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The May CMUG meeting will be
held on Wednesday, May 21 at the East Columbia library.
This month, Beth Tribe from the Howard
County Library will be presenting on the library's current digital
books technology, which uses the Overdrive or Axis 360 systems.
We will also have a drawing for a basic Kindle with 12 ebooks from O'Reilly
preloaded. This comes to us via APCUG, the Association of PC User Groups,
of which CMUG is a member. The titles include "MS Office Pro 2013 Plain and Simple" and "Kindle, The Mini
Missing Manual". To be eligible to win the Kindle, you must be a member (that is, your email address must
be on our member list), and you must be present at the meeting.
As discussed at earlier meetings, this will be the
last meeting of CMUG before we dissolve the corporation. There is some interest in continuing
the group as a less organized (non-corporate) entity. If you are interested in this, please contact a
We will start the meeting at 7 pm, to give us a little more time. Remember
that we have to have the chairs and tables put away and be out of the library by 9 pm.
Hope to see you on Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the
East Columbia library.
Thanks to Dave Methvin, who talked about "Fine Tuning
Windows 8.1" at our January meeting. As usual, Dave answered questions
about all sorts of computer topics. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date, Dave!
At the December meeting, we had an excellent Holiday Dinner thanks to the efforts
of Sumi Kinoshita, and her elves Jean Tigner, Larry Methvin, and Paul Demmitt.
Thanks to them, and those
of you who brought the scrumptious desserts and other contributions!
At the October meeting, Paul Van Bloem talked a bit about the current crop of
web browsers, and George Coffin showed us the Google Chrome browser, which he has been using for a while.
Thanks to both.
Thanks to Paul Demmitt, who presented on Windows 8 at the
Officer Elections The June meeting included elections for CMUG officers, to serve for the July 2013 to June 2014 year.
There was only one candidate for each office, so these officers were elected by acclamation.
President: Paul Van Bloem
Vice President: Larry Medoff
Treasurer: John Weske
Secretary: Phil Krug
Thanks to outgoing Treasurer George Coffin, and outgoing President John Weske for your service to CMUG.
Thanks to Phil Krug, who ran an interesting question and
answer session at the June meeting.
Thanks to George Coffin, who presented at the
May meeting. George continued the discussion on TV
from the Internet that we began in April, focusing on the hardware side. He demonstrated
his Roku set-top box, and talked about the programming available thru the box,
and how it connected to his TV.
At the April meeting, Paul Van Bloem began the discussion on
TV from the Internet. We focused on the content available
online, including NetFlix, Amazon,
and Hulu. We did not have time to talk about the hardware side of
getting streaming video up onto your big screen TV; that's our planned topic for May.
At the March meeting, President John Weske presented on the
IRS's Free File
and other options for free computerized income tax preparation and electronic filing.
Thanks to Beth Tribe from the Howard County Library,
who told (and showed) us all about using Overdrive at the
February meeting. Overdrive is the system Maryland libraries use to lend eBooks to their customers.
Thanks to Paul Demmitt, who spoke on
Windows 8 at the January meeting. He passed along his notes,
which you can access here.
We had a nice potluck supper at the December meeting, on
December 17. Thanks to Sumi Kinoshita and her assistant
Jean Tigner for organizing and preparing and arranging and overseeing everything.
other computer user groups in the area?
Columbia Area Linux User Group........www.calug.org a friendly informal group of Columbia-area residents who share an interest
in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in general, and Linux in particular
meets on 2nd Tuesdays in Columbia Gateway
Crabby Admins.............www.crabbyadmins.org the Baltimore/DC chapter of the League of Professional System Administrators
meets on 1st Wednesdays in Columbia Gateway
Meeting Location We usually meet at the
East Columbia Library, which is at 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045.
It's a good two miles from downtown Columbia, but only a mile off Route 29. Here's a
Google Map you can use to find your way.
Go in the main entrance of the building, and the meeting room
is on your right before you get to the library space proper.