Category Archives: 2007

Topics relating to the 2007 club meetings.

December 15, 2007 Meeting

A gathering of at least 25 club members had a Christmas party at the Hunterdon Medical Center on Saturday, December 15.  In addition to the usual bagels and coffee, there were many other treats provided by the club members.

A brief meeting was held, primarily to answer computer questions from the members.  A discussion regarding digital TVs and how soon all televisions will need to receive digital signals drew comments from many of the members.

Other questions discussed related to having two redundant computer drives as security in case there were problems accessing the data or programs on one of the drives, how to move programs from one hard drive to another, and using a USB external hard drive as back up or a for special purpose.

Following the Q&A, the members indulged in tasting and enjoying brownies, deviled eggs, cookies, and a variety of other delectable edibles.  The chocolate covered saltine cookie recipe requested by some of the members was sent to members via the group mail box.

The next meeting will be on January 19.  Bill Woodall will give a presentation on Vista software.

November 17, 2007 mtg. – Creating Macros, Paul Natenson

A faithful group of Hunterdon Computer Club members gathered on Saturday, November 17, for refreshments, the club meeting and a presentation by Paul Natanson on Creating Macros to Automate Tasks in Excel and Word.
In the business meeting, Lon Hosford, President of the club, said for the coming year he will continue as President, John Gbur is the Vice President and will handle club publicity; Jim Aller is club Secretary, and John Warsinski is Treasurer.
Ilene expressed concern on how to target new people to increase club membership.  Suggestions made by members included:

·        News releases to local newspaper

·        Submitting meeting date, location, time, and presentation info to Community Calendar section of local newspaper

·        Radio announcement on stations that cover local news

·        Bring your friends

·        Links from members’ websites to club website

·        Write and post articles on club website on topics that may be of interest to the general public

·        Put a poster outside the auditorium where presentation is given inviting guests to join us.

·        Put an ad in the high school newspaper suggesting students tell their parents about the club.
Club members are asked to email John Gbur with any suggestions on where to send publicity releases for the best exposure.
Q&A
Q.  Member has a wireless laptop but cannot connect to the Internet.

A.  Make sure you have your wireless Internet turned on.  There is a small switch on the front of your computer, which must be turned on.
Q.  What is Gmail?

A.  Gmail is Google mail.  It is spam free, is free to use, and has 4GBs free storage. It is not secure email, so don’t use it for confidential information.
Q.  Member using Gmail found that forwarded messages that included embedded pictures and/or website links, dropped the pictures and the links.  How can these functions be restored?

A.  Try clicking on Settings on the Gmail page and under “Outgoing message encoding” click on “Use Unicode encoding for outgoing messages.”.
For those who have used Google Earth, try MicroSoft Live Maps.  It seems to be a step above Google Earth in some areas because more detail is available.  The Bird’s Eye view gives detail that can be downloaded to your GPS through a wireless Internet connection.
Presentation –  Creating Macros to Automate Tasks in Excel and Word, by Paul Natanson

In using Excel and Word for various applications, there are many times when it is necessary to do the same repetitious actions over and over again.  In order to reduce the time this takes and to eliminate the repetition and make the process quick and easy, create a macro to do the same function using only a click instead of a long series of actions.
A macro is a set of computer instructions, a mini-computer program, activated by an event.  It is often written in computer programming language called Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), which is a subset of Visual Basic.  It can also involve decisions and branches using “if” and “then” and “else” statements.
The macros can be creating quickly in Word by going to Tools/Macro/Record new macro.  Give the macro a name, store the macro in a document where it is easy to find, assign to the keyboard or toolbar, and click OK.  A toolbar pops up.  Go through the strokes you would use to accomplish the task you want, then click “stop recording”.  Put the icon on the toolbar to activate the macro if you chose “toolbar” prior to recording the macro.  To run the macro, go to Tools/Macro/Macro/select the macro file/Run.  The macro can be edited to change the actions of the macro as needed.
The Undo command will not undo a macro so be sure you want to run the macro on your document.
For more detailed information, go to Paul’s website, http://excelvbaprogramming.homestead.com and click on “Free courses”. From there you can open a PowerPoint presentation on macros, and read and print out handouts with instructions how to record, run, and edit macros.
Thanks, Paul, for explaining the mystery of creating macros in a simple, straight-forward way.
Next month’s meeting, December 15, will be the club’s Christmas Party.  Bring something to share.  As usual, questions about computer problems will be answered at the meeting, and the meeting will be open to the public.

October 20, 2007 – Bill Woodall Speaks on Latest Digital Photography Techniques

October 12, 2007 Flemington New Jersey. The Hunterdon Computer Club is
excited to announce a digital photography presentation for all those
digital camera enthusiasts who want to see some of the latest
techniques and tools professionals use.

