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Sydney PC User Group Incorporated
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1st Floor
Sydney Mechanics'
School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

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16 - 21 July 2012
  • Tuesdays Seniors SIG
  • Genealogy SIG
  • Web Design SIG  

AVG Anti-Virus Free Version


The Greatest PC Mysteries--Solved!

 - from Robert Israel's Links  that are listed on the SPCUG's web pages.

ASCCA's July Newsletter

can be seen here.


The SPCUG's Committee Members and Office Bearers  for 2012 are:

Roger Foulds - President

Dennis Campanella - Vice-President and Secretary

John Lucke - Treasurer

Ray  Allum and John Mathews.


Hello and Welcome,
There are three interesting meetings next week and the details are below:
Tuesday 10 July - Programming -  N. Hoffman - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
At the June meeting Lino demonstrated his technique for soldering surface mounted components using a soldering iron and Xcelite tweezers, and making use of surface tension and gravity. Martin gave away a large quantity of exotic electronic components.

Alex showed a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) he made using the Press n Peel technique and Andrew showed a mother board and instructions he found for a Forth computer he intends to revive.

Stuart directed us to his recently uploaded 16-bit widget driver at It is an embedded script interpreter that runs in dsPic microcontrollers, and has a serial port, 14 in/out lines, and two analogue lines. It has a minimal footprint and runs on a small single-sided PCB.
Members of the group will demonstrate some new microprocessor applications and programming examples at Tuesday's meeting. Visitors are always welcome.
                                                                                                         -- Neville Hoffman
Friday 13 July - Seniors - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Imagine this scenario. You try to start your computer but Windows won't load.
What can you do? 
You could look to an operating system such as Ubuntu 12.04 installed on a USB flash drive stick - it is free to download, install and use! 
At this meeting Roger Foulds will show how you can access your computer folders and files (including hidden and windows files) with Ubuntu to help get your computer's Operating System back to working order.  
Ubuntu on a stick has other advantages as well! It is easy to set up an Internet access, browsers and email clients, and any peripherals with Ubuntu and it also has a large suite of free applications to do just about everything you could want to do. 
There will be a question and answer session at this meeting as well! 
Friday 13 July - Communications -  J. Lucke - 12:30pm - 3:30pm
We regularly purchase goods from Australian and overseas sources, move money in and out of bank accounts and pay bills with the help of the Internet. We also authorize utility companies to debit our bank accounts and credit cards before we know the amount of their quarterly or monthly bills.
At this meeting John Lucke will discuss how we use the Internet to complete these financial transactions and examine the security implications of such payments.
The meeting will start with a question and answer session and general discussion of matters of interest.
John Mathews

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