The President's Message

December 2014

by Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo, President

Established 1987

"Promoting the Harmony of Computer Education, and Camaraderie"

(Immediate Past President James Brown is substituting for President Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo this month. — Editor)

Well it finally happened. My 7-year-old computer, which has been flawless, was finally infected with all kinds of malware, Trojans and what have you a few weeks ago. I went out of boredom to what should have been a secure site — MS Safety Scanner. When the install came, so did a number of other sites, which I swear self-installed. I took the computer to Ventura County Computers, and it was decided that we would upgrade to Windows 7 and install a solid state drive (SSD).

The next day when I was picking up the renewed computer I could not help but notice that there were many people coming in with all kinds of similar malware issues. These people were real estate agents and home construction people who rely on their computers for their livelihoods. So to paraphrase the old police TV show, “It’s a jungle out there. Be careful.” So wouldn’t you know it — last night I went to MS Fix-It Center, and again the malware was installing on my computer. Now, after numerous scans and uninstalls I believe all is right with the world. Go to a site only if you really need to.

I was observing people the other day, and two things were very evident: (1) Most people are severely overweight. This is a whole other discussion. (2) Most people — young and old — are on their handheld devices even if they are sitting at a table with someone else and having dinner. This reminded me of something I heard a long time ago: “At one time the railroads were the ultimate business. They should have been able to get in the airline business, but they saw themselves only as the railroad business. So I’m thinking that our club should be thinking about handheld devices. The migration of applications from computers to phones and pads has already begun. We ought to start thinking about this now — if only on a quarterly basis to have someone from Apple or Android-based devices show us all the things we can do with these devices. I am amazed at the flexibility of the iPhone and thus my Mini iPad. These devices have a lot of capabilities. I believe the inclusion of this type of information would expand our membership base.

Finally, November and December are months of holidays and celebration. Let’s stop for a moment and think about what these holidays are really about. So with these thoughts I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year. Last month, I gave some ideas about club-related gifts. Consider a computer upgrade or accessory. My SSD and internal hard drive for back-ups is a big improvement.

See you on the third weekend in December, Dec. 20. I understand we will have a Christmas cake. Coffee is your responsibility. We will have a plentiful raffle.

Jim Brown, DC, CAN

Happy computing!