Dewey Williams

May 082019
 
Don’t forget! The May Picnic is at the

Shelter #2 in Freedom Park.

Join us for the Picnic at 6:00 May 9th.

Plan to join us for the PCCC Picnic Thursday!

We’re doing something a little differently this year. The first thing you’ll notice is that we’re having it when, hopefully, the weather isn’t quite so hot. We’re also making it BYOE – “Bring Your Own Entré.” You get to choose your own main meal, plus, please bring a side to share.

The side could be as simple as chips & dip or as elegant as a flaming dessert (please, alcohol and smoking products are not allowed in the park). We have a sign-up sheet at https://goo.gl/yudPw7 [ please use the full (open) link below if you have difficulty entering your information ]. The sign-up is non-compulsory, but please use it so we have an idea of how many are coming. You can indicate what category of side you might bring – dessert, fruit or vegetable, snack or nibbles, or something else.

As usual, the PCCC will provide drinks and ice, plates and utensils. Our hope is to have it in Freedom Park Shelter # 2 near the “train parking lot.” (If the shelter has a prior reservation, we will post late details at https://goo.gl/xp3eEW by 5:00 on the 9th. Be sure to check this site before you leave home.)

Tempus fugit, so plan your outing and let us know soon. If you have any questions, contact president@pc3.org.


Don’t get lost. We hope to use Shelter #2 near the train parking lot off East Blvd. If we discover on Thursday that it is already occupied, we may change the location as late as 5:30 that day. Be prepared to check for late changes at https://goo.gl/xp3eEW or call 704-607-6461.

Tip for finding us: Install the app what3words on your phone to pinpoint our location. You can then transfer the location to your favorite GPS app for directions to the table. Try it out! Follow the links in the document at https://goo.gl/xp3eEW.


Open links:
Sign up at  https://goo.gl/yudPw7 or
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1T405hnvVFlUVjjePiWKWs4zxxYcsfyZwoOLzuAn_3Ug/edit?usp=sharing.
Late changes at https://goo.gl/xp3eEW or
ttps://www.dropbox.com/s/3n6znax145l2qii/PCCC Picnic – Late news.txt?dl=0.


For ten months of the year, the PCCC meets on the second Thursday  at
Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church at 1117 South Blvd.

Maps and directions are below.
Join us with your bag supper at 5:30 or the meeting at 6:30.

But NOT This Month!
 

April 11, 2019 – Streaming Entertainment

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Apr 102019
 

Program topics

April 11: Streaming Entertainment,
presented by Richard Kinkel.

Upcoming programs require your participation:

  • “Planning Meeting” will be announced Thursday and by email. Don’t commit to it until you see a specific announcement.
  • May 9: Picnic, for once, before the hot weather.
  • June 13: Configuring Accessibility options on Windows 10, presented by Galen Bolin.
  • Future general meetings: That’s why we need you at the Planning Meeting.

A Message from the Common Table
April 5, 2019

Last month I started my article about all the rain we have had. It is raining as I write this on Friday morning. Rain has been less frequent lately. How about that snow we had on Tuesday morning? If it came on Monday it would have been a weather April Fools joke on us. I played golf at Monroe Country Club on Thursday morning and folk at the course said that they had almost 2 inches of snow on the ground. The snow melted within an hour or so because it warmed up very quickly. When I finished my round of golf at 2:30 Thursday the temperature was 76 degrees. The day was perfect for a great day of golf, my round of golf, not so much perfect.

Richard K. is going to present current ideas for “Streaming Entertainment”. We all seem to have at least tried some of these services or are thinking of trying some. Richard was one of the early adopters of cutting the big guys out (ATT, Spectrum, and others) out of his budget. Of course, you still have to have internet access from someone. Richard will show how he gets his TV, Movies and other video content on the cheap. Richard will show how to combine a Roku and an Amazon Fire device to get all this content. We have covered this topic many times in the last few years, but each year brings new changes for us to consider. Later this year we will be challenged again with new providers trying to get our hard earned money.

Thank you, Maryanne, for the “game” we played while we discussed all things about dongle-mania and other manias.

