Williamsport Area Computer Club

Newsletter / Meeting Minutes

February 1999

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 1999, at 7 PM, in Room B-309 of the Lycoming College Academic Center. This will be a "beginner's night" where we will open the floor for general computer questions and discussion instead of having a guest speaker. All meetings are free and open to the public.

Our last meeting was called to order at 7:07 PM on February 9, 1999 by President John Yarosz. We noted several new attendees. There was no treasurer's report this month due to Dan's absence.

Committee Reports:

Advertising / Awareness / Public Relations / Home Page:

Computer Recycling (finding charitable uses for old computers):

Computer Show:

Computer Help:

Information for the Good of the Group:

Internet News:


Our guest speaker this month was Paul Cohen from SkyCable, a South Williamsport satellite-TV dealer. He discussed high-speed Internet access via the DirecPC satellite system. He reported that he downloaded the 14.27 megabyte Netscape archive in 4.5 minutes, which amounts to 54 kilobytes per second. The system consists of a 36" satellite dish and a PCI card which receives the data. A modem and telephone line are needed for outgoing data from your computer, but most network traffic consists of data sent to your system via satellite from DirecPC's uplink center in Maryland. Paul noted that it is also possible to purchase a dual-feedhorn dish that will receive signals from both the DirecPC satellite and DirecTV's satellite located a few degrees away, allowing you to have a television receiver and a data receiver with only one dish.

Contact Information
Home Page http://www.sunlink.net/wacc
Chat Room http://www.talkcity.com/chat.cgi?room=Williamsport, Tuesday and Sunday evenings
Secretary Jim Shaffer, Jr., jshaffer@csrlink.net
Mailing List Send a message to wacc-chat-request@sunlink.net with the word subscribe in the subject

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