacobs will delve into
                using openoffice.org                using openoffice.org               the deep dark recesses of the
                                                                                       Windows Vista operating
                                                                                       system
              • Windows Explorer                  • Windows Explorer                 • Troubleshooting
                Hank Pearson will show              Hank Pearson will show             Having a problem with your
                the basics of using                 the basics of using                computer or software? Bring
                Windows Explorer                    Windows Explorer                   your system to the meeting.
                                                                                       Our Experts, Intermediates
                                                                                       and Novices will try to solve
               Site Seekers by Arlene Holcome       Site Seekers by Arlene Holcome     the problem.


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                                                About ASCIi Meetings
             Westside Meeting                             Central Meeting                       Eastside Meeting
When




        Saturday, June 2nd                       Saturday, June 9th                        Saturday, June 23rd
        12:30pm                                  12:30pm                                   12:30pm
        Word of Life Lutheran Church             Abacus Tower, Suite 1300                  University of Advancing Technology
                                                           rd
        17525 W Bell Rd                          3030 N 3 St                               2625 W Baseline Rd Room 206
Where




        Surprise, AZ 85374                       Phoenix, AZ 85012                         Tempe, AZ 85283
        Southwest corner of                      Southwest corner of                       East of 48th St
        175th Ave and Bell Rd                    Earll Dr and 3rd St                       across from Fry's Electronics
                             There are maps to the meeting locations on the back cover of this newsletter.




                                Site Seekers                                                     Many thanks to

        The Site Seekers program is presented by our own                                       The Law Firm of
        volunteer members. Each month a member picks five or six                             Sanders & Parks, P.C.
        favorite websites to present at the Central and
        Westside Meetings . During the presentation the sites                            Word of Life Lutheran Church
        are projected on a screen.
                                                                                     University of Advancing Technology
        The Site Seeker demonstrates each site, and tells what they
        enjoy about it. Many new avenues of exploration have been                           for the use of their facilities
        opened by members sharing their Favorites.                                                for our Meetings



   June 2007                                          The ASCIi Clipboard                                                       3
                                                             Why you need a Firewall
                                                                                       by Brian K. Lewis, Ph.D., Sarasota PCUG



    www.spcug.org                                                         Anywhere, Internet telephones, MSN messenger, Net
                                                                          Meeting, and all AOL operations. Ports 1024 to 49451 are
    bwsail at yahoo dot com                                               referred to as registered ports. There are many Internet
    Obtained from APCUG with the author's permission for publication by   games that use ports in this region. There are also other
    APCUG member groups.                                                  specific functions assigned to these ports and some may
                                                                          duplicate functions in the common port region. The final
    When you connect your computer to the Internet, you                   group of ports are dynamic and have no specific functions
    have opened a door which invites any other computer in                registered. However, the point is that all of these ports
    the world to come in. Actually, you have more than                    can be accessed by remote computers somewhere out on
    65,000 doors into your computer, any one of which may                 the Internet and use them to connect to your computer if
    be open. That is, unless you have taken steps to keep                 you have not protected them.
    these doors closed. That is the purpose of a firewall. The
    firewall filters the information packets that show up at              Automated port scanning software is available free on the
    your “door” or computer port as we usually refer to it, and           Internet from many “hacker sites”. Its use is very common
    can either prevent them from entering                                                   on the Internet. There are various types
    or pass them through.                                                                   of scans. Some scanners will look for any
                                                                                            of the 65,535 possible ports. Another
    When your computer connects to the                                                      type looks for open UDP (user data
    Internet, it is assigned a numeric                                                      protocol) ports or may use an FTP (file
    address or IP (internet protocol)                                                       transfer protocol) bounce to hide the
    address. These addresses are a 32 bit                                                   origin of the scan. If an open port is
    number. They usually written out in                                                     located, software can be downloaded
    four groups with periods between                                                        that will open a “backdoor” on your
    each group as follows:                                                                  computer. This allows remote input and
    111.11.11.111. Traveling over the                                                       output. Such access can be used to
    Internet are many programs that                                                         record and transmit out information from
    simply look for unprotected IP                                                          your computer. It can also be used to
    addresses. The IP address of any                                                        attack other computers to produce a
    unprotected computer is sent back to                                                    “zombie” network. Such networks have
    the originator who can then upload a                                                    been used to attack large computer
    trojan or spyware package to that                                     servers in attempts to bring them down or to produce a
    address. The originator can then take control of the                  “denial of service” attack.
    computer or the application will record keystrokes and
    send all recorded information back to the program                     Many users believe that a router with a firewall is
    originator.                                                           adequate protection. Most routers use either network
                                                                          address translation (NAT) or a packet filter. Information
    Although your computer has one IP address there are                   on the Internet is transmitted in packets which contain the
    many different ports on your address. There are different             IP address of the sender and the address of the receiver
    ports for different purposes on your computer. Your                   in addition to the data. The routers firewall uses filters
    connection to the Internet is usually through port 80. This           that look at the sending and receiving addresses of
    is referred to as the HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol)              incoming packets on port 80 (HTTP). Only those packets
    port. It is used when you connect to a web page. The web              that are a response to an outgoing request are allowed
    page data is downloaded to your computer through this                 through. If your router uses a packet filter it can be
    port. Another commonly used port is 25. This is used for              penetrated by a fragmented scan. This type of scan
    the SMTP (standard mail transfer protocol) or e-mail                  breaks up packets into fragments which can easily get
    transfer. Another port is used for incoming mail or POP3              through the simple packet filter found in most router
    transfer is port 110. These are all part of the port series           firewalls. Routers using NAT either alone or in combination
    from 0 to 1024 that are the most common ports. Many
    applications use ports in this region including PC                                                    (Firewall Continued on page 5)



