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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 12 - 17 JULY 2021

Hello and Welcome,

Meetings This Week

Programming - Tuesday, 13 Jul - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm

Hi Team,

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

See the Progsig Meeting Reports:

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

The next meeting is on Tuesday 13th July 2021, at 6 pm.

Regards,

— Steve OBrien

Web Design - Saturday, 17 Jul - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

We will be running this meeting using Zoom; details below.

Hi everyone,

Our next Web Design meeting is Saturday the 17th at 2 pm. In light of our Covid Crisis, I have cancelled the face-to-face meeting, although I suspect that we will still be in lockdown that day, as I suppose as I write this.

I have found some interesting sites. First, we have a site that will help optimize and store your photos.

Want to learn to code? I have found a site that helps you learn pretty much any language you like. The basic idea is you learn to code as you build a computer game. I will concentrate on Javascript as that's the one I need to learn.

I haven't gone into either site in full, so we can open them and see what's on offer.

There has been some discussion on ASCII characters and how they work within the group, and we will look at them.

Here are the Zoom Meeting details:

Topic: SPCTUG Web Design Meeting

Time: Jul 17, 2021, 02:00 pm Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting

https://­us02web.zoom.us/­j/­82255652171

Meeting ID: 822 5565 2171

Passcode: Webdesign

See you there,

— Steve South

Meetings Next Week

Tuesday Group - Tuesday, 20 Jul - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - noon

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

Digital Photography - Friday, 23 Jul - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - noon

We will be running this meeting using Zoom; details below.

The Sydney PC User Group is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Event: Digital Photography Meeting

Time: July 23, 2021, 10:00 am Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join the Zoom Meeting at:

https://­us02web.zoom.us/­j/­83573529283

Meeting ID: 835 7352 9283

Passcode: 598740

The Meeting topics include:

Shooting the Stars:

Learn to capture the Milky Way with a modern camera or smartphone.

Discover how telescopes and space cameras use radio or light sources to find and produce detailed images of far off stars and galaxies.

Members Photo Invitation: Choose an interesting celestial photo from any source and email it by July 21 to johnlucke12@­gmail.com for observation and commentary.


Shot of the night sky.

Q & A Forum.

Over to you for general discussion.

I am hoping to see you there.

— John Lucke

Schedule of Current & Upcoming Meetings ‡

48 2021/06/05 — 14:00-17:00 — 03 Jul, Sat — Penrith Group, Penrith City Library
49 2021/07/09 — 10:00-12:30 — 09 Jul, Fri — Friday Forum, L1 Carmichael Room
51 2021/07/13 — 17:30-20:30 — 13 Jul, Tue — Programming, L1 Woolley Room or via Jitsi
52 2021/07/17 — 13:30-16:30 — 17 Jul, Sat — Web Design, L1 Woolley Room or via Zoom
53 2021/07/20 — 09:30-12:30 — 20 Jul, Tue — Tuesday Group, L1 Woolley Room
54 2021/07/23 — 09:30-12:30 — 23 Jul, Fri — Digital Photography via Zoom
55 2021/07/27 — 17:30-20:30 — 27 Jul, Tue — MAIN Meeting, L1 Carmichael Room or via Zoom

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


ASCCA News:
Tech News:

ABC mum when asked if iview user data is fed to Google, Facebook.

See the iTWire article by Sam Varghese | Tuesday, 06 July 2021 10:02 am.

The ABC is unwilling to say whether it provides Google and Facebook access to the data of iview users. A considerable number of them have created accounts to access the service before 1 July based on ABC warnings that logins would be compulsory in the new financial year.

For for some months before 1 July, the broadcaster has said that it would make logins to use iview a service that allows users to see programs that have already been broadcast or, in some cases, which are yet to go to air compulsory from that date.

But when asked that day, the ABC said it was putting off the compulsory logins for at least six months. It did not announce this of its own accord but only revealed the policy change when asked about it by media outlets.

The ABC is one of the media organisations that has signed deals with Facebook and Google under the government's news media code but will not say whether user data is being fed to these two organisations as part of those deals either.

Researcher Dr Vanessa Teague of Thinking Cybersecurity has lodged a freedom of information request with the ABC, asking that all data-sharing agreements signed with third parties with access to iview data be disclosed. Including Google, Facebook and customer data hub and enterprise tag management firm Tealium, and any other to whom the broadcaster has granted access.

Whether the corporation will agree to her FoI request or not remains to be seen. The deadline for responding is 16 July.

iTWire sent the following queries to the ABC on Monday:

What happens to the data of those who have already registered in response to the information on the ABC site over the past few months that logins would be enforced from 1 July?

Why has the ABC not made a formal announcement about delaying logins rather than depending on outside journalists to make this public?

Is the ABC sharing iview user data with Facebook and Google as part of the deals it has struck with the two companies under the news media code?

What about the user data of those who have not registered iview logins? Is that being shared with Google and Facebook?

Why is the ABC reluctant to say why exactly it wants to make logins compulsory? If this is to help users track programs they may be interested in, surely those who do not need such guidance should be able to opt-out?

But the corporation, which kicks up a hissy fit any time politicians refuse to come on its programs when requested, had only this to say in response: "We've said all we have to say for now. I'll make sure you are looped in on future comms."

This, by the way, is an organisation that is run using taxpayer funds. Yet, it does not seem to like being accountable to the public through the media though it demands that others be accountable. There's one word for this: hypocrisy.

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A 'Colossal' Ransomware Attack Hits Hundreds Of U.S. Companies, A Security Firm Says.

See the NPR article by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | July 3, 2021, 9:01 am ET.

WASHINGTON (AP) A ransomware attack paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies on Friday, according to a cybersecurity researcher whose company responded to the incident.

