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Sydney PC User Group Incorporated
Members helping Members for over 26 Years
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1st Floor
Sydney Mechanics'
School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Sydney PCUG's Blog

15 - 20 July 2013
  • Tuesdays Seniors SIG
  • Genealogy SIG
  • Web Design SIG

Communication links from the SPCUG website are available here.


Revo Uninstaller Free 1.95

Read about the new version and download the file here.


Microsoft's Free Image Composite Editor (ICE) creates great panoramic images from overlapping photos.

 It can be downloaded here.

Hello and Welcome,
There are another three interesting meetings for club members next week and the details are below.
Tuesday 9 July- Programming -  N. Hoffman - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
At the June meeting Andrew S told us of the computer setup he made with a Raspberry Pi, the $35 credit-card sized computer available from RS and Element 14. He fitted a TV screen and a keyboard to a Pi to make a cheap desktop computer.

Martin showed a moisture sensing set up using his Raspberry Pi. The Pi lacks an analog/digital converter so he connected its serial port to a microcontroller, the Atmel AVR that has several of them. The AVR was then connected to a moisture sensor and its readings were digitised by the AVR and displayed on a web-page by the Pi's web-server.

David showed samples of the range of plug-in boards he has developed, similar to the Arduino shields, but pluggable to any PCB.
Alex continued his tutorial on Windows 8, and has now expanded it to a web page at
Members of the group will demonstrate some new microprocessor applications and programming examples at Tuesday's meeting. 
                                                                                                                              Neville Hoffman
Friday 12 July - Seniors - 9:30am for 10am - 12:30pm
The program, "Handbrake", is a very useful tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern widely used codecs.

The range of formats the program can handle and way it converts video files will be demonstrated at this meeting.
A question and answer session will also be held to discuss computer problems and issues.
Friday 12 July - Communications - J. Lucke - 12:30pm for 1pm - 3:30pm
After a general question and answer session, John Lucke will discuss some of Feedly's "Todays" featured articles regarding Computer Help, Freeware and Security.
After the coffee break, MailStore version 8 will be installed on the club's computer and set it up to archive the club’s email accounts and emails.
If time allows, John will install the “Fences” desktop application that automatically sorts a cluttered desktop into appropriate groups using semi-transparent tiles (fences) which provide quick and easy access to programs.
John Mathews

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