Welcome to our June Offering

Once more we find ourselves unable to meet in person, hopefully this will change and in a fairly short time.
Until then we have cobbled together some hopefully stimulating and interesting things to while away your time.

The House

Computer Room


Zooming over the fence



Lounge Travel








What on earth is this wee beastie?

Meet the Tardigrade.  You are sure to have them in your backyard.
This is the only species more adaptable to more environments than humans.
Tardigrades can survive volcanic vents, being embedded in glaciers, the bottom of the Mariana Trench and the outsides of spaceships.
Tardigrades will truly inherit the Earth


Click on this link https://www.livescience.com/57985-tardigrade-facts.html

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And Now for Something Completely Different

This session will be a recap of last month’s Zoom session and an introduction for those who missed out.  This is the only activity which requires you to be sitting in front of your computer/laptop/tablet, wherever it is, at a particular time this morning.
At exactly 11 am this morning we are going to hold a Zoom session.  Zoom- what’s that? Zoom is something most of us had never even heard of some weeks ago and now it is the talk of the town.
Zoom is a very useful, easy to use, video conferencing platform which allows you to connect with people from all over the world, free of charge, for 40 mins.

Want to know more?  Click on the link below (or paste it into your browser) and come and join Dianne to learn more about this wonderful way of keeping in touch with friends and family.


On 30 May Zoom moved to a new version.  If you have not already upgraded or have not used Zoom before follow the instructions below any time before the meeting so that you are ready to join the meeting at 11 am.

Personal Computers

Go to zoom.us/downloads and download Zoom Client For Meetings or open the App and follow instructions there.

Mobile Devices

Apple iOS devices

iOS 13

Open the App Store. > Tap ‘Today’ at the bottom of the screen. > Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen.Scroll down to see pending updates. > Tap ‘Update’ next to the Zoom app to update it.

iOS 12 or older

Open the App Store. > Tap ‘Updates’ at the bottom of the screen. >Scroll down to see pending updates. > Tap ‘Update’ next to the Zoom app to update it.

Android devices

Open the Google Play app. > Tap the menu icon, then ‘My apps & games’. > Tap ‘Update’ on the ‘ZOOM Cloud Meetings’ app.

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Museum tours

  1. The Louvre

  1. Uffizi Gallery

  1. National Gallery of Art

  1. National Women’s History Museum

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)

  1. J. Paul Getty Museum

  1. British Museum


National Museum, New Delhi


  1. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


Joy of Museums virtual Tours

Take a Virtual Tour from Your Home


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Dreaming of Traveling Again

Explore NSW national parks online using Google Maps’ Street View?
Try a virtual tour! 

South Coast NSW

Light to Light walk in Ben Boyd National Park
Montague Island walking track in Montague Island Nature Reserve
Pigeon House Mountain Didthul walking track in Morton National Park
Pretty Beach to Snake Bay walking track in Murramarang National Park
Robertson lookout in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area
White Sands walk and Scribbly Gum track in Jervis Bay National Park

Country NSW

Belougery Split Rock walking track in Warrumbungle National Park
Breadknife and Grand High Tops walking track in Warrumbungle National Park
Kanangra Boyd lookout in Kanangra-Boyd National Park
The Lookdown lookout in Bungonia National Park
West Rim walking track in Morton National Park

Snowy Mountains- Kosciuszko National Park

Jillabenan Cave at Yarrangobilly Caves
Kosciuszko walk – Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko
Mount Kosciuszko summit walk
Snow Gums Boardwalk
South Glory Cave at Yarrangobilly Caves

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Mike from the Kitchen again

I would imagine you would have spent more time than ever before in front of your computer.
And whilst it can be a great way to pass the time there are always those niggly little things that just take the polish off.
Let’s see if we can help you to help yourself out.

Let’s look at The Ease of Access options offered in Windows.
This is a journey down my pet hates…

Task Bar Search Box
This tool really is the fastest way to find anything.
Not visible, then try this:
Right Click on an empty part of the task bar…(if you can find one) >

Click Search and then either, Show search box or Show search icon

Unhiding Scroll Bars
Did anyone ask for these to be hidden and why would one anyway?
Type in your task bar search box –  Ease…  > click Ease of Access…(You might get more than one , Brightness will do) >
This will take you to…The Display settings Options.

