July 19, 2009

 Meeting Location:  Howell Furniture

                              Community Room

                              6095 Folsom Drive

                              Beaumont, Texas


Meeting Presentation Start:     2:30 PM

Meeting Presentation End:      4:35 PM


Attending:  20 Members and 6 Guests. 

Featured Speaker:  Mr. Ira Wilsker 

Ira presented a detailed hands-on demonstration for using the Magic Jack telephone apparatus.  The computer must be connected to the Internet.  The Magic Jack inserts into a USB port on the computer.  Magic Jack then connects to its "Mother Ship" and downloads and installs the necessary software.  At this point, an ordinary telephone is connected to the Magic Jack.  Dialing a telephone number establishes a connection.  In general, telephone calls are made within the United States.  However, long distance dialing is available.  Fascinating. 

Ira reviewed KIVA, an online method for loaning money to people.Basically, this is a "feel good" experience for the lender.  You loan money to people via KIVA.  No interest is paid.  Your loan is eventually paid in full (usually).  If you wish, you continue lending the money.  This method is referred to as Micro Loans. 

Ira also reviewed the first three of the following four unique URL's:

1.  www.giveawayoftheday.com

2.  www.deals.ebay.com

3.  www.1saleaday.com

4.  www.pacificgeek.com/nooner.asp (12 noon Pacific Time only).


Renewed Memberships 2:

Door prize winners:

Wireless G Range Expander won by Martin Tirabasso, donated by GTPCC


P C Case Fan won by Sam Gigilo, donated by Zydeco Technologies


Targus Whirl Notebook Case won by Ira Wilsker, donated by Computer Dimensions


Aquarium Screensaver& SNDokn Game won by James Booker, donated by GTPCC


Misc Cables won by Claud Sibert, donated by Computer Shak


Submitted by,

Claud Sibert

GTPCC Secretary


Added 05 August, 2009: From Ira Wilsker

Look at:

Licence row puts Skype under shutdown threat

BANGALORE, INDIA: Skype, the eBay company which offers Internet telephony service, is reportedly on the verge of shutdown due to an ongoing legal battle with its founders.

Recently eBay had said it did not own the underlying technology that powers the service, prompting fears of a shutdown. Though Skype is trying to develop new peer-to-peer technology to replace the code it currently uses, how far would it be successful is still doubtful.

“Skype’s business as currently conducted would likely not be possible,” eBay said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The filing also said the new software development would be expensive, possibly unsuccessful, and "may result in loss of functionality or customers, even if successful".

If they fail in that attempt, millions of Internet users who use Skype could be forced to find other ways to make phone calls.

Internet auction company eBay had paid around $3.1billion for the telephone service between 2005 and 2007 and is now locked in a legal battle with the technology's owner, Joltid, a company owned by Skype's founders.

The purchase did not include the peer-to-peer technology that is at the heart of Skype's functionality.

The legal dispute resulted in Skype filing a claim against Joltid in the English high court in March, said a media report. In response, Joltid filed a countersuit, saying Skype had no right to use or modify certain code and that it had breached the license agreement, and said it was terminating the agreement as a result. The case would come for hearing in June 2010.

However, Skype refused to divulge any further information other than the ones included in the SEC filing.