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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Meetings This Week:

Main Meeting - Tuesday May 22nd - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

May Main Meeting with nbn co, plus July special DAYTIME Main Meeting update with Microsoft

This month, our special guest presenter is Mariam Chizari, nbn™ local Manager NSW — Metro South.

Mariam will take both presentation slots on Tuesday 22 May, with the usual coffee break in between, to take a little longer to go through the exciting changes that have re-shaped the nbn co into an organisation building a better nbn for us all.

Mariam will go over the latest stats and figures on the nbn's progress, and will explain why the change has been made to introduce more FTTC or fibre-to-the-curb to the network, and will explain what FTTC is!

There's also the pay TV HFC network which has been "unfrozen", with work proceeding apace to get the HFC network upgraded.

Mariam will share some interesting recent customer videos and will be available to answer any additional questions you might have.

She'll update us on when various parts of Sydney will get nbn connectivity, and the challenges and successes nbn co has faced in getting to where it is today.

Mariam is a great presenter, and we're very lucky to have her come to give us an update on all good things nbn, so come along and learn about the latest and greatest developments at Australia's national broadband network company!

As you know, I'll be in the US when our next main meeting is on, but the meeting will be well served by our committee members in my stead, and we have Mariam to thank for what will be a really interesting presentation.

In June, we have Trend Micro coming to tell us about their latest news in the world of cyber security.

In July, our SPECIAL DAYTIME MAIN MEETING is on from 12.00 to 2.00pm. Please tell all your friends that are able to come.

Microsoft will be focusing on the brand new Windows 10 April Update, which is now available as a free download.

You will enjoy "new experiences that help minimise distractions and make the most of every moment by saving you time. Our hope is that you'll have more time to do what matters most to you whether that's to create, play, work, or simply do what you love".

New features include:

  • Timeline
  • Nearby Sharing
  • Focus Assist
  • New and Improved Microsoft Edge
  • Windows Ink
  • Windows Mixed Reality
  • New features on Office 365

There will also be a Microsoft prize, billed as "Exclusive Microsoft swag" - so you don't want to miss this or any of our main meetings!

August and November are still being locked in and are close to finalising, with September to see Vodafone present, while Google and Telstra will be our special guests in October.

So, while I won't personally see you this month as I'll be in the US, we have the rest of the year lined up with excellent presenters, and I hope you'll come along and take part in all of the fun!

Cheers and best regards


Digital Photography - Friday May 25th - 9:30 am - 12 noon

Roger Foulds will present the newest digital photography topics.

And, of course, there will be the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meeting Next Week:

Penrith Group - Saturday Jun 2nd - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Google Age-Engage Event - June 2018

Google is offering an Age-Engage event in Sydney on Tuesday 19 June 2018.

This time you will pair up with a Googler to learn more about using the Internet and Google apps. The Googlers will also be available for One-on-One general tech help.

You'll be pleased to know that we have 30 places available to ASCCA members so there are no restrictions on the first round of bookings. If you would like to be included, do not hesitate to reply to this email address.

Click the link below for more details:

Google Age-Engage Event - June 2018

The ASCCA session is from 10am to 11.30am

This is at the usual location for these events, opposite the Star Casino. If you are coming from Central station, catch the light rail to The Star station. Or catch the ferry to Pyrmont Bay.

Click here for a map

We will put requests in time order, so bookings will only be taken by email to office@ascca.org.au. Do not phone to book.

Let us know your name, contact phone number and what kind of device you have. You may bring your own phone, tablet or laptop.

Mark Young
Club Support Officer

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association
Level LG, 280 Pitt St SYDNEY NSW 2000
(02) 9286 3871

Copyright © 2018 ASCCA — Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, All rights reserved.

An invitation to participate in the
Tech Savvy Seniors Partnership
between ASCCA and NSW Seniors Card

Hello to the NSW ASCCA clubs,

ASCCA is pleased to announce that we have now signed an agreement that allows ASCCA clubs to use the Tech Savvy Seniors (TSS) lesson material that is now being managed by NSW Seniors Card.

We believe that these quality training guides will reduce the burden on clubs to write their own material and provide a consistency of approach - along with the flexibility to add your own ideas. Having these pre-written lessons may even encourage some people to take up being a trainer. The TSS lessons need not replace any content that your club is presently finding successful.

Please click the link below to find out more - and how your club can book a demonstration of the TSS material.

Introductory TSS letter for clubs 2018 GS

Mark Young
Club Support Officer

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Tech Tips:

Need an umlaut (ä, ë etc), grave accent (à, è etc) or acute (é) when typing?

Here's how to do it:

If you switch to the international version of the traditional US keyboard, you can use character combinations that display the various accents you need.

From the Start menu, visit Settings > Time & Language > Region & Language. Click on English (United States) > Options > Add Keyboard > United States (International), because English (Australia) doesn't come with an international option.

Accented characters can be entered by typing the tilde (~) followed by the character (to add a tilde on top, such as for ñ), back-tick (`) followed by the character for the grave accent (for à and è for example). The acute can be added by first typing the apostrophe (') and then the character (for é for example). The umlaut uses double-quote (") then the character (for ä, ë, ï, ö and ü for example). And finally the circumflex uses shift-6 (^) before the character (for â, ê, î, ô and û for example).

To actually insert a ~, `, ', " or ^, just type the character followed by a space.

Need a pound sign (£), the Euro symbol (€) or the Copyright symbol (©)?

Modern keyboards will show £ when you type and hold Shift, Right-Alt and 4. For the € symbol, you type and hold Right-Alt and 5 (no shift). For the Copyright symbol ©, you just type and hold Right-Alt and c.

An old keyboard like the best keyboard ever (the IBM vintage Model M, circa 1989) produces a blank instead of the Euro symbol since that keyboard was manufactured before the Euro currency was introduced on Jan 1, 1999.

There are many Right-Alt combinations to produce characters like ¡ (the upside down exclamation mark), ², ³, ¿, ¢, ¥, ¤, ÷, ×, ©, ®, ¶ and § for example.

Find more information on How To Type Accents And Symbols On Any Keyboard or the fascinating Right-Alt characters and amaze your e-mail friends.

Böb Bäckström

When does a Webpage Form NOT accept input (and also NOT tell you)?


When you type in a †BSB number, such as 123-456, but the Form, unbeknownst to you, ONLY ACCEPTS DIGITS (no dashes).

Or when you type in your 9-digit account number (as displayed when you login to your bank) in the form "123 456 789" (blanks NOT wanted on the Form).

You then hit the Continue button repeatedly, but absolutely NOTHING happens. You blame the browser, but it's the same in any browser.

This occurs when you take up Choice Magazine's offer of finding you the cheapest Electricity Supplier. See the iTWire article published on May 7, 2018.

You give your name, address, BSB, account number and many other things only to be felled at this stupid hurdle!

What poor Web programming! A first-year Computer Science lecturer would fail such a student!

An easy solution:

Provide two 3-digit boxes for the BSB number on the Form with a "-" between them (and three 3-digit boxes for the account number).


†A BSB (Bank-State-Branch) is a six-digit number that identifies banks and branches across Australia.

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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