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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Tuesday Group - SIG Report:

Hi All,

Missed you all today, Jun 19th, (not you Terry or Tim). The weather was very windy, cold and wet.

Had a good talk about Windows and installed several updates.

Watched the YouTube video (from the last Newsletter) and tried the "Double your CPU power" recipe†.

We also tried tipping the trolley slightly so that Tim could get to the broken wheel. He pushed the two wheel-halves back onto the axle (quite a tight job).

Unfortunately later, one of the halves came off again. Looks like we'll have to try again.

Cheers ... Ed.

†We started with 4 cores & 8 threads and ended with 4 cores & 8 threads, so no improvement there (as suspected).


Meeting This Week:

Main Meeting - Tuesday Jun 26th - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

June 26 Main Meeting: Trend Micro, July 24 DAYTIME Main Meeting: Microsoft

It's nearly time for our next main meeting on Tuesday 26 June, and presenting for the third time in as many years will be Trend Micro.

The top-notch security company will present the latest in cyber security issues that are affecting everyday consumers and how you can protect yourself and the devices that are now being used to access the internet.

The presenters will be Shaniel Datt, who was our previous presenter the last two times, and also Troy Thomas.

Trend Micro is generously donating a Home Network Security which retails for $299, and there will also be along some raffle prizes from the company, for which we are very grateful!

A special discount coupon for $50 off Trend Micro's Home Network device was shared, but has been edited out of this public archival.

To take advantage of such offers, become a member of the Sydney PC and Technology User Group.

It will be a great presentation and evening as usual, and I will be at the event in person after missing the last couple of meetings!

Also, please don't forget, Microsoft is our special guest on Tuesday July 24, from midday to 2pm, so put that one in your calendar and we'll see you at that event, too!

See you next Tuesday night, and best regards to all,


Meetings Next Week:

NO MEETINGS for Jul 2nd - 7th. First meeting: Programming on Jul 10th.

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Tech Tip:

How to Fix All of Windows 10's Annoyances:

Published in How-To Geek by Chris Hoffman on June 21st, 2018

Windows 10 starts as a very annoying operating system. The Start menu is full of games like Candy Crush, advertisements are all over the place, and useless icons like People litter the taskbar. Here's how to eliminate all those annoyances.

Get Rid of Candy Crush, FarmVille, and Other Junk Apps

Out of the box, your PC includes apps you probably don't want. Every Windows 10 install starts with a Candy Crush game like Candy Crush Soda Saga. You'll also see other annoying apps like Bubble Witch 3 Saga and FarmVille 2: Country Escape. Thanks, Microsoft.

Just open your Start menu and scroll through the application list to see what's installed. To uninstall an app you don't want, right-click it and select the "Uninstall" command. The app will vanish until the next time you set up a new PC.

Unfortunately, there's no way to prevent Windows 10 from installing these apps without asking you.

Throw Out Manufacturer Bloatware

While Microsoft is guilty of forcing Candy Crush on Windows users, PC manufacturers often install useless bloatware that can even slow your PC down while it runs in the background.

To get rid of this unnecessary software, head to Control Panel > Uninstall a Program or Settings > Apps > Apps & Features. Uninstall any manufacturer-provided applications you don't want on your system. Some applications may be hardware utilities that perform useful functions, but you probably don't need most of them.

Read the full story in the How-To Geek article.

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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