Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday,
November 10, at 7 PM, in Room B-309 of the Lycoming College
Academic Center. We will have an introduction to ISDN
telecommunications by Kathy Kolb. We will also be electing
officers for 1999. This will be our last regular meeting of the
All meetings are free and open to the public.
Our last meeting was opened by Kathy, in Dan's
absence, at 7 PM, October 13. Once again there were several new
Advertising / Awareness / Public
Relations / Home Page:
- Kathy reported that our home page has finally been
- There was a discussion on whether to honor requests for
links to outlying areas such as Sullivan or Clinton
Counties. The prevailing feeling appears to be that our
home page should remain focused on the Williamsport /
Lycoming County area.
Computer Show / Swap Meet:
- The show was attended by 118 paying customers. There were
approximately a dozen club members on hand at various
times, as well as a high turnout from the ham radio
- The show almost stayed within its budget. See below.
- Response from our vendors was positive. PCS had five
tables and said they'd definitely do it again. The Fourth
'R' also said they'd do it again -- they made more
contacts than they had previously made with a three-day
exhibit at the mall.
Recycling (finding charitable uses for old computers):
Sharon Souter dropped off several working systems. Thanks
- Sky Cable could not attend our meeting due to other
commitments. They regret the inconvenience, and we hope
to schedule them next year.
- We decided to forego a formal meeting in December and
meet at Benjies restaurant for food, drink, and
- Kathy reports that SimCity 3000 is coming out next month,
and she suggested that the Club buy a copy for the
Williamsport City Council as a Christmas gift.
- Election of officers will
occur at November's meeting. As is
our custom, nominations are open and informal. Following
is the relevant information for this year:
- President and acting Treasurer Dan Yoas sends
word that he will decline the President's
position for next year, but agrees to remain as
Treasurer if elected.
- Wayne Palmer and John Yarosz expressed interest
in the President's position.
- The position of Treasurer appears uncontested.
- Kathy Kolb is willing to remain as
Vice-President. The position appears uncontested.
- Jim Shaffer is willing to remain as Secretary.
The position appears uncontested.
Information for the Good of the Group:
- Andy Hughes reports that he needs instructors for the
Senior Citizens Computer Classes at the James V. Brown
Library. Courses run 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks, with
15 students per instructor. To volunteer, call 323-6055.
- Kathy reports that the Community Net project held a
volunteer training session the week prior to the Club
meeting and had an enthusiastic turnout. The Community
Net project assists local nonprofit organizations that
want to build a Web presence.
Our Club was founded by a group of
devoted BBS users in the dying days of Williamsport boards --
which luckily coincided with the beginning of the public
Internet era locally. We continue to focus heavily on the
Internet and discuss new developments at every meeting.
- Sam submits the following resources for students:
- FastWeb (http://www.fastweb.com)
search engine for college scholarship programs
- ThinkQuest (http://www.thinkquest.org)
online essay contest for scholarships
- Kathy reported on the trip that she and Dan made to Fall
Internet World, the world's largest Internet business
conference. There were about 600 booths, all very eager
to attract the customer's attention. On a negative note,
she witnessed technical problems at a number of booths,
and food in the area was very expensive.
Kathy relayed the following preliminary information from
Dan. The Computer Show was slightly more expensive than we
had hoped, with a total cost of approximately $400, but the
take at the gate met our expectations.
The Club currently has a deficit of $8.
In lieu of our scheduled speaker, we held an
open discussion period following the main portion of the meeting
(although questions or requests for help are always
welcome.) Topics included:
- Why Get On The Internet?
- It's fun.
- There are 300,000,000 web pages and more all the
- You can find information on any subject.
- You can meet new people.
- You can keep in touch with family members in
- It's cheaper to use email than to make
- You can buy merchandise online.
- Can web sites know who's connecting to them? (Answer:
They automatically know your Internet node number.
Anything else must be provided by you or your browser.)
- Is there any economical way to have an Internet
connection while traveling?
- Some larger ISPs have toll-free numbers, but
charge a lot to use them.
- Someone mentioned hearing of an ISP marketed
through Sam's Club that has toll-free access on a
- If you can find an Internet connection, sites
such as HotMail and Yahoo will provide a
permanent email address for you for free.
- Juno provides free email with a toll-free number,
but doesn't provide Internet access. Also, some
people object to the advertising that is
frequently done on free services.
- Internet access via cellular phone is possible
but relatively expensive.
- The Iridium satellite telephone system.
- It was originally slated to be available in
October, but was delayed. Testing was going on
with a select group of customers.
- It is available as of November 1. Both hardware
and airtime are said to be very expensive.
- We discussed the difference between Iridium's
66-satellite fleet and geostationary satellites.
||Kathy Kolb : Introduction
to ISDN; Election
||Christmas Meeting at Benjie's
||Rob Colley (Hoyers Photo): Digital
We are in need of
speakers for 1999! Any computer-related topic is welcome.
Reminder: The next
meeting is Tuesday, November 10, at 7 PM, in the Lycoming College
Academic Center room B-309.
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