Arizona Society for Computer Information, inc. VOLUME 13 - ISSUE 9 www.asciigroup.org SEPTEMBER 2006 Westside Meeting President's Message Meeting Canceled Due to The year is just flying by. Our group has been very Scheduling Conflicts successful this year as we have grown our membership, added a Continued on page 19 Westside Meeting, reorganized our meeting structure, and continue to have excellent presentations from both outside sources and from within. The current and continued success of Central Meeting our group is not reliant on any one person. It takes teamwork Saturday mixed with enthusiasm. I would like to thank everyone who has been part of our success! September 9th 12:30 PM Read the rest of this important message on page 19! • Microsoft Money by Kevin Svec Article: Page: • Forums and Mailing Lists This Month’s Meetings............................................................. 1 by Ric Fischer or About the ASCIi User Group .................................................... 2 Kevin Svec ASCIi Meeting Schedule .......................................................... 3 • Labels and Envelopes About ASCIi Meetings.............................................................. 3 by Tom Held Would You Like a Lens with That? Buying a Camera, Part 2 (Bill Funk, ASCIi) ................................ 4 Steering Committee Google Pedometer (Hank Pearson, ASCIi ................................... 7 11:30 AM Microsoft Money 2006 Premium (Kevin Svec, ASCIi) ................. 8 AOL Announcement - FAQ ....................................................... 9 File Handling (protonic.com) ................................................... 10 Eastside Meeting Tip-Bits - Tips & News (Joe Zagar, ASCIi)................................ 11 Saturday APCUG Annual Conference .................................................... 12 September 23 rd APCUG Digital Photo Contest................................................. 13 12:30 PM Tech Corner (Chuck Thomas, BGAMUG) .................................... 14 XP or Vista? (Elaine Drain, SSCC) ............................................ 15 • Scanning Slides, Part 2 - Windows XP and Speech Recognition How to Work with Your Photo Files (Vinny La Bash, SPCUG) ........................................................... 16 by Box Nixon Ask Mr. Modem & Mr Modem’s DME Sites of the Month ......... 18 Linux Corner - DansGuardian, Part 2 (Kevin Svec).................. 19 For more meeting information see Maps to ASCIi Meeting Locations .......................................... 20 page 3 and page 20. ASCIi Membership Application .............................................. 21 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 .................................. Kevin Svec ........... (602) 680-2870............... firstname.lastname@example.org Vice-President ........................... Tom Held ............. (480) 797-2099........ email@example.com Secretary ................................. Vacant ..................................................... firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer ................................. Bob Nixon ............ (602) 284-0547............... email@example.com COMMITTEES AND STAFF Newsletter Editor ....................... Tom Held ........................................................firstname.lastname@example.org Webmaster ............................... Ric Fischer ...............................................email@example.com Presentations Coordinator ........... Hank Pearson ....................................... firstname.lastname@example.org Membership Coordinator ............. Phyllis Baughman....................................email@example.com Site Seekers Coordinator ............ Phyllis Baughman..................................... firstname.lastname@example.org Product Review Coordinators ....... Joe Zagar, Hank Pearson................................ email@example.com Vendor Coordinators .................. Joe Zagar, Hank Pearson................................. firstname.lastname@example.org Affiliate Coordinator ................... Ric Fischer .........................................................email@example.com Prize Coordinator ....................... Tom Held ........................................................firstname.lastname@example.org Property Coordinator .................. Tom Held .................................................... email@example.com “Doc Elwell” Phone Tree.............. Carl Cole................................................. firstname.lastname@example.org Bylaws Committee ..................... Ric Fischer (Chair), Bill Funk, Bob Nixon, Hank Pearson, Joel Schwartz Contributing Editors ................... Bill Funk, Hank Pearson, Kevin Svec, Joe Zagar 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 Any member who attends the Steering Arizona Society for Computer Information, inc. (ASCIi). Committee meeting is on the committee. All members are encouraged to attend and A subscription is included in the group’s yearly membership dues. Each member receives a printed copy in the mail. 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ASCIi Please send questions, comments and articles to: 1934 E Laguna Dr email@example.com Tempe AZ 85282-5913 2 The ASCIi Clipboard September 2006 ASCIi Meeting Schedule Westside Meeting Central Meeting Eastside Meeting 2 9 • Microsoft Money 23 • Scanning Slides, SEPTEMBER by Kevin Svec Part 2 - How to Work Meeting Canceled • Forums and Mailing Lists with Your Photo Due to by Ric Fischer or Kevin Svec Files • Labels and Envelopes by Box Nixon Scheduling Conflicts by Tom Held Site Seekers by Ric Fischer 7 • Forums and Mailing Lists 14 • Instant Messaging 28 • Registry Tuning OCTOBER by Ric Fischer or Kevin Svec by Ric Fischer by Kevin Svec • Klassic Specialties • Pinnacle Studio by Don Baker by Kevin Svec Site Seekers by Bill Funk 4 • Genealogy 11 • VideoCraft Workshop 25 • Close-up Digital NOVEMBER by Bob Nixon by Guest Photography and Viewing the Subject on Your PC Display by Tom Held Site Seekers by (TBA) Please volunteer! About ASCIi Meetings Westside Meeting Central Meeting Eastside Meeting 1st Saturday of the month 2nd Saturday of the month 4th Saturday of the month When 12:30pm Word of Life Lutheran Church Abacus Tower, Suite 1300 Pyle Adult Rec Center rd 17525 West Bell Road 3030 North 3 Street 655 East Southern Avenue Where Surprise, AZ 85374-3058 Phoenix, AZ 85012-3099 Tempe, AZ 85282-5204 Southwest corner of Southwest corner of West of Rural Road 175th Avenue and Bell Road Earll Drive and 3rd Street Next to the Tempe Library There are maps to the meeting locations on the last page of this newsletter. • Announcements • Questions & Answers • Buy, Sell & Trade What • Business • Presentations • Free Prize Drawings • Beginners Session • Site Seekers • Fix Computer Problems Site Seekers Thanks! The Site Seekers program is presented by our own volunteer Many thanks to members. Each month a member picks five or six favorite Sanders & Parks, PC websites to present at the Cen t ra l and Westsi d e M eeting s. and During the presentation the sites are projected on a large screen. Word of Life Church for allowing us the use of their The Site Seeker demonstrates each site, and tells what they facilities to hold our Cen t ra l enjoy about it. Many new avenues of exploration have been and Westsi d e M eeting s. opened by members sharing their Favorites. September 2006 The ASCIi Clipboard 3 Would You Like A Lens With That? Buying a Camera, Part 2 by Bill Funk, ASCIi The Lens But the lenses on most digital cameras aren't just one focal length; they are a range of focal lengths, Let's take a look at the lens. If you have a camera as, for example, 18mm to 55mm. These are zoom other than a pinhole camera, you've got a lens. lenses; they have the ability to use any focal The lens is used to focus the light that enters the length between those limits of 18mm and 55mm. camera onto the sensor/film (from here on I'll drop Of course, this takes more parts and engineering the film reference, unless it's appropriate). A lens than single-focal-length lenses (or prime lenses), can be as simple as a single piece of clear plastic so they are generally more expensive, but are that's shaped to do the job. much more flexible, giving the user the ability to make it look like he's moved forward or backward, A typical lens can contain many pieces of glass and without actually moving. (Since I'm incredibly a resin that closely approximates plastic. The lens lazy, I love zoom