Saturday, November 22, 2014

How to convert your favourite LPs to CD and other digital files, Tuesday 2 December, 10.00 am - 12 noon

When: Tuesday 2  December, 10.00 am - 12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: The workshop will take you through the equipment and software needed to enable you to save and play your LPs (and other vinyl records), tapes and cassettes to digital form.
You may then play these through your:

  • Surround sound or stereo equipment
  • Car CD player
  • MP3 player, iPod, iPad, Tablet, or 
  • On your computer

Once you have loaded your (free) software onto your computer and set it up for your sound card (we show you how :-), you may edit out most unwanted ‘noises’, and organise your music to suit you.

The cost of the workshop is $5 payable at the door.

Please register with Ray Heenan at Please wear a name tag.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Android Devices Meeting, Tuesday 25 November 2014: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 25 November 2014: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Q & A format.

Facilitator: Graeme Munro

Are you having problems with your Android device or just interested in learning more about it? If so, you are welcome to come along & ask questions.

Don't be shy. These sessions are specifically designed to help the beginner. Come and ask your questions so that we can help you get the most out of your phone or tablet. Even if you don’t have any questions yourself, still please come along as you may have the answer to someone else’s question.

Items discussed at our October meeting included
a) Note Everything – an app to record written or oral notes
b) AI Type Keyboard – a keyboard app that can be customised for your smartphone or tablet

These sessions are free for members. No registration is required.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Apple Mac Computer User Group Meeting – Monday 24 November, 2014 - 10.00 am – 12 noon

When: Monday 24 November, 10.00 am – 12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This is the last meeting for the year, so it is your last chance to have your problem solved this year.

Share your knowledge and experiences with other Apple Mac Computer users.

Ask questions, help with answers, exchange experiences and listen to or provide some helpful hints.

Are you new to Mac? Thinking of purchasing an Apple Mac?  Come along observe and even ask questions.

It is an opportunity to learn, to expand your knowledge and skills on Apple Mac by sharing the know-how of other members.

This meeting is free to all members.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Workshop - Toys for Boys and Gadgets for Girls, Tuesday 18 November, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 18 November, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting room 2

What: The session is a pot pourri of  technology developments and some  software and hardware thoughts. Those attending are invited to contribute with a demonstration of their new toys and gadgets.

The session covers

  • How to get a good deal on computers and their related technology 
  • Tips and tricks
  • Emerging toys and gadgets 
  • Review of ‘necessary’ basic (free) software 
  • Some ‘quirky’ but useful software 
  • New Google features 
  • Cloud storage 
  • Remote access tools

The investment for the workshop is $5 payable at the workshop. Correct change please.

Numbers are limited. Register early with Alan Royal at

Monday, November 10, 2014

TradeMe Workshop, Friday 21 November, 10 am - 12 pm

When: Friday 21 November, 10 am - 12 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: This will be the 17th of these popular workshops by Bryan Carver. We will explore via a "live connection", the whole website, with an emphasis on selling and buying general items plus a quick look at cars, property, accommodation and social networking.

You will be shown how to register with TradeMe and some of the amusing pitfalls experienced by your presenter. We will view 3 short TradeMe videos covering a "site tour", selling and buying.

Bryan will put an item up for auction, with special attention paid to downloading, filing and uploading photos.

The intention is to illustrate what an easy site TradeMe is to "browse" and to sell through.

Up to date notes will be emailed to you a few days before the workshop.

Register with Bryan carver at and include your phone number.

The investment is $5 payable at the door. Correct change please.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Questions & Answers Meeting (Q&A) Thursday 20 November, 2014, 10.00 am -- 11.45 am

When: Thursday 20 November,  2014, 10.00 am --11.45 am.    

Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room  2

What: This is an opportunity to learn and share as part of this Special Learning Group.  Everyone welcome,  especially new SeniorNet members. Don’t be shy.  No question is too outlandish or too elementary -- all could lead to an answer.  The only 'silly' question is the one that is not asked.

This is also an opportunity to share with other Seniornet members any hints or tips that can make computing easier and/or more interesting.

