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Hello and Welcome,

Meetings This Week:

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

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

The group will then discuss any further technology or computer topics of interest, including a more thorough testing of our Windows 10 version 1903.

Communications - Friday Aug 9th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

The group will then discuss any further technology or computer topics of interest, including a more thorough testing of our Windows 10 version 1903.

Meetings Next Week:

Programming - Tuesday Aug 13th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm
Web Design - Saturday Aug 17st - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm - TENTATIVE

Current & Upcoming Meetings:

55 2019/08/03 - 14:00-17:00 - 03 Aug, Saturday - Penrith Group
56 2019/08/09 - 09:30-12:30 - 09 Aug, Friday - Friday Forum
57 2019/08/09 - 12:30-15:30 - 09 Aug, Friday - Communications
58 2019/08/13 - 17:30-20:30 - 13 Aug, Tuesday - Programming
59 2019/08/17 - 13:30-16:30 - 17 Aug, Saturday - Web Design - TENTATIVE
60 2019/08/20 - 09:30-12:30 - 20 Aug, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
61 2019/08/20 - 12:30-15:30 - 20 Aug, Tuesday - Main Meeting - DAYTIME-MEETING
62 2019/08/23 - 09:30-12:30 - 23 Aug, Friday - Digital Photography

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Tech News:

“25 Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10”:

Referred by Jeff Garland: See The PCMag article 23 JUL 2019, 1 A.M.

Microsoft's Windows OS isn't any one thing; it's an interwoven patchwork of features built atop other features that trace all the way back to the beginning of the time-tested operating system. Each individual feature is, in turn, the result of a team of dedicated engineers who create the best (often customizable) experience possible.

With such a complex piece of software, it makes sense that there are little tricks and UI flourishes most people don't even know about. We've compiled a list of useful tips that will help you get more out of your Microsoft Windows 10 $139.99 at Microsoft experience. Or, at least, teach you some things you may not have known about.

Some have been available in Windows for a number of generations, while others are native to Windows 10. Microsoft's most recent update for the OS arrived in May, when it added a bunch of new features and killed a handful of others. So there are plenty of new features and tricks to make the most of a constantly evolving Windows experience.

We have plenty of dedicated Windows fans in our readership who likely know at least some of these features, but you probably don't know them all. Sound off in the comments with any tips and tricks we missed.

Secret Start Menu

If you're a fan of that old-school (i.e. non-tiled) Start menu experience, you can still (sort of) have it. If you right-click on the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner, it will prompt a textual jump menu with a number of familiar popular destinations (Apps and Features, Search, Run). All these options are available through the standard menu interface, but you'll be able to access them quicker through this textual interface.

Show Desktop Button

This desktop button actually dates back to Windows 7, but is handy nonetheless. On the bottom-right corner of the desktop is a secret button. Don't see it? Look all the way to the bottom and right, beyond the date and time. There you'll find a small little sliver of an invisible button. Click it to minimize all your open windows.

There's also the option to have windows minimize when you hover over this button versus clicking. Select your preference in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Use peek to preview the desktop.


This feature actually debuted in Windows 7, but I've found a lot of people don't know about it or use it (but they should — it's cool!). If you have a display full of windows, clear the clutter by grabbing the top of the window you do like and "shaking" it to minimize all the other windows. Suddenly having shaker's remorse? Shake again and the windows will come back.

Rotate Your Screen

Enable Slide to Shutdown

Enable 'God Mode'

Right-Click on Tiles

Right-Click on the Taskbar

Drag to Pin Windows

Hidden Games in Cortana

And many more ...

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“How to Secure Your Synology NAS from Ransomware”:

See the How-To Geek article by JOSH HENDRICKSON | @canterrain | AUGUST 1, 2019, 8:00AM EDT

Recently, some Synology owners discovered that all the files on their NAS system were encrypted. Unfortunately, some ransomware infected the NAS demanded payment to restore the data. Here's what you can do to secure your NAS.

How to Avoid the Ransomware Attack

Synology is warning NAS owners of several ransomware attacks that hit some users recently. The attackers use brute-force methods to guess the default password — essentially, they try every password possible until they get a match. Once they find the right password and gain access to the network-attached storage device, the hackers encrypt all the files and demand a ransom.

You have several options to choose from to prevent attacks like this. You can disable remote access altogether, allowing only local connections. If you need remote access, you could set up a VPN to restrict access to your NAS. And if a VPN isn't a good option (because of slow networks, for instance), you can harden your remote access options.

Option 1: Disable Remote Access

The most secure option you can choose is disabling remote connection features entirely. If you can't access your NAS remotely, then neither can a hacker. You will lose some on-the-go convenience, but if you only work with your NAS at home — to watch movies, for instance — then you may not miss the remote features at all.

Most recent Synology NAS units include a QuickConnect feature. QuickConnect takes care of the hard work for enabling remote features. With the feature turned on, you don't have to set up router port forwarding.

To remove remote access through QuickConnect log in to your NAS interface. Open the control panel and click on the "QuickConnect" option under Connectivity in the sidebar. Uncheck "Enable Quick Connect" then click apply.


Option 2: Use A VPN for Remote Access

We recommend just not exposing your Synology NAS to the Internet. But if you have to connect remotely, we recommend setting up a virtual private network (VPN). With a VPN server installed, you won't access the NAS unit directly. Instead, you'll be connecting to the router. The router, in turn, will treat you as though you were on the same network as the NAS (still at home, for instance).

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“Gigabit internet for Whyalla, Mount Gambier this year”:

See the iTWire article by Stephen Withers | Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:54.

South Australia's two largest regional cities are set to get gigabit internet service by the end of 2019.

The South Australian government's GigCity project to provide gigabit-speed internet services to selected parts of Adelaide included plans for expansion to regional centres.

MIMP Connecting Solutions has been engaged to provide gigabit wireless broadband in South Australia's two largest regional cities, Whyalla and Mount Gambier, by the end of the year.

The state-funded project is slated to cost $1 million.

"Building the GigCity network to additional precincts is a key action item within the state's strategic action plan for future industries and entrepreneurship or the FIXE strategy," said South Australia's Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni.

More than 220 businesses in Mount Gambier and around 70 in Whyalla are expected to take up the service. Prices will be comparable to those charged in the metropolitan GigCity precincts, ie $49.90 to $179.90 a month.

"MIMP Connecting Solutions has begun preliminary works to build a new wireless broadband network and eligible businesses in both cities will be invited to register their interest to connect soon," Pisoni said.

MIMP previously established commercial wireless internet services in remote parts of the Flinders Ranges.

City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said "GigCity will provide existing and new businesses with opportunities for innovation and development through high-speed connectivity that will further enhance the attractiveness of Mount Gambier as a place to invest and do business."

Whyalla City Council CEO Chris Cowley said "GigCity is an essential element for the transformation of Whyalla, which will allow businesses to gain a technological competitive advantage and drive innovation."

MIMP's General Manager Stephen Fitzgerald said: "MIMP Connecting Solutions has been a supporter of regional SA for many years and is very excited to be able to work with the South Australian Government and the two City Councils to extend GigCity to Whyalla and Mt Gambier via this initiative."

Pisoni added "We have committed to explore options to build upon the GigCity network to connect additional regional innovation precincts with gigabit-speed internet."

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Bob Backstrom
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