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Sydney Mechanics'
School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

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18 - 24 July 2010
  • Seniors
  • Genealogy
  • Digital Photography


6 pm
27 July 2010

WANTED nominations for
Committee Members

Nomination Form


Powerhouse Museum
Wednesday 8th and
Thursday 9th September 2010

more infromation...


Entry forms and photos
to Roger
Digital Photography Meeting
Friday 23 July, please.

2010 Competition Guidelines...


State Library of NSW
3 July 2010 – 25 July 2010
Galleries, Mitchell Wing
State Library opening hours
Admission: Free

Hello & Welcome,
A bit of a wordsmith?
If you are, then here’s a chance to make use of your talents. We all love our ‘Weekly Updates’ newsletter. Elaine Rush has been doing a grand job, but sadly, she must move on to other things at the end of this month. We urgently need a volunteer to edit this weekly newsletter. You’re welcome to contribute articles to our web site as well, if you’re so inclined.
Please contact me by email: or phone 9904 7864.
Warren Wyllie
Club President
Monday 12 July - Stocks & Shares - M. Robertson - 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Well, things appear to be looking up. The DJIA rose 274 to 10,018 and the All Ords up 96 to 4374 (at the time of writing this on Thursday 8/7/2010).
However, the BDI ( Baltic Dry Index) has fallen to 2000. It was 4600 about 3 months ago, and 9400 at its high around Sept 2008, just before the collapse of Lehman Brothers in the USA.It measures dry bulk commodity shipping, esp to China.
At the next Stocks and Shares meeting Malcolm will look at shares and other data from the Morningstar site. Also some areas of the ASX site. He will also give a short report on an AIA ( Australian Investors Association) meeting held two weeks ago about investing in 2010.
(Malcolm Robertson)
Tuesday 13 July - Programming - N. Hoffman - 5.30pm - 8.30pm
At the June meeting Andrew showed a way of getting a Picaxe08M to log data at long intervals by using the Poke instruction.
Les showed a movie of an industrial robot and the modifications he made to its program. It is an xyz type of robot 10 metres long that stacks plastic bottles of various shapes at high speed.
David showed a advanced PIC-based travel clock he built, and discussed the program he wrote for it in 800 lines of assembler. His tutorials on programming can be seen on his website Gooligum Electronics.
JD showed several PCBs he designed with Eagle, using Freescale microcontrollers.
We were able to project on the screen images of all the objects discussed on the night, by using the auto-focussing webcam installed recently by Roger Foulds of our parent organisation, the Sydney PC User Group. Thanks Roger.
(Neville Hoffman)
Friday 16 July - SmartPhone - J. Shiel - 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Next week we will look at some of the latest smartphones, applications and items available for download including at iStore, and consider the iPad, how it works, and how it can be used to reduce your mobile phone bills.
(John Shiel)
Saturday 17 July - Web Design - R. Hume - 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Last month we looked at putting meta tags, title and Alt tags on images to improve the ability for the search engines to find the site.
We looked at editing NetObjects HTML outside of NetObjects to see if changes would work inside NOF. It did not appear to work.
Then we tried to import a web site made in KompoZer. This did not work very well and would need a lot of realigning. It did not appear to recognize the CSS and Thai script.
(Robert Hume)
So until next week, health and happiness,



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