HAL-PC Monthly eBulletin - May 2008

Welcome to the April 2008 edition of the HAL-PC/HALNet monthly eBulletin. If you wish to stop receiving these bulletins, send an email to e-bulletin-off@hal-pc.org. This month: AVG 8.0 Released, HALNet ADSL, Coming Events, Clear Lake, SIG News, Class Listing, Board Of Directors Election, Volunteer of the Month, Magazine.


Version 8.0 of the popular AVG anti-virus software has been released. This AVG is still free for home use. According to AVG, the free version has "limited features, no support, [and is] for private and non-commercial use only." Click this link to download the free version. Save the AVG_Free file to a place on your hard drive such as a "Download" Subdirectory (folder) or "My Documents" or even to "The Desktop". The downloading on a dial-up may take 90 to 120 minutes (it is a 46 meg file). On HAL-PC/HALNet ADSL, it should take about 5 minutes. Once downloaded, double-click the AVG file to install it.

For Questions and Answers concerning AVG Anti-Virus see:
AVG 7.5 & AVG 8.0 Free Edition FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


Want the speed and convenience of an always-on broadband connection without the hassles of foreign call centers or notoriously poor customer service? HALNet has an ADSL plan for every user! Upgrade your connection now - call 713-993-3300 and ask for the ADSL tech to see if your phone line qualifies for ADSL.

HAL-PC/HALNet ADSL Customers: please have your ADSL phone number handy when talking to Doug our ADSL Coordinator. This makes an ADSL customer data look-up faster. Also remember, before calling, please do the ADSL Troubleshooting steps first. "Troubleshooting Your HALNet ADSL Connection"


Basics 101 -- Digital Cameras
Saturday, May 3 - 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Before you buy, know some of the basics you need to understand! How the Digital camera works, almost -- like a 35 MM camera!


Digital Photography SIG -Saturday, May 17th - 9:30 am: Carl Farley, HAL-PC Clear Lake SIG Leader, "Cruising China's Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam."

General Computer SIG - Saturday, April 26 - 9:30 am: Sam Pearson, Accel Computers, "Windows Vista - New Ways to Do the Same Old Things "

Computer Investing SIG - Friday, June 6- 1:00 pm: Richard Keller, HAL-PC Clear Lake SIG Member, "Investing in Mutual Funds"

Camcorder & Video SIG - Saturday, May 3 - 9:30 am: John Neustadter, HAL-PC Member, "Open Video Forum"

Mini-Course: "Photo Editing - Beyond the Basics" - Saturday, May 17th - 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm: HAL-PC Clear Lake Staff. This mini-course takes up where our basic photo editing course lets off. Learn how to make selections, use layers, clone out imperfections, adjust gamma, and add fun effects. Common photo editing software will be used. Call the office at 281-316-0768 to register. Fee payable at the door ($5.00 members/$10.00 public).


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

Bob Stewart would like to hear from others in HAL that would be interested in starting a professional level digital photography SIG. He envisions a workshop style SIG where members work with each other to hone their skills in different areas of photography. These areas would include portraits, weddings, business issues, and software. His potential meeting day is the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 AM to Noon. Please contact Bob at robert@RLStewartPhotography.com to express interest.

Our Friday AM investment sig will continue to meet Friday at 10am. Our goal continues to offer programs to help investors deal with a difficult market using and demonstrating programs designed for the individual to assess and make thoughtful decisions. We use four different programs to accomplish this and they are demonstrated on a regular basis. We also maintain a
refined market web site that is open to all.

MULTI MEDIA SIG: Saturday, May 3 -- 9:30 am
We will have a demonstration of Cubase, one of the best known music applications worldwide from Steinberg. Cubase is a series of MIDI, music sequencer and digital audio editing computer applications (commonly known as a DAW - Digital Audio Workstation). We will also talk about the team's plans for the 48 Hour Film Contest starting 6 June.

BEGINNING VISUAL FOX PRO: Tuesday, May 13 -- 6:30 pm
Rich Monroe will present and demonstrate his application control class

ADVANCED VISUAL FOX PRO: Tuesday, May 13-- 7:30 pm
Ed Hardin presents Tips & Tricks. As always, your questions are welcome. After the Advanced session, join us at Ninfa's on Post Oak for our Even More Advanced Session/Nervous System Recalibration.

DATABASE & GUI DESIGN SIG: Saturday, May 10-- 9:00 am
his month, we will begin going through the book Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition: Build a Web Site Now! We will cover the first 3 chapters. This is basic web design stuff. So, if you are a beginner, this is the place to start. Bring your notebook or desktop with you for the SIG. This is a hands-on presentation.

STOCK MARKET: Saturday, May 10 -- 2:00 pm
Our current financial crisis has reduced many shares to attractive levels which offer long term potential not seen in several years. This class emhasizes fundamentals rather than technical trading. It is intended for long term investors. Ideal for age 20 and up. Covers personal finance, budgeting, intermarket analysis and equity securities analysis. Please email the SIG leader if you plan to attend.

DIGITAL IMAGING SIG: Saturday, May 17 -- 1:00 pm
This month Phil and I are going to go over using chroma-key backgrounds. We will show how to use both the blue and green backgrounds and how to switch them out for others using software. This is real handy for pet photography. As always, bring your cameras do you can get in on the fun. Also, I want to correct something I said at last month's SIG. Adobe Lightroom is $299 not $199. I remembered the introductory price. You can get the academic version for as low as $98.

LINUX WORKSHOP: Wednesdays -- 6:00 pm
Installations & hands-on problem solving every Wednesday except when HAL is closed. This is an informal meeting where knowledgable HLUG members help each other & beginners one on one. Dinner after at Biba's West Grey 9:30pm. You don't have to attend the meeting to come eat with us.



Upcoming Classes - HAL-PC Headquarters

Map To Facility

Check the Class Calendar for the latest additions to the schedule


The annual election of HAL-PC's Board of Directors will be held in June. Candidate statements and full details of voting procedure will be available in the Spring edition of the HAL-PC Magazine.


May's HAL-PC Volunteer of the Month is Beverly Rosenbaum. Beverly is a long-time dedicated member of HAL-PC who works primarily on the magazine. She takes your email questions, researches them and publishes the answers in her 'Email Bag' column to help us all. Her editing talents are a gift to the magazine staff. And on a personal note, Beverly was the first HAL-PC member I met in 1994 when I wandered into the software library at the old offices on Post Oak. She was warm, gracious and helpful then and she continues to be now. Thank you, Beverly, for being such an asset to HAL-PC!


Look for informative articles in the HAL-PC Magazine online
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