Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CGSSD Meeting on Saturday, 16 October

This was received from Linda Hervig of CGSSD:

The next meeting of the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD) is Saturday, October 16, 2010.

PARKING NOTICE: Parking will be free. The previously announced charge for parking has been postponed until January 2011.

CGSSD hosts the annual mini-fair at this meeting. User groups will not meet. The schedule for the meeting is as follows:

9:00 - Session 1. “A Journey to Citizenship" by Aidan Barrett. Aidan was born in Ireland but moved to South Africa in 1966 at age 22. He moved to San Diego in 1986, where he has his own insurance brokerage business. He became a U.S. citizen in 1995. Since then he has given this speech to various groups include Rotary, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Navy, and was the keynote speaker at a swearing in ceremony of about 1200 new citizens and their families.

10:15 - Break, refreshments.

10:35 - Session 2. Choice of two classes:

A: “PC Computer Security--So What’s Changed?” by Gene Powell. Security considerations will be reviewed with some emphasis on the latest version of MS Windows 7. He will discuss the User Access Control and how that is supposed to make you more secure, and give an update on Antivirus software suites and how they are evolving. He will also address how software updates affect security and problems associated with working in the cloud with special emphasis on hazards in social networking sites such as YouTtube and Facebook.

Gene is a retired naval officer with many years of computer and photographic experience. He is currently retired and describes himself as a "Senior Computer Geek," spending time building and repairing desktop computers. He also reviews and tests various new software offerings for compatibility with different operating systems. He currently has software running on Windows 7 X64, Windows 7 X32, and Windows XP home on a dual Pentium PC desktop computer. He has presented programs to CGSSD on the subject of digital imaging and has run hands-on sessions with flatbed and slide scanners. He has also presented a program on computer security. He is a member of the Legacy users group and is webmaster for the website. He also provides photographs for the COMPUGEN.

B: “An Overview of and Other Tools For Stimulating Your Family’s Interest in Genealogy” (also known as “How to get rid of those Glazed Over Eyes!”) by Del Ritchhart. Del created a family tree on After seeded the tree with about 250 people he then began inviting various relatives to join and contribute. Today he has about 650 people on the tree, almost all of whom have been added by other family members, many of whom he did not know existed, and have been invited to join through a chain of “cousin” contacts. In addition to discussing several other tools; Del will be talking about and showing examples of great “supplemental gifts” that he has been giving to his grandchildren for special events to stimulate their interest in family history.

Del is currently the president of CGSSD and has spoken to us about making DVDs, and Planning Trips to Salt Lake FHL and Allen County Public Library; he also has addressed the Family Tree Maker User’s Group and the Special Interest Group. He is a retired Naval Aviator and retired executive with Lockheed Martin Corporation.

We meet at the Robinson Auditorium complex on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus in La Jolla. From North Torrey Pine Road turn at Pangea Drive into UCSD. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the left; use any A, B, or S space. Signs will mark directions to our meeting room. Please refer to our website; or the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies website for driving directions and a map.

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