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December 2013 Issue 379

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 - DECEMBER 9th
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, MENDEL HALL, ROOM 241
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UPCOMING MEETING

DECEMBER HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

As in years past, this will be one of our more light hearted meetings in keeping with the holiday spirit. We will eat, drink, and be merry and have prizes and raffles.

We will open the formal part of our meeting with our normal round-table of announcements, questions, and problem solving. This is the part of the meeting where we all get an opportunity to help each other thru our computing experiences, both bad and good. So come on out to the meeting prepared to make a gift of your experiences and knowledge so all may learn and reap the benefits of shared knowledge.

As in years past, we will intersperse the meeting with a raffle and a Christmas luncheon near the end.

So come out and join us for the holiday camaraderie. Have a safe and happy holiday!


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS


LAST MONTH'S MEETING

Attendance:
10 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, November 9th. One of the 10 attendees was a virtual attendee 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 -

John M -

Layton F -

Joan S -

Don W -

Bill D -

Main Meeting Program:
The main meeting presentation topic was "Linux Mint Software Management" and was presented by John D. The associated presentation notes can be found at http://mlcug.org/Linux_Mint_Software_Management.pdf.

John first addressed the meaning of software management.

He noted that software management can be done via GUI or CLI and noted that most users would be more comfortable using a GUI, but that the CLI was a more capable interface. John provided a demonstration of some CLI commands and noted the rest of the presentation would focus on the use of GUIs. John then covered the 3 GUI software managers of Linux Mint and the GUI related to software sources, also called repositories.

John mentioned it was always best to first check the Linux Mint package management system for software you might want to install rather than go to third party web sites since the package management system consists of curated and vetted software that is known to be compatible and stable. You should use third party sources only when the package management system cannot supply the software you seek, and then only install third party software after appropriate research related to compatiblity, stability, and security.

He ended the presentation with the list of software he had added to his Linux Mint installation and a summary list of some main points.


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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WHAT ARE THE EMAIL SENDING LIMITS OF ISPS AND OTHER PROVIDERS?
(for full article updated April 2012, visit the web site)
http://support.e-zekiel.com/templates/System/details.asp?id=31606&fetch=26546

Major Internet Service Providers - Email sending limits & restrictions

This article contains information about the email sending limits and restrictions of many major email service providers. The information is intended as a guide only. Your ESP can change its outbound email policy at any time without any prior notification. It is always a good idea to contact your provider and ask about the email send rate before proceeding with a mass email campaign.

Additionally, it is best to use a mass email service, such as MailChimp, if you plan to send emails to large groups (more than 50 emails at a time). Read more about mass email options.

For list of major ISPs and their bulk mail limits, visit the web site above.

Web Email Account Providers - Email sending limits & restrictions

This article contains information about the email sending limits and restrictions of many major email service providers. The information is intended as a guide only. Your ESP can change its outbound email policy at any time without any prior notification. It is always a good idea to contact your provider and ask about the email send rate before proceeding with a mass email campaign.

Additionally, it is best to use a mass email service, such as MailChimp, if you plan to send emails to large groups (more than 50 emails at a time). Read more about mass email options.

For list of web mail account providers and their bulk mail limits, visit the web site above.

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HOW CAN I SEND MASS EMAILS?
http://support.e-zekiel.com/templates/System/details.asp?id=31606&fetch=26444

We recognize that nearly every organization that utilizes email as a form of communication occasionally, if not often, needs to email to a large group of people at once. In the past, this was as simple as putting all of the recipient addresses in your email program and sending the message. Due to laws and rules that have been put into place to protect email consumers, it has become necessary to use new methods for sending mass or bulk email.

This article seeks to answer the following common questions regarding bulk email:

For the answers visit the above web site.

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ABOUT ADOBE FLASH

Several times we've spoken about Adobe Flash and Adobe Flash Player during our round table discussions and I thought it a good idea to cover this computer topic a little more thoroughly as Adobe Flash is still pervasive throughout the Internet and its many web sites.

