A Message from the Common Table
July 4, 2015
What did you do with the extra second of time you got at midnight, June 30, 2015? We all say we need more time for all we do in life. The masters of time keeping for the world gave us an extra second on the 30th. We normally get the extra second every leap year or so. The time keepers gave us one in the middle of the year to keep our atomic clock synchronized with the movement of Earth in the Solar System. What did I do with the extra second? I got an extra second of sleep! I hope you did too.
The Road to Pluto a article in Wired Magazine July 2015: Paraphrased.
In 1989 scientist Alan Stern wanted to send a probe to Pluto. In 2006, the New Horizons craft was launched. It has nearly completed its 3 billion-mile journey. It will fly by on July 14, 2015. The data and images will take more than 4 hours to reach Earth. It will be worth the wait.
When I was a young man, We had just begun exploring space. We started slow, sending folk to low orbit around the Earth. We sent men to the moon. We sent several craft to the edge of of our solar system and beyond. We have a space station. We have incredible probes on Mars. We landed a craft on a comet. Now we will have a flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. I hope it has a camera as good as a GoPro HD. I don’t think they were available when it was launched. Our astrophysicists, spacecraft designers and builders are awesome.
This months meeting is going to be a continuation on the topic of SECURITY. You don’t want to miss this meeting. Bill Barnes covered LastPass (the password management program) at our last meeting. Did you know that LastPass was hacked just after he talked about it? Bill will tell you more about this and what you can do if you are using this program or want to start using it. We also talked about protecting ourselves from malware such as “ransom ware” that locks up all your files and demands money to get them back. We talked about making sure you have good backups of your important data. Since our last meeting, a company I work for was a recipient of the “ransom ware” malware. It locked up almost all the important files the company had. I was traveling to Nashville that day. It was not a good day to be in charge of the corporate IT up in Rochester. Gary had a very long weekend, restoring all the affected files. Yes, the home office had good backups and everything is OK again.
We have great programs coming up for you in the next few months and don’t forget that we will have our annual BBQ Picnic in the Park for our AUGUST (08-13-2015) meeting. Be sure to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to say you are coming. Hopefully you will know you can come and will pay at our meeting. It’s only $9.00! Drinks, BBQ, sides and dessert are all included.
Windows 10 will be released at the end of the month. We have plans to talk about what this release has for us. Are you already using the preview? Any plans to upgrade to it right away? Did you know Win10 will probably run very well on that old Vista computer sitting in your closet?
I hope all of you had a safe Fourth of July. I know of several of you that took long drives for the holiday, both North and South. I wish all of you safe travel.
We may also have time for a short question and answer session, so please bring your questions, issues and problems about computing with you.
I hope to see all of you this Thursday.
Please join us. The Personal Computer Club of Charlotte [PC3] meets the second Thursday of each month at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Blvd in Charlotte. The meeting gets under way promptly at 7:00pm. We generally start with a brief review of current PC issues in the news. Following that we have a presentation on a topic of interest to PC or Smart Phone users and wrap up by 9:00pm. Initial attendance at the meeting is free and open to the public.In addition to our General Meeting at 7:00pm, a number of us get together for dinner at 5:45pm. We generally hold our “Eating before the Meeting” at the church. Six or seven folks generally show up, have supper and talk tech until it is time to start the General Meeting. The club will provide iced tea and cookies for desert, bring your own supper.