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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Meetings This Week:

Programming - Tuesday Aug 14th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 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 August 14 at 6pm. We'll see some new microprocessor applications and programming examples.

Neville Hoffman

Web Design - Saturday Aug 18th - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

Our August Web Design Meeting.

Last month we looked at CSS so this month I thought we would apply what we found out to create a few Web pages. I have a few photos and info we can use or you could bring along a stick with details we can use to create one.

We can also have a look at ways we can trouble-shoot CSS by inspecting the code to see why it didn't work the way it was intended.

Hope to see you all on Saturday the 18th.

Steve South

Meetings Next Week:

Tuesday Group - Tuesday Aug 21st - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon
Digital Photography - Friday Aug 24th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

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Tech Tips:

*** NEWSFLASH *** Windows Secrets is back on the air:

After six and a half months off-air, the respected site of Windows Secrets is now back on-line and sending out newsletters.

Here are the last dates of newsletters received before the blackout:

Date: 20 Dec 2017 20:19:20 -0500
Date: 21 Dec 2017 21:03:02 -0500
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 06:01:10 -0600
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2017 06:01:08 -0600
Date: 4 Jan 2018 20:26:25 -0500
Date: 9 Jan 2018 21:02:24 -0500
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 22:24:15 -0800
Date: 11 Jan 2018 21:02:07 -0500
Date: 16 Jan 2018 22:15:58 -0500
Date: 18 Jan 2018 21:03:43 -0500
Date: 23 Jan 2018 22:32:54 -0500
Date: 25 Jan 2018 20:37:47 -0500 — The last usual newsletter
Date: 8 Mar 2018 10:03:02 -0500

March 9, 2018 (or March 8 in the US) was the last we heard from them in an apology piece:

“Dear Windows Secrets Subscriber:

We are writing to extend our most sincere apologies for the prolonged interruption of the Windows Secrets website and newsletter deliveries. We are still working to restore full website functionality.

As a gesture of gratitude for your patience, we are extending your paid subscription by a month. Once our site is restored, we'll be sending out double newsletters to ensure the content you're paying for is fulfilled.

Thank you for being one of our subscribers.”

Their motto is "Everything Microsoft forgot to mention". They cover many aspects of Windows in their on-line articles as well as in the newsletters. A couple of their current articles already online:

and many more.

Their subscription rates are $US25, $US39 or $US59 p.a. with varying features. The more expensive rates give you Ebooks on Windows 10 and PC Maintenance for example and programs like PC Tune Up and MyUninstallerPro etc.

The above link may not work unless you are a subscriber, but no doubt it would appear early on in the process of subscribing.


How to revive your 2010 Desktop:

I had an old Desktop computer from 2010 (a Quad-core, state of the art machine back then). A few years later, it kept turning itself off from overheating, so I put it aside. The other day I thought I'd really like to see if I could fix it. Sure enough, the problem was the heat paste between the CPU and the heat sink. ( Anyone remember these good old heat-sinks?)

Q9550 heat sink

I remember trying to get the heat sink off the CPU a while back, but I couldn't budge it. The barbs grabbing through holes in the motherboard were too strong. Even now, I couldn't release it by turning or pulling on the vertical grippers.

I finally reverted to drastic measures and actually unscrewed the motherboard so that I could lift it up and get to the underside. There were four plastic "things" protruding, so you had to squeeze them closed to allow them to retreat up through the holes.

Sure enough, the heat paste was just solidified dry powder. I carefully cleaned it away using a plastic scraper, then used Methylated spirits to remove the last of it from both the CPU and heat sink contacts. Finally, adding some fresh paste and pushing the grippers back into place, the heat sink was now in rock solid contact with the CPU.


Back in those days, Quad-core machines only had four threads, rather than today's eight — Intel hadn't invented Hyperthreading yet.

Anyway, a nice workable and fast net-worked machine — running Ubuntu Linux, of course!


Avast pulls latest CCleaner version over privacy issues:

According to the iTWire article written by Sam Varghese, 06 August 2018.

[ Ed. ] Avast has withdrawn the latest version of its CCleaner utility for Windows. Users were critical of this new version when they found that they had no way of ending the free version of the program, which was always running in the background. If you killed it via Task Manager, for example, it would start up again by itself!

“In a statement posted on its forums on Saturday, Avast said it was removing version 5.45 and reverting to the earlier 5.44 version.

"We're currently working on separating out cleaning functionality from analytics reporting and offering more user control options which will be remembered when CCleaner is closed," a company spokesperson said.

"It would take weeks to complete these changes and provide a new version," the spokesperson added.”

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[Incredible — Ed.]

Facebook wants to see your bank account [Update]:

See the slashgear article by Chris Davies - Aug 6, 2018.

[ Ed. ] Facebook wants the banks to give it access to your banking information so that it can offer an App that shows banking customers their account details.

“Facebook is trying to persuade banks to share your financial information with the social network, a further escalation of its personal data aggregation efforts. The company, still stinging from criticism around how it handled the Cambridge Analytica privacy disaster, has nonetheless faced renewed pressure from investors to increase engagement across its services.

There's plenty at risk if it doesn't, too. Facebook conceded last month that its growth was slowing, citing — among other things — its efforts at paring out contentious fake profiles. Investors, though, were still spooked, and Facebook's market value dropped by more than $120 billion as a result.

One possible route to increasing stickiness of services like Facebook Messenger, the site is apparently exploring, is making it your personal banker too. Facebook has been trying to engage with banks to encourage them to share detailed financial information, sources tell the WSJ. Over the past year it has apparently approached Wells Fargo, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and U.S. Bancorp.

The pitch is fairly straightforward. In return for a list of data that includes checking account [ cheque account - Ed ] balances and more, Facebook would show banking customers those details on request, using Messenger as a delivery method. It would also be able to potentially better deliver fraud warnings than the current outreach efforts of the banks.”

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[Can you believe this? — Ed.]

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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