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September 10, 2001 Meeting
John Wyckoff opened the meeting at 9:30 a.m with a welcome to all the new members.
There were 50 people in attendance.
John gave a brief introduction to the club, which was begun last fall for the Willbrook
community. After several months, it became clear the club needed to expand and it was
opened to everyone living on the Waccamaw Neck. Our goal is to have fun with computers.
Jack Harrigan suggested a continuing goal is to have members share their expertise, their
favorite links, ideas for presentations, and recommend speakers to talk to us.
John suggested looking at our website, http://wnccsc.tripod.com/ where you can find minutes of
past meetings, how to join, Clem Thoennesı online lessons. We are endeavoring to make our
website helpful to all members. In the future, we will be adding favorite links suggested
by the members. Also, we will soon post a survey asking for volunteers to act as resources
for our members. If you have a particular expertise and are willing to help others, or do
a presentation for the club, please let us know. We hope to provide information and keep
our website current; we can only do this with the help of all the members.
October: Looking for gift ideas for your children/grandchildren? Want to know what's
"hot?" A representative from Circuit City will talk to us about the latest in
peripherals, pdas, and software.
In November, Mel Smart will share information on LinkSys and phone service. Also in
November, Cathy Singleton from Coastal Federal Bank will talk to us about pc banking, its
pros and cons.
John Wyckoff used the lcd projector provided by the Library to do a presentation on
spreadsheets, using Excel as the demo application. He reminded us that the concepts he
talked about are those found in any spreadsheet application, although the menu descriptors
may vary. He covered basic concepts: alphanumeric, formatting, relative and absolute
values, formulas, sorting, and printing. After reviewing these concepts, he created a
spreadsheet to amortize a $10,000 loan for 12 months, thus actually demonstrating the
concepts. Clem Thoennes showed us how to create graphs, using the data.
Members suggested some uses for spreadsheets: tracking loans; keeping a list of names,
addresses, phone numbers; daily/monthly/yearly calendars; tracking magazine subscriptions;
tracking organizationıs membership dues.
Following the presentation, members presented their favorite websites to the group. The
WNCC website will have added to it a Member Favorite Links page. This page will include
the websites presented.
Members had interesting questions, many of which were answered by fellow members. These
How do you copy a chart from the Net to an application on your computer? Open an e-mail
attachment with WordPerfect.
How can you find out who is pinging your pc? Clem Thoennes will send us an address which
indicates the address, but not the name, of the perpetrator.
How do you open a WordPerfect attachment? SAVE to a file, then open with Word.
How can you get rid of a virus that you cannot delete? SAVE AS a file, then open with your
application program and delete. Remember to update your virus protector, e.g., Norton's,
Members recommended local technology resources they've used:
A-Soft Computers, Inc.
Tel: 357-2500 Fax: 651-9956
One on One
Joe Thibodeau, Microsoft Certified Technicians
Tel: 357-6743 Fax: 357-2692
Knowledge Base - John said we will be developing a survey to be posted on our website
asking for volunteers who can be available to help answer questions and act as resources
for our members. He'll create a link on our homepage to these volunteers in the future.
Next meeting: Monday, October 8, 9:30 a.m. at the Waccamaw Branch of the Library.
Agenda: Hardware and software gift suggestions from Circuit City.
Remember to bring your favorite links, and bring a friend. See you all October 8.
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