Napa Valley Personal Computer Users Group http://www. nvpcug.org P.O. Box 2866 Napa, California 94558 COMPUTER NEWS Volume 24, No. 11 November 2007 Inside This Issue 2 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 10 12 12 13 16 NVPCUG SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS NVPCUG CALENDAR PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE OFFICERS LIST MEMBER OF THE YEAR COMPUTERS-TO-SCHOOLS EARNS ITS WINGS GET YOUR COMPUTER NEWS ON-LINE NEWSLETTER RU XPERIENCED? ADDITIONAL BACKUP APPROACH COMPARISONS DUFFERDOM TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF THE ORDINARY USER HOW TO USE GOOGLE STREET VIEWS TO SEE… HOW TO FIND PODCASTS FAKE CHECK SCAMS ON THE INTERNET EXPLODE AFTER RETIREMENT, WHO ARE YOU? The Napa Valley Personal Computer Users Group has served novice and experienced computer users since 1983. Through its monthly meetings, newsletters, online forum, special interest groups, mentor program and community involvement, it has helped educate people of all ages. The NVPCUG provides opportunities for people to find friends who share common interests and experiences. From January 2003 to October 2007 the NVPCUG provided 752 computers and 139 printers to local schools. Additional equipment has been given to charitable nonprofit organizations and to disadvantaged individuals. At Nov. Meeting, Use of Excel Spreadsheets The Napa Valley Personal Computer Users Group will meet Wednesday, November 21, 7:00-9:00 P.M., at the Napa Senior Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson Street, Napa, California The meeting begins with Random Access, an open-floor question-andanswer period during which attendees can ask questions about computers and computer-related problems and receive helpful information from other meeting attendees. Questions may be submitted before the meeting by emailing them to Random Access moderator Jerry Brown at [email protected] During the Computer Tutor session which will follow, Jeff Solomon, our Computer Tutor, will be discussing his recent experience in switching from a traditional telephone service to Comcast Digital Voice Service and demonstrating the online interface used with the new phone service. This was supposed to be the topic for last month, but it was postponed. Any additional questions or comments should be sent to the Computer Tutor, Jeff Solomon at [email protected] Ken Manfree will demonstrate some of the features of the Microsoft Office Excel Program. First he will address the questions sent prior to the November 21 meeting. Questions should be sent toSusy Ball at [email protected] The program will then set basic guidelines required to perform calculations. The discussion will then focus on the proper formatting of add, subtract, multiple and divide strategies of Excel. Excel provides an excellent method to explore “What If” analysis. “What If” can be used to plot a course of action. An analysis will be used to plot changing interest rates. Excel has some excellent features to track the stock market. A sample portfolio will be demonstrated as a means of keeping track of stocks and their value. If time permits using Excel to store and size photos will be discussed. Could you use some practical information that would help you make better use of your computer? Come to this meeting! Guests are always welcome. Admission is always free. Intersted in becoming a member? See page 14 for application information. NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007 President’s Message NVPCUG Special Interest Groups In SIG meetings you can learn about a subject in greater detail than is feasible at NVPCUG general meetings. SIG meetings are open to everyone. M e e t i n g t i m e s a n d locations occasionally change, so for current meeting information, see our Web site, www.nvpcug.org, or contact the SIG leaders. Investors SIG Meets: Monthly, second Monday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m Jerry Brown’s home, 23 Skipping Rock Way, Napa Leader: Jerry Brown (707) 254-9607 [email protected] Digital Photography SIG Meets: Monthly, second Wednesday 7:00 to 8:30 p.m Piner’s Nursing Home, Conference Room 1800 Pueblo Ave., Napa Leader: Susy Ball (707) 337-3998 [email protected] Macintosh SIG Meets: Monthly, second Thursday 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Napa Senior Activity Center 1500 Jefferson St., Napa Leader: Jim Gillespie (707) 252-1665 [email protected] By Ron Dack, president, http://www.nvpcug.org/, [email protected] I am glad that Orion, Bill, Ray, and the others involved decided to continue the computers to schools program as its own entity. Orion informed me that they have established a group named Napa Valley Computers To Schools (NVCTS). I want to thank all who participated in the NVPCUG Computers to Schools program during the last 5 years. I wish the new Napa Valley Computers To Schools group all the luck in the world. At the General Meeting on October 17 several people were nominated for the 2008 NVPCUG Board of Directors. The nominations were closed at the board meeting on November 7th and the 2008 NVPCUG Board of Directors were elected and approved. At the December 5, 2007 board meeting both the 2007 NVPCUG Board of Directors and the 2008 NVPCUG Board of Directors should attend. A NVPCUG member of the year will be chosen and the current board will turn over the gavel, keys, and helm to the new board. During the 2008 Board of Directors meeting the officers who will lead the group in 2008 will be elected. Even if you are not serving on the board there are many jobs you can do or help do. As the webmaster I am looking for someone who would be willing to assist me in maintaining our “New Hot Links” page on the website. That job would entail checking e-mail for link requests, determining if the requestor site is OK, checking for duplication, placing the link into one of the categories on the “New Hot Links” page and adjusting the background color to stagger the links. If you are interested in learning some basic HTML and assisting me in maintaining our links page let me know. You can e-mail me at [email protected] or [email protected] Our November 21, 2007 meeting should be really interesting. Considering all the questions Ken Manfree was getting during the Computer Tutor session at the September meeting I figure that many of you would like to learn how to use Microsoft Excel in various ways. Ken will be there to show you how and answer your questions. I know when I am having a problem with Excel Ken is the first person I call and he has always been the last I needed to call. I hope to see all of you at the meeting. Don’t forget the Holiday Party Potluck dinner is coming on December 19, 2007. So let Dianne Prior know if you are going to attend and what you are bringing to share. See the article on page 4 for details. You can contact Dianne at [email protected] Take care, NVPCUG General Meetings Held the third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Napa Senior Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson Street, Napa Ron NVPCUG Calendar Nov 21 Nov 14 Nov 15 Dec 5 Dec 10 Dec 12 Dec 13 Dec 19 7:00-9:00 p.m. 7:00-8:30 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 7:00-9:00 p.m. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 7:00-8:30 p.m. