VP Tom Goldsworthy called the September meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. and introduced first time visitors Peggy, Mary Russell, Sharon, and Eleanor Friedman.

Tom thanked Jim Kaehler for the refreshment set-up. Refreshments were provided by Rose Terenzi, Nancy Sjoberg, Mike Carlton and Jim Kaehler.

More men were encouraged to volunteer to bring desserts in the future.

Mary Walston will send another greeting card to Gail Benton, to let her know we are thinking of her.

Bob Capellini announced that he is on the IMac committee, and the new computer lab in the Green Room will have both Mac and Windows operating systems. On Oct. 8 from 12:30 – 3:30 a workshop will be held to learn how to install Windows on a Mac computer.

Tom announced that Bill Doyle is now the official photographer and scheduler of others to take photos of SNUG meetings and activities.

David Henry reminded attendees of the Sept. 14 OLLI Open House to be held at Centro Asturiano on Nebraska Avenue in YborCity. These events are extremely important in the marketing of the OLLI courses. An OLLI Kiosk informational presentation has been designed to use at functions and was on display at the SNUG meeting.

Next month’s (Oct. 8) program will include a Q&A session. Attendees were encouraged to send questions in advance to David Henry, who will chair the meeting. David’s phone # is 926-7560.

A SNUG executive meeting will be held after today’s regular meeting.

Cecilia Vance asked for more volunteers to coach for the Computer I with Vista classes.

The OLLI website at www.OLLILIFEUSF.org has a link to the new online OLLI calendar.

Marilyn Bartholomew conducted the 50/50 drawing, and $18 was won by Ruby Nelson. As is her practice, her prize was donated back to the SNUG treasury.

Trev Wunderlin announced that the Genealogy Special Interest Group meets on the third Friday each month at the LakeMagdaleneUnitedMethodistChurch. The Florida seminar of the FGS Tampa will be held October 18 at USF’s MarshallCenter. You can access a seminar registration form at www.FGSTampa.org.

Program Chair Sherry Foecking introduced the speaker, Parker Monroe, webmaster of the Greater Tampa Bay PC Users Group. Parker spoke at length on “What to look for when shopping for a new computer.”

Such topics as whether or not your old computer can be upgraded to the new WIN7 OS – XP is highly unlikely to be upgradeable.

Laptop or a desktop? Laptops have overcome desktops in sales now due to their portability. But some have difficulty with the laptop keyboard and touchpad.

Perhaps the most important feature of a laptop is the size of the memory. From 3 GB – 4GB is recommended for faster computing. A hard drive of 250 GB or more will likely come on the newer laptops. Large screens weigh a lot more and are less desirable than smaller, lighter screens for portability.

The newer and very popular “netbooks” are very convenient for surfing the web and doing e-mails, but the earlier models did not come with DVD/CD drives; however, the newest ones often come equipped.

Speed of the CPU is a most important consideration. Parker recommends the Intel I3, I5 or I7 dual core CPU which is adequate for most users, unless you’re into gaming.

Another consideration, especially for a desktop, is the size of monitor. Which version of WIN 7 to choose and upgradeability to WIN 7 of older computers is an issue. Microsoft has a test at its web site for older computers.

Advantages of a 64-bit vs. 32-bit OS were discussed. The fact that some older software will not work in the 64-bit systems is a major factor for some.

After a brief Q&A period, the meeting was adjourned at 3 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Donna Gilbert