Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Android Devices Meeting, Tuesday 22 April 2014: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 22 April 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.

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

Monday, April 7, 2014

Questions & Answers Meeting (Q&A) Thursday 17 April 2014, 10.00 am - 11.45 am

When: Thursday  17 April,  2014, 10 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. Free to all members.

No question is too outlandish or too elementary - all could lead to an answer. Remember the only 'silly' question is the one that is not asked.

Also an opportunity to share with other SeniorNet members any hints or tips that can make computing easier and/or more interesting.


SeniorNet: The Clinic, Tuesday, 22 April, 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm

When: The Clinic, Tuesday, 22 April, midday to 2.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This is a SeniorNet initiative to offer one-to-one assistance to members with computer-related problems. It is not just like our normal meetings and classes, and is a trial. An explanation of how the Clinic will work follows. Please read it carefully.
SeniorNet: Notice to Members: The Clinic

Colin announced in his recent Newsletter that SeniorNet would shortly be running a three month trial of a Clinic to help those members who might need one-to-one assistance to help solve a computer, or computer-associated, problem.  We have asked some of our most knowledgeable members to act as “GPs” at our Clinic. Some relevant questions and answers about the Clinic follow:

When is the first session?

Clinic sessions will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month.  The first such session will be on Tuesday, 22 April, from midday to 2.00 pm.

How do you get help?

You send an email to seniornetwgtn.clinic@gmail.com.

Emailed applications to attend this month’s clinic close this Friday, 11 April, at 6.00 pm.  We have to work on a first come – first served basis.

Your email needs to contain:

a)      your name and phone number;
b)      the name of the device on which you are having a problem;
c)      the name of the programme you’re running in which the problem occurs;
d)      the name of your operating system; and
e)      a brief description of the problem that you are having.

(We realise that you might have more than one problem.  Let us know.  Some may be quickly put right, but do understand that we’ll only have half an hour to give to each person attending the Clinic in which to try to fix them.)

We’ll send an email back to you, acknowledging yours and giving you an appointment time.  If our GP needs more information about your problem, he or she may phone you.

To remind, as with the other workshops and classes that we hold, we have to work on a first request – first served basis. So, if you’d sent in an email asking for help, and you couldn’t be slotted in in the month concerned, you’d be placed on the list for the following month, and so on. You would of course be told what was happening.

Can you just turn up at the Clinic and get some help?

No, that wouldn’t work. We can only accommodate up to 20 people at a monthly Clinic. We’ll have five GPs on hand (and one floater to cover any GP who can’t get there, and so on). That means each person coming to the Clinic can get half an hour’s assistance. So people do have to book their appointments by email. You can’t just turn up on spec.

Can you just drop in to see how things are going and to learn something?

No, people will be working very hard on their individual problems, and the Clinic has a different function from a workshop, Q&A, the COG and our other meetings.  Unarranged visitors would just be a distraction.

Does SeniorNet do house-calls?

No, regrettably that’s beyond our resources.

What’s the charge?

There’s a nominal charge of $5 to attend a Clinic

What happens if you have an urgent problem?

If you have an urgent problem, you’ll have to do what you do now - call a friend, or employ some firm.

Can the Clinic fix all computer problems?

No, we can’t.  We won’t overpromise. But what we will do is to give you all the help we can in the time available, and, if we can’t fix the problem, we’ll give you some suggestions as to what to do.

Can you bring the gear that has the problem with you to the Clinic?

Yes, indeed. It makes a huge difference if we can see for ourselves what your problem is.  So if your gear is transportable, please bring it in.

Why is this a trial?

It’s a trial because we don’t know how many people will want to use this service, and we want to make sure that we have the resources necessary to meet the demand.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Computer Owners Group (COG) Special Learning Group (SLG), Wednesday 9 April, 10.00 am – 1200 pm

When: COG SLG Wednesday 9 April, 10 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This is your meeting, so please bring your questions and comments.  Michael Munro will facilitate. Special Learning Groups (SLG) are free to all SeniorNet Wellington members.