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 7:00-9:00 p.m. NVPCUG General Meeting, Napa Senior Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson Street, Napa Digital Photography SIG meeting, Piner’s Nursing Home, 1800 Pueblo Ave., Napa Macintosh SIG meeting, Napa Senior Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson St., Napa Board of Directors meeting, Piner’s Nursing Home, 1800 Pueblo Ave., Napa Investors SIG meeting, Jerry Brown’s home, 23 Skipping Rock Way, Napa Digital Photography SIG meeting, canceled Macintosh SIG meeting, Napa Senior Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson St., Napa NVPCUG Holiday Pary, Peterson’s Family Christmas Tree Farm, 1120 Darms Lane, Napa NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 2 Napa Valley Personal Computer Users Group Officers for 2007 Board of Directors President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Other Directors: Ron Dack unlisted [email protected] Jerry Brown 254-9607 [email protected] Marcia Waddell 252-2060 [email protected] Roy Wagner 253-2721 [email protected] Susy Ball, Jim Gillespie, Bernhard Krevet, Ken Manfree, Dick Peterson, Dianne Prior, Bob Simmerman, Kathy Slavens, Jeff Solomon, Dean Unruh Appointed Officers Computer Recycling Coordinator Ken Manfree 224-3722 [email protected] Computer Tutor Coordinator Jeff Solomon [email protected] 553-2114 Facility Arrangements Coordinator Dianne Prior 252-1506 [email protected] Greeter Coordinator Bob Simmerman 259-6113 [email protected] Librarian Dean Unruh 226-9164 [email protected] Membership Director Dianne Prior 252-1506 [email protected] Mentor Program Coordinator Dick Peterson 738-1812 [email protected] Newsletter Circulator Jim Hearn 224-2540 [email protected] Newsletter Editor Susy Ball 337-3998 [email protected] Product Review CoCoordinator Susy Ball 337-3998 [email protected] Product Review CoCoordinator Marcia Waddell 252-2060 [email protected] Programs Director Susy Ball 337-3998 [email protected] Publicity Director Ron Dack unlisted [email protected] Random Access Moderator Jerry Brown 254-9607 [email protected] Special Projects Director Jeff Solomon 553-2114 [email protected] unlisted [email protected] Webmaster Ron Dack • All telephone numbers are in Area Code 707. NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 3 NVPCUG Computer News Computer News (ISS 0897-5744) is published monthly by the Napa Valley Personal Computer Users Group, Inc. (NVPCUG), P.O. Box 2866, Napa, CA 94558-0286. Subscriptions: $30 for one year (12 issues). Editor: Susy Ball, [email protected] The material in Computer News is intended for noncommercial purposes and may not be reproduced without prior written permission, except that permission for reproducing articles, with authors properly credited, is granted to other computer user groups for their internal, nonprofit use only. The information in this newsletter is believed to be correct. However, the NVPCUG can assume neither responsibility for errors or omissions nor liability for any damages resulting from the use or misuse of any information. The NVPCUG is an IRC 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit educational organization (EIN 680069663) and is a member of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG), an international organization. Donations to the NVPCUG are tax-deductible as charitable contributions to the extent allowed by law. Copyright © 2007 by NVPCUG. Member of the Year Members of the Napa Valley P. C. Users Group YOU’RE INVITED What Annual Members December Potluck Party When Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 PM Where Peterson’s Family Christmas Tree Farm 1120 Darms Lane, Napa Bring a potluck dish (plus BYOB) R . S . V. P. t o D i a n n e P r i o r a t [email protected] or 252-1506 If sending email put “NVPCUG Picnic” in the subject area Let Dianne know your name, how many people are attending with you, what you are bringing for the potluck, and if you can bring extra folding chairs or help with setup or cleanup. • The Computer Users Group will provide nonalcoholic beverages, paper plates, cups, plastic ware, & napkins. • At this event we will introduce the new officers and present the member of the year award. This is a time to visit with old friends and make new ones. We hope to see you all there. The party is always a lot of fun and the food is great and plentiful. Not only is the camera missing from this tripod But it is also missing from the December Calendar. All SIGs will be held as normal in December except for the Digital Photo SIG. I am giving you some extra time for those photo projects you might be making this holiday. I know I have one group of 17 calendars to make and another group of 4. So it is time to get the printer working. At its next meeting the NVPCUG Board of Directors will be ch oosing one of our members as the recipient of the MEM BER OF THE YEAR awar d. We invite you to submit names for this honor. The w inner will be announced at our annual Holidays Pa rty on December 19. Please email your nomination along w ith a brief explanation as to why you think this person should receive this honor. Se nd your e-mail to: Dianne Pr ior, [email protected] . We will also provide cards at the meeting on Novembe r 21, for you to write your nominations. Garbage In, Garbage Out It’s great to take pictures at low resolution because you can cram more photos in your camera’s memory. But with all things PC, the GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) rule applies. Low-resolution photos are ideal for posting to Web sites or emailing, but not for printing, unless you’re willing to keep the size down to roughly passport-photo size or smaller. Let’s say your printer works best at 200 pixels per inch. For a good 4- x 6-inch photo you need 800 x 1,200 pixels; double that for an 8- x 10- inch. Low resolution for today’s cameras usually means 640 x 480 pixels, not nearly enough for anything above a 3- x 5- inch picture. Shoot at higher resolutions for larger photos. Reprinted with permission from Smart Computing. Visit www.SmartComputing.com/Groups to learn what Smart Computing can do for you and your user group! NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 4 Computers-to-Schools Earns its Wings By Marcia Waddell, member of Napa Valley Personal Computer Users Group, member of NVCTS, http://www.nvpcug.org/, [email protected] In October 2002 the Napa Valley Personal Computer Users Group, or the NVPCUG, created a program called Computers-to-Schools. The intent was to refurbish older and unwanted computers and distribute them to the Napa Valley schools. Equipment that was unsuitable for schools was to be given to small non-profit organizations, and disadvantaged individuals. Older and obsolete equipment could be sold for operating expenses. In the five years of the program, hardworking people and volunteers have repaired and donated hundreds of computers for the Napa Valley. T h e N a p a Va l l e y Personal Computer Users Group on October 16, 2007 elected to return to its original mission of computer users helping computer users. It was felt by the NVPCUG Board of Directors that the Computers-to-Schools Program overwhelmed the original mission. As Photo Resolutions A good rule of thumb is to shoot for around 300 pixels of resolution per inch of printed photo. For example, to get clear 4- x 6-inch prints, select the resolution closest to 1,800 x 1,200 (which turns out to be 1,600 x 1,200 on most cameras). Similarly, use the settings closest to 2,100 x 1,500 for 5 x 7 photos and 3,000 x 2,400 for 8 x 10 photos. Use Your Own Photo As Background Right-click any blank area of the Desktop and choose Properties. Click the Desktop tab, click the Browse button, find the picture you want to use, and choose Open. From the Position drop-down menu, choose Stretch, Center, or Tile; then click OK. Photo quality is a matter of opinion Just because a printer claims it can produce photoquality output doesn’t mean every page it prints looks like a photograph. And you won’t get photo-quality with any group there are frustrations and arguments on both sides. There had been unsettling concerns with governmental regulations, tax status and toxic waste, the left some board members uneasy. However, it was resolved. The result is a new Napa Valley Computers-to-Schools (NVCTS) group that will take its place among the computer user community. It is made of strong stuff and is enthusiastic about its goals. They are not leaving; just reorganizing. The local schools and non-profits will continue to benefit from their work. There is ample room for both organizations. NVCTS will look foreword to the cooperation of the Napa Valley Personal Users Group as a partner and peer. It wants to stretch its wings and fly but not be in competition with its parent NVPCUG. Both groups can share their enthusiasm, resources, and talent making a win-win situation for all the Napa Valley. Personally, I think that is a good thing. Don’t you? prints using regular paper. You need special photographic paper, available at office supply stores or online