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March 2017 Main Meeting Report

Tonight, we finalised some items left from our AGM of last month and we now have a new name,

Sydney PC and Technology User Group.

 

Welcome to the February 2017 Main Meeting
Our AGM

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Ray AllumVale Ray Allum

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our member, Ray Allum, joining the club in 2002 and also serving on the club's committee. He will be sadly missed.

 

 

In Our January 2017 Meeting

Tonight we had two guests

Trend Micro LogoBoost Mobile Logo

 

 

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2016 HOME Pages:

In our November meeting

Microsoft logo

What a cracker. Our end of year guest was Microsoft. We started the year with Jaron Cohen, Microsoft’s Commercial Windows 10 Expert dropping by, and we ended the year with

 Paul O'Malley and Matt Ranocchiari from the Microsoft store

Paul from Microsoft  Matt from microsoft

Paul is a Service Advisor, he attempts to fix things that don't work. Matt is the guy you go to, to buy new things.

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In our October meeting

Tonight, Jabra and ASUS dropping by to talk to us.

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In our September meeting

Alex and Jebra headsetApple LogoTonight we had hoped to hear from Jabra but unfortunately they were unable to make it tonight. However, during our Q & A session Alex did give us a brief demo of the new Jabra wireless head set. Jabra Web Site.
After the break he introduced us to the wealth of information available on the Apple YouTube Channel including the new Apple OS X . » read more...

 

In our August meeting

we had a double header,

Huawei Logo Vaya Logo Huawei the third largest Mobile manufacturer, and
Vaya, Australia’s mobile phone price fighter. » read more...

 

In our July main meeting

Shaniel Datt Trend Micro Logo

Trend Micro, paid us a visit to discuss their protection software.Shaniel Datt,Trend Micro’s Product and Training Manager
gave us the details of Trend Micro. » read more...

 

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Monthly MAIN Meetings:

2017 MAIN Meetings

April 2017 : As our main meeting fell on ANZAC Day there was no meeting this month

March 2017 AGM Finalised the Alex showed us some great software apps for Windows and Apple

February 2017 AGM and Norton

 

2016 MAIN Meetings

November 2016 Microsoft

October 2016 Jabra and ASUS

September 2016 Reviews of the new Apple OS X , The Apple Airpods and the iPhone 7

August 2016 Huawei and Vaya

July 2016 Trend Micro

June 2016 Symantic WiFi Privacy, 4G Phone Plans, Macrium Reflect and other goodes

May 2016 GoCatch and Vividwireless

April 2016 Intel

March 2016: Samsung, VR, iPad Pro and ULED TVs

February 2016:Our AGM and Microsoft presenting Windows 10

2015 MAIN Meetings

November 2015: Symantec

October 2015: iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S2 Watch and the new Microsoft Surface Book

September 2015: Presto and Amaysimm

August 2015: Acronis Backup Software and Morphis maker of range of batteries and portable storage

July 2015: AppCompear, an App to compare or find applications, and Parrot with their new range Drones

June 2015: As promised last month, Lenovo paid a personal visit to show us their great range of products.

May 2015: Tonight Alex was at the Lenovo Tech World Conference in Beijing

April 2015: MacBook, The Samsung 7 Hard Drive, New Moblie phone deals and Windows 10

March 2015: Parallels

February 2015: The 2014 AGM

January 2015: Boost Moblie phone

2014 MAIN Meetings

November 2014 AVG

October 2014 iMac, Ollie, and other goodes

September 2014 Google and Our 30th Anniversary

August 2014 Power PDF

July 2014 Dragon Dictate 13

June 2014 Livescribe

May 2014 Telstra Bundles and Wi Fi Nation

April 2014 Microsoft present Windows 8.1

April 2014 Microsoft present Windows 8.1

March 2014 Toshiba

February 2014 Kensington

January 2014 WIndows 8.1

2013 Main Meetings

November 2013 -Dell - XPS, Venue, Alienware  and Pocket Cloud

October 2013 - Windows 8.1 and Leap Motion Controler

September 2013 - Solid State Drives & the iPhone 5s

August 2013 - Norton

July 2013 - Huawei

June 2013 - Vodafone 4G

May 2013 -Pandora Internet Radio

April 2013 - Tom Tom

March 2013 - Nuance

Febuary 2013 - Outlook.com

January 2013 - Samsung and CES

2012 MAIN MEETINGS

November 2012 - Nuance, Anti Virus, The iPad Mini and much more

October 2012 - iWorld: Assessories and toys for smart phones

September 2012 - iPhone & Windows 8

August 2012 - Trend Micro.

