Hobbyists Computer Club
Monday, July 21, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The other portion of the chip stores basic system configuration information which is read every time the computer is powered on. The battery preserves the information and powers the clock.
Most likely one of the following keystrokes will be used to enter the BIOS Setup:
Del , F2, Ctrl+Alt+Esc, F1, Ctrl+Alt+S. F10
Record all the settings.
The setup program has several pages of information, so record the information on each page.
Most systems do return to the default BIOS settings if the CMOS battery is removed, but you may lose any customized settings.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Steve Holder of Fixmypc2 is scheduled to be our guest presenter at the March meeting. His Blog site contains some interesting reading and information.
At the last meet John referenced the following sites all of which are worth visiting and keeping in your favorites or bookmarking for future reference.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
It’s called Webcams.
The most obvious use of a webcam is when it’s linked with your telephone and you’re talking with your kids of grandkids, but you can use it to monitor remotely or promote something. How about
· keeping an eye on your house while you’re out of town
· checking on the baby sitter to make sure everything is OK
· finding out what your dog does in the back yard all day.
· observing your new grandchild during nap time.
· advertise product
· demonstrate how to do something
· participate in a meeting without being present
· or just to have some fun
Webcams, like most things, range from simple to complex. If you understand the essence of a simple Webcam setup, increasing the complexity is only a matter of adding functionality through software, custom code and/or equipment connections.
A simple Webcam setup consists of a digital camera attached to your computer, typically through the USB port. The camera part of the Webcam setup is just a digital camera -- there's really nothing special going on there.
The "Webcam" nature of the camera comes with the software. Webcam software "grabs a frame" from the digital camera at a preset interval (for example, the software might grab a still image from the camera once every 30 seconds) and transfers it to another location for viewing.
If you're interested in using your Webcam for continuous viewing like a movie (called ‘streaming’), you need a Webcam system with a high frame rate (the number of pictures the software can grab and transfer in one second.) For streaming video, you need a minimum rate of at least 15 frames per second (fps), and 30 fps is ideal. To achieve high frame rates, you need a high-speed Internet connection.
Once the cam captures a frame, the software broadcasts the image over your Internet connection.
So if your children and grandchildren live far away and you don't see them often, then you will be interested in our presentation on WEB Cam’s; Thursday January 10 at 10 AM here in the Church. The presentation will include a LIVE demenstration.
These handy devices attached to your computer and using a free software program, such as Skype or AOL Messenger you can view and talk to your family. The best part is it doesn’t cost for the phone call, it's free.
Welcome our new members at the meeting.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
For all beliefs, religions and philosophies this is the season for uniting in brotherhood and love. Wishing all a joyous, healthy and happy seasons greeting from each of us to one and another.
and may all this ice melt from our driveways, walkways and sidewalks!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Drop off your old computer at a participating Goodwill store. This free program reuses or recycles electronics, helps the environment and puts people to work. For more details go to www.reconnectpartnership.com
In January they will be offering Introduction to the Computer, Navigating the Internet, Photo workshop, e-mail, Microsoft Word 1 and 2, and computer anatomy.
Depending on the subject, courses will run for 5, 6 or 8 weeks with a suggested lump sum donation at the rate of $5.00 times the number of sessions per course. Classes are limited to eight students so early pre-registration is advisable.