[nSLUG] HCC February 26th, 2020 monthly meeting re. HCC suggested future plans

Frank Geitzler frank.geitzler at ns.sympatico.ca
Sun Feb 23 13:59:43 AST 2020

Thanks, Oliver.  regretfully, I agree with you (and with Jack, who 
suggested it).  I don't do social media at all, myself, though -just 
email messages to and from HCC and NSLUG.  I find I learn a great deal 
from other people at meetings, even if sometimes what they mention or 
ask about just prompts me to research something new on the Internet.  I 
do maintain the 'meetings' page of the HCC website.


On 2020-02-23 10:53 a.m., Oliver Doepner wrote:
> Hello,
> I agree that the club needs a social media presence to reach more/new 
> people.
> For myself, I noticed that I don't enjoy talking about computer stuff 
> so much anymore and feel less inclined to attend computer club meetings.
> Cheers
> Oliver
> --
> Oliver Doepner
> http://odoepner.github.io/
> On Sun, Feb 23, 2020 at 8:59 AM Frank Geitzler 
> <frank.geitzler at ns.sympatico.ca 
> <mailto:frank.geitzler at ns.sympatico.ca>> wrote:
>     Subject: The suggested future meetings of both the Halifax
>     Computer Club (HCC) and the Nova Scotia Linux User's Group (NSLUG).
>     The February meeting of HCC will take place Wednesday, February
>     26th, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.  Guests are welcome, and you can get the
>     meeting details at the website, which has been updated to show the
>     February and March meeting dates, and the current location.  The
>     website is:
>     *MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from
>     "hcc.chebucto.org" claiming to be*
>     http://hcc.chebucto.org/meetings.html
>     <http://hcc.chebucto.org/meetings.html>
>     The January meeting of HCC had only six attendees.  The weather
>     wasn't great, but it was not as bad as we have had lately.   Of
>     those six, I think four of us are retired. Of those six, four of
>     us use Linux, two use only Windows, and at least two of us don't
>     have 'smart' phones (my 'flip' phone isn't very smart, even though
>     it does have an Android c.p,u.). One of us runs a large business
>     on DOS, although he uses Linux as well.
>     I summarized what I could recall of the meeting, and sent that
>     summary out to the six attendees.  Several gave me feedback, and
>     reminded me of some points which I had either forgotten or overlooked.
>     The topic of discussion of the January meeting was whether HCC
>     (and computer clubs in general) still serves a purpose, and
>     whether there is any future for them.   It was generally agreed
>     that computers have become considered in the eyes of most people
>     to be an appliance, which we just plug in and use.  Most cell
>     phones have more capabilities and capacity today than did a large
>     room full of hardware when I first began working with computers.
>     Instead of updating operating systems, it is easier (and cheaper,
>     in most cases) to  simply buy a new phone every few years, and
>     move the chip from the old phone to the new one, or have the
>     vendor copy the data from one phone to the other, if necessary. 
>     Few people need a printer, and if they do, a wireless printer is
>     readily available -even at Wal-Mart.
>     Another problem is the scheduling of meetings, and the
>     availability of an appropriate venue.  A coffee shop is adequate
>     if a few people want to sit around and discuss things, and
>     suitable wi-fi is available, but does not lend itself to a larger
>     group, who need to see and hear demonstrations and have technical
>     discussions.
>     For a number of years HCC has been able to have meetings at little
>     expense in one or another of Sobeys Grocery Store Community Rooms,
>     although occasionally our preferred meeting date has been
>     pre-empted by Sobeys own needs for a training room.  Our major
>     expenses, covered by our annual $20. membership fee, are the cost
>     of the website and the purchase and upkeep of our club display
>     projector.  Since the purchase of the projector we have not
>     required a new bulb, but all light bulbs 'die', and research
>     suggests that it would cost several hundred dollars to purchase a
>     new lighting unit -I gather that the bulb and its mounting unit
>     have to be replaced together.
>     More significant problems are:
>       * We need some suitable publicity in order to attract new
>         members, probably using some form of social media. It needs to
>         be updated several times a month.  Jack suggests that if we
>         can't find someone willing to take this on, he foresees the
>         club limping along for a little while before folding.
>       * Meetings must be made interesting enough to draw old and new
>         members.
>       * We should not confine ourselves to desktop or laptop
>         computing, but include any and all computing machinery, eg
>         tablets and smartphones.  A possible source of meeting topics
>         is to select an activity that might be performed by computer,
>         smartphone, or tablet, etc, and discuss various applications
>         for performing that
>         activity, eg backups, photo manipulation, or what have you.
>       * If meetings are held "early", say starting at some time
>         between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm, there will be some people unable
>         to attend because of interference with evening meals.
>         Similarly, if meetings start too late in the evening, people
>         who live some distance away would find an early start more
>         convenient, so they would not have to go home and then return
>         to town for a meeting. It was generally agreed that 7:00 pm
>         was the best compromise. No matter what time is chosen, there
>         will be some people who will not come because it does not suit
>         their schedules.
>       * We need to find a meeting date which would be acceptable to
>         more members.  It was generally agreed that meeting during the
>         first or last week of the month was too likely to give rise to
>         conflicts with other activities.  Personal preferences, family
>         needs, physical abilities, illness, and travel plans can all
>         play a part in this.  Some have suggested that the first
>         Monday of a month (NSLUG's normal scheduled date) is
>         inconvenient for some individuals; others find that HCC's
>         preferred last Wednesday night of a month (or in fact any
>         Wednesday) is inconvenient for some.  Changing to another
>         night might be more acceptable. *We welcome your suggestions.*
>       * We might need to find a different venue which would be in a
>         more convenient location.  It would be helpful if our venue
>         could have trustworthy storage available, to reduce or
>         eliminate the need to carry the projector to each meeting, and
>         store it between meetings.  This would also probably extend
>         the life of the projector.  A ground-floor location could also
>         be more accessible and convenient.
>         *We invite your opinions, and suggestions.  Your attendance at
>         our February meeting, where we could discuss this matter would
>         be helpful, but we realize not everyone can be there.
>         Nevertheless, your reply to this message, with your own
>         opinions and suggestions, could provide us with useful ideas.**
>         *
>         Thanks for your support,
>             Frank Geitzler
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