Click the Automatically hide scroll bars option to turn it OFF. Phew thank goodness for that.

Caps Lock

Great idea but on the keyboard it is in the wrong place.
How many times have you accidentally pressed this whilst looking at the keyboard when you are typing to see the whole sentence in uppercase, really annoying.
It is possible to Remap the Keyboard, this involves using the Registry Editor, but it is fiddly.
What we can do is make the computer tell us when you have pressed the Caps Lock with a beep!
Type ease.. in the search box and check the list for Ease of Access Keyboard Settings > Click > look for Use Toggle Keys > Click to turn on

Now if your speaker is turned on, it will beep when the Caps Lock keys is activated accidentally!

Change Case
It you are using Word and have done the above and typed out your entire life history in Upper Case. There is a way to undo this.
Highlight the text you wish to change to lower case, and on the Home Ribbon click the Aa in the Font section.

Now you can choose what to do with the highlighted text.

Mouse Pointer
I prefer my pointer to be black and slightly larger than normal, how do we do this one.
Search again for ease.. and choose Ease of Access Mouse Settings > Click Cursor

Here you can change your pointer style and size.
And whilst you are here make the Typing cursor thickness a bit bigger, as this make finding the cursor in Text much easier.

Mouse Movement

You might also like to change the speed of you mouse, it might move too quickly or too slowly.
At the bottom of the screen above click Additional Mouse Settings and then on the next page also click Additional Mouse Settings

This opens a very old interface dating back to the start of Windows – Mouse Properties.

Double  Click Speed check, which allows you to test the efficiency of your double clicking ,
when you double click on the folder icon it should open or close every time. If not then change the speed a little.

Note the Tabs at the top select Pointer Options
Pointer Speed :
Click the Pointer Options tab

To select your pointers speed as you move your hand, does it lag, or is it too fast, adjust here.

Where is my Cursor?
Down the bottom place a click in the box and if you can’t find the cursor press the Ctrl Key
Now one more Place before we have some fun.

Desktop Tidy

Make sure you can see your Desktop and right click:
Note the options to change the Icon Size and the way Windows arranges  the Icons
That should do for now. I hope that helps to make your computer time more pleasurable.

And now for a Word Exercise

A long time ago I put a menu in my Exercises, where you had to change it from raw text to a flash menu that any Restaurant would be pround to display.
Feel free to experiment, add images, borders, change the fonts etc, etc.
You’ll find the menu here: https://euroscug.org/mikes-exercises/#menu

And what is this?

Any Ideas what this might be?
To find out, right click the image and select Save image.
Then open Google and select at the Top right Images, The search box will change …

Click the camera…

This will open a Search by Image box, > Upload and Image tag > Browse.
This will open File Explorer on your computer where you can navigate to the image you have just saved > Select the Image and click Open

Google will now try to match that image as a search, check out what comes up. Weird very small stuff.

Here’s some interesting trivia that you can investigate

What is “borborygmus”?
If you are eating a Pluot what is it?
If you are suffering from Aulophobia, what are you afraid of?
Before being named Melbourne, what was the city known as?
What Australian animal did England scientists think was a prank?
Do fish communicate by farting?
Henry VIII introduced which tax in England in 1535?
What is the collective noun for a group of unicorns?
What is the most popular colour toilet paper in France?
It’s illegal in Texas to put what on your neighbour’s Cow?

That should keep you busy and at the next Trivia Meet you can really shine….

Are you playing Sudoku?

