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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Vale Jim Jacobs

Information from his son, Jim — “At 2.00am on Sunday the 10th of March Dad passed away in his sleep at Huntingdon Gardens Nursing Home.”

He was 91.

Jim was a very early member of the Sydney PC User Group (as it was then) and was very interested in all things computing.

He was a Founding Member and Past President of the Endeavour Seniors Computer Club in the Sutherland Shire and formed a sub-group for members in and around the Engadine area. The group met on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month and was called Comex (Computer Explorers). He loved showing us the latest Raspberry Pi, Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) or his latest mobile phone.

He had volunteered for several years at the Glebe Island workshop for TAD (Technical Aid to the Disabled) where donated computers were tested and refurbished before being received by TAD clients.

He will be very sadly missed.

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JACOBS James "Jim" Arthur

Of Engadine

Passed away peacefully 10/3/19

Husband of Jean. Father of John, Julia and Jim.

Come and celebrate his life with us at Audley Dancehall Royal National Park. Dress for a colourful celebration.

10:30am, Wed 27 March.

Ceremony then Wake.

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on Mar. 16, 2019


Meetings This Week:

Tuesday Forum - Tuesday Mar 19th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

The state of Windows plus the usual Q&A and other discussions.

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

Hear about all the newest digital photography topics.

And, of course, there will be the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meeting Next Week:

Main Meeting - Tuesday Mar 26th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm

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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Tech News:

“TWiT — This Week in Tech”:

The website of This Week in Tech lists their many Video podcasts, including Abby's Road, All About Android, Android App Arena, Before You Buy, Coding 101, Dr. Kiki's Science Hour, FLOSS Weekly, FourCast, Futures in Biotech, Game On! and many more [ 55 and counting ].

The most well-known would probably be Security Now hosted by Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte.

Steve Gibson, the man who coined the term spyware and created the first anti-spyware program, creator of Spinrite and ShieldsUP, discusses the hot topics in security today with Leo Laporte.

The sessions are recorded live every Tuesday at 4:30pm Eastern / 1:30pm Pacific [ US Time ] / 21:30 UTC.

Security Now hosts Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson
Security Now hosts Leo Laporte (left) and Steve Gibson.

The podcasts have been going for many years, and are now up to Episode 705.

They are fascinating, highly technical and entertaining shows. They are rather long (about 2 hrs each), but you can skip around in the video, of course.

The latest few include:

Episode 705 - Mar 12 2019 — A New Spectre-like Attack


  • 0-day exploit bidding war
  • NSA releases Ghidra v9 [ an interactive reverse-engineering tool ]
  • Firefox adds Tor privacy
  • A pair of nasty 0-days
  • A worrisome breach at Citrix
  • The risk of claiming to be an unhackable aftermarket car alarm
  • A new and interesting "Windows developers chatting with users" idea at Microsoft
  • A semi-solution to Windows updates crashing systems
  • Detailed news of the Marriott/Starwood breach, a bit of miscellany [ etymology of the word "doozy" ]
  • Spoiler: Another new and different consequence of speculation on Intel machines

Episode 704 - Mar 5 2019 — How to Get Rich Hunting Bugs

Episode 703 - Feb 26 2019 — Out in the Wild

Episode 702 - Feb 19 2019 — Elon's Dangerous AI, PiDP-11

Episode 701 - Feb 12 2019 — Google Adiantum, FaceTime Fix

Episode 700 - Feb 5 2019 — Battle Typo-squatters, Linux Patch

Give them a try.


“Introducing Firefox Send, Providing Free File Transfers while
Keeping your Personal Information Private”:

Referred by John Symonds: See the Mozilla Blog by Nick Nguyen March 12, 2019.

At Mozilla, we are always committed to people's security and privacy. It's part of our long-standing Mozilla Manifesto. We are continually looking for new ways to fulfill that promise, whether it's through the browser, apps or services. So, it felt natural to graduate one of our popular Test Pilot experiments, Firefox Send, send.firefox.com. Send is a free encrypted file transfer service that allows users to safely and simply share files from any browser. Additionally, Send will also be available as an Android app in beta later this week. Now that it's a keeper, we've made it even better, offering higher upload limits and greater control over the files you share.

Here's how Firefox Send works:

Encryption & Controls at your fingertips

Imagine the last time you moved into a new apartment or purchased a home and had to share financial information like your credit report over the web. In situations like this, you may want to offer the recipient one-time or limited access to those files. With Send, you can feel safe that your personal information does not live somewhere in the cloud indefinitely.

Send uses end-to-end encryption to keep your data secure from the moment you share to the moment your file is opened. It also offers security controls that you can set. You can choose when your file link expires, the number of downloads, and whether to add an optional password for an extra layer of security.

Share large files & navigate with ease

Send also makes it simple to share large file sizes — perfect for sharing professional design files or collaborating on a presentation with co-workers. With Send you can share file sizes up to 1GB quickly. To send files up to 2.5GB, sign up for a free Firefox account.

Send makes it easy for your recipient, too. No hoops to jump through. They simply receive a link to click and download the file. They don't need to have a Firefox account to access your file. Overall, this makes the sharing experience seamless for both parties, and as quick as sending an email.

Read more

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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