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Welcome! HAL-PC is home to HALNet, an award winning internet service provided at low cost to our members since 1994, exciting technology presentations, over 70 different Special Interest Groups, hands-on computer classes and much much more. Browse our site, join the group and become one of thousands of computer users helping other computer users since 1982.

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Microsoft Security Updates July 2008

WARNING!! WINDOWS UPDATE KB951748 IS CAUSING
MANY PROBLEMS WITH INTERNET ACCESS, WIFI AND ZONE ALARM.
SEE MICROSOFT UPDATE WARNING FOR INFORMATION

DUE TO NUMEROUS REPORTED PROBLEMS,
HALNet TECHNICAL SUPPORT STRONGLY RECOMMENDS
NOT INSTALLING WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 3 OR
VISTA SERVICE PACK 1 AT THIS TIME!
For more information or you wish to proceed
with installing the new Service Packs, click here.

Microsoft Security Videos

FAKE HALNet WEBMAIL EMAIL IS CIRCULATING
DETAILS HERE!


FAKE ANTIVIRUS 2009!

Protect Your PC - virus removal tools
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TODAY AT HAL-PC
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
1:00 pm - Build or Buy a Computer
6:00 pm - Linux Workshop

July Magazine Articles
August eBulletin
Past eBulletins

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COMING EVENTS
BASICS 101 SEMINARS
Bob DuVernay presents what you need to know about a variety of subjects on the first Saturday of the month from 1:00 - 3:30. No registration fee is required; first come - first seated.

BASICS 101: CONVERT LP/CASSETE MUSIC TO CD
Saturday, August 2, 1:00 pm:
Now you can enjoy your old vinyl and cassette music in your car CD player! You'll learn how to convert / digitize your LP and cassette recordings to a CD format

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UPCOMING CLASSES AT HAL-PC
See the Class Calendar for scheduled classes and check the Classes Information Page for a list of course offerings and registration information. To register for any of our class offerings, e-mail classes@hal-pc.org. You may also call 713-341-8102 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. All classes held at HAL-PC headquarters unless otherwise specified.

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HANDOUTS FROM PAST PRESENTATIONS
Home/SOHO Networking for the Non-Technical
as presented Saturday, July 26, 2008
Instructor's PowerPoint Presentation

Preventing, Recognizing and Recovering From Identity Theft
as presented Saturday, January 26, 2008
Instructor's PowerPoint Presentation and List of resources

Creating a PowerPoint Presentation
as presented Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Instructor's handout and Handout on PowerPoint with Music

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Logo BagNEW HAL-PC MERCHANDISE
Support your User Group in style with HAL-PC merchandise. We have limited quantities of logo lunch bags, shoulder bags, golf shirts, cotton oxford shirts and LED flashlights for sale at Headquarters. Buy a lunch bag or LED flashlight and get $$ off other logo merchandise! See the Merchandise Page for photos, descriptions and size availability. For more merchandise (including mugs, mousepads and tshirts for the whole family!) visit our online store at Cafe Press.

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NEW FTP SETTINGS FOR HALNet HOME PAGES
Have you put your own personal home page on HALNet? In the coming weeks, HALNet will be moving all its user accounts to a new web server. IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN WEB PAGE ON THE HALNet SERVER, your personal web page URL will remain the same (http://www.hal-pc.org/~username), but the ftp server address will change. To prepare for this move, we ask you to please change the settings in your FTP program (i.e., WS-FTP, Cute FTP, LeapFTP, FrontPage, Dreamweaver) from www.hal-pc.org to users.hal-pc.org. If you do not have a HALNet based personal web page, you don't need to change anything. Thank you for your cooperation!!

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ONLINE IT CERTIFICATION COURSES
Starting at $29.95
HAL-PC announces great IT training service for HAL-PC members, their friends and family: End-User topics for just $29.95. Technical topics for just $59.95. Or, buy a suite of courses covering dozens of topics starting as low as $89.95. And with the "Instant Mentoring" feature it's like having a live instructor on call 24x7. Check out this outstanding curriculum and you take a FREE TRIAL.