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   (Firewall Continued from page 4)                             source or content. Windows Vista was supposed to come
                                                                with both inbound and outbound filtering. However, as it
   with a packet filter can also be easily thwarted. NAT is not is delivered it provides only inbound protection just as did
   successful when the packet is an FTP packet or is sent by XP. The outbound protection is turned off by default. So,
   Microsoft's Netmeeting or similar audio/video applications if it is there, how do you turn on the outbound protection.
   that bury the address in the body of the packet. Only        To change this you have to use the Microsoft
   when the address is in the header of the packet can the      Management Console. Then you have to write a rule to
   router use address substitution. So packet filtering and     block each “malware” application you anticipate might get
   NAT, although useful, do not provide complete firewall       on your computer. You can not create a general rule for
   protection for all Internet connections.                     all malware. Creating rules that would cover all possible
                                                                malware applications is an impossible task. Microsoft has
   Another method for preventing intrusions is “stateful”       been quoted as saying “outbound filtering isn’t really
   packet inspection. This is the method used by most           needed, and the key is making sure that malware doesn’t
   software firewalls and is found is some of the newer         infect the PC in the first place.” Also they have stated that
   routers. When your web browser opens a connection to         large enterprises had requested that it be turned off by
   the Internet, the firewall software records that connection default. Microsoft does say that “core Windows Services
   and keeps a record of its status. Whenever a packet          have specific behaviors which are monitored by the
   arrives at your computer, the data in the packet can be      firewall”. Instead of using outbound filtering Microsoft
   compared to the information in the firewall state table.     recommends that you buy “Windows Live OneCare”, a
   The firewall software can also make decisions based on       product and subscription service. My recommendation is
   the data content of the packet, not just the sender's        that you obtain a free two-way firewall like ZoneAlarm
   address. Because this examination does require some          and ignore the Windows firewall completely.
   time there may be a slight slowdown of your system.
   However, in most cases, there will not be a long enough      Whatever you do, don't connect your computer to the
   delay for most users to notice.                              Internet without using a firewall and an antivirus
                                                                application. I have come across too many computers
   So inbound packets can be filtered and examined for          recently that are attached to constant on Internet
   dangerous content. However, when the user connects to connections and had no protection. The cost of removing
   a web server, the page requested is downloaded to the        the malware from these systems was more than the cost
   users computer. It is possible for that web page to contain of premium protection. So don't get caught short!
   a small program or a link to a dangerous site in a one
   pixel unit on the page. When this is downloaded the
   program is run or the link activated. This results in an     Dr. Lewis is a former university & medical school
   outgoing packet to some Internet address through a non- professor. He has been working with personal computers
   standard port so the user is not aware of the activity. This for more than thirty years. He can be reached via e-mail:
   type of activity would not be stopped by a hardware          bwsail at yahoo dot com.
   firewall in a router. It can only be blocked by a software
                                                                This article has been provided to APCUG by the author solely for
   firewall which recognizes that this activity is coming from publication by APCUG member groups. All other uses require the
   a new application that has not previously made an            permission of the author (see e-mail address above).
   Internet connection. In this case the software will query
   the computer user to determine if this new application                                           c
   should be allowed to connect. Hopefully, the user would
   recognize that this was not an application that the user
   was running and the outbound packet would then be                            Ponderism
   blocked. It is absolutely necessary for the firewall to
   process both incoming and outgoing packets. Only a
   software firewall can establish the necessary tables for
   comparing the incoming/outgoing packets to allowed
                                                                       I used to eat a lot of
   activity and request user interaction when necessary.               natural foods until I
   This leads us to the Windows firewall. This firewall, as
   used with Windows XP, does not have any control of
                                                                    learned that most people
   outbound packets. Any application is allowed to connect
   to the Internet without any filtering or other checking of
                                                                      die of natural causes.

