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Next General Meeting: October 24th, 2017 at 6:30pm

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Dear CTPC Members,

Please join us for next week’s meeting (remember, it’s the 4th Tuesday of the month) – Tuesday, October 24th, 6:30 pm at the United Congregational Church, 275 Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

1) TV cord cutting. As we mentioned in the preview email, Richard Frisch will share his recent experience with cord-cutting. Cord-cutting sounds good in theory. Statistics indicate that lots of people are doing it. But, as we know, nothing is without some pain. Here are Richard’s blogs about the first two days:

Day One: http://rhftech.com/cord-cutting-with-youtube-tv-part-1/http://rhftech.com/cord-cutting-with-youtube-tv-part-1/

Day Two: http://rhftech.com/cord-cutting-with-youtube-tv-part-2/http://rhftech.com/cord-cutting-with-youtube-tv-part-2/

2) Freeware programs to consider downloading and installing. Here are a few suggestions. Do you have a favorite or two? Please let us know.

·       Programmer's Tool http://download.cnet.com/windows/programmer-s-tool/3260-20_4-10345054-1.htmlhttp://download.cnet.com/windows/programmer-s-tool/3260-20_4-10345054-1.html (nice Windows startup utility)

·       FastStone Viewer http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDownload.htmhttp://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDownload.htm (image and video viewer)

·       IrfanView http://www.irfanview.com/http://www.irfanview.com/ (image viewer and editor)

·       LibreOffice 5.4 http://www.libreoffice.orghttp://www.libreoffice.org (office applications)

·       Microsoft Money Plus (sunset) https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20738https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20738 (free financial record-keeping program)

·       Taskbar Control http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Other-Desktop-Enhancements/TheFreeWindows-Taskbar-Control.shtmlhttp://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Other-Desktop-Enhancements/TheFreeWindows-Taskbar-Control.shtml (hide/show the Taskbar with a shortcut key)

·       VLC Media Player http://www.videolan.org/http://www.videolan.org/ (video player that plays pretty-much every type of video file)

·       WizMouse http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wizmouse-makes-your-mouse-wheel-work-on-the-window-under-the-mouse/ (little utility that makes window scrolling much more pleasant – it scrolls whatever is under the pointer, no need to click the window first)

3) Upgrading to a new smart phone. So you’ve decided that your phone is getting long in the tooth and it’s time for a new one, or maybe the old one was lost or damaged. What’s in store when it comes to migrating your data, your apps, your contacts, phone logs, emails, texts, etc. I’ll share my recent experience but we’d also like to hear yours.

The meeting adjourns at 8:30 pm when we’ll head to Uncle Joe’s for pizza and refreshments.

This is the last full meeting of the year (we’ll have a Holiday Gathering in early December) – hope you can make it!



President, CTPC
Connecticut PC Users Group

If you are interested in attending our meetings, check out our message board at http://ctpc.proboards.com for more information.

Don’t forget our new location: the United Congregational Church of Norwalk on Richards Avenue (directions here). Pizza and refreshments at Uncle Joe’s will follow. CLICK HERE for directions from the church to Uncle Joe’s.

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