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.

Publishing Information

November 2020

DOTW Winners October 2020

Roger Brown DOTW is a lighthearted look at some of the sillier events of the week. Don’t take it too seriously and do pop over to […]

East SIG Report October 2020

Neil Muller East SIG meeting host Paul Woolard opened the October virtual meeting with Frank Maher as the Zoom host. The meeting then commenced with George […]

Editorial November 2020

Firstly, welcome to another edition of PC Update, namely the November 2020 edition, and our penultimate for this ‘year’ we call 2020. Secondly, apologies for the […]

Electronic Circuit Simulation

Dick Maybach, Brookdale Computer Users Group Circuit simulation will interest only a few, but skimming through this article should impress you with the support a PC […]

From The President November 2020

David Stonier-Gibson Committee changes There have been a couple of changes in the committee. Kirsten Greed and Aavon Fernando have resigned. The committee voted unanimously to […]

Interesting Internet Finds

Steve Costello, SEFCUG In the course of going through the more than 300 RSS feeds, I often run across things that I think might be of […]

Member Wanted Notices

Roman Skarbek WANTED. An old laptop from around 2000-2008. Must have a serial port and Windows XP and be a 32-bit system.  Should be in working […]

Wifi 6 – What happened to b, g, n, ac

Phil Sorrentino, Sun City Centre Computer Club Ever since Wi-Fi appeared way back around 2005, the Wi-Fi version has been described by a letter because of […]

Yammer Highlights October 2020

Dennis Parsons Phones   We had a couple of interesting threads this month concerning phones and plans that ranged far and wide but proved very useful […]

October 2020

Creating A Portable Web Server

Fleur Stephens Have you ever wanted to try your hand at developing a website in WordPress but you don’t have access to a web server? Would […]

DOTW Winners September 2020

Roger Brown   DOTW is a lighthearted look at some of the sillier events of the week. Don’t take it too seriously and do pop over […]

East SIG Report September 2020

Neil Muller East SIG convener Paul Woolard opened the September meeting for the second time via the internet conferencing software Zoom along with Frank Maher the […]

Editorial October 2020

Hugh Macdonald Welcome to the October issue of PC Update! There’s a lot of focus on Microsoft Windows in the club, and therefore in this magazine. […]

From The President October 2020

David Stonier-Gibson There is very little new to report that hasn’t already been reported via all-member emails, namely: AGM deferred As Secretary John Swale has already […]

Member Linux Stories

Editor: In response to my questions of a) What is your favourite Linux distro?  b) What is it about this particular distro that makes it your […]

Monthly Meeting November 2020

The November 2020 Monthly Meeting was held online on Wednesday 4th November 2020, with over 100 members in attendance. This was the program for the evening: […]

Yammer Highlights September 2020

Dennis Parsons Our move to Google G Suite This is a new group created by Harry Lewis to aid with the transition from MS Office365 based […]

Your Favourite Linux Distributions

Hugh Macdonald I’ve always been fascinated by Linux. When I was about fourteen or fifteen, in my quest to expand my computing knowledge, I attempted to […]

September 2020

Book Reviews

Tim McQueen With the current COVID-19 lockdown and restricted municipal library services I don’t have much access to computer-oriented books for review for PC Update. However, […]

DOTW Winners August 2020

Roger Brown DOTW is a lighthearted look at some of the sillier events of the week. Don’t take it too seriously and do pop over to […]

East SIG Report August 2020

Neil Muller After a 4 month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, East SIG returned in August. Host Paul Woolard opened the meeting via the internet […]

Editorial September 2020

Hugh Macdonald Welcome to another edition of PC Update! This edition actually coincides with the anniversary of a fairly seminal moment in personal computing history – […]

Five projects for Raspberry Pi at home

Ben Nuttall The Raspberry Pi computer can be used in all kinds of settings and for a variety of purposes. It obviously has a place in education for […]

From The President September 2020

David Stonier-Gibson To be honest, it is a little difficult to find much to report on during a stage 4 lock-down. Does the fact I visited […]

Hybrid meetings after COVID?

