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October-December 2005

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Mini Expo IV
by Vern Hendricks

The Chicago Computer Society held its Mini Expo IV (MX-IV) on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights. Over 200 CCS members gathered for a full day of educational and informative sessions about both home and office computing.

In the morning introduction session, Stan Hungness, Meeting Coordinator for the Westside Chapter, welcomed all of the attendees and introduced Bill James, Region 6 Advisor for APCUG.

Stan next introduced Al Cheeks, the current President of CCS, who thanked everyone for attending and handed out T-shirts to those who asked for them. He also reviewed the day’s agenda and the drawing prizes to be given away at the end of the day, prizes which included an Epson R320 printer, a Canon Power Shot S2 IS digital camera and much, much more.

The 10am to 11am schedule included Patrick Green talking about Linux, “the World’s Easiest Desktop Operating System”, Frank Hudziak talking about AMD processors, and CCS’ own Joe Novak explaining “Blogs, What Are They and Why Would I Want One.” Joe also covered “Things that we may not know about Google.”

In the 11am to 12 noon hour, another CCS member, Charles Berkley, talked about PDAs. Dave Whittle, from Invisus Computer Security, talked about “Internet Security, What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You”, and Don Haynes from Hitachi had a presentation on hard drives.

In the 1pm to 2pm hour, Dave Makin talked about Connect3D, their latest and fastest video card. Luke Vavricek from Smart Computing guided us through the magazine and talked about how they are becoming a reference tool as well as an informative magazine. CCS member Bill Ziegler presented “Malware Detection and Cleaning Techniques”.

From 2-3pm, Mark Rogers talked about “the Epson World of Photography”, Dave Whittle returned to describe the “Digital Home: Hardware Photo and Video” and Bill Ziegler talked about “Adding Wireless to Network and Internet Connections”.

Matt McCann and Richard Katz, from Microsoft, had intended to demonstrate Vista, the next generation operating system that will be replacing Windows XP. However, when Vista crashed their PC, they elected instead to demonstrate their latest photo manipulation software, MS Digital Image.

At the conclusion of the day’s programs, drawings were held to give away over 200 prizes provided by the various vendors supporting CCS for MX-IV. That took over an hour, with the Grand Prize of the Epson printer and Canon camera going to CCS member Don Fairbank.

Plans are already underway for the fifth Mini Expo, tentatively scheduled for September 16, 2006. Mark your calendars now. This is an event that no one will want to miss.