2020-09 BMUG Newsletter

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BMUG Newsletter

September 2020


The BMUG meeting on October 13 will be a dual meeting - the regular monthly meeting of BMUG and the AGM.

The times continue to be testing and we know that many people have had to resort to using Facetime, or WhatsApp or even Zoom to keep in touch with their family.

The younger generation seem to be doing quite well with the technology - a grandson managed to make excellent expresso coffee for his friends online although he was not so sure about drinking it all! (He was soon assured Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear sometimes had that problem.) The RACV web site has some interesting information on coffee making

It is also an interesting time from the privacy/security perspective. Just what are we being told, can we trust it, what will help us with this problem in the future, and so on are important topics of conversation. What can governments do to protect us better - and that means what can the tech actually do to help us. At our lst meeting we learned about VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) - see https://www.bellarinemac.org.au/our-activities/meeting-notes/123-2020-09-september-meeting-notes-vpns
and we can always check what the government offers at https://www.cyber.gov.au/acsc/view-all-content/advice/personal-information-and-privacy

Another tricky issue is, if everyone can work online, and that includes people from all around the world, how are we going to manage? Exhaustion from participating in meetings in the middle of the night, whether it is the local person or the one with whom they communicate, does not do family dynamics much good. What might be a process for managing this internationalisation or, actually, globalisation of humans adopting the technology?

Just pasting 'new ways of working' into Google leads to a vast number of articles about the future. Some local ones, from companies and institutions you recognise, provide some interesting answers.


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Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be part of the meeting on October 13. The documents for the meeting will be posted on the website and available for your perusal before the meeting. They will be available at https://www.bellarinemac.org.au/our-activities/bmug-agm

Elections for the next year will be held at the AGM. Voters and nominees should be paid-up members. Currently we have only one nomination for a committee member - perhaps you can help? Nomination of yourself, or someone else, is welcomed and can be managed by going to

At the AGM we will not only choose a Committee for the next year, but set the fees for next year. There is a strong suggestion this could be set at something very small ($10 or even $0?) but with an option for members renewing to contribute/donate $20. This is based on the idea that many people do not attend the meetings but use our resources and we would like all to benefit as best they can. While we are not paying for a location etc., we have reduced expenses and we anticipate this being partly so in the future.

General (Zoom) Meeting - October 13.

This Zoom meeting will start at 3.30 pm. All are welcome to join us - anyone who is not sure about using Zoom should contact us for help in advance - help with Zoom

There will be an interactive presentation by the President on the developments of the technology we use today. Participants will be invited to contribute their memories to augment the skeletal history offered.

Other topics for the online meeting are 'emails' and 'podcasts'. The latter will be presented by a member, Peter Cross.

If you have anything you'd like considered or to present, please tell us: info@bellarinemac.org.au


As usual, our Secretary has been busy finding items that should be of interest to members.

October 2020

3/10 HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, & VGA - everything Mac, iPad, and iPhone users need to know.
As years rolled on, the connection and technology that puts an image on your Mac's display has changed, improving for the better.
VGA - Super VGA, analog signal, and limitations;
DVI - Digital signal, basis for HDMI, but still old;
HDMI - ubiquitous and useful.

3/10 How to connect external storage to your iPad in iOS 14

Thanks to iPadOS there are more ways than ever to connect to external media drives and networks from your iPad and iPad Pro. Here's how to get it done.

29/9 How to use Siri's new queries in iOS 14
The updates to Siri in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 extends far beyond its refreshed interface, with users now able to send audio messages and ask more of the iPhone's virtual assistant.

25/9 How to use Universal Search in iPadOS 14
With iPadOS 14, Apple has brought a much more Mac-like search feature to the iPad. Here's how to use it, and what benefits it brings.

Members should use the AppleInsider app or web site to do their own further exploration for other items of interest to them.

Go to https://appleinsider.com/
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