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Sydney Harbour
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 4 - 9 FEBRUARY 2019

Hello and Welcome,

Committee News:

The Secretary is now calling for nominations for the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and notice of interest in the non-elected position of Membership Officer. The incoming Office-Bearers and ordinary committee members will take up their positions at the conclusion of the AGM to be held on 26 February 2019. The official nomination form is appended to this newsletter and can also be downloaded from the Group's website.

Note that current Office-Bearers will have completed their 3-year terms allowed by the Constitution but may nominate for another position than the position currently held including ordinary committee member. The four current ordinary committee members will not have completed 3 years.

Constitution: Clause 19. Election of committee members:

(1) Nominations of candidates for election as office-bearers of the association or as ordinary committee members:

  • (a) must be made in writing, signed by 2 members of the association and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate (which may be endorsed on the form of the nomination), and

  • (b) must be delivered to the secretary of the association at least 7 days before the date fixed for the holding of the annual general meeting at which the election is to take place.

Josephine Wiseman
Secretary SPCTUG

PS: See attached file "Nomination form for elections 0119.docx" — Ed.

 

Meetings This Week:

Friday Forum - Friday Feb 8th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

One member, Olin, recently asked about Windows XP — Yes, before the recent Main Meeting, we showed that this option on our multi-boot setup still works.

It'll be interesting to see if we can get his XP programs to install and run properly. They didn't quite work on the night.

Then we can have the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Communications - Friday Feb 8th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meetings Next Week:

Programming - Tuesday Feb 12th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm
Web Design - Saturday Feb 16th - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

Meetings This Month:

 8 2019/02/02 - 14:00-17:00 - 02 Feb, Saturday - Penrith Group
 9 2019/02/08 - 09:30-12:30 - 08 Feb, Friday - Friday Forum
10 2019/02/08 - 12:30-15:30 - 08 Feb, Friday - Communications
11 2019/02/12 - 17:30-20:30 - 12 Feb, Tuesday - Programming
12 2019/02/16 - 13:30-16:30 - 16 Feb, Saturday - Web Design
13 2019/02/19 - 09:30-12:30 - 19 Feb, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
14 2019/02/22 - 09:30-12:30 - 22 Feb, Friday - Digital Photography
15 2019/02/26 - 17:30-20:30 - 26 Feb, Tuesday - Main Meeting

Full Meeting List for 2019 (amended):

 1 2019/01/05 - 14:00-17:00 - 05 Jan, Saturday - Penrith Group
 2 2019/01/11 - 09:30-12:30 - 11 Jan, Friday - Friday Forum
 3 2019/01/11 - 12:30-15:30 - 11 Jan, Friday - Communications
 4 2019/01/15 - 09:30-12:30 - 15 Jan, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
 5 2019/01/19 - 13:30-16:30 - 19 Jan, Saturday - Web Design
 6 2019/01/22 - 17:30-20:30 - 22 Jan, Tuesday - Main Meeting
 7 2019/01/25 - 09:30-12:30 - 25 Jan, Friday - Digital Photography

 8 2019/02/02 - 14:00-17:00 - 02 Feb, Saturday - Penrith Group
 9 2019/02/08 - 09:30-12:30 - 08 Feb, Friday - Friday Forum
10 2019/02/08 - 12:30-15:30 - 08 Feb, Friday - Communications
11 2019/02/12 - 17:30-20:30 - 12 Feb, Tuesday - Programming
12 2019/02/16 - 13:30-16:30 - 16 Feb, Saturday - Web Design
13 2019/02/19 - 09:30-12:30 - 19 Feb, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
14 2019/02/22 - 09:30-12:30 - 22 Feb, Friday - Digital Photography
15 2019/02/26 - 17:30-20:30 - 26 Feb, Tuesday - Main Meeting

