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1st Floor
 Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

This offer is for

Dragon Naturally
Speaking 10 Preferred

Great buy for those
who do not have a
previous copy of Dragon

Dragon 10

Many thanks to
Derek Austin - Nuance

 What a great Christmas Present!


14 - 20 December 2008

  • Seniors Tuesday
  • Genealogy


14 - 20 December 2008

  • Web Design

21 - 27 December 2008

  • Main Meeting
  • Digital Photography

28 Dec. 2008 - 3 Jan.2009

  • Penrith

11 - 17 January 2009

  • Stocks & Shares

 Just for FUN
try this
BIRD  from
the YouTube website


A book shut tightly
is but a block of paper.


Hello and Welcome,

This week please take a look at the extra special on offer from Derek Austin, just click on the picture at the left and you will go straight to the site.

Monday 8 December - Stocks & Shares - Malcolm Robertson - 6 pm - 8 pm

The Dow Jones was created in 1896. It closed at an all-time high of 14,164.53 on 12 Oct 2007. Last night on 5 Dec 2008 it closed down 215 points at 8,376.24. Did we see the bottom of the market a few weeks ago at 7,552 or is there still another good fall to come before the new bull market!?

At the next stocks meeting we can look at different views. Malcolm will also show a company that has a very high debt/equity ratio of around 300% at Commsec, but which the Company, at its recent AGM, says it is really only 66%!! This is probably true, and the reason could be the same for some other companies.

A few copies of a mining magazine will be available to some lucky people. The latest copy contains Prof Ian Plimer's talk on Climate Change, he is a well known geologist who produces a lot of science to show that increasing world temperature is mostly not man made!!!

Tuesday 9 December - Programming - Neville Hoffman - 6 pm - 8 pm

At last month's meeting we made use of the new projector, which gives a better view with a wider screen and can show photos using an SD socket and a remote control switch. Peter used these features to show some photos from his recent travels inThailand. He also directed our attention to some free programs PCB design listed in the September Elektor.

Several members also briefed us on their projects. 

This month we will hear more about CNC milling machines and some new applications for microprocessors.

Friday 12 December - Seniors - Bill Parry - 10 am - 12 noon

Bill has informed me that he has a reasonably clear idea of what he will do next Friday. However because of the nature of his content (all above board) he chooses not to give specifics. He assures me that it will be OK and that children will not be offended!

Because of the Christmas season there will of course, be time for our members to volunteer to show us something that they use/like/or think we may find interesting. Come on. If anyone has something to show us just drop Bill an email and he will automatically include you on his agenda, even if you don't let him know in advance, he will find time for you if it is possible. Bill is flexible. For Christmas there will be a lucky door prize.  

This year's "end of year"/Christmas Lunch will be held on the Friday and Tuesday. It will happen between midday and 1.00 pm so that both SIG's can be run as normal. The venue will be the "Star Bar", 600 George Street, opposite the cinemas. Bill has booked a table (in his name) on both days for about 10 to 15 people, but we can change that either way on the day. There is a lift for those of you who aren't that keen on stairs.

Friday 12 December - Communications - 1 pm - 3 pm

Because of the luncheon the Communications SIG may start a little late. The topic for today is not available, although I believe there will be presenters. There will also be a lucky door prize drawn at the coffee break donated by Terry from his collection. 


    Tip of the Week

    Cartoon Computer

    Want to free up some 2GB space on your hard drive If you have installed Windows Vista SP1 as an upgrade, you may not know that Vista is holding the cached update in case you wish to roll back. Not much point in doing that so you may as well recover the space. Go Start > Run and type in "vsp1cln". This will open a command window at which time you will be prompted to make SP1 permanent. Press "y" and the update files will be cleaned off.


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    So until next week, health and happiness.



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