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June 10, 2002 Meeting

Held in the library meeting room, called to order at 9:30 AM, Monday June 10th by President John Wyckoff. Minutes of May meeting accepted as published on the club's website. Members in attendance 18. Suggestion to suspend the club's general meeting for July & August and resume in September, approved by a show of hands. Also WEB Design and Genealogy SIG's are on hiatus until the fall. Final Photography SIG will be held this Friday, the 14th at 9:30AM and the Fundamentals group will hold 2 more sessions to conclude the series of 6 lessons. Tuesday 6/25 at 9:30AM,topic Everything E-mail, preview the lesson on the WNCC website for a head start and Tuesday July 30th Clem Thoennes will lead the final lesson.

This meetings computer related subject is Freeware presented by club member Joe Mezzacappa. Freeware is defined as a software/program that can be downloaded free of charge, at least the basic version. If there is a "professional edition" that upgrade is usually charged for. Getting started, use www.google.com as your search engine. Under google, search for pricelessware. The program titles that will appear are recommended by a monitoring group (alt.comp.freeware users) for content and legitimacy of purpose. Joe discussed three of these freeware programs that he uses extensively and finds very valuable. A brief summary follows.

1. P C Clock Enhancement (Tclockex)

A new format to display clock and calendar on your PC screen. It is a replacement for the operating system clock normally shown on the tool bar, lower right corner of monitor screen.

2. PowerDesk 4

Described as a file enhancement program. Mouse pointer highlight lets user read a file
without using a program to open it. Might require quick view plus program, usually part of Windows 98 operating system. Provides these shortcuts, a drive bar, a launch bar, a status bar and a tool bar on same screen. Any of which can be accessed from the one screen.

3.YankeeClipper lll

Provides permanent storage for files and /or backup for your files. A very versatile program for file transfer to other programs. Open and play around with it. Site has an excellent help menu that explains the depth and power of the program.

If any club member has questions about these three Freeware programs, Joe would be happy to answer them through his E-mail. Additional recommended Freeware programs are as follows:

Anti-Spyware Tools - Ad-aware

Archive Utility - Power Archiver

Button Pusher - PTFB (Push The Freakin Button)

Clipboard-Extender - Yankee Clipper

Clock - Tclockex

Download Manager - Download Accelerator Plus

Editor/Notepad - Editpad Classic, NoteTab Light

Editor/Rich Text Format - Word Tabs

File Management - Powerdesk

Firewall - Zone Alarm

Information Management - Keynote

Memory Utility - Cacheman, Rampage

Newsreader - Free Agent

Password/Form Manager - AI Roboform

Picture File Viewer/Thumbnail Maker - Irfanview

Pop-up removers - Pop-Up Killer

Thesaurus - Wordweb

Time Synchronizer - AtomTime

Word Processor - Abiword, Crypt Edit, Roughdraft

Wordpad Replacement - Cetus CWordPad

These programs can be obtained as follows:

1 - go to www.google.com

2 - search for pricelessware

3 - If a program you want is not on the list, searching at google will locate it for you.

 Meeting closed with request by John Wyckoff to send him suggestions on topics for discussion with a speaker/expert for next fall. Have a good summer y'all.

Respectively submitted: Skip Burnside

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