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

Sydney PCUG's Blog

27 Sept. - 3 Oct. 2009
  • Penrith - No Meeting
    School Holidays

Install Win7 to Dual Boot
with either
WinXP or Vista

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Google Chrome 3.0


20 June  8 November 2009
Mitchell Galleries
State Library opening hours
Admission: Free

Archived Operating and Service
Manuals for Laptops
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Hello and Welcome,

Mark Windridge has had another set back with his last operation, he has acquired a golden staph infection and is back in Mona Vale hospital. He has completed the tests and his prognosis is quite favourable. He will be in hospital for only two more weeks, then some time at home before returning to work. His contact number is 9998 0531, I'm sure he would appreciate a call now and then. Take care Mark and we all wish you a speedy recovery.

Site Search Test

Site search  facilities are ideal for recalling topics like - top new software releases, solutions to computer problems or internet security issues, recently reported by our members. We have installed two search boxes on the right, each returning a different display format. Box #1 should return a link to every instance of your query with words of four or more letters residing on our server, while box #2 will display only those found by Google search-bots.

Try both - perhaps with a search for "security" or your name and tell us your preference and comments with an entry in our Guestbook. Please enjoy and share your search research. jl


Tuesday 22 September - Main Meeting - 6pm - 8pm

Although Windows 7 launches next month, Microsoft's biggest competitor besides Apple is from Linux, a free and open source operating system that lets you modify it any way you like, and can genuinely serve as a complete replacement for Windows, be it XP, Vista or 7.

A couple of months ago, a Sydney PCUG member emailed me to ask if we could have a presentation on Linux. What is it, what does it look like, how does it work, how does it compare to Windows, why is it free of charge, what kind of software is available for it, how many people use Linux around the world, and why do people keep on buying Windows if Linux is as good, and is free?

These and many more questions will be answered at our Tuesday night meeting, where Linux expert, fellow iTWire journalist and major mining company CIO (Chief Information Officer) David M. Williams will be driving down from his base in Newcastle to give us an expert and entertaining look at Linux, and why you could and even should use Linux - even if you're happy with your Windows system.

Linux is definitely exciting, and with even really old computers able to run Linux where Windows would just give up, Linux presents a great opportunity for people to learn a new skill, revitalise old computers, surf the web in an effectively virus and malware-free environment and more.

You can even learn how to run Windows and Linux at the same time, on the same computer - without needing to know anything about "virtualisation" or anything else complicated.

Linux is an operating system and even a movement you'll hear more and more about, while at the same time, Windows 7 becomes Microsoft's most popular ever operating system.

So, come along to the main meeting of the Sydney PC Users group and learn about the amazing world of Linux!

See you there

Friday 25 Sept. - Digital Photography - Peter Collard - 10am - 12 noon

Introduction & Software Updates (bring your thumb drive),

  • Future planned topics,
  • Photography Exercise - critical discussion of your  efforts for last month's task - Reflections,
  • Q & A and Tips - bring us your problems and solutions.
Main Topic - Cataloguing including sort/file/name photos - batch name/sort into folders.  

Tip of the Week

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum - This is a time limited offer.

The original price of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is $24.95. Now it is totally free available from 15 Sept.  to 30 Sept.  (give away for half month). Without registration code and you don't need to offer any of your information. Just download it and you can backup your DVDs right away. Have a look and see what you think.

So until next week, health and happiness,



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