Monday, February 28, 2011

Board Minutes - February 11, 2011

Board Meeting Decisions:
  • Projector Bulb: The Board voted to delay purchase of a new lamp until the existing one burns out.
  • Business Cards: Sample cards are to be printed showing new blog site. Thirty cards are to be made in the initial run.
  • Blog Status: A committee was established to discuss deletion of website and incorporation into the blog. A 20-minute live presentation of the blog will be presented at the March meeting.
  • Programs confirmed thru May: Stephanie Rohde (Feb); Smart Computing (Mar); Genealogy (Apr); Windows Movie Maker (May).
  • Class: Basic Computer class to be presented Mon, Feb 21 and Wed, Feb 23 at 9 AM in the Orchid Club Card Room.
  • A donation of $50 to be given to the Honor Flight for Veterans.
Carol Norton, Secretary

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Laptop Battery Usage

The question is often asked, "Is it okay to keep my laptop connected to AC power"

BLUF (bottom line up front) : You should follow the manufacturers recommendations.

If you do a search on this subject you'll get varying opinions. But, one thing that stands out is this; HEAT is the enemy of any battery, especially the lithium-ion type used in most laptops in the past few years. Give the bottom of the laptop adequate ventilation. Don't use it on a pillow or other soft surface that can block the airflow through the laptop.

One idea that seems to show up often is to remove the battery if you're going to be on AC power for an extended period of time (2 weeks or more). The downside to that is, if you have a glitch in SECO voltage, you could lose everything not saved. Unless, of course, you're using an UPS.

Excessive charge and discharge cycles seem to shorten battery life too. However heat seems to be the biggest problem. Other info states that you should not store your laptop for extended periods with the battery in place. The battery should be removed (with no more than a 40% charge) and kept in a cool dry place.

My own experience has been that running full time on AC gives my batteries about six months of life. That's it! They're forever dead. Then I looked in the HP manual and found that I should not be running full time on AC.

I would suggest that you check the manual or the manufacturers website to find out exactly what they recommend for proper use and care of your laptop battery.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Now That I'm A Member......

..............What Can I Post? .......... I hear that asked quite often.

Most members will probably post a question about a computer related problem. Please don't be shy. Regardless of your experience level right now, remember that ALL of us started out knowing absolutely nothing about computers. There are NO silly questions!

We all joined this club to find out more about how to use our computer and software and maybe set up a printer or any number of other reasons related to new technology. At the monthly meetings we have a chance to ask questions, if we've written them down to help us remember them. With the blog you can ask the question as soon as you're faced with the problem. Many of our more experienced members are eager to answer your questions or help you find the answer.

Others things you can post might be something you've learned when solving a problem on your own. Or a website you've found that has information that others could use. Or perhaps a referral of a computer related store that provided a great bargain or an individual that gave unexpected service. A post could review a computer product you're happy with or have had trouble with. And, you could post feedback about the blog, what you like or don't like , what you don't understand or what you'd like to see included in the blog. It's your website.

The blog was created for ALL of us, for problem solving, for sharing information and for keeping up to date with club activities and events. Posting is how we accomplish all of that.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Commenting On Posts

How do you reply to something that someone has posted? It's easy and it's called commenting. Look at the bottom left corner of any post to see if comments are allowed on that post (see image below). If they are, you can click on the word comments. If there's a number, other than zero, before comments, that means others have replied and clicking will show you their comments. [click any image to enlarge]
After clicking comments the post will open by itself with the Post a Comment box located below the post and any comments previously made. Just type your comment in the box then click Post Comment. You can also click Preview if you want to see how it will look. If you'd like to be notified about subsequent comments, click Subscribe by email. Future comments will be sent directly to your Sign-In email so you won't have to be constantly checking the blog post.
When you're the one who's writing the post, you can allow comments or not. Look at the bottom left of the post editor for the words Post Options. When you click on it, one of the things you'll see is Reader comments. Select either Allow or Don't Allow. Always allow comments if you need an answer.
Commenting continues the dialogue on a topic. If you have a question for me, click comments below.

