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Hello and Welcome,

Invitation from John Lucke

This is an early invitation to ALL members in joining the Digital Photography Zoom meeting scheduled for Friday, 22nd January starting at 10:00 am.

Topics will include Simple Image and Video Editing Methods, Q and A, General discussion and more. Plus a simple "Members' photo modification exercise" may also be included.

Important: To receive your personal Zoom invitation and login details, please send your e-mail address to me at johnlucke12@­gmail.com (Not required by current DP Group members whose details I already have).

I look forward to seeing you there.

— John Lucke

Meetings This Week

Programming - Tuesday, 12 Jan - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm

Hi Team,

We will be running this meeting using Jitsi; details later by e-mail.

See the Progsig Meeting Reports:


The next meeting is on Tuesday 12th January 2021, at 6 pm.


— Steve OBrien

Web Design - Saturday, 16 Jan - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

We will be running this meeting using Zoom; details later by e-mail.

— Steve South

Meeting Next Week

Tuesday Group - Tuesday, 19 Jan - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - noon

We have cancelled this meeting until further notice.

Current & Upcoming Meetings:

1 2021/01/02 — 14:00-17:00 — 02 Jan, Sat — Penrith Group
2 2021/01/08 — 09:30-12:30 — 08 Jan, Fri — Friday Forum, L1 Woolley Room
3 2021/01/08 — 12:30-15:30 — 08 Jan, Fri — Communications, L1 Woolley Room
4 2021/01/12 — 17:30-20:30 — 12 Jan, Tue — Programming, via Jitsi
5 2021/01/16 — 13:30-16:30 — 16 Jan, Sat — Web Design, via Zoom
6 2021/01/19 — 09:30-12:30 — 19 Jan, Tue — Tuesday Group, L1 Woolley Room
7 2021/01/22 — 09:30-12:30 — 22 Jan, Fri — Digital Photography, via Zoom


Tech News:

How to set default Search engine in the Edge browser (CORRECTED)

Last week we quoted an Infopackets article with the subject "Change the Edge Default Search Engine to Google".

The original article had the recipe's second step saying click "Extensions" instead of "Settings".


In Firefox, there is a "Search" input field in the browser which redirects your search query to your search engine of choice. In Chrome and the new Edge, the search field is not present — however, the web address bar also doubles as a search input field (so long as you don't enter a web address).

Microsoft's Bing is the default search engine in Edge. If you want to make Google the default search engine for the web address bar, do the following:

  • Launch Edge if you haven't already.
  • Click the three horizontal dots near the top right of the Edge window, then click "Settings".
  • Near the top left of the screen, locate the "Search Settings" heading and type in: "address bar" (no quotes).
  • Locate the heading "Address bar and search" and click it.
  • The "Search results / Search result match: Address bar and search" page will appear; locate the heading "Manage search engines" near the very bottom and click it.
  • The "Address bar and search / Manage search engines" page will appear; locate "Google" near the bottom and click the three horizontal dots, and then select "Make default".
  • Type "test" into the web address bar; it should redirect you to Google and search for the word "test".

— Ed.

Do You Really Need to Eject USB Drives?

Referred by Jeff Garland: See the 5m34s YouTube video on the Techquickie Channel by Linus Sebastian | 13 Apr 2018 (YES, 2018).

Linus goes through all the woes yanking out the USB can cause, starting with the ominous Microsoft message:

H:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.

"Then you flunk out of your graduate program".

"Get dumped by your girlfriend".

"And ultimately end up living in a box behind Tim Hortons". [ This is the home of Canada's favourite coffee — Ed. ]

Shows someone living in snow in a box behind Tim Hortons.

An interesting story.

Watch more »

Jeeves rises from the ashes.

See the Guardian article by Bobbie Johnson | Mon 20 Apr 2009 12:15 AEST.

Remember Jeeves? He was the fictional valet who fronted the search engine Ask.com for a decade, until being unceremoniously axed in 2006.

Well, he's back — for British users at least.

Jeeves has been resurrected to return to his old job as Ask's mascot after the American-owned company decided to plump for another rebrand. Not a bad thing, considering most people are worried about losing their jobs, rather than getting new ones.

On Ask's website, the character of Jeeves — who is, of course, based on the PG Wodehouse character — explains why he's returned in a forced-sounding piece of copywriting that brings to mind Dick Van Dyke's turn in Mary Poppins.

I popped out three years ago to travel the world in a quest for knowledge, and I've returned to Blighty armed with answers. During my sojourn, research showed the public wanted me back, which I found jolly touching.

Barry Schwartz at SearchEngineLand picked the story up and asked Ask's European MD Cesar Mascaraque why Britain gets Jeeves back, but the United States doesn't. The reply?

"The same desire was not found in the US, although Ask admitted they did not run similar polls in the US… Mascaraque also added that Jeeves is more of a British character than a US character".

Well, without any comparable numbers that's a claim open to dispute — particularly given that Americans are most likely to identify with Britain's stereotyped image as a land staffed by Woosterian butlers. But essentially it's shorthand for saying "our brand is being run by focus group".

Of course, the real question is whether bringing Jeeves back will make any difference to Ask.com's popularity. It's been continually tweaking its systems and trying to play up its underdog image. Remember the anti-Google campaign a couple of years back? But despite all that, the search engine has consistently failed to make inroads against its competitors — and in recent years, Google has battered everyone in sight to 80% market share in the UK.

Three years ago, an Ask executive told me that "the internet has moved on and consumers have moved on… they don't understand the relevance of him any more: it's time to move the brand on too".

It's a stark turnaround from that sort of statement to today's rebranding. And despite the attempt to dress it up as bowing to the will of the people, all bringing back Jeeves does is highlight the company's inconsistency and confusion about its identity. That's not going to help them much.

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Fun Facts:

Watch Our Future Robot Overlords Dance Like There's No Tomorrow for the Humans.

See the Reviewgeek article by JOSH HENDRICKSON | @canterrain | JANUARY 2, 2021, 10:24 am EDT.

If ever there will be a reason that the robots overthrew their human masters, it'll be the time we made them act like a show choir. The Boston Dynamics folks are at it again, and this time instead of parkour or torture, it's a combination of the two — dancing. The engineering group put up a video showing a choreographed dance routine set to "Do You Love Me?" by The Contours. Yes, you should watch it.

Shows two dancing Robots from Boston Dynamics.

The video itself is fairly impressive. It uses all the famous Boston Dynamics robots, from the parkour friendly Atlas to the Spot robot dog you can adopt for a cool $75,000. Even the Handle robot, the box juggler of the bunch, makes an appearance. That last sentence provides more evidence that the robots will rebel someday.

Shows lots of Spot the Robot dogs.

The most impressive part of the video is how smoothly the robots dance. They move through some intricate footwork and handwork and do so in perfect sync. The Atlas bots even balance on one foot while lifting the other head-high. Nothing here isn't something a middle-school show choir couldn't pull off, but the fact that robots are doing it is pretty spectacular.

Even Spot pulls off some fancy shimmies, thanks in part to his terrifying tentacle head. Look, we're not saying that Boston Dynamics isn't doing cool things. But when that viral CGI video (12m43s) from The Corridor Crew becomes a reality, we're ready to say, "I told you so".

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