AppleVan Communications
The Monthly Newsletter of AppleVan Association, Vancouver WA

Next Meeting Tuesday 18 January, 7:30 pm
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New Officers Elected

Kelli Pio was re-elected President at the November meeting, with Rory Bowman elected Vice President. Since no one stood for the offices of Secretary or Treasurer, these offices stand unfilled and (since the basic plan is to reorganize AppleVan) shall probably remain so.

Vote on Merger with PMUG this Month

Those who were at the November meeting know that elections for the new year were held, with a unanimous vote to have the newly-elected officers meet with the Portland Macintosh Users Group and discuss a possible merger, foregoing a December meeting for Kelli and Rory to discuss this with the officers of PMUG.
Everyone should have received at least two issues of the PMUG newsletter "Mouse Tracks" by now, and had a chance to review the many events PMUG offers. At their December meeting, PMUG's officers discussed AppleVan's proposal and graciously agreed to our proposal, as detailed to the right.
Given the importance of this vote, a postcard went out with the physical newsletter for those eligible to vote, whether they can attend the January meeting or not. Please mail it if you cannot attend the meeting and/or would like to receive a written record of results.

A roll-call vote shall be taken at the January meeting, with results (including postcard votes received before January 23) tallied and posted at the AppleVan web site (http://macrory.com/applevan/vote.html

AppleVan Reorganization

The proposal to be voted on at the January meeting shall include several key points, among these being

The PMUG Proposal

PMUG benefits are listed below newsletter and shall be discussed in detail at the January meeting.

Perusing the Portals

It's been said that "the internet is the world's biggest library - only all the books are on the floor." Although this is less true as time goes on, it can still be difficult to find everything one is looking for, even with Sherlock. Hoping to step into this space (and make a buck) are the so-called internet "portals" such as MSN.com, Yahoo, Netscape, AOL, Excite, Alta Vista, GoTo.Com and the Go Network.

The idea behind a portal is to collect information so that users come back to a site over and over again, making it their "jumping-off point" to everything else (viewing ads and being guided toward the portal's partners and products). To this end, most portals offer such things as a personalized "start page," chat "communities," free email and more to lure people back. If you read your email and keep your schedule on Yahoo, they can make more money based on your "page views."

Like a newspaper or favorite cafe, portals would like to be the place you start your day, reading their news, viewing their search results and buying from their advertisers. Some corporations use portals to coordinate many employees, since having schedules, email and other projects available through web pages can cut down on software and support costs appreciably. This article lists some of the main portals, with the services they offered as of January 2000.

Portal

Start Page

Web Email

Other Email

Fax

Voice Mail

Planner

Online Storage

Web Page

Clubs Chat

Games

Messaging

altavista.com

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

aol.com

Y

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Y

deja.com

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

Y

excite.com

my.excite.com

inbox.excite.com

Y

Y

Y

planner.excite.com

 

 

Y

Y

 

go.com

mypage.go.com

mail.go.com

Y

 

 

organizer.go.com

 

Y

Y

Y

 

msn.com

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

netscape.com

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

yahoo.com

my.yahoo.com

mail.yahoo.com

Y

Y

 

calendar.yahoo.com

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

imacfloppy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

freedrive.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

Almost all portals require you to register, providing some basic (and largely unverifiable) demographic information about yourself. This can make it easier for people to find you, if you want finding, but is mainly for marketing and personalization, so always choose carefully what you disclose.

Portals offer a variety of services, including

AppleVan Reorganization

The AppleVan bylaws shall be amended to read as follows.

Purpose

AppleVan is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to education, support and advocacy for the use of Apple and Macintosh OS computers in Clark County Washington. Toward that end we maintain a post office box, internet web site and communications with other groups, funded entirely by voluntary donations. We encourage people to be active in the Portland Macintosh Users Group and advertise our events in the PMUG newsletter.

Organization

We have at least one monthly event or meeting open to all, free of charge and do what we can to encourage the pleasure and value of Apple and Mac computing in Clark County. We elect two or more officers each November as we see fit, to handle group logistics and coordination. Officers serve terms of one year each, and are encouraged to stay on for at least two years, so as to encourage group continuity.

Transparency

All financial records of the group (income and outgo) are posted to its web site and AppleVan may be disbanded at any time by decision of current officers or by a vote of those present at the November election meeting.

PMUG Benefits

Good Apples (Officers and Such)

President Kelli Pio, 574-8433, [email protected]
Vice President Rory Bowman, (206) 664-6140, [email protected]
Treasurer
Secretary

Librarians (Apple II & Mac)

Mac Librarian Andy Anderson, 254-7167
Apple IIgs 3.5" Jack Hochhaus, [email protected]
Apple IIgs 5.25" Rob Starr, [email protected]

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