[nSLUG] HCC February 26th, 2020 monthly meeting re. HCC suggested future plans
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:
> I agree that the club needs a social media presence to reach more/new
> 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.
> Oliver Doepner
> 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*
> 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
> 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
> * 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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> nSLUG at nslug.ns.ca <mailto:nSLUG at nslug.ns.ca>
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