lenses!) can have one focal length (say, 50mm) or have a range of focal lengths (a zoom lens, which would “But wait”, you say. (I can hear you!) “What are be able to have, as an example, any focal length those numbers, like 3x? I see those all the time from 50mm to 200mm). Lenses can have many when I read about lenses.” Ah, yes, the 'zoom labels on them, such as f/stop, focal length, factor'. Well, in general, higher is better here; 5x “apochromatic”, EF, Di, and many, many more. I'll is better than 3x, and 12x is better still. Maybe. try here to let you know what these mean. The 'zoom factor' is telling you the ratio of the longest focal length to the shortest. For example, Focal Length let's take a 50-150mm zoom lens. Since 150 is three times 50, this is a 3x zoom. See? Easy. A Let's start with what is probably the most 30-90mm is also a 3x lens (3 times 3 is 90); so is important: focal length. The easy definition is the a 100-300mm lens. It's an easy way to tell you strength of the lens in its ability to focus or diverge what the relative range of focal lengths is for a light. The stronger the lens is at focusing light, the given lens. A 5x lens is a lens with long focal closer things look on a camera. (We'll stick to length that is five times the shortest focal length. cameras.) This strength is expressed in A 100-500mm lens is a 5x lens, as is a 30-150mm millimeters (don't ask why; it has to do with the lens. way the lens elements bend the light). The larger this number, the better it is at making things look But you want to be careful; too much of a zoom closer. factor can mean compromises are made. A zoom lens with a huge zoom range (say, more than 10x So, a 100mm lens will make something look larger or 12x) has to be designed very carefully; this than a 50mm lens, all other things being equal costs more, so 12x is usually the largest you see. (especially the distance to the subject). In fact, And even here, the magnification that long focal the 100mm lens will make the subject look like it is length gives means that any movement of the half the distance away than the 50mm lens does. camera will result in a lot of movement of the Obviously, then, if you want to take bird photos, a subject image. (If you have binoculars, you know lens with a longer focal length will let you take what I mean; the slightest shake on your part those photos without the need to get so close to means a lot of shake in the subject.) This is where the bird. image stabilization comes in; I'll get to that later. If you want to take a landscape photo, getting as much into the photo as you can, then you want a Aperture and F/Stop lens with a shorter focal length, as this makes Now, let's go on to the aperture and f/stop. The things look farther away, as if you'd backed up. aperture is the hole through which light enters. So, you'd want a lens with a shorter focal length For lenses it's the size of the hole the light passes than our 50mm example; let's say you'd want through as it goes through the lens. If you look at something like a 25mm lens, which would make your eye in a mirror, you'll see the iris, which the image look like you backed away to a distance opens up and closes down to regulate how much Continued twice as far from the subject. This should give you light gets in your eye. The camera lens has the a general idea of how the focal lengths work in same thing, and how much it is open is called the practice. aperture. 4 The ASCIi Clipboard September 2006 Continued from previous page The f/stop is a term that describes how big the but it can help a lot if the camera moves during an aperture is. The f/number is a ratio of the focal exposure. As I said earlier, a lens with a long focal length and the diameter of the aperture in length will exaggerate any camera motion. There millimeters. So, if the aperture of a 50mm lens is are two ways to get rid of this blur: IS or a 50mm, the ratio is 1:1, and the f/number is f/1. If quicker shutter speed. the aperture of this lens is 25mm, the ratio is 1:2, Often, the option of a quicker shutter speed isn't and the f/number is f/2. Simple really; since this available; as the light goes down, the shutter is all based on a ratio, the smaller the aperture speed often must get longer to make up for the gets, the larger the f/number gets. loss of light. In this case, IS is very handy. The f/numbers are usually expressed in powers of Usually, IS will allow two stops lower shutter 2 (don't ask why; it has to do with the area of speed, and some systems are good enough to circles, involves math, and thus hurts my head). allow three stops. IS is available in many cameras So, f/numbers run in a sequence of: f/1, f/1.4, these days, and not just on the more expensive 2/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16 , and so forth. DSLRs (Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras). Many A stop is just a handy position on the lens, to give Point & Shoot (P&S) cameras have it now. a reference point; the aperture can usually be There are two ways to implement IS: the lens adjusted to anywhere in its range. So an f/number elements can be moved, or the sensor can be for a photo can be f/2.3, but the lens won't list that moved. Each system is used in different cameras. as a stop. (Very much like you can drive at For P&S cameras, it doesn't really matter, but for 23mph, but your speedometer doesn't use that number (unless it's digital...). DSLRs, putting the IS in the lens is more expensive (you buy an IS system for each lens, if you want You can usually find the f/number for your lens the IS), or the sensor-moving IS can be put in the printed right on it. Look into the lens from the camera body. The in-lens IS is usually considered front of the camera, and it's usually (but not the better of the two, but not by much; it's really always) printed around the edge. It's often shown the buyer's choice. as a range, such as f/2-f/4, or possibly as 1:2-1:4. This is the maximum aperture, and if it's a range, Lens Coatings it means that as you zoom the lens out (go to a Lens coatings are important. These are chemical longer focal length), the f/number gets smaller, layers deposited on the surfaces of the lens even if the aperture in millimeters remains the elements where they meet the air, and are used to same. Why? Because the f/number is a ratio, and reduce reflections from the glass. This means you as the focal length goes higher and the aperture won't get as much glare from the sun or internal size stays the same, the ratio changes. So, let's reflections within the lens. This is a good thing. say you have a 50-100mm zoom lens, and the Let me repeat that: lens coatings are a good f/number at 5mm focal length is 25mm, the thing. Enough said here. f/number is f/2. But as the focal length doubles the f/number halves, to f/2.8 (powers of 2, Mounting Systems remember? And it still hurts). For DSLRs, there are different mounting systems. This is a good place to mention that for each stop Each major camera maker has their own lens you go up, the amount of light entering the lens mount. Canon has the EF and EF-S mounts. Since drops by half. This means, as in our example Canon changed their mount system when they made above, f/2.8 lets in half as much light as f/2. While the change to electronic lens control, they use the EF the numbers on your lens will probably differ from mount, with the EF-S being a minor change to the example I'm giving, the principle is the same. match certain lenses to their lower range of DSLRs As the zoom lens changes its focal length, the (currently, the Digital Rebel (or 300D, discontinued), maximum f/number goes down, in most cases. the Rebel XT(350D), the 20D, and the 30D. The There are zoom lenses with a constant maximum EF-S lenses will only fit these cameras. aperture, but they are usually pretty pricey. Nikon has one mount (the Nikon lens mount), These are the most important parts of what you which they have used for a long time, but as the need to know, but there are a lot of other terms capabilities of the cameras and lenses changed, used to describe lenses. I'll try to explain some of Nikon has made their lens nomenclature a little them. complicated. If you want to use a Nikon DSLR, you'll need to make yourself familiar with these Image Stabilization different letter codes to know which lenses will do Continued Image stabilization (or IS) is a system that what with your camera. (These include AI, AI-S, reduces the shake and vibration that makes photos AF-AIS, VR, and