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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 14 - 19 JUNE 2021

Hello and Welcome,

Welcome to the Friday Forum

Up until now, the Friday Forum was without a SIG leader. All that has now changed.

Meet the new leader, Tim Kelly, who will get the Group running again and handle all your computer problems.

Yesterday's meeting (Friday 11th June) was a meeting of ONE (Tim Kelly).

Unfortunately, we hadn't officially broadcast the return of this SIG. From next month, please feel free to attend as we used to do.

Thanks — Ed.

Meetings This Week

Tuesday Forum - Tuesday, 15 Jun - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - noon

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

Web Design - Saturday, 19 Jun - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

We will be running this meeting (face-to-face) or using Zoom; details later by email.

— Steve South

PS: Unfortunately, Steve is unable to run the meeting this month.

A Zoom meeting should still be possible, so watch your emails — Ed.

Meetings Next Week

Main Meeting - Tuesday, 22 Jun - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm

Details to be supplied by email.

— Alex

Digital Photography - Friday, 25 Jun - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - noon

This meeting will be via Zoom; details later via email.

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 ‡

40 2021/06/05 — 14:00-17:00 — 05 Jun, Sat — Penrith Group, Penrith City Library
41 2021/06/08 — 17:30-20:30 — 08 Jun, Tue — Programming, L1 Woolley Room or via Jitsi
42 2021/06/11 — 10:00-12:30 — 11 Jun, Fri — Friday Forum, L1 Carmichael Room
44 2021/06/15 — 09:30-12:30 — 15 Jun, Tue — Tuesday Group, L1 Woolley Room
45 2021/06/19 — 13:30-16:30 — 19 Jun, Sat — Web Design, L1 Woolley Room or via Zoom
46 2021/06/22 — 17:30-20:30 — 22 Jun, Tue — MAIN Meeting, L1 Carmichael Room or via Zoom
47 2021/06/25 — 09:30-12:30 — 25 Jun, Fri — Digital Photography via Zoom

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


ASCCA News:

ASCCA June 2021 Newsletter

Hello everyone,

Happy 1 June: Global Parents Day.

Global Parents Day is celebrated on 1st June every year. 'Global Day of Parents' is honoured to aptly recognize and honour parents across the globe for their selfless love and lifelong support towards their children.

We have the pleasure of sending you ASCCA's June 2021 Newsletter that, once again, brings lots of riveting news and knowledge, not the least of which is the groundbreaking announcement about ASCCA itself —

  • As of 1st July 2021, ASCCA will operate wholly in the digital space — read the initial details.
  • ASCCA Directors Scott, Alex and Brett continue to provide industry information relevant to us all.
  • Don't forget the planned Competitions — 3 categories — winners to be announced at the forthcoming online Conference in November.
  • ASCCA Membership — new online forms for both new registrations and renewals.
  • Congratulations to AUSOM's Newsletter Editor, Pam Doughty, who picked up the Not-For-Profit Technology Lifetime Service Award at the recent Connecting Up's Evolve2021 Conference & Expo.
  • ASCCA Conference registration details.
  • Shades of SWADE.

If everything goes to plan, this will be the last ASCCA Newsletter sent to you in this format.

We want to thank Nan for her unstinting support in the background, including distributing the Newsletter month in month out, year in year out.

It certainly is a new age dawning!

Warm regards,

Jenny

Jennifer Willcox

President

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Tech News:

Aussie Broadband wins Internet Service Provider of the Year in a 'clean sweep'.

See the iTWire article by Aussie Broadband | Friday, 11 June 2021 09:40 am.

COMPANY NEWS: Aussie Broadband is delighted to announce that it has won Internet Service Provider of the Year in the 2020 Roy Morgan Annual Customer Satisfaction Awards.

This is the first time a telco has won ISP of the Month every single month in 2020.

Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine said that 2020 had been a year like no other, but this hadn't stopped businesses across Australia from stepping up to deliver high customer satisfaction to their customers.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, several businesses satisfied their customers at a high level in 2020, she said.

Featuring for the first time was Internet Service Provider of the Year winner Aussie Broadband with a brilliant average customer satisfaction rating of 91.3%. Michelle said that Aussie Broadband had a perfect record during 2020, winning all 12 monthly customer satisfaction awards.

