PC Update is the Melbourne PC User Group magazine/newsletter. The first issue of PC Update appeared in March 1984 under the title MELB-PC.

The name was changed to PC Update in September of the same year and has remained unchanged ever since. The magazine has won a number of International Awards.

PC Update has been published in various formats, firstly as a printed newsletter, then a printed magazine, then an e-magazine, and currently as a e-newsletter.

March Columns

April 2020 Monthly Meeting

The Monthly Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 1 at 7 pm via streaming. Guest Speakers: Dr Anton Hassell Topic: The arcane art of making science-based […]

Club News March 2020

Hugh Macdonald Coder Dojo Our South East Melbourne Coder Dojo has been going now for three sessions and is establishing itself well with regular attendees coming […]

DOTW Winners February 2020

Roger Brown DOTW (whatever that stands for) our weekly Yammer poll and light hearted review of the sillier events of the week, has returned for 2020. […]

East SIG Report February 2020

Neil Muller The February meeting opened with George Skarbek conducting his usual Q&A segment. Q: I’ve lost the Google Play icon on my Android phone. Is […]

Editorial March 2020

Hugh Macdonald Hello and welcome to the March 2020 edition of PC Update. I hope you enjoy the mix of articles on computer related advice and […]

From The President March 2020

David Stonier-Gibson President’s special raffle At the monthly meeting this week, everyone who registers with their membership card and wears a name tag (your card or […]

March 2020 Monthly Meeting

The Monthly Meeting will be held Wednesday March 4 at 7pm. Guest Speakers: Dr Ken Harvey and Mal Vickers Topic: Data Scraping and Snake Oil Why […]

Member Tips and Tricks

Graham Swanston These procedures seem to work well on a 64 bit Windows 10 desktop. Do regular backups. Disaster or an accident is always a possibility. […]

Yammer Highlights February 2020

Dennis Parsons Computer Help   The following is a fantastic example of what Melb PC is all about – members helping each other solve problems, computer […]

March Articles

Try one of these bootable PC rescue media

Dick Maybach, Member, Brookdale Computer User Group, NJ Modern personal computers are complex assemblies of hardware and software. A problem in a single component can disable […]

February 2020

Book Review

Tim McQueen Technically Wrong – sexist apps, biased algorithms and other threats of toxic tech. Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Norton 2017 232 pp There have been several analyses […]

Club News February 2020

Hugh Macdonald Training Room The revamp of the training room began in July 2019 when all members were invited to a meeting to discuss the future […]

East SIG Report December 2019

Neil Muller The final meeting for 2019 commenced with the now traditional Christmas BBQ, followed by a shortened meeting. Normal meetings will resume on the second […]

East SIG Report November 2019

Neil Muller The November meeting opened with George Skarbek conducting his usual Q&A segment. Q: In the last week Windows File Explorer has refused to open […]

Editorial February 2020

Hugh Macdonald Hello all, Welcome to the first edition of PC Update for 2020. I hope you had a relaxing holiday period and 2020 has got […]

February Monthly Meeting

The December Monthly Meeting will be held Wednesday February 5 at 7pm. Guest Speaker: Dr Alasdair McAndrew Our guest speaker is Dr Alasdair McAndrew. His topic […]

From The President February 2020

David Stonier-Gibson Is the club dying? On a Sunday a few weeks ago Steve Zuluaga, Hugh Macdonald and I were at the club, and spent a […]

Windows 10 Taskbar Options

Jim Sanders, Director / Webmaster, North Orange County Computer Club, CA The taskbar is a very important part of the Windows 10 operating system. Arguably, it’s […]

Yammer Highlights January 2020

Dennis Parsons Computer Help With the recent official demise of Windows 7 I decided to conduct another of my “quick and dirty” Yammer polls to discover […]

December 2019

Book Review: We Have Been Harmonized

Tim McQueen We have been harmonised – Life in China’s surveillance state Kai Stittmatter Old Street Publishing. 328 Pages. This is not the usual type of […]

December Monthly Meeting

The December Monthly Meeting will be held Wednesday December 4 at 7pm. Guest Speaker: Fiona Patten MP Fiona Patten is a state politician. She is the […]

DOTW Winners November 2019

DOTW (whatever that stands for) is our weekly Yammer poll and light hearted review of the sillier events of the week. Thanks to those who vote […]

Editorial December 2019

Hugh Macdonald Welcome to the final edition of PC Update for 2019. This edition comes off the back of a momentous month for the club. Firstly […]

From The President December 2019

David Stonier-Gibson Well, my first monthly report for PC Update. Executive summary: I’m learning the ropes! I actually started on the job several weeks before the […]

How To Clean Your Dirty Laptop

David Kretchmar, Sun City Summerlin Computer Club After being used regularly for months or years, our laptops accumulate dust, grime, skin oils, sneezes, and who knows […]

Interesting Internet Finds

Steve Costello, Boca Raton Computer Society While going through the more than 300 RSS feeds, I often run across things that I think might be of […]

Member Notices

Office Closure The office will be closed from Monday December 23 2019 and will reopen on Monday January 6 2020 at 9.30am. Security Warning – Windows […]