more. This isn't a hardship for look blurry. This doesn't help if the subject moves, Nikon owners.) September 2006 The ASCIi Clipboard 5 Continued from previous page Other makers have their own mounts. There are Anyway, the FOV changes not only with the focal also lens manufacturers (Sigma, Tokina, and length, but also with the size of the sensor. In others) who make lenses in different mounts. It order to make this all understandable, the makers can get confusing, and warrants some study before give us the information we need to make you buy a DSLR. When you buy a DSLR, reasonable comparisons of the focal lengths their remember that you are buying into a system, not lenses have. Let me give an example... just a camera. To pick on Nikon, Nikon has a large system of camera bodies, lenses, flash units, Arguably, the one size of film that most people are adapters, cables, and much more. So does Canon, familiar with, or at least have an idea about, is and all the other DSLR makers (but Canon and 35mm. So, lens focal lengths are conveniently Nikon by far have the largest systems). So converted to 35mm equivalents for us by the purchasing a DSLR requires much more research camera makers. For example, we have a Canon that buying a $200 P&S camera. S2 IS camera. The camera has a zoom lens of 6-72mm. But, because the sensor is smaller than Other Terms a 35mm film size, the 35mm equivalent zoom range is 36-422mm, and this information is right Then, there are other letters or names that mean on Canon's website. So, I know about the FOV we things. Different makers have different names for get with this lens (and that's a zoom lens that will their lens coatings, capabilities, or characteristics. reach right out there!). 36mm is a little wide Canon, for example, calls their image stabilization (anything less than about 50mm is considered IS (conveniently), while Nikon uses VR (for wide angle), and 422mm is pretty long (anything Vibration Reduction). And lenses can look like over about 50mm is considered long). someone spilled their alphabet soup. Sigma, for example, has lenses with names like, APO 70- Because of the long focal length this lens will zoom 200mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO HSM, or 30mm F1.4 to, the camera has IS (the “IS” part of S2 IS). For EX DC HSM. Nikon has a Fisheye 10.5mm f/2.8G almost all cameras, you'll find the 35mm ED AF DX lens. To find out what all of these letters equivalent somewhere n the maker's website, or in mean, a visit to the makers' websites will have the an ad for the camera. explanations. Lenses for DSLRs are marked as though they are going to be used on a 35mm SLR. Conversion is 35mm Equivalents fairly easy for different sensor sizes here, because Now that you know what the lenses actually are, a DSLR user will (should!) know the conversion which should you get? For a P&S camera, the lens factor. As examples, this factor is 1.6 for my is fixed, so the choice will depend on which camera Canon 30D, and for a Nikon D70s, it's 1.5. So, if I you want. Many makers have several cameras had a 50mm lens for my 30D, I would multiply within a family, with different capabilities and 50mm by 1.6 (the conversion factor for the 30D), lenses, and, of course, cost. The longer zoom and know that the lens acts like an 80mm lens on factor lenses cost more, as do other capabilities of my camera. the cameras themselves, so the better lenses It's not as hard as it sounds. Really. Here's a site usually go with higher costs. Within this, there are that gives examples of the different ways that different cameras with lenses that will start out different focal lengths see a subject: with a shorter focal length for those who want to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angle_of_view. That do landscapes, or longer focal lengths for those page also has very good explanations of FOV (on who want to really reach out. that page, it's called Angle of View; same thing for our purposes). But it's important to understand that the focal length on the lens may not be what you think it is. Everything About Lenses On most P&S cameras, the actual focal length of the lens is much shorter than you're used to from So, that should get you started on your way to using 35mm film. It all has to do with field of knowing everything about lenses. Obviously, this view. For example, let's say a 50mm lens on a already long article can't cover everything in detail, 35mm film camera has a field of view (FOV) that but I hope it helps you understand the basics. equates to about 47°. I could tell you how many feet across that is at, say, 1000' distance, but that Bill Funk (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a long time member of the Arizona Society for Computer Information, inc. (ASCIi) would hurt my head. Honestly. It involves things (www.asciigroup.org). He is one of the group’s “go-to” people like tangents, and I got rid of my slide rule years for digital photography, has written many articles for the ASCIi ago. (What good is something that will calculate newsletter, and has served in many capacities, including the volume of an irregular solid, but won't add? President and Newsletter Editor. And you have to guess where the decimal goes?) c 6 The ASCIi Clipboard September 2006 Google Pedometer by Hank Pearson, ASCIi Every evening I take a walk. And sometimes in It is so tempting to say there are always activities the morning as well. My goal is time - not more important than walking. If you are in a distance. I walk more than an hour a day. It isn't vigorous exercise program, that might be true. much, but better than nothing, I tell myself. It is Otherwise, the hour or so you spend walking is important to me to say I walk for over an hour time well spent. And when you get back, you have because if I tried for an hour, I would sometimes an excuse to sit down at the computer: to settle for approximately an hour. I suspect the measure your route. approximation could vary more as time goes by. Can you relate to that? There are always reasons not to walk. It takes so long. I'm in the middle of something. I'm tired. It is hot outside. I have to remind myself I am walking for health. I realize normal walking does not get the heart beating fast enough to do much good, but it is a start. If a game like time instead of distance helps in motivation, it is worth it. The time goal lets me vary the route. It helps me walk farther and faster when I feel like it. Still, I am curious how far I actually walk. I could wear a pedometer like a couple of my cousins do. They walk at least 10,000 steps a day to get health insurance discounts. Personally, I like to check out my routes on the computer. When you finish, there are links to Save Route, There are websites that measure distances from Clear points and start over, and Print Map. point to point. For instance, Gmaps Pedometer (www.gmap-pedometer.com) uses the great The pedometer site is also useful for car travel. I Google mapping engine. have a lot of relatives who live out in the country. There isn't any street address to enter in Zoom with the plus or minus buttons (on the conventional map sites (like www.maps.google.com). screen) or keys (on the keyboard). (Hint: if you Gmaps Pedometer makes it simple to write rural like the keyboard, first click the map to gain directions. It is also handy for estimating the focus.) Drag the map to position it, or use the mileage of long circular trips. arrow buttons or keys. Click the Start Recording button to begin measuring distance. Double-click If you are easily amused, enter the weight of your points along your route. If the trail is curved, vehicle. You will see that it can burn millions of double-click a few points along the curve. You'll calories in a single vacation. That's all you need to see your mileage accumulating in the Total think of high gas prices. See - walking isn't so bad Distance box, and the last leg of your trip in the after all. It's free. Last Leg box. Hank Pearson (email@example.com) is the Presentations Coordinator and a Review Coordinator for the If you dare, click Turn on calorie counter. Enter Arizona Society for Computer Information, inc. (ASCIi) your weight, and note how many calories you burn. (www.asciigroup.org). He is a long-time member who frequently You might not like this feature because you will see writes articles for the group’s newsletter, and has served as that it takes over an hour to use the calories you President, Secretary and Newsletter Editor. can easily eat in a few minutes. c