The President's Message


Lois Evans de Violini

My thanks to Harley Hahn for coming at the last minute and giving us a great program debating the operating systems and philosophies of Microsoft and Linux. We had a Hahn rendition of Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds as debaters. It was hard to tell who won the debate. Hummm!

I talked briefly last month about setting up an online help service for our members. The software we would use is UltraVNC. It is a free remote control software package. With UltraVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just as you would do sitting in the front of that computer. The person being helped downloads a small executable file and clicks to make a connection. This executable doesn't use the registry. Settings are preconfigured, and a password is not needed for an outgoing connection. The connection is secure because it can be initiated only by the person being helped. There is no incoming connection, no unattended service connection and the program is automatically and systematically uninstalled then the connection is closed. I have downloaded UltraVNC and will install it on my machine. If you would like to help, send me an e-mail at with the area of your expertise. If you’d like to be helped, send me an e-mail and we will give it a try.

We are looking for other ways to help our members. If you have any ideas, do not hesitate to contact me at Some of the board ideas included: 1. Quarterly tune-up meetings where members bring in their computers to have help with getting off unwanted pop-ups, icons, spyware and adware etc. There would be a small fee of $5 or $10. 2. A members-only board list. 3. A new software updates CD similar to the one we did a couple of years ago. 4: Improve the consignment table and 5. The remote help explained above. What do you like best? We also plan to get copies of the new "Secret Guide" when it comes out. Hopefully, it will be available before Christmas.

Thanks to our Treasurer, Art Lewis for coming up with a balanced budget, which is presented in full elsewhere in this issue of TOE. (It didn't arrive. - Editor)