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Next Meetings

(all on 3rd Saturdays)

  • December  15, 2018
  • January 19, 2019
  • February 16, 2019

Here’s what we have planned for the December 15 meeting:

(Special Interest Groups)

  • HTPC/Home Automation – 8:00 am 
    Home Theater (or Media) PCs and Home Automation come in an endless range of capability, complexity and price.  Come join us as we cover this new & exciting area. Home Automation covers everything from setting your thermostat to having your refrigerator order milk.  Join us!
  • Microsoft PowerShell – 8:00 – 10:00 am
    The first hour starting at 8:00 am, we cover topics and demonstrations that come up in informal discussion.

    At 9:00 am, we are scheduling a “Planning Session” to get your input on what the upcoming year should cover.

  • Windows Tips & Tricks  9:00 – 11:00 am.
    Flashing Routers with Third-Party Firmware
    Small business and home residential gateways from ISP’s and those that are part of the consumer market are commonly based on Linux. These devices are Always On and providing the first line of defense, but have increasingly come under attack themselves in the last two years. Short support lifecycles for such devices relative to long in-service periods, and infrequent updates, all pose an increased risk to end users. These devices do not always have modern versions of the software components they are built from, which can contribute to poor performance.

    To combat these risks, third-party firmware based on modern operating systems and software components can often be installed on existing hardware.

Why do this …

• Such devices have a longer useful life than the manufacturer’s stated support period
• Improved performance can be gained
• More advanced features left off by the manufacturer can be enabled using third-party variations
• Can establish a base platform for running more advanced network applications
• Can isolate your network from changes pushed out by your ISP

How to do this …
… by replacing the original manufacturers’ firmware with third-party versions.

In the Tips ‘N Tricks SIG on December 15th, we’ll present a brief overview of third-party alternatives, then conclude with a demonstration installing OpenWRT on our equipment.


  • Making Money Online – 9:00 am (New Time)
    In the December meeting of the MMO SIG, Howard Harkness will present a simple Python script for doing automatic tweeting. This tool replaces a premium ($200/yr) tool, and has been used with good results for the last several months. Future enhancements of this tool will include automatic posting to other social media sites in order to get more traffic to any offer you create.
  • Microsoft Office Suite 9:00 am –  Noon  (New Session)
    In December, Sue Clark, Frank Tubbs and Sharon Dorsey are continuing to combine their knowledge of the different versions of Microsoft Office Suite.  Pop-in anytime during the session with your questions about any . . . or all . . . of these five applications in MS OfficeShort Presentations will include:
    • Excel – Relative and Absolute cell reference, Mixed with fixed column, and fixed row
    • Word – Lists: Simple to Not So Simple
    • PowerPoint – Bullet Point Slides: Boring to Absorbing
    • Publisher – postcard
    • Access – importing data
  • AppDev  10:00 am – Noon
    Planning Session” to get your input on what the upcoming year should cover, plus Q&A for those in attendance.
  • Wireless Communication – 12:30 pm
    In the December SIG, Wireless Communications will discuss home fire safety.