Good Evening and Welcome to Technology Users Group Meeting March 20, 2008 Thank you for coming back! Please get comfortable Feel free to ask questions & contribute Objective is to deliver real value to you Meeting Goal = Value! Content Door Prizes Networking Tonight’s Amenities Fresh-popped popcorn. Hot coffee & tea, plus wide assortment of soft drinks in the refrigerator. Please make yourselves at home! Introductions Meet ALG staff – your hosts tonight Part of the value you will get from this meeting comes from networking with each other We encourage you to do that during breaks and after the meeting Agenda Technology News This evening’s topics: – A new device that promises you will never pay another monthly phone bill again! – A free online way to easily find solutions to your legal issues! – IPv6 – Major changes coming to the internet and what they mean! Break around 7:15pm RightQuickies Door prize drawing Summary & conclusion – adjourn by 8pm Technology News Spammer Found Guilty! Last Saturday one of the world's top e-mail spammers pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, and failure to file a tax return He was arrested last summer and charged in a 40-count indictment. He agreed to plead guilty to the three charges and the rest were dropped Robert Alan Soloway, 29, was dubbed "the spam king" by prosecutors who said he used networks of compromised computers to send out millions upon millions of junk e- mails since 2003 He could face up to 20 years in prison Technology News Microsoft + Yahoo! On February 1, 2008 Microsoft made an unsolicited $44.6 billion cash and stock bid for Yahoo A Microsoft-Yahoo combination would create a powerful number two player in the online search business, which Google commands It would also be one of the biggest tech deals in years, on a par with Hewlett-Packard's $25 billion acquisition of Compaq in 2002. Last Saturday Microsoft met with Yahoo to discuss the unsolicited takeover bid, a breakthrough that could be the first step toward a friendly deal between the two rivals Technology News Microsoft + Yahoo! Technology News Juicy Campus! Technology News Juicy Campus! A web site called Juicy Campus has been in the news A LOT the past few days It’s a new breed of gossip website and it involves students posting gossip about each other at particular college campuses Opened last summer People who post on the site are completely anonymous, and many of the students who are named on the site are not amused Some of the most viewed topics today: “Who is the sluttiest girl????” “Hottest Cornell Sophomores” “Biggest Cornell Cokeheads?” Technology News Juicy Campus! The Web site reads like the writing on the wall in a campus bathroom Its motto is “Always Anonymous … Always Juicy” The site has set up specific channels for more than 50 college campuses, and plans to add more soon The biggest problem is that this forum can be very harmful and cause real damage to someone’s reputation and self-esteem Another point of view is that this is “Freedom of Speech” Technology News Juicy Campus! New Jersey is taking the lead in a possible legal approach to forcing the site to become more accountable for the content it provides Tuesday the Attorney General of NJ, Anne Milgram, announced they are investigating whether Juicy Campus violates state laws that protect against consumer fraud “Misrepresentation to the public by businesses violates the Consumer Fraud Act.” JuicyCampus.com must honor the terms and conditions that it informs the public it will adhere to.“ Watch for a lot more on this topic in the days and weeks to come! Technology News And now – on to tonight’s Topic #1 Topic #1 Topic #1 No Monthly Phone Bills! Voice over IP technology (VoIP) has already significantly changed the way many people use and pay for telephone service Vonage and Skype are the most popular VoIP services in the mass market Tonight we’re going to look at the newest entry into this market, which takes a quantum leap beyond both of them It’s called MagicJack http://MagicJack.com Topic #1 No Monthly Phone Bills! This is an amazing device that I use myself Reading the ads for it, most people will be suspicious since it sounds too good to be true. Last night I even saw an infomercial for it! It “is” for real and does everything the ads say Topic #1 No Monthly Phone Bills! Why is it so amazing? $20 to purchase the device and software – one time $20 per year for the service (not per month) Unlimited local and long distance calling (U.S. and Canada) Very easy setup Includes voicemail (you can receive messages even when you're offline), caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, and emergency 911 dialing Topic #1 No Monthly Phone Bills! Why is it so amazing? It easily connects to any analog phone Especially nice with a cordless Voice quality is better than a cell phone, although not quite as crisp as a true land line It’s completely portable! Take it with you when you travel Use it from any PC with an internet connection and USB Topic #1 No Monthly Phone Bills! Why is it so amazing? MS Outlook plug-in included for one-click dialing from your contacts Free 411 and 911 services included Automatically receive emails containing voice mail messages, without having to call-in Topic #1 No Monthly Phone Bills! Requirements A computer with a USB port Broadband internet connection Analog phone Topic #1 No Monthly Phone Bills! How does it compare? MagicJack Vonage V-Phone Skype Unlimited outbound $20/year $300/year $30/year calls from anywhere (includes to U.S. & Canada landlines in five EU countries) Unlimited inbound Included Included $60/year calls from anywhere Initial cost $40 (includes 