16 2019/03/02 - 14:00-17:00 - 02 Mar, Saturday - Penrith Group
17 2019/03/08 - 09:30-12:30 - 08 Mar, Friday - Friday Forum
18 2019/03/08 - 12:30-15:30 - 08 Mar, Friday - Communications
19 2019/03/12 - 17:30-20:30 - 12 Mar, Tuesday - Programming
20 2019/03/16 - 13:30-16:30 - 16 Mar, Saturday - Web Design
21 2019/03/19 - 09:30-12:30 - 19 Mar, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
22 2019/03/22 - 09:30-12:30 - 22 Mar, Friday - Digital Photography
23 2019/03/26 - 17:30-20:30 - 26 Mar, Tuesday - Main Meeting

24 2019/04/06 - 14:00-17:00 - 06 Apr, Saturday - Penrith Group
25 2019/04/09 - 17:30-20:30 - 09 Apr, Tuesday - Programming
26 2019/04/12 - 09:30-12:30 - 12 Apr, Friday - Friday Forum
27 2019/04/12 - 12:30-15:30 - 12 Apr, Friday - Communications
28 2019/04/16 - 09:30-12:30 - 16 Apr, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
29 2019/04/26 - 09:30-12:30 - 26 Apr, Friday - Digital Photography

30 2019/05/04 - 14:00-17:00 - 04 May, Saturday - Penrith Group
31 2019/05/10 - 09:30-12:30 - 10 May, Friday - Friday Forum
32 2019/05/10 - 12:30-15:30 - 10 May, Friday - Communications
33 2019/05/14 - 17:30-20:30 - 14 May, Tuesday - Programming
34 2019/05/18 - 13:30-16:30 - 18 May, Saturday - Web Design
35 2019/05/21 - 09:30-12:30 - 21 May, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
36 2019/05/24 - 09:30-12:30 - 24 May, Friday - Digital Photography
37 2019/05/28 - 17:30-20:30 - 28 May, Tuesday - Main Meeting

38 2019/06/01 - 14:00-17:00 - 01 Jun, Saturday - Penrith Group
39 2019/06/11 - 17:30-20:30 - 11 Jun, Tuesday - Programming
40 2019/06/14 - 09:30-12:30 - 14 Jun, Friday - Friday Forum
41 2019/06/14 - 12:30-15:30 - 14 Jun, Friday - Communications
42 2019/06/15 - 13:30-16:30 - 15 Jun, Saturday - Web Design
43 2019/06/18 - 09:30-12:30 - 18 Jun, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
44 2019/06/18 - 12:30-15:30 - 18 Jun, Tuesday - Main Meeting - DAYTIME-MEETING
45 2019/06/28 - 09:30-12:30 - 28 Jun, Friday - Digital Photography

46 2019/07/06 - 14:00-17:00 - 06 Jul, Saturday - Penrith Group
47 2019/07/09 - 17:30-20:30 - 09 Jul, Tuesday - Programming
48 2019/07/12 - 09:30-12:30 - 12 Jul, Friday - Friday Forum
49 2019/07/12 - 12:30-15:30 - 12 Jul, Friday - Communications
50 2019/07/16 - 09:30-12:30 - 16 Jul, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
51 2019/07/16 - 12:30-15:30 - 16 Jul, Tuesday - Main Meeting - DAYTIME-MEETING
52 2019/07/20 - 13:30-16:30 - 20 Jul, Saturday - Web Design
53 2019/07/26 - 09:30-12:30 - 26 Jul, Friday - Digital Photography

54 2019/08/03 - 14:00-17:00 - 03 Aug, Saturday - Penrith Group
55 2019/08/09 - 09:30-12:30 - 09 Aug, Friday - Friday Forum
56 2019/08/09 - 12:30-15:30 - 09 Aug, Friday - Communications
57 2019/08/13 - 17:30-20:30 - 13 Aug, Tuesday - Programming
58 2019/08/17 - 13:30-16:30 - 17 Aug, Saturday - Web Design - TENTATIVE
59 2019/08/20 - 09:30-12:30 - 20 Aug, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
60 2019/08/20 - 12:30-15:30 - 20 Aug, Tuesday - Main Meeting - DAYTIME-MEETING
61 2019/08/23 - 09:30-12:30 - 23 Aug, Friday - Digital Photography

