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16 - 21 December 2013
  • Tuesdays Seniors SIG
  • Genealogy SIG
  • Web Design SIG

 Kies 3.2


 Lunch on Friday

Members of the Seniors and Communications SIGs will adjourn for lunch to a nearby establishment on Friday.

All members are welcome to join them in this short end-of-year luncheon.

Hello and Welcome,
There are three excellent meetings for members next week and on Friday members of two groups are joining together for a short luncheon. All the details are below.  
Tuesday 10 December - Programming - N. Hoffman - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
At the November meeting we discussed ways of using an iPhone to wirelessly control a Raspberry Pi. They are a natural pair in the world of miniature computing, as the iPhone has a keyboard and screen which the Raspberry Pi lacks.  Operate them together and the iPhone can be used to select and run programs that are stored on the Pi.
Darwin demonstrated a system for etching names on aluminium and stainless steel, using a microcontroller etching device he designed. Under the control of a PIC, bursts of AC and DC are passed through an electrolyte applied to the metal by a sponge through a stencil. His demo can be seen on his website here.
More details can be seen here and here

Andrew discussed the Data Logger he designed around a PIC24. He has used this cheap device to perform several of the functions previously only available from expensive multitasking equipment.
Members of the group will demonstrate some new microprocessor applications and programming examples at Tuesday's meeting.  -  Neville Hoffman
Friday 13 December - Seniors - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Computer users have access to extensive range of free computer programs but most of us do not have the time to evaluate their benefit to us.
At this meeting the group will explore some of the TOP freeware programs for 2013 so that those present can decide whether they should try using some of them on their computers.
A new highlighted mouse cursor will be downloaded and installed on the club's computer and a question and answer session will be available to help members with any computer problems.
Friday 13 December - Communications - J. Lucke - 12:30pm - 3:30pm
The security of personal, corporate and government communications has become a daily topic in the media recently and many of us are wondering how we might improve the security of our personal electronic communications.

At this meeting John Lucke will compare the different wireless network security methods that are currently available.

As most of are making greater use of wireless network connected computers, tablets, phones and printers etc. this is a very timely topic for members to consider.

John Mathews

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