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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Committee News


Dear Kylie (SMSA),

SPCUG would like to cancel its SPCUG Seniors Meeting held at SMSA on Tuesday, 20 July 2021.

The current COVID restrictions are still of concern to the members, and they don't wish to attend a face-to-face meeting that close to the end of the lockdown, assuming it's not extended.


Ron Ferguson,


Dear Members,

Our Annual General Meeting, which was to be held on 24 March 2020, was cancelled due to COVID restrictions and so will now be held at 6:30 pm in the Carmichael Room of the SMSA at 280 Pitt St, Sydney Tuesday 27 July 2021. [ See LETTER 3, below — Ed. ]

The Committee is still calling for nominations for committee members. We also propose an amendment to the Constitution to allow any member to re-apply to be a committee member, irrespective of the length of their service.

If we don't receive sufficient nominations, we may be forced to consider closing the Group.

Therefore the committee advises members who have subscriptions due to not pay them until after the AGM has been held.


Ron Ferguson,


Dear Members,

We wish to advise that we will now hold our AGM as a virtual event using ZOOM at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, 27 July 2021.

This is a result of the ongoing COVID restrictions being implemented by the NSW government.

Extended lockdown announced — We will now reschedule the AGM for 24 August 2021 at 6:30 pm.


Ron Ferguson,


AGM — Nomination problem

I would have suggested we postpone the AGM until August to make sure we get the nominations we need.

I have looked at finding some way to get an electronic signature, but I can't see how to get one without paying a fee.

I presume we can accept electronic copies of signed nomination forms.

I can't see how we can have two people sign the same form if we can't get it to them.

Steve South

Meeting TODAY

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


Meeting ID: 822 5565 2171

Passcode: Webdesign

See you there,

— Steve South

Meetings This 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. [ Meeting Cancelled; see above — Ed. ]

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:


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

Meeting Next Week

Main Meeting - Tuesday, 27 Jul - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm


We will be holding this meeting via Zoom; details later via email.

— Alex

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 July 2021 Newsletter

Dear Members,

Please find the link to the ASCCA July 2021 Newsletter from the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association.

Keep safe and well.

Kindest regards.

Pamela Samuels,
Hurstville Seniors Computer Club President

Tech News:

NSW Department of Education victim of a cybersecurity attack

See the iTWire article by Staff Writer Thursday, 08 July 2021 22:51.

The New South Wales Department of Education is working to recover departmental systems after becoming a victim of a cyber-security attack. The Department says it has worked with Cyber Security NSW to reactivate services as soon as possible.

Read More »

See further information in the AustralianCyberSecurityMagazine article by Staff Writer on JULY 12, 2021.

Initially described as scheduled maintenance, a cyberattack on the NSW Department of Education's IT systems saw student and teacher online portals get deactivated last week.

The cyberattack occurred mid-afternoon on Wednesday, July 7. Teachers preparing for the resumption of term three on Monday could not access email or a range of online learning materials.

Teachers were initially told via email the outage was for a system upgrade.

Read More »

Web 'Influencers' Must Label Photoshopped Pics

See the Infopackets article by John Lister on July 12 2021, at 01:07 pm EDT.

People paid to promote products in Norway will be legally required to say if they've used photo editing tools. The new law also covers using photo filters.

Legislators have already passed the law, but the date it takes effect hasn't yet been confirmed. (Source: bbc.co.uk)

The rules will apply to any photo that's posted for promotional purposes. It will also apply to users — sometimes dubbed "influencers" — who receive payment or other benefits in return for making the post. Any manipulated image will need to carry a warning label designed by the government that tells users it has been manipulated.

The law was designed by the Ministry of Children and Family Affairs and is intended to tackle fears that people viewing such images develop unrealistic ideas about bodies.

Law Tackles Unrealistic Images

While lawmakers have approved the principle of the new rules, they could prove tricky to apply in practice as defining manipulation may be difficult. For example, it could be argued that cropping an image counts as manipulation. Still still, taking that logic to the extreme, all pictures are manipulated by the photographer's decisions of lighting to use or how to frame the image.

The Norwegian law aims to tackle this by concentrating on the results rather than the methods. It says the warning label is necessary in cases where the manipulation means "the person's body in the advertisements deviates from reality in terms of body shape, size and skin." (Source: stortinget.no) [ Let Google Chrome or Vivaldi translate for you — Ed. ]

Manipulation Hard To Define

That's still created some confusion about what alterations will and won't breach the new rules. For example, some posters say they change lighting levels and colour balance to alter the "mood" of the image and believe this should not require a warning.

Meanwhile, there seems to be more support for the warning requirement to apply to filters that soften and smooth a promotional image, affecting the apparent complexion of a model.

As well as tackling body image issues, the law's backers also say it is necessary to uphold legal principles that advertisements should not be misleading.

Read More »

Fun Facts:

Get more YouTube videos listed per line

See the YouTube home page and check the count of YouTube videos per line in the layout.

The chances are that you have a wide menu down the left-hand side of the page, followed by the usual four videos per line.

[ This assumes a standard Desktop display, not a small tablet or phone screen — Ed. ]

It's easy to collapse this wide menu down by just hitting the button at the top left.

This results in a narrower menu followed by five videos per line.

When you are scrolling down, looking for interesting videos, it also has the advantage that you don't move the mouse to the left and start scrolling the menu instead.

The new layout displays a non-scrolling menu, so you don't move it anywhere!

Isn't that an interesting YouTube hint?

YouTube four videos/line.


YouTube five videos/line.


— Ed.

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