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Meetings During the Week 16 - 21 March 2015

1st Floor
Sydney Mechanics'
School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

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23 - 28 March 2015
  • Main Meeting
  • Digital Photography SIG


Free talks at the City of Sydney Library

 Steve O'Brien, a member of the Sydney PC User Group, will discuss the Internet of Things at 6 PM on Wednesday 25th March at the Customs House Library.
Tickets can be reserved here.

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Hello and Welcome,
Details of next week's meetings are below: 
Tuesday 17 March - Tuesday Forum - T Kelly - 9:30am - 12:30pm
At this meeting Tim Kelly will continue to look at interesting free computer programs available on the Internet.
In response to the positive feedback Tim has received from Forum attendees in relation to smartphone apps, he will also look at a number of useful apps available on the Android platform at the meeting. 
Tuesday 17 March - Family History - T Eakin - 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Terry Eakin will discuss another aspect of early Australian immigration and shipping at this meeting. 
In 1837 the ship "Lady McNaughton" with 444 people on board was quarantined at North Head in Sydney Harbour. During its journey to Sydney 54 people had died of typhus and 13 more died while the ship was in quarantine. 
Terry believes that the ship's story is worth telling and it will form the basis of this meeting. 
There will be ample time for members to raise their family history questions during the meeting.
Saturday 21 March - Web Design - S South - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
The Web Design meeting this month is all about sound and motion and how to put great multimedia on websites.  
Steve South will first look at how HTML handles media files starting with the older HTML 4 tags <object> and <embed> and going to the new HTML 5 tags <video> and <audio>.  
The group will consider how to set up the tags, vary such elements as the display size of the video, establish the video controls, and what can be done if they do not display as intended in the browsers. They will then look at the file formats and the media types that are used on the web. As different browsers like different files they will consider which browsers like what files.  
Finally the group will look at four free programs: Movie Maker, Hamster Free Video Converter and Free Maker which edit and convert video files and Audacity which edits audio files. Each of these programs will be used to edit some videos.  
Small is beautiful on the web but as good video eats megabits of data the group will explore how to change things like the aspect ratio, the video size, the frame rate and the bitrate to reduce file size while maintaining quality.  
Steve has a few videos fresh from his camera to use during the meeting and if any members have some videos they are invited to bring them to the meeting as it may be possible to use them as well.
John Mathews

Information for Members and Visitors:
All Meetings, unless specifically stated above, are held on the
1st Floor, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.
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