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Boomerang CardPROTECT YOUR DATA WITH BOOMERANG
HAL-PC is offering a service to help protect your computer from the harmful effects of viruses and worms. The Boomerang card takes a 'snapshot' of your data, monitors changes made to your hard drive and eliminates unwanted changes with just a reboot. You can purchase the card from HAL, and our upgrade SIG will clean your computer of viruses, worms and spyware and install the card, all for one low price. See the Boomerang page for detailed information and look for a review of the card in the December HAL-PC magazine.

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AUGUST VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
August's Volunteer of the Month is Jeff Browning. Jeff is a long-time HAL volunteer who leads the Friday morning PC Upgrade & Troubleshooting Workshop. Every week, Jeff and his group assist our members in installing new hardware and software, detecting and removing viruses and malware, troubleshooting issues and tuning computers to perform at their best. Thank you, Jeff, for this wonderful service!

CONTACTING HAL-PC
You can reach HAL-PC information at 713-993-3300 during regular business hours (9:00 am - 9:00 pm Mon-Fri, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat.). General information is available 24 hrs a day via automated voice menus. Questions and comments regarding the website may be directed to the webmaster. HALNet account information is accessible online - see User Support. For other HALNet questions, please contact the appropriate staff member.

You may reach the Member Services Coordinator at 713-341-8102 and the Staff Accountant at accounting@hal-pc.org, 713-341-8103. You may communicate with the Officers and Board of Directors via their email addresses. PLEASE send text messages only - no HTML formatting.

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HALNet ADSL - LIGHTNING FAST, LOCAL SUPPORT!
Want the speed and convenience of an always-on broadband connection without the hassles of foreign call centers or notoriously poor customer service? HALNet has an ADSL plan for every user! Upgrade your connection now - call 713-993-3300 and ask for the ADSL tech to see if your phone line qualifies for ADSL.

ADSL TROUBLE?
If your ADSL seems sluggish, is not connecting, web pages fail to load or email fails, do the following BEFORE calling HAL-PC.

  1. Shut down the computer.
  2. Shut down (turn off) any routers/hubs/switches between the computer and ADSL Modem.
  3. Shut down the modem (unplug the power cord if it does not have a power button).
  4. Wait about 15 seconds.
  5. Turn on the ADSL modem FIRST (or plug the power cord back in), wait 60 seconds.
  6. Turn on any routers/hubs/switches between the PC and ADSL Modem SECOND, wait 60 seconds.
  7. Turn on the computer LAST.
If you still cannot bring up web pages or the ADSL light is NOT a steady green, then call HAL-PC. Please have your ADSL phone number ready to give the tech - it will make your service call faster!

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AVG 8.0 RELEASED
Version 8.0 of the popular AVG anti-virus software has been released. Please note: Windows 9x, ME and NT 4.0 operating systems are no longer supported under AVG version 8. This AVG is still free for home use. According to AVG, the free version has "limited features, ... [and is] for private and non-commercial use only." The HAL help desk will provide phone support for this version, but you must purchase the full version to get tech support from AVG. Click this link to download the free version. Save the AVG_Free file to a place on your hard drive such as a "Download" Subdirectory (folder) or "My Documents" or even to "The Desktop". The downloading on a dial-up may take 90 to 120 minutes (it is a 46 meg file). On HAL-PC/HALNet ADSL, it should take about 5 minutes. Once downloaded, double-click the AVG file to install it. For Questions and Answers concerning AVG Anti-Virus see:
AVG 7.5 & AVG 8.0 Free Edition FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
How to install AVG 8.0 over AVG 7.x or AVG Free

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POSTINI SPAM & VIRUS FILTERS
According to Postini statistics, 10 of every 12 email messages is spam, and 1 in 4 is virus-infected. Postini stops these messages before they reach (and clog) the HALNet mail server. HALNet subscribers can get a 30-day free trial of the Postini mail filtering progam by contacting the office at 713-993-3300. The $2.00 per month fee will be added to your automatic charge after the trial period. To cancel, call the office at (713) 993-3300. For more information on this service, see the Filter Question and Answer page.