62 2019/09/07 - 14:00-17:00 - 07 Sep, Saturday - Penrith Group
63 2019/09/10 - 17:30-20:30 - 10 Sep, Tuesday - Programming
64 2019/09/13 - 09:30-12:30 - 13 Sep, Friday - Friday Forum
65 2019/09/13 - 12:30-15:30 - 13 Sep, Friday - Communications
66 2019/09/17 - 09:30-12:30 - 17 Sep, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
67 2019/09/21 - 13:30-16:30 - 21 Sep, Saturday - Web Design
68 2019/09/24 - 17:30-20:30 - 24 Sep, Tuesday - Main Meeting
69 2019/09/27 - 09:30-12:30 - 27 Sep, Friday - Digital Photography

70 2019/10/05 - 14:00-17:00 - 05 Oct, Saturday - Penrith Group
71 2019/10/08 - 17:30-20:30 - 08 Oct, Tuesday - Programming
72 2019/10/11 - 09:30-12:30 - 11 Oct, Friday - Friday Forum
73 2019/10/11 - 12:30-15:30 - 11 Oct, Friday - Communications
74 2019/10/15 - 09:30-12:30 - 15 Oct, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
75 2019/10/19 - 13:30-16:30 - 19 Oct, Saturday - Web Design
76 2019/10/22 - 17:30-20:30 - 22 Oct, Tuesday - Main Meeting
77 2019/10/25 - 09:30-12:30 - 25 Oct, Friday - Digital Photography

78 2019/11/02 - 14:00-17:00 - 02 Nov, Saturday - Penrith Group
79 2019/11/08 - 09:30-12:30 - 08 Nov, Friday - Friday Forum
80 2019/11/08 - 12:30-15:30 - 08 Nov, Friday - Communications
81 2019/11/12 - 17:30-20:30 - 12 Nov, Tuesday - Programming
82 2019/11/16 - 13:30-16:30 - 16 Nov, Saturday - Web Design
83 2019/11/19 - 09:30-12:30 - 19 Nov, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
84 2019/11/22 - 09:30-12:30 - 22 Nov, Friday - Digital Photography
85 2019/11/26 - 17:30-20:30 - 26 Nov, Tuesday - Main Meeting

86 2019/12/07 - 14:00-17:00 - 07 Dec, Saturday - Penrith Group
87 2019/12/10 - 17:30-20:30 - 10 Dec, Tuesday - Programming
88 2019/12/13 - 09:30-12:30 - 13 Dec, Friday - Friday Forum
89 2019/12/13 - 12:30-15:30 - 13 Dec, Friday - Communications
90 2019/12/17 - 09:30-12:30 - 17 Dec, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum

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Tech News:

“Optus 5G launches 50Mbps down, 20Mbps up, $70 unlimited”:

See the iTWire article on 31 January 2019 Written by Alex Zaharov-Reutt.

Optus has launched its fixed 5G wireless service, with three sites live now in January 2019, and 1200 to be delivered by March 2020, but is 5G safe?

People in the ACT suburbs of Dickson and Manuka, and the NSW suburb of Glendenning, who want to be Optus 5G customers, can register at the Optus 5G website and, if accepted, can be connected during Q2, 2019.

Another 57 suburbs will be covered by the first 50 Optus 5G sites, with the full list below, and these suburbs in the ACT (9 sites), NSW (22 sites), QLD (13 sites), SA (3 sites) and WA (13 sites).

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A brilliant announcement, with future prospects of 1Gbps connections†. This can't come soon enough for me. This afternoon (January 31), my NBN internet cut out at 5:30 pm during the wild winds marking the cool change after near 40 degree heat. It leaves you absolutely helpless, wondering how you can keep in touch with friends and relations, receive and pay your bills or get Google information. It came back on about 7 hours later — Ed.

†“In the future, this technology has the potential of delivering up to 1Gbps peak speed, a concept which has been successfully tested in a lab environment using test equipment.”

 

“Everything New in Windows 10's April 2019 Update”:

See the How-To Geek article by CHRIS HOFFMAN @chrisbhoffman JANUARY 28, 2019, 6:40AM EDT.

