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WEEKLY SIG MEETING UPDATE  10 - 15 January 2011

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

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Hello and Welcome,
We have an impressive list of meetings to start the new year.
Communications, programming, web design and seniors. Others will follow in the weeks ahead.
New software and hardware will also tempt and challenge us as the year progresses.
It should be a very interesting year for the Sydney PC Users Group!
Here are details of next week's meetings:
Tuesday 11 January - Programming -  N. Hoffman - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
At the December meeting Martin showed the group his prototype hotel door opening system. He used a RFID card and programmed an Atmel AVR chip, and made use of the Electronic Brick System from Seeed Studios. A magnetic switch on the card rack automatically turns off the airconditioner when the guest leaves the room.
Geoff showed a light dimmer he built using a Picaxe and a MOSFET. He used pulse width modulation to control the brightness of an adhesive backed LED strip from Rockby Electronics.
Steve showed his Picaxe solar light, improved with some suggestions made at his previous presentation. The Steca Solsum solar regulator was mentioned.
Everyone is welcome to come and see some new microprocessor applications and programming examples at this month's meeting. 
Friday 14 January - Seniors -  9:30am - 12:30pm
Peter Collard will lead the group for this meeting.
Peter will tell you what you can do when your computer goes doolally, before you FORMAT C:
This will lead into a group discussion of recovery techniques.
Now, this is a meeting for everyone.
Friday 14 January - Communications -  J. Lucke - 12:30pm - 3:30pm
John will start the meeting with the usual discussion and question and answer session on all things to do with communications.

Then after the coffee break, the group will look at some of the more advanced functions and techniques of Microsoft's growing array of email clients. You may not be aware of or have forgotten some of their features, but they will add interest to your emails and delight the recipients.
Saturday 15 January - Web Design -  R. Hume - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
At the December meeting, the group used its recently acquired NetObjects Fusion 10 program to convert their NetObjects Fusion 9 sites to comply with the newer version. This went surprisingly well.
They fixed the Google Map link but it was not so easy getting the <iframe> in place. However, putting it in an image tag and locating it in the layout ensured that it came out centred in the browser. The same technique was used to add a feedback form that could be made "public" to show the responses.
The group will continue to work with NetObjects Fusion 10 at this month's meeting.
You can see the group's web page here.

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