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Chicago Computer Society MX-IV

by George Harding

Columnist , Indianapolis

Monthly Computer Chronicle

One of the great benefits of APCUG is the annual conference of User Group leaders in Las Vegas. Another is the regional conferences. The regionals give an opportunity to attend a conference similar in scope to the APCUG conference, but much smaller and close to home.

I attended the Midwest regional [Mini Expo-IV] sponsored by the Chicago Computer Society. The conference was held in a section of Prairie State College in Chicago Heights. Approximately 200 people attended, all of whom are interested in computers and software, most of whom are CCS members.

We had a full day of vendor displays, seminars, lunch and the finale of product give-aways. [There were 13 hours of presentations by 12 presenters, some given simultaneously so attendees had to choose among three groupings.

The sponsoring vendors were:

3D Album

AMD - integrated circuits

Blue Squirrel - WebWhacker, WebSeeker

Corel - WordPerfect, CorelDraw, CorelPaint

Executive Software - DisKeeper

H&M Software - StudioLine dgital photo software

Intervideo, digital video

Lowepro Bags & Cases

Nik Multimedia - cinema & photography

Micro Center Stores


Peach Pit Press

Photodex,- slide show & presentation software

Prentice Hall

O’Reilly Publishing

Que & Sams Publishing

Roxio - CD, DVD, & photo editing software

Sunbelt Software - spyware stoppers

Tech Smith - SnagIt screen capture

TriVista Digital Imaging Software

User Group Relations

Several of these vendors also had booths at the conference. All the vendors provided give-aways, so many that there were almost enough for one or more per person, although the drawing was by tickets given at entry, with additional ticket chances for sale.

There were seminars provided by some of the vendors as well as by several CCS members. These were interesting and provided information we needed. Web security was one session that everyone today needs to learn more about. These sessions, given by Dave Whittle, on malware detection and removal were very helpful, with a checklist of how to detect and remove, plus another on several software tools to do these jobs.

Dave Whittle

Several old friends were there, familiar to those who attend the annual APCUG conference. It was great to see again Dave Whittle: Richard Katz and Matt McCann.

The World Famous McKatz Brothers

A conference of this magnitude requires a lot of planning and help to bring it off successfully, as this one did. Al Cheeks, CCS President, was a delightful emcee and coordinator. Our APCUG Regional Advisor, Bill James, was present as well.

The lunch was satisfying, but not fancy. Prairie State College has an amazing facility. Their eating area held all of us in comfortable surroundings.

Prize Table

The meeting ended with two hundred prizes distributed to lucky holders of winning tickets. [The grand prize was a printer and $500 Canon digital camera.] The meeting organization, program booklets, publicity material, hand-outs, goody bag with T-shirts and vendor info, and give-away drawing were all handled smoothly and efficiently. It’s a pleasure to attend an event like this and I look forward to next year’s.

For more info about CCS, see www.ccs.org.

[Groups of pictures from the conference will be displayed in coming issues of eHard-Copy. —CS, Ed.]

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