Many thanks to Eugen for these notes..... C+C, Belconnen Centre, 30 May 2000, MC: John, Jottings: Eugen TWO NEW FACES. Geoff T, author of "Flights of Fancy" a life memoir, spoke a few minutes on his computer related experiences with publishing and printing his book. Geoff, engineer and ex OIC Woomera, circulated a few copies. Well indexed B5 softbound 259 p, rockets and Jindivik flying objects in full colour, in cosy easy-reading style. One of Australia's many unsung heroes shares his personal and professional life. Between the pages one also meets Lorna the love of his life and their 3 daughters. Most delightful reading in my view, an exquisite present, even as prescribed reading for educational purposes. Next, brother Manfred, phone 62983286, introduced himself 486win3.1 keen to learn and possibly upgrade. C+C SOUTH. North and south to be one group, one fund, one treasurer, remaining a rather informal sub group of PCUG. Simply meeting at alternating locations. Cost of $2 per meet was retained, with new faces, MC and jottings person exempt. Payment $100 donation to Cancer Society approved. SURPLUS. C+C money to be used to buy software, ie Acrobat, Pagemaker, something popular. SCANNER. To be informed of the has-been of a 600 dpi $65 special amused the audience. USB version available at markets for $95. Canon LED technology praised. PlusTec P12 and PT12 with USB for $100 mentioned favourably. See also www.scanners.com WIN. Beware. Program folder copied as backup onto another drive, then copied back causes big problems, ie in registry. May even have to pull power cord on a drive to prevent more disaster. To use custom install rather than defaults gives more control and warnings. Format c: /s KEYBOARD LEDs. Can be programmable to act as modem LEDs, ie carrier detect, off hook, etc. www.fineprint.com , www.cadkas.com , www.pobox.com/~teddyware and www.pwl.com (check them out), also tucows.interact.net.au/window95.html PASSWORDS. Contained in .pwl files, probably more than one. If deleted, new one is made. Look at passwords with (pwd.exe?) software and there is some URL with pwl.com but nobody was sure. CRADLES. For removable hard drives, there is no standard. Buy two or more cradles the same if you need, $25 each. HDD. Winter problem could cause not to turn on. Can use an old hairdryer to warm things up, or use heated room. May foretell a hardware problem. With ATX powersave, why not leave computer always on except during thunderstorms, however much protection. There was a suggestion that with internal modem and phone line plugged in that poses a security problem even with auto-answer = off. This resulted in a challenge: You try to get into my computer without me letting you in ! During thunderstorm also unplug phone line. CMOS. Time errors may indicate battery problem. PRINTERS. With refillable cartridges save money. Contact Cartridge Factory. Some printer manufacturer has simple chemical test to detect refill inks with possible warranty hassles. Dick Smith has inkjet refiller. Stop ink drying out by taking out cartridge, wrap in glad wrap, then wrap in wet kitchen paper and keep in screwtop jar ... keeps for months. LOVE BUG. Not an option is to disable scripting in Internet Explorer windows setup, it disables much of what is needed elsewhere. IE5 custom installation VISUAL BASIC ticked. Bugs can manipulate your system via VISUAL BASIC. NETSPEED. Bad comments relate to what is claimed to be deceitful marketing, where costly traps are only mentioned deep within hard-to-get fine print. URL www.tic.com can help keep track of time and download bytes. MONITOR. 17 inch at auctions for $195 was mentioned. Consider what help you may get if it malfunctions. RECYCLE BIN. Useful. Consider well how long until you let the bin be emptied automatically. DRIVECOPY. Will do a "mirror" copy drive to drive as backup, overwrites everything. Norton Ghost can mirror onto blank CD. EMAIL ATTACHMENTS. Option in Outlook to keep file but delete attachment. Extreme caution with attachments containing virus worm disasters like love bug. Only open from trusted secure senders, verify, be warned. DELETING A NEWSGROUP. Tools / Options / Maintenance, can clear an entire group. OE5 gives the option delete in 90 days or so. TABLET. Beside keyboard and plugs into serial port. An option for hand sketches, diagrams, signature, etc, attachments to email. Other option is pen, paper and scanner. The Light Pen option technology was considered no longer as popular as 5 to 10 years ago. Hobby level tablets available at Dick Smith for under $200. Tablet is digital, scanner is graphics. ZIP drive for backup: Disk versus removable HDD in cradle drawer versus CD RW. Pros and cons debated. Zip expensive for limited data, HDD fragile, CD a few tricks to master and make sure the recipient can read it. A lot depends on individual circumstances. PROBLEMS. Any happening once - ignore it. Only raise alarm if same happens twice. First time round just turn off computer power, have a cuppa, then turn on again. Magic advice. END. Of informal popular informative enjoyable morning. Notes: 1. Not everyone was wearing a big lettering name tag, some had their back to me, so I gave up on names. 2. Whilst jotting I surely missed some bits, so, nothing beats being there yourself!
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