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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,


Congratulations to the Programming SIG on being the first to hold a post-COVID-19 face-to-face meeting at the SMSA on Tuesday, 11th May 2021.

Those attending in person were: Steve OBrien, SIG Leader and Alex Wong, with five others joining in remotely via Jitsi.

Steve and Alex shared one camera from the brightly-lit Woolley Room showing hi-res images. It's amazing what you can do in a well-lit room.

They demonstrated both Printed Circuit Board designs via screen-sharing as well as camera shots of the actual PCBs.

The meeting went from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm with a 5-minute break for a sip of water etc., at about 7:00 pm.

— Ed.

PS: First post-covid19 after-meeting dinner at Pepper's too — Alex Wong

Meeting TODAY

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 This 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.

Meetings Next Week

Main Meeting - Tuesday, 25 May - TBA, L1 Carmichael Room

We hope to have this face-to-face meeting at the Club's meeting rooms PLUS a Zoom setup for absent attendees.

Meeting (and Zoom) details later by e-mail.

— Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Digital Photography - Friday, 28 May - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - noon

We will be running this meeting via Zoom (no face-to-face meeting); details later by e-mail.

Hear about all the newest digital photography topics.

And, of course, there will be the usual Q&A and other discussions.

— John Lucke

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 or via Zoom
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.

Tech News:

A Cartoon's Tale

Here is the How-To Geeks' cartoon from their Newsletter of Thursday, 6th of May 2021:

Geek's Revenge

In it, we are invited to sneer at the Jocks who bullied the Geek in gym class.

Then cheer the Geek who deleted all their computer files.

It's a huge joke, and we all laughed, sympathising with the Geek.

But, wait a minute. What if this happened in REAL LIFE?

Would we feel the same way?

Let's see:

  • The Jocks would suffer a total loss of all schoolwork assignments and a lifetime of photos unless they were stored on their Mobile Phones.
  • They would be at a complete loss trying to recover their computers' files, probably without any backups.
  • This computer access is a felony in the US, so that the Geek would be sent to Juvenile Hall until 18.
  • His father would then have to cough up for the $50,000 fine.
  • And the following Civil court case would hit him with $100,000 damages for each of the Jocks.
  • After a few years, the Geek comes out of detention with a massive chip on his shoulder.
  • He now heads a Ransomware Gang to get revenge on Society.

We know, we know: IT'S ONLY A CARTOON!

— Ed.

Windows Defender Bug Fills Windows 10 Boot Drive With Gigabytes of Files.

Referred by Jeff Garland: See the MakeUseOf article by GAVIN PHILLIPS PUBLISHED May 6th 2021.

Is your hard drive suddenly full? The "Defender Bug" might be why.

Is your hard drive or solid-state drive suddenly beginning to run out of space? You might have fallen victim to an unexpected Microsoft Defender bug that is filling up Windows 10 boot drives with gigabytes of files, eating up storage space in the process.

The Microsoft Defender bug causes a specific folder to begin filling up with thousands of files, with some users reporting a total space loss of up to 30GB.

Microsoft Defender Bug Balloons Beyond Belief.

The Microsoft Defender bug was introduced with a recent Microsoft Defender antivirus engine update, 1.1.18100.5.

After installing the automatic update, some users began noticing that the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Scans\History\Store began filling with tiny files, ranging from around 600 bytes to no larger than 2KB.

The number of total files varies between users who report the issue. Still, one person on the official Microsoft Q&A Board said that "Over 24 hours, we ended up with roughly 950,000 files, and it was taking 30 GB of space."

Other users report larger numbers of files, up to 11 million individual files, but only consuming around 11GB of storage.

Defender Files

Luckily, I only seem to have three such files — Ed.

The issue appears to stem from Microsoft Defender's real-time protection and affects both consumer and enterprise customers.

Read More »

Fun Facts:

How to archive our SWAY-format Newsletters

Microsoft's SWAY-format documents are kept in a website owned by Microsoft, namely, sway . office . com, thus, are not directly saveable by the users.

They are exportable as either PDF or WORD format documents. However, requesting a PDF format document gave some unknown error when I tried it.

Here's an image of the first page of last week's SWAY-format Newsletter, saved as a .docx file:

SWAY format saved

Exporting these files means that, although these documents lack the special formatting of SWAY, they are nevertheless a good record for archiving.

Very interesting — Ed.

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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