The President's Message

FEBRUARY 2005

David Harris



I have just returned from the APCUG Annual Conference and would like to give a summary of the week. First, I want to tell you all how proud I was to accept First Place for Large Group Web page for our club. I know the time and effort that Toby and Helen put in to offer you this excellent site. Let us all thank them personally.

I started at 6 a.m. Monday morning driving in a heavy rainstorm from Camarillo to Barstow, arriving at noon at the Stardust Hotel conference headquarters. From 1 until 3 p.m., we had a welcome reception with a presentation of the Jerry awards by Yvette Marrin of the National Cristina Foundation. This foundation provides computer technology and solutions to give people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives. The Jerry awards went to the user groups that did the most in the way of charity for the computer community. One group rebuilt 1,200 computers for underprivileged children, another collected cellphones for abandoned and battered women. It was gratifying to learn that so many user groups had the volunteer help to do this work. Maybe we should get involved! Any volunteers?

That afternoon, I attended a presentation on Cybercrime, which I will present for our club, then the annual Chip and Dip Social, which ended at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday was a full day: a breakfast sponsored by AMD, which gave a presentation, then a roundtable discussion on Injecting Youth into Your Group, followed by a session on Home Network Security. CompUSA sponsored lunch with a presentation. The afternoon sessions I attended were Entertainment Download Age and then Recruiting and Retaining Members, followed by a dinner reception by Adobe and its presentation. After dinner, I attended a reception for the friends of APCUG, a private affair for those who donated to APCUG. This ended at 10 p.m.

Wednesday was another full day, breakfast and presentation by Smart Computing, Convergence of Technology and Effective PowerPoint roundtable meetings. Intel provided lunch and an excellent presentation. A Leadership and Communication session started the afternoon off followed by the Vendors Faire.

We were finished at 7 p.m. with nothing to do till 7 a.m. breakfast on Thursday. Corel sponsored the breakfast followed by a Vendors Forum. We then had the Advisors Game Show, APCUG's annual meeting, lunch and presentation by Mindshare. At 1:30 p.m., we were finished. I had not left the hotel since arriving.

I then visited CES for a few hours and the next morning, while it was snowing in Vegas, I drove home with the pass opened to one lane and then snow again in Palmdale. I have to say it was an interesting few days, but I was worn out and glad to be home.

Next year, hopefully another board member will attend this event and report on their findings. All the details are listed at www.apcug.net under conference.