Roy Morgan's Customer Satisfaction Awards are based on independent research, including surveys from over 50,000 Australians each year.

The awards event, which was scheduled to take place in Melbourne next week, was cancelled due to the recent lockdown, and winners were announced instead via email.

Managing Director Phillip Britt said he was honoured to accept the award on behalf of his team.

I am incredibly proud of every team member for delivering excellent customer service and during one of the toughest years the industry has faced. Without our dedicated team and fantastic customers, this couldn't have been possible. This award belongs to you, Phil said.

Aussie Broadband is a rapidly growing internet service provider — with a reputation for providing high-quality internet and transparent customer service.

The telco has grown from 18,300 to 376,000 customers in the last four years, showing that it can deliver quality, value, and consistency to its customers even with rapid growth.

Customer service is at the heart of everything we do. It's a real honour to see that our customers across Australia agree. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the survey. We are delighted to receive this award, Phil said.

Aussie Broadband was recently named Best ISP for customer satisfaction in a survey by Choice Magazine. The telco scored 88% for overall satisfaction, with the next best coming in at 80%.

Aussie Broadband was also recognised for its excellent customer service in the Australian Service Excellence Awards (ASEAs) last year, the ACOMM Award for Commitment to Customer Service (2019 & 2020) and Canstar Blue's national awards.

For the complete list of winners, head to the Roy Morgan website.

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Tech World Abuzz Over 'Windows 11' Rumour

See the Infopackets article by John Lister on June 8 2021, at 12:06 pm EDT.

The rumour mill is filled with claims Windows 11 is imminent. It doesn't seem to be based on much concrete evidence and would undoubtedly be a significant change of attitude from Microsoft.

Most of the speculation seems to trace back to a Microsoft post on Twitter which includes an animation of a window in the shape of the Windows logo, casting a shadow into the room. (Source: bgr.com) [ Boy Genius Report — Ed. ]

The excitement comes from the fact that although the window has the horizontal line in the middle (making a cross), the shadow intentionally does not. That means the shadow somewhat resembles an 11 (or 111, depending on your perspective.)

"Next Generation" Of Windows

The post promotes a Microsoft event on June 24 at 11 am Eastern Time to add to this theme. That may well be a coincidence, but it is unusually early for a Microsoft launch.

The speculation led to closer analysis of recent posts by Microsoft executives, including one referring to not being "this excited for a new version of Windows since Windows 95!" and another using the term "next generation of Windows." (Source: theverge.com)

The truth behind the story likely falls into one of three categories of possibility. One is that either Microsoft is simply having a little fun or that people are reading too much into a genuine coincidence.

Sun Valley Name Under Threat

Another is that Microsoft has decided it wants to keep Windows feeling fresh and will use the numbering for the major updates to Windows, rather than producing a completely new version of Windows every few years as used to be the case. "Windows 11" would certainly make the next update seem more important than its scheduled codename of "Sun Valley" and reference number 21H2.

The third possibility is a total about-face in Microsoft's Windows strategy, with Windows 11 being a completely new edition that would require an upgrade or outright purchase. That seems unlikely, given there have been no serious rumours so far of Microsoft going back to that model. Given many recent "major" updates have been somewhat underwhelming, it's hard to see how Microsoft could have enough in the works to justify an entirely new edition without some details already having been leaked.

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Gates-owned firm to build a prototype of small N-power reactor in Wyoming

See the iTWire article by Sam Varghese | Thursday, 03 June 2021 10:45 am.

A small advanced nuclear power reactor, designed by TerraPower, a company owned by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and PacifiCorp, will be built in Wyoming, the company says.

Details of the Natrium reactor were outlined in a Netflix documentary titled Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, released in 2019.

Plans were afoot to build the reactor in China, but just as work was about to start, Donald Trump launched his trade war on China. And hence it had to be put on the shelf.

In a joint statement on Wednesday with Wyoming governor Mark Gordon, TerraPower and PacifiCorp said several potential locations were being evaluated. The plan will take about seven years to be completed.

"Together with PacifiCorp, we're creating the energy grid of the future where advanced nuclear technologies provide good-paying jobs and clean energy for years to come," said Chris Levesque, president and chief executive of TerraPower.