July 2012 - Nuance - Dragon Dictate

June 2012 - Mr Mobile

May 2012 - Telstra 4G Network

April 2012 - Windows 8

March 2012 - HTC

February 2012 - ASUS

January 2012 - 3D Printing

2011 MAIN MEETINGS

November 2011 - My Net Phone

October 2011 - Western Digital

September 2011 - Built Conference for Windows 8

August 2011 - Windows Live Messenger

July 2011- Amaysim

June 2011 - Windows Live Hotmail

May 2011 - Bing - Microsoft's search engine

April 2011 - Short Meeting for Anzac Day

March 2011 - Intel

February 2011 - A.R. Drone

January 2011 - Mac Air and iPad

2010 MAIN MEETINGS

November 2010 - HTC
 
October 2010 - AVG and Choice Magazine
 
September 2010 - Acronis
 
August 2010 - Toshiba
 
July 2010 - Samsung
 
June 2010 - Simms Group - Power Mat
 
May 2010 - Log Me In
 
April 2010 - My Net Phone
 
March 2010 - Software and Gadgets
 
February 2010 - Acronis
 

2009 MAIN MEETINGS

November 2009 - Norton Security Software
 
October 2009 - Windows 7
 
September 2009 - Ubuntu
 

August 2009 and before

 

Communication Highlights:


Google's Chrome Browser Ver.34 Reviewed

Google Chrome is today’s most popular browser in the world, managing in early 2014 to capture little over 42% of world’s non-mobile browser usage, easily beating all of its competitors in the likes of Internet Explorer (18%), Mozila Firefox (15%), Safari (6%) and Opera (2%).

This complete domination was achieved not only by smart utilization of the WebKit rendering engine that enabled Chrome to be imbued with incredible speed, stability and ability to be run on old computers that had slow hardware, but also streamlining of user interface and introduction of advanced features that enabled all users to easily take advantage of numerous Google cloud services (cloud hosted bookmarks, profile info, full integration into Google infrastructure, including Gmail, YouTube and more). But, even though all these features were present, Chrome was very distinct in constantly trying to maintain its simplistic interface and feature set.

So what can you expect if you decide to start using Chrome browser today? You can expect incredible speed that was built on one of the world’s fastest JavaScript processing speed, fully-supported ability to customize your browser via 3rd party extension marketplace, instant syncing of your browsing sessions between desktop and mobile, and free access to up to 15 GB of online storage with Google Drive (sizes may change depending on current promotions).
Source: filehorse.com

Google's Chrome Browser Ver.5 Reviewed

Following on from the success of their Search Engine and Gmail application, Google released their Chrome version.1 browser less than two years ago. Developing quickly, version.5 was only released in May. Like their search engine, Chrome is uncluttered, leaving a large viewing window, but still packs more features and greater speed than other popular browsers.

The first surprise is Chrome's minimal interface, featuring a thin toolbar but no menu or status bars. And where the website address box also serves as Google's powerful search engine entry box. At the top left of the toolbar are webpage tabs, any number of which can be set to load at startup. Tabs that are used often can be "pinned" and miniaturised to save space as shown. You can easily rearrange the tabs by dragging, even bringing them down onto the page if you wish. Clicking the "+" button (not shown) or short-cut Ctrl+N opens a new window displaying "thumb-nails" of the eight most recently visited sites plus browsing history going as far back as you want. A back, forward, reload, home and bookmark button complete the basic controls.

On the other end of the toolbar, are two icons with drop-down menus. One is the "current page control" enabling common tasks like Cut, Paste, Print and the nifty Find box extension - short-cut Ctrl+F - as shown. Other tasks including "Create application short-cuts", zooming and Developer needs are also listed here. The spanner icon on the right allows you to "Customise and control Google Chrome" using a wide variety of choices. This is where you can open an "incognito window" plus hide or show a bookmarks bar - short-cut "toggle" Ctrl+B - as seen here. You can also check browsing history, manage bookmarks, downloads and more. Clicking the "Options" feature presents another range of choices including setting default "home" and other "startup" pages, adding passwords, etc.

