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Hello and Welcome,

Meetings This Week:

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

We can check Windows 10 for conflicts with AVG (see previous Newsletter with Boot problems after the Patch Tuesday updates).

If necessary, we might have to boot into Safe Mode, roll back the updates and uninstall AVG, using instead Microsoft Defender for our Anti-Virus protection.

See adverse reports in theINQUIRER article by Chris Merriman @ChrisTheDJ 15 April 2019.

Microsoft's April patches seem to be slowing down Windows.

Doesn't exactly bode well for next month, does it?

Microsoft is facing accusations of borkage after users found that the April 2019 updates to Windows are having an adverse effect on system performance.

Both Windows 7 and Windows 10 have been impacted by the problem which seems to stem from what veteran users would call the 'Patch Tuesday' bundle, released last week.

The problem compounds issues with certain anti-malware packages including Sophos, Avast, McAfee and Avira [ AVG as well - Ed. ] which had been causing systems to slow down or freeze up altogether following the update.

According to Bleeping Computer, there are multiple reports of slow boot, lag, disk-overspin, long latency, and issues with streaming. We've experienced it ourselves with some significantly slower reaction times on processes that last week were zipping along.

Then the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Communications - Friday May 10th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meetings Next Week:

Programming - Tuesday May 14th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm
Web Design - Saturday May 18th - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

Meetings This Month:

31 2019/05/04 - 14:00-17:00 - 04 May, Saturday - Penrith Group
32 2019/05/10 - 09:30-12:30 - 10 May, Friday - Friday Forum
33 2019/05/10 - 12:30-15:30 - 10 May, Friday - Communications
34 2019/05/14 - 17:30-20:30 - 14 May, Tuesday - Programming
35 2019/05/18 - 13:30-16:30 - 18 May, Saturday - Web Design
36 2019/05/21 - 09:30-12:30 - 21 May, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
37 2019/05/24 - 09:30-12:30 - 24 May, Friday - Digital Photography
38 2019/05/28 - 17:30-20:30 - 28 May, Tuesday - Main Meeting

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Greetings all,

Please find attached the May issue of the ASCCA Newsletter [ See link, below, instead - Ed. ]. In Australia we celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May so we remember and thank the many Mothers, Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers who will read this newsletter.

You will find lots of news and information in this issue including confirmation of the news many of you have been waiting for — The ASCCA Digital Photography Competition is back!

  • We begin with the DCNC Charity Event for 2019 and the exciting news that the Data Centre Industry group selected ASCCA as its recipient charity for the event.
  • View the banner selected to promote the 21st Australian Technology Conference for Seniors — mark the date, 13 & 14 November in your diary now.
  • We welcome two new clubs this month.
  • Have you ever considered sharing your skills as a Director of ASCCA? Read the Position Vacant information and consider if you would be suitable.
  • Learn more about the Hope Valley Computer User Group in South Australia.
  • Some very good advice — Folks, don't be shy!
  • Very appropriately, we tell you about the story of a special Mother.
  • The SWADE NT team is off to a flying start!

This newsletter will also be available on the ASCCA website.


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

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:

“Will I be forced to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10?”:

Referred by Jeff Garland: See The Guardian article by Jack Schofield Thu 2 May 2019 17.00 AEST.

Microsoft wants "Martin" [ Quotes added — Ed. ] to upgrade Windows 7 to 10 for £120, but what if you can't afford it or a new PC?

“Microsoft has just started its bombardment about the end of Windows 7 and upgrading to Windows 10, suggesting that a new device is advisable and including links to its preferred dealers. Apart from the integrity or otherwise of this approach, I don't think Microsoft has really thought this through, especially in relation to those who simply cannot afford the £120 upgrade even if their current machine is suitable. The fact that people chose to remain with Windows 7 rather than take the free upgrade to Windows 10 surely tells Microsoft that this forced upgrade is a step too far.

I've been using home computers since the late 1980s but have never felt so cornered and dictated to. Martin.”

Microsoft has a lot of sympathy for your point of view. Software updates are inevitable, because the world changes, new hardware technologies are developed, new features are needed to cater for new circumstances, and new threats need new defences. That's true for every operating system in the fast-moving consumer world.

Previously, Microsoft delivered “big bang” Windows upgrades every three years or so, and these created disruptions of the sort you are facing now. It was even worse for companies with tens of thousands of PCs. It could take them 18 months to plan a migration and another 18 months to roll it out. Programs had to be tested for compatibility, and sometimes, staff needed retraining. People skipped versions to save money and avoid the disruption, though this could make the next upgrade even harder.

The result was that hundreds of millions of Windows users were stuck using less functional, less secure versions of Windows that were up to 10 years out of date. This also held back third-party software, because programmers couldn't use new features.

With Windows 10, Microsoft solved all of these problems by moving to a system of continuous development. Instead of one huge upgrade every three years, you get smaller updates every six months, spring and autumn, and they are all free. There is less disruption, and eventually, everybody will be using the same up-to-date, most secure and best version of Windows.

Read more

“Microsoft Edge Reading View — and an apology”:

It turns out that the new Microsoft Edge browser DOES indeed already have a Reading Mode — it's just not enabled. My apologies for saying that it is a feature yet to be added back to the new Edge.

You just have to know where to find it — buried in the flags page.

Go to edge://flags and search for Reading — NOT Reader. Here you see:

"Microsoft Edge Reading View / Enables Reading view in Microsoft Edge — Mac, Windows, Linux"

Click on the selection box and choose Enabled. A message then asks you to Relaunch Now (this only takes about 4 seconds).

So far, so good.

I tried it on the archive page for last week's Newsletter.

This is how the page looks before clicking Reading View:

Showing webpage before Reading View is clicked
Webpage before Reading View is clicked.

This is what happens after Reading View is clicked:

Showing webpage after Reading View is clicked
Webpage after Reading View is clicked.

What's happened to the banner photo and text at the top of the page? And why is the scroll bar so long compared to that in the first picture?

Here's the view about half-way down the new page, but this seems to be an entirely different Newsletter:

Showing half-way down the webpage after Reading View is clicked
Half-way down the webpage after Reading View is clicked.

I'd say we've somehow collected other Newsletters and then stitched them together. But how can this happen? And why?

What a mess!


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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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