Melbourne PC Users Group response to the PC Update survey has been terrific.
Here's a brief summary of feedback to date.
91 % of respondents always read their PC Update. A further 7% read it most
51% rate PC Update as Good. 21% say it could be improved. 19% say it is
already excellent. The disenchanted 4% say it needs to be improved a lot.
The most popular articles are tutorials containing step-by-step
instructions, followed closely by software reviews and feature articles.
A massive 93.1% of respondents want more computing hints `n tips `n tricks.
61.4% want more product reviews and 47.4% want more beginners articles.
56.3% want less book reviews, and 25.7% want less SIG reports.
45% of respondents would like to see an Experts section introduced, 44.7%
would like to see a computer industry news section, 37% would like to see a
students section, 25.4% want news of Exec activities, and 24.8% want a section
containing lifestyle articles. That should comfort our management; reports of
their activities being more desirable than lifestyle articles.
As for pages that could be left out, 72.3% ticked "Why you should join",
69.3% nominated the Internet Agreement, and 61.3% say the membership application
form could go.
May meeting was on GPS - Where Are We Now? Tips and tricks - and the current
state of the technology. And, Getting in the Zone. What's the balance with
computer security? One of the world's biggest computer security products is Zone
Alarm, which recently set up in Australia, and gave our members a chance to quiz
their Asia Pacific manager about new developments and how to solve any of their
Brisbug PC Users Group May meeting on Dual Core Processors and Saving MS
Activation. They draw people to the meeting with a raffle, giving away a WebCam
Perth PC User Group May Meeting demonstrated the varied forms of videos
available on YouTube. They held their Annual General Meeting in March. They
have eight SIGs, focused on beginner to intermediate level PC users. SIGs
appear to be geographically segmented.
Durham PC Users Group has a downloadable PDF file for membership
applications. Their 14 page online newsletter is filled with short announcements
on new software, bug fixes and general interest computing. Barnaby Jeans, Senior
Technology Advisor for Microsoft Canada was the featured speaker for Microsoft’s
Windows Vista. He showed some of the new features and capabilities for both IT
Professionals and home users.
Big Blue & Cousins newsletter revisited desktop publishing software and
featured an article on using old equipment, with the upshot being that older
equipment is fine if it can get the job done. The April meeting was on new
desktop services available at the local Staples store, which was a big hit for
the store and for the people at the meeting.
Winnipeg PC Users Group May meeting was on photo editing software and its