Minutes of the March Meeting

By Jim Purcell, Secretary, Tampa PC Users Group

Bob LaFave started the Windows SIG at approximately 6:30 p.m. He explained the use of TV and FM tuners. He also discussed the use of programs that let you record any sound coming into your computer. He demonstrated the use of these programs. Bob explained the things which you can listen to and record with "Download Helper." Bob outlined a procedure to play ASF files in Windows Vista, since there is a bug in Windows Media Player in Vista that will not allow ASF files to play. William LaMartin discussed problems he experienced when Norton installed a new version of the anti-virus program he was using. He felt that the problems were serious enough to cause him to switch to another anti-virus program despite several years of satisfactory service from Norton. Bob ended the session at approximately 6:55 p.m.

William LaMartin started his presentation, "Online Program Training Videos at lynda.com and More" at approximately 7:00 p.m. William discussed his use of the online training program at lynda.com. He began with a discussion of his experiences over the years with many copies of a wide variety of software and their updates. He said that he installed and learned these programs "by the seat of his pants," or searched the Internet when he was unable to work out a solution. He said that had he found training videos that were as effective and easy to use as these, he would not have wasted so many years of his life learning the programs and also would have discovered capabilities of the software that he never realized existed. He said that the videos were very efficient and reasonably priced and that, in fact, many are free. William described how he used Adobe Illustrator to plan his installation of a water sprinkler system, which served as an example of the complexity of many software programs.

William went to the lynda.com web site to show the large variety of subjects available and the flexibility of the subscription program. He played programs that showed the quality and versatility of the training. The presentation ended at approximately 9:00 p.m.

John Witmer, our president, opened the business session and discussed the May presentation, which will be on "OCR" technology. He also talked about some of the programs under consideration for our meetings later in the year. He acknowledged visitors Steve Singer and Wayne Lawrence. He discussed the FACUG meeting and some of the interesting programs that were presented. He mentioned that, through a contract with Microsoft, APCUG has made the program "Live Meeting" available to its affiliated user groups at no charge. Steve discussed some recent developments in computer technology and eBooks. John closed the meeting at approximately 9:30 p.m. u