"The Natrium technology was designed to solve a challenge utilities face as they work to enhance grid reliability and stability while meeting decarbonisation and emissions-reduction goals."

Gary Hoogeveen, president and chief executive of Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, said: "This project is an exciting economic opportunity for Wyoming. Siting a Natrium advanced reactor at a retiring Wyoming coal plant could ensure that a formerly productive coal generation site continues to produce reliable power for our customers."

"We are currently conducting joint due diligence to ensure this opportunity is cost-effective for our customers and a great fit for Wyoming and the communities we serve."

The travelling wave reactor was planned under the aegis of TerraPower, set up by Gates in 2011. It has drawn in the top available technical talent, and the building of a prototype was set to start when Trump threw a spanner in the works.

As nuclear technology was involved, there was a country-to-country agreement, and either the US or China had the option of cancelling the deal — which was what Trump did, sending up Gates' dreams in smoke.

One of the plus points of the reactor is that it uses depleted uranium fuel and would thus consume some of the 700,000 tonnes of waste stored in the US.

A 345 MW sodium-cooled fast reactor with a molten salt-based energy storage system will be used to build the plant. The storage technology can boost the system's output to 500 MW of power for more than 5½ hours when needed, equivalent to the energy required to power around 400,000 homes.

This addition allows a Natrium plant to integrate with renewable resources and lead to faster, more cost-effective decarbonisation of electricity generation.

In addition, the technology's novel architecture is claimed to separate and simplify major structures, reducing complexity, cost and construction schedule while delivering safe and reliable electricity.

Read More »


Fun Facts:

The real story of how Enigma was broken — Sir Dermot Turing

See the 1h07m49s YouTube video on the code-breaking efforts with the Enigma Machine during World War II.

A virtual talk by Sir Dermot Turing.

Yes, that Turing. He is Alan Turing's nephew — Ed.

Surely Enigma was broken by the British at Bletchley Park? The real story begins much earlier, in December 1932. In the bathroom of a Belgian hotel, a French spymaster photographs secret documents — operating instructions of a new cipher machine, Enigma. A few weeks later, a mathematician in Warsaw begins to decipher the coded communications of the Third Reich and lay the foundations for the famous operation at Bletchley Park. In this illustrated talk, Dermot Turing explains the international alliance which set the Bletchley Park codebreakers on the path to the British Bombe, as seen at The National Museum of Computing.

Dermot Turing is the acclaimed author of "Prof: Alan Turing Decoded", a biography of his famous uncle, "The Story of Computing", and most recently the award-winning "X, Y & Z — the real story of how Enigma was broken". His new book, a reappraisal of Alan Turing's legacy, "Reflections of Alan Turing", is published on 22 April 2021. He began writing in 2014 after a career in law. Dermot worked for the Government Legal Service and then the international law firm Clifford Chance, a partner until 2014. He is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford.

This Illustrated talk lasts approximately 40 minutes, followed by a 20 minute Q&A session.

An interesting side-note is language coordination between the three participating countries: the UK, France and Poland. The French could not speak much English; both the British and French knew very little Polish, so they all decided to use German. That made sense because parts of Poland were previously under German rule. Halfway between Berlin and Warsaw, PoznaD, for example, where the brightest codebreakers went to school and University, lectures were all in German — Ed.

Recorded on 7th April 2021.

Some comments after the video:

K-Fan

A wonderful presentation about the Polish codebreaker's contribution: it filled in some holes in my understanding.

Bjowolf2

So did Bletchley ever try to decode the German Enigma messages later on — or (other code breakers) after the war — that had caused them troubles during the blackout periods when the Germans introduced extra rotor wheels and changed procedures etc.?

Some of them might still have been interesting or even important at a later stage — or they might still have been very significant historically after the war.

Nobilangelo Ceramalus

Actually, it was Sir Edward Elgar who broke Enigma, with all its variations... [ :-) Ed. ]

Nimble Input Makes Re-iterations Of Discovery.

[ This video is an excellent accurate account of the facts. Movies on the subject are made primarily for entertainment and are not meant to be documentaries — Ed. ]

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