Weekly Newsletter

Sydney PC User Group Newsletter 10 - 15 October 2016

Meetings for this week:

Tuesday 11th Oct

Programming 5:30 pm - 8 pm

The next meeting will be on Tuesday October 11 at 6pm. We'll see some new microprocessor applications and programming examples.

Come and show your projects, and see some others. We have a computer with a projector, so bring along picture files of your project and we'll project them on the wall. We have a broadband internet connection, so discussion can be wide ranging.

At the September meeting Alex spoke about electronic paper display. This is a developing technology that mimics the appearance of ordinary ink on paper. Unlike backlit flat panel displays that emit light, electronic paper displays reflect light as paper does. They can hold static text and images indefinitely without electricity. Applications include electronic pricing labels in retail shops, digital signage, time-tables at bus stations, electronic billboards, mobile phone displays, digital versions of books and magazines.

In a Skype hookup from Germany Martin spoke of the esp8266 WiFi module, a very cost-effective device that has become extremely popular. It can give any microcontroller access to your WiFi network. You can simply hook it up to your Arduino device and get WiFi ability. He is using it with an arduino speech module to turn lights on.

Michael spoke of the Picaxe T4 trainer, a training board with analogue and digital inputs and a large selection of output devices. It is a convenient board for learning the Picaxe by experimenting.

Friday 14th Oct

Friday Forum 10 am - 12 noon

Roger Foulds will speak on Smart phones which are being updated with increasingly fancy features at an alarming rate. Are the reviewers able to sort through the manufacturers' hype to help us poor users to make the right choice for our own requirements?

We will see if we can by airing a few of the most recent offerings.

Friday 14th Oct

Communications 1 pm - 3 pm

John Lucke will give a short presentation on the "Top - must have - mobile phone/tablets Apps". These will include maps, timetables, shopping, travel and more.

Bring along your own favourites as well.

Saturday 15th Oct

Web Design 2 pm - 4 pm

Bob Backstrom will introduce the scripting language jQuery. This is built on Javascript, but offers incredible control over all aspects of HTML web pages. Although there are several collections of YouTube tutorials on the subject that you can watch, real-live-demos are still worthwhile.

Some are only about 5 minutes each, showing only one aspect at a time, so you won't nod off. After that, we'll be back to our normally-scheduled Web Design topics.

Next week's meetings:

  • Tuesday Group
  • Family History

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