1st $40 Free (software year of service) download) Other calling Analog phone None (headset Skype-compatible hardware needed or headset included) headset Topic #1 No Monthly Phone Bills! Let’s watch two videos on MagicJack One from CBS News last December when it was first introduced Another that is an ad for it Topic #1 No Monthly Phone Bills! And finally, let’s try it here, ourselves! Topic #1 No Monthly Phone Bills! Questions Topic #2 Topic #1 Online Legal Solutions! Most people are aware of internet medical/health sites such as WebMD But did you know that there is a comparable site that contains a wealth of legal information? And it’s completely free! The site is called FindLaw http://findlaw.com Topic #1 Online Legal Solutions! FindLaw is the highest-trafficked legal Web site It provides the most comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet What kinds of legal resources? Topic #1 Online Legal Solutions! Legal forms and contracts Legal information Dictionary Message boards And much more . . . Let’s take a look at it now! Topic #2 Online Legal Solutions! Questions Let’s Take a Break! Topic #3 Topic #3 IPv6! TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol The basic communication language or protocol of the Internet Every computer that connects to the internet or to a network is assigned an IP address It allows that computer to communicate with the rest of the computers in that “group” Topic #3 IPv6! The current IP address standard, IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses that look like this: 192.168.0.1 IPv6 uses 128-bit addresses that look like this: 2001:0db8:85a3:08d3:1319:8a2e:0370:7334 Topic #3 IPv6! Most of today's internet uses IPv4 Now nearly twenty years old IPv4 has been remarkably resilient in spite of its age, but it is beginning to have problems Most importantly, there is a growing shortage of IPv4 addresses, which are needed by all new machines added to the Internet Estimates are that addresses will be exhausted somewhere between 2011 and 2017 Topic #3 IPv6! IPv6 fixes a number of problems in IPv4 Such as the limited number of available IPv4 addresses The IPv6 address space is extremely large IPv6 supports 2128 (about 3.4×1038) addresses Or approximately 5×1028 addresses for each of the roughly 6.5 billion people alive today There are 252 addresses for every star in the known universe Topic #3 IPv6! IPv6 also adds many improvements to IPv4 in areas such as routing and network autoconfiguration IPv6 is expected to gradually replace IPv4 With the two coexisting for a number of years during a transition period Support for IPv6 is built into the latest versions of Microsoft Windows, which include Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Windows XP with Service Pack 1, Windows XP Embedded SP1, and Windows CE .NET Topic #3 IPv6! The movement from IPv4 to IPv6 will allow us users to have more technology in our lives Why? Because we will be able to assign more IP addresses to more devices Soon mobile phones, television and even toasters will be assigned IP addresses! Imagine: you’re leaving work and you would like a hot cup of coffee when you arrive home With IPv6 you would be able to go on your computer, connect to your private home network and tell your coffee machine to make a pot of coffee Topic #3 IPv6! Questions RightQuickies Every month present 1 or 2 useful tips or tools that aren’t meaty enough to be a regular meeting topic RightQuickies Paint.NET! This program is probably the closest thing to Photoshop you can get It’s FREE! Courtesy of a student project Very powerful If you know Photoshop, you are ready to go RightQuickies Paint.NET! If you don’t know Photoshop, the built-in help is quite good You can also use any of the dozens of free Photoshop training/tutorials on the internet – just Google them Download it at: http://www.getpaint.net Let’s use it now! RightQuickies Questions RightQuickies Let’s start wrapping up tonight’s presentation. And then on to our door prizes! Next Meeting Thursday May 15, 2008 5/15/2008 Meeting Topics: A replacement for Windows Explorer that will instantly make you more productive! A free, personal, ad-free internet radio station that only plays YOUR favorite music! A free digital shredder to easily and permanently delete sensitive files! Conclusion Thank You! Thank you for joining us at ALG this evening! If you got value from tonight’s meeting, please tell others about these meetings and about ALG Bring a guest to the next one Conclusion Referrals! Help ALG continue growing and reward yourself! If you know a company that has computer problems or wants to better use technology, please tell us about them We will contact them, and when they begin to use ALG services, you will automatically receive a $25 Visa gift card, good for just about anything you want No limit to the number of cards you can earn Enter your referrals online at http://ALG.cc/referral Conclusion Door Prizes are Next! If you didn’t receive an email invitation, leave us a business card or register online at ALG.cc Remember to take your handouts Feel free to stay awhile and “network” And now – let’s go to the door prizes! Door prizes! Must be present to win. 350gb portable external USB 2.0 hard drive! 4gb USB flash drive! $25 Longhorn Restaurant Gift Card! $15 Applebee’s Restaurant Gift Card! $10 Pizza Hut Gift Card! Door Prize #1 $10 Pizza Hut Gift Card! Door Prize #2 $15 Applebee’s Gift Card! Door Prize #3 $25 Longhorn Restaurant Gift Card! Door Prize #4 4GB USB Flash Drive!! Door Prize #5 350gb portable external USB 2.0 hard drive! Thanks for Coming! Drive Safely!
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