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921 W Via Rio Fuerte Green Valley, AZ 85614
GVR Computer Club Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
The Club will be closed Dec 31 and Jan 1 for the holidays.
Members can sign up to use our licenses for two weeks at a time. You do not have to come to the Club to use it. New courses include The Practicing Photographer, Marketing Tips, Universal Principles of Design, and Learning to Critique Photos. Relax and learn from home on your computer and on your time schedule.
>> Do you want to learn how to use the PowerSlide 5000 bulk slide scanner?
Training is held on Monday mornings at 10:00 by appointment. To sign up, call Club member John Munier at 520-407-6809.
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Note from the Education Dept.
Millie Windemuth, our Microsoft WORD and EXCEL instructor, will not be coming to Green Valley this winter. If you are willing to share your knowledge about either of these programs, please contact Marge Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you still have some irreplaceable memories of family and friends on old VHS tapes, or even camcorder tapes? Unlike fine wines, tapes do not get better with age. In fact, they can deteriorate beyond recovery.
If you've been thinking about converting them to DVDs to preserve their content, and just haven't gotten around to it, its time to quit procrastinating. This past summer, the last manufacturer of VCRs announced that they were ending production. They could no longer get the parts they needed. That probably means that when your old VCR crashes (like ours have at times), repair parts will not be available.
The Computer Club has recently purchased two VCR/DVD Recorders to upgrade one of its conversion systems, and serve as backups to both of our systems. The improved system now has programming to "upconvert" to produce sharper, near-HD pictures in the current 16:9 (wide-screen) format. The new TV shows the actual results.
Like its predecessor, it is now set up to convert a tape as simply as possible, with instructions as plain as technical details allow. Many members with no experience with this kind of application have used the old one by themselves, but help is available if needed.
If plain, straight-through conversion isn't what's needed, the second system provides much more flexibility and opportunities for improving contents. It can be fairly simple, but it still allows more control of quality. It is also the only one that can be used in another mode to edit tapes. It can be used to cut out unwanted segments, and improve brightness, contrast, and color of faded tapes. Some members have used it to make polished movies.
If you're interested in preserving old memories, and maybe giving copies to children and grandchildren, plan on spending some time at the club. Conversion takes at least 10% longer than your tape. Editing will take even more time. Multiple copies of the DVD can be made in a few minutes.
If more help is needed than the instructions give, call Jerry Wallin at 393-1470. I can at least show you what I learned by trial and error, including some mistakes to avoid.
The following note was included at the end of "Run Before the Wind," the fifth mystery novel by Stuart Woods, published in 1983. That year doesn't seem too long ago, but this note certainly makes it seem like ancient history in the world of computing, which I guess it was. It's hard to believe that was only 33 years ago. How far we have come in such a short time!
"A TECHNICAL NOTE" [The link was added by Dorothy Fitch for this article.]
"For those writers who might be interested, this book was written on a PolyMorphic 8813 microprocessor using a word processing program. After the finished manuscript had been manually copy edited, the spelling was corrected yet again using a program written by Frank Stearns Associates of Vancouver, Washington, then all the necessary changes were made in the computer. Using file transmission software prepared by Bob Bybee of Polyletter, the final manuscript was then transmitted over telephone lines to the Source Telecomputing Corporation, which sent it on to IBM-compatible magnetic tape to ComCom, which then set the book in type directly from the tape. This procedure both saved time over the usual method of retyping the manuscript into the typesetting machine, and prevented a new generation of typographical errors.
"This is, to my knowledge, the first time a novel has been transmitted electronically from its author's computer to a typesetting computer. There were many technical snags to overcome, and I must here give my heartfelt thanks to my friend, Mark Sutherland, who so generously gave his time and expertise to solve these problems. It was worth the trouble, and I believe that in the future, books will be routinely transmitted in this manner."
A Single Membership renewal costs $25, and a Family Membership costs $35.
If you have a Single Membership and wish to add a resident of your household and become a Family Membership, bring the resident with you to the club with their GVR card and proof (such as a driver's license) that they live in your household.
Green Bytes is published once a month from September through April by and for members of the GVR Computer Club, Art Rotman, President. Annual Club dues are $25/individual or $35/family, payable before January 1. Tenant memberships are available.
Send submissions (articles, announcements or letters to the editor) to 921 West Via Rio Fuerte, Green Valley, AZ 85614, or to Newsletter Editor Dorothy Fitch at email@example.com. Submission by email preferred, or on CD, using any common PC word-processing program, or in RTF format. The deadline is the 20th of the prior month.
Green Bytes is an independent publication of the GVR Computer Club and is not affiliated, sponsored, sanctioned or associated with any commercial interest. Opinions, statements, positions and views stated herein are those of the authors only.
The GVR Computer Club is a member group of APCUG, Association of Personal Computer User Groups, a worldwide organization that helps groups devoted to the world of technology including computers, tablets, smartphones, digital photography, genealogy, etc. by facilitating communications between member groups and industry vendors.