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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Meetings This Week:

Programming - Tuesday Nov 13th - 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 Nov 13 at 6pm. We'll see some new microprocessor applications and programming examples.

Neville Hoffman

Web Design - Saturday Nov 17th - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

Hi Everyone,

Saturday the 17th will be our last Web Design meeting for the year; hope to see you all there.

It would be a good time to look at what we would like to do next year, so bring along your ideas. If there is something you would like to find out about, I can always research it. We could also have a look at what members of the group have done with their sites over the year.

I have discovered an HTML5 Template site which has a great image gallery.

I have used it as the basis to display some of my photos.

The first two sets are of the Richmond Air Show and the Platypus of Bombala.

The photo sizes may need some work — we'll see if we could modify them to make the pages more usable.

So bring your ideas and let's have some fun.

Steve South
Web Design Co-ordinator

Meetings Next Week:

Tuesday Group - Tuesday Nov 20th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon
Digital Photography - Friday Nov 23rd - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

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ASCCA Newsletter, November 2018:

Greetings all,

The November ASCCA newsletter is attached†. You will notice that we are using our new logo and there is an explanation of what the logo stands for in the newsletter.

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association

Joan Craymer has done one of her fabulous collages so that we can share some of the conference with those who couldn't attend. The 20th Australian Technology Conference for Seniors was a great success. Thank you to those who shared their knowledge, and time, to give presentations at the conference, and it was great to welcome an exciting range of Information stands. It was wonderful to see friends meeting and greeting other members; often they hadn't seen each other since the last conference! Thanks for the photographs, Barry, you can see we have made good use of them already!

Things are winding up for the year but check the ASCCA Notice Board because there are already dates in February 2019 needing your attention.

Working with nearby clubs may be most useful in helping your club grow and prosper. Read about SPLASH, a 'What's On' newsletter for your local area. Communication is the very lifeline to success so consider establishing an email list of all of your club members so you have a quick and easy way to share information and make contact with them. You already have such a list? Excellent. Sorry, I should have realised that you are already ahead of the game and had such a contact list in place.

Read the latest update for the SWADE Western Australian program and plan just how your club will recognise Stay Safer Internet Day.

Congratulations to AUSOM for taking the initiative and organising your own competitions for 2018!

Do you ride a bicycle? Can you imagine riding from Melbourne to Sydney? Turn to the back page, because that is just what ASCCA's new Treasurer Bill Soper is planning to do. Good luck and no punctures Bill!

11 November is a date of great historical significance, but this year 11 am on 11/11 will mark the centenary of the Armistice signed at the end of World War 1. A little bit of the history of the Armistice is included in the newsletter.


Nan Bosler,
President, Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA)

†You may download the November newsletter from ASCCA instead — Ed.

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Tech Tips:

“SERIOUS BREAKING NEWS: — Microsoft Confirms It Accidentally Deactivated Some Windows 10 PCs”:

See this How-To Geek article for more details by CHRIS HOFFMAN @chrisbhoffman NOVEMBER 8, 2018, 1:49PM EDT.

“Some Windows 10 users are upset today after Microsoft suddenly deactivated their Windows installations, resulting in "Activate Windows" nags. Microsoft has confirmed the error and said a fix is in the way. [ Ed: IN the way?? ]

Update: Microsoft's Jeff Jones told Bleeping Computer this problem is now fixed and affected PCs will automatically become activated again sometime in the next 24 hours. Mary Jo Foley over at ZDNet points out that you can head to Settings > Update & Security > Activation > Troubleshoot to fix it immediately.”

Desperate Microsoft

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“Forget the 'cloud', soon we'll be on the 'edge' when it comes to smart tech&rdquo”p>

Referred by Jeff Garland: See The Conversation article by Blesson Varghese on November 6, 2018 9.39pm AEDT.

“Time travel to the UK in 2025: Harry is a teenager with a smartphone and Pauline is a senior citizen with Alzheimer's who relies on smart glasses for independent living. Harry is frustrated his favourite online game is slow, and Pauline is anxious since her healthcare app is unresponsive.

Forbes predicts that by 2025 more than 80 billion devices, from wearables and smartphones, to factory and smart-city sensors, will be connected to the internet. Something like 180 trillion gigabytes of data will be generated that year.


Edge computing is a disruptive new technology, still in its infancy, which offers a solution. Delays will be reduced by processing data geographically closer to the devices where it is needed, that is, at the edge of the network, instead of in a distant cloud. For example, smartphone data could be processed on a home router, and navigation guidance information on smart glasses could be obtained from a mobile base station instead of the cloud.

Will the cloud become obsolete?

Cloud data centres are facilities concentrated with processing and storage capabilities across the globe. They are one of the central planks of modern economies. Today they are required as critical infrastructure because very little processing can be done between the user device and the cloud, but once processing is done at the edge, the central role of the cloud will change.


Processing a user's data on servers located on a home router without leaving a data footprint outside the home network is more secure than leaving the entire data on the cloud. More public edge devices, such as internet gateways or mobile base stations, will have the data footprint of many users. So the systems required to fully protect the edge are still a major investigative focus.

Questions remain to be answered throughout the adoption process, but the inevitable conclusion is clear: the edge will change not only the cloud's future, but also those of us — like Harry and Pauline — who depend on it every day.”

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“Russian roulette with Windows updates”:

See the Ashampoo Blog by Sven Krumrey 2018/11/06.

“Using an OS for many years can feel like marriage: there are good and bad times and you adapt to get along. Your partner may no longer be the love of your life, but you've become intimately familiar and know each other's quirks. However, once updates are forced down your throat, errors get ignored and customer service is next to nonexistent, the relationship quickly cools off and you start taking precautions. In other words: Get your act together, Microsoft!

The Windows 10 October update nearly gave millions of users a heart attack because, depending on their configuration, it deleted all of their personal files! And that was just the beginning. Many customers experienced massive audio issues, flaky internet connections and even blue screens. Sure, errors happen but it goes deeper than that — they were already known beforehand! Thanks to the Windows Insider program, Microsoft now has an army of roughly 10 million beta testers who receive software pre-release builds — with a proviso that the software might not behave as expected, of course. At least participants know what they're in for.


In the past, Windows Updates used to be smooth sailing for most; now, it's a question of will my system still work afterwards? This uncertainty causes many users to reject automatic updates altogether, with some even deliberately filling their drives to the brim to prevent Windows from updating! That's not a viable long-term solution though. Secure systems need regular updates to fix newly discovered vulnerabilities. Once again, a decent backup strategy pays off. That's why I regularly back up my system to an external drive to mitigate unwanted side effects of Windows updates. As one of the world's biggest software developers, this is certainly not a glorious chapter in Microsoft's history!”

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PS: Look at the wording of the Microsoft user agreement (which must be accepted) before the upgrades begin:


Thank you for choosing Microsoft!”

Incredible! — Ed.

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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