for as much as $1 a sheet. You also need to print using your printer’s highest resolution. Generally, a midrange inkjet printing on photographic paper at a resolution of 1,440dpi or higher will produce prints that look like photographs. Focus Your Test Shots Your camera’s autofocus system might not work very well when it doesn’t have well-defined subjects to target, so make sure you know how to use the manual focus capabilities. To do this with most point-andshoot models, you have to turn off the autofocus and then use one or two control buttons to adjust the focus on your own. After you take a couple of test shots, use the playback mode and zoom in on your images to make sure they’re sharp. Reprinted with permission from Smart Computing. Visit www.SmartComputing.com/Groups to learn what Smart Computing can do for you and your user group! NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 5 Get your Computer News On-line Newsletter • What’s so great about getting your newsletter on-line? There are several reasons. Let us look at some of the advantages: • Foremost, we are a computer group and therefore we should make use of our computers as much as possible. • With rising costs, we need to cut our expenses as much as possible. By receiving the newsletter on line you are minimizing the cost to send you a monthly publication. We have checked the printing costs and the postage and got them as low as possible without reducing quality and it appears that each individual issue that we mail costs the NVPCUG approximately $130. That’s over $1500 per individual for a year. • You can print the newsletter in color or simply enjoy it on your monitor. • You have it is your hands much sooner than the mail. Example being: I sent this to the printer on November 12. The webmaster usually has it on-line within a day or so and then a notice is emailed to [email protected] so you have a direct link to all newsletters on our site. (if you wish to view past issues, go to our home page http://www.nvpcug.org and then move your mouse down the list under the QUICK NAVIGATION tab to Computer News Archives in PDF format and left click or you can go to http://www.nvpcug.org/ Newsletter.htm. If you receive the newsletter via snail mail it may take up to a week to receive it in your mailbox and you may not even receive it until after the general meeting. • You may have noticed all the links in the last paragraph. If you get an on-line newsletter, you simply highlight the link and then paste it in your browser. You don’t even have to worry about missing a letter or symbol or misspelling. On most of the articles the website and the email address can be found in the byline. Well now you would have an opportunity to easily and quickly contact the author for a question or comment. • Colored graphics are more interesting than black and white and can even be enlarged on the monitor screen to make for easier viewing. • The computer programs of today make it much easier to create a PDF of a publication, no matter which program the publication is made. So have no fear, you will not lose your editor because it is the same to create the newsletter as an on-line document that is printable on 8 ½ x 11 from a PDF as it is to send the PDF to the printer. It just takes less time to get it in your hands. Because also every cost seems to be increasing we are considering raising the dues to meet those rising costs. Right now the dues are at $3000 and the board is considering raising the dues to $3500 for those paying after February 1. However there would be a clause added that those members that agree to receive an on-line newsletter instead of a mailed one would receive a $500 discount in dues. Therefore their dues would remain at $3000, where they are now. Dues are needed to pay for things, such as, a presentation laptop (so we do not need to use individual member computers), a new projector, (the bulb in our machine needs replacing soon and with today’s modern technological advances in projectors it would be cheaper to buy a new model that has more advanced features than it would be to replace the light bulb). Presentation materials, so the group can give additional demonstrations other than general meeting and advertising group at places like a booth at fair, so we can potentially get new members. Postage other than the newsletter and presenter gifts, such as wine which must be purchased if it cannot be donated by local wineries. Let us not forget the facilities, such as, the Napa Valley Senior Activities Center where we hold our monthly meeting. Also supplies for social events, such as, summer picnic and the holiday party. Now that you have read and maybe even seen some of the positive reasons for getting your newsletter on-line instead via snail mail, it is time for you to take action. • By December 31, 2007 contact me at [email protected] with your comments. • Sign up now to begin receiving your newsletter online. Take action and do this at the next general meeting or contact [email protected] and let it be known that you wish to receive your newsletter on-line and not get a hard copy mailed to you anymore. Remember if you had gotten this newsletter via email, you would have already read this article. NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 6 ru XPerienced? By Lee Reynolds, a Member of the Boca Raton Computer Society, Inc., FL, www.brcs.org, [email protected] Obtained from APCUG with the author’s permission for publication by APCUG member groups. Yes, the title of the column is a play on the old song by Jimi Hendrix. But in this case, what is being asked is this: do you know everything you need or want to know about Windows XP? If not, then join me in learning all about it together... OWNERSHIP AND RESTRICTIONS If you have ever had a corrupted user profile and then had to create a new account, when you tried to access the folders or files used by the old account in order to transfer them to the new one, you might have encountered a problem: Windows won’t let you. Or, you might have had to reinstall XP over itself and establish new accounts. Even if all names, passwords, and settings are identical to the previous ones, you will not be able to access the old ones because each account is given a new SID (Security ID) and Windows compares the SIDs and not the account names. If you take ownership of the old folders or files, as explained in the following article from the Microsoft Knowledge Base, you should be able to access them: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421 HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP · You must be logged on as an Administrator to take ownership. If you’re running Windows XP Home Edition, you must first start in Safe Mode and log in as an Administrator. Otherwise, you won’t be able to access the Security tab of a file or folder’s Property page. Also Simple File Sharing must be disabled. (Other articles in this series detail how to boot to Safe Mode and disable Simple File Sharing.) · In order to take ownership of a folder, start up My Computer or Windows Explorer, right click the folder, and then choose Properties from the Context Menu that scrolls out. · Click the Security tab of the Property page that opens, and click OK on any Security message that appears. · Click the Advanced button, then click the Owner tab. · In the Name list, click whatever is appropriate to the case: your user name, Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or the Administrators group. · If you want to take ownership of the folder, click to put a check mark next to Replace owner on subcontainers and objects. · Click OK. A message appears: “You do not have permission to read the contents of directory <folder name>. