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Hello and Welcome,

Meetings This Week:

Programming - Tuesday Apr 9th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm

The latest meeting report is at : https://­sites.google.com/­site/­progsig/­home

Alex Wong's write up on GitHub is also well worth a visit; there's a link in the summary.

Next meeting :

Tuesday 9th April 2019 6.00 pm SMSA

Do you have a photo of your work bench/programming area ? Bring it along on a flash drive or upload it somewhere accessible and just for fun we'll show off each other's home electronics labs. ( PS Mine is a very small space, crammed to the roof and very messy but I am prepared to be humbled! )


Steve OBrien

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

Catherine Robb wonders: Could we take a look at Mozilla Firefox>Privacy & Security>Certificates? In the certificates I've found a few programs like GoDaddy & a few from China.

Now I know this HP laptop was made in China, but really, I'd like to know what would the changes be to Mozilla Firefox if I deleted some of them? I thought the others might be interested too.

As well as looking at Saved Logins when I haven't saved any. Cliqz is my default browser program.

Could we also look at downloading Sticky Password? It's very interesting, but very weird.

Have a good day, Catherine R.

Communications - Friday Apr 12th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meeting Next Week:

Tuesday Forum - Tuesday Apr 16th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

Meetings This Month:

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

As you can see from the above list, there is NO MAIN MEETING on Tuesday the 23rd of this month, since it's the day after Easter Monday.

See the official SMSA Main Meeting 2019 booking confirmation:

Showing portion of 2019 Main Meeting booking confirmation
Main Meeting 2019 booking confirmation.

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“The ASCCA Newsletter for March 2019 is now available”:

Download the Newsletter from the ASCCA website.


“Update on email addresses at ASCCA”:

Hello to ASCCA's contacts

We have made some changes to our staff roles during 2018 - 2019 and this email is to help you get the right person when you email us. Our main emails are listed below:

The ASCCA President's email — monitored by Nan Bosler

The ASCCA Vice-President and projects in WA and NT — monitored by Jennifer Willcox

The ASCCA Pitt St office email — monitored by Mary Beno

For things concerning finance and accounts — monitored by Bill Soper

For ASCCA Pitt St courses and bookings — monitored by Jean Martin

For things concerning the ASCCA website and tech information — monitored by Mark Young

Other members of the ASCCA board also have ASCCA corporate email addresses, however these are not listed here.

Mark Young

Empowering Australian seniors through technology

Level LG | 280 Pitt Street | Sydney | NSW | 2000
P: (02) 9286 3871 | W: www.ascca.org.au
E: markyoung@ascca.org.au
FB: www.facebook.com/ASCCAau

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Tech News:

“Microsoft finally declares last year's Windows fit for business”:

See the itnews article By Simon Sharwood Apr 1 2019 12:05PM.

Windows 10 1809 approved for 'broad deployment' just weeks before its successor lands.

Microsoft has finally declared the semi-annual Windows update from October 2018 is ready for business.

The Windows release in question is the Windows 10 October Update (version 1809), a semi-annual update that Microsoft "paused" after detecting "isolated reports of users missing files after updating."

The word "paused" was a smokescreen — Windows version 1809 was flat out unavailable for about five weeks, before distribution "resumed" in mid-November.

Which was embarrassing for Microsoft because it justifies its cloud and subscription services push by saying that more frequent releases mean more chances to innovate.


It's hard to see too many businesses bothering [ to upgrade to 1809 ], given that Windows 10 1903 will emerge sometime during April 2019 and has two useful features.

One is the new Windows Sandbox, a lightweight virtual machine that Microsoft suggests as a way to isolate workloads you want to test. The other is passwordless logon to Windows, using a smartphone as an authentication token.

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“Microsoft Abandons Windows 10's Constant Forced Updates”:

See the How-To Geek article by CHRIS HOFFMAN @chrisbhoffman APRIL 4, 2019, 12:49PM EDT.

Microsoft has a major announcement today: Windows 10 will no longer automatically install those big feature updates every six months. Home users can pause smaller updates, too. In fact, Windows will even let you pause updates after checking for them!

This is huge. It's Microsoft's biggest change in Windows strategy since the company released Windows 10. Microsoft is giving up on "Windows as a service" that is automatically updated outside of your control.


Microsoft Surrenders and PC Users Win

Microsoft is giving us — and PC users — a lot of what we asked for here! We said Windows wasn't a service and Microsoft should give PC users more choice. We called for Microsoft to test updates more thoroughly than the botched October 2018 Update, which deleted some people's files and had other bugs. We warned people not to click "Check for Updates" because Microsoft would treat you as a "seeker" and force updates on your PC before they had gone through testing. We said Home users should get more control over updates, including the ability to pause updates when desired.

We haven't been the only ones calling for Microsoft to slow down, of course. It feels like everyone covering Windows has done so at some time or another — for example, see Paul Thurrott's take. Now, Windows 10 is finally changing for the better.

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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