David Stonier-Gibson If you have skills in video, sound engineering, electronics, streaming, maybe even Raspberry Pi, or related areas, this is very much for you. Nobody […]

Interesting Internet Finds

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

Monthly Meeting September 2020

Our monthly meeting will be held this Wednesday, September 2 from 7 pm onwards via Google Meet, which you can access from https://meet.google.com/krk-favm-oep Guest: Linda McIver Topic: Raising Heretics: Teaching effective Scepticism using […]

Yammer Highlights August 2020

Dennis Parsons Internet Connectivity Survey I’m re-running the Internet connectivity survey I conducted in early 2018 so please get involved and let us know how you […]

Your Favourite Browser Extensions

Hugh Macdonald For me, my web browser is easily my most frequently and most extensively used application across the various computers I operate. For the last […]

August 2020

Book Review

Tim McQueen Lurking – how a person became a user Joanne McNeil Farrer, Straus and Giroux 2020 298 Pages This may not be of interest to […]

DOTW Highlights July 2020

Roger Brown DOTW is a lighthearted look at some of the sillier events of the week. Don’t take it too seriously and do pop over to […]

Editorial August 2020

Hugh Macdonald Hello and welcome to the August 2020 edition of PC Update. Isolation and lockdown unfortunately continue for all of us in Melbourne, and so […]

From The President August 2020

David Stonier-Gibson Let me start by apologising for not doing a report last month (how many noticed?). I have been very preoccupied designing, making and programming […]

Interesting Internet Finds

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

Monthly Meeting August 2020

The August 2020 Monthly Meeting was held online on Wednesday 5th August 2020, with over 100 members in attendance. This was the program for the evening: […]

Tuning Up Your Windows 10 Start Menu

Tom Burt, Vice-President, Sun City Summerlin Computer Club Windows 10 was originally released in July 2015. It’s latest major update is V2004 – this article is […]

Yammer Highlights July 2020

Dennis Parsons Windows 10 Most of us have been down the sorry road of deleting a file only to realise later that we shouldn’t have and […]

July 2020

Book Review

Tim McQueen Radio Girl David Dufty Allen & Unwin 302 Pages There is a great deal of similarity between the early days of radio here in […]

DOTW Winners June 2020

Roger Brown DOTW is a lighthearted look at some of the sillier events of the week. Don’t take it too seriously and do pop over to […]

Editorial July 2020

Hugh Macdonald Hello and welcome to the (more than a little bit overdue) July 2020 edition of PC Update. Like a fine Scotch whisky, I’ve left […]

Images of Melbourne PC User Group

George Skarbek Photo: ‘Social Interaction before lockdown’ by George Skarbek Photo: ‘Social interaction after lockdown’ by George Skarbek From left to right the Melb PC members […]

Making Over the Training Room

You probably haven’t been to the club in a while(thanks for everything, COVID), so your recollection of the training room might be outdated. The room was […]

Monthly Meeting July 2020

The July 2020 Monthly Meeting was held online on Wednesday 1st July 2020, with over 100 members in attendance. This was the program for the evening: […]

My Migration to G Suite

Stewart Gruneklee Subsequent to the committee’s decision to move the club email away from Microsoft Office 365 to Google’s G Suite, I looked hard and long […]

Why I use Aussie Broadband

Roger Brown Your intrepid PC Update editor has asked me to explain why I, in common with a number of other Club members, have elected to […]

Yammer Highlights June 2020

Dennis Parsons All Company There was a flurry of activity (panic?) around the announcement of the inadvertent mass deletion of e-mails from many of our e-mail […]

June 2020

Book Review

Bill Chandler ‘Bruny’ Heather Rose, 2019, Allen and Unwin What a prescient novel!  Infrastructure, regional planning, political shenanigans, foreign interference, and even the mention of a […]

DOTW Winners May 2020

Roger Brown DOTW is a lighthearted look at some of the sillier events of the week. Don’t take it too seriously and do pop over to […]

Editorial June 2020

Hugh Macdonald Welcome to another edition of PC Update, and already we find ourselves in the sixth month of 2020. This year has already brought so […]

