Mon, December 18, 2000, 7PM
Protecting our Children on the Internet
Presented by Monique Mattei, Attorney at Law with the Connecticut State Police
In this modern age of chatrooms and Internet socializing and dating, we must be concerned about the wolves who live in the “cyberwoods”. These “cyberwolves” stalk and prey upon our children without regard to their age nor their innocence.
With proper guidance and understanding, the Internet can be an educational and wonderful environment for our children. Fortunately BPMUG is offering some suggestions for educating these “tender” minds on how to use and search through the Internet while staying out of the woods. Monique Mattei, Attorney at Law with the Connecticut State Police, will give December’s presentation on dealing with these predatory individuals and protecting our children from the evils of the Internet.
As our virtual world continues to expand, educational presentations like this one become vital to the safe future of our children. So join us this holiday season while your children, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors get new computers and eagerly prepare to explore the exciting world of the Internet. Offer them the tools they need to make their Internet experience safe, educational, and enjoyable! Come to Northeast Utilities Auditorium on December 18, 2000 at 7 PM and bring a friend!
Mon, November 20, 2000, 7PM
Learn, Have Fun, Get Things Done
Presented by John Stroiney Channel Marketing Representative for Microsoft
The PC can be a powerful tool for both home and business. However, it takes great software to transform the PC from a static device into a robust medium for learning, entertainment, and productivity. At Microsoft, our mission is to create great software that enhances and enriches people’s everyday lives, empowering them to make new discoveries, enjoy time off, and be more productive at work.
Featured Products: Encarta Language Learning, Combat Flight Simulator 2, MSN Explorer, MSN Companion, Office 2000
Mon, October 16, 2000, 7PM
DSL — The Technology
Presented by Earl D. Wright, Sales Engineer for DSL.Net
DSL, or Digital Subscriber Line, has become the new defining force in high-speed Internet access. Earl Wright will help sort out the alphabet soup of DSL, SDSL, ADSL, IDSL, DSLAM, and more. Learn what you need to know and what questions to ask if shopping for DSL services. Find out how the various types of DSL compare to phone modems, T-1 lines, and cable modems. Earl will be able to help demystify much of the confusion surrounding high-speed connectivity.
Mon, September 18, 2000, 7PM
Windows Millinium — Working with Digital Media
Presented by John Stroiney
Microsoft’s brand new consumer operating system, Windows Me, is designed to provide the best in digital media with new features such as: Windows Image Acquisition-making it easy to acquire pictures from a scanner or digital camera and perform simple operations such as previewing, rotating, and printing. Windows Media Player 7-offering one, powerful, easy-to-use place where users can find, organize, and play digital media. Windows Movie Maker-providing users with tools to digitally edit, save, and share home videos. Join us as we explore the digital media capabilities of Windows Me, along with some of the other features that make Windows Me the best operating system for consumers. In addition, you’ll see some of the other Microsoft products that allow you to take full advantage of the power of digital media.
Mon, July 17, 2000, 7PM
Internet Pharmacies The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Presented by Lionel Roberge, Director of Consumer Protection, Drug Control Division
The Drug Control Division is responsible for monitoring and investigating all problems relating to legal controlled drugs, prescription drugs and over the counter drugs in Connecticut. Mr. Roberge, a Registered Pharmacist, has been with the division for over twenty-five years serving as an Agent, senior Agent and Director.
THE GOOD: The good or legitimate Internet pharmacies of which there are several in Connecticut.
THE BAD: The “Doc in a Box” type of Internet pharmacy.
THE UGLY: A foreign pharmacy in India or Taiwan that will ship pharmaceuticals to individuals in the United States.
Mon, June 19, 2000, 7PM
The Everyday Web – Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device
Presented by Microsoft
Microsoft is moving beyond today’s Internet to deliver what they call the Everyday Web. This will be the next generation Internet that enables everyone to harness the full power of the Web. Their vision is to empower consumers online and offline-anytime, anywhere and from any device. The Everyday Web will make common activities such as shopping, paying bills and running errands significantly easier. It will transform the Internet from a static medium to a highly personalized place where people share ideas and communicate with friends and family.
Mon, May 15, 2000, 7PM
Computer Viruses “Facts vs. Fiction”
Presented by Wayne Aguiar, Computer Virus expert & System Administrator
Worried about the “I Love You” virus? Feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of viruses? The May 15th presentation answered many questions in a clear and understandable manner. Wayne started his presentation with a definition of a virus and why it was given that name. He explained the difference between a harmful virus and a useful virus and talked about the types of individuals that create viruses. Wayne also not only explained how viruses spread, but also gave a global outlook of viruses and their impact.
We have all been told the importance of having an antivirus program. Wayne took this message to heart as he encouraged everyone to practice safe computing.
Mon, April 17, 2000, 7PM
Firewalls and Hackers and Crackers… (Oh My!!)
