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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 27 JANUARY - 1 FEBRUARY 2020

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“A trip down memory lane”:

Report from the recent Programming SIG

A single board computer (Intel80C31 based) was viewed in a 5 min meeting segment. It had been designed as part of a TAFE course in the 1980s. Fitted with F83 Forth it was "unearthed" in a new-year de-cluttering exercise. In a world now drowning in ideas such as C and micropython, this emergence prompted a web search to find out what happened to Forth. A FIG (Forth Interest Group) item discovered was ...

"Lost at C? Forth May Be the Answer"

...in which the claim is made :

"What if, after a week or two of familiarization, you could turn out at least three times as much finished code in a day as your fellow programmers? Would you be interested? If so, listen up to hear how you can do all this with Forth."

Andrew Allan

PS: does anyone remember Forth? — Ed.

“Tuesday Forum Report”:

We downloaded the newly-released Microsoft Edge to our Windows 10 machine and uninstalled the old Edge and the "Canary" version too.

Everything went smoothly, especially the Extensions.

We had used "Tabs to the Front" before, but couldn't find it in the Microsoft Store.

We should have clicked "Extensions" and then "Allow extensions from other stores" in the bottom left of that page. That way, we could have downloaded the Extensions we wanted from the Google Store.

This extension opens new tabs (if we right-click and choose open in new tab) but also goes to the new tab. The default Edge action is to leave this new tab in the background!

The other great feature of Edge is the curiously-named "Enter immersive reader" otherwise known as "Reader Mode" in other browsers. This gives a cut-down version of webpages without distracting adverts and other images.

Another good feature to try out is "Read aloud" (from the "..." menu). You can click on any place to start, then pause or skip to the next/previous paragraph. The voice is so natural and the pronunciations are amazingly accurate.

Overall, a very impressive browser.

Ed.

Meetings This Week:

Main Meeting - Tuesday Jan 28th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm

The first Main Meeting for the year is on next Tuesday, January 28th, 2020.

The venue is the SMSA Building, 280 Pitt Street, on the 1st floor, in the Carmichael Room.

Doors open at 5:30 pm, with the meeting starting at 6 pm.

Penrith Group - Saturday Feb 1st - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The meeting normally starts with a Q&A session around the table to enable members to share problems, advice and computer tips.

The group will then discuss any further technology or computer topics of interest.

Meetings Next Week:

No Meetings

Current & Upcoming Meetings (for the whole year):

NOTE: Some meetings will be held on Level 3 or the Lower Ground Level. Be sure to check on those dates.
 1 2020/01/04 - 14:00-17:00 - 04 Jan, Saturday - Penrith Group
 2 2020/01/14 - 17:30-20:30 - 14 Jan, Tuesday - Programming SIG - L1 Woolley Room
 3 2020/01/18 - 13:30-16:30 - 18 Jan, Saturday - Web Design - L1 Woolley Room
 4 2020/01/21 - 09:30-12:30 - 21 Jan, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
 5 2020/01/24 - 09:30-12:30 - 24 Jan, Friday - Digital Photography - L1 Woolley Room
 6 2020/01/28 - 17:30-20:30 - 28 Jan, Tuesday - Main Meeting - L1 Carmichael Room

 7 2020/02/01 - 14:00-17:00 - 01 Feb, Saturday - Penrith Group
 8 2020/02/11 - 17:30-20:30 - 11 Feb, Tuesday - Programming SIG - L1 Woolley Room
 9 2020/02/14 - 09:30-12:30 - 14 Feb, Friday - Friday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
10 2020/02/14 - 12:30-15:30 - 14 Feb, Friday - Communications - L1 Woolley Room
11 2020/02/15 - 13:30-16:30 - 15 Feb, Saturday - Web Design - L1 Woolley Room
12 2020/02/18 - 09:30-12:30 - 18 Feb, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
13 2020/02/25 - 17:30-20:30 - 25 Feb, Tuesday - Main Meeting - L1 Carmichael Room
14 2020/02/28 - 09:30-12:30 - 28 Feb, Friday - Digital Photography - L1 Woolley Room

15 2020/03/07 - 14:00-17:00 - 07 Mar, Saturday - Penrith Group
16 2020/03/10 - 17:30-20:30 - 10 Mar, Tuesday - Programming SIG - L1 Woolley Room
17 2020/03/13 - 09:30-12:30 - 13 Mar, Friday - Friday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
18 2020/03/13 - 12:30-15:30 - 13 Mar, Friday - Communications - L1 Woolley Room
19 2020/03/17 - 09:30-12:30 - 17 Mar, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
20 2020/03/21 - 13:30-16:30 - 21 Mar, Saturday - Web Design - L1 Woolley Room
21 2020/03/24 - 17:30-20:30 - 24 Mar, Tuesday - Main Meeting - L1 Carmichael Room
22 2020/03/27 - 09:30-12:30 - 27 Mar, Friday - Digital Photography - L1 Woolley Room

