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


19 - 25 July 2009
  • Seniors
  • Genealogy
  • Digital Photography


Friday 24 July
Hands-on Session
Please e-mail Peter
if you are coming.

Powerhouse Museum
18-19 August 2009



Hello and Welcome,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome any new members and to those of you who have signed up to receive the weekly newsletter. If you have any  spare time come along to some of the SIG's, you will be surprised at the knowledge and experience there is amongst fellow members.

When one has a little bit of time on their hands, please make the effort to have a look at the trial website, it is hoped that once the site is up and running that all the SIG Leaders will enter their relevant SIG information for all to see.

Windows 7 there are all kinds of stories out there at the moment, but one that I like the sound of is the 3 user license "family pack", if Microsoft goes down this track it will bring them in to line with other software manufacturers! but then price needs to be reasonable.


Monday 13 July - Stocks & Shares - Malcolm Robertson - 6 pm - 8 pm

The Market in both the USA and ASX have started to fall over the last week or so. Will the ASX fall below 3200 again - many "Bears" think it will.

At this meeting we will:

  • Talk about the market - bring your views!!
  • Look at some financial websites
  • Malcolm will give a summary of an interesting Conference he attended.


Tuesday 14 July - Programming - Neville Hoffman - 6 pm - 8 pm

At the June meeting Martin showed a device he designed using an ATmega8 microprocessor to calculate the baud rate being used on a serial connection and display it on a LED screen. Les showed us the program he wrote in C using ED for Windows, the smart language-sensitive programmer's editor, to control his solar hot water heater. John spoke of his use of the AVR Mega168 microprocessor to study the performance of racing motorbikes. Shane showed pictures of KRE Engineering's remote control tractor camera that inspects the inside of underground pipes and sends images to a screen on the surface.


Saturday 18 July - Web Design - Robert Hume - 2 pm - 4 pm

Unfortunately, there is no information available as to the topic for this afternoon's SIG, but you can be sure Robert has organised  a session that will be both interesting and fun.

Tip of the Week

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor  Beta Download and install and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta. Once complete you will receive a report telling you if your PC can run Windows 7.
If there is an issue that can be resolved a suggestion will be made for the next steps e.g. you may need an updated driver for your printer, it will tell you where to get it.

Be sure to plug in any USB devices or other devices such as printers, external hard drives,or scanners that are used with the PC you are evaluating.

Please remember if your e-mail address is changed for any reason at all, unless you tell me your new address then you will not receive these weekly updates! Any change of address should be notified to

So until next week, 




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