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

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9 - 15 August 2009
  • Stock & Shares
  • Programming
  • Friday Seniors
  • Communications
  • Web Design

Door Prize
Warren Wyllie

Five Licences LogMeIn Pro
Pentti Kivela
John Lucke
John  Burton
Clare Wagemans
Elaine Rush
John Burton, Elaine Rush &
Clare Wagemans


Powerhouse Museum
18 - 19 August 2009


Don't forget ASCCA competition photos must be emailed to
Roger by the end of August.


The Future of
Desktop Office Suites


Hello and Welcome,

The Tuesday Main Meeting was presented by Seth Shaw from LogMeIn who gave an extensive presentation of the LogMeIn products and also donated five LogMeIn Pro licences for members to enjoy. Seth took us through the 'ins & outs' of LogMeIn Pro and showed us how limitless the applications of his software are.  Because it enables remote access it can be used by every piece of hardware that connects to the internet.  Vehicle-bound servicemen can access their work computers, support staff can sort out problems on blackberries by being granted access by the owner, the man on the road can log in to his home computer to download his emails, web surf, and transfer needed files from that computer to his laptop.  The Pro version even has the facility for people to transfer photographs to the website for easy download for all those to whom they send the link.

LogMeIn comes as a free version without all the 'Bells & Whistles', LogMeIn Pro costs $84 per year per computer, but the website has a special offer 5 PC's for $23.75/month (or $240/year).


Our Webmaster, Steve South reported that he has now uploaded the complete new club's website to our server. It will run in conjunction with our existing site during this final testing period. While the site has already been tested satisfactorily using five popular browsers, members are asked to thoroughly check all pages and report any bugs.

Thanks to all members who have assisted with suggestions and advice in bringing this new website to fruition. Special thanks to Warren Wyllie for the original design concept and his guidance on colours and font selection, also to Bob Backstrom for tirelessly analysing and sanctioning every step of the design.

The new site includes these changes:

  • Fluid pages adjust to fill any screen size
  • Navigation menus always viewable (except for older IE browsers)
  • Only news/content areas scroll
  • Horizontal scrolling only needed with wide images
  • Direct, one-click links between all pages
  • More current page content and pictures
  • More colourful logo and mini-banner
  • External, SIG related "Quick Links" open in a new window
  • Site search box installed (will be redirected to new site on changeover)
  • Sydney and Penrith weather forecasts - 2 hours to 15 days
  • All page coding validated to W3C - XHTML Transitional standards.

We hope you enjoy using our club's new website and will visit often. Go there now and check it out.

Note: Steve has advised not to click on the new site's HOME link during the testing period as it will take you back to the old site. It's not a fault - just the way things work!    jl


Tip of the Week

How to get Office Ultimate 2007  Its a total steal at $75.00 AUD and it is perfectly legal, of course there is a catch you need to have an e-mail address ending in ".edu" , if you know a student/academic with one and will allow you to use it, run your mouse over the 'Am I Eligible" link for more information.   If you require discs it will cost another $16 AUD approx., but still a cheap offer considering Office Ultimate 2007 costs approx. $979.00 AUD.

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This is one of the rare weeks when there are no SIG's scheduled, so until next week, health and happiness




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