Saturday, December 12, 2009

1 Home Page

Next Classes start Tue. Sept 7 - details on Schedule page

Computer Club  Wed Sept 15- "Securing a Home Network"
  • Also available: SeniorNet Online Courses  - these are operated through national SeniorNet, and have no connection with the Williamsport chapter.


   Register Online (or contact The Registrar for questions)



-
  Listserver - How to subscribe (or unsubscribe) to our email announcement system
-


    Listserver - view previous messages

    More About SeniorNet 
    -




      James V. Brown Library (our host & Sponsor)


    Use other links at right to view additional page

    ------ This home page updated 8/28/2010 by volunteer  James R. Ingram

    Monday, November 23, 2009

    D4 Photos, 3/12/08 Ebay Cpu Club

    Photos from the 3/12/08 Ebay presentation by Adam Leidhecker, PawLux.com

    Links sent by Adam are on the Important Ebay Links page on Lycoming .org

    Clicking on an image
    should open it larger









    Saturday, October 24, 2009

    F2, Free Excel and Word Viewer

    (4/29/2009)


    • With Microsoft's free Excel Viewer, you can open, view, and print Excel workbooks, even if you don't have Excel installed. You can also copy data from Excel Viewer to another program. However, you cannot edit data, save a workbook, or create a new workbook.
    • Microsoft's free Word Viewer lets you view and print Microsoft Word documents on a computer that does not have Microsoft Word installed.

    As far as I know, there is no version of these for the Macintosh operating systems.

    Thursday, October 22, 2009

    F3, ID Theft Info

    • AnnualCreditReport.com - Official site for ordering your free credit reports. This site has links to the 3 agencies, Equifax, Experian, & Trans Union
    • Note this is the ONLY official site. There are many "bogus" sites with similar names that will charge you money for this.
    • FinancialPrivacyNow.org - Consumer's Union site with info about how to FREEZE your credit report. (Contents partially copied as 'Article 2' below.)
    Article 1-The Great Identity Freeze



    The following article is used with permission of The Williamsport Guardian WilliamsportGuardian.com Aug-Sept 2007 issue, Page 5. (permission granted 9/11/07)




    Pennsylvania is one of 37 states with a security freeze law that prevents identity theft. As of January 1, 2007, you can freeze your credit report so that even if thieves get your name and Social Security number, they can’t open a credit card in your name.

    You need to send letters to all three credit reporting companies (after all, this is America and we must have our corporate competition, even when all it brings us is more paperwork): Experian, Trans Union, and Equifax. Then you get a PIN number that allows you to unfreeze your credit report whenever you want.

    The service is free to seniors 65 and older or anyone who’s been a victim of identity theft (you need to have a copy of the police report). It’s $10 for everyone else to place the freeze or lift it temporarily; it’s free to remove the freeze. A freeze expires automatically after 7 years.

    It’s not as easy as it should be, and it’s not federal law yet, but it’s a start.
    For more information, see www.FinancialPrivacyNow.org.

    Tell your Congressperson to support H.R. 3046, which would stop the widespread and unnecessary sale, purchase and displaying of Social Security Numbers by government and businesses that has made consumers more vulnerable to identity theft. No one should have your Social Security number except you, your employer, and the government.



    Article 2-
    Security Freeze Information



    (copied from www.FinancialPrivacyNow.org, at page
    http://www.consumersunion.org/campaigns/learn_more/003484indiv.html#PA
    8/8/07 )
    (The below article downloads as a PDF document.)
    Note there are 4 more pages (including sample letters) in the PDF document that are not included below.

    Any consumer in Pennsylvania may place a security freeze on his or her credit report by requesting one in writing by certified mail to the credit reporting agency. The credit reporting agency is not allowed to charge a fee to victims or seniors 65 years of age or older for placing, removing for a specific period or party, or removing a security freeze on a credit report. To avoid a fee, the victim must send a valid copy of a police report to the credit reporting agency.

