January 2022 Newsletter

The committee has been giving considerable thought to the events we might be able to run in 2022; see below for an outline plan of potential events. Please also let us have any suggestions you might have for other potential events.

The topic for this month’s meeting of Technology Group on Friday 21 Jan is “Online ad blocking with Pi-hole”. As well as blocking advertisments Pi-hole can prevent web enabled devices in your home, eg smart tvs, ai assistants, mobile phones etc from sending information out to data gathering companies. See below for more information.

The 2022 AGM will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 16 March, starting with coffee at 10.30 with the formal meeting starting at 11 a.m. More details will follow in the February newsletter.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail: ibmmidretnews@gmail.com

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This is an outline plan of potential events currently being considered for 2022.

Photographs from Past Events.

Click on one of the links below to view a selection of photographs from past events.

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Sub-Groups of Retirees Club and Employee Club

IBM Retirees Rambling Group

Please contact Terry King, terryaking@hotmail.com for more information about the Rambling Group.

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IBM Retirees Technology Group

This month’s meeting topic is “Online ad blocking with Pi-hole” but it will cover more than just prevention of web page clutter. As well as blocking advertisments Pi-hole can prevent web enabled devices in your home, eg smart tvs, ai assistants, mobile phones etc from sending information out to data gathering companies. This includes spyware, malware and analytical data such as used by Cambridge Analytica. This software will make your home safer and will also speed up web browsing and reduce the amount of data that you consume.

There will be a live demo of the software and information on how to obtain and install it. The talk will cover the “pros and cons” of “ad blockers” and why Pi-hole is different and better than other blocking software products. We will also explore the ethical considerations and what advertisers are doing to counter this protective shield.

The IBM Tech Club meets using the Zoom video conferencing platform at 11.00 on the third Friday of each month. The club is a place where you can talk to IBM folk about matters technical. For example, help or advice on buying or using computers, smart phones,touch pads; engineering, electronics, wifi, bluetooth, cryptography, bitcoin, using computers to making movies, songs or musical works, best software, streaming, the internet, photography, diy, and anything else about the modern world you would like to understand better.

Apart from the technical discussion we try to have a talk by a club member at each meeting. This depends very much on members volunteering to prepare and show something they are interested in.

At 11 o’clock on the day of the meeting click on the link below. It should take you straight into the meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88338135221?pwd=eFYyUTdKZjRUSlR4V0RqZmFYMmlCQT09

If you need help with Zoom contact John Rickman (rickman@argonet.co.uk) in good time before the meeting.

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Members’ Notices

We all know Midlands Retirees who are undertaking a range of activities to raise money for good causes. The Committee have therefore decided to offer this space to advertise such initiatives and other events which may be of interest.

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