Smart Devices In The Home

Phil Sorrentino, The Computer Club, Florida There are a whole host of smart devices available for use in the home now. Some of the most basic […]

Yammer Highlights December 2019

Chit Chat While having a cleanout of his shed Greg came across the instructions he’d been sent by Melb PC some time in the mid 90s […]

Your New Commitee

Following the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday December 6, a new committee of members was elected. These are their stories. David Stonier-Gibson, President David Stonier-Gibson made […]

November 2019

DOTW Winners October 2019

Roger Brown DOTW (whatever that stands for) is our weekly poll and light hearted review of the sillier events of the week. Thanks to those who […]

East SIG Report October 2019

Neil Muller The October meeting opened with George Skarbek conducting his usual Q&A segment. George commenced with an update to a recent presentation he gave on […]

Editorial November 2019

Hugh Macdonald Welcome to the November 2019 edition of PC Update. This edition marks the end of an era as we have a President’s report from […]

From The President November 2019

John Hall Our new committee In my September President’s Report I asked for volunteers to nominate for the upcoming committee and I am very pleased to […]

How to use the iHelp website

Leighton West The iHelp website can be found at http://www.melbpc.org.au/ihelp Intro & Search Many Members are unaware of the free facilities available to them from our […]

November Monthly Meeting

The November Monthly Meeting (including Annual General Meeting) will be held Wednesday November 5 at 7pm Guest Topic: Tim Talks Tech Our November speaker is Melbourne […]

Science and Tech Projects Group Report

David Stonier-Gibson Hydroponics Project Update In Sci/Tech meeting on Sunday 20th October we decided to enter our hydroponics project in the upcoming Monash Mini Maker Faire […]

Software Review: CloudReady

Hugh Macdonald Like me, you might have always wondered whether a Chromebook would be a useful computing device for everyday use. But also like me, you […]

Yammer Highlights October 2019

Dennis Parsons Chit Chat One good thing about Yammer is members read a wide variety of news media from around the world and post links to […]

October 2019

Book Reviews

Weapons of Math Destruction – Cathy O’Neil Tim McQueen Melb PC purchased a copy of Weapons of Math Destruction after the recommendation by Michael Brand who […]

Computer History Tours of Melbourne

Graham Farr You are invited to join one of the upcoming Computer History Tours of Melbourne, organised by the Faculty of IT at Monash University.  The tours are on Sat 19 Oct, […]

DOTW September 2019

Roger Brown Latest winners of the DOTW poll were: Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill who says homelessness charities providing food and laundry services to people are “enabling” […]

East SIG Report September 2019

Neil Muller The September meeting opened with George Skarbek conducting his usual Q&A segment.   Q: I received an email from Google Map Timelines in early […]

Editorial October 2019

Hugh Macdonald Welcome to the October 2019 edition of PC Update. Firstly thank you to everyone who has provided feedback on last month’s issue. On the […]

From The President October 2019

John Hall Volunteering for your Club By the time you read this it will be the end of September/early October and the time for nominations for […]

Member Tips and Tricks

Each month we’ll publish tips and tricks from members that could help you use your computer more effectively. If you have any tips and tricks you […]

October Monthly Meeting

The October Monthly Meeting will be held Wednesday October 2 at 7pm Guest Topic: Data Collection, Computing and Climate Modelling Our October guest speaker is Lynette […]

Time Machine: FreeBSD

Peter Kostouros Every month we delve into the PC Update archive to take a look at what computing was like in the past…this month, a review […]

Yammer September 2019

Dennis Parsons Chit Chat We had an interesting and educational thread involving three of Melbourne’s great religions – AFL, Judaism & gambling! Judy heard it mentioned […]

September 2019

Book Review: Humble Pi

Tim McQueen Programmers, mathematicians, engineers and statisticians should all enjoy Humble Pi (a comedy of maths errors). Matt Parker is Australian and currently Engagement in Mathematics […]

East SIG Report August 2019

Neil Muller Paul Woolard opened the August meeting with sad news of the sudden passing of member Andre Rigoni. Illness to another member resulted in a […]

Editorial September 2019

Hugh Macdonald Thank you, David Stonier-Gibson! I begin this month with a thank you to David, both for the stellar effort he has done over the […]

From The President August 2019

  John Hall Supporting your local Interest Groups Our Interest Groups (otherwise known as “SIGs” – for “Special Interest Groups”) have long been the life-blood of […]

Planning To Plan

David Stonier-Gibson The club’s Annual General Meeting will take place on 6th November. That is when we elect a new committee for the coming year. I […]

Science and Tech Group Report August 2019

David Stonier-Gibson Hydroponics at Moorabbin Lettuces? Basil? Radishes? What should we grow in our hydroponics setup?  Interestingly that is the question least occupying the minds of […]

September Monthly Meeting

The September Monthly Meeting will be held Wednesday September 4 at 7pm Guest Topic: Australian Computer Society ICT Educators Our guest speaker for September is Catherine […]

The Future of PC Update Publishing

Hugh Macdonald Over the years PC Update has been produced using many different software packages. These have included Corel Ventura, QuarkXPress, and Microsoft Word. For about […]