November 21, 2010

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

Attendance: 20 Members and 9 Guests.

Guest Speaker: Ira Wilsker of My Computer Show

Dr. Sam’s Q&A Discussion Group,  opened 1:45 p.m. with Questions & Answers.

Discussion on why browser quits running after couple hours.

Task manager, check fans, check physical condition of hard drive on manufacture web site were options discussed. 

Main presentation, My Computer Show Live, hosted by Ira Wilsker started his presentation at 2:00 p.m.

Portable editions of software on flash drives now popular.

www.Liberkey.com , a freeware favorite, includes portable Chrome, Firefox, etc.

Prevents history on computer you are using


www.techsupportalert.com  gismo’s freeware site

1000 volunteers tryout new programs and give opinions

AV rescue & Sandbox also discussed


www.liberkey.com  Under Tune Up Utilities, Several cleaners

Internet radio – can save favorites on flash drive, also line streaming available

www.dealnews.com , www.mwave.com   all good sites for computers and accessories

PDFs like Foxit (better) and Adobe

Video media options –Irfanvue needs plugins, but VLC doesn’t and can play anything 

NiZn (nickel zinc) rechargeable batteries 1.6V (volts) and safer over NiCad 

Ira introduced some new technologiesHome Plug (homeplug.org) – uses existing house wiring without running additional cables for  electronic equipment - with wi-fi, no interference with household appliances,- needs few watts to run - Best Buy – Net Gear – $96.00 for 2-pack

Femtocell – expands range on cell phones (also Magic Jack now)

 works on ATT, T-Mobile but not on Verizon or Sprint phones, with no minutes used. 

www.dottech.org  – back online today (Nov. 21) – known for freebies 24 hours a day                    

www.ebooksdownloadfree.com  back up – pdf format directory to download site                                                          - uses compression format (foreign) vs. zip (American) 

Question:  Best computer to buy right now?

Windows 7, 64 bit, 8 gigs, at least 250 video card, check www.dealnews.com  

Question:  Lightning struck computer?

Can buy router elsewhere cheaper

Computer Shack can repair

Can buy adapter to go wireless or ethernet to usb adapter


President gave details on next meeting - Guest speaker will be Gene Lindsey, “You Want A Website”

APCUG  Page will no longer be updated as of Dec. 1

Firefox updates – suggest to do manually (go into Help)


Drawing for Door Prizes held by Treasurer, Jerry McDaniel 

Door Prizes Winners were:

Al Alvarado: Quick Start Your iPhone Donated by Computer Dimensions.  

Angela Walker: Monopoly GO game Donated by Barnes & Noble 

Martin Tirabasso: Key Chain Digital Camera Donated by GTPCC 

Earline Ballou: Talking Caller ID Donated by GTPCC.   

Stuart Griggs:  LASER PointerTelescopic Pickup Tool, and Pen donated by GTPCC.

Meeting was adjorned 4:15 p.m.


Submitted by,

Gwen Jones

GTPCC Secretary,(Acting)