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?” All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes. · Click Yes. Then click OK and reapply any permissions or security settings you want for the folder and its contents. · The method for taking ownership of a file is quite similar to the case for a folder. Again you must be logged on as an Administrator. · Right click the file you want to take ownership of, and click Properties from the Context Menu that scrolls out. Click the Security tab, click OK on any Security message that appears, click the Advanced button, and then click the Owner tab. · In the Name list click the appropriate item (as above, for folders.) Now you can reapply any permissions and security settings you want to the file. This article has been provided to APCUG by the author solely for publication by APCUG member groups. All other uses require the permission of the author (see e-mail address above). Video Editing If you’re sending home movie DVDs or video clips to family and friends, leave out all but the cutest, funniest, and most interesting moments. Every single minute of your toddler’s screen time may be precious to you, but you won’t hold your audience’s attention with long stretches when not much is happening. Keep a pristine copy of your raw, unedited video for posterity but edit what you share with people. Get to the point! Reprinted with permission from Smart Computing. Visit www.SmartComputing.com/Groups to learn what Smart Computing can do for you and your user group! NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 7 Additional Backup Approach Comparisons By Gene Barlow, User Group Relations, Copyrighted January 2002, Revised July 2007, www.ugr.com, [email protected] Last month I highlighted four of the most common backup lists of valid backup approaches. It is a partial backup solution approaches used today and compared them to show you at best and the number and size of the files that can use this why the Perfect Backup Approach is the best way to do approach is limited. If you are still interested in this approach, backups. You can read that article titled, Backup Acronis True Image 10 Home has the ability to do backups to Approaches Compared on my web site at www.ugr.com/ FTP (Internet) sites, but pick another approach and you will nl0507b.html. As soon as I sent this article out, I got messages from users asking why I had not included other be better off. backup approaches in my article. So, this month, I will add two additional backup approaches and try to explain where they fit in the comparison. Internet Backup Approach Let me start with a fairly new approach to backups that you may have heard about. Using this approach, you backup a few of your key data files to a storage location on the Internet. If something should happen to any of these data files, you can retrieve them from their Internet location. At first glance, this approach seems attractive and some have tried it. However, there are problems with this approach that you should be aware of. First, it is by no means a full backup solution for your computer. You will only be able to backup a few of your data files using this approach and not your entire hard drive. So, if your hard drive should crash on you, your internet backup of a few data files will not help you to get your system back up and running. You will need to do a total rebuild of your hard drive including the operating system, all of your application programs, your setting files, and any of your data files that you did not store on the Internet. This rebuilding process could take you days or weeks to complete and you may never get your computer working again the way it was before. That places the Internet Backup approach close to the File Backup approach in the comparisons, but with more restrictions on it than the File Backup approach. Transferring files to the Internet is a very slow process. Also, you will be limited to saving fewer files on the Internet than on an external hard drive. A minimal amount of Internet space may be provided for free, but additional space will cost you each month to use it. Files stored on the Internet will not be quickly and readily accessible like the files you store on an external hard drive. Finally, the Internet has too many security issues for my important files to be placed there. In summary, I would put the Internet Backup approach at the bottom of my Differential Backup Approach Another backup approach I forgot to include was the Differential Image backup approach added to Acronis True Image 9.0 a couple of years ago. This approach is quite similar to the Incremental Image backup approach I recommend in the Perfect Backup Approach. So, let me explain what this approach is and how it is different from the Incremental Image backup approach. With the Incremental Image backup approach you use True Image to create a full backup image file of your entire hard drive at the beginning of each month. Then at the end of each week during the month, you create an incremental backup image file of just the changes that have occurred to your hard drive since the last time you backed it up (a week ago). At the beginning of the next month, you create a new full backup image file and follow it with incremental backup image files each week. For each month, the full backup image file combined with the 3-4 incremental backup images files make up what is called an image set. The image set can be used by True Image to put the hard drive back together as it was at the last backup or at any week during the month (or at any week in prior months). True Image also gives you the ability to retrieve individual files or folders from any of these backup points. This is the power and flexibility that you get with the recommended Incremental Image backup approach. The Differential Image backup approach is very similar to the incremental approach. At the beginning of the month, you create a full backup image of your entire hard drive. Then at each following week, you create a differential backup image file that includes the contents of the last differential image file plus any changes that have occurred to your hard drive in the past week. The prior differential image file is left on your hard drive for you to delete after True Image creates a new differential image file. An image set using the differential approach includes just two files, the full backup image file and the latest differential image file. You will notice that the differential image file is a growing file that collects all of the changes to the hard drive after the full backup image is made at the beginning of the month. To make this differential backup image approach work best, you must delete the prior differential image file as soon as True Image creates the new differential image file for you. NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 8 How does the differential backup image approach compare to the incremental backup image approach? The advantage most sited for differential backup images is that the file space to store the one differential image is less than storing several incremental images. As a practical matter, the difference in size is relatively small and so this is not a big savings. Another advantage sited for differential image files is that they are faster to restore since the changes are already merged together into one image file. In reality, True Image can merge 3-4 incremental images in just a few seconds, so the time savings on the restore would be just a second or two. Not enough to worry about. The big disadvantage with the differential image approach is that you loose the flexibility to restore to a weekly backup point like you can do with incremental images. With differential images, you can either restore to the one differential image file timeframe or back to the full image taken at the beginning of the month. This is a critical weakness of the differential image approach and is the main reason I recommend doing incremental images instead. To overcome the flexibility limitation of the differential backup image approach, some users will not delete the old differential image files, but will let them collect on their external hard drive, much like you collect the incremental image files. With many differential image files to select from, you can pick the exact backup point to restore your files from like you can do with incremental image files. So, how does this modified differential backup image approach now compare to the incremental backup image approach? It costs you space on your backup hard drive. The first differential image file contains the changes for week 1. The