September 2006 The ASCIi Clipboard 7 Microsoft Money 2006 Premium Review by Kevin Svec, ASCIi The Trial Version The Other Features Our user group has the opportunity to give away a The many other features I have used would take copy of the 2006 version. Since I did not want to quite a bit of time to explain. Here are just a few: install and use the license key for our give-away copy, I downloaded the trial version offered by • Bill Reminders. All payments are monitored. Microsoft. The trial version has most of the Should Money see a pattern, like payments to capabilities of the retail version. The basic the same payee on a regular basis, it will operation is the same. automatically request confirmation of a common monthly bill. At this point you can setup default The Installation due dates, and a reminder schedule for payments. Installing the software was straight forward, and • Spending Reports. This is a very convenient there were not many options during the installation way to get a snapshot of where all your money phase. I accepted all the defaults and watched it is going. We use this feature along with the install on a 1.7GHz system in less than two budgeting feature to keep our household in minutes. Immediately following installation, I was order. prompted to setup my bank account. You go through these simple steps, selecting your bank • Budgeting. A simple household budget can from a drop-down list, and if you have Internet usually make the bravest of men cry in sure connectivity, you can download all the information horror. Well don't worry, follow the step-by- directly from your bank. Your account history and step wizard in Money, and watch how quickly balance will be entered directly into Money. you will have completed your household budget. Be in control of your finances with just a few The Interface clicks and careful planning. • Payee and Categorization. A little time up The interface is slightly different than what I have front will greatly improve the way you track become accustomed to from MS Money. I should your cash flow. Money assists you by stop here to note that I have been using MS Money remembering all the different payees, and will since 2003, and have really enjoyed its interface simplify the way you enter information into your and feature set. Electronic personal banking has bank register. The categories will allow you been part of my life since the early 90's when track your spending and income much more Quicken was king. In late 2002 I had some closely, and it will also help with your taxes at problems with Quicken in regards to calculations the end of the year. on my register, so I decided to transfer my interests into MS Money. The new interface flows • Reconciling (Balancing Your Checkbook). quite smoothly with horizontally placed menu bars If you are new to an electronic checkbook, you at the top with dynamic sub menus. There is also will find this feature to be the most important, a task pane to the left that helps with specific and easiest to use. No more hunting down section you are currently working in. rogue digits in your paper-based check register. Money guides you through the now simple The Bank reconciliation process. The wizard will ask the questions, and you will provide the answers. There is one nice feature that I have come to Before you know it, your checkbook has been appreciate more, and that is the auto-downloading balanced to the penny! of my bank activity. My wife and I do not use a checkbook register in our checkbooks. We do The version of Money that I have been using for however, have duplicate checks. This allows us to the past three years is Money 2003 Deluxe. It cross-check the downloaded information with what seems as though it is time for me to upgrade. was written. Also, with the way everyone shops today, using debit cards, this feature is most Happy Computing! handy. This feature only works if you have an Kevin Svec (firstname.lastname@example.org) is President of the Internet connection and if your bank offers the Arizona Society for Computer Information, inc. (ASCIi) connectivity. If your bank also offers (www.asciigroup.org). He has been working with computers for categorization of activity, that same categorization over 25 years and is currently an IT Director for a law firm. will integrate with Money. c 8 The ASCIi Clipboard September 2006 AOL Announcement Answers About the New AOL info brought to you by Joe Zagar, ASCIi Frequently Asked Questions I'm Thinking About Switching to About the New AOL Broadband: What Should I Do? AOL offers several reliable and affordable options • Why Is AOL Doing This? for switching to a high-speed (cable or DSL) • What Is Included for Free? Internet connection. 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Choose to connect to the what you'll get for free from AOL: An e-mail Internet however you want, and enjoy the benefits account with up to seven screen names, the Buddy of AOL's software, e-mail, and features at no extra List® feature, Address Book, AOL software, cost. We'll still have pay plans for people who comprehensive safety and security protection, need an Internet connection and full customer Parental Controls, access to millions of online videos, AOL® Radio with XM and more. support, as well as certain a la carte services, but anyone can use AOL's free features regardless of What Don't I Get for Free? how they get online. There will still be a monthly charge to use AOL to When Can I Get AOL for Free? connect to the Internet, and we will offer several Continued on page 11 reliable and affordable options, on both dial-up and If you already have an alternative way to broadband. These options will include access to connect to the Internet, either by dial-up or our 24/7 Live (telephone) Customer Support, broadband, you can move to the free AOL plan which is not available with our free services. and continue to access your AOL e-mail, Additionally, we will offer various a la carte software, and security features. To change your products and services, many of which we will current AOL plan, simply call Member Services at announce this fall. 800-984-6207. September 2006 The ASCIi Clipboard 9 File Handling Reprinted from protonic.com info brought to you by Joe Zagar, ASCIi I have a friend who has a collection of over 1,000 Deleting Files eBooks. He keeps them in a folder called eBooks. While we were chatting he explained to me that he Having made your selection, right click on any one was creating sub-folders so that he could store and select Delete. They will all vanish. them by type (fiction, history, cookery etc.). At the Alternatively, drag them, using the mouse, to the rate he was working the job would have taken him recycle bin. hours, he was moving the files one at a time. Re-Naming After I showed him how to operate on multiple files he had the whole job done in less than 2 minutes. • You can rename whole groups of files: and the Being able to move, copy, delete, e-mail or rename example below shows one instance where this any number of files in a folder, or any number of can be useful. You may find other uses. folders, can save lots of time. • Make your selection, right click on one of the selected files and choose the rename option. A. Selecting the Files You Want to Work On • Type in the new name and press enter. 1. If you want to select a single file you simply • All the files will now have the same name, but point the mouse at it, or single click. each will have a unique suffix, which is a sequential number in brackets. 2. If you want to select all the files in the folder you can either open the Edit tab and click on Other Uses Select all, or you can highlight the first file in the folder, hold down the shift key and The above technique can also be used with the highlight the last file. send to option in the right click menu. This enables you to send a group of files by e-mail without the 3. If you want to highlight more than one, but need to attach them individually. not all, you hold down the Ctrl key and highlight the ones you want. A Practical Example B. Moving the Files 1. As well as re-organizing libraries, the above can be useful for music or picture collections. 1. Click on any of the files you have highlighted I use it to keep my family photographs in and hold down the click. Now drag the mouse some semblance of order. pointer to the folder you want them stored in. The folder doesn’t have to be open, it simply 2. I hate the software that came with my digital has be visible, either in an explorer window camera, it is slow and clunky, so I don’t use or on your desktop. it. I simply attach the camera to the PC and open an explorer window to view the files. 