The President's Message

May 2018

by Lisa Toth, Acting President

Established 1987

It's that time of the month again. Time to write the command.com! So here we go. As I'm writing this, we are into May gray. Today the clouds look a bit like rain clouds, but I don't believe it. By the time you get this we will be approaching June gloom. Almost half of 2018 has already gone by.

April's program was presented by Detective Tim Lohman. He had a lot of information about scams he has dealt with in his career. Cautionary tales about victims who had fallen for scams. John will have more on his presentation later in the newsletter. It was a great presentation.

On another note, those who follow us on Facebook or listen to our weekly radio show know of my adventures with my Asus transformer. Shortly before the April meeting I fixed it by having it sail over my shoulder and crash into the floor. I was sitting in my favorite chair with one of my cats on my lap. Could have been Zeezee or Lukey. Whoever it was, the cat sat up to get down and so startled me that I didn't get a good grip on the computer. I reached after it and almost got one hand on it, but no luck. I was devastated for a moment. I got up hoping I would get lucky and find it no worse for wear. No such luck. The screen was cracked from one corner and the case was loose enough I could see inside. I decided it was electronic waste and told Andy as much. I also told him I was going to find another tablet.

I looked around (on line). I decided to get a Kindle fire. Instead of $400. the Asus had cost, it was a bit over $100. after taxes. (Toby, the Asus 2 in ones are more than they were when you bought yours.)

I had it for a couple of days, and it was doing funny things like the screen shimmering or sometimes flashing. I decided I wasn't going to try to make it work so I took it back and exchanged it. It's not as powerful as the Asus, but it weighs a lot less and does what I need it to do so I like it. Don't read this next part, Andy. One bad thing is that, because it is an Amazon device, I am signed into the store most of the time. It's way too easy to buy things.

Andy recently decided to charge the Asus and see if he can use it. Good luck, Andy. I am sure I just got a lemon and most people would not have the problems I did. I should have called support, but I didn't want to sit on the phone for hours and hours to try to fix it. I am impatient that way so my loss.

Anyway, enough of my woes. June is club elections and ends the year for CIPCUG. All the executive positions are open. including president. I urge you to participate by opting to run for one of the positions. President anyone? Unlike China, we can't have a forever president.

Until the May meeting.

    Lisa Toth

    Acting President