23 2020/04/04 - 14:00-17:00 - 04 Apr, Saturday - Penrith Group
24 2020/04/14 - 17:30-20:30 - 14 Apr, Tuesday - Programming SIG - L1 Woolley Room
25 2020/04/18 - 13:30-16:30 - 18 Apr, Saturday - Web Design - L3 Norman Selfe
26 2020/04/21 - 09:30-12:30 - 21 Apr, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
27 2020/04/24 - 09:30-12:30 - 24 Apr, Friday - Digital Photography - L1 Woolley Room
28 2020/04/28 - 17:30-20:30 - 28 Apr, Tuesday - Main Meeting - L1 Carmichael Room

29 2020/05/02 - 14:00-17:00 - 02 May, Saturday - Penrith Group
30 2020/05/08 - 09:30-12:30 - 08 May, Friday - Friday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
31 2020/05/08 - 12:30-15:30 - 08 May, Friday - Communications - L1 Woolley Room
32 2020/05/12 - 17:30-20:30 - 12 May, Tuesday - Programming SIG - L1 Woolley Room
33 2020/05/16 - 13:30-16:30 - 16 May, Saturday - Web Design - L1 Carmichael Room
34 2020/05/19 - 09:30-12:30 - 19 May, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
35 2020/05/22 - 09:30-12:30 - 22 May, Friday - Digital Photography - L1 Woolley Room
36 2020/05/26 - 17:30-20:30 - 26 May, Tuesday - Main Meeting - L1 Carmichael Room

37 2020/06/06 - 14:00-17:00 - 06 Jun, Saturday - Penrith Group
38 2020/06/09 - 17:30-20:30 - 09 Jun, Tuesday - Programming SIG - L1 Woolley Room
39 2020/06/12 - 09:30-12:30 - 12 Jun, Friday - Friday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
40 2020/06/12 - 12:30-15:30 - 12 Jun, Friday - Communications - L1 Woolley Room
41 2020/06/16 - 09:30-12:30 - 16 Jun, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
42 2020/06/20 - 13:30-16:30 - 20 Jun, Saturday - Web Design - L1 Woolley Room
43 2020/06/23 - 17:30-20:30 - 23 Jun, Tuesday - Main Meeting - L1 Carmichael Room
44 2020/06/26 - 09:30-12:30 - 26 Jun, Friday - Digital Photography - L1 Woolley Room

45 2020/07/04 - 14:00-17:00 - 04 Jul, Saturday - Penrith Group
46 2020/07/10 - 09:30-12:30 - 10 Jul, Friday - Friday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
47 2020/07/10 - 12:30-15:30 - 10 Jul, Friday - Communications - L1 Woolley Room
48 2020/07/14 - 17:30-20:30 - 14 Jul, Tuesday - Programming SIG - L1 Woolley Room
49 2020/07/18 - 13:30-16:30 - 18 Jul, Saturday - Web Design - L1 Woolley Room
50 2020/07/21 - 09:30-12:30 - 21 Jul, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
51 2020/07/24 - 09:30-12:30 - 24 Jul, Friday - Digital Photography - L1 Woolley Room
52 2020/07/28 - 17:30-20:30 - 28 Jul, Tuesday - Main Meeting - L1 Carmichael Room

53 2020/08/01 - 14:00-17:00 - 01 Aug, Saturday - Penrith Group
54 2020/08/11 - 17:30-20:30 - 11 Aug, Tuesday - Programming SIG - L1 Woolley Room
55 2020/08/14 - 09:30-12:30 - 14 Aug, Friday - Friday Forum - LG Windeyer Room
56 2020/08/14 - 12:30-15:30 - 14 Aug, Friday - Communications - LG Windeyer Room
57 2020/08/15 - 13:30-16:30 - 15 Aug, Saturday - Web Design - L1 Woolley Room
58 2020/08/18 - 09:30-12:30 - 18 Aug, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
59 2020/08/25 - 17:30-20:30 - 25 Aug, Tuesday - Main Meeting - L1 Carmichael Room
60 2020/08/28 - 09:30-12:30 - 28 Aug, Friday - Digital Photography - L1 Woolley Room

