The Monthly Newsletter of AppleVan Association, Vancouver WA
Next Meeting Tuesday 18 January, 7:30 pm
Phone Kelli or Go to Main Page for Directions
New Officers Elected
was re-elected President at the November meeting, with Rory
Bowman elected Vice President. Since no one stood for the
of Secretary or Treasurer, these offices stand unfilled and (since the
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
held, with a unanimous vote to have the newly-elected officers meet with
Portland Macintosh Users Group and discuss a possible merger, foregoing a
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
offers. At their December meeting, PMUG's officers discussed AppleVan's
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
or not. Please mail it if you cannot attend the meeting and/or would like
receive a written record of results.
A roll-call vote shall be taken at the January meeting, with results
postcard votes received before January 23) tallied and posted at the
The proposal to be voted on at the January meeting shall include several
points, among these being
- A new charter which shall change the focus of AppleVan to
education and advocacy rather than simple support, with a much leaner
- Elimination of member dues and physical newsletter
- Disbursement of treasury and library.
The PMUG Proposal
PMUG benefits are listed below newsletter and shall be discussed in detail
at the January meeting.
- As provided for in AppleVan's current bylaws, $800
treasury turned over to PMUG.
- PMUG to grant full membership priveleges to all AppleVan
members through the year 2000. (Approximately 30 at $42 each).
- AppleVan events to be listed in the PMUG newsletter
- AppleVan folk to submit articles to the PMUG newsletter
from time to time as desired.
- At the end of 2000, AppleVan members shall decide whether
to continue as PMUG members at regular rates or not.
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.
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
- Web-based email and a stable email
can be very useful for travelers or those who don't have a stable
portals even let you configure web email to read "regular" email
to five outside accounts. One can't store huge amounts of email on these
for free, and usually a small ad for the portal or something else is
the end of all email you send.
- Custom start pages, rather like a
allowing you to follow such things as the weather, a horoscope or sports
that interest you.
- Free web pages, so you can publish your
interests, including photo albums for family, friends and curious
- Online storage space, for storing small
- Planners, calendars or address books,
allow you to publish your schedule to others or have yourself paged to
- Online "chat," including
check and see when others are online so that you can type back and forth
them, or even play games.
- Free incoming faxes or voicemail (as
attachments): a great tool for travelers or students.
The AppleVan bylaws shall be amended to read as follows.
AppleVan is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to education,
and advocacy for the use of Apple and Macintosh OS computers in Clark
Washington. Toward that end we maintain a post office box, internet web
communications with other groups, funded entirely by voluntary donations.
encourage people to be active in the Portland Macintosh Users Group and
our events in the PMUG newsletter.
We have at least one monthly event or meeting open to all, free of charge
what we can to encourage the pleasure and value of Apple and Mac computing
Clark County. We elect two or more officers each November as we see fit,
group logistics and coordination. Officers serve terms of one year each,
encouraged to stay on for at least two years, so as to encourage group
All financial records of the group (income and outgo) are posted to its
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.
- Monthly PMUG Journal "Mouse Tracks"
- Tuesday night Clinics at Galleria Office
- PMUG Store and other Member Discounts
- Free "PMUG College" classes in Mac Basics
- Optional "Electric Sheep" BBS ($18/year)
- Optional "Disk-of-the-Month" Club
- Optional Spring & Fall "Mac Camp"
- Monthly general meetings, including occasional swap
- Saturday Seminars & other Special Classes
- Option to enroll family members ($6/year)
Good Apples (Officers and Such)
President Kelli Pio, 574-8433, [email protected]
Vice President Rory Bowman, (206) 664-6140, [email protected]
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]
Reorg Vote *
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