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March 16, 2008

 

The March 16, 2008 meeting of the Golden Triangle PC Club had a total of 18 members, and 2 visitors in attendance. 

Dr. Sam Giglio conducted the discussion group prior to the meeting in which members and visitors participated in discussions regarding various aspects of computer problems. 

At 2:30, President, Don Schoening, called the meeting to order. 

Vice president, Dr. Sam Giglio introduced the guest speaker, Jennifer Benton of Computer Dimensions. Jennifer provided the GTPCC with a demonstration of Apple's new Mac mini,  a very compact fully functional desktop computer running Mac OS X Leopard. 

System Features:

Dual layer DVD burner

4 USB ports

Gigabit Ethernet port

1.83 GHz or 2.0 GHz Drives

1GB of memory

80GB or 160GB sata hard drive

DVI to VGA converter

Remote 

Retail: $599 to $799

Mac OS X Leopard Features: 

Time Machine

The ability to auto backup to external HD or time capsule wireless router. Which has a great feature which allows you to recover a file from two hours previous, a week previous, a month previous and so on.  

Spaces

A work flow manager that allows you to view "virtual desktops". Allowing you to have a clean working environment 

Dashboard

Internet desktop widgets which allow you to do a variety of task. Some of the examples shown were weather, time, stock quotes, package tracking.  

New Mac OS X mail features

Integrated RSS feeds

Stationary templates which allow you to drag and drop images into a preformatted template to create amazing emails 

Disk Utility

Allows you to partition hard drives, setup raid, also allows you to read and write to NTFS and FAT32 partitions. 

Terminal

Which  gives you full command line access to Mac OS X. Allowing Linux/Unix users to modify their system as needed.  

Dock

Makes it easy for users to drag and drop applications and folders to a quick launch bar for easy access. 

Spotlight

Great integrated search feature. Allowing users to search by file type, time, date, recently used. 

Text Edit

Small word processor which supports images, rtf, word, html formats. 

Boot Camp

Makes it easy for Windows users to reboot their Mac into XP. 

Jennifer also mentioned that Computer Dimensions has relocated to 3050 Dowlen Rd. Beaumont, TX. Jennifer also noted that the new Apple computers do not ship with a full scale manual because Apple is attempting to go green. Apple does however create great online tutorials detailing how to use your new Mac. Computer Dimensions also offers one on one training classes for $25 per hour.  

The following were winners of Door Prizes: 

Dr. Sam Giglio - Portable FM Radio provided by Ira Wilsker 

Claud Siberet- Gender Changers provided by Office Depot 

Monte Woodard- Hi-Speed USB Hub 4 Port with Power Adapter provided by Computer Shak 

Martin Tirabasso- Olympus 16 Hour Digital Voice Recorder provided by Office Depot 

Edna Davis-  $10.00 Gander Mountain gift card 

Angel Walker- Program to test serial port provide by Sibert Computer Programs

 

Submitted by:  Adam Balla, GTPCC Secretary