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SMEE website password reset

We are currently having problems with the SMEE website which mean that outgoing emails are not being sent. This means that if you request a password reset the email will not reach you. The problem is being investigated by our web site hosting company but in the meantime, if you need your password to be reset please email the webmaster directly who reset your password to a temporary setting and email you with details. Once you have received this email, please log in as soon as possible and change the password to one of your choice.

Our apologies for this – we are trying to rectify the situation as soon as possible.

Brian Neale
SMEE Webmaster

Latest copy of The Journal (October 2020) now available

The latest copy of The Journal (October 2020) is now available online. You can see a list of all available online copies of The Journal here.

SMEE website email issue

There may be a problem with emails sent out from the SMEE website not being delivered. For example, if you have requested a password reset, the email giving you a link to reset your password may not arrive. Please send me an email (webmaster@sm-ee.co.uk) if this is the case and I can arrange to reset your password for you (although I recommend that you change it to a password of your choice immediately after logging in).

This email problem also means that you might not receive notifications of new posts in any of the forums.

I am sorry about this – it appears to be due a change made by our web site and email service provider. I have reported it to them and hope to have the situation rectified shortly.

Brian Neale
SMEE Webmaster

SMEE website - poor performance resolved

I believe that the problems causing the web site to be very slow have now been resolved. However, if you have any issues with performance, I would be grateful if you could report them to me at webmaster@sm-ee.co.uk.

Thank you,

Brian Neale
SMEE Webmaster

WARNING - fake "SMEE" emails

I have had reports from several members that they have received emails which mention “SMEE” in the Subject: line, usually with mention of a general meeting presentation topic or similar. However, the “Sender” address is unknown to the recipient, and the addresses that I have seen have nothing to do with SMEE members.

I cannot see any obvious connection between these emails and the SMEE website, and the most likely explanation is that a SMEE member, or possibly a non-SMEE member who has a number of SMEE members in their email contact list, has had their email hacked and a copy of their contact list taken. How or when is impossible to tell. Scammers will then use these email addresses to send emails which either have malicious content, or which have pointers to web sites containing malicious code and encourage the reader to click on the link.

The best advice for any email that you receive from an unknown source is to regard it as suspicious unless proved otherwise. In particular, do not click on any attachments in the email or on any links to other web sites unless you are confident that you know the real sender of the email. You can also report suspicious emails to the National Cyber Security Centre; more information on how to spot and deal with suspicious emails is available from their web site here.

Brian Neale
SMEE Webmaster

Back issues of the Journal (1988 onwards)

As of today, the collection of back issues of The Journal goes back to 1988, and right up to the latest version hot off the press (June 2020). Many thanks to Mike Tilby for his work in scanning back copies which are now easily available to all of us via the web site.

The index to the list of available issues of The Journal is available HERE.

AnyMeeting and Video-conferencing - a How-to guide

SMEE uses the AnyMeeting software application to allow members to participate in video-conferences and online meetings. 

To find out how to join an online meeting in SMEE, please go to this page for more information.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Coronavirus and Marshall House

As you are no doubt aware, Covid-19 (AKA Coronavirus) is causing some changes in the way we live. Current advice from the UK government is to restrict large gatherings, but it is very likely that the government will take the decision to make ‘self isolation’ of everyone over 70 compulsory. Currently they are saying  ‘within weeks’ and for up to 12 weeks.
 
Even before this announcement, the SMEE Council had debated the effect this virus will have on meetings held in Marshall House. Although the Kemsley Room will only hold about 60 members (and therefore could not be classified as a large gathering), we are nearly all in the vulnerable age range. We also sit quite close together and these are ideal conditions for the virus to spread. Many people come to Marshall House via public transport, which is a potential source of infection. Even one case of the virus in the room would then require all of us to self-isolate for 14 days and a deep clean of Marshall House would be necessary. 
 
With this in mind, the SMEE Council has reluctantly decided to postpone the lecture programme, rummage sales, courses and other meetings until further notice. We will offer money back to students that have pre-paid for SMEE Courses or, if they prefer, a place when we next run it.
 
For the moment the Workshop Group will continue to operate, but is likely to be restricted to members under 70 and in good health.
 
Council will still meet, but they will do this on-line via AnyMeeting. Any important decisions will be communicated vie email, the SMEE website and The Journal.
 
Members are reminded that they can still communicate with each other via the website ‘forum’ facility. Think of this as a temporary replacement for the Marshall House tearoom!
 
These are extraordinary times and call for extraordinary measures. The overriding priority is to protect our membership and keep them safe.
 
Stay healthy and vigilant.
 
[This message has been posted on behalf of the Chairman and Directors of SMEE]

SMEE Competition results

We now have an area of the web site dedicated to reports of SMEE competitions. The results of the 2019 Annual Competition, along with pointers to notes on the models concerned, can be found via this page. Congratulations to all competition entrants and especially prize-winners. Even if you were not awarded a prize, there’s a good chance that your entry on display has put ideas into the heads of other members and maybe will inspire them to enter next year!

2020 Training Courses - dates and prices

The Training Course page now has all the dates and prices for the 2020 season. Click on the link for more information, including links to details of each course.