2. Release the mouse and your files will be moved. 3. I set the view tab to thumbnails so I can see each picture and select those I want to keep. Copying Files Then I drag them into my photo folder. 4. Have you noticed they always have really • Having highlighted the files you want to copy interesting names like dcp19786543fgh33? I using one of the methods above, right click on highlight all the photos I have taken and any one of them and select Copy. rename them with the place and date, e.g. • Navigate to wherever you want to copy them to ParisAug2006. Using thumbnail view I can and right click again. easily find those I want to open. • Select Paste. Windows will copy all the selected Reprinted from www.protonic.com 8/6/2006. files to the new folder. c 10 The ASCIi Clipboard September 2006 Tip-Bits Tips & News by Joe Zagar, ASCIi Tips Sites to Visit Desktop Toolbar About Computers Is your desktop littered with shortcuts? You could There are many good sites for those interested in put all these shortcuts in a neat toolbar at the top computers, and this one is well worth a look. of the screen. Right-click on the desktop and www.theeldergeek.com create a new folder. Call it shortcuts, or anything you like. Drag all the desktop shortcuts into it. Fish Recipes Now drag the folder to the very top of the screen, (or to one side if you prefer) and your new toolbar For those with a culinary bent here is a brilliant site will appear with all your shortcuts neatly arranged. for fish recipes. It has a distinctly British flavour and includes such recipes as Scottish Tweed Kettle, Your IP Address jellied eels, and Limpet pie. Delicious! www.thefoody.com/fish If you need to know your own IP address, go to Start > Run, and type in cmd and press Enter. In the command prompt window that opens, type Learn to Type Right ipconfig /all, and press Enter. If you are fed up with bashing the keyboard with two fingers and would like to emulate the On Screen Keyboard secretarial types who produce dozens of words If your keyboard isn’t working you can get one on without even looking at the keys, this free online your screen, operated by mouse, by going to Start typing course is brilliant. > Run, then type osk, and press Enter. If your www.goodtyping.com keyboard stops working you can use your mouse to navigate to C:\Windows\System32 and Joe Zagar (email@example.com) is a licensed Arizona double-click the osk.exe file. fishing guide (www.jzagar.com/zframe.htm), a Review Coordinator for the Arizona Society for Computer Information, inc. (ASCIi) (www.asciigroup.org), and the Vice-President and Quick Calendar Webmaster of the Sunland Village East Computer Club If you need a calendar, double click the time in the (www.svecc.com). system tray and one will appear as if by magic. c Continued from page 9 AOL Announcement (continued) Will I Be Bombarded With Advertising if I Choose the Free AOL Option? Does This Mean I Can Stop Paying for AOL? We do not anticipate significant changes to the That depends. You can choose the free AOL option advertising and pop-up policies in place on the and stop paying for Internet access and customer AOL.com website and throughout the AOL support from AOL if you have another way to get service. online. Once you're online, you can continue to use AOL's software, e-mail and security features at no charge. We will, however, continue to offer What if I Still Need Internet Access? dial-up and high-speed (cable or DSL) plans for those who need a connection to the Internet and AOL will continue to offer several reliable and customer support. affordable options for connecting to the Internet, on both dial-up and high-speed (cable or DSL) Will There Be a Service Disruption if I plans. Choose the Free AOL Option? No - you should be able to continue accessing the Can I Keep Using AOL in Spanish or AOL software, your e-mail account and additional English? AOL features, as long as you have a connection to the Internet. Make sure you first start up your Yes, you can continue to use AOL in the language Internet connection before you open your AOL that you prefer - Spanish or English. software. c September 2006 The ASCIi Clipboard 11 APCUG Annual Conference January 2007, Las Vegas IT’S TIME TO REGISTER 2007 Annual Conference Thursday, January 4 thru Sunday, January 7 Your User Group’s Future is You! New Location: must be received by October 25. If you register between October 16 and November 30, your check The Riviera Hotel & Casino must be received by December 7. The higher fee 2901 Las Vegas Blvd S will apply if payment is not received according to Las Vegas, NV 89109-1933 these schedules. • Digital Photo Contest (more info on page 13) Included in the registration fee is a complimentary • Educational Workshops APCUG shirt. Our deadline to order shirts is • Peer-to-Peer Interaction October 25. We usually order a very limited number of shirts in size XL for late registrants. • Open to All User Group Members Attendees who register before our cut-off date will APCUG is coordinating a variety of activities in Las be able to get the shirt size they ordered. If you Vegas for user group officers, directors and do not get a shirt in your registration kit, it is due members. A warm welcome to first time attendees to your late registration. kicks off these four days of peer-to-peer interactive The user group activities at our conference are workshops and informative/educational aimed at user group officers, Special Interest presentation sessions. Group (SIG) leaders, appointed officers and They have an easy to find Hospitality Room staying directors and potential officers. Keep in mind that open from early morning to late night for catching all user group members are potential officers or up with old friends. Also planned are events future leaders of your group. hosted by sponsoring vendors and a special “by invitation only” Friends of APCUG reception in a 2. Housing Rates room with a breath-taking view. Please support APCUG by staying at the Riviera Hotel. The Registration Process This contact information is to be used when making 1. APCUG Registration room reservations at The Riviera. Make your reservations online using the link from the APCUG By October 15 (Early Bird Special) $75 registration page. You may also call the hotel October 16 thru November 30 $100 directly at 800-634-6753 in the U.S. or direct After November 30 $150 702-794-9412 and identify yourself with Group Code APCUG and present a credit card number. Registration is online on the APCUG website: The credit card will be charged for a minimum of www.apcug.net/events/conference07. Credit cards one night’s room and tax at the time the will be accepted. If you wish to pay by check, print reservation is made. Non-smoking rooms are and mail one copy of your registration confirmation limited, so reserve early. Continued with your check, in US funds, to APCUG, 3155 E Patrick Ln, Ste 1, Las Vegas, NV 89120-3481. APCUG’s special negotiated room rate ends on If you register on or before October 15, your check December 14. Please reserve early. 12 The ASCIi Clipboard September 2006 Continued from previous page Room rates (single or double occupancy - all rates traffic). Airport Service Vans are available for are plus applicable taxes): around $4 per person. January 2 thru 6 (Tue–Sat) $74 per night Parking at The Riviera during the conference January 7 thru 10 (Sun–Wed) $125 per night is complimentary. Petite Suite $175 per night Surcharge for triple occupancy $10 per night 5. CES Exhibits Registration If you plan to attend the CES exhibits, you must 3. Special Needs register directly with them. Registration is on the If you have special needs (diet, hearing, web at: wheelchair or other), it is necessary that you www.registration.expoexchange.com/ShowCES071 indicate your need when you register. The Riviera catering will only offer cereal or fruit plate or a Registration Entitles You To: vegetable plate as alternatives to a regular diet. • APCUG Conference badge * 4. Transportation • Registration materials The free CES shuttle stops right outside the • APCUG Conference shirt conference center. The convention center is also • All Conference meals within walking distance of The Riviera. Cab fare is • All Conference social events approximately $4 each way, depending on traffic. • Round Table sessions Those persons making other