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Sydney Harbour
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 20 - 25 AUGUST 2018

Hello and Welcome,

Committee News:

Attention: all Members

Our bank, NAB, possibly the worst bank of all, has changed our BSB without notification. For over 20 years our BSB was 082-254 at the Lane Cove Branch, as originally set up. A member has now informed me that his subs deposit was rejected with the message, "The To account number is invalid".

On investigation I found that our BSB has been changed to 082-080, which is the Pitt St/Bathurst St Branch. This change apparently occurred over a year ago. Nevertheless the bank has continued to accept deposits to the 082-254 BSB until 1 August 2018, although they say that there is a limited 60 day changeover period.

Any member who has paid recently and not received a receipt and updated membership card from me should check bank records for any rejection. If a deposit has been rejected please resend funds to:-

Sydney PC User Group Inc BSB 082-080 A/C 123456789 (not the real A/C †number).

Those who usually pay by internet banking should update Payee records to reflect the change, ready for the next payment.

Any member who has received a receipt and updated membership card from me can be sure that funds have reached the Group account, and need not resend subs. A receipt is sent only when funds reach our account.

Membership and Renewal forms will be updated to reflect the change of BSB. Updated deposit slips will be available at the next Main Meeting.

Sorry members, just another headache for your:-

Secretary/Treasurer
Josephine Wiseman

†The A/C number has not changed, so just use the same one as before.

Meetings This Week:

Tuesday Group - Tuesday Aug 21st - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

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

Roger Foulds will present the newest digital photography topics.

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

Meetings Next Week:

Main Meeting - Tuesday Aug 28th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm [ NOTE: It's back to the usual night-time meeting this month. ]
Penrith Group - Saturday Sep 1st - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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ASCCA News:

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Tech Tips:

My bank won't let me edit the BSB number of any Payee entries:

I tried to change the BSB details of the Sydney PC&Tech User Group in my online banking page (as per the Secretary's request, above).

The bank gives me absolutely no means of editing any Payee entry, so I tried to add a new one to use when I next pay my yearly subscription.

Oh no! You can't add a new entry unless you're ACTUALLY transferring money NOW.

What? How paranoid/stupid is this?

The bank? St. George.

Probably the same with all banks — Ed.

 

Disabling Location History Doesn't Stop Google From Tracking Your Location:

See the How-To Geek article by Justin Pot on August 13th, 2018.

“Disabling Google's Location History doesn't stop Google from tracking your location on Android and iOS devices.

Google users can disable location history on this page, but some Google applications keep track of your location even if you do. Here's Ryan Nakashima, writing for the Associated Press:

“Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking.

For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like "chocolate chip cookies," or "kids science kits," pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude — accurate to the square foot — and save it to your Google account.”

Google representatives told the AP this location tracking can be disabled completely by turning off the "Web & App Activity" feature; find that setting here.

RELATED: Do You Realize How Much You Share Your Location?

This is odd, because the "Web & App Activity" setting does not mention location at all, and is even right beside the Location History toggle in the settings. But now you know, I guess, so go ahead and change the settings if this worries you.”

You're trapped, er tracked — Ed.

Microsoft quietly makes 'Your Phone' Android app
available to mainstream Windows 10 users:

“Microsoft briefly rolled out its 'My Phone' app for Windows 10 more broadly. There are also new Insider test builds of its 'Redstone 5' Windows client and Server and Patch Tuesday fixes for many Win 10 variants.

See the ZDNet article By Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft | August 14, 2018 — 23:47 GMT (09:47 AEST) | Topic: Windows 10.

Microsoft is no longer requiring Windows 10 users to be running "Insider" test builds to use the Microsoft "Your Phone" app. The Your Phone app for Android phones will work with mainstream Windows 10 releases — at least the 1803 "Spring Creators Update" build in the U.S. — as of this week.

(I've asked Microsoft if Your Phone is working with Windows 10 1803 for Android users who are not Insiders outside of North America, but no word back yet.)

Update: Microsoft seemingly has revoked the ability for those using a non-Insider build of Windows 10 to access the Your Phone app, according to an August 15 tweet from Program Management in charge of Your Phone.

Back to the original story:

Microsoft hasn't publicized availability of Your Phone to non-Insiders as of today, August 14. But I — along with a number of other Android phone users who are not running an Insider preview of Windows 10 on their PCs — were able to get the app to work after seeing a post from Neowin.net about its availability.

Users can download the My Phone app for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store here and subsequently connect their phones to it.”

Read more

Article brought to our attention by Jeff Garland — Ed.

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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