Previous Meetings — Reports, Summaries &/or Notice of Meeting. 

VIDEOS of meetings are available here.

Mar-2017 Monthly Meeting

  • Presentations & Activities
    • Questions & Answers (Q&A), followed by President's Report (George Skarbek)
    • Presentation — Mohan Gupta will talk to us about the Melb PC 3D printer
    • Break — tea, coffee, chat
    • Presentation — Stewart Bedford: "Australian Consumer Law: encouraging retailers to honour their warranty obligations"
    • George Skarbek's latest in his series "What's New"

Feb-2017 Monthly Meeting

  • Presentations & Activities
    • Questions & Answers (Q&A), followed by President's Report (George Skarbek)
    • Presentation — Colin Carter: The Decline of Melb PC Membership and the consequences and what to do about it.
    • Break — tea, coffee, chat
    • Presentation — Dave Botherway: Home Networking - What, Why, How . . .

December-2016 Monthly Meeting

  • Presentations & Activities
    • President's Report — George Skarbek
    • George Skarbek will give a talk on a variety of subjects, the majority will be computer related.  The talk will be called "What's New".
    • John Hall will talk to us on "Melbourne PC Systems - Future Directions": he will talk about the current state of our Systems and where he thinks we should aim for.

November-2016 Monthly Meeting

  • Presentation: George Skarbek will present a timeline of computers which highlight the major milestones in the development of computers. He will also include photos of very early IBM PC gear and even earlier bits such as memory modules comprising ferrite cores. (Pre integrated circuits)

  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) – The Monthly Meeting will "include" MelbPC's AGM — AGM details are here

    • The regular Monthly Meeting (starting 7pm) will be suspended at 7:30pm.
    • The AGM will then commence in the same main room.
    • When the AGM ends, the regular Monthly Meeting will be resumed.

October-2016 Monthly Meeting

Details of the meeting will be reported here as soon as they become available - check email.

September-2016 Monthly Meeting

  • Special General Meeting (SGM) re President:  The regular Monthly Meeting (started at 7pm), was suspended at 7:30pm. The SGM then commenced in the same main room. When the SGM ended, the regular Monthly Meeting was resumed.
  • Main Presentation: BitCoins & Blockchain. Speakers: Scott Phillips & Peter Robertson (both of BlockZero)

August-2016 Monthly Meeting

 Lev Lafayette presented an interesting and popular talk on "Supercomputers: Current Status and Future Trends."
Lev is a widely experienced systems administrator, specialising in the Linux operating system and scientific applications, a project manager, systems engineer, and quality management systems coordinator, specifically for ISO 9001 (Quality assurance) and ISO 270001 (Information Technology Security). He also does a lot of training for researchers and technical staff in Linux, High Performance Computing, mathematical programming, Postgresql, and related subjects, with graduates and post-doctoral learners from a multitude of Australian Universities and Teaching & Research Institutions.   Those who saw Lev's presentation reported on it most favourably.

July-2016 Monthly Meeting

Evernote - Be Organised
Melbourne PC User Group member and Evernote power user Frank Papa, told us all how he has organised himself by using Evernote software for capturing, accessing, and sharing his information securely and reliably, wherever he is. Frank has  more than 26,000 notes of relevant information, from contacts, to designs, documents to photo albums, and can access any one of these items instantly on any connected device. Imagine your increase in productivity if you had all of your information whenever required. And there's a whole lot more!    The best thing about Evernote is it's free-form. Use it the way you like to work."     Following is a link to a copy of Frank's presentation:

https://www.evernote.com/l/AAY2QOjeWzlKUrx0yRixNJUS9IwrRso6-do

 

June-2016 Monthly Meeting

     First presentation at 7.30pm   Lachlan Simpson from the Pirate Party presented his party's views on 
     privacy and freedom of information, with some reference to Membership Management Systems.
     Main Presentation at 8.30 Trend Micro's Security Intelligence leader Jon Oliver presented 
                           "Crypto-Ransomware Outbreaks 
in Australia"  
     Jon explained the rise in crypto-ransomware outbreaks 
in Australia, the techniques used, and discussed 
     the implications of 
these outbreaks.

May-2016 Monthly Meeting

  • Presentations: 
    The main presentation featured our very own Dave Botherway, Beginners East (Beast) SIG convener.
                                       "Windows-10:  What are the Backup Processes ?
    Dave described and demonstrate the many options now available - and when to use them".
    The topic included both our latest Macrium-Reflect recommendation and Win-10 rollback.

