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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 CMUG officer.
    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 September meeting.


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, John!


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.


Interested in other computer user groups in the area?

  • Columbia Area Linux User
    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
    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.


The last few issues of the CMUG Megaphone are available here in PDF form: June 2008, May, April, March, February, January 2008, December 2007, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, and January 2007.
   Since we have the space, I've also put the PDF files for the 2006 issues of The Megaphone online: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, and Dec.

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