SMUG - The January Upgrade
Author: Joe Duroux
Date: January, 1994
Keywords: News From the SMUG Bureaucracy
Text: SMUG - The January Upgrade: News From the SMUG Bureaucracy: By Joe Duroux The December meeting started with member Mike Silva announcing that he was starting to do some programming and was offering to provide small applications as freeware to group members. He asked members to indicate what kinds of applications they would like to have him develop. Next came the usual lottery for volunteers to review products. The main program was a demonstration of some of the features of the new on-line service called Northcoast Electronic Town (NET). Larry Goldberg described the various services provided by NET. It uses a graphic interface for the Mac and Windows based on the same software that the SMUGgler's BBS uses. In addition to more common on-line services, NET provides, or will soon provide, access to many entities like local government agencies, businesses, newspapers, libraries, art galleries, and social and community services. It covers Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Mendocino, and Lake counties. The cost of the service is $5.00 per hour with a minimum of two hours per month for a local line, or $13.00 per hour with a minimum of one hour per month for an 800 line. For schools and libraries, the service is free. Larry handed out sets of floppy disks with the interface software to SMUG members and said that members could have six free hours to try out the service. He said that members who were not at the meeting could contact him and get the disks and the free time. The phone number of the service is 443-8696 (44E- TOWN). In response to our questions about classes and Special Interest Groups (SIGs), we found members interested in one type of class and two SIGs. The only class that members seem to want is in the use of Internet. We may be able to participate in Internet seminars that are being planned by another group. That should be easier than arranging for facilities ourselves. We should know more later this month. The SIG topic that has generated the most interest is Desktop Publishing. Thus far, six members have shown interest and one has tentatively said that he may be willing to help organize it, but not until summer. Meanwhile, we have six characters in search of a coordinator (apologies to Luigi Pirandello). Anyone want to volunteer? Also, two members said they would be interested in forming an Internet SIG. Perhaps more will be interested after the seminars. If any other members are interested in these or other SIGs, speak up in the SMUG Members' conference on the BBS or contact me at SMUG, P.O. Box 4715, Arcata, CA 95521. I'm keeping a list of interested members. - - - - Denise Jesus, SMUG's Product Review Coordinator reports that we have the following free products available to SMUG members for Review in January: *Common Ground - From No Hands Software. Distribute documents between widely divergent computer setups and applications. *Ascend - From Franklin Quest. Personal Information Manager. *Times Two - From Golden Triangle. Double your disk space without compres-sing files. *WillMaker 4.0 (& beta 5.0) - From Nolo Press. Do-it-yourself Will writing. Mangia - From UpStill Software. *''The Cook's Best Friend'' cookbook and menu database. *Advertising from the Desktop (book) - From Ventana Press. A desktop publisher's guide to designing ads that work. *The Grey Book (book) - From Ventana Press. A guide to designing in black & white. Coming in February: *The Deluxe American Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition - From Star Press. *ColorDesign 1.0 - From Momentum Software. Create stunning computer generated or custom designs in 8 or 24 bit color. *3-D Tutor CD-ROM - From Zelos! Tutorial for learning the specifics of 3-D modeling, rendering and assembly plus you can test drive 18 3-D software packages and view professional 3-D animations. *Calculated Beauty CD-ROM - From Rocky Mountain Digital Peeks. A journey through Mandelbrot space... copyright free multimedia fractal images. *Millie's Math House - From Edmark. 2-6 year olds learn numbers, shapes, patterns, & more through six exciting activites. *Thinkin' Things - From Edmark. Six activities for 4 -8 year olds that help develop critical thinking skills.
Copyright © january, 1994 by Joe Duroux