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October 2013 Issue 377

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 - OCTOBER 12th
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110
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UPCOMING MEETING

HD RADIO

This month we'll take a break from subjects directly related to computers, tablets, and the Internet and indulge ourselves in something more entertainment oriented, and that is HD Radio. Its claim to fame is its higher quality sound than standard analog AM and FM radio. HD Radio broadcasts also frequently include meta data in addition to media content. So, bring your best listening ears to the meeting to see if you can discern the difference and check out the other features of HD Radio.

HD Radio has been around since 2002 when it was approved by the FCC, but never caught on big with the general public. Its lack of mainstream popularity could well be related to price, both for the consumer and the radio station broadcaster. HD Radio uses proprietary technology licensed by the iBiquity Digital Corp. We'll be reviewing the cost of entry into the HD Radio market and show you how to check if your favorite radio station broadcasts an HD Radio signal.

We've scheduled this presentation a couple of months ahead of the big holiday season so you can determine whether you may want to indulge in gifting an HD Radio.


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS


LAST MONTH'S MEETING

Attendance:
10 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, September 14th. Two of the 10 attendees were virtual attendees via Google+ Hangout video chat.

Main Meeting Q&A:
We began last month's meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. Among the questions and announcements:

John D -

Rich T -

Peter W -

Bill D -

Joan S -

Layton F -

Tom J -

Bill B -

Main Meeting Program:
The main meeting presentation topic was "Linux Mint Live CD & Dual Boot Installation" and was presented by John M.

John first led us through the process of selecting and acquiring the latest Linux Mint Mate distro, version 15, from the Linux Mint web site. We did not cover the process of burning the downloaded ISO to a DVD as that was the topic presented at last month's meeting.

John next demonstrated the Live CD, but encountered some difficulties getting the Live CD to be recognized by the DVD drive in his old laptop. However, we overcame those difficulties and went ahead with the presentation. Since John's old laptop did not use a Broadcom WiFi chipset, he had no problem setting up a WiFi connection. And since he was using a laptop, John showed us how to enhance the use of the touchpad and how to disable the touchpad when typing on the keyboard.

John then proceeded to install Linux Mint 15 on his old Windows XP laptop turning it into a dual-boot computer. Interestingly, the installed Linux Mint remembered the WiFi settings used during the Live CD demo.

One of the first things John did after the successful installation was to update the installation by using the package manager. The update was a good idea since the downloaded ISO image used to create the Live CD was originally created more than a month ago. Though the WiFi settings were remembered during installation, the touchpad settings were not and we had to reset them as desired. We reviewed some of the applications that ship with Linux Mint 15 and also reviewed settings in the Control Center. The Control Center is Mint's variation of the Control Panel for Windows.

Following the installation we rebooted to show the features of the Grub Boot Manager and also made sure the computer could still be booted into Windows XP.


MEETING RELATED SIDEBAR

This section contains web links & other info related to the club or some of the subjects we discussed during our round table discussions and main presentation.

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LINUX MINT OS
(FREE)
http://www.linuxmint.com/about.php

The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.

Started in 2006, Linux Mint is now the 4th most widely used home operating system behind Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS and Canonical's Ubuntu.

Some of the reasons for the success of Linux Mint are:

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THE PERFECT DESKTOP - LINUX MINT 15 (OLIVIA)
http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-linux-mint-15-olivia

This site is a fairly complete installation walk through of Linux Mint 15.

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Linux Mint 15 (Olivia) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

These aspects are covered in the tutorial:

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MAKE WINDOWS THE DEFAULT STARTUP FOR LINUX MINT
(for users of a dual-boot Windows / Linux Mint computer)
http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/696

By defaul the Grub Boot Manager on a dual-boot Linux / Windows computer will boot Linux automatically if left unattended at startup. If you want to change this default behavior so Windows will boot by default, then this is how. Basically you need to edit the grub file in //etc/default and then from the terminal CLI execute the command "sudo update-grub" and confirm with your password. For the nitty gritty details point your browser at the above link and read the full instructions.

