The President's Message

July 2011

James Brown


Promoting the harmony of computer education, and camaraderie As I start my two-year term as president of this user group, I wish to thank Rick Curry for the gracious way in which he welcomed me, and I am grateful for his assistance. As I sat in my first board meeting and saw the officers and volunteers working and planning for the future I realized the dedication they have as they work to create the success that this club has enjoyed.

This computer club has been in existence for quite awhile. I was first aware of this group when it met at the Camarillo Airport property. That was at least 20 years ago.

Since that time, many neighboring computer clubs have ceased to exist as membership dwindled for who knows why. The success of this group is the result of the work of the volunteers and because of the continued interest of the membership. I hope that during my tenure as your president we can expand our membership growth and have a bit of fun at the same time.

I can tell you that your board is exploring new ideas for growth, ideas for holiday gifts, and perhaps a new idea or two concerning our monthly raffle. Please read the minutes of the board meeting as submitted by our secretary, Diane. I am very optimistic about our future.

All of you can help in this future by acting as an ambassador by talking to friends who show an interest in learning about computing and the new devices which will change the way we connect with each other. Show them an issue of TOE; bring them to the meeting as your guest. Treat them to refreshments. I'm sure you will impress them and so will we.

Restore Previous Versions The June 16 issue of "Windows Secrets," an electronic newsletter, includes an article on Restore Previous Versions, which it calls "Win7's least known data protection system" (http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/rpvwin7s-least-known-data-protection-system). RPV first appeared in Vista and is available in all versions of Windows 7. While it is not a substitute for regular backups, it does help you recover copies of recent files that have been deleted or overwritten by mistake. It backs up every data file and folder that changes on the drive that holds Windows. If you want to enable it for other drives, you must do so.

To see if it's enabled, right click on any folder and search for "Restore Previous Versions." Click on it to see what files can be recovered. If you want to enable it for any folder - if, for instance, you keep your documents on a different drive - right click on the folder, left click on "Restore Previous Versions" and left click on "How do I use previous versions."

Follow the instructions to enable the program, which "Windows Secrets" writer Fred Langa calls "a hidden gem." Be sure to also read Fred's article, which explains why RSV is not a substitute for backups (simply put, the files aren't kept forever). Even so, a free security tool that works is hard to beat.