Our annual picnic will be in May this year to avoid the hot weather. That date is next month – May 9. We will discuss changes we can make to the menu (maybe not BBQ?). Bring your suggestions for the meeting on April 11.

For all you procrastinators out there, Tax Day is fast approaching!

I hope to see all of you at the meeting.

Galen Bolin
President PCCC – https://pc3.org


The PCCC meets the second Thursday of most months at
Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church at 1117 South Blvd.

Maps and directions are below.
Join us with your bag supper at 5:30 or the meeting at 6:30.


Fair Warning

Batteries are dangerous

We’ve known from our first cell phones that when the battery indicator goes from 75% to 25% in minutes rather than hours, the battery is on its death rattle.

One tablet had a dying battery. I set it aside and whenever I wanted to use it, plugged it into a backup battery. One day I walked past the shelf it was on and said: “that screen is shattered.” But nothing had apparently fallen on it. Then I realized the screen was not just cracked but bowed out uniformly along the cracks.

As the battery died, it also swelled up into a flat football and destroyed the device. Fortunately, it did not die catastrophically and set the shelf – and house – on fire.

The next time a battery shows senescence explicitly dispose of it rather than just setting it aside.

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Verify your Win7 updates

Are you still using Windows 7 SP1? Be sure you have all the current updates. Even though Win7 is promised support for another eight months, Microsoft is changing how they deliver the monthly security updates in July. You must have a new component for Microsoft Update to receive the last six security updates (and any special updates they generously decide to offer after “End of Life”).

Microsoft’s documentation of what you need to do to ensure you receive the changed updates is typically circular and obscure – unless you’ve been indoctrinated into the cult. As best I can tell, if Windows Update has installed the components called KB4474419 and KB4490628, you shouldn’t have any problems.

I scanned down the list of 390 updates on my computer and discovered that they had come over with the March distribution (see fig. 1). If you see those KB numbers under your “Installed Updates” listing between now and July, you’re in good shape. If not, follow the link after Wednesday for tips to install them manually.

Bill Barnes, PCCC
Link: http://pc3.org/old-files/news/bytesplus/191501_ Verify your Win7 updates.pdf


Room and Parking information:
We are meeting in the same building as the big hall. Come in the atrium and look for us in the first room on the ground floor, down the hall to your left.
If the parking lot closest to the building is full, park in the deck directly across the street.
Do not park in the upper lot!
If you are lost, locked out, or need an escort from the parking deck, call 704-607-6461.

Click on map for Google directions (https://www.google.com/maps/@35.2167865,-80.8507889,18z) .
Find it at What3Words (https://map.what3words.com/chef.pens.with)

March 14, 2019 – DongleMania

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Mar 132019
 

Program topics

Upcoming programs require your participation:

  • “Planning Meeting” will be announced Thursday and by email. Don’t commit to it until you see a specific announcement.
  • April 11: Streaming options, presented by Richard Kinkel.
  • May 9: Picnic, for once, before the hot weather.
  • June 13: Configuring Accessibility options on Windows 10, presented by Galen Bolin.
  • Future general meetings: That’s why we need you at the Planning Meeting.

DONGLEMANIA

You’ve heard of “Bibliomania” (craze for books or reading), “Chinamania” (obsession with collecting pieces of china), “Discomania” (craze for disco music), “Melomania” (craze for music), and even Polkamania (craze for polka dancing), but have you heard of DONGLEMANIA? Yes, there is such a thing. DONGLEMANIA is the craze for dongles which are those small devices that plug into computers.

Now, I already know that some of you are saying, but Maryanne, dongles are much more than that, and I would agree. But for those who do not know about all that dongles are capable of doing, you must attend our March meeting to find out…..and prepare to be amazed.

You too will be hooked and become a DONGLEMANIAC.

Maryanne Dailey explains all the extra stuff you have to carry in your computer bag, Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 pm.


A Message from the Common Table

March 8, 2019

Rain, Rain and more rain, are we tired of the rain? It has been raining all Fall and Winter. Have we had even 4 days of no rain before it rains for days in a row?

We have a great meeting this week presented by our own Maryanne. She will show and talk about “Dongles”, you know those things that you have to attach to our devices to help the device do something else that it should have been able to do without the “dongle”.

