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SLO Bytes Newsletter - September 2011 - PUSH Article Descriptions



RoboForm by Jim Thornton, Channel Islands PCUG, CA (approx. 593 words). RoboForm is one of Jim’s favorite programs as it helps him very quickly log into secured websites. He currently has more than 50 of these secure websites listed in the program.

When Digital Disaster Strikes, Smile!...because you will be OK by Gregory West, Sarnia Computer UG (Canada) and Port Huron, MI Computer Group (approx. 737 words). Have you ever deleted photos from a camera or computer by mistake? You might want to give Recuva a try…it works!

SugerSync – Sweet Synchronization Solution by Vinny LaBash, Sarasota PCUG, FL (approx. 759 words). One way to make sure all your files are equally up-to-date is to use a popular cloud-based utility known as Dropbox. However, there is another lesser known tool that gives you more for less –SugarSync.

Discovering Windows 7 – Part 18 by Neil Stahfest, Tacoma Area PCUG, Washington (approx. 739 words). This article covers screen resolution, color calibration, color management, Clear Type and the Custom DPI Setting.

The Tip corner by Bill Sheff, Lehigh Valley Computer Group, PA (approx. 723 words). Windows 7, Google Images, System Tools, and Templates are featured tips. Book Collector Pro by Tanya and Mark Mattson, Computer Users of Erie, PA (approx. 2,042 words). Are you looking for an easy way to catalog not only the CUE UG library but their library at home as well. They give an Excellent rating for not only the Book Collector software but for the content and design of the site all together.

TrueCrypt – Free open-source data encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux by John Langill, Southern Tier Personal Computing Club, NY (approx. 1,111 words). TrueCrypt is a software system for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume (data storage device). “On-the-fly” encryption means that data is automatically encrypted or decrypted right before it is loaded or saved, without any user intervention.

Radio Tray – a minimalist Internet radio player by Bill Wayson, Channel Islands PCUG, CA (approx. 828 words). Bill enjoys listening to music and is in the midst of a project to build a home music system that allow him to play any music he owns anywhere in the house using a hand-held computer as a remote control. Radio Tray is a great little music player and if you use Linux you might want to give it a test drive.

PowerPoint Isn’t Just for the Business World by Nancy DeMarte, Sarasota PCUG, FL (approx. 1,116 words). PowerPoint has been around for many years and the most common use is slide show creation related to an event. It’s got a lot of other uses…even for home users.

Mikogo 4 by David Green, Danbury Area Computer Society, CT (approx. 698 words). For about a year, David has been using Mikogo to provide screen sharing to support his monthly virtual SIG meetings. After reading his article you might to use it too.

Buying a New Windows PC by Dick Maybach, Brookdale CUG, NJ (approx. 1,190 words). Sooner or later you’ll be looking for a replacement for your PC. What requirements must the hardware satisfy? This article assumes you will be using the Windows 7 operating system, although almost any PC that supports Win 7 will also support any Linux distribution. Buying a barely adequate PC means that it may not adequately run any software on it that it wasn’t delivered with.

Freebies! by Dave Bilcik, Southern Tier Personal Computing Club, NY (approx. ??? words). DVD Flick and DVD Styler, Windows Movie Maker, YouTube and more….

Family Tree Maker (Parts 1-4) by Mary Phillips, ICON Users Group, MO (Part 1 – approx. 564 words). FTM 2011 has the save seven tabs as 2010 and the family sheets look and work the same. However, a number of updates have been added. Part 1 covers Tab 1 – Plan. This tab lets you start a new tree in the program by any of three ways. Tab 2 – People. This tab is for Family and Person.
Part 2 covers a new feature – how to insert a family photo at the top of a Family Group Sheet. (approx. 297 words)
Part 3 covers Tab 3 – Places. (approx. 406 words) Each time you enter an event in a person’s life you have the opportunity to enter the name of the place where it happened.
Part 4 covers Tab 4 – Source. (approx. 756 words) Recording where we get our facts about our families is one of the most important parts of our research because it proves to others which records our facts are based upon.
Mary will have Part 5 for us next month.

Family Tree Maker File Migration Utility (Windows to Mac and Mac to Windows) by Margaret Schatz, ICON Users Group, MO (approx. 782 words). There is now a Mac version of FTM based on the 2010 version and there is a conversion program that allows for converting files created on a Windows PC with FTM 2008-2011 to be opened by a Mac.

eBay Adventures – July 211 by Rick Eblaw, Southern Tier Personal Computing Club, NY (approx. 924 words). If you spend some time on eBay, you’ll find all kinds of interesting stuff offered for sale and there are some items that are hard to explain.

Tracking the latest information on anything by John Weigle, Editor, Channel Islands PCUG, CA (approx. 607 words). If you want to keep track of the latest news and Web postings on specific subjects, give Google Alerts a try.

History of Open Source Software by Cal Esneault, Cajun Clickers Computer Club, LA (approx. 685 words). In the 1960’s computers were large (main frames) and each manufacturer had a unique operating system. Attempts to develop a more universal OS failed, but Bell Lab developers used these efforts to make a new OS (Unix) that ran on smaller computers (size of a refrigerator versus size of a kitchen). What happened in the 80’s, 90’s and beyond….it’s history!

These articles have been provided to APCUG by the author solely for publication by APCUG member groups. All other uses require the permission of the author (see e-mail address above).

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