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Monthly MAIN Meetings:

2024 MAIN Meetings

March 24 :This month we looked at Ai and how to detect its use. Apple's has purchases a number of Ai coy.

February 24 : This month Alex was at CES and we had a great repot on the event along with the new S24.

2023 MAIN Meetings

December 23: This month we welcomed Dean Williams from Norton back for a great update on security on the net.

November 23: This month we saw the new Apple chips. The M3, the M3 Pro and the M3 Max.

October 23: This month saw the launch of the iPhone 15, the Apple watch and its assertive touch.

September 23: This month we looked at the up-coming iPhone 15 release. The new Kobold vacuume cleaner, Lenovo's 3D TV without glasses and more.

August 23: This month we looked at the new offerings from Samsung and Theards the new Twitter alternative from Meta.

July 23: This month Alex looked at Google's Pixel Tablet.

June 23: This month Alex invited Chris Smith from TNT Radio to talk to us about his experience's of the changing world of tech

May 23:This month we looked at Google IO conferance, three new phones and Apps for AI.

April 23:This month we look at the new Samsung TVs and IOS updates.

March 23:This month Alex showed us the new AUSU Fold Laptop.

February 23:This month we looked at the new Samsung S23 phone and ChatGTP.

2022 MAIN Meetings

December 2022:This month Alex had attended the AMD and Qualcomm Conferances

November 2022:This month was the great unboxing.

October 2022:This month we looked at the offerings from Google and Amazon along with the new Apple iPone 14 Pro. .

September 2022:This month Alex was away but left us a video on the new AMD Ryzen chipsand we had a few other topics. .

August 2022:This month we had a look at Alex's just delivered M2 Mac Air and a lot of other topics.

July 2022:This month we meet Dean Williams, a Dark Web and Norton 360 expert from Norton LifeLock

June 2022:This month we looked at The Google IO conferance and Acers new offerings

May 2022:This month we looked at The Google IO conferance and Acers new offerings

April 2022:This month we looked at the upcoming Google IO, Ancestry and My Heritage, Canvan and Studio

March 2022:This month we had Dynabook formerly Toshiba join us

February 2022: The new Samsung range Chrome OS and lots of other information.

January 2022: Alex vists te CES in Los Vagus.

2021 MAIN Meetings

November 2021: The new Mac Pro the new ASUS Creator range and Intel’s 50th anniversary.

October 2021: New CPUs, the Mac Book Pro and new Google Pixel 6 with its new Tensor chip.

September 2021: New Apple iPhones, and Apples OS 15.

August 2021: This month Alex look at the new features available on the new Apple OS along with the new range of Microsoft Surface laptops.

July 2021: This month we took a tour of Windows 11.

June 2021: Windows 11 is launched.

May 2021: This month we looked at new Apple watch.

April 2021: This month Alex took us through the latest released of the iMac and iPad with the new M1 chip.

March 2021: This month we has a look at the lastest Apple release's of iMac and Mac Mini

February 2021: Alex had a whole range of things to look at. Robotics, Cheap Smartphones and Plans, NBN and Starlink Internet connections

2020 MAIN Meetings

November 2020: Alex looked at the new iPhone 12 and Mac's launched at the Apple event held on November 10th.

October 2020: EZVIZ smart home security and Realme Phones.

September 2020: Kazoik a new Australian auction site.

August 2020: Acronis Backup and Security

July 2020: Camtasia video editor

June 2020: Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) which launched IOS 14.

May 2020: This month we looked at VPNs The birthday of PACMan and MS Solitarie and updates to IOS Via Zoom

April 2020: The future of “PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY 2030” Via Zoom

March 2020: Was cancelled due to corona virus lockdown

February 2020: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip phone

January 2020: the latest Motorola Raza folding phone

2019 MAIN Meetings

November 2019: Norton

November 2019: Norton

October 2019: Nokia from HMD

September 2019: Lazer

August 2019: Happy Tel and Acer

July 2019: Synology Network Access Systems (NAS)

June 2019: Whistleout

May 2019: Optus Their new 5G network

April 2019: Huawei The P30 and the Matebook X

March 2019: Shopback and Microsoft Shop on Powerpoint 3D

February 2019: AGM and Folding phones

January 2019 : EFTPOS

2018 MAIN Meetings

November 2018 : Google

October 2018 : Telstra Locator service

September 2018 : OPPO and The Vodafone Foundation

August 2018: Norton

July 2018: Microsoft

June 2018: Trend Micro

May 2018: NBN Co

April 2018: AMD, Seagate, Brother and Blue Microphones with Renato Catalan

March 2018: Matt Jones from OVO

February 2018: Our AGM and we had a look at the new speakers from Google and Apple

January 2018: Our first meeting of the year saw Jazoodle Accounting software and Fuji Xerox

2017 MAIN Meetings

November 2017: Symantec

October 2017: The Microsoft Store returned to look at Edge and Virtual Realily

September 2017: The Microsoft Store paid a welcome return

August 2017: We had two guests. Armourcard and Malwarebytes.

July 2017: Mr Michael Tyler, the NBNco Community Affairs Manager give us the latest on the roll out.

June 2017: Mr Richard Chan, Product Manager - Brand Memory at Samsung Australia, paid us a visit to take us into a deep dive of their SSD (solid state drive) range

May 2017: Our presenter from Armourcard had to cancel at the last-minute due to illness so Alex stepped in with a great discussion on various topics.

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

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

March 2017: SGM & New Software reports

February 2017: Norton Security

January 2017: Trend Micro and Boost Mobile

2016 MAIN Meetings

November 2016: Microsoft

October 2016: Jabra and ASUS

September 2016: Presto and Amaysim

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

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 -

January 2013 - Samsung and CES


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


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


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


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).

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 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...

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. Instant background detailsAll 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.Simple 3d background 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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