61 2020/09/05 - 14:00-17:00 - 05 Sep, Saturday - Penrith Group
62 2020/09/08 - 17:30-20:30 - 08 Sep, Tuesday - Programming SIG - L1 Woolley Room
63 2020/09/11 - 09:30-12:30 - 11 Sep, Friday - Friday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
64 2020/09/11 - 12:30-15:30 - 11 Sep, Friday - Communications - L1 Woolley Room
65 2020/09/15 - 09:30-12:30 - 15 Sep, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
66 2020/09/19 - 13:30-16:30 - 19 Sep, Saturday - Web Design - L3 Norman Selfe
67 2020/09/22 - 17:30-20:30 - 22 Sep, Tuesday - Main Meeting - L1 Carmichael Room
68 2020/09/25 - 09:30-12:30 - 25 Sep, Friday - Digital Photography - L1 Woolley Room

69 2020/10/03 - 14:00-17:00 - 03 Oct, Saturday - Penrith Group
70 2020/10/09 - 09:30-12:30 - 09 Oct, Friday - Friday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
71 2020/10/09 - 12:30-15:30 - 09 Oct, Friday - Communications - L1 Woolley Room
72 2020/10/13 - 17:30-20:30 - 13 Oct, Tuesday - Programming SIG - L1 Woolley Room
73 2020/10/17 - 13:30-16:30 - 17 Oct, Saturday - Web Design - L1 Woolley Room
74 2020/10/20 - 09:30-12:30 - 20 Oct, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
75 2020/10/23 - 09:30-12:30 - 23 Oct, Friday - Digital Photography - L1 Woolley Room
76 2020/10/27 - 17:30-20:30 - 27 Oct, Tuesday - Main Meeting - L1 Carmichael Room

77 2020/11/07 - 14:00-17:00 - 07 Nov, Saturday - Penrith Group
78 2020/11/10 - 17:30-20:30 - 10 Nov, Tuesday - Programming SIG - L1 Woolley Room
79 2020/11/13 - 09:30-12:30 - 13 Nov, Friday - Friday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
80 2020/11/13 - 12:30-15:30 - 13 Nov, Friday - Communications - L1 Woolley Room
81 2020/11/17 - 09:30-12:30 - 17 Nov, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
82 2020/11/21 - 13:30-16:30 - 21 Nov, Saturday - Web Design - L1 Woolley Room
83 2020/11/24 - 17:30-20:30 - 24 Nov, Tuesday - Main Meeting - L1 Carmichael Room
84 2020/11/27 - 09:30-12:30 - 27 Nov, Friday - Digital Photography - L3 Norman Selfe

85 2020/12/05 - 14:00-17:00 - 05 Dec, Saturday - Penrith Group
86 2020/12/08 - 17:30-20:30 - 08 Dec, Tuesday - Programming SIG - L1 Woolley Room
87 2020/12/11 - 09:30-12:30 - 11 Dec, Friday - Friday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
88 2020/12/11 - 12:30-15:30 - 11 Dec, Friday - Communications - L1 Woolley Room
89 2020/12/15 - 09:30-12:30 - 15 Dec, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum - L1 Woolley Room
90 2020/12/19 - 13:30-16:30 - 19 Dec, Saturday - Web Design - L1 Woolley Room

ASCCA News:

“ASCCA Pitt St Sydney Courses
January February March 2020”:

Our new course program has now been released.

Click here to read or download the course program in PDF format.

Some people have reported that the above link does not work for them.

If so, try this one:

https://­ascca.org.au/­images/­ascca_pdfs/­training_programs/­2020/­2020-1_jan-mar_ascca_courses_v2.pdf.

Jean Martin

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association
Level LG, 280 Pitt St SYDNEY 2000
www.ascca.org.au
training@ascca.org.au
(02) 9286 3871


Tech News:

“Aussie Broadband opens new call centre, partners with Learn Local”:

See the iTWire article by Peter Dinham | Thursday, 23 January 2020 11:42.

Internet service provider Aussie Broadband has expanded its network, establishing a new call centre in the outer Melbourne suburb of Lynbrook, and partnering with Learn Local to help meet its staffing requirement for the centre.

The new call centre joins Aussie Broadband's first centre at its head office location in Morwell in regional Victoria.

Aussie Broadband, general manager of corporate affairs, Janet Granger-Wilcox said the company is looking forward to building a larger presence in Lynbrook.

"We've grown from 60 to close to 300 staff in 3 years, and we're adding around 10,000 new customers a month," she said.

"We expect the Lynbrook office to bring 150 jobs to the area, including customer support roles, communications and HR."

Granger-Wilcox said that in order to help attract local staff, Aussie Broadband has partnered with Learn Local organisations to create and deliver customised pre-employment training that matches its recruitment timelines.

She said so far, Aussie Broadband has employed 19 people through the pre-employment training with the majority being employed across their sites in South Eastern Victoria.

