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REMEMBERING THE GENERAL MEETINGS (Pre-Katina)
Held on Saturday,
August 6, 2005
Digital Music—Digitizing CD Music and MP3 Formats
Ray Paternosto was
the speaker for August 6, 2005, about 3 weeks before Hurricane Katrina
decimated our beloved Chalmette, Louisiana. His presentation was "How to “Rip CD music into
MP3 format” for listening on the PC or handheld devices such as the iRiver IHP-140 Music Player, iPod, MP3 Players, and other portable
devices. Ray demonstrated how portables could be hooked up to a vehicle. Ray
also demoed the free jukebox player Media Monkey. Lots about learning to
use music in your PC or portable setup. At the time this presentation
was the beginning of the end for CCUG-PC which has since delivered a
"pulse" to restructure and reorganize on May 7, 2009.
Held August 6, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: St. Bernard Parish Government Complex Council Meeting Room, 8201
W. Judge Perez Dr. in Chalmette, LA
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Held July 9, 2005
Cancelled due to Hurricane Dennis
June 4, 2005
Barlow of User Group Relations was the featured speaker at the
CCUG-PC meeting on June 4. Mr. Barlow has been a key figure in the user group community for the past
25 years. He is an educator, writer and a talented presenter, representing m
any vendors over the years Gene currently represents Acronis Software,
WhiteCanyon Software, and Spearit Software and their products--clever
utilities for transferring, backing up, and securing your hard drive!
demonstrated 3 of the most exciting products from his clients. Exciting? You
bet. Rarely are such fine products given press as Microsoft or Corel
does with the millions in their advertising budget. Smaller
companies have to work harder to get their name out and no one works
as hard at demonstrating his company's products as ever-so-affable,
Gene. (Incidentally, Gene is accompanied by his lovely and amicable
wife and companion, Linda at meetings who many believe <including
her husband> works twice as hard in her part to promote the products
to user groups). What nice people to know!
products aforementioned are fine ones. Gene told the audience that
Just recently, one of the products, Acronis Software backup product
True image 8 has won prestigious awards when stacked against its
powerful competitors' products. He demonstrated the ease of use of
backing up one's hard drive to an external hard drive which he
specified as a preferable way to backup one's computer. Not only
does True Image backup, but does it with compression to create a
smaller than existing hard drive capacity to an image. He said that
image capturing can save oodles of time of reconstructing one's hard
drive in emergencies--like the problem time he's experienced when
his drive failed and he restored his drive with the product within
an hour or so.
educational approach, Mr. Barlow expresses how the products works.
Using illustrations, members received what would normally be complex
terms and functions into much simpler explanations and concepts.
Instances in the approach included hard drive backup, security for
the computer against hackers/spyware and optimizing.
Gene closed out with Q & A and donated a couple of nice products for
our prize drawings. He and Linda were available to introduce
attractive user group discounts for all of his company's software.
to members. It's quite a combination to get a good product
with nice pricing. Members who need to order from his website can
mosey over to
www.usergroupstore.com for his attractive products with
explanation of product. The order code for CCUG-PC is UGAPRO5.
Gene is always a favorite at CCUG-PC. His soft-toned demonstration,
expertise of products and professionalism is so pleasing that it's
quite a treat to members who are in attendance of the presentation.
We sincerely he and Linda for including us in his summer tour to us
and other user groups. As the family drove such a distance
from Georgetown, Utah, this just impresses us with his dedication
with fondness of user groups to educate and provide our
organizations with attractive software prices. We are sincerely
appreciative to the Barlows for being our guests!
Held MAY 7, 2005 Presentation:
"PC Myths and Legends: How
many are true?"
of WWL-TV’s Eyewitness Morning News (‘Digital Gumbo’) is always a group
favorite to CCUG-PC. He's not only a good friend and member, but he's one dynamic speaker.
At the May meeting, he entertained and informed the
group as expected. Taking a subject like "PC Myths and Legends: How
many are true?" and demystifying this topic was itself a magic act.
Some say that his presentations are measured second-to-none in our computing
Seregni's PowerPoint presentation helped him disperse numerous myths that
many of us have come to know as rule or fact. For example, slides
listed questions that asked for "True or False" responses from the
audiences. Although many slides wreaked with authenticity--enough to
believe, they turned out being myths and falsehoods. On the other hand,
there were those that appeared real enough to deem as factual were just
"figments of the imagination", urban legends or perhaps be considered proof
that you should not always believe what you hear and read!
Jerry's aim was to "dispel
the myths and separate fact from fiction about computer security, broadband
access, and dozens of other carved-in-stone rules that simply aren’t true."
Whether it involved online sites and e-mail gossip or word-of-mouth
discussions, we learned about the beginnings of the MAC and PC, websites
that help us dispel the notion that what your best friend relays is not
always 100% accurate. So Jerry asked us to check out a few websites so that
we might check out the authenticity of the "blab", rumor, or legend before
we believe it ourselves and pass it on as true.
At the end of the meeting, Seregni
entertained the group with a question and answer period which extended the
presentation to a whopping 90 minutes of fun and awe! Thanks to Jerry for
spending this first day of his weekend with a giving spirit that included
his time and donated items for our prize drawing. Members can only speculate
on what he'll come up with for his next "mysterious" presentation!
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