lodging arrangements • Vendor Faire will be responsible for securing a means of transportation to The Riviera in the morning and * Your APCUG Conference badge admits you to all back to their respective lodgings in the evening. If Round Table sessions and Conference events. You you are staying at The Riviera, bus/taxi will not be admitted to any Conference event transportation from the Las Vegas Airport to The without the appropriate APCUG badge. Riviera is approximately $12 (depending on c Deadline is approaching! Get your entries in before September 30th A “digital first” for the Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG) in 2007! Our kick-off event for the Annual Conference (January 2007) will showcase the talents of our member group photographers! Somewhere inside all of us is a creative genius just waiting for the chance to grab the spotlight, and we want to give you that chance. There will be multiple chances to win - including professional judging and our own “Photo Idol” chosen from our Conference attendees! So, grab those cameras and start shooting! See Contest Rules on the APCUG Website: www.apcug.net/events/photocontest September 2006 The ASCIi Clipboard 13 Tech Corner SP1 Abandoned in the Fall by Chuck Thomas, BGAMUG A popup message from Windows Update has been Some of you may have heard that Microsoft alerting me recently to the fact that Microsoft is announced (on their website) that support for ending its support for Windows XP Service Pack 1 Windows XP Home and Media Center Edition (SP1) as of October 10, 2006. It offers a free would be discontinued at the end of 2006 - download of SP2, which will continue to be regardless of which service pack is installed. But supported once installed. that was an error, according to Microsoft. Here is the full story on that If, like me, you are still running SP1, Microsoft gaff from ZD Net News: you might think that it is no big deal since you never call or write Microsoft SP1 to SP2 Until Tuesday night, a posting on for support anyhow! But the one big Microsoft's Website stated that support problem is that there will no longer be any for Windows XP Home and Windows XP Media security updates for the old version of XP. As you Centre Edition would end on 31 December, 2006. know, Microsoft is regularly learning of security That would mean no more security fixes or any holes in their OS and issuing updates (patches for other support items, such as warranty claims, for the holes) that you should be installing to keep users of those operating system products. your computer somewhat safe from hackers. These security updates will continue to be But the posting was incorrect, Ines Vargas, a available to XP users with SP2 installed, but they program manager at Microsoft, told ZDNet UK will end in October for SP1. sister site CNET News.com. The software maker has now If you don’t know whether or no more security fixes or updated the online not SP2 is installed, simply any other support items, information to reflect that click Start/My Computer (or the consumer Windows XP the My Computer link on such as warranty claims, editions, along with XP your desktop) and then on for users of those Professional, will be the left side of the My operating system products supported until two years Computer window under after Vista ships, she said. System Tasks, click View Vista, the long-delayed next system in formation. The System Properties update of Windows, is expected to arrive by the window that pops up will show basic information end of the year. about your computer, including the installed Service Pack for XP. "This was brought to our attention late last week, and since then, we have worked diligently to If you need to upgrade to SP2, go to this make the change on the site, which was effective Microsoft web page: Tuesday night," she said. "It was not a change in www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx support policy. It is reflective of the policy as we understand it." You’ll find a link in the Get Windows XP SP2 Now box to receive the huge file on a CD by mail for …so we can rest easy knowing we are safe in the only the cost of mailing. This saves you the hands of Microsoft! trouble of a long download and provides a CD for quick reinstall if it should be necessary. The page Chuck Thomas, Chuckt@insightbb.com, is a member of the also provides “quick tips for a successful upgrade” Bowling Green Area Microcomputer User Group, KY under the How link. (www.bgamug.org). There is no restriction against any non-profit group using this Similarly, support is finally ending on the same article as long as it is kept in context with proper credit given the date for Windows 98, ME, and NT. But I doubt author. The Editorial Committee of the Association of Personal that many of you are running these operating Computer User Groups (APCUG), an international organization of systems these days, and if you are you long ago which this group is a member, brings this article to you. ceased to worry about support from Microsoft! c 14 The ASCIi Clipboard September 2006 XP or Vista? Upgrade to XP, or Wait for Vista? by Elaine Drain, SSCC From talking with our members, it seems that quite • If you would like to upgrade to a new computer a number of you with older computers running with XP now and may wish to upgrade to Vista Win98 or ME are in a quandary as to whether to go later on and also have higher needs such as ahead and buy a new computer now with XP or try working with digital photos and editing to hold out until Vista arrives on the scene. As Jim programs, spreadsheets, databases, power and I tell our members when shows, etc., you should asking for buying advice, it’s a PCs that meet the minimum consider spending a little more personal choice you have to supported system to get a Pentium or Athlon make depending on your needs processor. I would recommend requirements will be able to and your budget. We can, a bare minimum of 512MB of run the core features of memory (RAM) if you are however, provide some general information to help you choose, Windows Vista with the working with multimedia so read on. basic user experience. (photos/music/movies/radio) for now but you should plan to XP certainly is superior to Windows 98 or ME, add another 512MB of memory when you especially now that 98 and ME are no longer upgrade to Vista. supported. Microsoft will probably continue to support XP for 4 or 5 more years (but no one can Windows Vista Minimum Supported say for certain on that one). XP, even with its System Requirements vulnerabilities, is a very stable operating system. If you are wondering about the minimum Jim and I are both running XP Pro and have been requirements for upgrading your current computer satisfied with its performance overall. I have been to Vista, the following information was taken from doing a lot of reading on Vista and, from the the Microsoft website: information available, feel that it will be superior to XP, but not everyone will require all of the features PCs that meet the minimum supported system that will be included in the full version of Vista. requirements will be able to run the core features of Windows Vista with the basic user experience. So given that information, here are some choices: Processor 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor • Current Computer with 98 or ME: If you are currently running Windows 98 or ME and don’t want to spend a lot of money next year for a System Memory 512MB new computer with Vista, you may want to go ahead and buy a new computer with XP soon. GPU SVGA (800x600) The Back-To-School prices for computers right (GPU means Graphics Processing now are very enticing. Certainly, the newer Unit, or in other words, Monitor) computers next year running Vista will cost substantially more because of the increased Graphics Memory (not stated, although hardware requirements. I have heard a minimum of 128MB) • If you would like to upgrade to a new computer with XP now and have minimum needs only Continued on page 17 using your computer for e-mail and surfing the HDD 20GB (Hard Disk Drive) Internet, and do not plan to upgrade to the Vista operating system down the road, a HDD Free Space 15GB budget-priced computer with a Celeron or Sempron processor may suit your needs, even though you would have fewer upgrade options Optical Drive CD-ROM drive in the future. September 2006 The ASCIi Clipboard 15 Windows XP and Speech Recognition by Vinny La Bash, SPCUG I used to watch Star Trek in envy as the ship’s with the package for