Netcomm displayed their latest wireless routers at our September Main Meeting
Netcomm's General Manager, Danny Morrison described a number of their latest products including this N3G002W 3G Router which was presented as the meeting's raffle prize. He explained that a 3G connection can now be shared using either a 3G PC Card or USB Modem to set up a wireless or wired 3G network, with NetComm’s latest N3G002W 3G Router.
Remote offices and home users can take advantage of a single 3G connection to create a wireless network that can be shared between multiple users, using either a 3G PCMCIA card or USB Modem. The N3G002W protects devices on your network by employing an advanced SPI Firewall with the added safety of WEP, WPA or WPA2 for Wireless security.
Other topics including President Warren announcing a new membership drive, Robert presenting his Favourite Sites, Alex answering questions via video-link from Melbourne, filled another very interesting meeting. "Lucky" Malcolm won the Netcomm wireless router!
Another Great Presentation at our August Main Meeting
This month's main meeting was the presentation by David Santer from Kodak. David gave an overview of Kodak’s products he thought we might find interesting. Firstly there were the Digital Picture Frames which come in several sizes and are available in photo, multimedia and wireless. Great present for Father’s Day or just to keep your treasured photos on show. Next was the Kodak Value Packs which save up to 50% on everything you print compared to similar consumer inkjet printers (5-ink color cartridge just $24.99 rrp, black just $14.99 rrp). Kodak only uses pigmented inks that produce photos that last a lifetime (120 years - do we want to live THAT long?).
The four available printers were given a comprehensive overview and if any member is interested in purchasing one go to the Kodak site and check them out http://www.kodak.com.au/
David did play “Santa Claus” and arranged for a KODAK ESP 3 All-in-One Printer to be delivered to the winner of the raffle, John Burton. You may call John 'Lucky John' as it was mentioned prior to the drawing of the raffle that a recent prize had been a Toshiba laptop computer - won by John Burton!
Members were treated to another double header
at our July Main Meeting
The first presentation was by Lindsay Brown, who is in charge of "Knowledge Worker Solutions". Lindsay demonstrated all the latest and greatest from Adobe Acrobat Version 9. There are three different versions available Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard, Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 and Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended 9.
They all promise the fastest start up times, the ability to share PDF presentations easily online with anyone else that is also online and the ability to save Flash components of a website (like moving ads etc) inside PDF files. Lindsay also demonstrated how easily online forms may be constructed and then have the incoming information filtered, sorted and saved for a variety of purposes.
The second presentation was by Michael Stoddard, Senior Sales Manager, who talked about Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0. This software combines two powerful yet easy-to-use products to deliver the most complete photo and video-editing solution at a great value. Michael demonsteated how you can easily share photos and video clips between applications as you create cinematic slide shows, dramatic freeze-frame effects and more. Then you can show off your finished projects on personalised discs or on the web.
Adobe generously provided a copy of this latest program as the evenings raffle prize. Michael also advised members to check out the video conferencing eSeminars which may be viewed live at advertised times at http://www.adobeeseminars.com.au/to learn more about the various programs.
Members enjoyed two great presentations
at our Main Meeting in June
Firstly Kworld showed a very comprehensive range of their world famous digital TV tuners. Some were capable of enabling local television programs to be viewed on a laptop from anywhere around the world. This neat USB Plus TV DVB-T was just one of many products displayed and was then generously offered as one of the enening's raffle prizes.
Then Symantic followed showing their latest Norton 360 version 2.0. This suite delivers industry leading protection and performance in an easy to use all-in-one solution. With a single subscription up to three PCs are protected, safeguarding your family by verifying trusted web sites, blocking fake ones, and securely managing user names and passwords so that they can safely shop, bank, or browse online. Norton 360 v2.0 also helps keep your PCs running at peak performance and protects your data by making it easy to automatically back up and restore files locally or to a secured online storage service. At the end of the excellent presentation, all members were presented with a full copy of Norton 360 valued at $109 plus twelve months Symantec protection updates free.
May 2008 Main Meeting
Our computer guru Alex Zaharov-Reutt returned from Melbourne to be with us for this month's main meeting. As always he was able to answer a number of member's queries with great confidence providing some workable solutions to peoples problems.
Alex always comes laden with a variety of the latest products to show and on this occasion he demonstrates Hewlitt-Packard's new 2133 Mini-Note PC. Screen resolution is 1280x768 pixels, which is on par with the 2nd gen EeePC but has a larger keyboard. The pint-sized machine is a mere 1.19Kg and will be priced at $899, which competes very favourably with other mini laptops like the EeePC and Pioneer's DreamBook IL1.
Michael Mc Kinnon then provided an excellent insight into the growing trend of storing important files safely at remote sites. His company Carbonite is a specialist in this field and automates this task after downloading and installing a small software program. Files are encrypted and uploaded to a very secure site in Boston, USA and operates in the background during your internet connection's quiet time.
Michael explained Carbonite's policy is to allow unlimited storage for a bi-annual fee of around $A60.00. While application files may be stored, this service is more suited to safe-guarding data files such as documents, emails, photos, music and videos. Michael answered a number of questions before distributing a three-month trial offer disk to all members present.
Finally, Lloyd Borrett bought us up to date with the latest offerings from the AVG internet security software. The current release is version-8 which range from the free one for personal use through to the full corporate suite.
AVG Internet Security 8.0 has many new features including Linkscanner technology, which flags malicious web sites in real time. Aside from active Web threats, AVG Internet Security 8.0 protects against threats within downloaded images, music and from instant messaging and peer-to-peer file transfers. The free version is popular with our members and the download is available here.