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Meetings During the Week 9 - 14 November 2015

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

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16 - 21 November 2015
  • Tuesday Forum
  • Family History
  • Web Design SIG


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Hello and Welcome,
There is an interesting range of meetings available for members  next week. The details are below.
Tuesday 10 November - Programming - N Hoffman - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
At the October meeting David showed a little LED display he has developed that sits off the side of a Raspberry Pi minicomputer. Called the Joey, it is a compact 4 digit LED display that makes it easy for Raspberry Pi projects to show numbers such as readings, a counter, or a clock, without restricting the use of other expansion boards. David is in the process of raising funds for the Joey through Kickstarter, the crowd-funding website.

Steve talked about some other Kickstarter projects he has seen. These are in the domain of the Internet of Things:
* The Goodnight Lamp, a Wi-Fi-enabled lamp that lets far-apart families and friends keep in touch.
* Toymail, colourful toys that connect wirelessly with your home Wi-Fi network. You can send messages to kids' toys from your phone. The toys will speak the messages, and kids can reply.
* The Air Quality Egg, a small inexpensive device that allows anyone to collect high resolution readings of NO2 and CO concentrations in the atmosphere and send them over Wi-Fi to a data service. There, the data from many people using Eggs is assembled and analysed, and the results are freely accessible.
Martin spoke about OpenCV, a suite of powerful computer vision tools. He has installed it on his Raspberry Pi, and he demonstrated its ability to recognise faces.
Summaries of many of the previous meetings can be seen at: 
The members will have some new microprocessor applications and programming examples at Tuesday's meeting.                                                       Neville Hoffman
Friday 13 November - Friday Forum - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Malcolm Robertson has recently purchased some powerline adapters that should enable him to stream movies and music to places in his house that are difficult to reach with Wi-Fi.
Malcolm will discuss his experience in setting up and using the adapters at this meeting.
It is easy to read about powerline adapters but this is an excellent opportunity to learn about the practical use of this technology in a home.
If time permits Malcolm will also demonstrate a CD that helps find the number of people who are recorded as having a family name in a nominated area at a certain period of time.

Friday 13 November - Communications - J Lucke - 12:30pm - 3:30pm
The Mysteries of Emails Revealed
In recent years email programs have changed quite dramatically as the major providers vie for your support. Improved communication security is also a driving factor in all of these programs. The difficulty for many email users is in understanding how the competing email programs and their different file types can be made to work together.
At this month's meeting John Lucke will explore and discuss some of the common problems users encounter when setting up and syncing multiple accounts between different email clients and operating systems. He will try to include Microsoft Mail, Windows Live Mail, Outlook, Thunderbird, Gmail and other webmail clients if time allows.
There will also be the usual Question & Answer session and a general discussion.
John Mathews

Information for Members and Visitors:
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1st Floor, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.
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