“Security Issues while using the Internet”
Presented by Jim Smith, Blarneystone Internet Services
Much is being discussed about potential for break-ins to home computers connected to cable modems or DSL lines. Jim Smith, Webmaster for BPMUG and owner of Blarneystone Internet Services, addressed these issues and gave some tips to protect your PC from prying eyes. Jim offered some suggestions for using software programs such as Black Ice or Zone Alarm as a firewall.
Whether you have a cable modem or use a dial-up, Jim demystified some of these security issues to make a PC a less appealing target to aid in securely enjoy the Internet.
Mon, March 20, 2000, 7PM
Tips and Tricks and other Goodies!
A “Users helping Users” Extravaganza!
Presented by the members of BPMUG
This is a different format than usual. BPMUG members won some “fabulous prizes” simply by sharing their tips and tricks for computers. Whether Windows 95, Internet, Word 2000 or anything else, everyone went away from this meeting with a bag of new ideas to try out on their computer!
Mon, February 21, 2000, 7PM
Computer Certification – What does it take to become Certified?
Presented by Tynan Fischer, New Horizons Training
Tynan Fischer, the assistant General Manager of New Horizons of Hartford, presented a program on the growing need for certification in the computer industry and in organizations that use IS professionals. For people interested in learning more about becoming certified in IS to either make a change in a career or to obtain a part-time or fulltime position, this was a valuable presentation. Knowledge is power and being certified will put you in a powerful position for success.
Mon, January 17, 2000, 7PM
Paint Shop Pro Version 6 and Quick View Plus
Presented by Julie Altstatt, User Group Manager of Jasc.
The most recent release of Paint Shop Pro 6.01 is a powerful combination of painting, illustration, and photo editing tools. It has an easy-to-use interface that is designed to please digital photographers, Web developers for the Internet, business and home users, and educators and trainers.
With Paint Shop Pro, you can efficiently create and add outstanding visual impact to any type of professional looking document. Paint Shop Pro 6 includes a wide variety of image deformations, effects, and filters that can be used to create interesting effects in new or existing images.
If you are planning on developing impressive documents on the Internet either for personal use or e-commerce, Paint Shop Pro should be given a consideration. This program provides you with some of the tools that were discussed for modifying photos in December’s program at BPMUG for use with E-Commerce and online auctions.
Along with Paint Shop Pro, the program featured the “must have” and award winning program for every PC user, Quick View Plus. Quick View Plus is one way to protect yourself against those unwanted “macro viruses”. For more information on Jasc Software, see their homepage at http://www.jasc.com.
Mon, December 20, 1999, 7PM
The Growing Business of E-Commerce
A Panel Discussion by BPMUG
How does E-Commerce work???
Is E-Commerce for you???
What are the opportunities for a consumer??
Should I setup my own E-Commerce site??
This panel was made up of experts who provide E-Commerce services and use E-Commerce. Jim Smith, our Webmaster and the host of BPMUG’s popular Internet Special Interest Group hosted the panel of experts, which consisted of:
Paula Pierce – Owner of PaulaWalla Imports, an E-Commerce site.
Betty Mancarella – Expert on E-Bay’s on-line auction transactions (purchases and sales)
Todd Mogren – Webmaster for nationally renown E-Commerce site, Coastal Tools, from West Hartford
Mon, November 15, 1999, 7PM
Holiday Packages by Microsoft® for 1999
Great Gift Ideas for the Holidays
Presented by Microsoft
Microsoft® field representatives gave a presentation on great gift ideas for the holiday including:
- The best-selling encyclopedia in the world, Encarta® 2000, which provides rich content and advanced technology that sets the standard for an engaging educational experience.
- Home Publishing Suite with one of the most comprehensive sets of home desktop publishing tools around.
- Digital imaging with the power of Picture It!™ 2000, which is included in the Home Publishing Suite.
- Works 2000 with the essential tools you need for home computing — the word processor, spreadsheet, database, calendar, address book, and Outlook Express.
- Finally, the latest edition of the best-selling PC game ever, Flight Simulator 2000.
Mon, October 18, 1999, 7PM
Are you Ready for Y2K? Steps Toward Final Y2K Countdown
A Panel discussion featuring:
John Moran of the Hartford Courant
Jack Alberti of Hartford Hospital
T. J. Benoit of Tab Computer
Joe Bray, Radio Personality and Computer Consultant
Moderated by BPMUG Webmaster,
Jim Smith of Blarneystone Internet Services
Are you ready for Y2K? In this meeting we learned some simple and easy techniques to save a lot of time and ease fears over the Y2K hysteria.
We also learned about the latest Y2K updates that are available for Windows operating system and Office suite of products. We also learned about some reliable Internet sites that help assess a PC.
NOTE: The format and focus of the program was open questions on Y2K. Members and guests submitted questions before the meeting.
Mon, September 20, 1999, 7PM
Web Style Design
Presented by Patrick J. Lynch, MS Design Director
Web Design and Development
Information Technology Services, Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
Patrick Lynch, award-winning designer of interactive multimedia teaching programs, gave a presentation on Web Style Design. Pat offered a simple, layman’s point-of-view as to what to consider for Web Design. Pat covered presentation techniques for online documentation as well as the four major themes for internet information delivery.