Some of the items from our October meeting included:
(1) A discussion about Printer cartridges,  --  cost, suppliers etc.
(2) Dropbox, -- and some general discussion and advice re Cloud security.
(3) A talk and  demo. of Libraries for Windows 7and 8.
(4) Problems with d/loading and opening PDF files on Firefox.

 Lionel looks forward to seeing as many of you as possible.    Free to all members.

Digicam, (Digital Camera), Meeting, Wednesday 19 November , 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Wednesday 19 November , 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: This month the speakers at our meeting have been drawn from within our own ranks.

Firstly, George Braithwaite will be giving an overview of the three cameras he currently owns - a Nikon DSLR, a Samsung point and shoot and his latest addition, a Canon SX50 with an amazing 50X zoom lens. George will briefly outline the features of these cameras and will show images to illustrate what each camera is capable of.

Bryan Carver will then be showing us some of the many photographs he has amassed during his trips abroad

Finally we would like to see some members photographs, so bring along some of the favourites you have taken in recent times so that we can share the experience. (If the latter doesn't occur and time is available, we’re likely to have to sit through a viewing of some local aviation photo’s).

There will be our usual question and answer session in which we will endeavour to provide answers to any photographic topics that may be of concern to members.

We look forward to seeing you at this meeting. Free to all members.

Short Course 2081 - Hands-on Introduction to Windows 8.1 Part 2 – Thursday November 13 2014, 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm

When: Thursday November 13 2014, 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 11

What: This Hands-on course is Part 2 of the Introduction to Windows 8.1 course. It aims to help the student become familiar with how Windows 8.1 operates and works and be comfortable in using it.
Course Outline.

The remaining 5 of the 11 topics will be covered in this course and will complete the basics about Windows 8.1. It covers : Getting and using apps, Set up email, Browse the Web with Internet Explorer 11, How to personalize your PC, OneDrive. The course is spread over two parts.
Part 1 covers 6 of the 11 topics, Part 2 covers the remaining 5 topics

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion a student should be able to:
1. Utilise the Microsoft Store to get more apps (Free and Paid)
2. Use Internet Explorer 11 to browse and search the web
3. Know how to Set up email with the Mail App and Contacts
4. Know how to personalize your PC
5. Know how to utilise the OneDrive cloud storage.

Since we only have 5 PC’s with Windows 8.1, the Hands-on Class will be limited to
5 unless you are prepared to bring your own laptop in which case 7 will be the
Please register ASAP with Allan Chee at, and indicate if you
are prepared to bring your laptop
If registration numbers exceed 7, then a wait list will be created and you will be
advised by email when the next course will be conducted
Cost for the class is $10, payable on the day.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Workshop - Electronic Books (eBooks) - Thursday 13 November, 10.00 am until 11.45 am

When: Thursday 13 November, from 10.00 until 11.45 am

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting room 2.

What: What are they? What readers are currently available, how to download eBooks both free and paid for. The problem with formats.

If you already have an eBook reader or tablet, please bring it along so that others can see and compare.

The fee for the workshop is $5, payable at the workshop and correct money will be appreciated.

Numbers are limited, so register early with David Boyes at

Computer Owners Group (COG) Special Learning Group (SLG), Wednesday, 12 November, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: COG SLG Wednesday, 12 November, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This is your meeting, so please bring your questions and comments. As usual at this time of year, the meeting will include any enquiries and views people have about prospective technology-related Christmas gifts.  (For example, which tablet would one recommend for your granddaughter, aged 15?) Michael Munro will facilitate. Special Learning Groups (SLG) are free to all SeniorNet Wellington members.

Wanted: an editor for the COG Newsletter

David Boyes, who has been editor of SeniorNet’s monthly COG Newsletter since 2010, is retiring.

You have seen the excellent work he has done in recording the problems discussed and listing the suggested solutions to them - and will realise what a gap he leaves. We need to fill that gap now, and are looking for someone else to take over.

If you feel you could assist in this way, please contact Michael Munro ( or phone 4793363).

Please note: if we can’t fill the position, then we will be unable to record the key part of our COG meetings.  That would be a significant loss.

We will continue to publish the Magazine Notes.