second differential image file contains the changes for week 1 and 2. The third differential image file contains the changes for week 1 and 2 and 3. I think you get the picture. The result is that the space on your backup external hard drive is being wasted and hence you cannot save as many backup images as the incremental backup image approach. Although the differential backup approach is pretty good, the incremental backup approach is better in all cases. Backup Approaches Compared So, let’s summarize the backup approaches listed in this article and in the prior article. I will list them along with a ranking from 1 to 10 of the effectiveness of the backup approach. That should show why the Perfect Backup Approach (Incremental backup images) is the best approach to select for your backup plan. Partial Backup Approaches Full Backup Image Approach (effectiveness: 6) A full backup solution that can save a few backups on one backup drive. Differential Backup Image Approach (effectiveness: 8) A full backup solution that is fairly efficient on backup hard drive space. Lacks restore flexibility. Incremental Backup Image Approach (effectiveness: 9) A full backup solution that is very efficient on backup hard drive space. The Perfect Backup Approach. Acronis True Image 10 Home Acronis True Image 10 Home is the one backup utility on the market that can do all of the backup approaches mentioned in these two articles. That lets you use one product and try the various approaches to find the one that best fits your needs. For this and many other reasons, this backup utility has become the highest rated backup product on the market by PC Magazine, PC World, and many other industry experts. You can’t go wrong with this outstanding product on your system. To o r d e r t h i s e x c e l l e n t b a c k u p u t i l i t y, g o t o www.usergroupstore.com and click on Acronis True Image 10.0 Home. You can purchase this product at our user group discount price of only $29 as a download or $33 on a CD. If you order the CD, you also get our Perfect Backup Approach tutorial and some technical papers on how to install and use the product. The order code to use when placing your order is UGNL0707. I hope this information helps you to understand the various ways that you can backup your computer. Using Acronis True Image 10.0 Home edition and an external hard drive is the best way to go. If you have questions about this article or the use of your True Image software, please send a note to [email protected] and I will try to assist you. This is one of a series of monthly technical articles that I distribute to those that have subscribed to this newsletter. You can subscribe to this informative newsletter at www.ugr.com/NewsletterRegistration.html. Watch for them and learn more about your computer and its hard drive. User group newsletter editors may print this article in their monthly newsletter as long as the article is printed in its entirety User Group Relations PO Box 911600 St George, UT 84791-1600 www.usergroupstore.com Note: For the latest version of Acronis True Image 10 Home go to the ugr.com website. Set A Power Plan In Vista Internet Backup Approach (effectiveness: 1) A partial backup solution that is slow and costly. File Backup Approach (effectiveness: 2) A partial backup solution that is a bit faster and less expensive. To establish energy-saving settings, open Control Panel, double-click Power Options, and select the Preferred Plan radio button you want to use. Advanced options are available on the left. Full Backup Approaches Reprinted with permission from Smart Computing. Visit www.SmartComputing.com/Groups to learn what Smart Computing can do for you and your user group! Clone Backup Approach (effectiveness: 3) A full backup solution that takes up one hard drive for each backup. Very inefficient hard drive space usage. NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 9 Dufferdom Tales from the Kingdom of the Ordinary User Of Avery, CDs, Squaring the Circle, Selected Greek Classics, and Tantalus Plus a Resolution By David D. Uffer, a Member of the Chicago Computer Society, www.ccs.org, [email protected] Obtained from APCUG with the author’s permission for case label if I wanted to venture further. But, in publication by APCUG member groups. We have all heard of the name Avery, the global leader in actual use, all the assorted office supplies, self-adhesive labels (but probably templates allowed was not yet the US Postal stamps), dividers, markers, and such. an image without a You may not have heard of Paxar, whose Monarch Division central hole. Worse still, seems to be the culprit behind those wonderful price and info all the patterns for the tags attached to clothing and other goods and hanging by circular disk were tough, tiny plastic strings you cannot break or pull loose but square. must cut and then seek the remaining portion which is often OK, so maybe Avery inserted out of sign, waiting to annoy you further by scratching wants users to use Avery’s printing software. It is available your skin if not removed. Well, Avery just acquired Paxar in online, for free. So they claimed. A slightly larger version a deal worth 1.3 billion bucks. Such is the price of the right with more graphics is also offered for sale. Both would do at annoyance. SoAvery deserves respect, maybe even reverence least some graphics as well as a blank face for imprinting just if judged by revenue. It is after all the standard index referred text. So they claimed. I’ll spare you the details of repeated and to by more reasonably priced packs of blank labels for use in finally successful attempts to secure the software. Guess PC printers. But this user may have lost some respect for this what. It was the same as what I found earlier online. I could global leaderBas if they careBbecause of a wild, redundant print text all over a solid square to go onto a holey disk. A search they placed in my path. square on top of a circle. Not right. No help. In an effort to avoid losing sight of most other users’ Now, squaring a circle is one of three classical problems in progress, I tried to catch up to a common practice in this age the early development of Greek geometry. (The other two of proliferating digital photos. I collected some pictures taken were doubling the cube and trisecting an angle.) It was known in Greece onto some CDs, learning how to do it by trial, error, to be difficult and proved impossible in precision in 1882 and reading instructions when desperate. Results were because it involved the imprecise term, pi, though a near impressive. Buoyed up by approaching the League of the Big approximation could get the job done for those who were Guys, I wondered why their handwritten CD content titles interested. One of the sites referenced in Google for squaring were so curt and scruffy when labels were available to display the circle delivers a 7-page article replete with a barrage of more readable and detailed information. A single label might real and legended ancient Greek names. [If you enjoy their conceivably cause imbalance problems as a CD revved up its rich pronunciation, you may be amused by the names pun speed as the drive’s internal laser moved to the outer tracks. near the end of this tale.] But a pair of properly placed labels could offset each other for So it would seem that Avery has squared the circle, at least a smoother spin. OK, two labels could also display more to their own satisfaction. Now if they could only work it in the information than one, fine. But Avery makes these disk- other direction, circling the square to the users’ satisfaction shaped labels with the core hole to cover the entire disk and and punching a hole in the center, it might increase my respect display anything the user wants to fit in the still larger space, for this global leader. Indeed, in consideration of my pain and even graphics. Finer, better. Big league catchup. suffering, if Avery were to send some workable software a Beset by pride and hope of grandeur, I bought a set of holey minute share of 1.3 billion this direction, that wavering Avery disk labels. Swallowing my pride, I looked at the respect just might become a bit