June 2007                                          The ASCIi Clipboard                                                             5
                                                                                        Vista Vexes
                                                  by Jan Fagerholm, Associate Editor, PC Community, Hayward, CA.



               The Windows Vista
                                                                problem with, oh, let’s say Vista, which you will
                                                                because it’s barely out of beta, then you boot
               Pains’n’Gains Page                               into XP to recover something, guess what! – you
                                                                cannot restore any of your drives in XP because
    http://www.pcc.org                                          Vista wiped out all of XP’s restore points! (Ask
                                                                me how I know . . .)
    jan-f(at)pacbell.net
                                                                There is a solution to this, though it does require
                                                                you to commit to one system or the other. In my
                                                                case, I took the plunge and gave System Re-
    Obtained from APCUG with the author's permission for publi-
    cation by APCUG member groups .
                                                                store responsibilities to Vista by turning off Sys-
                                                                tem Restore in Windows XP. This way I can still
    I’ve been transitioning to Vista cautiously with a use both XP and Vista without losing the much-
    dual boot system with both Vista and Windows                needed functionality of System Restore. I am
    XP for several months now. This has not been                committed to moving to Vista on the Windows
    as painless as I might have expected because of side (though I spend most of my constructive
    the changes that Microsoft made in NTFS and                 time in the *nix systems of Linux and OS X.) At
    the System Restore feature. Before delving into least this way I am able to use System Restore
    diatribe, though, I need to explain how this sys- where I need it most, namely in Vista.
    tem is set up.
                                                                Looking beyond the gloom and doom view, there
    I use conventional IT practices for installing the have been a couple of nice additions to Vista
    OS, programs,                                                                                  since it came out.
    and data on sepa-                                                                              I’m running Vista
    rate partitions on                                                                             Ultimate, which
    the hard drive.                                                                                offers something
    This is useful for                                                                             called “Windows
    preserving data in                                                                             Ultimate Extras”.
    case the OS fails.                                                                             These are some
    (That’s “when”, not                                                                            fluff pieces of-
    “if” in the case of                                                                            fered from time to
    Windows.) So, in-                                                                              time that are simi-
    stalling another                                                                               lar to what the old
    operating system                                                                               Plus Pack used to
    is a simple matter                                                                             offer. In the case
    of creating a new                                                                              of Windows Ulti-
    partition for it,                                                                              mate Extras,
    then installing the                                                                            these additions
    OS on that partition. You can boot into either OS are offered as downloads and you receive notifi-
    at startup, then access the data, which is on its           cation of them through Windows Update, where
    own partition. (Incidentally, this also makes               you can download them. A recent addition is a
    backup chores easier, as you can simply back                wallpaper feature called DreamScenes, which
    up the partition with the data on it, which is what provides animated displays as wallpaper on the
    you really want to keep.)                                   desktop. Microsoft has turned some thoughtful
                                                                people loose on this concept, so while my first
    The problem comes when running Vista and XP reaction to things that wiggle on the desktop is
    on the same drive, because of the changes Mi-               that it is just distracting, there are some very
    crosoft made in System Restore. They are not                pleasant and gentle animations that I find pleas-
    compatible between Vista and XP. If you have                ing without being disquieting. There are a couple
    System Restore set to monitor all partitions (the of nature scenes that I like to activate while I am
    default), XP will wipe out Vista’s restore points           writing, as the effect is similar to gazing out the
    when it starts, and Vista will wipe out XP’s re-            window when you sit back seeking inspiration.
    store points when it starts, so if you have a                                               (Vexes Continued on page 7)

