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Hello and Welcome,

Meeting This Week:

Penrith Group - Saturday Dec 7th - 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 computer tips.

The group will then discuss any further technology or computer topics of interest.

Meetings Next Week:

Programming - Tuesday Dec 10th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm
Friday Forum - Friday Dec 13th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon
Communications - Friday Dec 13th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Current & Upcoming Meetings:

87 2019/12/07 - 14:00-17:00 - 07 Dec, Saturday - Penrith Group
88 2019/12/10 - 17:30-20:30 - 10 Dec, Tuesday - Programming + after-SIG visit to the StarBar
89 2019/12/13 - 09:30-12:30 - 13 Dec, Friday - Friday Forum + lunchtime visit to the StarBar
90 2019/12/13 - 12:30-15:30 - 13 Dec, Friday - Communications
91 2019/12/17 - 09:30-12:30 - 17 Dec, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum + lunchtime visit to the StarBar


Tech News:

“Join me to fight for the web we want”:

From: Roger Foulds

World Wide Web Foundation

I am writing to ask for your help.

The web is one of the most powerful tools we've ever had to transform our lives for the better. But never before has its power for good been more under threat.

Communities are being ripped apart as prejudice, hate and fake news is peddled online. Scammers use the web to steal identities, stalkers use it to harass and intimidate their victims and vested interests are subverting democracy using clever digital tactics.

That's why a year ago I called for governments, companies and citizens from around the world to create a plan to protect the web as a force for good.

Today, I am launching the results — a new Contract for the Web. For the first time ever, we have a global plan of action to make sure our online world is safe, empowering and genuinely for everyone.

Will you sign up to back the Contract and share the news on social media?

The Contract for the Web provides governments, companies and people like you with concrete actions they can — and must — take to build a web that works for all humanity. It will help make sure everyone can connect to the internet all of the time, our data is protected, and we reduce online hate by strengthening community-building online.

So, please join me in backing the Contract for the Web. Because the best way to change the priorities and actions of those in power is to speak up from every corner of the world and demand the web we want.

Thank you,


Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Co-founder of the World Wide Web Foundation

“Microsoft is working on the dual-screen
future of Windows 10, with the 20H2 update
about to enter testing”:

See the TechRadar article by Darren Allan | Nov 27 2019 | Operating Systems.

As Windows 10 20H1 is very close to being finalized now, Microsoft has pushed out a new preview of Windows 10 20H1, the next incoming update for the OS due perhaps quite early in 2020, announcing that it's almost done now — and that as a result, testing is about to start on the following update which will logically be called Windows 10 20H2 (and is internally codenamed 'Manganese').

Windows 10 preview build 19033 (20H1) has been released to testers in both the fast and slow rings, with only some minor fixes being implemented since the previous build, because as noted, this version is almost finished now.

In fact, as Microsoft observes, it has removed the build watermark (which indicates a preview test build) which is normally in the bottom right-hand corner of the desktop, but the company adds in bold type: "This doesn't mean we're done…".

However, we are very clearly almost done, and Microsoft also announced: "We are looking to begin releasing new builds from our development branch. This means we will be releasing builds to Insiders in the Fast ring from the RS_PRERELEASE development branch again instead of the VB_RELEASE branch."

As mentioned, this is the next big 20H2 update which should be imminently available for testers in the fast ring, and this is the upgrade which is to be tailored for dual-screen devices like Microsoft's own Surface Neo (hardware running Windows 10X, a new spin on the OS designed for such two-screens-are-better-than-one portables).

Bugs aplenty

Naturally, the very first versions of a new update are likely to contain more bugs and be less stable, so Microsoft warns that you should check your Windows Insider Settings and switch yourself into the slow ring if you want to stay on 20H1.

Fast ring testers will soon get switched over to test the new upgrade (presumably 20H2, as noted).

Interestingly, Microsoft has named the 20H1 update version 2004, when it would usually be 2003 (for example this year's spring update was version 1903, followed by 1909). This is to avoid any potential confusion with Windows Server 2003, apparently.

Last-minute bug fixes applied in this new 20H1 preview build mostly involve solutions for crashing issues, including one where the Start menu would crash on launch if a Windows update was needing a restart.

As the 20H1 update is about to be finalized, there's a possibility it could be released earlier than normal when the new year rolls into town — maybe even as early as January or February, rather than waiting until spring as usually happens. That said, nothing is certain in terms of Microsoft's intended release schedule for next year, and the firm may just hold onto the update even if it's ready.

Our Verdict:

With the May 2019 Update, Windows 10 becomes more secure, reliable and efficient than ever before, offering features that will actually save you time and frustration as well as keep your computer protected. Of course, there's always room for improvement, but Windows 10 is now better than ever and still continues to progress with a host of constant updates.


  • Start menu improvements
  • Action Center, Cortana are useful
  • Edge continues to improve
  • Windows Hello faster, easier
  • Timeline genuinely useful


  • OneDrive needs work
  • Improvements also cause issues
  • Some changes are incomplete

Read more »

Fun Facts:

“Area of a Triangle — Easy, Right?”:

Here is a simple Pythagorean triangle problem.

We just have to find the area of the triangle.

This was given to a class who quickly found the answer by rotating the triangle till the hypotenuse becomes the base. They then just used the area of a triangle formula:

Area = (base x height)/2

But, the whole class got the calculation wrong. Can you figure out why?

Area of triangle problem with hypotenuse 10 and altitude to the hypotenuse 6
Find the area of the triangle


Hint: Make an accurate drawing of the triangle.

Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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