April-2016 Monthly Meeting

  • Presentations:
    Our main presentation featured Tyson Then, whose introduction to Virtualisation in February received accolades and demands for more.
    This month Tyson presented “Getting Virtual on your desktop”. He presented a quick and easy introduction on how to download
    and install software to get started creating VMs (Virtual machines), as well as looking at methods of converting Physical Machines to Virtual.
  • When Wed 6-April-2016, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where: Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin.
    • For first-timers, building access can be tricky, but it is easy with our guide at Contact Us.

March-2016 Monthly Meeting

  • Presentations: 
    • (1) Terry Said told us about the SSD Hybrid Model. You can have all the speed and all your C Hard drive space in a single Hybrid configuration - like a big SSD at smaller cost.

      (2) Our main presentation featured Christopher Ly, the 3D Printing Guy. He demonstrated the basic workings of a 3D Printer. Chris also demonstrated two free Autodesk programs - Tinker Play and Tinker CAD. These are very powerful tools, but easy enough for children to use.

  • When:  Wed 2-March-2016,  7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where:  Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin. 
    • For first-timers, building access can be tricky, but it is easy with our guide at Contact Us.
Feb-2016 Monthly Meeting
  • Presentations: 
    • Tyson Then presented "Virtualisation", and why it is so popular.
  • When:  Wed 3-Feb-2016,  7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where:  Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin. 
    • For first-timers, building access can be tricky, but it is easy with our guide at Contact Us.
Dec-2015 Monthly Meeting
  • Presentations: 
    • Brian Heywood presents "Google Earth Pro".
  • When:  Wed 2-Dec-2015,  7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where:  Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin. 
    • For first-timers, building access can be tricky, but it is easy with our guide at Contact Us.

Oct-2015 Monthly Meeting 

  • Presentations: 
    • Jeff Alexander on Windows 10: Jeff Alexander is from Microsoft Australia (his title is Technical Evangelist, Windows Infrastructure). Windows 10 topics he'll talk about include a) Home user advantages (vs Win-7 and Win-8), Cortana, performance, ease of use etc b) Privacy concerns (sharing Updates, Wi-Fi password) c) Controlling updates - both Preload of Win10 update, and subsequent changes. Jeff will take questions after his main presentation.
    • Major Raffle Draw: The draw for our Major Raffle will take place at 8pm during this meeting.
    • Melb PC Preferred Future: After the break, Bill Ford will report on the discussion meeting held last Saturday, 26th September.
    • Melb PC offer of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus: Our new offer to members will be explained. We are placing an application form for members here.
  • When:  Wed 7-Oct-2015,  7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where:  Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin.  (near corner of Cochranes Rd)
    • For first-timers, building access can be tricky, but it is easy with our guide at Contact Us.

 

Sep-2015 Monthly Meeting 

  • Presentations + SGM: 
    • Dave Botherway on The TV Evolution:  At seven o'clock sharp Dave Botherway will present a talk on The TV Evolution: Presto, Netflix, Fetch TV etc -  What are they?
    • Special General Meeting 7:45pm.  To consider Motions to amend MelbPC Rules - to repair some ambiguities in our Rules.
    • Melb PC's new website:  To round off the presentations, leading features of Melb PC's new website will be explained and members will have the chance to ask questions.
    • Unfortunately, Microsoft Australia speaker unavailable at last minute.
  • When:  Wed 2-Sep-2015,  7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where:  Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin.  (near corner of Cochranes Rd)
    • For first-timers, building access can be tricky, but it is easy with our guide at Contact Us.

 

Aug-2015 Monthly Meeting

  • When:  Wed 5-Aug-2015,  7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where:  Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin.  (near corner of Cochranes Rd)
  • Presentations:

    • Rooting your Android phone:  George Skarbek will explain how to obtain root access to an Android phone and will lift the curtain on some of the advantages of doing this.
    • Finding your way to Melb PC Yammer:  For members who have not yet visited Melb PC's Yammer service, Harry Lewis will show the basic steps needed to arrive at our Yammer site.
    • Optus services:  After the interval, Daniel Adelinis, Business Consultant from the Optus Business Centre for Melbourne East and North, will talk about our Optus Business Broadband and other Optus services.

 

Jul-2015 Monthly Meeting

  • When:  Wed 1-Jul-2015,  7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where:  Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin.  (near corner of Cochranes Rd)
  • Presentations:

    • Slideshows:  George Skarbek will do a presentation of making a slideshow from slides and also show a couple of short award winning slideshows.
    • Trends in the computer marketplace:  Kyle from JB Hi-Fi (Southland) will talk about the latest trends in computers and other intelligent devices - those already on the market and others coming soon.