Just a beginner or a grand master

Here’s three from Easy to Hard




No idea where to start or stuck and need a hint, then try these two sites:



You never know you might get hooked


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In the Bathroom

Neville and I were talking a couple of days ago about things we remember from our childhood. It appears that it is quite a lot. Not only our own childhood but our children’s as well.
When our son was about 5 (pre-school) anyway, we had trouble getting him to brush his teeth. He was going through a ‘why’ period to any request.
Me:                       Clean your teeth David
David:                   Why
Me:                       Because they are yellow and dirty.
David:                   No they’re not.
Me:                       Yes, they are. Here I’ll show you. Go and get some of that white chalk.
David:                   OK
(I had suddenly remembered the Colgate ad with Mrs Marsh the teacher and the school children.)
I then proceeded to hold up the white chalk against his teeth. Sure enough, even though they weren’t yellow they were certainly NOT white. I then sang (badly) the following jingle:
‘You’ll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent’.
This was a prominent advertisement at the time. Pepsodent no longer exists. There are other jingles/advertisements that were popular through the years and they can be found by opening up your internet browser and click on the link:
The next two feature the school teacher Mrs Marsh:

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Welcome to the Computer Room

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks.
Why not take the opportunity and develop more computing skills – all done at home?
Here are some of the computing courses available that you might be interested in.

TAFE Statement in Digital Skills
This is fairly basic training for using your computer, you will learn how to customise your computer, connect physical devices, search the Web, use your computer efficiently, and work safely to protect your computer.

Statement of Attainment in Build Creative Digital Imaging Skills
This is aimed at marketing but might be very interesting if you want to improve your digital imaging skills. You will need access to a digital camera for this course.

Statement of Attainment in Computing Skills
Develop your skills with office applications in word processing and spreadsheet software. You will create a range of workplace documents including letters, reports, flyers, budgets, basic formulas, charts and office templates. This course also develops your knowledge and skills for keeping safe.

Statement of Attainment in Digital Security Basics
A bit more advanced for those who already know their way around operating systems, networks etc. This is an introduction on how to manage threats to data privacy and cyber security.

Statement of Attainment in Using Social Media Tools
A good course to do if you are in a community organisation and want to engage using social media. A grounding is given in the different social media platforms.

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In the Study

My study is a mess, unlike Cora I am not organised and work on the pile-it principle. I know it is in that pile, probably!
However in an effort to reduce clutter I no longer keep paper piles as large as previously, and don’t keep a folder or print out our very useful newsletters.
Finding something in an old newsletter is no problem.

Searching for Old Newsletter Articles

All Newsletters going back to 2008 are available on Google Drive
Click here to open our Google Drive Newsletter folder

Scroll down and click to open the newsletter folder on drive.  Log into your Google account if not already logged in.
Click in the search bar, select pdf as file type and type in your key words eg deepmind and press enter


View your search results, you can re-open the search results list by just clicking in the search box. Notice the search is across all years.

Click a newsletter to open it in your browser, use the Ctrl-F find command to search in the document for your desired text. (you need to retype eg deepmind in the find box and press enter).
You can repeat this across each newsletter until you discover the item of interest.

Backing up – Save it before you lose it

The other thing I regularly do in my study is back up my computer and laptop. These days with the regular roll out of updates that often can cause problems, and all the other nasties that can infect our computers this is particularly important!
I use the free Aomei backupper software, (it is so good I have actually bought a licence to use the advanced cloning feature). This link downloads from MajorGeeks website.


what do you need to back up your computer.

Appropriate hardware – preferably external to the computer, If you’re intending to buy an external drive, buy a powered USB3 one
The Seagate backup plus slim still has one of the best ratings in recent reviews
Software to do the backup. Download and install from the MajorGeeks link above.


You need to have the tools to be able to restore your back up if necessary onto a new computer or a dead system.
Create a bootable CD or DVD using the backup tools provided by your software. Usually you will find this under the utilities menu


Backup, there are several types of backup offered:
Disk backup. Allows you to back up any connected disk (This is what I recommend)
You can use a disk backup to restore any file or folder, and even replace to a new disk.


Check the backup is actually located where you specified and took place.Then disconnect the external drive to protect the backup from Malware.


Restoring or recovery of lost data
This is of utmost importance when disaster strikes as you may have to replace your disk drive.
Browsing the image, mounts the backup as a virtual drive and allows you to selectively locate and copy files out of the backup, can be great if you’ve accidentally deleted something.
Don’t forget the windows tools for this, recycle bin and restore previous versions.
Aomei’s online help is good and I have found them responsive to queries.

Repeating the process

To make further weekly backups, you can make a differential backup, which is quicker than a full backup. Then make a new full backup each month.

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