April 17, 2011


Today’s meeting of the GTPCC was held in the Community Room of Howell Furniture, 6095 Folsom in Beaumont, Texas 

Attendance: 18 members and 7 guests.

Guest Speaker Presentation Virtual Machines by Lauri Arnold, LIT Program Director

2:00 p.m.:  Dr. Sam opened meeting with Questions & Answers.Topics discussed:

SP1 for 64 bit Windows 7

          Using Command prompt for checking discs after SP1 install

          Ethernet cards & Networking – more discussion in June

          New routers and high speed internet

          Time Warner & AT&T package deals for internet, land lines and cell phones

          IE9 compared to IE8

          Free PDF readers like Nuance and Foxit 

2:30 p.m.:  Main presentation by guest speaker Lauri Arnold, LIT Program Director, on Virtual Machines - VMware

Virtual machine – storing another computer operating system on a host computer hard drive. Hyper V, Virtual PC and VMWare (best on market) versions

Average file:  10-15 gigs

Advantages:    Can carry hard drive (computer) easily

                   Can set up in minutes (vs. hours)

Great for troubleshooting

Can run using any OS

Can run several ‘computers’ at time using one computer (host computer)

Instant backups

Costs:  Licenses are required, additional RAM may be required

Needs:  64 bit, multi-core processor, lots of RAM & space on server

Security:  Can be an issue - not only spam, e-mail scanner, anti-virus, but physical security.  Copy of ‘computer’ on hard drive can be made and no one would know.    Hacking password, as on all computers, is easy.

Lauri also discussed XP and IPads and Tablets. 

4:00 p.m.:  Our President thanked Lauri for her presentation.

Announcements were made: Next month:  Cathy Young on pros and cons of Microsoft Word. 

Our treasurer held drawing for door prizes. Winners were:

1. Lexar 16gb Express Card SSD donated by GTPCC won by Bob Finch.
2. Three CD/
DVD  Cases with disk donated by GTPCC won by Ruth Pyatt
3. 4gb Data Traveler flash drive donated by GTPCC won by Al Alvarado
4. 50ft RG6 Quad Shield Cable donated by GTPCC won by Lauri Arnold
5. Incipio Card Reader donated by Computer Dimensions won by Gene Koch

6. “The Simpsons Scene-it?” Game donated by Barns and Nobles won by Gwen Jones 


We had 3 membership renewals and one new member joined, Gilbert Saldana

Meeting adjourned at


Submitted by,  Gwen Jones

GTPCC Secretary