 

Jun-2015 Monthly Meeting

  • When:  Wed 3-Jun-2015,  7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where:  Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin.  (near corner of Cochranes Rd)
  • Presentations:

    • IPv4 internet addresses:  John Bade, Melb PC Committee member, will explain how IPv4 addresses are used for internet communications.  Melb PC owns rights to multiple IPv4 addresses which are available for rent.
    • Microsoft Windows 10 - After the break, Dave Botherway will tell us about Windows 10. 
      • This session was originally planned as "Optus wireless broadband and devices", but due to a family emergency, the speaker from Optus was unable to attend.

 

May-2015 Monthly Meeting

  • When:  Wed 6-May-2015,  7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where:  Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin.  (near corner of Cochranes Rd)
  • Presentations:

    • The Apple Watch:  Julie Ackland from AUSOM will tell us about the new Apple Watch and also some other interesting wearable devices.
    • Solar power for the home:  After the break, George Skarbek and David King will guide us through this interesting topic.

 

Apr-2015 Monthly Meeting

  • When:  Wed 1-Apr-2015,  7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where:  Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin.  (near corner of Cochranes Rd)
    • For first-timers, building access can be tricky, but it is easy with our guide.
  • Presentations:

    • Planning our Future Monthly Meetings
      • This month we will have a discussion about future possibilities for our monthly meetings.  What form would you like meetings to take?  Are there topics you would like to have discussed?  Should we change the length of meetings?  
      • Harry Lewis will lead the discussion and the Group needs many members to take part in this event.  This is your chance to help steer the Group through its next decade or two while we enjoy the rise of 'digital devices' and the sensational developments through which digital technology is taking us. 
    • Melbourne Museum of Printing
      • After the break we will witness a conversation between Michael Isaachsen from the Melbourne Museum of Printing and our very own Tom Rado.  Michael has also been a member for many years and over a period of time he gathered printing equipment from all over, including his own typecasting equipment, and assembled the museum of printing. In 1998 he was forced to close it because of the cost of space.  About twelve years ago when Michael was still trying to find a permanent home for his museum, we ran an article in PC Update magazine.  Soon after that he opened the museum in a new location in West Footscray.  See: http://mmop.org.au/ 
      • Michael will briefly explain the history of printing and then where the museum is going today; he will tell us all about the regular educational activities that take place and his plans for the future.

 

Mar-2015 Monthly Meeting:

  • When:  Wed 4-Mar-2015,  7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where:  Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin (near Corner Cochranes Rd).
  • Presentations:

    • Major Raffle: 
      • The draw for our Major Raffle will take place at this meeting.
    • The Office 365 jigsaw - Melb PC version. 
      • Dave Botherway has some illuminating slides to guide us around the new world of Office 365, with a look back at its history
    • Protecting your online privacy - Metadata, VPN's and more explained. 
      • After the break, Stewart Bedford explains how we can protect our privacy, and how VPNs can be used for our benefit.

 

Feb-2015 Monthly Meeting:

  • When:  Wed 4-Feb-2015,  7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Where:  Melbourne PC User Group Headquarters, Level 1, Suite 26, 479 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin (near Corner Cochranes Rd).

Meeting Topic:  Move to Office 365

On February 9th Melb PC's email service, hosted at outlook.com, will be moved to its new hosting at Office 365 Enterprise E1.  We are dedicating this monthly meeting (4-Feb) to this important change.  (We have not forgotten members who do not - yet - have email accounts <at> melbpc.org.au, and we shall be explaining how they can obtain use of some of the facilities at Office 365 without using it for email.)

Before the break we shall review the steps that members need to take to make sure they can see incoming mail arriving at their new account, and send from those accounts: both using the webmail service, Outlook Web App, and using their own email programs if they wish. 

Then we shall be looking at some of the other facilities that are available to us.

After the break, we have a visiting speaker, Rita Arrigo, President of the Melbourne Business User Group, who will introduce us to SharePoint, which is another facility within Office 365 Enterprise. She will explain how it is being used as a tool for collaboration in some other organizations.  We have asked her also to explain how some of the more familiar features of Office 365 can also be used to support sharing and collaboration.

 

Dec-2014 Monthly Meeting:

Presentations:

  • Office 365 Email and Yammer:  Harry Lewis presented a short update on progress with the new email system. He also gave us a brief introduction to Yammer, the online chat facility that comes in our new email package.
  • Melb PC Financial Position:  Our Treasurer, Geoffrey Keenan, gave an explanation of our financial position with more background than he was able to present to members at our AGM last month.
  • Infoxchange National Digital Literacy Program:  Brendan Fitzgerald from Infoxchange told us about Go Digi, which is a national digital literacy program. You can find an introduction at go-digi-national-digital-literacy-program. Go Digi's objectives overlap in interesting ways with Melb PC's, and it was of interest to hear of his experiences.