reverential. That upgrade in instructions. Those that came with the labels explained the regard seems unlikely since it appears they think a square is technique for correctly applying the label to the disk, center the working equivalent to a circle with a center hole. There holes exactly aligned. Neat. The package and online directions, may be some hidden transformation formula there. If so I showing an imprinted disk, said to use an indexed template, consider it well concealed. It does offer Options, which Avery’s # 8931 or 5931, in Word or WordPerfect. Each had 2 merely present other Avery patterns, none applicable to the variants, CD face and CD case. AlI I wanted at the time was problem at hand. For that matter, Avery’s CD/DVD patterns the round disk face, maybe later for the almost square disk NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 10 weren’t either so one could say the others were no worse. But yet all their promotional illustrations show attractive disks with text and graphics plus a range of alternates, all just out f reach. This user is reminded of the mythical Greek god Tantalus, a son of Zeus, who must have messed up pretty badly since he was later doomed to the Underworld, up to his chin in water with delicious fruits just out of reach. That’s the origin of tantalize, which also applies to Avery’s promo pictures of decorated, circular disks in your dreams. However one thing becomes clearer, why I had seen the hand-written CD title inscriptions. We are not alone, as they say, just ignored. [There is this two-word pun on classic Greek names which has a man showing his torn pants to a tailor who asks, “Euripides?”. The customer nods and replies, “Eumenides”]. offered The Print Shop software, now in version 22. It is now substantially more than the basic graphic printing application it was originally but remains readily available and reasonably priced. In the last few years they began enabling printing your choice of graphics and text on CD and DVD labels. No hype, no fanfare, just competent performance, good to know, and a pleasure to use. So, you can buy your blank CD and DVD labels from Avery but print them with software from the brethren. Dave Uffer is a member of s o m e s t a n d i n g i n t h e Chicago Computer Society. Originating in Colorado deep in the last century, he arrived in the Midwest and settled in the Chicago area where he has held a variety of honorable but not especially honored positions in computerrelated fields. He and his wife are now retired, children grown and away; he sometimes writes about the often neglected concerns of real PC users. As it usually happens in children’s books and sometimes in real life there is a happy ending to this tale of corporate This article has been provided to APCUG by the author solely woe. It comes from Broderbund (A Band of Brothers in for publication by APCUG member groups. All other uses a loose translation of mixed Swedish, Danish, and require the permission of the author (see e-mail address above). German). Now spelled more simply as Broderbund and part of Riverdeep, they have over 20 years developed and Discover Your Driver Status When you encounter difficulty with a device, one of the first things you should do is confirm that you have the most recent driver installed. You can do this by comparing the driver version on your system with the most recent driver version available from the manufacturer’s Web site. The most recent drivers are usually available for download under the Support, Drivers, or Downloads section of a company’s site. Most companies will list the version number with the download so you can easily see which version the company offers. You may also want to check the company’s News and Support pages for any notices about bugs in the company’s drivers. Occasionally, a driver may conflict with certain computer components or installed software. When this happens, a manufacturer usually provides a workaround on its Web site or offers an earlier driver for download so you can revert to an earlier driver that works with your system. The company should provide installation instructions for such anomalies. Windows 9x/Me. To check a driver in Win9x/Me, you’ll use the Device Manager. Click the Start menu, Settings, and Control Panel. In the Control Panel window, double-click the System icon. This will open the System Properties dialog box. Click the Device Manager tab. Make sure the View Devices By Type radio button is selected and then browse the list of device types for the type of device you want to check. Click the plus sign (+) next to the device type and then double-click the device you want to check. For example, if you want to check the installed driver for your mouse, click the plus sign next to Mouse to expand the view. Then double-click your mouse from the list under Mouse. This will open a Properties window for the device. Click the Driver tab. You can check the version and the issue date for the driver by looking for the Driver Date and Driver Version. Windows 2000/XP. It is fairly straightforward to identify a driver in Win2000/XP. Click the Start menu, Settings, and Control Panel. WinXP offers two views of the Control Panel. The default is Category View, and Classic View is also available. If you use Win2000 or WinXP in Classic View, double-click System. If you use WinXP in Category View, click Printers And Other Hardware and then click System under the See Also section on the left side of the screen. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Hardware tab and the Device Manager button. You’ll notice that there is one extra step compared to opening the Device Manager in Win9x/Me. In Win2000/XP, the Device Manager doesn’t have its own tab but is instead accessible through a button on the Hardware tab. In the resulting Device Manager window, click the View menu and make sure that Devices By Type is selected. If not, click Devices By Type to switch to the proper view. Click the plus sign next to one of the listed device types to view an expanded list of devices. Then double-click the device for which you’d like to check the driver. In the resulting Properties dialog box for the device, click the Driver tab. You’ll see the Driver Date and Driver Version listed. Reprinted with permission from Smart Computing. Visit www.SmartComputing.com/Groups to learn what Smart Computing can do for you and your user group! NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 11 How to use Google Street Views to see… streets, places, routes and faces! By Linda Gonse, Editor and Webmaster, Orange County IBM PC Users’ Group, CA, www.orcopug.org, [email protected] Obtained from APCUG with the author’s permission for publication by APCUG member groups. Beyond the curiosity of the new panoramic on-the-road reality shots, Google’s detailed Street Views give you a feel for really being where you want to go. Although only a handful of large cities are represented in these views, it’s still likely you will want to look for destinations in them occasionally. If you aren’t familiar with Street Views, go to Google.com and click on Maps, a link at the top of the s c r e e n . Ty p e i n a location of a street or a city. If one of the boxes Figure 3 at the top of the map In the meantime, a different type of map searcher is shown says “Street ignoring the privacy controversy caused by Google Street View,” click on it. Figure 1 A map looking like a plate of blue spaghetti View’s high-quality, crystal-clear, panoramic photos, and are magnifying certain side-of-the- road scenes they find shows where panoramic shots were taken. (Figure 1.) and sharing them online! Zoom in to see streets What they’ve found falls into categories, which include outlined in blue. (Figure 2.) A actual lawbreaking or crimes in progress, people doing “person” icon (that’s you) is ordinary things that seem extraordinary when you know facing in the direction you are that people worldwide will be seeing them; surreal sights heading. You can move the icon caused by the panoramic camera being halted or later to wherever you wish to go, or photo-stitching in an editing program; visual commentaries simply double-click on one of about places