Williamsport Area Computer Club  Meeting minutes / newsletter - March 1997
News in Brief: 
March attendance - every chair was filled, better start coming early to get
a good seat!
John Ramirez, Susquehanna Communications, gave a great presentation about
Cable companies providing Internet access.
April's meeting is this Tuesday (April 8), 7 pm AT THE JAMES V. BROWN
LIBRARY INSTEAD OF LYCOMING COLLEGE. Because of the program, "Using the
AltaVista Search Engine", we need Internet access and projection
capabilities.  The Library is at 19 East Fourth St., there's plenty of free
parking just north of the Library. We'll be meeting in the READiscover room
Kathy Kolb, President called the meeting to order, followed by an
introduction of new guests John Ramirez and Carol Rosebrough, both from
Susquehanna Communications. Last months meeting minutes were accepted as
Willis Beaver, Treasurer reported $327.73 in our account, having 31 paid
Club Advertising / Awareness / Public Relations / Membership / Home Page:
Kathy read some e-mail received during the course of the month. In response
to one of them, a discussion was held about possibly forming a subgroup for
MAC support. We will take this into consideration. 
We have decided to go ahead and use the AOL e-mail addresses given to the
club.  Those local members will be informed about our club's existence.
The club has informed the Williamsport Area Chamber of Commerce of its
intent to go together in the event of a High Tech Expo this year. There
will be lots of stuff to be done. Contact Kathy if you are available. 
Computer Recycling:  (giving old computers new homes): 
Alan Crawly is putting together a PC for a 60 year old Cerebral Palsy
victim with writing disabilities.  Sharon Matthews donated a 14,400 kbps
modem to the club.
North Central PA computer networking / Freenet site:
The James V. Brown has started a local Community Network. They're making
some free server space available to area non-profit community clubs. See
www.jvbrown.edu/community for more info. The first club to get a web page
was the West Branch Amateur Radio Association www.jvbrown.edu/community/wbara.
Andy Hughes reported that volunteers are desperately need for the JVB
Computer Literacy Program for Seniors. At present, there are 45 students
and only 15 tutors. 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. 
Help: (offering help to computer users who need it)
Willis Beaver gave us a very good explanation of what "cookie" files are.
Our next "Beginners Night" will be in May.
Other Concerns:
Our guest speaker for March was John Ramirez, from Susquehanna
Communications. John described to us what we could expect in the future
regarding our Internet access. Cable companies are working on providing
high-speed access via cable. A pilot program of Susquehanna Communications
in York, PA is already in place, and will eventually be available in the
Williamsport Area. This is a great advantage over our current day analog
phone line access to the tune of 1Mbps! Imagine that!
We are recruiting a Chairperson to organize our monthly programs. If anyone
has ideas or suggestions for future programs, please let us know!
Meeting Adjourned.
Next meeting date: Tuesday, April 8, 1997 - 7 pm, At the JVB Library in the
Readiscover Room downstairs. The Reference Staff will give a presentation
"Using the Alta Vista Search Engine". We'll have a Internet connection and
projection equipment. Bring your favorite keywords to search for !
Williamsport Area Computer Club contact info:- 
home page: http://www.sunlink.net/wacc
Kathy KoIb - 326-7529 (voice) - kkolb@kolbweb.com (email) 
IRC channel Tuesday and Sunday evenings on irc.dal.net ( /join #WACC )
wacc-chat mailing list- send a message to wacc-chat-request@sunlink.net
with the word subscribe in the subject.
   Kathy Kolb - kkolb@kolbweb.com - www.kolbweb.com
  Kolb Net Works - Making the Internet Work for You.
            717-326-7529  -  717-326-2888