Williamsport Area Computer Club Meeting minutes / newsletter - June 1997
Kathy Kolb, President, called the meeting to order, followed by an introduction of new guests. Last month's meeting minutes were accepted as circulated.
No Treasurer's report was given for this month.
Club Advertising / Awareness / Public Relations / Membership / Home Page: The club web site ( http://www.sunlink.net/wacc ) was featured site of the week by Sunlink last week!
Willis ran some ads in the Sun Gazette for the club. Comments included the request for the club web site URL to be included next time.
Our club is 2 years old this month - Happy Anniversary!
Kathy read e-mail received from the past month. We were invited to participate in a worldwide RSA-cryto (56 bit) code cracking effort by students from the Lund University in Sweden. If anyone is interested in participating please send e-mail to email@example.com for further details (we're not endorsing this effort in any way).
Bylaws, etc.: A discussion was held on whether or not to seek help from SCORE on pursuing the establishment of a 501C. No decision was made.
Computerfest/Hamfest: The Milton Hamfest reportedly did not have a good turnout, according to those who went.
The Wilkes-Barre Hamfest Murgas Amateur Radio Club will be held on July 6
A volunteer is being sought to head up our club computer swap meet.
Computer Recycling: (giving old computers new homes): Carol Fullmer returned the system Donna had been trying to use because it took up too much space in the nursing home room. A laptop would be welcome. We now have a 386 DOS system and Printer to place where needed.
North Central PA computer networking / Freenet site: Andy Hughes stated again that volunteers are desperately need for the JVB Computer Literacy Program for Seniors. At present, there are 45 students and only 15 tutors a ratio of 2.5 to 1! This involves one-on-one tutoring for Windows95, MS Works Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Database and the Internet. Scheduling will be determined between the senior and the tutor. Anyone interested, please contact Andy at LANDA1@csrlink.net or 323-6055.
JVB Community Net is hosting web space for non-profit organizations. Two training sessions were held in May. WBARA has moved to http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/7309/wbara.htm
Help: (offering help to computer users who need it)
Jim Shaffer requested advice on a problem of scandisk/defrag hang. Possible solutions provided were temporary Internet files and different versions of the Windows 95 Operating System.
Local BBS I ISP / Computer Retailer news: Epix ( www.epix.net - 1-800-epix-now) is now providing ISP service to the Williamsport area.
The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce sponsored a seminar for small business and the Internet at Lycoming College on June 25. The presenters were Arthur Sterngold, Kathy Kolb, and Zane Patilve.
Jim Shaffer shared with us a proposed amendment to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 which deals with the issue against unsolicited e-mailings. For more information see http://www.russ-smith.com/TCPAsmith.htm
Jim also made us aware of a North East PA web ring. Check out http://220.127.116.11/NEPA.htm
Programs: Cory Kepler of Compu-Gen gave an interesting presentation on current and future computer technology. He shared with us information on hardware as it is now and trends we can expect to see in the future. Here are a few of the highlights discussed:
· MMX technology: Software must be written for it in order to take advantage of the features. · Modems: US Robotics is offering a free software upgrade for the standard 56K technology. · Cable Internet Service: Susquehanna Communications is beginning to install the Fiberoptic Lines needed to bring cable modems about. · Printers: Epson 2880 dpi due out in the last quarter of 97
Corey also donated a copy of 'Windows 95 Starts Here', compliments of Compu-Gen. The club would like to express our appreciation to Cory and Compu-Gen.
Next month's program will be presented by Dave Miller of the Boy Scouts of America. He will speak to us about the Boy Scout Merit badge.
We are recruiting a Chairperson to organize our monthly programs. If anyone has ideas or suggestions for future programs, please let us know!
Next meeting date: Tuesday, July 8, 1997 - 7 pm, At Lycoming College Academic Center Room B309 All meetings are free and open to the public.
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