Meeting Recap for April, 2004

Time is running out to sign up for some of this year’s North American VFP conferences.  Here’s what is still coming up:

DevEssentials 2004

Kansas City, MO, June 4-7, www.devessentials.com

DevTeach 2004

Montreal, Canada, June 19-22, www.devteach.com

Advisor Visual FoxPro DevCon 2004

Las Vegas, NV, September 29 - October 3, www.advisorevents.com/CMX0409p.nsf

Mike Timpe was kind enough to kick off our meeting with a short discussion of advanced Google searches.  There a number of powerful, advanced searches that can make your internet experience a lot more efficient.  These same features can also be a cause for concern if you own or maintain a website.  Most of the content of the discussion, and some additional, interesting links, can be found in the following article:  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/03/10/the_perils_of_googling/

From there we moved into a discussion of some general tools and utilities that are available for download, some free, some not.

To root out and stop datamining and tracking components that may have infected your PC, try Ad-Aware from Lavasoft.  The software comes in a free version, and two more advanced retail versions.  http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware

Another free tool for detecting and removing spyware is Spybot – Search & Destroy from Safer-Computing.org.  They also offer file and registry tools that you may find useful.  http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=spybotsd

If you are interested in alternatives to Microsoft products for web browsing, email, and other online activities, check out the Mozilla website.  Their Firefox browser (hey, it’s got “fox” in the name, that’s good, right? J) and Thunderbird email and newsgroup client are reported to be pretty powerful and easy to use.  http://www.mozilla.org/

If you occasionally need advanced graphics editing features, but don’t want to shell out the big bucks for Photoshop or a similar tool, check out The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program).  This is an open source product which is available in a Windows version.  Some folks claim that it is a complicated program, and can be difficult to learn, but I was able to jump in and do the few things I needed to without much effort.  http://www.gimp.org/windows/

I hope you find this information helpful, and if you have any comments, please send them to me.

Mike Potjer

GRAFUG President

http://www.grafug.com

http://www.foxcentral.net

potjerm@optimalinternet.com

 

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