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14 - 19 October 2013
  • Tuesdays Seniors SIG
  • Genealogy SIG
  • Web Design SIG




Details of the speakers at ASCCA's November conference and the registration forms for members wishing to  attend the conference are available here.

The October Newsletter is available here.

Hello and Welcome,
Details of next week's meetings are below.  
Tuesday 8 October - Programming - N Hoffman - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
At the September meeting David spoke of his PIC microcontroller tutorials published on The tutorials have been revised to cope with the new MPLAB X development environment, the PICkit 3 programmer, and Microchip's XC8 C compiler. The circuits have been updated to suit the Gooligum training and development board.

Alex opened a discussion on cheap 3D printers, and we looked at the "Printrbot" at, and the "MakiBox" at

Martin showed the changes to his hotel door lock circuit to use a small servo, with a Sim card as the key. Bruce spoke about his novel car cooling system. Stuart spoke of programming a PIC32 as a Fortran interpreter.
Members of the group will demonstrate some new microprocessor applications and programming examples at Tuesday's meeting.  -  Neville Hoffman
Friday 11 October - Seniors - 9:30am - 12:30pm
The first iPad was released on 3 April 2010 and since then tablet computers have sold in their millions.
If you want to buy a tablet next week, would you select one with an Apple, Android or Windows operating system? What size tablet would you purchase? What apps are available to meet your needs?
These are just some of the questions that will be discussed at this meeting.
Questions about your desktop or laptop computers will not be overlooked as group will also consider these in the usual question and answer session at the meeting.
Friday 11 October - Communications -  J Lucke - 12:30pm - 3:30pm
There will be times when you want to save some important information showing on your computer screen.
This meeting will show how this can be achieved in a review and demonstration of four free "Screen Capture" programs. Most of these programs allow for files to be resized, annotated, captions added and saved in different file formats. They also provide an impressive range of drawing features.
There will also be a question and answer session and a general discussion of communication topics.
John Mathews

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