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June 12th, 2014 IPCUG Meeting Minutes

IPCUG Monthly Meeting

June 12th, 2014

Minutes by Laura, Secretary

Meeting started at 6:40 pm by President Hugh

There were 19 members and 1 visitor in attendance.

Announcements:

  • “Meeting after the meeting” tonight at Denny’s
  • IPCUG Board Meeting at Jerry’s, Thursday June 26th, 6:30pm
  • Linux User’s Group at Taos, Thursday June 19th, 6:30pm
  • No-host breakfast at Golden Corral Saturday, June 14th at 9:00 am.

Question & Answer Session

 

  • Q: I’m having trouble printing from the Firefox browser. It says it can’t print and tries to put it to a folder. I think it says .xml. If I copy it to a Word document it prints fine.
  • A: Under browser, change your settings under “printer.”

 

  • Q: I got a bug in Firefox. I loaded on Windows 7, and when I try to open another tab, it will come up with an error saying Firefox is already open.
  • A: This is a known bug, you have to go to the task manager and force close Firefox.

 

  • Q: When I try to open a PDF file in Adobe, it says it needs to convert it, and when it opens it it’s in some weird font.
  • A: On the computer the file was done on, it could have been done on a font that was only supported by a different computer, such as Mac or Linux.

 

  • Q: I like to use Chrome to save web pages because it’s so easy, but when you try to open up the file that has the images in there, it gives it a weird file name and the picture it shows is different than the pictures in the file.
  • A: Saving the page and saving the pictures are two different things. If you’re more concerned about keeping the pictures, just right-click on the picture and save as.

 

  • Q: I have a lot of icons on my desktop, then have a hard time finding things later.
  • A: Put folders on your desktop and then drop the icons in the folders so it’s easier to find things.

1st Presentation: Hugh with Security and Windows XP

  • Make sure you change your passwords frequently and make them strong (include punctuation marks, capital letters, etc).
  • Microsoft is ending XP support in 2019. You can make a registry change in settings in order to continue downloading updates.
  • Your computer is susceptible to viruses through the web.
  • If you download the add-ons Safescript in Firefox or Noscript in Chrome, they will prevent your computer from receiving pop-ups
  • Hackers have recently changed their attack, attacking Windows XP and even Mac products. Linux is not completely free from attack, but it gets corrected very quickly.
  • There are different versions of Crypto viruses that attack through the internet.
  • thehackernews.com is a good resource to find out what’s going on in “the hacker world.”

2nd Presentation: Brian with Changes in Website design

  • CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a common way to edit website information.
  • Many of the edits that Brian does for the code of the website is done in Chrome. These edits are done to the original code from the website template.
  • WordPress is a great resource for using a template to create a website. Anything you enter into the website can be viewed in an RSS feed. The downside to WordPress is that it won’t automatically update plug-ins, which can then be accessed by hackers.The owner of the site is responsible for keeping WordPress and its plugins up to date.
  • Themeforest.net is a good website which shows samples of different website themes. You can purchase a theme from this website and then customize it later.
  • New websites still use html in code.
  • For those who don’t want to hassle with coding, SiteBuilder is a great and easy-to-use resource in which you can choose a template and easily input information to build your website. If interested, it can be found as a link at www.boisecomputerservice.com

Vote

The club voted on four different options for the IPCUG logo, resulting in the license plate logo as the winner, submitted by Brian. This logo will be at the top of the website.

Meeting adjourned at 8:48 pm. Next meeting will be July 10th, 2014 at 6:30pm.

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