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                                                                              14th Annual
   (Vexes Continued from page 6)

   The last month has seen two of my must-have
   applications come out with Vista compatible ver-
   sions; Corel Graphics Suite X3 and ABBYY                                 Southwest User
                                                                           Group Conference
   FineReader Pro (OCR program). I’m still recom-
   mending that you wait for Vista SP-1 before up-
   grading from XP, unless you are adventurous
   enough to try some alternatives to what you may
   be using now.
   So this month I found out that dual booting XP
   with Vista will trash my system recovery options                       July 13-15, 2007
   while soothing my jangled nerves with moving
   wallpaper. What next?                                       Town and Country Resort &
                                                                  Convention Center
   This article has been provided to APCUG by the author
   solely for publication by APCUG member groups. All other
                                                                     San Diego, CA
   uses require the permission of the author (see e-mail ad-
   dress above).
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                                      Secure Your Flash Drive Cap
                                 By Fran Damratowski. Refurbishing SIG Leader, Chesapeake PC Users Group, MD



    www.chesapeakepcusersgroup.org                                      out the sticky tape. The tape alone does not
                                                                        hold well either.)
    refurbishing(at)chesapeakepcusersgroup.org
                                                                   6. Securely attach the flat side of the button to
    Obtained from APCUG with the author's permission                  the sticky tape.
    for publication by APCUG member groups.
                                                                   7. Trim the excess tape and foam using an x-
    Have you ever misplaced your flash drive cap? No                  acto knife.
    need to ever do that again. Secure it with a button.
                                                                   8. Remove the backing from the other side of
                                                                      the double-sided self-sticking adhesive
    You will need                                                     mounting foam and place another piece of
    --a shirt button,                                                 double sided sticky tape on the foam.

    --some heavy thread such as carpet thread,                     9. Securely attach the button foam and tape to
                                                                      the flash drive cap.
    --double sided self-sticking adhesive mounting foam,
                                                                   10. Secure the other end of the thread to the
    --double sided sticky tape, and                                    flash drive or lanyard.
    --some colorless nail polish.                                  11. Leave enough play to easily remove the cap,
                                                                       but not get tangled.
        1. Run the
           thread diago-                                                                       12.      Use the color-
           nally through                                                                       less nail polish to secure
           two of the                                                                          the knots so they don’t
           buttonholes                                                                         become undone.
           and secure
           with a square                                                                       13. After the nail polish
           knot.                                                                               dries trim the thread.

        2. Place the knot
           on the top of                                                                       OR
           the button
           not on the flat
           bottom of the
           button.                                                                   You could go to your
                                                        local photo shop and buy a $2+ button size lens cap
        3. Cut the thread long enough to secure it with keeper (or cap retainer) and modify it as needed.
           enough play to remove the cap.               Most of them appear to come with elastic bands that
                                                        are placed around the lens barrel as opposed to a
        4. Cut a small piece of the double-sided self-  leash that can be attached to another part of the
           sticking adhesive mounting foam about the    camera.
           size of the button.