Learn Local organisations offer a range of education and training programs to help learners gain some new skills and help them find employment.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Susan Serey "praised Aussie Broadband" for participating in pre-employment courses with Learn Local organisations and encouraged other businesses to do the same.

Cr Susan Serey said that companies who partnered with Learn Local could save time and money.

"When I heard about this program with Aussie Broadband and Hallam Community Learning Centre (a Learn Local organisation), I felt this is a wonderful way to help local people get local jobs. But it's also good for other local businesses too," she said.

"I think that by working with a Learn Local organisation, companies could save money in training budgets."

"Everybody benefits from such a partnership, including residents who have more options to learn closer to home."

Read more »

“Microsoft to force Bing on Chrome users in the enterprise”:

See the Computerworld article by Gregg Keizer | Senior Reporter, Computerworld | 23 JANUARY 2020 22:00 AEDT.

IT admins can block the search engine change using either a group policy or by configuring Office 365 with Intune or Configuration Manager.

Microsoft quietly announced last week that it will change the default search engine of Google's Chrome to Bing — Microsoft's own search service — on personal computers running Office 365 ProPlus, the productivity applications that serve as the heart of the enterprise-grade subscriptions.

The swap of search defaults within Chrome will begin next month and wrap up in July, the timing dependent on when corporate IT administrators have scheduled Office 365 ProPlus' upgrades.

"Starting with Version 2002 of Office 365 ProPlus, an extension for Microsoft Search in Bing will be installed that makes Bing the default search engine for the Google Chrome web browser," Microsoft said in the support document announcing the switcheroo. "This extension will be installed with new installations of Office 365 ProPlus or when existing installations of Office 365 ProPlus are updated."

Microsoft upgrades Office 365 ProPlus, like Windows 10, twice a year: in the late summer (around August) and the late winter or early spring (February or March). Also, like Windows 10, ProPlus is tagged with a four-digit label in the yymm format. Thus, ProPlus 2002 marks, not a version of the productivity suite from 18 years ago, but the one first issued in February of this year.

ProPlus is included with higher-end Office 365 subscriptions, including Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E5, the corresponding academic and government plans, and the even more sweeping Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 E5 subscriptions. (Office 365 ProPlus also comes in a stand-alone version that omits the usual subscription plans' services.) It is not part of Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 Business Apps or Microsoft 365 Business — all designed for small businesses — or the consumer-grade plans Office 365 Personal or Office 365 Home.

Also omitted from the switch: the "perpetual" license versions of Office, like Office 2019 or Office 2016.

Surely Microsoft will kill this bad idea within days! — Ed.

Read more »

“How to Change Microsoft Edge to Search Google Instead of Bing”:

See the How-To Geek article by CHRIS HOFFMAN | @chrisbhoffman | UPDATED JANUARY 23, 2020, 12:13PM EDT.

Microsoft's new Edge browser uses Bing as its default search engine, but if you prefer something else you can change that. Edge can use any search engine that supports OpenSearch as its default.

Microsoft Edge no longer uses the old "search provider" plug-in system that Internet Explorer used, so you don't have to worry about installing those. Instead, Edge features an easily accessible option for changing your search provider.

We'll be switching to Google as our example here, but you can select another search engine if you like. For example, these instructions also work with DuckDuckGo.

The New, Chromium-Based Edge Browser

To use Google or another search engine as your default in Microsoft's new Edge browser, click the menu and select "Settings."

Click the "Privacy and services" option under Settings in the left sidebar.

Scroll down to the bottom of the right pane and look for the Services section. Click the "Address Bar" option under it.

Click the "Search engine used in the address bar" option and select "Google" or whatever search engine you prefer. In addition to Bing and Google, Edge also includes Yahoo! and DuckDuckGo by default.

You're now done. You can close the Settings page and, when you search from the address bar or by right-clicking text on a web page and selecting the "Search the web" option, Edge will use your chosen search engine.

Read more »


Fun Facts:

“Rationalisation”:

How do you "simplify" an expression like 1/√2?

The easy way is to multiply by √2 / √2. This leaves you with √2 / 2 — a much nicer looking expression.

Of course, if you're using a computer, both expressions result in:

0.70710­6781186547­5244008443­6210484903­9284835937­6884740365­8833986899­536623923105...

Well, what about 1 / (√14 + 1) ?

This time, we multiply top and bottom by (√14 - 1) — the so-called "congugate" expression.

The product (√14 + 1) × (√14 - 1) = the difference of squares: (√14)2 - 12 = 13, so the expression 1 / (√14 + 1) becomes the simpler: (√14 - 1) / 13, or:

0.21089­6722059533­9527372114­4094742686­9365847677­5214405343­3105734364­000270433130...

Ed.


Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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