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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Club News:

Here are the names of the Office-holders and Committee members elected at the AGM on Feb 26th for the year 2019:

Details are on our website:



• Ronald Ferguson — President and Secretary

• Anthony Robinson — Treasurer

• Stephen South (Life Member) — Committee Member

• John Rose — Committee Member


• Alex Zaharov-Reutt (Life Member) — Main Meeting Presenter

• Robert Backstrom — Newsletter Editor

• Stephen South — Webmaster

Thanks are also extended to two of our retiring Committee members, Alex Zaharov-Reutt (past President) and Josephine Wiseman (past Treasurer and Secretary) who contributed substantially to the effective operation of our Club.

Ronald Ferguson,

Friday Forum & Communications News:

Fantastic news.

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809) has been successfully installed on the Club's computer!

The large download had already been done in the background, so when we went to shut the machine down after the two SIG meetings, one option was "Update and Restart" so we chose it.

Three stalwarts (Terry Eakin, Josephine Wiseman and Bob Backstrom) stayed to watch the slow progress of the installation with mesmerizing cycling dots and automatic reboots, each time getting closer to 100%.

Finally it said "Hi. We've got some updates for your PC." [ We thought that it had just done all that! ] and then at last it was finished.

Naturally, we went to "Settings | System | About | Windows specifications" and it said "Version 1809". Whew!


Member Problem with Skype:

First email:

Hello everybody,

I opened the Skype on my Desktop Windows 8.1 about an hour ago. Everything is different! : My address book, my payment details, my account details, etc......

I have deleted it. I have then downloaded it. To no avail.

It worked all right yesterday. The Skype on my iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Tablet is OK.

Has anyone got similar problems ?

Second email:

Hello everybody again,

It would appear to me that, perhaps due to the latest update(s) of Windows 8.1, some "gremlins" had twisted my 10-year old Skype User Name xxxx.xxxx into yyyy:aaa_2, and also my 2-year old Microsoft Account e-mail address <nnn@mmm.au> into my 25-year old Microsoft Account e-mail address <aaa@hotmail.com>.

After plenty of Googling last night, I eventually found out that the Microsoft/Skype had somehow decided that I have got two accounts (?!?).

When I then clicked at the bottom of the "funny" Skype page, I signed in with my preferred (and my only) Skype User Name xxxx.xxxx, and that solved the problem.

The new Skype version appeared on my screen as it should, showing all of my original data.

“It's important to keep in touch with others, and Skype has become a valuable communication tool for both home and business users alike. The cross-platform tool can be used to conduct simple text-based chats with your contacts as well as audio and video calls. You can converse with your Skype contacts, but there is also Facebook integration which enables you to make use of your social networking contact list.

This new version of Skype is the first big release since the acquisition by Microsoft and it is a radical overhaul for users who have been familiar with on the [ old ] application.

In line with the recent overhaul of the mobile apps, the desktop preview incorporates mentions and notification panels, something many other desktop messaging apps have already done. With the new "@mention" feature you can quickly see a conversation where you've been incorporated into their discussion.”

Strangely, I had no such problem with my Windows 10 laptop.

Best regards,

Olin Brychta

[ Windows/Skype/virus ? OR just the first big (buggy) release of Skype by Microsoft! (see above) — Ed. ]

Meetings This Week:

Programming - Tuesday Mar 12th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm


The Meeting Report for February 2019 is available at :


ALSO please note the next meeting is this week, Tuesday 12th March 2019 6.00pm.

Bring along a project or topic to discuss, and we'll see you there !


Steve OBrien

Web Design - Saturday Mar 16th - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

This month we'll have a look at an e-mail course on building a four-page website using Bootstrap 4.

“Build responsive, mobile-first projects on the web with the world's most popular front-end component library.

Bootstrap is an open source toolkit for developing with HTML, CSS, and JS. Quickly prototype your ideas or build your entire app with our Sass variables and mixins, responsive grid system, extensive prebuilt components, and powerful plugins built on jQuery.”

Bootstrap is one of a group of programmes called frameworks. They have standardised CSS and JavaScript codes which create various sets of styles, responsive layouts and navigation. The other major one being Foundation.

There are 9 lessons with the main topics of the course covering navigation, grid, cards, forms and setting up a blog page. The course includes sets of code on GitHub and an example of each lesson on CodePen. So, on Saturday we can look at the basic set-up and how they develop the first page.

See you on Saturday the 16th.

Steve South

Meetings Next Week:

Tuesday Forum - Tuesday Mar 19th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon
Digital Photography - Friday Mar 22nd - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

Meetings This Month:

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

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“ASCCA March Newsletter”:

Greetings all, you may download the March newsletter from the ASCCA site.

