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Hello and Welcome,

Committee News:

Dear Members

We now have a new Epson projector which will have its inaugural trial at the Main Meeting next Tuesday. It was procured for us by Alex and is now in my possession. The quote for fixing the old Epson was higher than the cost of the new Epson, nevertheless our thanks to members who tried to effect a repair without cost.

The Kogan which we have used recently was donated to the Group by me, quite fortuitously just before the old Epson failed. It has tided us over and will remain as a spare in case of future need. It is adequate in specs but not at the standard of the new Epson, which is Model: EB-2250U with Specs and Features as below.

I have installed the software, however cannot get it recognised on my network or on Bluetooth — over to Alex on this one. (NB: Have just read that special software has to be downloaded from the Epson site for this.) With HDMI connection there is no problem, and the display is impressive.

We need to decide if it should be pwd-protected in case of theft. There is an excellent on-screen Guide which I am working through. The printed Quick Guide contains the usual international symbols which are not as clear to me as the English language. I have printed the relevant 10 or so pages from the Online Guide (127 pp). I will be able to demonstrate the tricks I have learnt in about 15 min before the Telstra presentation.

  • 3 x Brighter Colours and reliable performance* — 3LCD, 3-Chip Technology. Look for both high colour brightness and high white brightness
  • Crisp Clear Resolution — Featuring WUXGA (1920 x 1200)
  • Versatile Connectivity — Easily integrate with any system with HDMI and MHL
  • Optional Wireless Functionality — Optional Wi-Fi
  • Gesture Presenter™ — Simply move your hand in front of the presentation
  • Split Screen™ — Simultaneously project two images, video or still, side by side, from two different sources
  • Epson iProjection™ — Wirelessly display and control content from your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Android™ devices
  • USB Display Function — Project via a simple USB cable connection without having to change the monitor output setting on the PC
  • Automatic Setup — The Automatic Screen Fit function adjusts focus, zoom, horizontal and vertical keystone all at the touch of a button
  • Remote Network Monitoring and Control — Plus Message Broadcasting and built-in schedule functions with EasyMP® software / Multi-PC Projection

Connectivity Panel
The Epson Projector, Model: EB-2250U

Connectivity Panel
The Connectivity Panel

For more information go to http://www.epson.com.au.

Josephine Wiseman

Tuesday Group Report — Windows Backup a Success:

The backup of the Club's Windows 10 C: drive (OS) and F: drive (DATA) was successful at the Tuesday Group session on Oct 16, 2018.

We downloaded the free version of Macrium Reflect, an 800+ MB download (exe + WindowsPE files!) and backed up the two Windows 10 partitions to our external hard drive.

The details:

The C: drive contained about 140 GB of data.

The F: drive had about 71 GB.

The external drive mounted as the H: drive is a 2 TB disk, with about 900+ GB used (before the backup).

Macrium Reflect took about an hour and 30 minutes to write the image files while we still used the computer to Google answers to questions from the members.

We then successfully mounted the two images as virtual drives J: and K: (using Macrium Reflect), which we opened with File Explorer.

Later, we will make a Recovery DVD to see if we can boot from it and restore one of these partitions (just stopping short of clicking "Begin Restore").


Meetings This Week:

Main Meeting - Tuesday Oct 23rd - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm

October Main Meeting

Kate Jordan, Telstra's IoT Product Manager, is our special guest this month, and she will be talking about the upcoming launch of the new Telstra Locator.

Telstra Locator is a new finding service that will help customers find the things that matter to them most — from keys and bags to bikes, pets and even business assets like tools and vehicles.

By attaching a Telstra Locator Tag to their valuables, customers can use the Telstra Locator App to help find their possessions if they go missing. They'll also be able to locate their compatible iOS and Android smartphones and tablets from the Telstra Locator App.

Telstra isn't offering a prize for the raffle at this stage, but we'll see what else we can find to make up for that.

There will also be some cool new tech to showcase, as well as Q&A and other segments, so see you on Tuesday night!

Alex :-)

Digital Photography - Friday Oct 26th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

Hear about all the newest digital photography topics.

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

Meeting Next Week:

Penrith Group - Saturday Nov 3rd - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Tech Tips:

“Windows 10 Bug Silences Sound Cards”:

See the InfoPackets article by John Lister on October, 17 2018 at 12:10PM EDT.

“Microsoft has fixed a problem with the latest major Windows 10 update that left some computers silent. It's blamed Intel for an incompatible audio driver.

