September 20, 2008 Mtg. 20th Anniversary Celebration, Presentation by John Warsinski

Today the Hunterdon Computer Club celebrated its 20th anniversary with a breakfast for its members held at Perkin’s Restaurant in Flemington.  The gathering at Perkin’s was organized by John Warsinski who also gave a presentation at this meeting on How to Handle Email.  Approximately 35 members attended, some of whom were members in the early years of the club.  Danka  Kovalcik, a guest, also joined us at this meeting.  Lon Hosford, President, brought copies of newsletters and member directories from the early years to circulate among the members.

Following breakfast, members reminisced about the early days.

The club was born on July 16, 1988 and the first President was Dr. Rudy Ross.  The original newsletter was also named DOS HUG and its first editor was Joyce Tigner.    Evelyn Stewart was remembered for the many things she accomplished while a member of the club.  She was the newsletter editor and did a fine job for many years.  Also to her credit were the computer classes she was instrumental in starting for seniors at the Senior Center. The name of the newsletter was changed in February, 1996, to the Hunterdon Computer Club Newsletter and the computer keyboard was added to the masthead in July of that year.

In November 1997, Paul Glattstein became the web master of our original Club web page and learned HTML in the process.

The club met in various locations over the years, including the Circle Diner in Flemington, the Hunterdon Library, the Hunterdon Arboretum, the Pelican Pool Company on Rt. 22 in Whitehouse, and the Hunterdon Medical Center (the list is not in any particular order).

Jac Carroll was the Treasurer back then.  In 1993, an avid user of Compuserve, Jac set up and ran his Bulletin Board, Midnight Machine Works, which he managed from his computer set-up in his basement.

Jac and John Warsinski and others in the group remember using computers with a 10 megabyte hard drive and thinking how great it was.  John said his first computer was a Timex Sinclair with a hard drive of 4K with a memory expansion port on the back.  He even remembers writing a program to do calculations on it through a hit or miss method, but he got ‘er done.

Members also fondly remembered Rick Williams for the humor he brought to the club’s meetings.  He always had a good joke or story to get the ball rolling.

Some in the club expressed a desire to expand the current membership to more young adults.  Some suggestions to accomplish this were to talk to younger people in one’s family to see what would be of interest to them, get a young person to give a presentation at the club, and to suggest doing a presentation at a club meeting as part of a college student’s class requirements.

Q&A
Q:  I am having problems with Firefox.  I downloaded Service Pack 3.01 which I believe is causing the problems.

A.  Delete all Firefox files and reinstall the software.

Q.  I keep getting emails from people I don’t know.  I can’t send a reply to the person because the email is sent back to my correct email address.  When I send a reply, it just comes back to me.  I called my email provider but they say it is impossible for two people to have the same email address.

A.  Contact the sender of the email by email and ask them to contact the person who has the same email address as you do to make her aware of the problem and the need to change her email address.  Verizon, your email provider, is the only one that can change your email address to correct the error.

Q.  My new computer keyboard is too fast.  Can I purchase a new keyboard that would be slower?

A.  The keyboard speed is adjustable.  Go to Control Panel, click on Keyboard, and adjust the speed by moving the box on Repeat Delay to faster or slower as you wish.

Q.  I’m having a problem with frequently being dropped from my connection with Gmail while using it.  Is anyone else having this problem with Gmail?

A.  It is possible to download all of your email messages on the Gmail server to your computer so you will not need to be connected to Gmail for any length of time.  Also, check the date and time shown on your computer as that sometimes affects connecting to Gmail.

Presentation:  How to Handle Email – John Warsinski

So many of us like to forward emails we receive from our friends to others we think will enjoy them.  It is important though to clean up emails before you forward them.  Your friend that originally sent you the email does not want his email address and his contacts’ email addresses sent to everyone else.  It is only proper to protect their email address and delete them before you forward it to someone else.  There is more than one way to do this.

First, when forwarding the email, highlight all those addresses of the person or people on the email that sent it to you and click “Delete”.  Also do the same and delete the items that show up on the bottom of the page.  If there are small icons or even straight lines, just click on these and little squares will show up.  Just click “Delete” and these too will be gone.    Then you can forward the email to the next person without compromising the email address of the person who sent it to you and even those that sent it to that person, if they were not deleted.

Second, highlight the information in the message that you want to forward and copy it.  Then compose a brand new email and paste the information you copied into the new email.  Add the address information for the people you wish to send it to and any other message you might want and then send it out.

You can also create and use a “Recipient list suppressed” notation in the address line, using your own email address.  Then put the names of the contacts you wish to send the email to in the “bcc” line.  The email will be sent to you and to the others you listed under “bcc”, but the names and email addresses of your contacts will not be visible to each other.

You can also choose to send your email to your “Outbox” before you send it to everyone.  This gives you the opportunity to check the message your contacts will receive to see if the picture(s) that may be attached open properly or that you have sent it to the correct people.

Under Tools you can set up Message Rules.  This allows you to choose how your emails will be handled.  You can choose to delete messages received with certain email addresses or words in the message, or move the email to special folders.  You can set up rules for how messages addressed in a certain way will be sent.

Q.    Are links in email messages virus free?

A.  It depends on who sent it and if they actually checked the site.  All emails are checked before being downloaded to your computer by your virus software, but the links within the message can be affected by a virus.

SiteAdvisor is a piece of software that can be downloaded free that will check websites and put a symbol on them which indicates which ones are safe and which ones are not.  There is also a version of SiteAdvisor available for Firefox.  For more information, go to Google and type in “free SiteAdvisor download” and investigate those available.  You can also go to your favorite software download site for information.

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