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Sydney PC User Group Incorporated

~ Members helping Members for over 22 Years ~
Visitors are always welcome



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

Upcoming SIG'S
17 May - 23 May 2009
  • Tuesday Seniors
  • Genealogy
  • Digital Photography

Sunday 10 May 2009
9.00am - 3.00pm

Grow food on wall
A house that grows its own
food on the walls more...

Don't forget to bring in your unwanted mobile phones, not only will you be helping the environment but also the Spastic Centre.

Open Office


Hello and Welcome,

Thanks to all of you who attended the AGM and a special thanks to the elected members who volunteered to hold the following positions for the coming year:

Warren Wyllie                                          President
Bill Parry                                                  Vice President
John Symonds                                        Secretary
John Lucke                                              Treasurer
Bryan McDonald                                     Assistant Secretary
Alex Zaharov-Reutt                                 Co-Ordinator of Presenters
Dennis Campanella                                Fund Raising Officer
Elaine Rush                                             SPCUG Weekly Update


Monday 11 May - Stocks & Shares - Malcolm Robertson - 6 pm - 8 pm

The following topics will be discussed:
  • Some Exchange Traded Funds - EFT's
  • Look at the Morningstar (previously Aspect - Huntley) website
  • Take a look at some income stocks and how to find them
  • Discussion on where the market goes from here. 


Tuesday 12 May - Programming - Neville Hoffman - 6 pm - 8 pm

At the April meeting Geoff showed his add-on for a Porsche 928 driven in a hot climate. It was a fan speed controller for an oil cooler, using a PICaxe08M and DS18B20 temperature sensors. Stuart continued his talk on converting 8-bit code to 16. Martin gave away several boxes of equipment, such as switchmode power supplies and microprocessor programmers.

Bob displayed his new Guestbook on the club's webpage, and invited readers to start using it for discussions of microprocessor matters.

At the May meeting we will hear about a USB interface for an ATMEL ATtiny45 microprocessor.


Saturday 16 May - Web Design - Robert Hume - 2 pm - 4 pm

All being well Robert Hume should be back to take the SIG. If so work will continue on the SIG website.

Should Robert not make it, Bob Backstrom is ready to step in and will discuss the fate of the SIG's website guestbook, which at the time of writing has been hit with some 4,763 entries and counting.... Bob will discuss the little Perl script he has put together to gather this information.


Tip of the Week

Ashampo ClipFinder HD completely free. Just enter the search word in the search bar and the search results from up to 15 video portals are displayed as clip thumbnails in the 3D Video Wall, click on the clip and play it or click and save it for later.


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