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February 2014 Issue 381

MEETING STARTS - 09:30 - FEBRUARY 8th
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, ST. AUGUSTINE, ROOM 110
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UPCOMING MEETING

CROWD SOURCING

Unlike years past we are depending on crowd sourced topics and presenters for main meeting program presentations. As of this time there are no main presentation topics in the queue and no presenters in the queue.

So we will be having our first round-table discussion in an attempt to crowd source some main program presentation topics both from within and from outside the club. We will also be looking for volunteers to present topics or find outsiders willing to present topics. John M will host this round-table discussion.


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS


LAST MONTH'S MEETING

Attendance:
11 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, November 9th. Two of the 11 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:

Rich T -

John M -

Peter W -

Layton F -

Joan S -

Ted K -

Tom J -

Nelson S -

John D -

Main Meeting Program:
The main meeting presentation topic was "Get To Know You" and was moderated & hosted by Tom J.

This was our 5th annual "Get To Know You" meeting, but was dramatically different than previous sessions. This one was much more touchy / feely where members were encouraged to discuss their expectations of the club and motivations for continuing their membership as well their expectations of participation and associated workload.

My take-aways from this meeting:


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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BEWARE THE PHISHERMAN'S HOOK!

Warning!

I recently visited a web site with a newly updated version of Google Chrome and was greeted by a pop-up notice that said my Chrome browser was out of date and I should click a link to update it. To me it was an obvious phishing scam and I quickly exited the site. What would you have done? Would you click the link if your browser had been updated less recently? Don't ever click a link while browsing that offers to install or update software if you weren't looking for the software on the vendor's web site. This particularly applies to offers to update your browser or Adobe's Flash Player.

Here's a link to what is now a year old article that describes the problem in greater detail:
http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2012/11/28/popups-push-malware-using-warnings-for-fake-chrome-firefox-ie-and-even-iphone-updates/#!r6J54

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INTEL NUC
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/overview.html

Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK

About the Intel® NUC Kit D54250WYK:

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WINDOWS NATIVE VIDEO DVD CREATION SUPPORT

The Video DVD (DVD-Video on Wiki) is a unique file system and file / folder layout. You can read the details on Wiki.

Native Windows support for creating such a DVD is limited, typically to upscale versions of the Windows OS with Windows Media Center or Windows DVD Maker. Otherwise you need third party software like Nero. If you opt to download free and lesser known third party software, beware of the PUPs! Use the VirusTotal web site to check lessor known websites and downloadable files for malware before visiting them and downloading. Here's a 2011 Youtube video that uses a lesser known third party software.

Links for how to use Windows native Video DVD burning software:

About Windows DVD Maker:
Windows DVD Maker is an application included in Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate and Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate enabling the creation of DVD movies viewable using either DVD playback software or standalone DVD player.

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ABOUT HDMI - DISPLAYPORT - DVI - VGA - THUNDERBOLT
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57614748-221/hdmi-vs-displayport-vs-dvi-vs-vga-which-connection-to-choose/

HDMI
All TVs and most computer monitors have HDMI. It's easy to use, the cables are cheap, and best of all, it carries audio. If you're plugging your computer into a TV, your first choice should be HDMI. It will save you lots of hassle.

HDMI has limitations, though, and isn't always the perfect choice. For example, your TV likely has HDMI 1.4 connections, which max out at 3,820x2,160-pixel resolution at 30 frames per second. If you've gotten a new 4K monitor, you're limited to 30fps. Not until HDMI 2.0 will you be able to do 4K over HDMI at 60fps. You'll also need new hardware (and probably a new TV).

So in most cases HDMI is fine, but for really high resolutions and frame rates, one of these other options might be better.

DisplayPort
DisplayPort is a computer connection format. There is only one television with DisplayPort, and don't expect it to see much further adoption on the TV side. It's capable of 3,840x2,160-pixel resolution at 60fps, if you have at least DisplayPort 1.2 and the Multi-Stream Transport feature. If you're looking to connect a computer to a monitor, there's no reason not to use DisplayPort. The cables are roughly the same price as HDMI.

DisplayPort can also carry audio.

DVI
The video signal over DVI is basically the same as HDMI. The maximum resolution potential depends on the equipment, though. Some cables and hardware (called single-link) can only do 1,920x1,200, while others (dual-link) can do more.

DVI generally doesn't do audio (it varies). So if you're using a TV, use HDMI. Since computer monitors don't usually have speakers, this isn't an issue.

VGA (aka PC-RGB, D-sub 15)
The old-school VGA connector is a cable of last resort. It's not too common anymore, and hardly ever found on TVs. A recent e-mail asked about it, so I'm including it.

Don't use VGA, not if you can help it. While it is capable of fairly high resolutions and frame rates, it's an analog signal. You're not likely to get a pixel-perfect image with today's LCD monitors (hence why you'd use DVI).

What about Thunderbolt?
The Intel/Apple love child of Thunderbolt is technically only available on one monitor (Apple Thunderbolt Display). There are likely to be more, but don't expect some sort of Thunderbolt revolution. The connection is compatible with Mini DisplayPort.


SOFTWARE WORTH A LOOK

DVD FLICK
(FREE, Windows)
http://www.dvdflick.net/
Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7FP5PceLt4

About DVD Flick

DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.

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
February 8 TBA
March 8 TBA
April 12 TBA

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