    However, for other consumers, a charge of $10 will be applied for each placing or temporary lifting of a security freeze. There is no fee to remove the freeze. A security freeze shall prohibit, with certain specific exceptions, the credit reporting agency from releasing the consumer’s credit report or any information from it without the express authorization of the consumer. The freeze goes into effect five (5) business days from receipt of the consumer’s letter by the credit reporting agency.


    To obtain more detailed information on how to place a security freeze on your credit reports, see below.

    HOW TO “FREEZE” YOUR CREDIT FILES

    A security freeze means that your file cannot be shared with potential creditors . A security freeze can help prevent identity theft . Most businesses will not open credit accounts without checking a consumer’s credit history first . If your credit files are frozen, even someone who has your name and Social Security number probably would not be able to obtain credit in your name . A security freeze is free to identity theft victims who have a police report . A freeze on your account is good for 7 years in Pennsylvania .

    How do I place a security freeze?

    To place a freeze, you must send by certified mail a letter to each consumer reporting agency requesting a security freeze be placed on your account . In this letter you must provide identifying information and a $10 fee, but, if you are a victim or, you must also include a copy of your police report to avoid a charge paying a $10 fee . Seniors who are at least 65 years old also do not need to pay to place a security freeze . (In the future, it will be possible to place a freeze through a secure electronic connection—likely by sending an e-mail on the consumer reporting agency’s website.)

    Write to all three addresses below and include the information that follows:

    Equifax Security Freeze
    P.O. Box 105788
    Atlanta, GA 30348

    Experian Security Freeze
    P.O. Box 9554
    Allen, TX 75013

    Trans Union Security Freeze
    P.O. Box 6790
    Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

    For each, you must:
    • Send a letter by certified mail;
    • If you are a victim, include a copy of your the police report concerning identity theft;
    • Provide your full name (including middle initial as well as Jr., Sr., II, III, etc.,) address,
    Social Security number, and date of birth;
    • If you have moved in the past 5 years, supply the addresses where you have lived over
    the prior 5 years.
    • Provide proof of current address such as a current utility bill or phone bill
    • Send a photocopy of a government issued identification card (state driver’s license or ID
    card, military identification, etc.)
    • If applicable, include a payment by check, money order or credit card (Visa, Master Card,
    American Express, and Discover cards only.)

    How long does it take for a security freeze to be in effect?

    After five (5) business days from receiving your letter, the credit reporting agencies listed above
    will place a freeze providing credit reports to potential creditors.

    After 10 business days from receiving your letter to place a freeze on your account, the credit
    reporting agencies will send you a confirmation letter containing a unique PIN (personal
    identification number) or password. Keep this PIN or password in a safe place.

    Can I open new credit accounts if my files are frozen?

    Yes. You can have a security freeze lifted for a temporary period of time or with a specific
    creditor. The steps to do so are as follows:

    • Contact the credit reporting agencies above by certified mail or by a toll-free phone
    number they are required by law to create.
    • You must provide proper identification;
    • You must provide your unique PIN or password; AND
    • To lift the freeze for a period of time, you must provide the time period your credit report
    will be accessible to third parties OR to lift for a specific creditor, you must indicate
    which creditor you will grant access to your credit files.

    How long does it take for a security freeze to be lifted?

    Credit bureaus must lift a freeze no later than three (3) business days from receiving your
    request.

    What will a creditor who requests my file see if it is frozen?

    A creditor will see a message or a code indicating the file is frozen.

    Can a creditor get my credit score if my file is frozen?

    No. A creditor who requests your file from one of the three credit bureaus will only get a
    message or a code indicating that the file is frozen.

    Can I order my own credit report if my file is frozen?

    Yes.

    Can anyone see my credit file if it is frozen?

    When you have a security freeze on your credit file, certain entities still have access to it. Your
    report can still be released to your existing creditors or to collection agencies acting on their own
    behalf. They can use it to review or collect on your account. Other creditors may also use your
    information to make offers of credit. Government agencies may also have access in response to
    a court or administrative order, a subpoena, or a search warrant.

    Do I have to freeze my file with all three credit bureaus?

    Yes. Different credit issuers may use different credit bureaus. If you want to stop your credit
    file from being viewed, you must freeze it with Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union.

