May 19, 2013

Today’s meeting of the GTPCC was held in Community Room of Howell Furniture,

6095 Folsom, Beaumont, Texas 


Attendance: 15members and 3 guests.

No New Members:  No Renewal:

Guest Speaker: Stuart Griggs of SWlAPCUG

Speaker Presentation: Ins and outs of Windows 8

1:30 pm:  Dr. Sam opened meeting with Q & A.  Topics discussed:

              Apple computers, Zydeco now offers customer repairs and maintenance.

              Scams and Alerts (Bulletin Board/Scams and Alerts)

              Free WiFi disadvantages

              Debit/Credit cards and Electronic transfers

              Programs and devices not accepted by Windows 8

              Multiple operating systems on same computer

              9” Nook and Microsoft tablets


              TV stations coming thru cable

              Dual monitors

              Black screens

2:30 pm:  Stewart Griggs from Sothwest Louisiana PC User’s Group spoke on the Ins and Outs of Windows 8.  Although there are mixed opinions on Windows 8, it is faster in general and plenty of help is available including “What’s New in Windows 8” newsletter, that was distributed at the meeting.  (Our president will have extra copies at our next meeting.)  Stewart informed us of Windows 8 upgrade assistant (windows.microsoft.com) and shared tips on upgrading your computer such saving it on a flash drive for later and having fairly new equipment.  Ninety percent of upgrade problems are with computer drivers.  Stewart also led a discussion on ways to install Windows 8 on your computer.

              Dr. Sam continued the presentation by demonstrating several features available in Windows 8.  It may be difficult for some to use since many items are hidden from view, but he explained how you can download “Classic Shell for Windows 8” from techsupportalert.com to replace the Start Menu with Windows 7 version.  Some programs may need newer versions to operate on Windows 8, but synchronization with other Windows 8 devices is excellent as well as trouble shooting.  An update to W8 will be available soon.

3:35 pm:  Our treasurer held drawing for door prizes: (Also see Door Prizes page)               

Gene Koch: USB A to USB B 6’ Lighted Hi-Speed Device Cable

Don Schoening:  USB Retro Mini Fan donated by GTPCC

Gwen Jones: Big Bang Brain Games donated by Computer Dimensions

Corrine Griggs: Boggle Carabiner donated by Barnes and Noble

Katrina Rodriguez: Rare Woods 5 X 7 Picture Frame donated by Barnes and Noble


3:43 pm:  Our president announced next month’s meeting will be with Ira Wilsker on Great Software For Today’s Computers.

3:45 pm:  Meeting Adjourned