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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Meeting This Week:

Penrith Group - Saturday Oct 6th - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The meeting normally starts with a Q&A session around the table to enable members to share problems, advice and tips.

When this is concluded, the group may consider further topics of interest.

Meetings Next Week:

Programming - Tuesday Oct 9th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm
Friday Forum - Friday Oct 12th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon
Communications - Friday Oct 12th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Tech Tips:

Windows 10's October Update (Redstone 5) Will Be Released on October 2nd:

See the How-To Geek article by LOWELL HEDDINGS @lowellheddings SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2018.

“We've known for a while that the latest update for Windows 10, codenamed "Redstone 5", was going to be released in October, but now we have a nearly confirmed date: October 2nd, 2018, the same day that Microsoft is holding an event to talk about their new Surface products.”

Read more

The Radio Reading Service:

The RPH Network is a remarkable not-for-profit radio broadcasting organisation which reads selected articles from Sydney's four newspapers, reads excerpts from magazines during the week and takes the BBC radio feed from 11 pm until the next morning.

See their fortnightly schedules. [ Click "M" for Monday etc. ]

The stations are run by volunteer teams of readers and in NSW, 2RPH broadcasts from Sydney and Newcastle, but there are RPH stations in all of the other capitals.

The Sydney stations broadcast on 1224 AM, 100.5 FM, "2RPH" Digital and streamed online.

The newspapers they cover include The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, the Daily Telegraph, The Financial Review and The Newcastle Herald in Newcastle.

The magazine readings are usually 30 minutes long and are then repeated several days later so that you don't miss your favourite topics. A few timeslots are shared week by week, so only appear every two weeks.

Some interesting weekly offerings include:

  • Computalk — Tue 9:00 pm, repeated Fri 2:00 pm

  • Green Advocate — Tue 9:30 pm, repeated Sun 7:00 pm

  • New Scientist — Wed 8:30 pm, repeated Sun 6:30 pm

  • Science and Environment — Fri 1:30 pm, repeated Mon 8:30 pm

  • Time Magazine — Fri 9:00 pm, repeated Mon 9:00 pm

and many more...

You could easily set up a schedule with "Hey Google, remind me on Tuesday at 8:55 pm for Computalk" or just use the normal "scheduler" feature of Windows 7 or 10.

[ Unfortunately, my anti-virus scanner complains that these schedules are a threat and recommends "Delete". How stupid! ]


5 Ways You Can Use Microsoft Office for Free!

Referred by Jeff Garland: See the video by TechGumbo Published on Sep 1, 2017.

“If you like free software, I will show you 5 ways to get and use Microsoft Office software for free. I will show you the steps on how to get Microsoft Office for free to use on your computer. You can get Microsoft Office for free on many operating systems including Windows, Android and iOS. The key free programs that are part of the office suite include: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.”

Comment from makker008 6 months ago:

“Nice story, but reality is totally different of course. Office 365 is a disaster when you are a Mac user. I had office 2011 installed with all my history mails in there ever since 1998. When I installed office 365 the install program ERASED my entire history files. When I called Microsoft support they literally said that they do NOT support microsoft office 365 on MAC and disconnected...

Luckily, I have an Apple time machine and could re-install my back-up from minutes before the install of 365. So, Office 365 is 4 times more expensive than buying a normal license AND it erases your data. Which idiot creates an install program that erases the files of previous versions?”

Comment from Stid Starz 6 months ago:

“Open office is brilliant and knocks windows into a cocked hat, it's FREE and has all the features you want. I simply uninstalled the windows clunker and installed Open Office for FREE.”

Watch video

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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