I hope you had a great month and I hope you understood that we did not meet in February as that day was Valentines Day.

This past week has been very nostalgic for me. I moved my Outlook from one system to another. This process is very straight forward except for my calendar. My Outlook calendar goes back to early 2001 and for many years it synced with a Pocket PC I had. Some of you will remember Palm Pilots and Pocket PC devices. I had a Cassiopeia and a Dell Axiom at one time. These were the computer in your pocket, but you still had to have a flip phone.

The issue with the calendar was that the Active-Sync for the device would not always work correctly with Outlook/Exchange. Quite often it would duplicate calendar events on the Pocket PC and the Outlook/Exchange calendar. I would try to fix these duplicates when this occurred. But after a while, I just gave up. When I moved the calendar this week, a lot of these duplicates are still there, so I have been going back and fixing all these duplicates.

The nostalgia for me was seeing all the events that were in my calendar for the last 18 years. I saw on my timeline many great family events, terrific vacations, work related events and of course many meetings that I attended.

Many of these meetings were related to the PCCC group. Do you remember the SIGs (Special Interest Groups)? I also saw where we used to eat for the board meetings and before the meetings. Even the meeting locations have changed, Piedmont Natural Gas, Little Architecture and others. Many of the restaurants we patronized are not even in business anymore. I never had to get out the tissue, but many of my events brought back great memories and a few were sad (loss of family and dear friends).

Do you have a calendar that you can look back to? My wife has always kept a paper diary of events and thoughts going way back before my calendar even starts. I may even add some new/old events to my calendar using her calendar (yes, she lets me look at it, nothing secret in there). She does not have a backup of her calendar as they are paper books, Mine would, of course, have a digital backup in multiple places.

I hope to see all of you at the meeting.
Galen Bolin
President PCCC – https://pc3.org


Time

What time is it?

(I’ll save you from having to read the whole article, just go to https://time.gov.)

As you ran around to reset all your clocks Sunday, (don’t forget your dress watch or you’ll be late for the show) what time did you set them to?

I have read that computer networking requires everything to have the same time or data and protocols won’t synchronize properly. The GPS system only works because it keeps time to a minuscule fraction of a second. But I have seen computers – configured to periodically check with the network for the correct time – being off by minutes, even though they were side-by-side on the same network. (what about the clock in the spare bedroom?)

The computer chip slices the day into billionths of a second, but it’s hard to find a configuration that displays what second of the day the computer thinks it is.

If you want to set your clocks accurately, https://time.gov is a running clock with seconds displayed. It’s even calibrated to take account for the immediate network latency.  (you’ll wake up shivering tomorrow because you forgot to spring the thermostat forward)

Bill Barnes, PCCC

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time.gov started showing problems Sunday morning. You might try https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock or just put “time” into your favorite search engine.


The PCCC meets the second Thursday of most months at
Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church at 1117 South Blvd.

Maps and directions are below.
Join us with your bag supper at 5:30 or the meeting at 6:30.


Room and Parking information:
We are meeting in the same building as the big hall. Come in the atrium and look for us in the first room on the ground floor, down the hall to your left.
If the parking lot closest to the building is full, park in the deck directly across the street.
Do not park in the upper lot!
If you are lost, locked out, or need an escort from the parking deck, call 704-607-6461.

Click on map for Google directions (https://www.google.com/maps/@35.2167865,-80.8507889,18z) .
Find it at What3Words (https://map.what3words.com/chef.pens.with)


February 14, 2019 – Happy Valentines Day! – No General Meeting

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Feb 112019
 

February General Meeting

CANCELLED

February 14: Valentine’s .
Show your sweetie a good time. Whether you’re quiet or raucous, this month’s for you.

Upcoming programs require your participation:
• “Planning Meeting” 5:30 pm, Tuesday February 19  Chris’ Deli, 3619 E Independence Blvd.
• March 14: Dongles, presented by Maryanne Dailey.
• April 11: Streaming options, presented by Richard Kinkel.
• May 9: Picnic, for once, before the hot weather.
• Future general meetings: That’s why we need you at the Planning Meeting.