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Edgewise Sneakin g a fe w word s in . . . some formatted blank disks to put them on, you can walk away from a user group If you started reading from the meeting with some very handy programs, front of the magazine, you've no­ and you'll know that others have already ticed a new column, YOU-ser tested them. Groups. Ignore my penchant for Unfortunately, just as some did with punning and say this title while Halloween candy, people are leaving nasty looking at the words. It sounds like stuff on bulletin boards. Programs with user groups, but it looks like you. "worms " that gradually destroy all the That's deliberate, because user other programs on your disk or "time groups can be something the seem­ bombs" that go off months after you've ingly ever-present they participate downloaded them are known. Naturally, in, but in order to do you any these fun-loving "pranksters" give their real good, you have to be active. programs innocuous names and change the For example, the Columbus IBM PC names often, so listing them is not much user group had an 1½ hour demonstration help. of the new Amiga computer and an Many groups have traditional libraries, equally in-depth demonstration of Enable too, so you have yet a another source for software at its last two meetings. Enable is borrowing some of those "how-to-use- a menu-driven integrated software package XYZ" computer books. (a Lotus-like spreadsheet, word processing, You will also meet other micro users graphics, database management, and tele­ in your area. Although there may be few communications software) that has librarians in the group, you can get a lot of received very good reviews. The vendor hand-holding on the use of spreadsheets or offered the group a 50% discount, good creating batch files or, in general, things for one month. For those who don't al­ that a lot of nonlibrary microcomputer ready have a heavy investment in other users do. software, that's a discount that could make In addition to the groups organized the difference between choosing among a around a particular computer, there are spreadsheet, word processor, or database some software user groups—Lotus (1-2-3, manager and having the cake and eating it Symphony, and Jazz) has a national group too. as well as local groups. If you're getting started in a particular application, a local Although the discount was offered to all the group members, only those who contact you can call without incurring long distance charges can be a godsend, were at the meetings had the "hands on" even (or maybe especially) if she's a CPA. opportunity to try out the software and to see the Amiga. To make it easier for you to locate such groups, and give you some ideas that Naturally, such savings don't come your groups can implement, the YOU-ser along all the time, but a registered IBM user group (i.e., one that has gone through Group column will be a place for news IBM's official route of having bylaws, elec­ and contact information (addresses, meet­ tions, etc., and registering with IBM) does ing dates, etc.) from the groups. But re­ get support from IBM that includes Ex­ member, for many of you, they will always be in some other town doing some other change, the national user group newsletter things. It's up to you to make a user group (which carries articles and tips from user truly yours and to share with others what groups around the country, plus some from IBM), and access to the PC User you're learning about microcomputing. Group Bulletin Board. This board offers If you started reading from the back user groups an easy means of communicat­ (something I d o with Newsweek and the ing with one another. local newspaper—that's where the comics Speaking of bulletin boards, many lo­ are), welcome. Now that you have some cal groups (IBM, Apple, TRS, et al.) set up idea how helpful they can be when you libraries of programs downloaded from are one of them, I hope you'll participate bulletin boards. So, even if you don't have in a microcomputer user group in your a modem to access the boards we told you area or special interest or both! about in our Sept. issue, for the price of 32 OCLC Micro Vol. 1, No. 5 Nov. 1985 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png OCLC Micro Emerald Publishing

Edgewise

OCLC Micro , Volume 1 (5): 1 – May 1, 1985

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Abstract

Sneakin g a fe w word s in . . . some formatted blank disks to put them on, you can walk away from a user group If you started reading from the meeting with some very handy programs, front of the magazine, you've no­ and you'll know that others have already ticed a new column, YOU-ser tested them. Groups. Ignore my penchant for Unfortunately, just as some did with punning and say this title while Halloween candy, people are leaving nasty looking at the words. It sounds like stuff on bulletin boards. Programs with user groups, but it looks like you. "worms " that gradually destroy all the That's deliberate, because user other programs on your disk or "time groups can be something the seem­ bombs" that go off months after you've ingly ever-present they participate downloaded them are known. Naturally, in, but in order to do you any these fun-loving "pranksters" give their real good, you have to be active. programs innocuous names and change the For example, the Columbus IBM PC names often, so listing them is not much user group had an 1½ hour demonstration help. of the new Amiga computer and an Many groups have traditional libraries, equally in-depth demonstration of Enable too, so you have yet a another source for software at its last two meetings. Enable is borrowing some of those "how-to-use- a menu-driven integrated software package XYZ" computer books. (a Lotus-like spreadsheet, word processing, You will also meet other micro users graphics, database management, and tele­ in your area. Although there may be few communications software) that has librarians in the group, you can get a lot of received very good reviews. The vendor hand-holding on the use of spreadsheets or offered the group a 50% discount, good creating batch files or, in general, things for one month. For those who don't al­ that a lot of nonlibrary microcomputer ready have a heavy investment in other users do. software, that's a discount that could make In addition to the groups organized the difference between choosing among a around a particular computer, there are spreadsheet, word processor, or database some software user groups—Lotus (1-2-3, manager and having the cake and eating it Symphony, and Jazz) has a national group too. as well as local groups. If you're getting started in a particular application, a local Although the discount was offered to all the group members, only those who contact you can call without incurring long distance charges can be a godsend, were at the meetings had the "hands on" even (or maybe especially) if she's a CPA. opportunity to try out the software and to see the Amiga. To make it easier for you to locate such groups, and give you some ideas that Naturally, such savings don't come your groups can implement, the YOU-ser along all the time, but a registered IBM user group (i.e., one that has gone through Group column will be a place for news IBM's official route of having bylaws, elec­ and contact information (addresses, meet­ tions, etc., and registering with IBM) does ing dates, etc.) from the groups. But re­ get support from IBM that includes Ex­ member, for many of you, they will always be in some other town doing some other change, the national user group newsletter things. It's up to you to make a user group (which carries articles and tips from user truly yours and to share with others what groups around the country, plus some from IBM), and access to the PC User you're learning about microcomputing. Group Bulletin Board. This board offers If you started reading from the back user groups an easy means of communicat­ (something I d o with Newsweek and the ing with one another. local newspaper—that's where the comics Speaking of bulletin boards, many lo­ are), welcome. Now that you have some cal groups (IBM, Apple, TRS, et al.) set up idea how helpful they can be when you libraries of programs downloaded from are one of them, I hope you'll participate bulletin boards. So, even if you don't have in a microcomputer user group in your a modem to access the boards we told you area or special interest or both! about in our Sept. issue, for the price of 32 OCLC Micro Vol. 1, No. 5 Nov. 1985

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