Monthly Archives: November 2009

Tuesday 24 November – Main Meeting – Report

Elaine Rush

David Hall

Tuesday’s Main meeting welcomed the return of David Hall from Symantec (click View Product Tour) who shared with us the details of the brand new Norton Internet Security 2010. The evening was extremely informative on the need to have internet security to guard against cybercrime.

Some of the key benefits with the new product are that it gives you a greater insight into downloaded applications and files by telling you where they came from, if they are trusted, and how they may impact your PC’s resources and performance. Stops online identity theft, viruses, spyware, bots and more, guards your PC, online activities, and your identity against all types of internet threats.

David noted that Norton 360 Version 4 beta was available to try. For those who have any questions there is also Norton Community which one can use to scan the threads for topics of interest or create your own. For fastest results, use the search feature to find related conversations.

For the evening’s raffle Symantec donated 10 copies of Norton Internet Security 2010, our thanks to David, Natalie and Symantec. Steve South kindly sent photos of the lucky recipients, unfortunately there are too many to include in the newsletter, I am sure they will be on the club’s website soon.

To the lucky winners congratulations:

Allan Matthews, Malcolm Robertson, Frank Bowman, Bruce Murrell, Ray Allum, Alan Durham, John Lucke, Joan Robertson, Antony Zaglas and Stephen South.

Tuesday 24 November – Main Meeting – 6–8 pm

Alex Zaharov-Reutt

It’s our last meeting of the year and in addition to some Christmas drinks and nibbles, our main meeting presenter is Symantec, ready to showcase Norton Internet Security 2010, which is now available – and to talk to us about Norton 360 Version 4, currently in beta.

David Hall from Symantec will be our guest presenter again and naturally there will be some copies to win!

So… come along and learn about the very latest in Internet security from the world’s security experts, share in some festive cheer and have some fun!

Tuesday 27 October – Main Meeting – Report

Clare Wagemans

At the Main Meeting a laid-back Nick Hodge from Microsoft (their “Professional Geek”) settled in for a lengthy information session on the newly released Windows 7. His presentation included the features available in the premium version, Windows 7 Ultimate. The first demonstration was of the ease with which Windows 7 will bring up the Presentation screen (Windows + P), allowing the user to interface with the overhead projector. Then Nick showed us the invaluable tool for Seniors – the screen magnifier!! He showed us how open windows reveal their contents when the mouse hovers over them. He showed how wiggling the mouse minimises all but the current open screen, and then how simple it was to arrange two open windows by selecting the screen, moving it to one side of the screen whereup it resizes to fill half the screen. The second screen is moved to the other side and there are two perfectly tiled screens in perfect view. Grabbing one screen and moving it to the top of the screen maximises it again. Feature after feature was demonstrated, the calculator, pinning programmes to the task bar, Windows XP virtual mode (to allow you to keep using older applications) & using Windows Media Center to record from a TV card.

Nick spoke about installation of Windows 7, how one can upgrade from Vista but it needs a clean install from XP. However with a clean install if the Laplink software is used existing applications can be preserved, even if you no longer have the installation disks. He stated that there were a lot of the ‘usual’ applications that did not ship with Windows 7 – no equivalent to Outlook Express, no antivirus, no Windows Messenger. However all is not lost as Windows Essentials is a free download which has all this plus movie making, photo gallery, family safety (highly recommended by Nick as it is packed with great features).

After whetting our appetites for this sumptuous offering from Microsoft, Nick did urge us, before buying, to check that our current hardware will run Windows 7. The minimum specifications are 1 GHz, 1 G Ram, and 16 GB hard drive. In order to take advantage of its graphics you will also need a graphics card with a minimum 128 mB. He directed us to the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor which will allow potential users to check compatibility with both their software and hardware.

Even if you do not wish to upgrade to Windows 7 at this stage, you might like to follow up on Nick’s tip to check out Windows Security Essentials. Many internet security programmes use a lot of CPU resources, but, like AVG, not this programme. It is a free download, and is compatible with Windows XP.

Nick’s most physically onerous task for the evening was drawing the raffle tickets. There were two copies of Windows 7 Ultimate, 3 bags containing Windows 7 T-shirts, Cap and sticker bling and two Windows 7 T-shirts.