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The March 18, 2007 meeting of the Golden Triangle PC Club had a total 17 participants,13 members and 4 guests, in attendance.
 
The meeting was called to order by Club President, Don Schoening, who welcomed everyone.  A brief question and answer period followed regarding various topics.

Today's presentation was given by Jennifer Benton of Computer Dimensions located at 6465 Calder, Suite 103, Beaumont, Texas.  The presentation was on the MAC OS10.4.  After a brief preview of the Mac  desktop as well as Parallels Desktop. and explained how the use of the free software, Boot Camp, partitions the hard drive to get the MAC ready to install Windows, thereby being able to run the MAC and Windows at the same time.  Mac software is always running in the background, even though you full screen the Windows application.  Ms. Benton gave some of the advantages of owning a MAC such as no viruses being able to enter the system, no irritating pop-ups, and no firewalls needing to be installed.   One unique feature is that several users can use the same computer without the previous user having to log out or without fear of loosing what they were working on. It was explained that files could be dragged and dropped in a folder on the desktop yet the original still remains in its original location. There is is a convenience folder for burning a CD or DVD.  Attendees were very impressed with the MAC and are looking forward to Jennifer's future visit, which will include the MAC Mini, a replacement for the CPU tower, as well as other computers adaptations. 

An Item brought up by Don was regarding Acronis backup utility, when downloading the latest updates to be sure to remove previous backups and create a NEW complete backup since previous backups may not restore properly.  Another item was whether or not the club would approve the purchase of a $10 gift card each month from Gander Mountain to be given as Door Prizes. After a motion by Pat Williams, seconded by Ira Monroe, the majority voted in favor of purchasing the gift card, to be offered as prizes for club members only.  Appreciation was given to Gander Mountain for their cooperation in offering their facilities and their help free of charge. It was noted that the GTPCC now has access to broadband connection for internet service. Don and Jerry reiterated the fact that Office Depot has been very cooperative in donating prizes for the drawings.  He asked that we show our thanks by patronizing the Office Depot stores and to mention the GTPCC and telling them how we appreciate their donations and support.  Thanks were also extended to Joe Brooks of Zydeco Technologies for donating hardware for our computer as well as the discounts to members.

Drawing for door prizes was then held with the winners being:
Jennifer Benton - Lunch Box with Water Bottle donated by Office Depot (Dowlan store):
John Mikeska - Ativa Scrolling Calculator donated by Office Depot (Gateway store):
Billy Dunlap - Book, "Hacking Exposed", 5th Edition donated by NFO Technologies:
Ira Monroe, Belkin Surge Master Power Outlet donated by Office Depot (Dowlan store);
Don Schoening - 128 MB USB 2.0 Flash Drive donated by Office Depot (Gateway store):

Brian Miller, in absentia, was awarded a Desk Lamp With USB Hub donated by Office Depot (Dowlan Store).


Ira Wilsker will be our host at our next meeting of the GTPCC on April 15 at 2:30 p.m. on identify theft.
 
The meeting adjourned at 4:45 PM.
 

 Respectfully submitted by
Alice Sibert
GTPCC Secretary