Past Meeting Notices – 2018

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July 2018 Meeting

At 7.00 pm sharp the meeting will open with our main presenter Susie Sheldrick who will be talking about the positive uses of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning.  After that presentation John Hall will present the President’s Report.

Next will come our regular Q&A Session. Bring along your computer related questions and we will all try and find answers for you.

After the break Brian Heywood will demonstrate the Sony SRS-XB10 Wireless Speaker.  At about 9:20 George Skarbek will give a short presentation of What’s New, with interesting tidbits from around the Internet.


June 2018 Meeting

The June monthly meeting will commence at 7pm on Wednesday 6 June at Moorabbin.  First up will be our main presentation given by Dave Botherway - The Windows Journey to 1803 - Generations, Editions and Versions.

After that presentation our President John Hall will present his President's Report.  Next will come our regular Q&A Session. Bring along your computer related questions and we will all try and find answers for you.

After the break, John Hall will update us on the Future Developments at Melbourne PC.

At about 9:20 George Skarbek will give a short presentation of What's New, with interesting titbits from around the Internet.


May 2018 Meeting

The monthly meeting will commence at Moorabbin on Wednesday 2 May, 7 pm. This is the first meeting to be promoted on the new Melbourne Computer Club website, so the running order has been changed a bit to make it more appealing to visitors (read: potential new members).

We have a special guest speaker, Dr Jake Goldenfein, who studies the intersection between law and technology. More detail at https://melcc.org.au/melbourne-pc-user-group-meeting-2nd-may-12 This should be a really interesting talk, and certainly very topical!

After a brief welcome, Dr Goldenfein will talk about the recent FaceBook issue around the Trump election, and more generally about online privacy. After that President's report and Q&A. Then the break. After the break we'll draw the raffle. Then George Skarbek will share some pearls of wisdom about Solid State Drives and, unrelated, how to avoid the lazy tax.


April 2018 Meeting

The meeting will start with the customary Q&A session, where you can raise any computer problems you may have, and the President’s report.

Our Guest Speaker will be Tim van Gelder, from Melbourne University, and he will be describing the project he is working on. It’s called SWARM, and is all about using software and other technologies to harness many minds to solve challenging problems in reasoning. Think crowd sourcing intellect! This promises to be a fascinating talk, and maybe a peek into the future.

Then a social break. And at the end we’ll have George Skarbek’s “What’s new” presentation.


March 2018 Meeting

The meeting will start with the customary Q&A session, where you can raise any computer problems you may have, and then the President’s report.

we are very fortunate this month to have as our guest speaker Matthew McKnight from AutoDesk. Matthew will be giving us an insight into state of the art computer aided design (CAD) software that is used to design anything from metal brackets to motor cars – including the 3D printed plastic parts for the RoboMite robot we are making right here in the club.

This promises to be a very interesting presentation, light on technicalities, loaded with awesomeness, including a live demo from designing on the screen, through on-screen animation to an actual moving 3D printed physical object.

After the break, our own Tim McQueen will share some yarns from his experiences in the early days of computing, from the early 60’s on …

“I intend to cover my early interest (~1962), which led to me approaching IBM. University experiences, early Wang machine, early hacking, IBM again. Commonwealth CPS PIT course, links back to Turing. CRA, Hamersley Iron, Bougainville Copper, computers on mine sites, Univac 1108, early real-time systems.

Retail, Brash, Myers, ICL, Singer, POS, Accounting & Manufacturing software. I worked in and around the computing industry in Australia from 1967 to 2006.

I have been involved with computer marketers such as ICL & Data General, and in public service, mining, retail, education, travel and memberhip systems. I’ve used most types of computers, operating systems and programming languages, with very limited exposure to Apple.”

At about 9:25 George Skarbek will give a short presentation of What’s New, with interesting tidbits from around the Internet.


February 2018 Meeting

At 7.00 pm sharp the meeting will open with our regular Q&A Session. Bring along your computer related questions and we will all try and find answers for you.

After Q&A our President John Hall will present his President’s Report.

At 7:30 we have a special guest speaker, Mr Phil Smith from OptiComm. OptiComm is a wholesale access carrier specializing in the rollout of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) Internet to greenfield developments. They were instrumental in the rollout of Stage 1 of NBN Tasmania. OptiComm now services over one third of Australia’s greenfield developments over 100 lots.

Phil was chair of the NBN Early Stage Deployment Working Group at Communications Alliance, a member of the Communications Alliance Operations Council and a member of UDIA, and has spoken at many Australian and international FTTP seminars and conferences. So, while he may not be able to offer individual home-owners relief from NBN woes, Phil may give us some insights into the underbelly of the industry as well as something to consider when planning a future change of lifestyle.

After the break the President, John Hall, will discuss the Future of Melbourne PC.

At about 9:25 George Skarbek will give a short presentation of What’s New, with interesting tidbits from around the Internet.