World Community Grid

Welcome to the Oak Run Computer Club's Blog.

I encourage Club members to join the World Community Grid. The Grid's mission is to create the world's largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity. It is sponsored by IBM. To read about the grid and to see how it will benefit all of us, click on the following link:

Alan Marcus, President
Oak Run Computer Club

Thursday, February 17, 2011

You Don't Need Gmail

You only need a valid email address, any email. We already have many authors that are using emails other than gmail. Please see the "Setting Up Your Account" tab at the top of this page, below the header, for a tutorial on setting up an account.

The blog is restricted to members who've received invitations. People cannot join without an invitation. Invitation requests will be vetted against the club's membership email list.

Just like any website, only registered users are allowed to create or change content. The account set-up process is therefore a requirement. Anyone anywhere can look at the blog, there are no viewing restrictions currently. But only those who "Sign In" can participate fully.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's Time To Join The Blog

The Blog has now been released from Beta testing and club members are encouraged to join. The Blog is open to all ORCC Club members. To join the Blog you must request an email invitation by clicking on the "Joining The Blog" tab above. Read through all the information and click on the email link at the bottom to request your invitation. Be sure to send your request using the email address you previously gave to the club (the address we send your monthly meeting notices to).

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Power Point via LibreOffice

I sent a PDF created in Power Point, and saved in LibreOffice, to your e-mail. You should be able to open the file.

Once you open a file in LibreOffice, click on File and Export as PDF. Change the location where it is saved to My Documents. Then you will be able to attach it to an e-mail.

Large Powerpoint files

I'm using LibreOffice 3.3 & I have tried "send as email" and PDF. When using either of those two functions, the window for Win Live Mail shows on the screen & then the following message shows . . . "LibreOffice was unable to find a working email configuration." STRANGE . . . my email program works fine.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Printers, Answer

Most printing is done in black and white. If you use a cheap black and white laser printer for most of your printing, you will save a ton of money. A $30 remanufactured toner cartridge for my laser printer will print 2500 copies. That's a little more than 1 cent per page. I also have an all in one printer for any color work, but I only use it once or twice a month.

Printers, Question

Laser Jet Vs ink Jet Printers.
Laser are more expensive-but does it save in ink expenses? I print a lot of pictures
Has anybody used the new Kodak Printer that is suppose to save on Ink Expense


Sending Large Power Point Files

Lawrence, When I ran a program for the Garden Club, the speaker sent a PDF of her 101 slide Power Point program, and it ran perfectly on my machine.

PowerPoint File Size


This is what says: 

"Open Office ......can read/write Powerpoint .....files. Also, its file formats are compressed automatically."

You can try OO or Libre Office (which may compress like OO) if your email recipient can open them.

Don't know if there's any economical way to compress the PPT files.

Somacon also has links to trial versions of compression software (you'd both have to install it).

How To email a large Powerpoint Presentation?

I have a large Power Point presentation; larger than my email server will accept. Is there any way to compress or package the file so it can be emailed??

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Club presentation for June confirmed

The June 15th meeting of the ORCC will feature Paul Higginbottom, President of Reora. Paul's firm specializes in IT consulting, web sites and photography. His presentation will be "How the Internet works". He will answer member questions at the conclusion of his presentation.

Sunday, February 6, 2011



Advanced System Registry

I work with Reach Out - Neighbor Helping Neighbor and just received a call from David Connelly saying this program wipes out everything on your hard drive. He didn't mention how it was acquired (email or download). Please be careful with this one.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Glad to See Board Members are Posting

It's great that you figured out how to post. Sorry about your need for granny glasses, but I suppose that will eventually change and the glasses won't be needed.

Did you hear about the two Chinese guys arguing? One said, "I have cataracts". The other said, "That's nothing, I have Rincon Continentals".

See you at the Board Meeting.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Had cataract surgery and been off computer. Before surgery was able to read computer screen and now not without granny glasses. What a bummer!

Stumbled around a bit to get this posting but think I may have it. Enjoyed reading the various posts.

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