The REvil gang, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate, appears to be behind the attack, said John Hammond of the security firm Huntress Labs. He said the criminals targeted a software supplier called Kaseya, using its network-management package as a conduit to spread the ransomware through cloud-service providers. Other researchers agreed with Hammond's assessment.

"Kaseya handles large enterprise to small businesses globally, so ultimately, (this) has the potential to spread to any size or scale business," Hammond said in a direct message on Twitter. "This is a colossal and devastating supply chain attack."

Such cyber attacks typically infiltrate widely used software and spread malware as it updates automatically.

It was not immediately clear how many Kaseya customers might be affected or who they might be. Kaseya urged customers in a statement on its website to immediately shut down servers running the affected software. It said the attack was limited to a "small number" of its customers.

Brett Callow, a ransomware expert at the cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, said he was unaware of any previous ransomware supply-chain attack on this scale. There have been others, but they were pretty minor, he said.

"This is SolarWinds with ransomware," he said. He was referring to a Russian cyber espionage hacking campaign discovered in December that spread by infecting network management software to infiltrate U.S. federal agencies and scores of corporations.

The attack seems timed to the July 4th weekend.

Cybersecurity researcher Jake Williams, president of Rendition Infosec, said he was already working with six companies hit by the ransomware. It's no accident that this happened before the Fourth of July weekend when IT staffing is generally thin, he added.

"There's zero doubt in my mind that the timing here was intentional," he said.

Hammond of Huntress said he was aware of four managed-services providers companies that host IT infrastructure for multiple customers being hit by the ransomware, which encrypts networks until the victims pay off attackers. He said thousands of computers were hit.

A federal cybersecurity agency and the FBI are assessing the attack.

The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in a statement late Friday that it is closely monitoring the situation and working with the FBI to collect more information about its impact.

Read More »

How to Move the Taskbar to the Top on Windows 11.

See the Gadgets-To-Use article by By Ritik Singh — July 2, 2021.


Taskbar to the top.

The new Windows 11 comes with a revamped Taskbar with centred icons and a sleek theme. Unfortunately, unlike Windows 10, there's no option to change the taskbar location, at least on the initial Insider preview builds. However, you can still move the taskbar to the top with a few simple tweaks. Here's a step-by-step guide on how you can move the taskbar to the top on Windows 11.

Move the Taskbar to the Top on Windows 11 PC.

Windows 10 allowed users to change the taskbar location to the left, right, or top. However, we can't seem to find any such option on Windows 11 Insider preview yet. That said, it's still possible to move and change the taskbar location by making a quick change in the registry.

All you need to do is alter a value with the Registry Editor and then restart Windows Explorer. Both the steps are detailed below.

Step 1 — Registry Edit.

1. Press Win + R to open Run. Here, type Regedit and press Enter. You can also open Registry Editor by manually searching for it from the Start menu.

2. In the Registry Editor's address bar, go to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER

\SOFTWARE

\Microsoft

\Windows

\CurrentVersion

\Explorer

\StuckRects3

3. Right-click on the StuckRects3 key in the sidebar and tap Export. Save it on your desktop — this will serve as a backup if something goes wrong or you want to revert the changes.

4. Now, double-click the Settings value.

5. Here, click the 03 value under FE in the 00000008-row, as shown in the screenshot below.


Windows-11 Taskbar Regedit values.

6. Press DEL to remove 03 and type 01 instead.

7. Click on OK. Then, close the Registry Editor.

Step 2 — Restart Windows Explorer.

1. Open Task Manager on your computer. You can open it by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc simultaneously.

2. Once the task manager opens, make sure you're in the Processes tab.

3. Click on Windows Explorer to select it.

4. Then, tap the Restart button at the bottom right corner. Or right-click on Windows Explorer and tap Restart.

That's it. Your Windows 11 taskbar will instantly be moved to the top, similar to the macOS Menu bar. Note that restarting Windows Explorer is crucial; it won't work if you don't do it.

Can I Move the Taskbar to the Left or Right?

You may wonder if we replace the value with 02 or 04 to move the taskbar to the right or left sides? Well, we replaced the value with 02, and it didn't work correctly. The taskbar moved to the right but appeared like a blank strip and kept glitching. So, it doesn't work, at least for now.

It's interesting to see that in my Windows 10 Pro, I have the taskbar set to the right-hand edge. The Registry value of the above byte is indeed 02. No doubt this is a bug in Windows 11 that will be quickly fixed — Ed.

Move the Taskbar Back to the Bottom.

If you want to move back to the default taskbar location, i.e., the bottom of the screen, you have two options. Either repeat the steps and replace the 01 value with 03 in the Registry Editor or double-click the exported .reg file which we created for backup and confirm the UAC prompt.

This reversal will restore the original registry file without any edits. In either case, you need to restart Windows Explorer through the task manager. It is a mandatory step — simply rebooting your PC won't revert the changes.

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Fun Facts:

Upgrading Sydney Central Station.

Did you get your free face-mask at Central Station on 12 May 2021?


Free Face-Masks at Central.

Have a look at the new modern interior of Central Station, showing the Northern Concourse, with its new sunlit skylights.


The new Concourse at Central.

Here is the new entrance to Central Station in Chalmers Street. The escalators take you down to the underground connection to Central, to the left of the Light Rail.


New Entrance at Central.

Here is an artist's impression of the Central Station facilities.

[ Why are there three escalators here, I wonder? Maybe in the morning peak hour the centre escalator goes up, and in the afternoon it goes down. ]


Artist's Impression.

See the 3m06s YouTube video face-mask giveaway.

See the 16m06s YouTube video Central Station upgrade.

— Ed.


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