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Sydney PC User Group Newsletter 11 - 16 July 2016

Meetings for this week:

Tuesday 12th July

Programming 6:00 - 8:00
Members will demonstrate and discuss their current projects and help solve any problems others may have encountered.

At the June meeting it was suggested that a good way to start learning programming was to try to program some LEDs as traffic lights using three microprocessors in turn: a PICaxe, an Arduino, and a Raspberry Pi. This will give you experience in Basic, C/C++, and Python. If you use traffic lights at crossroads, with the complication of pedestrian pushbuttons, the exercise can quickly lift you from beginner to intermediate level. Many examples of this coding can be found on Google.

Lyndon asked for assistance in troubleshooting a superhet radio receiver he showed us, that he had built from a kit. Members suggested testing each component working back from ground, and injecting an audio signal at the start of the audio stage. Four standard methods of troubleshooting are detailed in General Electrics' trouble.pdf on http://www.wb6nvh.com/GE/.

Saturday 16th July

Web Design 2:00 - 4:00

This month the web design group will have a look at Typography. Anyone who has typed a letter would know about fonts. Do we choose Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman or Tahoma? Typography goes beyond that so we will look at how type face works to communicate the idea of the document.

The group will examine the basic elements of typography, ideas such as typeface, font families and font styles. They will look at the anatomy of typeface and examine the basic typographic characters of any typeface.

We will look at how we can use typography in design. What is the message and does the font match the message? How do we incorporate fonts as part of the art of the page? There are a few videos that may help in understanding how typography works.

Steve South
Leader: Web Design Group

Next week's meetings:

  • Tuesday Forum
  • Family History
  • Digital Photography

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