        5. Remove the backing from one side of the
           double-sided self-sticking adhesive mounting This article has been provided to APCUG by the author solely for
           foam and place a small piece of the double- publication by APCUG member groups. All other uses require the
                                                        permission of the author (see e-mail address above).
           sided sticky tape on the sticky side of the
           double-sided self-sticking adhesive mounting
           foam. (The double-sided self-sticking adhe-                                  c
           sive mounting foam does not hold well with-



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                                                         time in up to five cities within a small tray-like icon
                                                         that remains visible while you work on your PC. As
                                                         an alternative, try the ZoneTick World Time Zone
                                                         Clock (www.zonetick.com) for $25, which replaces
                                                         the Windows system time display with a list of time
                                                         zones from which you can select the ones to be
 Ask Mr. Modem! – May 2007                               displayed. Very cool.

 www.MrModem.com                                         Q. I’m using Outlook Express and I can’t
                                                         figure out how to make the letters bigger for
 Q. My wife and I are on the road with our RV            all email that I’m sending. When I’m
 most of the year. With gasoline prices                  composing a new message, I click the font
 skyrocketing, is there some Web site where I            size drop-down arrow and check size 18, but
 can find the lowest prices as we travel                 it keeps going back to size 12. Any help
 around the country? Keep up the good work               would be appreciated.
 with your newsletter, Mr. M.
                                                         A. When you're in the new message window, any
 A. Yes, indeed, there are several excellent sites for   changes you make will only apply to that specific
 that purpose, though I imagine filling up an RV         message, so you’re not establishing any default
 these days has to an eye-opener. Talk about gas         settings in that manner. To make the font-size
 pains! At the American Automobile Association           change permanent, click Tools > Options >
 (www.aaa.com), type in your ZIP code and press          Compose > Font Settings and select the font style,
 Go > Automotive > Gas Prices > Fuel Price Finder.       size, etc. you want to use, then click Apply > OK to
 Here you can check gas prices at more than 85,000       establish the default font which will be used in all
 stations. Additional gas-price monitoring sites         subsequent messages.
 include: Fuel Me Up (www.fuelmeup.com), Gas
 Buddy (www.gasbuddy.com), and Gas Price Watch           Mr. Modem’s DME (Don’t
 (www.gaspricewatch.com/new).
                                                         Miss ‘Em) Sites of the Month
 Q. Is there anything that prevents me from              - May 2007
 sharing my Comcast cable Internet
 connection with my neighbors by using a
 wireless router?                                        iSerentiy
                                                         Bring a little peace and tranquility to your world
 A: Absolutely. It’s called the Acceptable Use Policy,   with this soothing site. Iserenity has 31 different
 which is part of Comcast’s Terms of Service             sound and image environments that will help you
 Agreement that you entered into as a subscriber of      relax. Of course, if your computer is on the fritz
 their service. Specifically, Section IX under           and the soothing environments won’t play, you’re
 Prohibited Uses and Activities (www.comcast.net/        talking a whole new level of stress. Bonus Tip: Try
 terms/use.jsp) states that you may not “resell the      out the different sounds with your speaker volume
 Service or otherwise make available to anyone           set to a low level. I tried the “Fan Fair”
 outside the premises the ability to use the Service     environment, but my speakers were too loud and I
 (i.e. Wi-Fi or other methods of networking), in         jumped about four feet in the air when the %*#@
 whole or in part, directly or indirectly, or on a       “soothing” environment began blaring.
 bundled or unbundled basis.” So the short answer        www.iserenity.com
 is, “Fughetaboutit.”
                                                         Nostalgia Central
 Q. Can I display more than one time zone in             Sit back, relax, and enjoy a scroll down memory
 the time display of my computer?                        lane through the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Categories
                                                         include news, pop culture, music, television,
 A. Displaying multiple time zones can come in           movies, and a day-by-day chronology of
 handy if you do business or communicate with            noteworthy events. For example, in May 1967, 40
 people in other cities. Microsoft’s free Time Zone                                      (See Mr. Modem on page 10)
 (http://tinyurl.com/d2tr9) for Windows XP displays


June 2007                                    The ASCIi Clipboard                                                      9
     (Mr. Modem from page 9)

     years ago this month, Australian Aborigines
     received the right to vote. It seems like only
     yesterday, doesn’t it?
     www.nostalgiacentral.com