    Will a freeze lower my credit score?

    No.

    Can an employer do a background check on my credit file?

    No. You would have to lift the freeze to allow a background check, just as you would to apply
    for credit. The process for lifting the freeze is described above.

    How long will a security freeze be in effect?

    A security freeze will end after 7 years from the date you placed it.

    Does freezing my file mean that I won’t receive pre-approved credit offers?

    No. You can stop the pre-approved credit offers by calling 888-5OPTOUT (888-567-8688). Or
    you can do this online at www.optoutprescreen.com. This will stop most of the offers, the ones
    that go through the credit bureaus. It’s good for five years or you can make it permanent.

    What law requires security freezes?

    The law on security freezes in Pennsylvania passed as Senate Bill 180.

    THIS FACT SHEET IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND SHOULD NOT BE
    CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE OR AS THE POLICY OF THE STATE OF
    PENNSYLVANIA. IF YOU WANT ADVICE ON A PARTICULAR CASE, YOU SHOULD
    CONSULT AN ATTORNEY OR OTHER EXPERT. THE FACT SHEET MAY BE COPIED,
    IF (1) THE MEANING OF THE COPIED TEXT IS NOT CHANGED OR
    MISREPRESENTED, (2) CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE OFFICE OF THE PENNSYLVANIA
    ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND (3) ALL COPIES ARE DISTRIBUTED FREE OF CHARGE.

    Note there are 4 more pages
    (including sample letters) in the PDF document that are not included here.


    ------
    This page updated 9/19/07 by
    JamesRobertIngram.com

    Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    G1, Some Mac Tutors

    About This Page

    • If you're new to computers, and you have a Macintosh and you live in the Williamsport area, the following people may be able to give you some "one on one" instruction.
    • Rates -- Rates will be generally between $25/hour, down to someone willing to help you as a volunteer. Expertise levels vary widely, but all these people are experienced Mac users, and can show a new Mac user some useful tips.
    Tutors

    Williamsport

    • George Cohen:
      On Jul 2, 2008, at 12:12 PM, george v cohen wrote:
      Jim - feel free to sign me up as a volunteer -
      329-3917. (Loyalsock area)
    • Matt Hoppes:
      tbd
      * {{{Need contact info}}}
    • Geoff Knauth:
      On Jul 2, 2008, at 3:43 PM, Geoff Knauth wrote:
      I would be willing to do this occasionally
      Home phone: 326-3822, email: geoff@knauth.org
    • Peg Lowmiller:
      246 Dusty Lane, Cogan Station 17728,   494-1194

    • Dan Mason:
      On Jul 2, 2008, at 8:57 AM, Dan Mason wrote:
      I'd be happy to help people trying to learn Macs.
      (Contact Jim Ingram for phone number.)
    • James Ingram:
      (Last resort) 322-7597. (Loyalsock area)
    • Leading Electronics Store:
      This is the authorized Apple dealer and repair station.
      Note rates are higher to cover business expenses, probably about $50/hour, plus $20 for local travel if person comes to your home.
      323-5095.
    Jersey Shore

    • Slater Harrison:
      On Jul 2, 2008, at 7:02 PM, Slater Harrison wrote:
      I could help people get started in video only. I’m a dummy about everything else—95% of the cpamu dialogue goes over my head.
      Some examples of the kind of videos I do: [examples]
      Phone 321-7468, e-mail sharrison@jsasd.k12.pa.us
    Hughesville
    • Gene Winter:
      On Jul 8, 2008, at 9:31 PM, Gene Winter wrote:
      I could give a hand at times I don't want to spend every day but I could give some help. I do not know if I know enough but I can try.
      * {{{Need contact info}}}
    Orangeville (North of Bloomsburg)
    • Craig Cirelli:
      On Jul 2, 2008, at 9:34 AM, Craig Cirelli wrote:
      My rate for basic in-home services (computer setup, email setup, basic tutorials on software) is $25 per hour. I do not charge mileage or travel time for anything within 1/2 or so from Bloomsburg (which covers Williamsport).
      570.204.9903

