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Get Together - Nashville by Bob Wallace
Another weekend of fun in the sun has come and gone already for 1997, this year's GT Network Get Together taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, in the Cumberland River valley of central Tennessee. We may have been a small group of GT Sysops who convened in Music City over the weekend of June 27-28, but we had more than enough fun to get us through another year before the next one comes along, destination still to be determined as this is being written over the July 4 holiday weekend.
We began our weekend gathering on Friday, June 27, with everyone arriving in time for a late dinner at the Santa Fe restaurant, just a few blocks north of Opryland on the outskirts of Nashville.We went to dinner at about 9:00 that evening, and stayed late enough to help them shut the doors shortly after the magic hour of midnight!
Needless to say, most of us slept in on Saturday morning, not getting started for the day until 8:00 or later, but still in time for the presentation by Quarterdeck on their series of programs, including QEMM in its current configuration, and several other programs. As noted a moment ago, we started late enough on Saturday that our lunch was being delivered at about the same time Q'deck's representative was about to begin his narrative, using an overhead projector with which to demonstrate to us how their programs work. Among other software, their WebCompass v2.0 program, as well.
Following the demonstration by Quarterdeck, the eight of us got serious about the various software packages and three modems that were waiting to be raffled off. One by one the packages made their way from the display tables to the Sysop with the matching ticket. Software titles the likes of DeLorme's Street Atlas USA v4.0 (and its companion product Phone Search USA v2.0), came home with your editor, and has already been installed on Lois's computer, given that this one comes with CD-ROM disk, which makes easy work to put this into the computer under Windows 3.11 for Workgroups.
We'll be busy for the next several months installing and using things like Home Improvement, Western Garden, even a Cartoon program by a cartoonist working for Mad magazine. Add to this list a handful of CD's that cover a number of areas, including DOS and Windows software that was current as late as October of last year, and you can see where your alternate newsletter editor's focus will be over the next weeks and months - learning as much as can be gleaned from all this software, most of it coming without the benefit of taking the time to read the documentation, hopefully.
Looking back after only one week back home, including three days of work during that week prior to the Friday holiday, I suspect most of us would travel to Nashville again in a minute to do this weekend over. We learned that Music City is very up to date, despite its image as the country music capital of the nation. Right around the corner from the historic Ryman Auditorium is the new face of Music City in the form of Planet Hollywood, where we had an early dinner Sunday afternoon. And just down Broadway from this Music City address is their Hard Rock Cafe, only two blocks up from the banks of the Cumberland.
Not that we spent all our time with the latest attractions in Nashville. On Sunday after a late breakfast we drove out to the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's historic home ten miles east of downtown, going through the grounds and mansion quickly enough to avoid getting soaked with one of several rain storms going through that part of the country over the weekend. One of the reasons for taking our time in the museum store, browsing every aisle as we waited out that rather strong shower.
Lois chose Irving Stone's novel, "The President's Lady," written in 1951, a detailed history of Jackson and his wife during their life, taken from historic documents and letters of their time, all of it cleaned up by Stone to make it a book easy to read, updating all the words to make it easily readable by today's standards. With Lois still in Dallas for this year's AIFD Symposium, your editor has already waded thru the 300-odd pages, yet still found time to do this month's newsletter.
Speaking of which, you no doubt noted the calendar on the first page with listings for upcoming nights over the next several months, most of which should be of interest to many of us. We will be out of town for the August potluck, visiting friends and countryside in the Puget Sound area that second week of August, including Butchardt Gardens just outside Victoria, B.C., a setting Lois has mentioned on a number of occasions over the past four years.
But, back to the meetings. One of the questions I'll be looking to have answered by Susan Faulk in her WordPerfect v7 presentation is how does one import text into the page when working with their publishing portion of WP v6.1, which should still be recent enough to be similar to that capability under WP v7. Add to that the question of whether any importation can include the formatting commands to change the text to various sizes as a part of that text importing capability.
