Williamsport Area Computer Club

Meeting Minutes / Newsletter

March 1998

President Dan Yoas called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM, March 10 1998. Total attendance was 12 people.

Dan then explained that it takes two hours to clean bird seed out of a laser printer.

There were no corrections to February's minutes.

Treasurer's Report:

Gene was not present this month, but it was reported that as of the meeting date, the treasury stands at $445. During March, $14 was paid to the Sun-Gazette for a classified ad.

Committee Reports:

Advertising / Awareness / Public Relations / Home Page:

Computer Show / Swap Meet:

Computer Recycling (finding charitable uses for old computers):

North Central PA computer networking / ISP news:

Other Business:



March's program was Sharon Souter speaking about her career as a computer consultant. She started working with computers as a hobby and went on to home study courses, and is now pursuing a BS degree program. In addition, she explained the various levels of certification that are available to computer consultants, ranging from hardware and software providers to independent certification organizations. She also noted that consultants should have liability insurance.

She pointed out that the main types of consultants deal with hardware, programming, Internet presence, or desktop support. Within this latter category she deals with all phases of computer ownership, from system planning and buying, to software assistance, to Internet basics, to system upgrades. It is estimated that 45% of PCs are now in homes. She explained that some people choose to employ a consultant when they reach a point where they no longer feel comfortable with their skill level, while others simply wish to have a complete solution prepared for them so that they can concentrate on one particular application.

Many calls to consultants have been caused by hard drive problems, but today there are frequent calls concerning Internet issues.

Sharon advertises mainly by word of mouth at the present time, and charges $35 per hour, which is a median price. There are consultants in the local area charging from $75 to $90 per hour.

Future Programs
April Beginner's Night -- Bring Your Questions
May Cellular One -- Internet Access via Cellular Phone
June Willis Beaver -- Upgrading Your Computer
July Summer Break at Benjies -- Social Night, No Business Meeting
August Beginner's Night -- Bring Your Questions
September Voice Recognition
November Election of Officers

Tentative Programs
(Volunteers Welcome!)
Jim Wittlich Macintosh demonstration
Lucent Technologies  

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

The next meeting is Tuesday, April 14, at 7 PM, in the Lycoming College Academic Center room B309.

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