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21- 26 March 2011

  • Main Meeting
  • Digital Photography SIG

Windows 7
Service Pack 1 has been released. The diskspace required varies with the installation method used.
Details can be found here  .

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A.G.M. - 22 March 2011

It is not too late!

Nomination forms for the appointment of members to the Executive Committee can be obtained here.

Hello and Welcome,
We have four excellent SIG meetings for members next week.
Monday 14 March - Stocks & Shares -  M. Robertson- 5:30pm - 8:30pm
The S&P 500 Index fell to a 12 year low of 676.53 on March 9, 2009. Even after nearly doubling in 2 years, the S&P 500's 2 year return is about 36% below the average bull-market gain of 131% since 1962.  The 730 day rally without a decline of 20% or more compares with an average duration of 1,407 days, the data shows.
The S&P 500 fell to 1,320 on 9 March 2011, and the Dow Jones IA (US) fell slightly to 12,213. If the former falls significantly below 1,300, and the latter below 12,000, then all "Bull Bets" may be off.

Otherwise, the Bulls say this is the biggest equity Bull rally since 1955, and has just started its Third Year!! (Source - Bloomberg)
The Bears don't agree. Moreover, the Australian share market is certainly falling.
So come along to the next Stocks and Shares SIG on Monday 14 March at 6PM. We will look at the markets in general and at any shares attendees wish to review (so bring along your list).

There are many more Exchange Traded Funds (EFT's) listed on the ASX than there were even six months ago. Some are backed by say, actual Gold, while oe ers are backed only by paper. One of our members, Allan M, will discuss one ETF he has as a practical example.
 Malcolm will present Part 2 of the Roger Montgomery way to calculate the intrinsic value of a share (which has, in general, nothing to do with the Share price)!!  A practical example of a share valuation will be given.
                                                                                                                                     Malcolm Robertson
Tuesday 15 March - Seniors - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Peter Collard will lead this SIG meeting.
Peter will explain data backup, including how to configure a backup program, where to find the data and the methods used to back it up.

There will also be a question and answer session at the start of the meeting.
Tuesday 15 March - Genealogy -  T. Eakin - 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Next Tuesday will be my last Genealogy SIG for four months as I proceed on leave and fly out to BC Canada on Wed 6 April 2011. I arrive back on Wednesday 13 July so will present again on Tuesday 19 July 2011. Other members will fill in whilst I'm away so please support them in my absence.
The topic this month is Newspaper indexes on CD ROM and online sites such as our excellent TROVE from the National Library of Australia. A paper will be prepared and emailed the day before.
For those who have not used TROVE, this will be a good learning session, I can assure you it is an exciting development and we find family secrets never mentioned by our families as we grew up. The black sheep are easily found hidden in the newspaper columns.
                                                                                                               Terry Eakin
Saturday 19 March - Web Design -  R. Hume - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
At the last meeting, the group decided to insert the Newsletter article that Brent Roberts wrote.
After much discussion, the group decided on a plan of action. The site was changed to incorporate a year and month system and adding anchor points and menus to the site will assist navigation to the relevant topics of interest.
The group will continue to upgrade the Newsletter article section at this meeting.
Bianca, the bright young lady who visited the Programming SIG meeting in February, is aged 8.

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