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Meeting Agenda For December 2015

December 1 - Computer TV

Conrad Lalicker says, “You’ve probably been reading about Streaming TV on your computer as an alternative to cable or satellite.”

Here’s his approach in his words:

You can pick up Streaming TV devices (Roku, etc) -$40+- that allow you to get some tv programming from your computer and play it on your tv. Some charge a monthly fee for the service.

I chose to use an old computer to get the programming for free. This also has been written about in the newspapers.

Look at the connections on the back of your tv. I have a 5 year old LG with HDMI, VGA, RCA, Mini headphone jacks, etc.

See if you have matching jacks on a computer that you can mount near enough to the tv to run the cables.

a. If you have HDMI connection on the computer, it can be used to connect both video and sound.

b. My old computer had VGA for video, RCA for sound (requires 3 color coded cables), and Mini (1 cord for sound).

  MODEM -  You can run a Cat5 cable from the internet modem to the computer, or:
I used a USB Dongle on the computer to connect my wireless modem, which was in another room from the tv.

KEYBOARD / MOUSE -  You can run a wired keyboard and mouse to the computer, but that leaves a messy cable.
            I got a wireless keyboard with a touchpad ($40+) as a neater solution.  It came with a wireless network receiver that plugged into a USB port on the computer. Fry’s also has a wireless keyboard with a trackball.
Switch the tv mode to RGB-PC and your tv becomes a computer monitor. Switch back to HDMI to watch tv via cable.

Now watch TV:

Go to Google and find the channels you want to watch.  Test to see how they operate. Some give short clips, some full programs and/or movies. Save them to your Favorites. Some show previous season shows. 

Netflix ($7.99/month) and Hulu ($7.99 or $11.99 for commercial free) both have current and previous series  and movies.

Amazon Prime Members have access to free movies and TV.

You will see this as Conrad explains how you can do it too!

December 8 - Dining with TUGNET

Our dining Tugnetters have enjoyed dining at Two Guys from Italy. So, for our last dining event of 2015, we'll return to Two Guys. While the focus is, of course, on Italian food, one can find a number of other dishes to satisfy one's taste.

I hope, if you haven’t been attending our dinners together, you will try to come this time. This restaurant is in the same building complex as our meeting room on San Fernando Mission Blvd.

The special fund-raising offer is good all day so if you prefer lunch, just be sure to tell them you are part of TUGNET.

Most diners prefer to arrive during the 5:30 - 6:30 time period so that's when you'll find the largest number of members conversing and enjoying themselves. Once again, we will have the new dining area on the left as you enter the main dining room. The manager is very generous, donating 20% of the meal proceeds.

Hope you will join us!

Put this on your calendar. Okay?

Our dining fund-raiser will be all day with the most folks dinning between 5:30 to 6:30 time period. Flyers will be available.

It is important to have a copy of the appropriate flyer for these occasions. It is always available, even if you are not’t able to get to a meeting to pick it up. Please ask for it, either by e-mail or a phone call. The e-mail addresses and phone numbers of board members are on page 2 of the newsletter, so take advantage of that and ask for a flyer when you think you’ll be able to join us.

If you have a favorite restaurant you’d like to have included in these plans, let Jefferson Kent know about it. His contact info is on page 3. He is happy to work with any location which welcomes groups. By the way, it is surprising how many restaurants are glad to participate in this sharing program. After all, this brings them customers who otherwise wouldn’t be there!

December 15 - Holiday Party-Time

At this time of year, everyone has ideas of gifts they’d like to receive – or maybe would just like to have regardless of the holidays.

Please think about your favorite - “If you had your druthers, you’d like. . .” We hope everyone will talk about their favorites or what they see that they like. Or, mention what you think is utterly ridiculous.

What did you think of the “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” offerings in any category?

Sometimes we have a surprise as well as some members going home with some very nice goodies!

Along with holiday-centric refreshments, we will be wishing each other a truly Happy Holiday Season.


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