Also coming up over the next few months, in addition to the potluck dinner in August, are several Internet presentations, beginning in September, a month when students go back to class. We may be doing the same with the Internet presentation for that month, and the followup later in the year. October will find us covering Daytimer, a personal scheduler program, and November covering greeting cards put together on our computer. Mix into this schedule the pizza bashes at Round Table just across the block from our meeting room, with those dates coming up on August 29 and October 24, all of which adds up to some number of evenings to meet and communicate with each other on various and sundry topics.
Exeutive Board members also have their schedule to keep up with, too. Both July and September will find us meeting on a Thursday evening, usually two weeks after the regular club meeting, to discuss upcoming meeting topics, and whom we can entice into making presentations for our group. If you have expertise in some of the areas of interest for upcoming meetings, please let us know. We would prefer to keep as many presentations in-house as can be done, but need to know what your area of expertise or interest includes. On the one hand, for possible future presentations, on the other to help us find suitable subjects for presentations yet to come in the months ahead. Your input will help in finding topics of interest for the evenings in the months coming ahead.
And to close out this section, a quick reminder that the Peninsula Bulletin Board is up and running every day of the year, answering at speeds ranging from 1200 up to 28800, depending on your modem capabilities.
Street Atlas USA will find your street by Bob Wallace
As mentioned in the article just ahead of this one, among the other software titles donated by vendors was the DeLorme Street Atlas USA that's already been installed here on Lois's computer. This due in large part to this program coming on CD, and to the HP Deskjet printer tied to that computer.
Installing this one is about as easy as any program that's been put on this computer over the past few months. Bring up Windows for Workgroups, load the CD, then start with File ... Run and d:\setup to start that process. Answer just a couple of questions first, including acceptance of their software license before the program takes over to copy files to the hard drive.
Running a 486DX4-133 clone makes for fairly quick work in getting the files copied over, after which one can start up the program to locate San Mateo, then find the menu choice for Address, typing in our street location, at which point the program checks the map and points out where our house is located here in the San Mateo Village. Place the house symbol on the map, then crank up the printer to get a color map printed off, with the house showing up at the right location, at Branson and East 40th.
One other program from DeLorme came with the Street Atlas, that being their Phone Search USA, an add-on package that works with the Street Atlas. For laptop users, an additional package is available that also shows you where you are on the freeway, and where your destination is. By using this program, one of the visiting GT Sysops traveled from Climax, Michigan, to Nashville for this year's convention, including a printed map to help find the way to the hotel just a short distance from the Nashville airport.
Now that I think about it, given that we flew from SFO to Nashville and back (by way of Dallas-Fort Worth airport), might it be possible that another application we'll find one day will include air routes between various parts of the country, and provide us with some of the data on areas we're flying over? American Airlines took us over Farmington, New Mexico, on our flight between SFO and DFW, and there is no reason not to think that such a piece of software might not be practical, particularly for frequent fliers.
Since getting back home and putting this program into use, we've revisited Nashville, now that we have some idea of the lay of the land back there, and have been able to track some of the travels we did between the hotel and several of the spots we visited. Without the map program, getting from the hotel to Opryland USA would be easy enough, being that it was just up the highway from our hotel only a few minutes. Dinners on Friday and Saturday were just up the street from the Opryland Hotel, a huge complex sitting just off the highway. A quick check of Street Atlas USA shows that Opryland USA is one of the sites noted on the map for Nashville, making it easy to locate, even if we hadn't figured it out with our several visits to that part of the countryside.
One thing we did notice with this program, that being that Marine World is still listed as being here in Belmont. That theme park closed up and moved quite some time ago, so one has to wonder how often the map details are updated, and not only by this software provider. A quick check of Vallejo located Marine World Africa USA, so they knew about that location, but did not go back and make a change to the Belmont map to remove any mention of Marine World in that part of their database.