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HOW TO INSTALL XFCE ON LINUX MINT
(FREE, Linux Mint)
http://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-install-xfce-on-linux-mint-14

Most Linux programs run fine on Linux Mint with the Mate desktop, especailly if they are installed using Mint's Software Manager. However, not every Linux application is available thru the Software Manager. Take for an example the Amaya HTML editor available thru the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) web site and not thru Mint's Software Manager. It is available as a DEB file for Mint and easily installed. The problem is that it doesn't run with the Mate desktop. There appears to be no easy fix. So, I thought I might try a work-around by installing a simpler Mint desktop, XFCE. I did a bit of web searching and discovered I could install the XFCE desktop alongside the Mate desktop following the instructions in the link above. Note, you can run only one desktop at a time and XFCE is a little less Windows like than Mate, but it is no big deal.

Bottom line, Amaya runs fine with the XFCE desktop. Problem solved. You may eventually find yourself in a similar predicatment if you run Linux and may find you can solve it by installing and using an alternate desktop. My bet is on the simpler desktop for the Linux distro you may be using.


SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK

PLAYON & PLAYLATER BUNDLE
(Windows, $9 Fall Sale Special)
http://www.playon.tv/

What is PlayOn?

PlayOn is both browser and media server for your Windows PC which lets you magically stream your favorite shows, movies, even your personal media files from your PC to your TV, smartphone or tablet. To display videos on your TV, PlayOn relies on a friend such as a game console like the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, WiiU or another supported device like a Roku or any other DLNA complient client device or media software client. If mobile access is enabled, PlayOn can also stream to your Chrome browser running on any Linux, Mac, or Windows PC over your LAN. Just enter this URL into your Chrome browser address bar, "m.playon.tv". For some reason Firefox, IE, and Safari do not play well with PlayOn.

Because PlayOn transcodes media, it is best run on a fairly powerful moderrn Windows PC.

What is PlayLater?

PlayLater is the first DVR for online video. Record your favorite online TV shows, movies, live sports and more! Then watch them when you want on your PC or on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or other mobile device. Gone are the days of paying for shows and movies from iTunes — just record it and watch it when and where you want!

Essentially, PlayLater requires PlayOn and can record anything the PlayOn server can stream.

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AMAYA
(FREE, Linux, Mac, Windows)
http://www.w3.org/Amaya/

W3C's Editor

Amaya screenshot

Amaya is a Web editor, i.e. a tool used to create and update documents directly on the Web. Browsing features are seamlessly integrated with the editing and remote access features in a uniform environment. This follows the original vision of the Web as a space for collaboration and not just a one-way publishing medium.

Work on Amaya started at W3C in 1996 to showcase Web technologies in a fully-featured Web client. The main motivation for developing Amaya was to provide a framework that can integrate as many W3C technologies as possible. It is used to demonstrate these technologies in action while taking advantage of their combination in a single, consistent environment.

Amaya started as an HTML + CSS style sheets editor. Since that time it was extended to support XML and an increasing number of XML applications such as the XHTML family, MathML, and SVG. It allows all those vocabularies to be edited simultaneously in compound documents.

Amaya includes a collaborative annotation application based on Resource Description Framework (RDF), XLink, and XPointer. Visit the Annotea project home page.

Amaya - Open Source

Amaya is an open source software project hosted by W3C. You are invited to contribute in many forms (documentation, translation, writing code, fixing bugs, porting to other platforms...). The Amaya software is written in C and is available for Windows, Unix platforms and MacOS X.

The application is jointly developed by W3C and the WAM project (Web, Adaptation and Multimedia) at INRIA.

Current Release

Amaya 11.4.4 is now released (18 January 2012).
Amaya 11.4.7 is available as a snapshot security fix.

It supports HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, XHTML Basic, XHTML 1.1, HTTP 1.1, MathML 2.0, many CSS 2 features, and SVG.

It now includes a SVG editor (for a subset of the language). You can display and partially edit XML documents. It's an internationalized application. It provides an advanced user interface with contextual menus, a customizable set of menus and tools, predefined themes.

Distributions are available for Linux, Windows and now MacOS X PowerPC and Intel.

This version provides a template support partly funded by the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission as part of the Palette project.


DIRECTIONS TO MEETING ROOM

Meetings are in the St. Augustine Center (SAC) at Villanova University. These monthly sessions normally meet in Room 110.

VU Map

Enter from the ITHAN AVENUE main gate, then proceed to the upper deck of the 2-level parking garage adjacent to the St. Augustine Center on the Ithan Avenue side of the building. (Click for link to Google Map)

NOTE: additional map & direction links on our website home page - http://mlcug.org/

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