Minutes of the January Meeting

By Doug Mullis, Secretary, Tampa PC Users Group

Vice President John Witmer called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm. He welcomed a visitor, Dora Jones. Dora read about our group in the Temple Terrace paper, and we hope she joins our group. We need to get the Tampa Tribune to announce our meetings again.

Bruce Register performed the duties of our vacant Membership Chairperson this evening, greeting guests and members and distributing nametags. We need volunteers to perform these important duties at every meeting. Please step forward to make our meetings more memorable to our attendees.

John announced the Spring Convention of FACUG March 3rd thru the 5th in Kissimmee. The Board is sending five members and others are encouraged to attend. Registration is $40 until Feb. 1st and then jumps to $55. Mary Sheridan is the FACUG President this year and can use help putting this conference on.

At this point John turned the meeting over to Bob LaFave for a shortened Windows SIG meeting. After some discussion of a problem Google is having, Bob handed out a paper listing several web sites he thought we would find interesting. He also announced that Microsoft is continuing to offer Baseline Security Analyzer and Windows OneCare Live anti virus and firewall in a free Baea version. Check this out.

At 7:05 we began the business portion of our meeting. First item was the installation of officers for 2006. They are: John Witmer, President; Kevan Sheridan, Vice President; Mike Hodges, Treasurer; Doug Mullis, Secretary; and Mary Sheridan, Member at Large.

John continued the meeting in his new capacity as President by thanking William LaMartin for continuing as our Newsletter Editor. Next he announced that Pepin would be installing gates at entrances and exits. We are to continue using the main gate. Promptly at 7:15 John introduced our presenter of the evening, member Bob LaFave, whose topic was Intel’s power point program “Build Your Own Computer”.

Bob presented Part I of an intended two-part series specially developed by Intel for computer user groups. The seminar portion presented tonight addressed “Why Build Your Own Computer” and “Where To Buy The Components”. Three processors and motherboards were offered with various combinations of video cards, etc. available. PC Club prices were presented which included shipping and Windows XP Home Edition software. Prices ranged from $572 for the “Silver” system to $1947 and up for the “Platinum” system. The intermediate “Gold” system started at $915.

The PC Club web site listed all the options with price increments for your selection to match your needs regardless of chip/motherboard selection. The array is impressive.

At our next meeting we will see who wants to take advantage of this program. Once all components are received, we need to set up Phase II, a supervised 3-hour workshop to assemble our computers. This would be scheduled for other than a regular group meeting.

At this point we took a break for cookies and the sale of door prize tickets for Roxio software to burn CDs and DVDs. Income on ticket sales was $39. The lucky winner was Todd Grubbs with #792714.

After some intermingling, the meeting adjourned at 8:35 pm. Remember to turn in your name tags and tell Bruce what a great job he did. Thank you, Bruce. u