Past Meeting Notices – 2018

 

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October 2018 Meeting

The guest presentation for our October meeting, starting at 7 pm sharp, is about the new "My Health Record" database that is being introduced in Australia. Vignesh Lingam will provide an overview of the My Health Record system and how the upcoming changes affects you.

The My Health Record is an online repository of your key health information which is controlled by you and can be securely accessed by your healthcare providers. Brendon Wickham will be discussing some of the privacy and security elements of the system.

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: A TED video from Vancouver 2014.

A description from the TED website ...

"Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage."

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

The meeting will close at 9:30 pm.


September 2018 Meeting

At 7.00 pm sharp the meeting will open with our guest speaker - home energy adviser Tim Forcey.  Tim will describe how you can save money and be comfortable by taking steps to transform your home to "all-electric".

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 ...
 – David Hatton will give an update on the the Melbourne PC Web Site
 – John Swale will show us where to find Committee Minutes and Club Rules on our Web Site

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

The meeting will close at 9:30 pm


August 2018 Meeting

At 7.00 pm sharp the meeting will open with John Hall giving 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.

Our Main Speaker this Month is Daniel Ricardo from Monash University who will tell us about their Mars Rover Project - which is the first Australian student Project to be selected to compete in the worldwide "University Rover Challenge".

After the break Stephen Zuluaga and John Hall will be showing some Photo's and Videos from our very successful "Open Day" at our Moorabbin Headquarters.

At about 9:20 George Skarbek will give a short presentation of What’s New, with interesting tidbits from around the Internet.
The meeting will close at 9:30 pm.


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.