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April 10th, 2014 IPCUG Meeting Minutes

IPCUG Monthly Meeting

April 10th, 2014

Minutes by Laura, Secretary

Meeting started at 6:40pm by Gregg, Program Chair

There were 27 members and 0 visitors in attendance.

Announcements:

  • “Meeting after the meeting” at Denny’s
  • IPCUG Board Meeting at Jerry’s, Thursday April 24th, 7:00pm
  • Linux User’s Group at the Boise Public Library in the Gate’s lab, Thursday May 1st, 6:30pm
  • No-host breakfast at Golden Corral Saturday, May 10th at 9:00 am.
  • Annual pizza party at Chicago Connection Saturday, April 12th at 11:30am.
  • Links at the bottom of the IPCUG website to follow IPCUG on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
  • The raffle for the Chrome Cast will be taking place tonight and next month. Tickets are $1/ticket or $5/6 tickets. Tickets can be purchased from Brian, Treasurer.
  • The club is looking for a new logo/design for the IPCUG website. Each submission will receive a ticket towards the next raffle.
  • The board decided to keep both the newsletter and website.
  • The May meeting presentation will be by Larry Krumb with the Apple store

Question & Answer Session

 

  • Q: What is heartbleed, and when do you change your ID and password?
  • A: Heartbleed is a “bug” in the system that allows hackers to look at your system. It is recommended to change both your user ID and password after the website has supplied the fix. ChromeBleed is an add-on in the Chrome browser that will tell you if the site you’re visiting is vulnerable to heartbleed or not. Heartbleed, however, only affects the older technologies. It will not affect your banking website or amazon.com, for example.
  • Q: Is there a password generation application that is trustworthy/easy to use?
  • A: A member stated he uses S10, which “isn’t the greatest,” and another member stated that he uses Roboform and attests that it is easy to use and is $30/year. Another member stated that he uses LastPass which is highly reliable and free of charge.
  • Q: What does the number on the SD card mean?
  • A: It is the class of read/write speed. Keep in mind that not all class 10’s, class 6’s, etc are the same.
  • Q: How do I open an Access file in Libre Office or Open Office?
  • A: There is an import/export method that will convert it to the format that is readable in Libre or Open Office.
  • Q: How do I take a text file and put it into a database automatically?
  • A: Import it from a CSV format to your database.

1st Presentation: Brian with setting up a Tight Receiver/Projector and Routers

  • Brian stepped through how to connect to the tight receiver on the members’ laptops. The TightReceiver client can be downloaded free of charge from www.tightprojector.com. On this website the file is available under the download section, choose the the seperate TightReceiver for Windows option.
  • Whatever the computer that is designated as the projector has on its screen, the computers designated as receivers will be able to view.
  • With everyone set up on their laptops as receivers, Brian continued the presentation with a discussion of routers, using a donated router from Martin. There are different settings for your router, and a website that is great for a “how-to” to set up different routers is setuprouter.com
  • First, plug in your router to your computer via a cable. This will enable you to look up your router’s IP address.
  • Click “local area connection,” which will open a box. Then click “details,” and it will show you all the information about your computer’s network connection. The IPv4 address is the address of your computer. The Gateway address should be the IP address your router is using.
  • Under your router settings, set up your wireless security settings to WPA or WPA2 (Personal) and type in a custom password.
  • Open DNS is a service that allows you to put a different DNS number that will regulate restrictions. It also allows you to configure what you want to allow/not allow that is personalized to your router.

2nd Presentation: Brian with Chrome Cast

  • In Google Chrome, use the ChromeCast app to connect to a network. Choose the executable file, which will ask for your ChromeCast number. This number is on the lower left of your screen. When your device detects the ChromeCast, you will enter your password and verify connection to the network.
  • With ChromeCast, you can view a movie on your laptop and it will project with sound to your television. You can use various apps on various devices to do this, such as using your tablet to stream Pandora or Netflix to your television or projecting a sports game from the internet to your television or computer. This happens by simply clicking “watch” on the device after connecting the ChromeCast to it.
  • Whatever your internet is capable of running is how fast the ChromeCast will stream it.
  • The ChromeCast has the capability of changing the resolution, depending on what size device you are streaming to.

 

Raffle for the Chrome Cast resulted in Martin as the winner. There will be another drawing next month for another ChromeCast.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm. Next meeting will be May 8th, 2014 at 6:30pm.

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