• This Library provides on-line access to forms, publications, member articles, and other MHCUG information.
  • Most material is available in the Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format), Acrobat files are identified with this pdfIcon PDF type icon. To view or print these files you will need the FREE Adobe Acrobat reader .
  • Selected articles are published here in HTML format for easy on-line viewing. Permission is granted to other Computer User Groups to reprint these articles with appropriate credit.

Membership Application
Any adult interested in computing can become a member of the Mid-Hudson Computer User Group. Please print and fill out the MHCUG membership application form   pdf , then mail with your check to the address indicated. Print an extra copy or more to give to friends.  All memberships are family memberships.

Current members should use the same form pdf for renewals and address changes.

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Other MHCUG documents

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Open Source Software we like:

VideoLAN – VLC Media Player   (used to play movies, contains the codecs)

The cross-platform open-source multimedia framework, player and server

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player and multimedia framework capable of reading most audio and video formats (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, MPEG-1, mp3, ogg, aac …) as well as DVDs, Audio CDs VCDs, and various streaming protocols. See the full features list.
It can also be used as a media converter or a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on networks.



GSpot Codec Information Appliance:

GSpot is a free utility which identifies the codec required to play an AVI file and supplies other information as well.  A simple tool to extract codec information from multimedia files. No need to install, Just run the program after extracting.

Establishes what codecs (audio and video) are required to play an media file.
● Determines whether these codecs are installed on your system.
Isolates problems associated with these codecs.
Isolates problems associated with media files
Shows framerate, duration, aspect ratio, bitrates, “hidden” info, and more.

website   super-quick start   download the zip file




WinToFlash is software used to transfer your Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 2008, Windows 7 setup from CD or DVD to USB.. This is how you can install your Windows operating system from a flash drive, USB pen, HDD, etc to your computer or netbook.

There may come a day that optical drives are as hard to find as 5.25 floppy drives are today.

WinToFlash starts a wizard that will help pull over the contents of a windows installation CD or DVD and prep the USB drive to become a bootable replacement for the optical drive. It can also do this with your LiveCD.       Download the zip file form here (6 mb)  or visit the website



Free utility designed to copy/move files faster and more secure. Can resume broken file transfers. Windows 7 x64 support.


Download teraCopyPortable Zip file here

teracopy Website

Wimpy FLV Desktop Player – Free single file – Plays downloaded You Tube videos Website
Instant Word Press
– zip file
unzip and run instantwp.exe to play with WordPress on you own local computer
Instant WordPress is a complete standalone, portable WordPress development environment. It turns any Windows machine into a WordPress development server. It will even run from a USB key

Please Note:

The downloads will be tested and put to a compressed zip file. We try to make these self contained programs that do not have to be ‘installed’.  Although, the download will come from our own server and files we are sure work properly, they may not be the latest version – so we also supply the link to the website..