My calendar tells me it is Autumn but Mother Nature seems rather unsure! This year has started with a cavalcade of events to mark the Seniors Festival in NSW. Even though we worried about organising events in the first month back for a new year, from what I have heard the events have gone extremely well. Congratulations everyone. Most states have Seniors Week or Seniors Festival at a different time of the year and it would be fabulous if you could provide information so that your state can have coverage of your celebrations featured in the ASCCA Newsletter.

  • Thank you AUSOM for representing ASCCA at the launch of Safer Internet Day in Victoria.
  • What exciting news! The Digital Photography Competition will be back for 2019. Read about it on page 2. As we didn't have a competition last year, photographs taken since 1 September 2017 will be accepted for judging. How good that PC Users Group ACT has agreed to manage the competition.
  • Page 4 will introduce you to ASCCA's latest project — SWADE — Northern Territory. Yes the super team of Jenny Willcox and Natika Hawes-Wright have spread their wings and are about to land in the territory.
  • Social media is becoming an important aspect in the lives of many of us and ASCCA has a presence in both Facebook and LinkedIn. We would appreciate your support, help us to increase our brand and purpose to the wider community.



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

Level LG, 280 Pitt St SYDNEY NSW 2000
(02) 9286 3871

Copyright © 2019 ASCCA — Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, All rights reserved.

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Tech News:

“The Firefox-powered Cliqz web browser puts your security first”:

Referred by Catherine Robb: See the betanews article by Chris Wiles Published 9 months ago (June, 2018).

People are worried about their personal security. Who do you trust? Facebook recently admitted it tracks just about everything you do whilst using its network, whereas one of the biggest technology companies in the UK, Dixons Carphone, announced a huge data loss.

You have to ask yourself, if a technology company can't safeguard your data, who can you trust? On top, do you trust your web browser? What's it storing, what information does it pass to the manufacturer and to the website you are browsing?

With this in mind, Cliqz decided it can do this all much better. The German development team took the regular Firefox web browser and put security at the forefront.

Upon starting Cliqz, you immediately notice it looks like Firefox. The primary difference is the addition of a toolbar icon which drops down a menu where you can quickly see the anti-tracking feature which stops the website from monitoring your movements, an anti-phishing tool which will safeguard your personal data, whilst it also gives you quick-fire access to your search engine options and the ability to clear your browser history with a click.

Read more

[ There appear to be several unfavourable user comments at the end of the betanews article — Ed. ]

“The end of Google+”:

See the ashampoo Blog by Sven Krumrey 2019/03/05.

2011 was a year of hope for Google. Their biggest prestige project, Google+, was to be made public in the middle of that year. It was supposed to upend the world of social networks, dethrone Facebook and, naturally, collect a plethora of user data. Whatever site users visited, they were inundated with ads for the new platform. But what could have been a record-breaking launch, was soon marred by glitches and growing disenchantment, which is why the once bleeding-edge network will now shut down permanently.

Those who tried it were not too happy. Users were expecting added value compared to Facebook but couldn't find any. It was nice to group friends and family into dedicated circles, if only to ensure aunt Hilda or your boss would see your pictures from the recent zoo trip but not the wild shots from past excessive parties. For quite some time, Google+ lacked a polling feature and only companies warmed up to the new advertising platform. And companies that had a presence on Google+ were featured more prominently in Google's search results. For some reason, the business-oriented side of Google+ will remain in operation.

Google+ today -- showing broken wooden bridge in the fog
Google+ today (dramatization)

The online world has followed this project for many years and with great interest. After all, Google had ideal starting conditions: lots of money, market power and powerful ad facilities — just no real vision for the future. But when there's no discernible need for the many additional features, when users are almost coerced into a paid membership and when the makers themselves lose faith after only three years, the project doesn't deserve to be successful.

What I would like to know: Do you believe the era of social networks is coming to an end? Can you, for example, picture the internet without Facebook?

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“Turnbull's 'laws of mathematics' statement ridiculed at RSA Conference”:

See the iTWire article by Sam Varghese 07 March 2019.

Public-key cryptography pioneer Whitfield Diffie has poured scorn on former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull over the latter's comment that "the laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia" made in the run-up to the introduction of the encryption bill in Parliament last year.

Diffie, who is currently a cryptographer and security expert at Cryptomathic, said Turnbull's statement was one of the memorable lines from the whole debate over the encryption law which was passed by the Federal Parliament on 6 December last year.

He told the Cryptographers' Panel at the ongoing RSA Conference in San Francisco, "It's [the encryption law debate] given us this great line from the Prime Minister that the laws of mathematics may be all well and good but the laws of Australia apply in Australia.

"And I think he hasn't seen the possibilities, if he'd extended his views to cover the laws of physics and the laws of chemistry and then if he'd outlawed high-energy reactions and uranium and plutonium they could protect themselves from nuclear weapons... and I think with the right chemical laws they could protect themselves from global warming."

His words were greeted with loud laughter.

Read more

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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