There are also plenty of add-ons available to further customize Chrome if you wish, such as selecting from a multitude of bright modern themes to suit your personality. I have installed one - a Gmail Checker that is currently indicating I have one new message. Clicking on this button now takes me directly to my Gmail account for a quick response.

As an added bonus, Chrome version.5 is already compatible with the latest proposed W3C web standards and was the first browser to pass the demanding Acid3 test with a score of 100! Don't be left behind - download, install and try Chrome now - you'll be glad you did! jl

What is a portable app?

Portableapps A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug the device, none of your personal data is left behind.

  • No Special Hardware - Use any USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod/MP3 player, etc.
  • No Additional Software - Just download, run the portable installer and go.
  • No Kidding - It's that easy. Click image to LEARN MORE...

USB On-The-Go

USB 2Due to its widespread acceptance, USB is becoming the de facto industry standard for connecting peripherals to PCs and laptops. Many of the new peripherals now using USB are also portable devices.

As these portable devices increase in popularity, there is a growing need for them to communicate directly with each other when a PC is not available. The On-The-Go Supplement addresses this need for mobile interconnectivity by allowing a USB peripheral to have the following enhancements:

  • Limited host capability to communicate with selected other USB peripherals
  • A small USB connector to fit the mobile form factor
  • Low power features to preserve battery life

Source and more information is available here..

Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 Preview Release

thunderbirdReleased: December 9, 2008

Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 is now available for download. This milestone is focused on testing the core functionality of the new features and platform changes that will be included in Thunderbird 3. Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 includes new database technology that will make it possible to build fast new ways of navigating mail. For more background and for previews of experimental add-ons, visit this blog post.

New features and changes in this milestone that require feedback include:

  • Tab interface for Mail
  • Improvements to IMAP for faster message viewing
  • Improved message reader view
  • New Add-ons Manager
  • Improved Address Book interface
  • Improved import of mail from other Mail clients
  • Integration with Windows Vista search
  • Integration with Mac OS X Address Book

Downloading

Please read the release notes before downloading for more information about this release including known issues.

Testers can download Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 builds for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in 38 different languages. Ongoing planning for Thunderbird 3 can be followed at the Thunderbird 3 wiki and on irc.mozilla.org in #maildev.

Note: Please do not link directly to the download site. Instead we strongly encourage you to link to this Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 milestone announcement so that everyone will know what this milestone is, what they should expect, and who should be downloading to participate in testing at this stage of development.

Source: Mozilla Messaging

Digital Photography


Infinity backgrounds

Photograph small items like a Professional

Sample MouseSometimes you may want to photograph small objects without showing distracting backgrounds, glaring highlights or harsh shadows. Now with the aid of "instant" backgrounds made quickly from common home office items, you can easily produce high quality pictures without the expense of special studio equipment.

For demonstration purposes, this wireless mouse was photographed on an instant background using natural lighting from a single window. An even better image could have been produced had the camera been set on a tripod and adjusted using a variety of advanced capture settings.

The instant infinity background was constructed using six sheets (for stability) of standard white copy paper and four paper clips. Sample MouseAll sheets are clipped together with two clips attached about one third up from the bottom. Another two clips are attached near the top of the sheets. By carefully sliding the top clips together with the rear three sheets down towards the bottom, a self supporting curvature is formed as illustrated.

Simply by positioning this or a coloured background with consideration to the light source and camera aspect, an infinite variety of subtle highlights or shadows can be achieved.

An even simpler 3D background can be made using just 1 sheet of paper, and 1 paper-clip.Sample Mouse In portrait view, from a spot (about 20 minutes past the hour) tear to the centre of the sheet. Next, overlap the torn edges anything up to 90 degrees and use a paper-clip to hold. The over-lapped section now forms the base of your instant self supporting corner background. This provides even greater scope for extending your mastery of small item photography.

While lighting is beyond the scope of this article, I must mention having successfully photographed many small items outdoors by shooting within fully shaded areas while using these simple backgrounds. As always, the naturally diffused light from early morning and late afternoon sun normally produce the best results.
John Lucke

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