System requirements for this one? At least a 386/33 or better, 8 megs of RAM, 8 MB available on your hard drive, a mouse, CD drive, an SVGA monitor, and Windows 3.1 at a minimum, although Windows 95 is also mentioned. DeLorme's recommendation is for at least a 486/66 or faster, and a color printer to get the best results. Output to the printer does take some time, but the results are remarkable! One other thing, that being that pointing at the various streets brings up the numbering system for each street, including that odd numbers are on the east side of the street (in our case, at least), while even numbers are on the west side. Finding streets that run east-west will provide for numbers on the north or south side, depending on which, and in many instances, depending on which city. As a reminder, some parts of El Camino Real are numbered from north to south in several cities, for instance, while other cities number from south to north.
Handy guide to Netscape shortcuts by Judy Oliphant
After last month's meeting on Netscape, I felt it might be a good idea to show some easy handy-dandy shortcut tips to move around Netscape. Keeping it easy to understand, these simple shortcuts will make surfing the Net much easier and more enjoyable for you.
Using one or more of these shortcuts, you'll have more time to check out the latest installments to our club Web pages. You might want to make a copy of these shortcuts and place them near your computer for easy reference. Place a copy of these on the monitor like a postem note so when you're browsing you can easily try some of these shortcuts.
Web browsing: Add bookmarks . . Ctrl + D Close Window . . . Ctrl + W Copy . . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + C Cut . . . . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + X Exit . . . . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + Q Find . . . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + F Find again . . . . . . F3 Go back . . . . . . . . Ctrl + Alt + < Go forward . . . . . . Ctrl + Alt + > Goto bookmarks . . Ctrl + B History . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + H Load images . . . . . Ctrl + I Open file . . . . . . . . Ctrl + O Open location . . . . Ctrl + L Paste . . . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + V Print . . . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + P Reload . . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + R Save as . . . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + S Select all . . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + A Stop loading . . . . . . . Esc New mail message . . Ctrl + M
Mail and News shortcuts Compress folder . . . . Ctrl + K Delete message . . . . . Del Forward message . . . Ctrl + L Get new mail . . . . . . Ctrl + T Open folder . . . . . . . Ctrl + O New mail . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + M Print messages . . . . . Ctrl + P Redo . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + E Reply . . . . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + R Reply to all . . . . . . . . Ctrl+Shift+R Select all messages . . Ctrl + A Select thread . . . . . . . Ctrl+Shift+A Send mail in outbox. . Ctrl + H Undo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ctrl + Z
Bay Window BBS upgrading to 33.6 By Judy Oliphant
I am proud to announce that Bay Window BBS will shortly be using a 33.6 v.34 Supra modem that the Sysop won at this year's GT Power Get Together in Nashville, TN over the last weekend in June.
Also, it's just like Murphy's law I missed out on the 56.6 modem by one number, but I won the Supra that I packed and shipped back to Nashville several weeks before I even got back to Nashville, TN only to have to repack the same modem to come home where it blonged to California. It's also Murphy's law that the 56.6 modem that US Robotics donated can not be used on a standard phone line. It has to have an ISDN line. So, I guess I did not do too bad with my Supra. I am also very proud to announce that Bay Window BBS has on-line the latest Night Owl CD-ROM for callers. The Night Owl CD is loaded with the latest Shareware files. If you have a file that you can't find on the Internet and really want it, you might want to try calling the Bay Window BBS (415) 871-0359, open 24 hours, and you'll be able to download these and many more files.
Web page update by Judy Oliphant In an attempt to keep the club up to date on what has been happening with our Web page, I thought it was time that I share with you just what has been happening with our Web page. How many of you have logged on to the Web page in the past few months and seen the changes? A show of hands, please. Okay, you can sit down now. I see the same four from the previous month.
If you have not checked out the Web page yet, I invite you all to give it a try. The address is: www.sirius.com/~jlo. Be sure and sign our Guest Book, which is one of the new features of our Web page. I have installed a guest book for your pleasure. I invite all of you to come and sign our guest book and read some of the comments left by others that have gone before you.
