Welcome to HAL-PC
HAL-PC is the world's largest PC user group - home to an award winning internet service, exciting technology presentations, Special Interest Groups, hands-on computer classes, award winning Magazine, Senior Learning Center Courses and more! We invite you to join the group and become one of thousands of computer users helping other computer users since 1982.
Garage Entrance & Exit
Blocked Temporarily Wednesday.
We have an emergency AC problem at the headquarters that needs to be corrected Wednesday morning.
The crane is due at 9:30 a.m. -
It will BLOCK the entrance and exit for the garage for 1-2 hours, it should be fast, but you won't be able to leave the garage during that time for safety reasons.
I will have a valet person greeting all non- employee (no blue tag) cars to advise them of this and encouraging them to valet.
I apologize for the inconvenience - please know that it would not be happening during the day if it was avoidable.
If you arrive after the crane is there, go upstairs, you may have to valet (which is free) but we will get you and your customers parked!
Please do not use the upper deck in the morning UNLESS you absolutely need to get your car out. There is limited space up there.
ANNUAL JUNE GENERAL MEETING
On Saturday, June 22, 2013, the Annual June General Meeting of the Houston Area League of PC Users, Inc. (HAL-PC) will be held from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at Headquarters, SIG rooms A & B. This annual meeting always coincides with the last day of voting for the annual election of the Board of Directors. Please attend.
It's election time!
BIG CHANGE THIS YEAR!
NO VOTING KEY REQUIRED!
JUST USE YOUR MEMBERSHIP NUMBER!
Instructions on how to vote and the candidate statements can be found here. If you are ready to cast your vote, please click here. Voting will remain open until June 22, 2013 at 3 PM.
The Senior Learning Center
WINDOWS 8 MINI-COURSE ANNOUNCED
FOR JUNE 21!
Windows 8 is the new Operating System from Microsoft. If you have a Windows 8 computer, and are a little puzzled by the busy and colorful Start Screen, this overview can help you be in control! We will discuss how to turn your Start Screen into a functional replacement for your Start Button; how to have fun and play games with the new “Modern Applications”; and offer some tips that will make you feel “at home” with the Desktop side of things!
This will be a single three hour session. Since it will be held in our classroom, space is limited. Please call in advance to sign up. The cost of the mini-course will be $5.00 payable at the door. You do not need to be a current member of HAL-PC to attend.
The course is scheduled for Friday June 21, from 9:30 to 12:30, at our new location in Nassau Bay, right next to the Post Office. The address is 18100 Upper Bay in Room 123. We will offer this course several times throughout the year, according to demand.
Visit the HAL-PC Clear Lake Website: www.hal-pc.org/clearlake.
Spring VTC presentation videos
The Spring VTC presentation videos have been uploaded to APCUG’s YouTube channel. You will find the direct link to each presentation below.
The PowerPoint/PDF presentations are at www.apcug.net / Benefits / Virtual Conferences / Click on APCUG 2013 Spring Virtual Technology Conference Information. Or, http://apcug.net/virtual/index_vc7.htm will take you directly to the Spring VTC information page.
Program Ideas - Tips for Getting Presentations for Your Group, Judy Taylour
Spring Clean Your Computer aka Performing Preventive Maintenance, Jere Minich
Linux on Your Home Firewall and Router and Media Center and Video Security System and.. Easier than you think!, Orv Beach
Sharing Family Stories on Your iPad and Online, Jeri Steele
Why Engage in Social Media?, David Williams
A Comparison of SkyDrive, Google Drive, Box and iCloud, Frances Chao
How to Navigate the Windows 8 Start Screen with Your Mouse & Keyboard Shortcuts, Bill James
Our next Virtual Technology Conference will be held on August 3 – don’t forget to put the date on your calendar.
Members Helping Members
Accessing your email on your Kindle
If you are having trouble accessing your email from a Kindle device, Bill Reed has this suggestion... At the very end of the setup process, it asks if you want to require sign-in and it asks for a password. I tried all the usual procedures, but it still didn't like me. So, I tried deleting the sign in requirement and password -- It now works perfectly!
Read more Members Helping Members tips...
Which digital media application is right for you? Our HAL-PC review staff can help you choose.
Robert Du Vernay reviews the latest version of Nero. He also reviews NTI Media Maker 9 Ultimate HD Edition
Should you upgrade to Roxio DVD Creator 2012 Pro? Jerry J. Martinique summarizes the major features.
Remain vigilant updated 05/15/13
Zero-Day Exploit Published for IE8 http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/05/zero-day-exploit-published-for-ie8/ "Security experts are warning that a newly discovered vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8 is being actively exploited to break into Microsoft Windows systems. " "The company stresses that other versions of IE - including IE6, 7, 9 and 10 are not affected by the vulnerability. However, all versions of IE8 are vulnerable, including copies running on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7."
Java users beware
If you haven't installed last week's Java update, now would be a good time. Read more...
The US-CERT Current Activity web page is a regularly updated summary of the most frequent, high-impact types of security incidents currently being reported to the US-CERT. Visit their website.
One mistake is all it takes. Recognizing you have a problem is the first step to limiting the damage the criminals will do to you and everyone else. Read more in Part 1 and Part 2 of Robert Spotswood's Computer Security Series.
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