and people; and street views divulging the the blue-lined streets. Figure 2 homes of the famous, or landmark homes and places. Map You can enlarge a panoramic searchers uploaded these mini-slices of life to shot to full screen, so you don’t have to squint to see into www.streetviewr.com. a little peek-a-boo window. Check out the maps and see what you can find. Maybe Other handy features allow you to zoom in and out, and you’ll even see yourself in one of the shots! to “drive” along a street or freeway by clicking on an arrow with your mouse. You can look in all four directions, of This article has been provided to APCUG by the author course, and the names of the streets and the routes are solely for publication by APCUG member groups. All superimposed on the photos. (Figure 3.) You can even other uses require the permission of the author (see email address above). email the view to family or friends. How To Find Podcasts By Mike Lyons, President Orange County IBM PC Users’ Group, CA, www.orcopug.org, [email protected] Obtained from APCUG with the author’s permission for publication by APCUG member groups. Download the free 7.3 iTunes program from www.apple.com/itunes/ and install. Now, all you need is an mp3 player, and you’re all set to download podcasts and listen to them on the go. When you first open iTunes, click on the “Podcast Directory” at the bottom next to “Report a Concern.” That actually takes you to the Apple Store. In the upper left corner is a magnifying glass and a space to search for a word or phrase. Type in “computer.” The Apple logo in the NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 12 Î top center area changes to a candy cane-striped bar as it searches. The bar will turn solid and display the results: Name, Time, Artist, Album, Price, Popularity and Genre. Next to the name is a grayed-out circle with an arrow in it. This leads to more information about the podcast. It includes a description, user reviews, a list of the last 20 podcasts and a list of 5 “Listerners also subscribed to.” Headings are sortable by clicking on them, so if you click on Price, all the free ones appear at the top. Some of the stuff is pretty explicit, that’s why they call it the “wild, wild web.” Podcasts are labeled “clean,” “explicit,” or blank which means the rating hasn’t been determined. I look to see how often and consistently the podcast occurs (some really good ones haven’t been updated since 2006), check customer comments, and the “Also subscribed to” list. If you want to subscribe, simply click on the “subscribe” button. To go back where you were, under the Apple logo on the left is a small button with a left pointing twirly. Click on this to get back. After downloading podcasts, connect your mp3 player to a USB cable and right click on the file. Select “Send to” and click on the drive letter of the mp3 player to transfer podcasts to it from your computer. Besides the iTunes Podcast Directory, you can find podcasts of Computer America shows at www.businesstalkradio.com/weekday_host/ Archives/cc.shtml and National Public Radio at w w w . n p r . o r g / r s s / p o d c a s t / podcast_ directory.php. There are even locally-produced user group podcasts. The Los Angeles Computer Society has podcasts of their main meetings at www.lacspc.org/podcast/Archive.html You don’t have to have an mp3 player to listen to podcasts, though. If you left-click on the mp3 title, it plays right in your browser. Or, if you right-click on the title, select “Save Link As,” and you can save it to a directory on your computer. Besides playing podcasts in mp3 players and browsers, mp3 files on your hard drive can be burned to a CD. Then, you can play them in your car. Just burn them as a music CD instead of a data CD. This article has been provided to APCUG by the author solely for publication by APCUG member groups. All other uses require the permission of the author (see e-mail address above). Fake Check Scams on the Internet Explode By Ira Wilsker, APCUG Director; Columnist, The Examiner, Beaumont, TX; Radio & TV Show Host,http://www.apcug.com, [email protected] WEBSITES: http://fakechecks.org http://fakechecks.org/ prevention.html Obtained from APCUG with the author’s permission for publication by APCUG member groups. You may remember the recent case of a local woman who responded to a “work at home” opportunity where she would accept payments from the customers of a business, deposit the checks, deduct her generous commissions, and then wire the balance elsewhere. Recently, in my High Tech Crime Consortium (HTCC) listserv, an investigator posted the following inquiry (redacted): “Is anyone working a case involving a fraudulent check from XXX Bank on the account of YYY Financial Trust Company, a supposed winner of a drawing scam. My victim received this letter and check, deposited it and XXX BANK told her it was good so they put the money in her account. Turns out it was not. She of course was told to wire “taxes” in the amount of $4425.00 to a subject XXXXX in Houston, Texas, but the money gram was picked up in XXXXX.” Recently, (October 3), the Reuters news service ran a story “Spam-scam crackdown nets $2 billion in fake checks”. The story goes on to explain, “An international crackdown on Internet financial scams this year has yielded more than $2.1 billion in seized fake checks and 77 arrests in the Netherlands, Nigeria and Canada, U.S. and other authorities said on Wednesday. The scammers, often West African organized crime groups, use ploys such as “spam” e-mail offering to pay recipients “processing fees” for depositing checks, which later turn out to be phony, and sending the ostensible proceeds to the scammer, authorities said.” Demonstrating how prevalent this scam is, the Reuters article goes on to say, “Two-thirds of Americans said they received at least one potential scam contact per week, and 18 percent said they or a family member had fallen for one, in a survey conducted for an alliance of banks, consumer groups and the U.S. Postal Service. Grant said complaints to her group about fake checks have risen 60 percent this year, and the average victim loses about $3,000 to $4,000.” In a parallel news story at FoxNews.com (October 3), “Postal Service Declares War on Nigerian Scam”, in NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 13 Fake Checks cont. on page 14 Fake Checks cont. from page 13 discussing the same seizure writes, “So far this year, an average of more than 800 people a month have filed complaints about such scams. Hoping to stem the losses, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced an international crackdown Wednesday in which more than 540,000 fake checks with a face value of $2.1 billion have been seized.” The financial and emotional impact of being a victim can be disabling, “Retired people have lost their nest eggs and young families have been defrauded of their savings for a home.” If 800 people a month report losses to the Postal Inspector, one may wonder how many other victims are too ashamed or embarrassed to report the crime which victimized them. You may have noticed some TV commercials warning about these scams, another indication of the degree of the threat. The commercials are promoting a consumer education website fakechecks.org, a creation of the National Consumers League, and sponsored by groups such as the American Bankers Association, American Express, Capital One, JP Morgan Chase, Visa, Western Union, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The meat of the website is a curt warning that says, “There is no legitimate reason why anyone would give you a check or money order and ask you to wire money in return.” The major types of scams that use these methods are foreign business offers, rental schemes, love losses, sudden riches, overpayment, and work at home scams. The common thread in all of these is that in response to an email, phone call, or letter, the victim received certified or cashiers’ checks, or money orders, and was directed to deposit them in their personal bank accounts. Immediately after depositing the instruments, the victim was directed to deduct his commission or fee, and then wire the proffered balance (often via Western Union) to the crook. The checks and money orders would bounce as they were typically counterfeit, forged, or otherwise phony, leaving the victim with the financial loss for Many of us have received the ubiquitous Nigerian 419 scam from the relative of some oil minister who was killed in a plane crash, and the widow needs help in investing the money. In the original scam, still circulating by the millions, the victim is to wire money to Nigeria or some the amounts wired to the crook. The “barrister” in London in order to pay proceeds of the wired funds are often the taxes and fees to release the funds, picked up overseas, and not at the for which the victim is to receive a generous commission. In a new address stated in the original offer. 