Windows 10's next update is the April 2019 Update, which is version 1903 [ April is month 04 — Ed. ] and was codenamed 19H1 during development. It features a light theme, speed improvements, and lots of polish. There are no crazy new features like My People or Timeline.

This article includes everything new as of Insider Preview build 18323, released on January 24, 2019.

Speed Improvements (Thanks to Better Spectre Fixes)
7 GB of Your PC's Storage Reserved for Updates
Home Users Can Now Pause Updates, Too!
A Light Desktop Theme
Windows Sandbox for Professional Users
...

Some User Comments:

Upper_westsider — That is really ambitious! I hope they get this one right the first time. After last year, I have very little confidence.

Dale Burke — I for one as a Windows 10 Insider and Power User am thrilled to see these changes. What I'm worried about is the average Joe having to learn all these new features. I believe there will be a steep learning curve and it will confuse and alienate a good many users.

Jim — I am already alienated.

Zingger 73 — Now, if this really happens, all they need to do is make a slide presentation part by part to help those who don't understand what is happening.

Frank Hutchings — I'm still waiting for the October 2018 Update!

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“Microsoft 365 services go down once again”:

See the iTWire article by Sam Varghese 30 January 2019.

Microsoft 365 services may have to be renamed to something with a smaller number†, given that they have once again gone on the blink, with affected users unable to authenticate to, and access, them.

A notice from Microsoft said: "Dynamics 365, LinkedIn, and other services that leverage Azure Active Directory are, or were, also affected by this event."

The issues began at 9.15pm UTC on Tuesday, 29 January (8.15am AEDT on Wednesday).

The company said the preliminary root cause was degradation of a portion of third-party managed network infrastructure that facilitates authentication requests and access to Microsoft 365 services.

This is the second time in as many weeks that the 365 services have been hit by outages.

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†Windows 365 implies that it is up 365 days/year. A better name might be Windows 180 if we're lucky — Ed.

This article shows exactly why people are wary of online-only logins to their own Operating System. And outsourced to a third-party managed network infrastructure — absolutely unbelievable! Now, if this ever happens to me ... — Ed.

 

“Huawei leveled with 23 criminal charges by the US government, including theft”:

See the TechRadar article by Matt Swider 29 January 2019.

Chinese telecom company charged with fraud and stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile

The chance you'll see Huawei phones and routers in the US grew bleaker today, as the Chinese telecom firm has officially been criminally charged by the US government.

Huawei, now the No. 2 smartphone manufacturer in the world ahead of Apple, faces 23 criminal charges spanning two separate indictments by the US Department of Justice. It breaks down to 13 counts of financial fraud, Iran sanctions violations and money laundering, and 10 counts of theft and charges stemming from that action.

"Criminal activity goes back at least 10 years and goes all the way to the top of the company," said US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in a press conference unsealing the indictments.

Doing business with Iran and covering it up

The first set of criminal charges surround Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng and a little-known affiliate named Skycom. Meng, who happens to be the Huawei co-founder's daughter, was arrested in Canada in early December and faces extradition to the US.

Skycom is said to be a Huawei affiliate set up to do business in Iran and undermine US trade sanctions on the Middle Eastern country. The US government accuses Huawei of covering up this fact by lying and committing bank and wire fraud, and it singles out Meng in particular.

"As early as 2007, Huawei employees began to misrepresent its relationship with its Iranian affiliate," said Whitaker. "Huawei employees had allegedly told banking partners that Huawei had sold its ownership interest in Skycom."

That didn't happen according to the indictment, with Whitaker noting, "In reality, Huawei had sold Skycom to itself."

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PS: “Chinese electronics giant Huawei allegedly offered bonuses to any employee who stole trade secrets”.

The Chinese electronics giant Huawei has been accused of offering bonuses to its employees for stealing confidential information from outside companies, according to an indictment issued to the company on Monday by the US Department of Justice.

See the Business Insider article by NICK BASTONE JAN 29, 2019, 12:55 PM.

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