The President's Message

September 2009

Rick Curry

This September, the annual coastal cleanup day will coincide with Rosh Hashanah, and Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th. If you have a favorite Ventura County beach, this is an opportunity to contribute to the community commons.

Thanks to Orv Beach for his presentation of Linux. I have been using Linux as my preferred workstation for nearly three years, and there were still a few surprises for me in Orv’s talk. I was certainly surprised to find out that Clam Antivirus for Linux exists exclusively to prevent Windows viruses from passing through a Linux machine. One of my favorite features that Orv did not have time to get to is multiple desktops: If you have too many open programs cluttering up your desktop, you can shift to a different desktop. Ubuntu Linux comes preset with four, and it is easily changed to provide more.

For those interested in learning more about "Cloud Computing & SaaS (Software as a Service)," we have posted a link on our club calendar to an IEEE lecture on how to do cloud computing correctly titled "No Silver Bullet III - Software Engineering for the Cloud." This lecture will probably have already happened by the time you get your newsletter. I post late-breaking items like this on our club calendar, and now also in our CIPCUG Google group.

And yes, that means that we are beginning our experimental use of a Google group for our club. You do not require a Google sign-in ID to use this group, but there are many more features available if you do have a Google ID. You can get this for free, similarly to the way you can get a Yahoo account. If you already have a Google e-mail address, that will work fine. Simply visit and you will be given the option to sign in to Google groups, or to sign in and apply for membership. You only need to apply for membership the first time you visit. I will approve any CIPCUG member within 24 hours. This inconvenience is in order to prevent most spam from getting to our group.

If you choose to not get a Google ID, you can still join the group by sending an email to from the e-mail account that you would like to receive the group messages.

Either way, please make sure that your name appears in your request so that I know who is asking for membership.

I have created three discussions so far: "Announcements" (for club events), "Computer deals", and "Question and Answer suggestions."

If you have a message that you would like to add to one of these discussions, you "reply" to the discussion. There are a couple of ways to do this. You can use the Web page I listed above, or you can send an e-mail to with one of the three discussions I have created as the subject. I want this group to be as useful as possible for all participants, so I will be quite rigid about insisting that any posting be on-topic and be one of the three discussions listed.

By default, Google will send you an e-mail every time a message is posted to one of these discussions. By following the "For more options" link found at the bottom of every e-mail message the CIPCUG group sends, you can easily change this. You can reply to one of these e-mail messages to add your own posting. Happy computing!