your money, but they’re not computer “listened” to the crews’ instructions and important to our discussion. responded with perfect understanding. Speech recognition is not there yet, but why let lack of If you have Microsoft Word or Office installed, and perfection stop us from trying? you don’t have the Speech Recognition tab in the above mentioned dialog box, the program was not Speech recognition has come a long way since it installed by default. Fortunately, it’s easy to install was first introduced to personal computers. On a from Word. From the Tools menu open the Speech basic level speech recognition is the process of option. Choose Yes when you’re asked if you want converting an acoustic signal, captured by a to install the program. You will probably need the microphone, and transforming it into words on a installation disk. document. The procedure is highly technical, but you don’t have to understand its inner mysteries to use it any more than you need to know how an automobile is designed in order to drive it. You didn’t think you were finished, did you? The program needs to be trained like a puppy dog. It won’t mess your carpet, and you don’t need to take it for a walk, but you do have to show it how Many of those who have Windows XP installed to speak appropriately. The program will assist believe that speech recognition is built into XP. you with the proper position of your microphone, That’s because many PC vendors install Microsoft’s and it will help you create a profile. speech recognition software along with XP as a The profile stores your unique speech patterns and convenience to customers. Click on the Start any pronunciation quirks you may have. You can button and go into Control Panel. Locate the use one of three different voices as your default, Speech icon and open it with your mouse. A dialog Michelle, Michael, or Microsoft Sam. They could all box will appear. If it has a Speech Recognition stand some improvement, but I prefer Sam. tab, the program is already installed. All that’s left is for you to “train” the program to If speech recognition is not installed you have convert your speech into words on the document. Continued several options. You can buy Microsoft Plus! for Start the training from the Speech option in the Windows XP for about $30. This is the least Tools menu. You will be offered a selection of expensive option. You get some additional goodies different texts to read, ranging from Bill Gates’ 16 The ASCIi Clipboard September 2006 Continued from previous page book “The Road Ahead” to Edgar Allen Poe’s “Fall through the conventional keyboard and mouse of the House of Usher”. The more text you read, interface. Those who suffer from visual the more accurately the program will convert your impairments, repetitive strain injuries or other speech to text. In time, you can experience an physical limitations have found new opportunities accuracy rate better than 98%. through speech recognition. You may be amazed at what you can accomplish when you unleash the Get a high quality microphone. A noise-canceling power of your voice. headset can be purchased for less than $50. Speak naturally, the same way you would speak to There is no reason why speech recognition has another person in a normal conversation. Don’t try to be confined to computers. This technology is training the program as if it were a child or an slowly finding its way into homes, automobiles, obstinate pet. That produces very poor results and factories, and wherever the marketplace needless frustration. dictates. Even with all the progress in the last decade, Speech recognition, like video editing, requires a speech recognition is still far from perfect. So why lot of computer power. Have at least one gigabyte bother using it? It’s an excellent tool for creating of memory and a 2.0 MHz processor as a bare the first draft of a manuscript of any length. minimum. Dictation is a lot easier than using the keyboard and mouse to make text entries. If you take the Vinny La Bash (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a member of the Sarasota PCUG (spcug.org), Florida. time to learn how to correct errors through the program’s editing utility, you will save time, There is no restriction against any non-profit group using this especially if you fall into the camp of lousy typists article as long as it is kept in context with proper credit given the as most of us do. author. The Editorial Committee of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG), an international organization of Speech control allows many people access to which this group is a member, brings this article to you. computers who could otherwise not use them c Continued from page 15 memory upgrade, not to mention the graphics XP or Vista? (continued) card requirements, would add up to a tidy sum Keep in mind that the above specs are for running and in the end you would still have a very old the BASIC version of Vista and not the fully computer (that may or may not work well with functional version which has a multitude of new Vista). features. Although Microsoft is currently stating Current Computer Came With XP: If your current that Vista will run with 512MB of RAM at a computer came with XP already installed, you minimum, I would make certain the computer may want to hold out and wait to see what Vista could be upgraded to 1GB of RAM. offers and how it operates before you take the Minimum requirements are just that - bare bones plunge. minimum - and I would recommend that your Excellent Comparison – Vista vs XP: If you would computer exceed these minimums. Vista is like to take a peek and see how Vista compares currently in the Beta2 stage and is nearing (so with XP side by side, follow this link: they say) finalization before debut, but that does www.bentuser.com/article.aspx?ID=332&page=1 not mean that the system requirements stated here won’t change by the time the system is ready If you’re wondering how the Apple operating to sell, so stay tuned on that. system, Tiger, compares with Vista, this article may be of interest to you: Personally, if your current computer came with www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1842175,00.asp Windows 98 or ME, I would not recommend attempting to upgrade your old computer to Vista Elaine Drain is the President of the Senior Surfers Computer unless you originally purchased a high end Club, Delaware (www.nscseniorsurfers.com) computer with a Pentium processor with the There is no restriction against any non-profit group using this capability of 1GB of RAM. Even then, it may not be article as long as it is kept in context with proper credit given the worth the time, effort and money to upgrade. author. The Editorial Committee of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG), an international organization of The cost to purchase the Vista operating system, which this group is a member, brings this article to you. plus any installation charges, plus the cost of the c September 2006 The ASCIi Clipboard 17 thousands of subscribers in 35 countries. During the past few years I’ve witnessed a tremendous migration away from AOL to other Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Within the past four years, AOL lost more than 9 million users, so if you do decide to leave AOL, you’ll certainly be in good company. Q. My daughter sent a photo as an Without question, there are more cost-effective, attachment that I want to open. The name of less software-intrusive methods of accessing the the photo is FishingTrip!.jpg, but when I try Internet. to look at it, a message pops up that says, “This file does not have a program associated Every day I help people evaluating their ISP with it for performing this action.” I have no options, so if I can help you, please visit idea what that means. What is it trying to tell www.MrModem.com, subscribe to my newsletter, me, Mr. M.? I love your newsletter and and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may recommend it to all my friends. have. (Due to the volume of mail received each day, and in order to continue to provide the fastest A. A .jpg file is a very common format that you assistance possible, personal responses are limited shouldn't have any difficulty opening. The problem to subscribers only.) here is the filename. You might want to tell your daughter that she should avoid using what are called special characters when naming a file. The Mr. Modem’s DME use of an exclamation mark (!) in a filename is a major no-no, as is the use