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Hello and Welcome,

Meetings This Week:

Programming - Tuesday Sep 11th - 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 †September 11 at 6pm. We'll see some new microprocessor applications and programming examples.

Neville Hoffman

†Seventeen years ago the Programming SIG was being held at Lane Cove on that same day. When we got home we watched the TV coverage of the September 11 attacks on the US.

Friday Forum - Friday Sep 14th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

Communications - Friday Sep 14th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

Web Design - Saturday Sep 15th - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

Hi Everyone,

Saturday the 15th is our Web Design meeting.

This month I found an article on CSS Layout. It uses examples from †Codepen which is a free site where people can write web code using HTML, CSS and Javascript. The result is then displayed in a separate window. You can join for free and your examples and those of all the other members are on public display. It creates a great resource of code demonstrations on all kinds of topics. Need to see how a CSS menu works or how to create an SVG diagram? You will probably find a "pen" on the topic.

The site has seventeen examples of layouts from older formats like position and floats to flexbox and grid. We'll have a look at the simpler examples which just use CSS and HTML and maybe see how the older methods compare with the new layout systems available.

We can play with the examples and see what we can achieve by building a few simple sites of our own.

Steve South
Web Design Group

CodePen is a social development environment for front-end designers and developers. It's the best place to build and deploy a website, show off your work, build test cases, and find inspiration — CodePen Website.

Meeting Next Week:

Tuesday Group - Tuesday Sep 18th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

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The Lendlease Foundation is inviting ASCCA
members to a free one-on-one help session
at Barangaroo Sydney:

We have been very fortunate to be invited to this new kind of event. It is being organised by the Lendlease Foundation and Leo Birch. You may have seen Leo before doing opening presentations at Google.

This event is in a different location from any that we have attended before.

Click here for a flyer with more details.

Click here for help with the location and transport.


Bookings and enquiries are to be directed to Leo Birch at:

leo.birch@lendlease.com or 0450 284 280

Do not send bookings to ASCCA.

ASCCA has only been allocated 15 spaces for this unique event.

Leo would like all bookings to be finalised by 10 September, so do not delay.

Mark Young

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.

And the early bird award goes to...

Hello Roger,

I have registered you for the Tech Connect event.

I will send you an email with further details specific to the event a couple of days prior to Thursday.

See you then,

Leo Birch

Yes, our very own Roger Foulds!

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Tech Tips:

Official — a list of the keyboard shortcut keys available in Win 10:

Referred by John Symonds.

Here is the definitive list of shortcuts for every type of Windows 10 app or program that you can think of.

Not just for the Desktop, but for Word (Cut, Copy or Paste), Calculator (Switch to Standard, Scientific or Programmer modes), WordPad (Create a new document, Open an existing document or Save changes to a document) etc.

Here are a few from the hundreds listed:

General keyboard shortcuts

F1 — Display Help
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) — Copy the selected item
Ctrl + X — Cut the selected item
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) — Paste the selected item
Ctrl + Z — Undo an action
Ctrl + Y — Redo an action

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

Ctrl + Tab — Move forward through tabs
Ctrl + Shift + Tab — Move back through tabs
Tab — Move forward through options
Shift + Tab — Move back through options
Alt + underlined letter — Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
Enter — Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
Spacebar — Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Arrow keys — Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
F1 — Display Help
F4 — Display the items in the active list
Backspace — Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

And many more...

Either save the entire webpage somewhere handy or at least make a bookmark to this amazing list.

PS: You can also choose Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 instead.


Yes, Redstone 5 Will Be Named the October 2018 Update:

Posted on August 31, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10.

[ Ed: WARNING: This site complains if you have an Ad Blocker — just click on "Move on to site". ]

“No surprise here: Microsoft revealed today that Redstone 5 will be officially named the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

"I'm pleased to announce that our next feature update to Windows will be called the Windows 10 October 2018 Update," Microsoft corporate vice president Roanne Sones writes in a post to the Windows Blog. "With this update, we'll be bringing new features and enhancements to the nearly 700 million devices running Windows 10 that help people make the most of their time. We'll share more details about the update over the coming weeks."

So, yes, Microsoft has been using the phrase "nearly 700 million Windows 10 devices" for literally four months now. And yes, that should now be considered a cause for alarm. As I've noted in the past, Windows 10 usage had been rising at a rate of ~17 million new PCs every month (or 100 million every six months) at the time those words first escaped Terry Myerson's mouth. So one has to wonder how it's possible that we're not counting down to 800 million PCs by this point.

Beyond this disturbing tidbit, today's Microsoft announcement concerns the various new PCs that its hardware partners had already announced at IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung in Berlin, or Europe's largest Technology show) this week. We've already covered that in separate posts here on the site, so there's no reason to go through that again.

Which brings us to the future. Microsoft casually dropped a bombshell, of sorts, when it recently revealed that the version of Windows 10 after Windows 10 version 1803 (the October 2018 Update) will drop the Redstone naming convention and is codenamed H119 (for "first half of 2019") instead.”

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There's A New 100Mbps 'NBN Killer' In Town:

Referred by Jeff Garland: See Lifehacker article written by Anthony Caruana Sep 4, 2018, 1:00am.

“As the troubled NBN project continues to roll out, other companies are stepping up to fill the need for customers who want faster connections or don't want to wait for the NBN to arrive in their suburb. One of those companies is Uniti Wireless — and it's coming to most major cities in Australia.

The company has received a $5m grant from South Australia's Future Jobs Fund that it'll use to drive employment opportunities in the company across engineering, software development, customer support, sales and marketing as the company looks to double its workforce and accelerate national growth.

Uniti Wireless offers wireless broadband services in Melbourne and Adelaide with plans to expand its network into metropolitan Perth, Sydney and Brisbane before the end of the year. The company has been around since 2014 and offers 25Mbps, 50Mbps and 100Mbps plans starting at $29.95 per month although monthly charges increase if you go month-to-month rather than locking into a longer-term contract. They also offer business plans with static IP addresses. Upload speeds run at up to 40Mbps depending on the plan you choose.”

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Firefox 65 Will Block Cross Site Tracking:

See How-To Geek article by Justin Pot AUGUST 30TH, 2018.

It seems Firefox will stop third-party sites writing cookies for tracking purposes. Apple have already done this with Safari, but don't expect Google Chrome to follow. Their massive ad-revenue would be at risk if they did.

“An upcoming version of Firefox will block cross site tracking by default.

The feature will be part of Firefox 65, coming out in December, though users of the Nightly releases have it right now. Cross-site tracking is where ads use cookies to follow you around the web. Mozilla plans to block access to cookies in some cases and delete them entirely in others.

From an official Firefox blog post:

In the physical world, users wouldn't expect hundreds of vendors to follow them from store to store, spying on the products they look at or purchase. Users have the same expectations of privacy on the web, and yet in reality, they are tracked wherever they go. Most web browsers fail to help users get the level of privacy they expect and deserve. In order to help give users the private web browsing experience they expect and deserve, Firefox will strip cookies and block storage access from third-party tracking content.

The post says Firefox 65 will also fight browser fingerprinting, which is one of the many ways websites track you online.”

It'll be interesting to see whether these moves are effective or not.

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"Windows 95 in an app" feedback:

See user comments on the Verge website.


Sadly, Internet Explorer isn't fully functional as it simply refuses to load pages.

So it is fully functional.

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 | 3:06 AM


This was the last version of Windows I used. Then I bought an iMac.

Posted on Aug 23, 2018 | 2:19 PM

Dr Strange

It was Vista that drove me to Mac.

Posted on Aug 23, 2018 | 2:58 PM

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