     Planarity Flash Game
     Warning: This is addicting. Place your cursor on
     the dots and drag the lines around (the dots are
     at the end of the lines) so that none of the lines
     overlap. I made it all the way to Level 2, and
     almost made it to Level 3 before I lost                        Flag Day June 14,
     consciousness from all the excitement. Have fun,
     and don’t say I didn’t warn you about its
     addicting nature.
     www.planarity.net                                              Site Seekers Schedule
                                                          June: Arlene Holcombe
     Mr. Modem’s weekly newsletter delivers
     uniquely informative tips, Web sites and             July: Don Schwenk
     personal answers to your questions.
     Special introductory offer: Subscribe                August: Kevin Svec
     online using Promo Code 0746 and receive
     a free month with your 6-month                       September: Kathy Jacobs
     subscription (28 issues!) To view a sample
     issue or subscribe, visit                            October: Available
     www.MrModem.com .
                                                          November: want everyone’s fun site for
                                                          Thanksgiving
                               c                          December: want everyone to submit a fun site
                                                          for Christmas
                                                          If you would like to have your name added,
                                                          let one of the Board members know.
                                                          Phyllis
      Your article could be here
                                                                                   t
     Become famous. Walk the Red Carpet.
                                                                              or ge
                                                                        n’t f        7
                                                                                 200
              Well, maybe not.
                                                                     Do
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           Win adulation from your fellow
                                                                       une
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                 computer users.
                                                                     J
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                                                                          th e
           Get your 15 minutes of fame.

     Write an article, hints, tips & tricks
          for the ASCIi Clipboard.                                     Fa
10                                            The ASCIi Clipboard                                    June 2007
                                                        Arizona Society for
                                          Computer Information, inc. (ASCIi)
                                                                  1934 E Laguna Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282-5913

                                                www.asciigroup.org


                                         Membership Application
                                     New Members and Change of Information


___________________________________________________________________________________________
Your Name                                                                      Today’s Date


___________________________________________________________________________________________
Street/PO Box                           City                        State          Zip Code


___________________________________________________________________________________________
E-mail 1                                             E-mail 2


___________________________________________________________________________________________
Phone Number                   New Membership,       Renewal or    Change of Information


Personal Information. Your personal information (address, phone number and e-mail addresses) will only be
distributed to officers and to staff who require it to perform their duties, i.e. Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, etc.



Dues. Dues are $30.00 per year, prorated to the end of the calendar year ($2.50/month).
Bonus! If you prepay your dues for next year you’ll get 5 extra free drawing tickets.


How to Join. To join the group, complete this application and give it and your dues to any officer
of the group or mail it to the address above.


Newsletter. You will start receiving our monthly newsletter, the ASCIi Clipboard.

Website. You will have access to members only areas of the ASCIi website. (www.asciigroup.org)

E-mail Mailing List. Your e-mail address will be included in the ASCIi Mailing List where we share
ideas and receive announcements of upcoming group events.

E-mail Address. An e-mail address will be created for you so that you can communicate with
other members of the group, but without revealing your private e-mail address. The format is:
firstname.lastname@asciigroup.org.

Other Benefits. Check the newsletter and website for even more benefits.

                                                         c
                      Maps of ASCIi Meetin g Locations




 Westside Meeting                  Central Meeting                Eastside Meeting
   Saturday June 2nd, 12:30pm        Saturday June 9th, 12:30pm     Saturday June 23rd, 12:30pm
   Word of Life Lutheran Church       Abacus Tower, Suite 1300    University of Advancing Technology
        17525 W Bell Rd                 Sanders & Parks, P.C.     2625 W Baseline Rd - Room 206
       Surprise, AZ 85374                  3030 N 3rd St                 Tempe, AZ 85283
    One mile west of Rte 303             Phoenix, AZ 85012               Just east of 48th St
                                  Steering Committee, 11:30am       across from Fry’s Electronics



ASCIi
1934 E LAGUNA DR
TEMPE AZ 85282-5913

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