From The President June 2020

David Stonier-Gibson I hope you are all holding up OK in “iso”. It strikes me that those of us who are retired are the lucky ones, […]

Member Tips and Tricks

Graham Swanston Ed: Thanks to Graham once again for sending these tips and tricks in. If you have any info about software, websites, or hints about […]

Monthly Meeting June 2020

Guest Speakers: John Hollow, Kelvin Cording, Paul Hattam, Craig Evans Topic: SIG Meetings in the time of Corona Now that we are getting so much better […]

Tech And Your Eyes

Debra Carlson, CVC Computer Club, CO Words like “ergometrics” and “accessibility” fly around when talking about tech devices but what does that mean practically – to […]

Virtual Machines

Dick Maybach, Brookdale Computer User Group, NJ A virtual machine (VM) is a program on your PC (called a host in virtual-machine speak) that creates a […]

Yammer Highlights May 2020

Dennis Parsons NBN Questions and Comments NBN speeds higher than 100Mbps are finally here! 250Mbps and 1000Mbps plans are available for those of us lucky enough […]

May 2020

5G is Coming

Jeff Wilkinson 5G is the designation for the upcoming fifth-generation cellular network technology. This technology, which had the standards set at the end of 2017, promises […]

DOTW Winners April 2020

Roger Brown DOTW (whatever that stands for) our weekly Yammer poll and light-hearted review of the sillier events of the week, continues – social isolation rules […]

Editorial May 2020

Hugh Macdonald Welcome to the May 2020 edition of PC Update. Although it has been a month since I last wrote to you in this capacity, […]

First Look: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Hugh Macdonald Ubuntu is arguably one of the most widely used Linux distributions, and arguably one of the most popular and easiest to use for consumers. […]

From The President May 2020

David Stonier-Gibson It’s all a little weird at the moment. We have been forced to do a complete pivot on our plans and aspirations for things […]

Monthly Meeting May 2020

The main event for the May monthly meeting will be a panel discussion on the topic “Society after Corona”. We will be exploring how society may […]

Understanding File Extensions

Jim Cerny, Sarasota Technology Users Group So someone sends you a file attached to their email – you try to open the file and you can’t, […]

Yammer Highlights April 2020

Dennis Parsons Coronavirus Discussion & Comments The COVID-19 situation of course continues to be a big topic of discussion and the release of the government’s COVIDSafe […]

April 2020

About iHelp

Leighton West We are the RACV of the Computer World A unique free service to members that is one of the best reasons for anyone joining, […]

Book Reviews

Tim McQueen Nuking the moon Vince Houghton Profile Books 296 pages   This is probably not the usual type of book you’d expect to see referenced […]

Desktop vs Laptop

Dan Douglas, President, Space Coast PCUG, Florida At a recent learning centre meeting, the topic of what was better to get, in my opinion, a desktop […]

DOTW Winners March 2020

Roger Brown DOTW (whatever that stands for) our weekly Yammer poll and light-hearted review of the sillier events of the week, continues – social isolation rules […]

East SIG Report

Neil Muller The March meeting opened with Dave Botherway conducting our usual Q&A segment   Q: What was the problem experienced with the recent Windows 10 […]

Editorial April 2020

Hugh Macdonald Hello and welcome to the April 2020 edition of PC Update. The whole world has changed since I last wrote an editorial in this […]

From The President April 2020

David Stonier-Gibson What a difference a day makes! I have started measuring time in Corona weeks and months. Things are happening so fast in this new, […]

How To Use Yammer

Hugh Macdonald In this unfortunate time of COVID-19, all SIG meetings, as well as other activities of the club, have ceased in the best interest of […]

Interesting Internet Finds

Steve Costello, SEFCUG In the course of going through the more than 300 RSS feeds, I often run across things that I think might be of […]

Review: Linux Mint 19.3

Cal Esneault, Former President and leader of many Open Source Workshops & SIGs, Cajun Clickers Computer Club Linux Mint is a distribution based on Ubuntu LTS […]

Yammer Highlights March 2020

Coronavirus Discussion & Comments   Looking for toilet paper? So are the rest of us! But you’ve come to the right place to talk about it […]

March 2020

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]