of other special (Don’t Miss ‘Em) characters such as @, #, $, %, etc. If she limits herself to letters and numbers (known in high- Sites of the Month falootin’ computin’ terms as an alphanumeric naming convention) she’ll be fine and you’ll be able History Detectives to open any .jpg files sent to you. Currently in its fifth season on PBS, "History Detectives" is as much a learning experience as it If you rename her file and remove the exclamation is a television show. The series pushes beyond the mark, you should be able to open it without any standard fare of our history books to find the truth problem. To rename the file, select (highlight) it, behind the biggest mysteries, most infamous press F2, then type in the new name. I would scandals, legendary objects, and other human suggest retaining the same filename, but just folklore of years past. The Web site contains past deleting the exclamation mark, so it becomes case files, insight into investigative techniques FishingTrip.jpg. such as DNA and handwriting analysis, forensic technology and ballistics, as well as a do-it-yourself Q. I’ve been a long-time AOL dial-up user, section to teach you how to start solving your own but their upcoming changes and offering mysteries. things for free confuses me. Is there anything I need to do or should I just leave www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/ AOL completely? Seinfeld’s Dictionary of Terms and Phrases A. If you’re currently using AOL dial-up, you will still be charged $25.90 each month for their If you’re a fan of the Seinfeld sitcom, here you’ll unlimited access plan. You’ll also receive 50GB find definitions of terms and punch lines including (gigabytes) of online storage, and extra security classics such as “anti-dentite,” “caught-in-a-pick,” features in addition to the basic software which “re-gifting,” “close-talker” and "Yada, Yada, Yada." AOL will be providing for free. You’ll also have a http://tinyurl.com/qzbbr choice of a $9.95 per month plan with unlimited access, but no storage or increased security. You For personal answers to your questions by e-mail, can avoid paying AOL completely by obtaining dial- plus easy-to-understand computer tips, subscribe up or broadband (high-speed) access through to Mr. Modem’s Weekly newsletter. Don’t miss Mr. another provider, via DSL (digital subscriber line) M.’s best-selling CD-ROM featuring more than or cable access. 1400 of the best Web sites. For more information, to view an excerpt from the CD, or to order, visit As far as leaving AOL, as the publisher of a popular www.MrModem.com. weekly computer-help newsletter, I interact with c 18 The ASCIi Clipboard September 2006 This featured column appears monthly in our newsletter. Please help by contributing to this section if you work with any version of Linux and find some solutions that might be helpful to others. Thanks, Kevin Svec. DansGuardian, Part 2 good one is located at: www.ma.utexas.edu/ users/stirling/computergeek/ The Review dansguardian.html. by Kevin Svec Spencer Stirling, who wrote the article, really Now that does a good job of outlining the complete DansGuardian installation and “tweaking” stages of the (DG) has been software. installed for a couple of My daughter's have learned to accept the months, and blocks, and have enjoyed surfing the web my daughter's without any other issues. have been able to give it a If you have Linux, and you are in need of a work-over, let's really good, reasonably priced (FREE) and fairly talk about how simple to install web filter, then DansGuardian well it has worked. is the application for you. A quick Google search will turn up plenty of results for There have only been a few issues where DG installing and “tweaking” DG. blocked a site that they should have had access to. This is due in part to some of the script and Until next time… CTRL-Z-Penguin source blocking that DG has set as defaults. After a couple of tweaks in the configuration Kevin Svec (email@example.com) is President of the files everything is fine. Arizona Society for Computer Information, inc. (ASCIi) (www.asciigroup.org). He has been working with computers There was a need to locate a few good for over 25 years and is currently an IT Director for a law firm. resources for fully tweaking DG. One really c Continued from page 1 President’s Message (continued) If you have any questions about the duties or responsibilities, please do not hesitate to contact Unfortunately, we now have an opening for an Ric Fischer or me about it. Thank you for your officer position. Ric Fischer had to resign from consideration in this matter. his post as Secretary due to some new The Secretary position will be filled obligations in his life. He also had to resign as by appointment at the September our Eastside Meeting Coordinator. Ric has been Steering Committee meeting a part of our success for many years. While we (September 9, 2006, 11:30am, are saddened to lose him from these posts, we Abacus Tower, 3030 N 3rd St, know it is for good reason. We all appreciate Phoenix). that Ric has decided to continue in the other roles he fills in the group: Webmaster, Affiliate The Eastside Meeting Coordinator is kind of a Coordinator, and Bylaws Committee Chair. "de facto" role. There is no official post, or set term for serving. Anyone is allowed to hold that I am calling for volunteers for the Secretary position as long as they are willing to serve. position. It is a vacancy term which will last through the end of the year. At that time we Bob Nixon has graciously accepted the position. will vote for officers again for next year. All who Thank you, Bob, for stepping up so quickly. are interested in the Secretary position, please send an e-mail to me, Kevin Svec, -Kevin Svec firstname.lastname@example.org. c September 2006 The ASCIi Clipboard 19 Maps to ASCIi Meetin g Locations E Osborn Rd E Southern Ave Tempe S Rural Rd Happy Trails Library N Central Ave Pyle Adult Recreation Center 655 E Southern Ave E Earll Dr W Bell Rd Tempe N 175th Ave N 3rd St Abacus Tower Word of Life 3030 N 3rd St Lutheran Church Suite 1300 17525 W Bell Rd Phoenix Surprise E Thomas Rd Superstition Fwy - US 60 Westside Meeting Central Meeting Eastside Meeting 1st Saturday of the month, 12:30pm 2nd Saturday of the month, 12:30pm 4th Saturday of the month, 12:30pm Steering Committee, 11:30am For more meeting information see the pages 1 and 3. Be our guest - visitors are welcomed at all meetings. ASCIi 1934 E LAGUNA DR TEMPE AZ 85282-5913 ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED AIL SM AS - CL ST FI R Arizona Society for Computer Information, Inc. (ASCIi) 1934 E Laguna Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282-5913 Membership Application New Members, Renewals, and Change of Information Your Name Today’s Date Street/PO Box City State ZIP Code E-Mail 1 E-Mail 2 (For couples. Optional.) Phone Number Is this a New Membership, Renewal, or Change of Info? Received By - Name of Officer or Member Comments How to Join. First, complete this application. Then either mail it with a check for your dues (you’ll receive a receipt in the mail), or give the application and your dues to any officer or member of the group. Dues. Dues are $30 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 prize drawing tickets! Arizona Society for Amount Received: Computer Information, Inc. (ASCIi) $ 1934 E Laguna Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282-5913 Check Cash RECEIPT New/Renewing Member’s Name Today’s Date Name of Officer or Member Receiving Dues Officer/Member Signature Personal Information. Your address, phone number and e-mail address(es) will only be distributed to officers, and to staff who require them to perform their duties, i.e. Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, etc. Membership Benefits: Newsletter. You will receive our printed monthly newsletter, the ASCIi Clipboard, in the mail. Website. You will have access to members-only areas of the ASCIi website, www.asciigroup.org. E-Mail Mailing List. The Webmaster will add your e-mail address(es) to our ASCIi Mailing List, where we share ideas and receive announcements of upcoming group events. E-Mail Address. The Webmaster will create an e-mail address for you, so you can communicate with other group members without revealing your private e-mail address. Format: email@example.com Free Prizes. There are prize drawings at ASCIi Meetings. Prizes are only for members. Other Benefits. Check the newsletter and website for many more benefits of membership.