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Meeting This Week:

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

We could try out Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser for Windows 10 [ see article below ].

Then the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meetings Next Week:

Main Meeting - Tuesday Apr 23rd - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm
Digital Photography - Friday Apr 26th - 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 2019/04/23 - 17:30-20:30 - 23 Apr, Tuesday - Main Meeting
30 2019/04/26 - 09:30-12:30 - 26 Apr, Friday - Digital Photography

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Tech News:

“Nike app for self-tying shoe comes undone”:


“How to 'Brick' a perfectly good pair of sports shoes”:

See the BBC article on 22 February 2019.

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Nike's self-tying shoe.

Nike's new self-lacing trainer, the Adapt BB, has fallen at the first hurdle after the Android app that controls the shoe malfunctioned.

Billed as the "future of footwear", the $350 (£268) a pair Adapt BB launched on Sunday [ 17 Feb, 2019 ].

However, an update to the Google Android app that allows wearers to loosen or tighten the trainer failed to work.

Customers complain that the Android app only syncs with one shoe.

The shoe can be controlled manually using two buttons on the side.

But people are frustrated that the Android app fails to work.

One reviewer on Google Apps, Glenn Jeffries, wrote: "The software update had an error and now my right shoe won't charge or turn on!!!! To spend $350 on a pair of shoes and not have it work is embarrassing."

While Chris Sandoval said: "App won't pair with left shoe. Paired with sneakers right after unboxing then completely crashed after last update."

The Adapt BB contains a small motor which pulls the laces inside the trainer.

Nike claims it has reinvented the shoe lace — which "dates back to 3500 BC, before Stonehenge or the Pyramids" — with its Adapt BB.

Prior to the launch, Nike said: "Shoelaces: you had a good run. But we think we may have finally bettered you."

Nike has been contacted for comment.

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“Bombshell: Updating Win10 will be better — really!”:

See the Windows Secrets article by Woody Leonhard in ISSUE 16.13.0 — 2019-04-08.

On Windows 7 systems, controlling updates is easy: Simply turn Windows Update on or off, and pick the patches you want.

From its very beginning, Win10 hasn't been nearly so kind. Win10 Pro users might have a complex phalanx of controls, but they can be blown away simply by clicking "Check for updates." Win10 Home users have no controls at all — they're the designated cannon fodder.

That's going to change with the next version of Windows 10, we're now told — Win10 customers will gain more control over when updates are installed.

No, we haven't seen these new controls in any Version of 1903 betas, but there is a (rather confusing) set of promises from official sources. If what's described is implemented, the new updating options should go a long way toward getting us out of the Win10 muck we're currently in.


Here's what we know.

Last Thursday, Microsoft VP Mike Fortin posted a remarkable announcement on the official Windows Blog. The key points are these:

"We will provide notification that an update is available and recommended based on our data, but it will be largely up to the user to initiate when the update occurs …. The new 'Download and install now' option provides users a separate control to initiate the installation of a feature update on eligible devices with no known key blocking compatibility issues …. This new 'download and install' option will also be available for … Windows 10, Versions 1803 and 1809, by late May."


There's also a repeated promise that — really! — MS is going to try harder to get the bugs out of patches before they're released — in Version 1093's case, [ What? 1093? — Ed. ] by having the update spend more time in the Insider Preview Ring. I'll just note in passing that increased time in the Insider Preview Ring didn't catch a bluescreen bug in last week's Win10 1809 cumulative update. But never mind.

Fortin's announcement jumbles together a bunch of different Win10 patching strategies. Let's sort them out and toss in a bit of hard reality.

Win10 version changes (or 'feature updates')


Win10 cumulative updates ('quality updates')


What about other Win10 patches?


What to do?


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“Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser is here”:

Ed: I've been trying Microsoft's Canary version of Edge for a couple of days now, and it is fast. Several features of the old Edge are still missing — no doubt they will be released slowly over the next days and weeks.

You can get browser extensions from both the Microsoft Store and Google's Web Store. The two that I've installed include AdBlock (of course) and one called "Tabs to the Front". This latter one is particularly useful when you open a new tab by middle-clicking on a link, or pressing the mouse wheel. Usually the new tab will open up, but stay in the background. We hate that! Firefox has an option to open a new tab and go to it straight away, but Chrome and Edge do not. A thoroughly recommended extension.

So, how do you get this browser miracle?

Just search for "Microsoft Edge canary version". Canary?

This will lead you to TheVerge article Early dev builds available to download today by Tom Warren | @tomwarren | Apr 8, 2019, 11:51am EDT.

Microsoft is making its Chromium-powered Edge browser available to developers today. The software giant is releasing its Canary and Developer builds, offering daily or weekly updates to the changes that are coming to Edge. Both downloads are available on Microsoft's new Edge insider site, and they are designed for developers to get an early look at how Edge is changing.

Go to the Edge Insider site and choose which build (Dev or Canary) you'd like.

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Beta, Dev or Canary builds.

The developer (Dev) builds are updated weekly and are "the best representation of our improvements in the past week". The Canary builds are updated daily. "Want to see what we were working on yesterday? Canary will be released automatically almost every night to keep you up to date on our progress."

So, naturally, I chose the Canary version. It was easy to download and install. Easy to run with no major problems so far. These versions are only for Windows 10 but Windows 7 will get theirs "soon".

One thing missing from Canary is Reader Mode, but no doubt that will be quickly added back in.

Give it a try and see if you like it.


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Bob Backstrom
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