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WEEKLY SIG MEETING UPDATE  1 - 6 November 2010

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

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We generally come away from meetings of the club with some new ideas.

A recent TED guest talked about where good ideas come from. You can look at and hear that talk here.

Hello and Welcome,
We have four excellent meetings next week.
Monday 8 November - Stocks & Shares -  M. Robertson- 5:30pm - 8:30pm
At the close of business on Thursday 4 November 2010, the Dow had risen to 11430, the highest since the Lehman Brothers collapse in September 2008.
The ASX 200 was up 55 points to 4800 on Friday 5 November. Among the sectors, materials and energy were up and financials were down.
At this meeting, the group will discuss what may happen now.
Malcolm will also summarize what he feels was the best Trading & Investing Expo for several years and there will be time to look at some shares using a range of software and Internet sites. So, bring along the names/codes of the shares you would like to see.
Tuesday 9 November - Programming -  N. Hoffman - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
At the October meeting Martin demonstrated his upgraded accelerometer system using an ARM7 processor and a BMA180 accelerometer running on a Sparkfun breakout board. A graphical projection showed sensitive responses to tiny movements.

Andrew reviewed some commercial battery testers and showed us his design for a low cost battery tester using a PIC12F683. He also referred the group to for information on battery technology.
This month the group will again look at some other new microprocessor applications and programming examples.
Friday 12 November - Seniors  - 9:30am - 12:30pm
John Symonds will lead the group at this meeting and he plans to discuss the various ways a PC clock can be synchronised to a time server in Windows 7 and XP.
In additions, some of you will remember a very popular DOS based file manager called XTree. It is no longer exists but some clone versions of XTree run under the newer operation systems.
John will show the group one clone version of XTree called ZTree. It might just be the file manager you need.
Friday 12 November - Communications -  J. Lucke - 12:30pm - 3:30pm
This group will discuss "searching for information online" at this meeting.
What are the best methods of finding information online using search engines? How can you find the information that is not available to search engines? The group will ponder these questions and discover some answers.
The searching theme will be developed further when the group goes on to look at the big three search engines and some of the many new facilities they offer.
So until next week, health and happiness,
John M

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