Don't forget our Computer Show and Swap
Meet, Saturday, September 19, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 142
Market Street, Williamsport. Open from 9 AM to 2 PM (vendors and
tailgaters set up at 8 AM). Admission $3, tailgaters $5. Call
435-4245 for vendor prices.
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday,
September 8, at 7 PM, in Room B-309 of the Lycoming College
Academic Center. It will be a "Beginner's Night" where
we will have no guest speaker, but open the floor for general
questions and discussions following the business meeting.
All meetings are free and open to the public.
Our last meeting began at 7:05 PM, August 11,
with introductions of our members and many new attendees. This
was, in fact, our best-attended meeting in recent months.
Advertising / Awareness / Public
Relations / Home Page:
- No action this month, other than show advertising.
Computer Show / Swap Meet:
- We have new business cards promoting our show. In
addition, promotional flyers have been printed and all
members are asked to help spread the word about the show.
- The show will be promoted on Ken Sawyer's radio show the
- So far, we've sold 6 indoor tables to vendors, and
computer training company "The Fourth R" will
have a display in the conference room.
- There is still plenty of space for outside vendors, and
some indoor vendors.
- Suggestions for means of low-cost advertising are still
- At least six people are still needed to help at the show.
Nancy, Jim I., Bob, and Mike volunteered.
- Dan or Kathy will look into obtaining an event permit
from the city so that we can set up traffic cones around
the parking lot.
- Lou has contacted Bill Wilkins and the Lycoming Creek
Lions Club about selling food at the show, and they are
Recycling (finding charitable uses for old computers):
- The local Adult Literacy program thanks us for our
- The J.V. Brown Community Net, which helps nonprofit
organizations create a Web presence, will hold its next
training session on September 30. See http://www.lycoming.org
- Kathy proposed starting a Business Internet Users Group
(or "I.B.U.G." was suggested) for the purpose
of letting business with web sites exchange ideas. She
proposes to meet every three months at a location such as
the library, and keep it an open group with any
interested parties invited. Everyone agreed that it was a
- Announcement was made of Internet Business Day, to be
held at the Penn College Technology Transfer Center on
- The annual Internet World show will be held in New York
City on October 7th. Anyone interested in carpooling
should contact Kathy or Dan.
- Club member Wayne Palmer, of Palmer Multimedia Imaging,
has been asked to present a digital imaging program for
- Kathy suggested that we find someone to talk about the
Year 2000 problem next year.
Computer Networking / ISP News:
- Jim is still interested in updating the Local
Users Homepages List. If you have a personal
home page, or you know of a free homepage hosting service
or URL-redirector that isn't listed, please send it in. He is
puzzled by the lack of activity.
- Microsoft is making available all US Geological Survey
aerial and satellite photos, as well as other parts of
the world, for free at http://www.terraserver.com
will hide your Internet address as you browse the web.
- Dan reports considerable success in getting unsolicited
mass-mailers ("spammers") removed from their
Our guest speaker was local computer consultant
Sharon Souter, who discussed the new features of Windows 98.
Among them are:
- "Fly-out" menus (submenus which
slide out from their parents rather than just appearing)
- Changes to the Start menu system,
including the ability to add and remove programs by
dragging and right-clicking their icons just like a
directory window, and the addition of a Favorites list.
- The ability to use an Internet Explorer
4-like interface, including the ability to select an icon
by moving the mouse over it and activating it with a
single click, having icons for common functions on an
expanded taskbar, and having an HTML page as your desktop
background; or the Windows 95 interface.
- New accessibility features such as a
- A Live Update Wizard, which automatically
downloads new software versions from Microsoft --
however, third-party developers are warning that it may
overwrite necessary components such as DLLs.
- The ability to automatically download
(fake "push" distribution) "channels"
of information like news and stock prices for a live
- A disk speed increase for FAT32
filesystems, which also use space more efficiently
because they use 4k blocks instead of 32k as in the old
FAT16 filesystem. However, FAT32 isn't available as an
upgrade for Windows 95, and there is no way to convert
back after you've converted to FAT32.
- Maintenance Wizards which will do things
like disk scanning and defragmenting on a scheduled
- Automatic running of ScanDisk after an
- A System Info utility which is better than
Device Manager, a DLL management program, and a better
Registry Editor that does automatic backups.
- A utility called Dr. Watson which logs
- The ability to use multiple displays
simultaneously, and support for DVD drives and USB
- Automatic Power Management support, which
requires turning off the BIOS APM to avoid interesting
- Integrated support for TV tuner cards.
- Faster booting than Windows 95.
- A Windows Scripting Host, which allows you
to control Windows with VBScript or Java programs.
- All Help screens are now in HTML rather
than the Windows 95 hypertext format.
Sharon also related her experiences in
installing Windows 98 on various systems. She says that it only
took about an hour and wasn't very difficult in general, but
there are some things to watch out for. For example, you should
remove all programs running in the background, such as antivirus
programs, and other unnecessary programs launched from your
autoexec.bat and config.sys files, because Windows must reboot
the system three times to complete its installation and
configuration. She recommends not converting to FAT32 until after
you've tested the upgrade. Also, surprisingly, among all the new
drivers there are still some old sound and video cards missing,
plus it ships with an older version of DirectX than that
available online! And if you don't like Internet Explorer 4, it's
very hard to uninstall cleanly. In addition, Microsoft provides
no toll-free or email support anymore.
Following the Windows 98 demonstration, there
was a brief discussion of the general future of computing. Sharon
thinks Windows 98 will eventually be replaced by Windows NT. Dan
and Kathy disagreed on the future of Internet Explorer. Dan
thinks Microsoft will start charging extra for it due to its
popularity, but Kathy thinks it will always be a part of the
system since great trouble has been taken to make it so.
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.
$29 was paid to KwikKopy for flyers. After paying $100 for the
hall rental, our treasury is down to approximately $270 and we
haven't paid the $275 insurance cost yet. Any donations will be
gratefully appreciated, and all members are reminded to pay their
dues in a timely manner.
||Beginner's Night -- bring your computer questions!
||To Be Announced
||Election of Officers, other
||To Be Announced
We are in need of
speakers, and suggestions for speakers, for our meetings. Any
computer-related topic is welcome!
Reminder: The next
meeting is Tuesday, September 8, at 7 PM, in the Lycoming College
Academic Center room B-309.
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