Minutes of the February 2007 General Meeting

(Victoria Associations Incorporation Act 1981(as at 01 July 1998) Registered No. A 13467)


Postal Address: PO Box 466, ELSTERNWICK VIC 3185






As per Attendance Book.

Apologies were received.

The President, Mark Miller, welcomed everyone attending, requested them to ensure that they had registered on the Attendance sheet, and opened the December 2006 General Meeting at 7.00 pm.

He then suspended the meeting for 30 Minutes for a “Get-together” and refreshment.

He resumed the meeting at 7.30 pm

Minutes of Previous Meeting (December 2006):
The Minutes of the previous General Meeting held on the 4th. December 2006 as circulated in “Vicaug News” – (weblog – aka “blog”) and as emailed to members were received, adopted and approved. There was no business from the Minutes of the previous Meeting.

The President’s Opening Address (the Prez Sez):
The President in his opening address, welcomed all in attendance to this our first meeting for 2007.

He advised that:
– Peter Coburn was unable to attend to give his “Struct-Plus” presentation but will present it at the next meeting (April 2007);
– we have several excellent presentations this evening in which:
—- Peter Godfrey will:
——- continue his series on and to further demonstrate the “Dynamic Blocks” feature in “AutoCAD 2008”; and
——- in conjunction with Zoltan Toth, will demonstrate the “Bit Torrent” web-based facility.
— Zoltan Toth will demonstrate:
——- the uses and features of “virtual machines” in which a number of real computers are emulated; and
——- driver recovery and re-installation of them after re-installation of OS (in this case, XP)

Keeping up to date with VICAUG news and any other matters:
The President advised that members should regularly “log on” to the VICAUG Weblog (“blog”) site at https://vicaug.wordpress.com and VICAUG’s web page at http://www.dbm.com.au/vicaug – both of which are (to be) regularly updated – to keep themselves aware of items of interest.

AutoCAD “Dynamic Blocks”: by Peter Godfrey, Vice President of Vicaug Inc.
Peter continued his series of presentations of the “Dynamic Blocks” features, their use, applications and advantages.

Peter conducted a very much appreciated “question and answer” session as required – to the satisfaction of all in attendance.

“Bit Torrent”:
Peter Godfrey and Zoltan Toth gave an excellent joint presentation on the uses and features of the web-based peer-to-peer (P2P) world-wide “Bit Torrent” application.

This was very much appreciated by all in attendance as many had heard of it but had neither seen it in operation nor tried it for themselves.

“Virtual Machines”:
Zoltan Toth demonstrated the uses, set-up and features of “virtual machines” in which a number of real computers are emulated in that they (electronically) “reside” or “exist” within a “real” computer but can be “run” as separate computers.

Driver recovery and re-installation of them after re-installation of OS (in this case, XP):
Zoltan Toth demonstrated and discussed the retrieval of drivers and then the re-installation of them in a computer which had to have the Operating System re-installed. In this case it was XP but the procedures apply equally to W2K as well.

Zoltan searched the net for the required “free” (of course) software to retrieve the drivers that were not on the OS (XP) CD that he had. These drivers included but were nor limited to: main board; sound card; graphics card; CD/DVD drive/s and others.

Once the hard drive had been re-formatted and the OS (re)installed, all of the drivers that were retrieved were reinstalled and al of the equipment that required these drivers was run and checked fore operation – all was satisfactory.

The method used (somewhat) negated the need for the CD’s (missing/lost) on which the original drivers were provided.

Zoltan ran and compared the performance of several downloaded utilities and ranked them and used the one that the job best.

This method has huge advantages over any other method – particularly when the Computer was a “freebie” with XP installed but no CD’s etc.

The whole process was completed in a fraction of the time normally required and without any of the usual “drama”, angst” or “hang-ups”. Plus all of the drivers were retained and consolidated on a CD for future use and reference.

Further, this method is a very easy way of copying all drivers when a driver is installed or updated.

All presentations had adequate and excellent discussion sessions.

Reporting on Technical Aspects relating to Technical Aspects of Presentations Etc:
These minutes are of a general(ised) and “précis” nature only.

A more focussed, technical and topic-specific report by “others/another” will appear in the VICAUG Weblog (i.e. “blog”) – which is published on a “continuing/ongoing” basis at: https://vicaug.wordpress.com

The “blog” report/s will also include all links relating to the subject matter of these Minutes.

“Thank You’s”:
The President thanked the presenters for their excellent presentations. He also thanked members who had attended and participated in the presentations.

Next Meeting:
The next General meeting is intended to be held on Monday 2nd. April 2007 at this venue i.e. RMIT Building 94, 5th. Floor at 23-27 Cardigan Street, CARLTON – commencing at 6.30 pm.

There being no further business, the President thanked all for attending, and closed the meeting at 9.30 pm.

Secretary and Public Officer.


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