    Monday, October 19, 2009

    F4b ~~~~~notes - Mac Tutors

    THANKS to everyone who responded to the earlier July 2 "request for tutors" email.
    On Jul 2, 2008, at 12:14 AM, Ingram-Jim-Group-Mailings wrote:
    QUESTION: Are any of you in the Williamsport area available to be "tutors" to people who are new computer users, and have Macs ??
    This would usually involve going to the person's home. I'm guessing the pay rate would probably be somewhere between doing it as a volunteer and around $20 per hour (to be decided by mutual agreement).
    If so: Can you send me a contact phone number that can be put on a web page ? (preferable) --
    or alternately, send me an email address that you don't mind being listed on a web page (it should be different than your personal address, as Spammers can see it).
    (( Keep in mind a lot of people who need tutors, cannot get on the internet or even use their email, so in my opinion, a phone number is a whole lot more useful than an email address. ))

    Below is a compilation of the responses.

    • I will plan on adding this information to a new page on the Susquehanna SeniorNet blog web pages (assuming the SeniorNet governing council gives me permission to do so).

    • I think it's more appropriate to put this info on the SeniorNet site rather than the Cpamu site, because the "twenty-somethings" with new Macs usually have computer experience and can get themselves going. It's the "eighty-somethings" with new Macs who have never touched a computer, that might be more likely to use the tutors, and they seem to make contact with us via the SeniorNet registrar.

    • I don't know if we will actually use this information, but at least we now hopefully have "something in place" if the issue ever comes up again -- the situation of a frustrated Senior, attempting to get started using their Mac, and trying to find some help.

    Matt Hoppes - can you let me know if it is ok to list you, and if ok to use phone number.
    Peg Lowmiller - can you let me know if it is ok to list you, and if ok to use phone number.
    Dan Mason -- If you don't want your phone number listed, would you consider setting up a 2nd "public" Comcast email address, for listing on this web page ?? I don't mind giving your phone number as you requested, but I may not always be near the email, to answer in a timely manner.


    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Thanks. - Jim Ingram VMS/Land 570.322.7597
    Williamsport PA Macintosh G4/OS 10.4
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    :
    ==========end of email ========


    Responses

    [ List Leading Electronics, per 7/2 phone conversation ]

    On Jul 2, 2008, at 8:57 AM, Dan Mason wrote:

    Hi Jim,

    I'd be happy to help people trying to learn Macs, but I'd rather not have my number listed. Can I give you my number and you can tell them my number?

    Dan

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    On Jul 2, 2008, at 9:34 AM, Craig Cirelli wrote:
    [off-list reply]

    Hi Jim,

    My rate for basic in-home services (computer setup, email setup, basic tutorials on software) is $25 per hour. I do not charge mileage or travel time for anything within 1/2 or so from Bloomsburg (which covers Williamsport).

    Please feel free to put my name and phone number down, but not my email address (as you mentioned, a phone number will be more useful to these clients anyway).

    Craig S. Cirelli
    570.204.9903

    Thanks! Take care,
    craig

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    On Jul 2, 2008, at 12:12 PM, george v cohen wrote:

    Jim - feel free to sign me up as a volunteer - 570-329-3917. gvcohen@comcast.net. George


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    On Jul 2, 2008, at 3:43 PM, Geoff Knauth wrote:
    JIm,

    I would be willing to do this occasionally.

    You may list:

    email: geoff@knauth.org
    home phone: 570-326-3822

    Geoff

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    On Jul 2, 2008, at 7:02 PM, Slater Harrison wrote:

    Jim,



    I could help people get started in video only. I’m a dummy about everything else—95% of the cpamu dialogue goes over my head.

    Phone 321-7468

    e-mail sharrison@jsasd.k12.pa.us

    some examples of the kind of videos I do http://youtube.com/profile_videos?user=sciencetoymaker&p=r



    Slater

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    On Jul 8, 2008, at 9:31 PM, Gene Winter wrote:
    Jim:


    I could give a hand at times I don't wont to spend every day but I could give some help. I do not know if I know enough but I can try.

    Gene