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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 20 - 25 March 2017

Hello and Welcome,

Special Notices

Following discussion at the AGM the Committee decided to set the meeting fees at zero according to Clause 12 (5) of the Constitution, ie there will be no $5 meeting fees. The annual fees will remain unchanged.

The new Committee

President - Alexander Zaharov-Reutt
Vice- President - Ronald Ferguson
Secretary/Treasurer - Josephine Wiseman
Committee members - Michael Smith, John Rose, Anthony Robinson

Meetings for this week

Tuesday Group - Tuesday 21st Mar - 9:30 am - 12 noon

Thanks to Steve South and John Symonds who recommended this topic:

Tim Berners-Lee: I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it

  1. We've lost control of our personal data
  2. It's too easy for misinformation to spread on the web
  3. Political advertising online needs transparency and understanding

This was printed in The Guardian on the 11th March, 2017 and contains interesting arguments about the internet. This should encourage a good discussion at the meeting.

The article can be found at:


John Symonds also suggested the topic of Web Beacons for discussion.

[ This topic "will be"/"was" also mentioned at Saturday's (March 18th) Web Design SIG ]

Here is a quote from Wikipedia on the topic:

A web beacon is an object embedded in a web page or email, which unobtrusively (usually invisibly) allows checking that a user has accessed the content. Common uses are email tracking and page tagging for web analytics. Alternative names are web bug, tracking bug, tag, or page tag.

Web beacon - Wikipedia

Tim Kelly will also give a demonstration of some useful Windows apps.

Steve South suggests a discussion on privacy V secrecy. It's a companion piece to the article by Tim Berners-Lee which he sent earlier.


Family History - Tuesday 21st Mar - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

For the Genealogy Forum next Tuesday, Terry Eakin will review the two volumes of Wood Coffill (Katoomba) 1916 - 1945 A-Z and 1946 to 1967 A-Z.

A lot of elderly persons retired to the mountains for their health and were brought back to Sydney for church services and burials when they passed away.

The data is entered in the deceased's Surname, Given Names, Day and date of death, age, place of death, date of burial, place of burial, religion, Plot details, Minister, Informant, Relationship, address of informant, Other details, which includes removal, vehicles, death notice(s) published, and any other details listed.

The two volumes will be taken to the Tuesday Group's Forum so they can be referenced from 9.30 am. Digital photos of references can be taken of your family connections.

Hoping to see a big turn-up on Tuesday.


Terry Eakin.

Meetings for next week

EGM + MAIN Meeting - Tuesday 28th Mar - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tech Tips:

Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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