What is Adobe Flash?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Flash

Adobe Flash (formerly called "Macromedia Flash") is a multimedia and software platform used for authoring of vector graphics, animation, games and rich Internet applications (RIAs) that can be viewed, played and executed in Adobe Flash Player. Flash is frequently used to add streamed video or audio players, advertisement and interactive multimedia content to web pages, although usage of Flash on websites is declining.

What is Adobe Flash Player?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Flash_Player

The Adobe Flash Player is freeware software for viewing multimedia, executing rich Internet applications, and streaming video and audio, content created on the Adobe Flash platform. Flash Player can run from a web browser (as a browser plug-in) or on supported mobile devices, but there also exist versions running directly on an operating system intended both for regular users and content developers, denoted with the Projector (or Standalone) and Debugger name suffixes, respectively. Flash Player runs SWF files that can be created by the Adobe Flash Professional authoring tool, by Adobe Flex or by a number of other Macromedia and third party tools. Flash Player was created by Macromedia and now developed and distributed by Adobe Systems after its acquisition.

How can I test if my browser has the Adobe Flash Player Plug-in?
http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

To test your browser's Flash plug-in, you can visit the above Adobe web link with your browser by either clicking on the URL hyperlink or copying and pasting it into your browser's address bar.

If your browser has the Adobe Flash Player Plug-in installed, you will see a brief graphical animation and a text box telling you what version of Flash Player your browser is using. You will also see a second text box telling you the most recent version of Flash Player that is recommended for your computer based on the combination of your Operating System and browser.

Note that there are basically 3 categories of browsers that can be tested - Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Google's Chrome, and all other browsers. Each of these categories uses a different Flash Player Plug-in. So, each category of browser must be tested separately to see if it's Flash plug-in is up to date. If you have multiple browsers installed on your computer that are in the "all other browsers" category, you should only need to test one of those browsers as any update of Flash Player should propagate to other browsers in this category.

With the exception of Chrome, there is a Player Download Center link on the Adobe test page that will guide you to the Flash Player install / update web page should the test site indicate there is a more recent version. For security reasons, it is always recommended that you install the latest version of Flash Player.

If the Flash Player in Chrome is out of date, you need to check for an update to Chrome itself, as Google embeds a custom Flash Player in each version of Chrome.

Checking installed versions of Flash Player on Windows

Here's a method for quickly checking what versions of Flash Player are installed on your Windows computer. You can also use it to check if a newer version of Flash Player is available by selecting the Check Now button shown in the image. Note this method doesn't provide information about the Chrome browser Flash Player.

Win7 Flash Player Mgr Advanced Tab

The above image is of a Windows 7 Flash Player Settings Manager with the Advanced tab selected. When Flash Player is installed, its settings manager can be found in the Windows Control Panel under the name Flash Player.

The ActiveX Version shown in the above image is specific to the plug-in for Internet Explorer (IE). If you're an Internet Explorer user this info is of value to you.

The Plug-in Version shown in the above image is specific to the plug-in used by all other browsers except Chrome and IE. If you're a Firefox, Opera, or Safari user this info is of value to you.

Flash Player Installation

Windows users should note that Adobe often defaults to installing third party software when you install Flash Player from their web site! If you don't want the third party software installed, you need to pay attention and opt-out by deselecting the check-box for the third party software.

Here are the current Adobe Flash Player download links. NOTE: Linux users should normally get Flash Player through the package management system for their distro version.

The second link is intended for developers who wish to check the compatiblity of their software with older versions of Flash Player, but it may occasionally prove to be a useful resource and repository if you are for some reason running old software or a no longer supported Operating System.


SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK

AIRDROID
(FREE, Android)
http://www.thoughtshots.com/2010/10/a-comparison-of-digital-video-boxes/

Description

AirDroid philosophy:

Key features:


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/

MLCUG Meetings Schedule Steering Committee Meetings
December 14 December 18
January 11 January 15
February 8 February 12

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