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HALNet NATIONAL DIALUP
With HALNet's Nationwide Dial-Up you can access the internet across the US and parts of Canada for only $10.00/month! Use our simple web-based location finder to find the access number and take HALNet with you on your business trip or vacation! And all your out-of-town friends and family can now have HALNet accounts - no membership required! See the National Dial-Up information page for details!

HALNet ahora ofrece servicio de conexión por acceso telefónico a redes a nivel nacional e ISDN a $10.00. Por favor dígale a sus amigos, compañeros de trabajo y aquellos seres queridos de todos los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica que visiten http://www.hal-pc.org/national.html para mayor información.

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HALNet NOW OFFERS HAL-PC MEMBER SUBSCRIBERS A SECURE VPN CLIENT
You've all read and heard about the dangers of transmitting your information over an insecure wireless network - now HALNet offers a solution. Take your laptop to Starbucks and access the web with confidence! Download our Windows Open VPN client today! See the Open VPN Information Page for details. HAL-PC MEMBER SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Do you want that secure remote connection, but you're not a HAL-PC member? Join HAL-PC Now!

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HOW TO REPORT SPAM THAT GETS THROUGH POSTINI FILTERS
HAL-PC/HALNet Spam and Virus Filter Service (POSTINI) Users: Spammers are constantly developing new tricks to slip through even the best of spam filters. If you are a HALNet Postini Filter System user and receive a spam message that has slipped through the filters, forward it, intact and without comment, to spam@postini.com. You will be doing your part to help keep spam out of your own and your fellow users' mail boxes! (Note: this only applies if you are a current Postini Spam Filter user)

See: Submitting Spam to Postini using MS Outlook, and for those not using Postini, see: General Questions - Junk Email Assistant. Preview the HAL-PC/HALNet (Postini) Spam and Virus Filtering.

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HALNet USER SUPPORT
Question? Your premier source of information about your HALNet account is the User Support Section! How to configure your browser or email program, check your account information, current system status, forwarding your mail, putting up a website . . . it's all there! Having connection problems? They may be modem related. See the What Modem Should I Buy page for important information.

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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT CLEAR LAKE

General Computer SIG - Saturday, August 23 - 9:30 am: Carl Farley, General Computer SIG Leader, "Must-Have Utility Software for Your Computer." Several months ago, we surveyed our members to find out what their very best (mostly free) utility software was. We received a lot of feedback, so, this month we're going to take a look at this list. It's not too late to email Carl Farley if you know of a really good one. We'll demo some of these titles in future meetings, so keep a look-out for the announcements. Hope to see you at the meeting with a friend and some questions! Clear Lake Medical Tower - 4th Floor - 450 Medical Center Blvd.

Digital Photography SIG - Saturday, August 16 - 9:30 am: Margaret Maes, HAL-PC Clear Lake member, "Using Adobe's New On-line Photo Express Service" Adobe Systems has a free, new service to organize, edit, share and store digital photographs which might be really useful to those of us who deal with lots of photos (who doesn't?). Come to the meeting and learn the details and experiences from one of our members who's worked with it for a while. Clear Lake Medical Tower - 4th Floor - 450 Medical Center Blvd. Open to the public.

Computer Investing SIG - No Meeting in September (Labor Day).

Camcorder & Video SIG -No Meeting in September (Labor Day). NOTE: We plan to organize a VideoFest 2008 for everyone to display their best videos. Watch for it at 1:00 pm on November 8th. More details to follow. Last year's rules are here:

Mini-Courses
For information on Clear Lake Mini-Courses, see the Clear Lake Mini-Course web page.

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