At the October 20th meeting, Bill Woodall will present a series of
professional digital photography topics related to current with
technical trends such as organization and editing.

Bill is a long time photographer as well a computer expert and teacher
who is known for many past digital photography presentation at the
Hunterdon Computer Club. Bill is an adjunct comptuer science professor
at Raritan Valley Community College as well as a graduate. Bill is
also a well know computer consultant in the area.

Bill will demonstrate the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom product that is a
professional photographer’s essential toolbox, providing one easy
application for managing, adjusting, and presenting large volumes of
digital photographs so you can spend less time in front of the
computer and more time behind the lens.

The Hunterdon Computer Club is open to the public at no charge. Folks
of all ages and computer interests are welcome. The meeting is October
20, 2007 at 8:30 am. There is an open Q&A starting about 9:45am and
the presentation follows the Q&A. So stop by and bring your questions
on any computer topic.

Meeting is held at the Hunterdon Medical Center. Directions are available under the Meetings tab on this web site.

More info on the Adobe Lightroom software can be found at
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/.

More information on Bill Woodall at http://www.woodall.com/

September 15, 2007 Mtg. – Picasa2 and Garmin GPS

Presentation –  Video on the Web Using Picasa2 and Garmin GPS
Lon Hosford shared with the club some video clips of his recent vacation to Mesa Verde, Utah.  He took a variety of pictures of the places he visited and put the clips together in albums.  The pictures and video were put into Windows Movie Maker.  The video was imported as clips so it could be edited for pace and content.  Then the clips were exported and saved to the computer.  Using Picasa2 with albums, the video could be put on the web to be shared with friends.

Picasa2 is free software, which can be downloaded from Google that can help locate, organize, edit, and add effects to all the photos on your computer.  It can help you share your photos and videos through emails and on the web.

Another great item that Lon shared with the group was his new Garmin GPS unit.  This was purchased for the trip to make traveling easier and to help him find his destinations.  The portable unit adheres to the front windshield of the car.  The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system.  It was originally intended for the military, but the government made the system available for public use.  It works in any weather and there are no set-up charges or continuing subscription fees to use the system.

There are a few other manufacturers of portable GPS systems, such as Magellan and TomTom.  GPS systems are now available as an added feature built into new cars.  They are very handy, especially when driving in towns or areas that are unknown to you.  In addition to giving directions to your destination, they can help find gas stations, airports, hotels, places of interest, and much more.  Lon said it was especially useful driving through traffic in unfamiliar towns to find areas he wanted to visit.

Lon Hosford, President of the club, opened the September meeting by reviewing the goals of the club and reminding everyone to use the club’s blog for meeting information.  He suggested using the club’s group email for questions to club members.  One visitor joined the meeting, Richard Graper; and Lon introduced him to the group.
Ilene asked if nominations could be made in September and October for club officers since the election of officers is held in November.  Lon said nominations could be made at this time.  Ilene nominated Carmella Vowinkel for President.  The nomination was seconded.  She then nominated John Gbur for Vice President.  The nomination was seconded.  Carmella nominated John Warsinski for President.  John declined the nomination. 

Q&A
Q.  Member has a Spanish language program.  There is no music or voice coming from the program, but there are pictures.  What can be done to get sound?

A.  Try another computer to see if it works or try an Ipod.  The program may be very old and not able to be played.
Q.  How can I bring back tools that an Administrator disabled in XP?

A.   Re-enable them by going to Start, Control Panel, User Accounts.  Right click on Reg edit and click on Permissions.  As Administrator, you can change them and enable the tools you wish.
Q.  At a gathering people had gizmos on which they were able to check the football score.  What could the gizmos have been?

A.  They could possibly have been an IPhone, a Blackberry, a Palm Treo or some other device, or it could have been an application put on their cell phone. There are software programs that can be downloaded to provide football scores on these devices.
Q.  Win32 folder has a host file under drivers.  The computer gives a warning that someone is trying to change the host file.  What should I do?

A.  Could run Hijackthis.DE to see what they suggest.  You create a log and send it to the website.  They will analyze the log and suggest a solution.
Could also rename the host file to see if further changes are made.  Can also check the IP address of the changes and check on Google to see where the changes are coming from.  Go to www.broadbandsupport.net  for forums and reports and frequently asked questions.
Q.  Do I have to change anything on my computer to go from Earthlink to Embarq?

A.  Your DSL router was Sprint, it is now Embarq.  The company changed the router information.  Nothing needs to by done by you.
Q.  I am running Vista on a new Dell computer.  I get a message that Site Advisor has shut down and I have to click to start it again.

A.  Part of McAfee checks sites to see if it is a legitimate site and McAfee was temporarily down.  McAfee Site Advisor changes color if it approves the web site.

The next meeting is scheduled for October 20.