Be sure and sign other guest books on other Web pages. This is a good way to leave your kindness to the Web Master for his or her own good work. Creating and maintaining a Web page is like a fine expensive car or a good bottle of wine - it must be aged and maintained. Or, like a marriage, it takes some time and lots of TLC goes a long way. So, I highly recommend that you do sign a guest book.
Another change to the Web page is the added links to our link. Page with other Web pages from around the globe. You might want to check some of these out and leave the other Web Master some comments. And here again, please sign their guest books. It's just being polite to the Web Master and showing good common every day sense. Another change to the Web page is the ever-changing midi songs that I select to post. How many of you have listened and guessed the name of the songs that are playing on the Web page? Can anyone give me the title of the song?
One of the other features that I have added to our Web page is the opportunity for you and others to send a virtual post card to your family and friends on the Net. Check this out. Pick one of many styles and designs. Simply fill out the simple form and pick a post card and away it goes. Your family and friends will be notified with a Web page address to click on or to load up in his or her browser when the card is there, given a key number to enter to pick up their post card. Very simple to do, and much enjoyed by all that you send it to.
This is a good way to wish someone a Happy Birthday, or just a cheery note to say hey, I'm always thinking about you. It's free of charge. These and many more new features will be added to our club Web page. To keep up with them, log on to the Web page. Keep informed, keep update.
Your Web Master, Judy (Send your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Final bytes by Bob Wallace
As you should realize by this point in the July-August newsletter, it's been done with a totally different program from what I've been using for the past several years. Instead of First Publisher, this month's newsletter has been done within WordPerfect v6.1, running within Windows 3.11 for Workgroups.
This is not to suggest that my own computer has been upgraded in recent months. Not at all. We have upgraded each computer here so that all three are now 486DX4-133 systems, but still each is different from the other in some respect. The machine Lois usually uses (the one I'm using for this newsletter) has been converted from a 486-33 several months ago to the 486-133 it is now, including 16 megs of RAM, 3.5- and 5.25-inch floppy drives, CD-ROM drive and Sound card, all tied to an Impression 7 Plus monitor. Also included within the system case is a 33.6 modem for going out over the phone line for one thing or another. In addition to calls to the bulletin board upon occasion, this also includes use of United Airlines' United Connection software, used on several recent occasions to find flights from SFO to one or another destination and return before calling the travel agent to book the flight we'd chosen on our own first. Nothing like calling a travel agent and telling them which flight we want, so long as it has not yet been fully booked, if not overbooked!
Using WordPerfect 6.1's publisher program makes it very easy to get a newsletter put together, although I'm still working through the learning curve for this specific program. For instance, I'm still not familiar enough with the software to be sure about using the import or insert function, nor whether it's possible to set up the text as had been done for importing into First Publisher on the other computer here at the house. Printing of these pages was done on an HP Deskjet 693C prior to being taken to Kinko's for copying, collating and stapling. Address labels, as usual, were done using dBASE IV's label making function. This pretty much covers all the details on how this month's issue was put together.
One item regarding the August potluck dinner. The usual setup is for one-third of the club's members to bring one item, another third a different menu item, the last third another menu item. The breakdown on how this year's potluck dinner will be set up will be announced at the July monthly meeting. You may also find this information posted on the BBS and/or Web page.
Every effort is made to insure that the dates and listings noted here have been agreed upon by the presentors and the programs named. Despite our best efforts, there will be evenings when what is nominated here will not be that evening's presentation. On such evenings, we will default to the "Open Forum" presentation.
July 10: WordPerfect 7, by Susan Faulk
August 14: Potluck dinner
September 11: Internet - Sirius
October 9: Daytimer - Personal Scheduler
November 13: Computer-created Greeting cards.....By Lee Hill
December 11: Internet Basics.....By Myron Gershenson
January 8: Internet Intermediate
February 12: PC Income Tax Software
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