Monthly Archives: April 2010

Tuesday 27 April – Main Meeting – 6–8 pm

Alex Zaharov-Reutt

From memory, it has been a year or two since we last heard from anyone in the Internet phone calling industry, also known as “VoIP” or voice over Internet Protocol. These days Internet calling is a mature technology, allowing millions around the world to dramatically lower their phone bills and save lots of money each and every month.

So, it’s time that we heard of the latest and greatest Internet calling plans from one of the VoIP pioneers in Australia, and a previous guest of the Sydney PC Users Group, and that company is MyNetFone.

Rene Sugo of MyNetFone is our guest this April, and he will explain to us his company’s latest phone plans, showcase the latest Internet phones (that look and work like regular telephones, be they wired or wireless, with some extra snazzy features), and if all goes to plan, there’ll be an amount of free phone calls via a VoIP service to be won as the main prize!

I’m still to determine exactly what that prize will be, but with Australians eager to lower costs and take advantage of the latest technologies to get one up over Telstra, it will be interesting to learn what MyNetFone offers consumers in 2010 after several years of VoIP being on the market, what the latest VoIP phones are like, and the other products and services that MyNetFone offers.

So – come along to the April Main Meeting, take a call from Rene and see if he can put a smile on your “dial”!

See you there,



Opera 10.51 Won’t Open in XP

The Club has a dual-boot setup with XP / Windows 7. A few weeks ago Opera 10.10 would not open in XP, so we upgraded to 10.50 — that seemed OK (slow, but OK).

Today, we started Opera in XP and it wanted to upgrade to 10.51 — why not, we said. Now it will not open.

At home, I found version 10.51 to be better and faster than 10.50, with no obvious bugs.

Any help gratefully received (a Google search just shows that this problem has been fixed).