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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Meetings This Week:

Programming - Tuesday Jun 12th - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Come and show your projects, and see some others. We have a computer with a projector, so bring along picture files of your project and we'll project them on the wall. We have a broadband internet connection, so discussion can be wide ranging.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday June 12 at 6pm. We'll see some new microprocessor applications and programming examples.

Neville Hoffman

Web Design - Saturday Jun 16th - 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Hi Everyone

It was suggested that this month we could have a look at some of the code editors available.

There are four main editors we will try and cover: Sublime Text, Atom, Brackets and Notetab Light.

Sublime and Atom are code editors and appear to allow you to code using multiple languages. That is, you can code in HTML, or with some other language like Javascript. Sublime Text appears to be one of the most popular editors. It's the one I see used most in demonstrations of HTML coding.

Notetab Light and Brackets, on the other hand, are HTML editors. Even here we find great versatility. Brackets is built by Adobe and is based on Chrome so it's pure web-based viewing. Brackets also has a huge number of add-ons giving it a growing resource base. Notetab is older but builds in HTML 5 and includes some interesting add-ons like a series of scripts you can include in the page.

I have a number of short videos that may help us understand the basics of each program.

Stephen W South
Web Design SIG Leader

Meetings Next Week:

Tuesday Group - Tuesday Jun 19th - 9:30 am - 12 noon
Digital Photography - Friday Jun 22nd - 9:30 am - 12 noon

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Tech Tips:

What Google knows about you:

Published in PCAuthority by Jonathan Parkyn Jun 6 2018 10:46AM

Google knows where you've been, and that's just the tip of a privacy-invading iceberg.

It's much more than just a search engine these days, but the data Google gleans from its users' search history and other activities is still central to the company's continued success.

Collecting and using other people's information is Google's bread and butter, providing it with the ultimate advertising commodity - the ability to target specific people - and effectively funding the many 'free' services the company offers.

In its privacy policy, Google says "we use the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones and to protect Google and our users".

Google has tried to address privacy concerns by providing more transparency on how and why it uses people's data, and by inviting users to view and control this information. The trouble is, there are dozens of different settings scattered around various web pages and devices. In this section, we'll point you straight at the Google settings you need to change.


Your search and web activity

Your location history


Your personal interests

Rather creepily, Google builds a list of things you like (and don't like), based on your search and YouTube activity. It uses this to create a profile that lets advertisers target you. Google claims this is to "make the ads that you see more useful to you".

Your gender and birthday

Your voice


Your devices

As well as tracking you and your activities, Google likes to keep a record of the devices you've used to access its services - not just Android devices but Windows PCs, iPhones and more. It might be less invasive than some of the other data the company keeps on you, but you may still wish to delete devices you no longer use - if you've lost your phone and you want to block access to your Google account from it, for example.

To do so, sign in to Myaccount in Google, then click 'Device activity & security events' on the left. Now click Review Devices, click the device you want to delete and click the Remove button.

Thanks to John Symonds for this Tech Tip

DOS prompt colours:

Do you remember when all computer screens looked like this?

>dir doc?
Volume in drive C is Windows-C
Volume Serial Number is 1234-5678
Directory of C:\Users\bob
Sat 25/03 Mar/2017 01:00 pm 3,248 doc1
Sat 25/03 Mar/2017 01:00 pm 3,252 doc2
2 File(s) 6,500 bytes
0 Dir(s) 187,611,377,664 bytes free

Well, you can turn your DOS screen into any colour you like using the DOS command color to do it. [ Note the US spelling ... Ed ]

For these examples, you can hit the Windows-Key+R (for run) and type cmd.exe to bring up a DOS window. The other way is to use the Start Menu. Scroll down to W and open Windows System and choose the first entry: Command Prompt.

The above colours can be set using color 0A (0 for a black background and A for light green text). The command takes a two-digit hex value (i.e. 0-F for each digit) which can be in upper or lower-case.

The first digit is for the background colour; the second for the text.

The available colours are:

0 = Black 8 = Gray
1 = Blue 9 = Light Blue
2 = Green A = Light Green
3 = Aqua B = Light Aqua
4 = Red C = Light Red
5 = Purple D = Light Purple
6 = Yellow E = Light Yellow
7 = White F = Bright White

So, let your imagination go:

 Here's a nice combo (yellow on red, using color 4e). 

 Another nice one is color 1f

The color command, thankfully, will not run color 44 (red on red) for example. However, some combinations are pretty hard to read (like yellow on gray color 68). In this case, just enter color by itself and the original colours of the DOS window are restored.

As with most DOS commands, you can use color /? for help.


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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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