SeniorNet Wellington - Next Visitors’ Session Tuesday 15 April, commencing at 10.00 am

When: Tuesday 15 April commencing at 10.00 am

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, 138 to 140 Wakefield Street

What: Learn to do useful things and have fun with computers and new technology

If new to computers

  • Learn to use a computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet and for email and Internet
  • No prior knowledge or skills required
  • All activities are designed for our age group
  • You’re never too old to get started
  • Members learn at their own pace

With some knowledge

  • Have fun sharing and exchanging your knowledge and experience
  • Learn new techniques and concepts
  • Join and enjoy our special interest groups
  • Keep pace with new technology developments  
  • Improve your skills and help others 

Let all your friends know about this day.

Digicam (Digital camera) meeting - Thursday 10 April , 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Thursday 10 April, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: This month we are discussing the type and variety of software you can use to file your images and make corrections. Linda Strand from the Wellington Photographic Society will illustrate how she files and retrieves easily any image from her two catalogues containing about 35000 images.

She uses Adobe Lightroom but Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery does a similar job. Lynda will also have a few other aspects on photography we should consider and you can ask questions.
To back up Linda, Bryan Carver will bring along his computer to illustrate how he has set up folders to enable him to 'nearly as easily' ! find his images.

This session should not be missed as it is also of use to anyone wanting to file and find documents.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Refresher Course - Basic Computing Skills, Thursday 10 April 2014, from 12 noon – 2.00 pm

When: Thursday 10 April 2014, from 12 noon – 2.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1,  Room 11

What: This short 2 hour course is an opportunity for members to revise some basic computing skills. Participants will be asked to identify which topics they would like to revise with their tutor. Topics can cover E-mail, Internet or preparation of documents.

As these are small classes with numbers limited to 5 please register ASAP with Sandra Thorn at saonbeauchamp@xtra.co.nz .

When registering please –

  • confirm you are a member of Wellington SeniorNet
  • advise your phone number and E-mail address 
  • advise which Microsoft operating system you use i.e. Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1.

The cost of the course is $10.00 payable on the day.

Writing & Publishing Group April Meeting - Wednesday 9 April, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

When: Wednesday 9 April, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Max Sullivan from the the NZ Electronic Text Centre (NZETC) at Victoria University will be the speaker. His presentation will include, besides an introduction to the Centre:

  • What is the NZETC?
  • Who runs the website
  • Basic technical overview
  • How to find content on the website; browse the collection, use the search function, external search engines (eg: Google)
  • Key collections (eg: WW2, Cyclopedia, Creative writing, Captain Cook)
  • Reusing our content in your research (Creative commons licence)
  • Downloading texts (PDFs and ereaders)
  • Other useful services (eg: digitalnz.org).
This is a free session open to all members and should not be missed.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Workshop - Windows 8.1 in 20 minutes - Tuesday 1 April, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 1 April, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Make yourself comfortable and competent with Windows 8.1 in about 20 minutes. Find out how to make it look and work like XP, Vista and Windows 7. Learn how to use the great search tools, keyboard short cuts, tiles and other new tools. Alan Royal will facilitate.

Register with Alan Royal at  a.royal@paradise.net.nz. Numbers are limited.

Investment of $5 payable at the door. Correct change would be appreciated.

Workshop - 'Up to speed with Facebook', Thursday 3 April, 10 am to 12 pm

When: Thursday 3 April,10 am to 12 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Back for the fourth time, David Barrow, Communications Manager at Social Development Partners and Tai Samaeli from ACE Aotearoa will both bring you up to speed with Facebook.

Many are using this tool to stay in touch with their family online. By the end of the session you’ll be keen to get started (if you haven’t already), you’ll know how to use it, why you want to and also be aware of some of the risks.

As the previous session had a large carry-over of members wanting to attend this popular session there are only a limited number of seats available. First come, first served. If you do not register and get accepted you will definitely not be able to attend.

Register with Alan Royal at a.royal@paradise.net.nz

The investment for this session is $5 payable at the door..