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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 10 - 15 MAY 2021

Hello and Welcome,

Penrith Meeting Closure?

I'm happy to run the Penrith SIG venue at the Penrith Public Library.

— Jeff Garland

That's good to hear. Well done, Jeff — Ed.

Meetings This Week

Programming - Tuesday, 11 May - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm

Hi Team,

We will be running this meeting normally (face-to-face) or using Jitsi; details later by e-mail.

See the Progsig Meeting Reports:

https://­sites.google.com/­site/­progsig/

The next meeting is on Tuesday 11th May 2021, at 6 pm.

Regards,

— Steve OBrien

Friday Forum - Friday, 14 May - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - noon

We'll have the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Web Design - Saturday, 15 May - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

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

— Steve South

Meeting Next Week

Tuesday Group - Tuesday, 18 May - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - noon

We'll have the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Schedule of Current & Upcoming Meetings ‡

32 2021/05/01 — 14:00-17:00 — 01 May, Sat — Penrith Group, Penrith Public Library
33 2021/05/11 — 17:30-20:30 — 11 May, Tue — Programming, L1 Woolley Room or via Jitsi
34 2021/05/14 — 10:00-12:30 — 14 May, Fri — Friday Forum, L1 Carmichael Room
36 2021/05/15 — 13:30-16:30 — 15 May, Sat — Web Design, L1 Woolley Room or via Zoom
37 2021/05/18 — 09:30-12:30 — 18 May, Tue — Tuesday Group, L1 Woolley Room
38 2021/05/25 — 17:30-20:30 — 25 May, Tue — MAIN Meeting, L1 Carmichael Room
39 2021/05/28 — 09:30-12:30 — 28 May, Fri — Digital Photography via Zoom

‡ As decided after assessing the Members' wishes (on resumption of face-to-face meetings) via the latest Online Survey.


ASCCA News:

ASCCA May 2021 Newsletter

Hello everyone,

We have pleasure in linking to the May edition of the ASCCA Newsletter, jam-packed yet again with lots of interesting articles.

It is with much sadness that I report the sudden passing last Friday of Mark Young, ASCCA's long-term Technical Officer, Webmaster, Trainer, Conference Coordinator and friend to us all.

Sincere condolences are extended to Mark's wife, Lynn, and their family. His passing will leave a huge hole in the ASCCA family, and his shoes will be difficult to fill.

The Newsletter includes —

  • A variety of technical and practical advice, tips and tricks from some of ASCCA's Directors.
  • The latest on the ASCCA 2021 Online Conference.
  • Details of the return of the ever-popular Competitions — ASCCA Secretary Susan Jensen, as Competition Coordinator, has pulled together easy-to-understand guidelines on each of the three categories — Digital Photography, Creative Writing and Club Newsletter.
  • ASCCA's decision on membership fees.

Plus lots more …

So, pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and enjoy the contents! And don't forget to share the Newsletter with Club members, friends and family.

Please take time to pause for a moment to remember Mark, who was a wonderful man. May he rest in peace.

Warm regards,

Jenny

Jennifer Willcox,
President


Tech News:

Windows 10 Crashing After Latest Update.

See the 9m40s Britec YouTube video by Brian at Britec09 17 Apr 2021.

Windows 10 Crashing After Latest Update

Warning: KB5001330 is causing issues of Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), Performance Issues, and other major Windows 10 problems, like Windows 10 boot loop after updating to quality update KB5001330 on patch Tuesday 13th April 2021. I will show you a way to fix and repair this issue with the latest Windows 10 Update.

Some user comments after the video:

Shawn zorzenon

It's hard to have them test it when they've gotten rid of all their testers and made the public their testers.

Gar Suitor

In fairness, they did say it was a Quality "UPDATE". Microsoft didn't claim it was a Quality "IMPROVEMENT..."

Timothy fox

I just got that update today. I haven't noticed any new problems yet.

I haven't had any problems yet, either. Cross fingers — Ed.

Watch More »

How to Turn on Microsoft Defender Antivirus and Enable Real-Time Protection.

