These useful links have been tested and used by our members and listed here for your convenience.

Send your favorite web-site address to Ian Thomson  or Brigitte Graeve with your suggestions. if you think it is of wider interest to our members.

Improving Security – Thanks to Graham Swanston for this informative article.

Tools for reliability – How to keep out of trouble by Graham Swanston (November 2018)

Lost your Passwords? No problem, here is a free program for home, non-commercial use. it will recover passwords and do much more like:
Systems summery: and it will present you with your machine’s hardware components.
Software: an overview of your operating system, installed applications, shared DLLS and more.
Hardware: info on your motherboard, CPU, memory, network adapters and more.
Network: Info on your IP and MAC, open ports and more.

This link will take you to a YouTube video “How to compose your own music”, it is fun and beautifully demonstrated: (watched at our March meeting)

For about 200 varied free programs, includes many high quality standard utilities.
A more varied collection, includes some adware, or time limited demos, so watch carefully when installing

Amazing photography: Raindrops

If you would you like to learn another language, try Duolingo, it’s free, it’s fun and comprehensive.

Watch the changing “Seasons of Norway” – a timelaps adventure, superbly photographed Morton Rustard,

Defrag: If you are using a solid state drive  (SSD) it does not need to be defragmented. For other drives Graham Swanston suggests looking at the  Auslogics Defrag program stating “It is simple and very fast compared with some other free programs available.” An alternative is Smart Defrag. He adds “I would avoid the associated optimisation programs they promote as they can be dangerous. For getting rid of temporary files I use CCleaner.” For those who are regularly installing and uninstalling programs, Auslogic is a good choice …remembering that a solid-state drive (SSD) should not be defragged.

The website about passwords (what’s good, what’s not etc) referred to by Dennis at the June 6 meeting is:

An iCalendar (.ics) file of Australian Holidays suitable for the Lightning add-on to Thunderbird and for many other calendar and diary or information manager programs including Rainlendar is available from mozilla along with files of holiday dates in most other parts of the world.

How to use BCC in Outlook Express

Gizmo’s Editors’ Choice list of the Best PC Freeware: A list of software of all kinds with links to reviews and downloads.

If you are seeking a disk defrag program better than that in Windows, Graham Swanston’s suggestion is Smart Defrag 2  beta 1.2.1. It is available from many of the download sites or see Smart Defrag. Graham suggests: In the menu the most practical option appears to be the quick optimisation. The full optimization is too time consuming.

This is a site where you can just hum a tune, and it will come up with the song

Find any movie

See some good photography at updated daily.

WorldWide Telescope (Microsoft)- watch the sky…

DriveImage XML This is a very easy to use freeware program

Lynn Pollock’s Computer Service

Computer Swap Meets or ring 1300 088 858

Skype, Free your conversations. Skype-to-Skype calls are always free….

Firefly,a free to download software application which allows you to make and receive phone calls from your computer.

Engin Broadband and Phone plans

Any special sites:

We will try and list any sites mentioned at the meetings as being of special interest to our members.

Our Motto: members helping members.

Updated: 7th November 2018