Vol.35 No.3    Summer 2018

The HUG UpDate

Newsletter of the The Harrisburg pc Users Group (HUG)

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HUG Celebrated its 35th Anniversary in January 2018

We are the Oldest Computer Club in South-Central Pennsylvania and have been meeting continously since 1983

Meeting Schedule - Summer 2018

Meetings & Workshops

Date & Time - The date for our Weekday Meeting & Workshop is the Third Thursday of each month from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. The date for our Weekend Meeting & Workshop is the Third Sunday of each month from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

All meeting ending times are, of course, dependent upon the number and complexity of the computer problems brought to the workshop. We can always stay later if we need to. We believe that this schedule accommodates most members. Let us know your opinion.

Agenda - If you have a computer question or problem then bring it to our workshop to receive individual assistance. This service is free to all members in good standing.

Photo - Jim, Wes, George, and Norm

Attendance - Your attendance is always appreciated. Please arrange to attend a meeting & workshop whenever possible. You are also encouraged to bring a guest. Your guest may want to join and take advantage of the technical assistance that HUG offers.

[Photo: Jim, Wes, and George troubleshoot a laptop while Norm (backrgound) runs Linux software diagnostics.]

Important - If you are coming with a broken computer then you should contact us in advance so that we expect you. Be sure to ask what equipment you need to bring along - your monitor? keyboard? mouse? printer? operating system disks? application program disks?

Please plan to arrive early with your broken computer. If you don't, you may find all available troubleshooters are busy assisting other members for the entire meeting.

Location - Our meeting location is at LifePoint Church, on 7733 Hillcrest Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17112. It's just off Allentown Boulevard, 6/10 of a mile west of Route 39, next to a Fulton Bank.

We use the downstairs, multi-purpose room. A big advantage of meeting in the downstairs multi-purpose room is that members can back their cars right up to the door to unload/load equipment.

Another advantage is that we have a nearly limitless amount of worktables and space. Both wired and wireless Internet access are also available.

Detailed directions and a map to the meeting location are available on the church's web site home page at LifePointPA.org.

Alternately, you can use MapQuest directions or our own HUG Map for directions to get to our HUG Meetings and Workshops.

Are Your HUG Membership Dues Paid Up?

Membership to HUG is still only $15. Click here for a Membership Application Form to apply for membership or to renew your membership. Dues are due before January 1st each year. All LifePoint members may participate dues-free.

Technical Tips

Country Codes - Everyone gets those bothersome emails from all over the world. The ones that want you to respond and claim your lottery winnings when you never played a foreign lottery in your life.   Or they want you to claim money in a foreign bank or a package that is awaiting your reply.

Do you often wonder where these emails came from?   If you examine the originating address you often see some strange two-character country code that you don't recognize.

Well, here is a complete list of ISO 3166 Country Codes for you to add to your bookmark list or save.  

Don't print it out as it contains links to information about each country that you will want to click on.   The information includes a map so you can locate where the annoying jerk is who sent you the idiotic email in the first place.  

But you may want to print out the map, paste it on the wall, and throw darts at it to relieve your frustration.

Summer Photos


It would be nice to spend a day on an isolated Pacific island.


While there, you could just work on your tan in the sun.

Sponsor Credits

HUG thanks the following sponsors who help make the continuing efforts of HUG possible. Please visit their web sites to find out more about them.

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The facilities HUG uses for its meetings & workshops are provided by LifePoint Church. Feel free to visit their web site at LifePointPA.org. There, you can find out about all their services to the community.

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HUG's web site is hosted by PAdotNet
PAdotNet's services include Wireless Internet, High-Speed DSL, Dialup Internet, and Enhanced Email. Visit their web site and learn about their Internet services.