A driver is software that helps a hardware device (such as a soundcard) work with an operating system, such as Windows. Sometimes drivers need to be updated to keep working with a new or updated edition of Windows.

In the past, users often had to download drivers from hardware manufacturers, which usually meant using a search engine to find the appropriate page with a download link. These days, however, the Windows Update process often includes new or updated drivers for widely-used hardware. When everything works as intended, it's good news all round as things continue working smoothly without the user having to take any extra steps.

The Sound of Silence

That wasn't the case this time, however. Many users with Intel-based audio hardware in their computer discovered that they suddenly had no sound on their computer whatsoever, regardless of what equipment they used or what changes they made to settings.

Microsoft says the problem was caused because "Intel unintentionally released" a new driver, which overrode existing drivers. That's raised some questions about exactly how much testing (if any) Microsoft did before allowing the driver to go through Windows Update. (Source: zdnet.com)

In theory, it should have been flagged by its "Insider" testing program that allows ordinary users to get new features and updates early in return for acting as real-world testers. The sheer number of people in the program means some of those involved should have been hit by the incompatibility.”

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“Intelligent multitasking with Sets”:

See the techradar article By Matt Hanson October 3, 2018 in Operating Systems News.

“While Sets is one of the more hotly-anticipated new features, Microsoft recently pulled it from Redstone 5's preview builds.

According to Microsoft's Dona Sarkar in a blog post announcing the 17704 preview build, "we're taking Sets offline to continue making it great. Based on your feedback, some of the things we're focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow".

So what is Sets, anyway? Well, the basic idea is to bring the concept of tabs from the web browser to the entire interface of the OS in general, so you can have windows with tabs that contain web pages, apps, folders — a mix of everything essentially.

At Build, Microsoft showed off more about the potential of Sets in Windows 10, showing how you can have an open document, and clicking a web link will open the web page in a tab next to the document, with everything you open organized in that Set.

You'll then be reminded with prompts while you're working with the tabs, which should give you intelligent help when working across a variety of documents, apps and websites.

It doesn't look like Sets is going to make it into the final release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, but we might get it in the next major Windows 10 release.”

See a three-minute YouTube video describing how Sets will look in Windows.

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“How to reset Windows 10, 8, and 7 password if you forgot it”:

Referred by Jeff Garland: See the androidauthority article, a sponsoredpost on October 19, 2018.

“Losing your Windows password can be a nightmare. Not only are you completely locked out of your system, but all of your data is still in there. It's like losing the key to a vault that holds everything valuable that you own. It's probably one of the worst things that can happen in your digital life. What's more, sometimes you'll buy a used computer, and oops — they forgot to wipe everything, so now all you have is a pricey paperweight. Not cool at all.

Fortunately, there's an easy solution. PCUnlocker can get you back into your PC quickly and easily. All you'll need is to borrow another computer to burn a CD or copy a file to a USB drive, and you'll be on the road to recovery before you know it. Seriously, borrowing a computer is the hardest part in this process. The rest is pretty smooth sailing.

All you need to do is to pick up a copy of PCUnlocker from Top-Password.com. Download the full version of PCUnlocker via the link included in your confirmation email. Once you unzip it, you'll have an ISO file. Pop in the CD or USB key into your borrowed PC. Then you'll need to burn the ISO file to the CD or USB Drive. We recommend ISO2Disc, also from Top Password.”

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[ Ed: If YOU can reset passwords, so can the BAD guys, so be careful... ]


“Ubuntu 18.10 Is Out With a New Theme and Snappier Desktop Performance”:

If you're really annoyed by Microsoft's latest shenanigans, why not try Ubuntu?

Cosmic Cuttlefish
Ubuntu, version 18.10

See the How-To Geek article by CHRIS HOFFMAN @chrisbhoffman OCTOBER 18TH, 2018.

Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" is now available. This release features a shiny new theme named "Yaru", which was originally scheduled for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. The new GNOME 3.30 improves desktop performance, too.

Most of the improvements in Cosmic Cuttlefish are low-level things you can't see. As usual, this means a lot of package upgrades. Ubuntu 18.10 features the Linux kernel 4.18, GNOME 3.30 desktop, and LibreOffice 6.1.2. Under the hood, this new release boasts a "state of the art toolchain" featuring various new versions of system software, from glibc 2.28 to GCC 8.2 and OpenSSL 1.1.1.”

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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