Referred by Jeff Garland: See the MakeUseOf article by SHAANT MINHAS PUBLISHED on 2 May 2021.

Switching Microsoft Defender on is a simple process. Here's how.

Windows Defender, now rebranded as Microsoft Defender Antivirus, is a free antivirus application developed by Microsoft.

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is the default antivirus option for Windows 10, and it's always a good idea to enable it due to the protection it provides.

Unsure if it's switched on? Read on to learn how to switch Microsoft Defender Antivirus on.

How to Turn On Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 10

There are indeed situations where you might have to turn off Microsoft Defender, such as when you are looking to optimize your computer's performance or maybe install a third-party antivirus suite.

But on average, it's far better to have your Microsoft Defender enabled. It's super easy, too.

So, to get started with turning on Microsoft Defender, follow the steps below:

  • Type windows security in the Start menu search bar and select the Best Match.
  • From there, open Virus & threat protection.
  • Under the Virus & threat protection settings, click on the Manage settings option.
  • Now toggle on the Cloud-delivered protection and Real-time protection.

And that's it. Following these steps will turn on Microsoft Defender Antivirus.

If you are already using an alternative antivirus, however, you might face a slight issue. It might have greyed out the Real-time protection setting, leaving you unable to switch Microsoft Defender on correctly.

In this case, you'll have to uninstall your third-party antivirus app. After you do that, repeat the above steps to enable Microsoft Defender Antivirus again.

Try to leave as little time between uninstalling your third-party antivirus suite and enabling Microsft Defender, as your computer will be momentarily vulnerable.

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NBN provider MATE offers a 250Mbps plan for $89 per month for the first six months, then $109 per month.

See the iTWire article by Alex Zaharov-Reutt Tuesday, 04 May 2021 00:23 am.

MATE wants to encourage customers to stick with it rather than churn to another provider after the six month discount period has elapsed by offering the deal to new and existing customers, which the company claims makes them "the only telco to do this."

With the announcement of NBN Co's Focus on Fast campaign, MATE says, "ISPs have all been facing the issue of existing high-speed customers switching providers in search of better and cheaper prices.

"This is why MATE have decided to do things differently and are offering the NBN250 discount to their new and existing customers for $89, making them the only telco to do this.

"Customers are switching in big ways due to them getting the benefits of the six-month discounts only when signing with a new ISP, and it appears ISPs are feeling the impact. With total connections falling since the announcement and affecting the bottom line, this has led to many ISPs criticising NBN Co's offer."

MATE says, "They've also felt the impact of NBN Co's campaign but not because existing users are leaving for other ISPs. Instead, they have committed to providing the best value for all their customers and have chosen to offer the same discount to both their new and existing customers because for MATE, they treat all their customers equally."

Mark Fazio, GM of MATE, said: "We have always been surprised that the best deals offered by telcos are only available to new customers with existing customers often getting nothing and to us, that just doesn't seem fair. As the little guy in the telco space, we don't have the resources that some of the giant telco companies do."

"But we certainly don't let that stop us from giving our customers the value and service they deserve, especially those already connected with us."

Thus, MATE says its "commitment to their existing customers has worked as they have seen minimal churn from their existing customers."

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Windows 10 PowerToys: A cheat sheet.

Referred by Jeff Garland: See the TechRepublic article by Mark Kaelin on May 3, 2021, 12:26 pm PST.

Users are always searching for ways to make their computing lives better — the Windows 10 PowerToys are explicitly made for this purpose.

No matter how many features Microsoft crams into its Windows 10 operating system, there will always be users looking for a faster, better, or at the very least, a different way of doing things. The iteration of an operating system (no matter how well it works) is just part of human nature, and it cannot be suppressed, so why not embrace it?

In 2019, in partnership with development company Janea Systems, Microsoft released the first two PowerToys for Windows 10, accompanied by a promise of more releases shortly. This TechRepublic cheat sheet describes each available tool or feature provided by Microsoft's official Windows 10 PowerToys. Note: This article is also available as a download — Cheatsheet: Windows 10 PowerToys (free PDF).

