Monthly Archives: July 2009

Tuesday 28 July – Main Meeting – 6-8 pm

Alex Zaharov-Reutt

LogMeIn is probably best known for its remote control software, letting people access their home PCs from work or vice versa, but over the years, LogMeIn has grown to offer many more products and services – even letting you use your iPhone to log into and control your home PC!

While basic PC remote control capabilities are still free from several companies including LogMeIn, paid versions grow ever more sophisticated as do the options to support other users in your circle of family or friends.

Even authorised remote control of mobile phones is now possible, a feature only LogMeIn presently offers, which can be used by companies to remotely support their smartphone carrying employees and executives, or by computer tech support companies wanting to offer the same to their own customers – and even by individuals wanting to provide a remote phone support service for family members.

Seth Shaw
Seth Shaw

LogMeIn’s Asia Pacific general manager, Seth Shaw (pictured), will show us the latest in remote control capabilities, including how you can control your home PC from your iPhone 2G/3G/3GS (or even Wi-Fi connected iPod Touch) – and other devices, and show us the other ways LogMeIn’s online software can help consumers and businesses manage and support the IT side of their lives.

From LogMeIn’s website, it offers “software-as-a-service suite of solutions includes capabilities for on-demand customer support of PCs, smartphones and other devices, systems administration, remote access, remote control, file-sharing, virtual private networking, data back-up and online meeting.”

So to see where software-as-a-service, online cloud computing, smartphones and the desktop in the home and office all meet in cyberspace – come to the meeting to learn more, win some prizes in the raffle and to see LogMeIn’s latest and greatest online gizmology in action!

Cheers and best regards, Alex.


Tuesday Seniors SIG – the conclusion

During the lunch break (before the 2 hour afternoon session on Genealogy), we powered off the machine and unplugged all the external cables (how many are there ?). Then, unplugging the two memory cards, three PCI cards and the two hard disk ribbon cables on the main-board, we carefully blew any dust out (none was visible since there were no carpeted rooms where we used the computer).

We then reseated all the cables and reconnected everything else. Power on. One single beep. Sounds good. Success !

The morals of the story:

  • Don’t think that all your computer woes are virus-related
  • If it ain’t broke…

Tuesday Seniors SIG

Today we were at the usual 3rd Tuesday of the month’s Seniors SIG and hearing the usual Q & A, when someone asked about changing the BIOS settings (clock speed or boot order etc).  The modern PC user usually doesn’t need to change (or even know about) such settings, but the old DOS hands knew all about the topic.

At bootup time, some PCs  need the DEL key, others ESC or one of the function keys (often F10) to get into the BIOS.

We all had the bright idea of shutting down the club’s desktop PC that we were using and trying it so everyone could see the process on the screen at the front of the room.

All seemed normal while we looked at the CPU speed multiplier  (but did not alter it), then decided to alter the bootup sequence.  It was Hard disk | Floppy disk | CD.  We set it to CD | Floppy disk | Hard disk (I think).  Then we rebooted.

Harmless we thought.  XP came up OK to the initial splash screen and then gave us the blue screen of death.  Not once, but half a dozen times.  We tried reloading the BIOS defaults (F5).  No.  We tried setting the boot order to our original setting.  No.


The SIG Leader had his own laptop to demonstrate some Video Editing software after the coffee break, so we could finish the second hour of the morning meeting.

To be continued…

New home for Web Design SIG reports

We now have the subdirectory (/webdesignsig) under the main SPCUG site (, so that our Web Design SIG reports can be published online once again.

Our previous site was out of action for a little while.

We use NetObjects Fusion Version 9 to compose our web pages.  That is the last free version offered on PC magazine cover CDs, so for our SIG members the price is right 🙂

Go to

Akismet meaning

See the meaning of Akismet at


Akismet is derived from “Automattic Kismet”. The first word is the company that Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress started.

Kismet is a Turkish word that meant “fate”, “fortune” and “destiny”. It is a direct derivative from Arabic قسمة (Qismah, or Qismat) which literally means “share”. The same word is used in Urdu, Hindi, Bosnian and Serbo-Croatian.

In Islamic theology, everything is preordained. This concept was however taken to its fatalistic ends in recent centuries, making it an excuse for not acting on anything for some.

The word play here is that each comment get a kismet depending on its content.

Akismet learns about spam slowly

Apparently the WordPress anti-spam filter (Akismet*) works via heuristics.  That is, it learns by being told over many submitted comments which ones are in fact spam and which are not.

Much like email checkers.  But, but, but…

Surely there are some ground rules (apart from the weak “≤ 2 hyper-links per comment” rule) which will recognise rudimentary spam ?  Apparently not.

In a Google search on the subject the advice is if you, gentle reader, fail to see your pearls of wisdom either straight away or at least “soon”, there should be an email address displayed somewhere on the Blog so that you can inform the Admin.

What do you think ?

* Does Akismet mean Fate ?  As in the hands of the gods ?

Comments not showing up

Here’s an interesting comment from virgomonkey from over a year ago at

And comment submission is still broken 😦

May 26, 2008, 12:07 AM  Ok. I figured out the problem. These comments that aren’t going through are because they are being routed into the spam filters of those blogs we comment on. This is a recent issue. People are having problems commenting on my blog as well. I have to keep fetching them from my spam filter. They are innocuous comments. And it’s odd that the spam engine is calling these comments “spam” even though these comments don’t have any links or abusive text of any kind.I will forward this on to the support team in hopes that this issue will be resolved soon.

Regular comments tagged as spam

Here is a comment I submitted (as Bob) in response to an article:

One Response to “New great avatar”
Bob Says:
July 11, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Reply edit

Very nice looking young fellow.

Seems to be very familiar. Has he made guest appearances on Deutsche Welle TV ?

It was tagged as spam although it is patently innocuous.  Not a single Hyper-Link and no hint of any need for Admin Vetting.  And especially as the first comment from Bob was OK’ed.  Subsequent comments should be accepted.

Can anyone with WordPress experience explain this feature 🙂 ?

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I like the kitchen sink!

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is red better ?


Custom characters – only 8bit ASCII, not  √ ∞ , but you can paste from word,  so maybe that will import more fonts.

The A only gives colours or colors, as the spell checker does not like the former.

ไทย ไก่ in Thai copy/paste from OO appears OK here, we’ll see how it appears later. Character encoding is copied. not the font.

Hover over the p in Path: p and the bottom line shows javascript:;  Clicking on the p highlights the current line (or paragraph) to save you swiping it. And when your paragraph is Heading 1 the p changes to h1.


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