Pat has been associated with Yale University over the past 27 years in various positions is the author of a recent book, Web Style Guide. Patrick Lynch has won many awards over the years for his work. He is also sought after as a national key note speaker and presenter. We are fortune to have him join us. For an in-depth background of Pat’s awards and accomplishments see his website at http://info.med.yale.edu/caim/lynch.
Mon, July 19, 1999, 7PM
Norton Utilities — V4.0
Presented by Jim Baranowski
In July’s meeting we learned why Jim Baranowski calls Norton Utilities a “must have” computer program.
This was the opportunity to learn how Norton fixes and prevents computer problems. The program was of value both to the novice and the experienced user. Jim presented new features in Norton to keep your PC running smoothly. Jim demonstrated why millions of people worldwide trust Norton Utilities in crash protection, system optimization, disaster recovery and disk repair. Jim Baranowski offered this, not as a technical session, but one that everyone could gain from!
Mon, June 21, 1999, 7PM
Presented by Mary O’Neil
“Can my computer really save me time and money running my household?”
A new computer and Internet service called FamilyTime will give out free software and show you why the answer is YES!
FamilyTime includes six integrated tools designed to help you plan, control and simplify everyday life. Whether it’s scheduling, planning meals, grocery shopping, or looking for coupons, FamilyTime will make it easier, faster and more fun!
Tools include a calendar that lets every family member keep his or her own schedule and then integrates all those schedules into one master calendar. There’s a meal planner that prints out shopping lists based on the meals you’ve scheduled and matches items on the list to available savings offers. A record organizer stores all kinds of information for the family, including medical and car records.
Visit www.familytime.net for more information!
Mon, May 17, 1999, 7PM
Presented by Gene Barlow
Director of User Group Relations, PowerQuest Corporation
PowerQuest Corporation presented their new releases, PartitionMagic 4.0 and Drive Image 2.0, as well as newly announced products, DataKeeper and Lost & Found.
PowerQuest’s DataKeeper 3.0 continuously backs up system files and data with no user intervention. Once PowerQuest DataKeeper 3.0 is configured, you don’t even have to think about it; your data is automatically backed up.
“Lost & Found” recovers and restores data from damaged or corrupted media in the event of a disk crash, a logical system failure, or even intentional or accidental data loss. And it does this without a backup taken before the crash.
Gene Barlow, who is well known throughout the user group community, was the guest presenter. Gene is the Director of User Group Relations for PowerQuest and has worked with user groups for over 20 years.
Mon, April 19, 1999, 7PM
PAINT SHOP PRO 5.0
Presented by Jim Smith, Blarneystone Internet Services
Paint Shop Pro 5 is the latest version of one of the most popular and highly acclaimed Windows graphics programs ever available. A comprehensive painting and image manipulation package, Paint Shop Pro 5 now enhances the image editing power of business and home users with unrivaled ease of use, speed and affordable functionality.
With Paint Shop Pro 5, you can:
Efficiently create and add outstanding visual impact to any type of business document
Easily import, enhance and export a wide range of pictures with a variety of digital imaging devices
Design and produce dynamic, optimized Web graphics that stand out and get noticed
Quickly open, convert and save over 40 different types of graphic file formats
Mon, March 15, 1999, 7PM
OFFICE 2000 PREVIEW
Presented by Microsoft
Members and guests alike joined us for a preview of the new Office 2000 by Microsoft Corporation! Office 2000 is an exciting new office suite that will offer Web-enabled collaboration, rich data analysis tools, and significant improvements in ease-of-use and manageability. Together these improvements promise to streamline the way that you work with people and information so that you can get better results.
Mon, Feb 15, 1999, 7PM
Disk Jockey 98
Presented by Tony Pereira of Clear & Simple, Inc.
A great new utility, Disk Jockey 98, was presented at the February BPMUG meeting. I know, I can hear the sighs now…”another utility application?” Yes, another utility, but this one is something different. DiskJockey 98 is essentially a new twist on file management.
It has built in viewers for about 200 different document formats, fantastic zip and unzip tools and is packed with great file management features. Think Explorer, Quick View and WinZip all elegantly combined to work together and you’ve got a pretty good picture.For a preview of DiskJockey visit the Clear & Simple, Inc. web site at www.clear-simple.com.
Mon, Jan 18, 1999, 7PM
Presented by Bob Karner
What is SuperDisk™ and how does it work?
What are the advantages of SuperDisk™ diskettes over conventional diskettes?
What is the meaning of the various drives terms, such as USB, PCMCIA, SCSI, etc.?
BPMUG members were able to learn from the storage expert, Bob Karner of Imation. Bob also addressed storage issues as it relates to downloading files and managing the capacity of your hard drive. If you thought that storage systems was only about storing data, you also heard how Imation uses encryption technology to secure your files. For a total solution for your needs, Imation also has software packages that will backup your data, consolidate multiple diskettes, and improve SuperDisk™ drive performance.
You can find Imation on the web at http://www.imation.com