SEE: 20 pro tips to make Windows 10 work the way you want (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

When was Windows PowerToys first available?

The first set of Windows PowerToys was made available for Windows 95. That first set of 15 free utilities were published and endorsed by Microsoft and made available in a free download.

From the beginning, PowerToys were designed to be used by "power users" seeking ways to tweak the way the operating system functions. In some cases, a careless change made using a PowerToys utility by an inexperienced user could cause havoc with the Windows operating system, so novice users were encouraged to use caution.

For the most part, though, PowerToys would allow users, whether they considered themselves "power" or not, to more easily make tweaks to the look and feel of Windows without a deep dive into configuration screens or the dreaded and dangerous edit of the Windows Registry file. Windows 95 PowerToys included:

  • TweakUI was used for tweaking obscure Windows settings.
  • CD Autoplay allowed all CDs to autoplay, not just audio CDs.
  • Command Prompt Here opened a command prompt in the current directory.
  • Explore from Here opened File Explorer in the current directory.
  • FlexiCD allowed a user to control an audio CD from the Taskbar.
  • Xmouse 1.2 allowed a user to change window focus by moving the mouse cursor; no click needed.

Through the years and the various Windows versions, individual PowerToys have come and gone. Each new Windows version inspired a new set of tools based on what developers perceived was needed to improve and enhance that version. Windows 10 has inspired an entirely new set of PowerToys.

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Read More below for the rest of a very long article on the whole history of PowerToys — Ed.

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Microsoft is rolling out a new default font to 1.2 billion Office users after 14 years — and the designer of the old one is surprised.

Referred by Jeff Garland: See the CNBC article by Jordan Novet PUBLISHED MON, MAY 3 2021 1:38 pm EDT | UPDATED MON, MAY 3 20213:06 pm EDT.

On Thursday, Microsoft announced a change is coming soon to some of its most visible software. It will choose a new default font for its Office applications, such as Word and Excel. And that means people will no longer be seeing so much of the font that's held the default spot since 2007 — a sans-serif font called Calibri.

The change is another indication that this is not the old Microsoft. Since the measured Satya Nadella replaced the loud and proud Steve Ballmer as CEO in 2014, Microsoft has become easier for partners to work with. It has strategically embraced third-party platforms instead of stubbornly ignoring them and has morphed into a formidable contender in the ever-expanding cloud computing business. Arguably a change to the look of Microsoft software is in order.

But Lucas de Groot, known professionally as Luc(as) de Groot, the Dutch type designer behind Calibri, was surprised.

"I had not expected it to be replaced already," he said during a video interview from his home in Berlin.

He said he did not expect to be consulted about the decision and that he's glad Microsoft invests in new fonts to make its software more valuable. He figured the choice to change was more about keeping up with contemporary style trends than about improving the legibility of Calibri.

De Groot began working on Calibri in 2002. An intermediary had asked him to come up with a proposal for a monospace typeface for an unnamed client. The client had not informed him that it had also sought proposals from other people. He was also asked to come up with a sans serif font, and so he sent off some sketches for Calibri in addition to the monospace work.

The client turned out to be Microsoft, which accepted both of his proposals, and in 2003 de Groot travelled to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, to meet with designers, advisors and members of the company's typography team.

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Read More below for the rest of a very long article on the whole history of Microsoft Fonts — Ed.

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Fun Facts:

Running out of drive letters in Windows?

See the 4m07s YouTube video by Channel Enderman on 1 Apr 2021.


Allocating 26 Disk Drives in Windows

Today I will show you what happens when you run out of drive letters in Windows 10. Many people wondered what would happen, and it appears there's nothing that interesting about this experiment. I decided to show it to you either way.

Some user comments:

Metabloxer

I assumed that it would do the Excel thing and start going "AA".

Cppx3

Me with my C: and D: drives only...

YoungTech

I don't know about diskpart, but on disk manager, you can also mount a partition to a folder instead of using a letter (like Linux does), so if you want more than 26, you actually can.

Watch More »


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