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Make check payable to: Napa Valley Personal Computer Users Group Mail application/renewal to: Napa Valley Personal Computer Users Group Attn.: Membership Director, P.O. Box 2866 Napa, CA 94558-0286. The NVPCUG is an accredited IRC 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your dues payment may be tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. * To request a Corporate Membership Application / Renewal form, e-mail: [email protected] Revised 4-23-07 NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 14 iteration of the scheme, the victim receives an email or letter that alleges that the crook claims to have a check which can be used to pay the taxes and fees, and in exchange for depositing the check and wiring the net proceeds to a third party, the victim can withhold a generous commission. Of course, the check is worthless. In another version, also distributed in the millions, the victim receives an email, letter, or fax claiming that they have won an international lottery. In the past, the victim had to come up with the taxes and fees on his own, and wire the money to the crook in order to collect the winnings. Now the scheme sends the victim an authentic looking check which is to be used to pay the foreign taxes and fees on the prize winnings. The victim deposits the check, which may also include a small percentage of his winnings, and wires the taxes and fees to a third party. The check bounces, and the victim is out the proceeds, often in the $3000 to $4000 range. I have actually had students who advertised their cars online, and received a call or email from a barrister in London representing a client who wanted to buy the car for the full asking price. They would then overnight a certified check to the seller for more than the selling price of the car, and ask the seller to wire the balance back to London, sometimes after deducting a generous fee or bonus. A bonded courier will be by to pick up the car. Of course there is no courier, and the check is no good, leaving the seller with his car plus a several thousand dollar loss. Another student recently brought me an email where she could make hundreds of dollars a week by accepting checks and money orders from a seller that needed an American presence, asking her to deduct her 20% commission, and then wiring the proceeds to some distant place. The scam is obvious. Greed and gullibility can affect all races and religions. The website fakechecks.org may provide a valuable warning to those who might fall victim. If the Postal Service can seize 540,000 fake checks worth $2.1 billion, one may wonder how many were not seized, and made it to the victims. One can only wonder how much more was lost by the victims, often those who can least afford it. This article has been provided to APCUG by the author solely for publication by APCUG member groups. All other uses require the permission of the author (see e-mail address above). Thank You ! 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Hill [email protected] Co-Vice Chair: Ray McCann [email protected] Bill Wheadon [email protected] Secretary: Marcia Waddell [email protected] For more information about the NVPCUG, visit our Web site: http://www.nvpcug.org NVPCUG Computer News, November 2007, Page 15 After Retirement, Who Are You? By Gabe Goldberg, Advisor, Region 2, http://www.apcug.net; Columnist, CompuKISS.com; [email protected] Obtained from APCUG with the author’s permission for publication by APCUG member groups. Retirement — even temporary job loss — can trigger discomfort with one’s changed identity. Especially for those who have been strongly career oriented, the simple question, “What do you do?” can lead to fumbling for an answer. And when socializing or doing business or volunteering, it can be awkward not having the usual trappings of the grown-up world such as business cards. Though called “business cards”, they’re hardly restricted to that context. Stay-at-home spouses, volunteers, and other folks often need a quick way to provide identification and contact information such as email address or Web site URL. They can also list concise emergency information and instructions such as medical history, allergies, medications, and someone to contact. But with modern proliferation of such data — landline telephone number, cell phone number, instant messaging screen name, LinkedIn or other social networking Web site address, Skype number, etc. — it’s a challenge conveying one’s whole story quickly. Designing and purchasing cards the traditional way, using a real-world printer, can be a nuisance or daunting challenge, not to mention expensive. And personally printed cards — whether laser or ink-jet — never seem quite as polished. For an online alternative, visit VistaPrint, www.vistaprint.com, a user-friendly and economical source of personalized cards and many other customizable products. Among VistaPrint’s many attractive bargains is the opportunity to order 250 cards for free, paying only shipping. The small “catch” is that there will be a small/ tasteful VistaPrint ad on the cards’ back. But for a small fee, the ad can be omitted. And larger quantities can be ordered for rates far below those of local print shops. These bargain cards aren’t limited to boring just-thefacts designs; more than 40 backgrounds cater to the most Napa Valley Personal Computer Users Group P.O. Box 2866 Napa, California 94558-0286 Address Services Requested serious or the most fanciful among us. My cards are businesslike, while my wife’s show a more flowery and artistic personality. Having browsed the site’s design spectrum I occasionally recognize fellow VistaPrint customers from their cards! More elaborate designs are available at slightly higher prices and custom designs can be uploaded to the site. VistaPrint runs occasional sales and promotions, during which other products (sticky notes, T-shirts, desk calendars, invitations, announcements, notepads, letterhead, etc.) are offered for just the cost of shipping or at greatly reduced prices. I’ve gotten essentially free personalized rubber stamps and refrigerator magnets showing my business card design. And the site offers a small bonus for referring new customers. A very convenient feature is the site remembering details of orders for reuse or modification. So when I’ve moved or changed contact information, I haven’t needed to redesign my cards from scratch: I simply update the information and reorder. Having cards handy in pocket or purse eliminates having to scribble contact information on scraps of paper, and avoids someone having to later puzzle what’s written. One warning applies, though: Consider how much information to reveal. Telephone number and email address, perhaps with city and state, may suffice without compromising privacy. This article from the CompuKISS Web site, www.compukiss.com, is copyrighted by Gabriel Goldberg. It may be reproduced, for single use, or by nonprofit organizations for educational purposes, with attribution to CompuKISS. It should be unchanged and this paragraph included. Please e-mail [email protected] when you use it, or for permission to excerpt or condense. This article has been provided to APCUG by the author solely for publication by APCUG member groups. All other uses require the permission of the author (see e-mail address above).
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