HAL-PC Monthly eBulletin - July 2006

Welcome to the July edition of the HAL-PC monthly member eBulletin. If you wish to stop receiving these bulletins, send an email to e-bulletin-off@hal-pc.org. This month: Protect Your PC, Events, Clear Lake, SIG News, Movie Night, Class Listing, Volunteer of the Month, Board of Directors Election, Magazine.



More and more of us are taking to the road for our summer vactions with laptops. Most hotels now offer wireless high-speed internet access. But how secure is your data transmission???

HAL-PC members with HALNet accounts can take the worry out of their summer surfing by downloading our free secure VPN client. Connect to the hotel wireless access point, launch the VPN client and connect SECURELY to our HALNet server. Using this VPN "tunnel" the entire connection -- mail, account settings, and any transactions -- will be encrypted and you can surf safely!! See the VPN Information Page for details and a link to download the client.

Remember: Our secure VPN service is offered only to HALNet subscribers who are HAL-PC members. This is only one of the benefits of membership - JOIN HAL TODAY!


Saturday, July 15 -- 10:00 am : Home Wireless Networks For Everyone

Friday, July 28 -- 6:30 pm: HAL-PC Movie Night - My Favorite Year

Saturday, August 5-- 1:00 - 3:30 pm: Converting Cassettes & LPs to CD For Everyone


Saturday, July 15 -- 9:30 am: Digital Photography SIG - 'Enhance Photos with Edges and Frames'

Saturday, July 22 -- 9:30 am General Meeting - 'PC Maintenance and Troubleshooting'

Saturday, July 29 -- 9:30 am: Mini-Course - 'Is My Computer Safe?'

Friday, August 4 -- 1:00 pm: Computer Investing SIG - Tips on Estate Planning Part II


The following Special Interest Groups have specific programs posted for their upcoming meetings. Please refer to the SIG Calendar for a complete listing of HAL-PC SIG meeting dates and times. If you are interested in starting a Special Interest Group that is not currently on our calendar, contact the Vice President for SIGS

Monday, July 10 -- 7:00 pm: Corel, Adobe & Windows Publishing SIG - Adobe PhotoshopElements: SlideShow v3 and 4; Warp-Feature in Photoshop CS2 and photoEditing Tips

Tuesday, July 11 -- 6:00 pm FoxPro SIG - 6:30 pm: Rich Monroe - Debugging Concepts for VFP; 7:30 pm: John Chambers - FoxPro Email

Friday, July 14 -- 7:00 pm: Internet SIG - Programs and strategies to deal with SPAM


Popcorn bag

Join us for our free monthly movie night for a another family favorite, My Favorite Year, starring Peter O'Toole, Mark Lynn-Baker and on the big screen. "Benjy Stone, the junior writer on a mid-50's variety/comedy show is responsible for 'babysitting' Alan Swann, an Errol Flynn-type actor with a drinking problem, who is to be that weeks guest star." Refreshments will be available and there will be a drawing for a door prize. Bring your friends and join the fun!

Upcoming Classes - HAL-PC Headquarters

Map To Facility

Starting July 11
eBay: Secrets to Successful Selling
Instructor: Marie Jones

Starting July 12
Intro to MS Office
Instructor: Bear Jones

Starting July 18
Working With Windows

Check the Class Calendar for the latest additions to the schedule


JUNE: June's Volunteer of the Month is Bill Van Pelt. Bill has been an active HAL volunteer for many years, most visibly as the SIG leader for the Internet SIG. Gregarious, and dedicated, Bill is a true asset to our club.

JULY: Volunteer of the Month for July is Jim Story. Jim heads our Volunteer Help Committee and volunteers at the front desk. Jim is a tireless helper with a 'can-do' attitude. If your membership or HALNet subscription has lapsed, expect to hear from Jim! He is an invaluable member of the team.


Results of the 2006 election of HAL-PC Board of Directors are posted on the Election information page.


Look for the HAL-PC Magazine online, this month featuring Wireless Device Reviews, Hard Drive Partition Primer, Trumors on Microsoft Patches and more.

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