SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
A hashtag #melbpc has come into use on Twitter. You can see some of the recent tweets in the widget below: Just add #melbpc anywhere in a tweet and it will show up here.
Send your favorite web-site address to the address at the bottom of this page if you think it is of wider interest to our members. See also our new Tips and Tricks page.
Gordon Woolf tells of his experiences with a NAS. He bought it when he saw it among the groceries at Aldi and says it turned out to be more useful than he expected. This is a 96kb PDF: I got a NAS (right click to download)
Graham S suggests looking at the Auslogics
Defrag program stating "It is simple and very fast compared
with many of the other such programs available free." He adds "
I have kept away from some of the other programs they promote such as
registry clean up and a surplus file removal tool.. I do not trust an
automated program let loose in the registry. For getting rid of
temporary files I use CCleaner."
Your webmaster would agree fully with those sentiments adding that for
most users will not need a defrag program beyond that included in
Windows 7. For those who are regularly installing and uninstalling
programs, Auslogics 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 http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/holidays.html along with files of holiday dates in most other parts of the world.
A little while ago we had a session on catch-up TV and how to download files for later viewing (which also helps if you have a slower or intermittent connection). The talk at MelbPC's Multimedia and Home Entertainment SIG, a.presentation by John Swale, is online as a PDF at http://groups.melbpc.org.au/~multimed/downloads.html. Go to that page and scroll down to the October meeting. Lots of useful links. The latest versions of the napper programs can be found from here, but watch also the version of the program RTMPDUMP to be used with each. There is also a new link to the Firefox add-on to catchup on Ch.7:
How to connect to the MelbPC newsgroups, the internet discussion SIG (using Thunderbird, Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail: http://member.melbpc.org.au/~parsonsd/newsgroups.htmlAn article on shortcut keys for Windows 7: includes the "20 top shortcuts" and links to shortcut lists for IE, Firefox, Chrome and Office 2010: A complete guide to Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts 5 Rules for Forwarding Email: Try pointing to this site to help anyone who sends you emails which have been forwarded many times, with list after list of who they were emailed to. Such lists are great fodder for those who send spam. Also, here's how to use BCC in Outlook Express
CCleaner is a free cleanup program that removes unnecessary files from your PC. This frees up disk space,and also removes a few potential privacy risks.
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 http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html. 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 www.midomi.com/
Find any movie www.imdb.com/search
Protect your E-mail: BCC
The link to Mornington Shire Council dev web-site, demo by Phil Hughes: gisweb.mornpen.vic.gov.au/.. You will need to allow " popups" in IE and it should automatically install Adobe's SVG viewer. If not go to: adobe.com/svg/viewer..
Wish to sell you photos? try: Istockphotos;or Fotolia.com both sell royalty-free photos to designers, publishers, advertisers etc, they are free to join but cost to upload. Redbubble; Is slightly different, but very popular with meetings of members and other extras. Read through their pages " how to sell ", it will help you decide which one is right for you or not!
See some good photography at http://www.cornwallcam.co.uk/ updated daily.
Netmeter 1.1.3" a freebie which can total your monthly broadband internet upload and download usage as well as indicating transmission speed.
WorldWide Telescope (Microsoft)- watch the sky...
Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop site by Brian Anderson http://members.optusnet.com.au/~pwgpwg/
Roma Thomson's first book: That's life
EZ Back-it-up This is an excellent freeware program. ravib.com/ezbackup/
DriveImage XML This is a very easy to use freeware program:runtime.org/dixml.htm
Computer Swap Meets or ring 1300 088 858
Free your conversations.
Firefly,a free to download software application which allows you to make and receive phone calls from your computer.
EnginBroadband and Phone plans
Restoring Deleted Files scroll down list of programmes to "Restoration"
http://babelfish.altavista.com/ This site will translate your text to a language of your choice: french/italian/chinese....
http://www.siteadvisor.com/ This McAfee site will: test the Web to help keep you safe from spyware, spam, viruses and online scams.
Colophon (what was used to create this site):
This site is hosted on the main MelbPC groups server. It was constructed using free or public domain software, especially the Kompozer web authoring program which is allied to the Mozilla project (Firefox, Thunderbird etc). . The menu bar was constructed using entirely CSS (cascading style sheet) coding, with no scripting except the small javascipts used to hide email addresses on the committee page..
We will try to list any sites mentioned at the meetings as being of special interest but you can also email Gordon Woolf with your suggestions.