Williamsport Area Computer Club

Newsletter / Meeting Minutes

August 1998

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.

Committee Reports:

Advertising / Awareness / Public Relations / Home Page:

Computer Show / Swap Meet:

Computer Recycling (finding charitable uses for old computers):

Other Business:

Computer Networking / ISP News:


Our guest speaker was local computer consultant Sharon Souter, who discussed the new features of Windows 98. Among them are:

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.

Treasurer's Report:

$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.

Future Programs
September 8 Beginner's Night -- bring your computer questions!
October 13 To Be Announced
November 10 Election of Officers, other programs tentative
December 8 To Be Announced

We are in need of speakers, and suggestions for speakers, for our meetings. Any computer-related topic is welcome!

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


Reminder: The next meeting is Tuesday, September 8, at 7 PM, in the Lycoming College Academic Center room B-309.


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