Sunday, February 7, 2016

Apple Mac Computer User Group Meeting – Monday 15 February 2016, 10.00 am – 12 noon (Note the change from the 4th Monday to the 3rd Monday)

When: Monday 15 February, 10.00 am – 12 noon (Note the change from the 4th Monday to the 3rd Monday).

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This month we will be looking at web browsers and comparing Safari with Chrome.

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.

Microsoft Excel Introduction Short Course - Wednesday March 9 and March 16, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

When: Wednesday March 9 and March 16, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Rooms 11

What: This course will show you how to create and use spreadsheets.

You'll learn to identify elements of a work book, enter and edit data, generate basic calculations and use built-in spreadsheet functions.

Some computer skills (Windows or MAC are essential - this is not a course for absolute beginners to computing.

By the end of the course, you'll have had a basic introduction to using MS Excel, including how to:

  • Identify elements of a workbook
  • Page setup and printing 
  • Enter and edit data and basic formatting
  • Generate basic calculations
  • Use cell references and built-in functions


We will also show you how to access online Excel tutorials, so you can continue your learning in your own time.

Further sessions may also be arranged depending on the needs of the students.

The cost of this 2 session short course is $20 payable at the door.

Contact Maureen Pratchett at  maureen.pratchett@paradise.net.nz to register.

Also contact Maureen if you would like to register but the dates do not suit.

Introduction to (Windows) Computers - 17 and 24 February and 2 and 9 March 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

When: 17 and 24 February and 2 and 9 March 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 11

What: If you are a new computer user, this course will get you started.

The course covers

  • Use of mouse and trackpad, accessing the desktop and menus
  • Using Windows for everyday tasks (email, browsing the internet, games and applications)
  • Switching between open windows
  • Searching and finding files on your computer
  • Personalising your desktop


Students can take from 1 to 4 sessions depending on needs and prior experience.  The cost for each session is $10 payable on the day.

If you wish to take this course please contact Ngaire Jackson at ngairej@gmail.com.
Also contact Ngaire if you wish to register but the date does not suit.

Note that SeniorNet runs a separate introduction course focused on MAC computers.

SeniorNet also offers a supervised practice session at 12:30 pm on Mondays for those who want to practice what they have learned under the watchful eye of a tutor.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Guiding your hand while creating long documents: a workshop - Friday 19 February 2016 - 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

When:  Friday 19 February 2016 - 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2, 138 - 140 Wakefield
Street, Wellington.

What: A poster board presentation of the issues and desirable
actions to create readable extended texts, such as family, club,
company histories, memoirs, reports and similar large projects.

Subjects covered include basic approach, page formats, managing files,
the look of the text, dealing with illustrations, tips and sanity
saving options to encourage completing the project.

All demonstration material will be available to the participants on
the Web.

Please register your interest with Lindsay Rollo at lrollo@paradise.net.nz.

If the date does not suit, register anyway but advise.

Numbers are limited to the first 12 applicants.

Please wear a name tag.

Cost: $5 each, payable on arrival. Please bring the correct change.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kiss your computer goodbye unless you adopt a KISS approach to backing up and restoring your computer – come to the workshop - Thursday 18 February 2016 - 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

When:  Thursday 18 February 2016 - 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2, 138 - 140 Wakefield Street, Wellington.

What:  We all know we are meant to back up material on our computers in case of some sort of disaster, but how many of us know what to do or do it?

Tony Doogue will provide you with a simple explanation of what is involved, what to do to back up your computer, or restore it in case of a disaster.  The emphasis will be on basic backing up and restoring, but links will be given to sources of more detailed information for both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac operating systems.

If you are confused about backing up or restoring or are having difficulties with one or the other why not see if he can help you.

Please register your interest with Tony Doogue at tonydoogue@xtra.co.nz, at the same time mentioning any particular topic you would like covered.

Some of the content of the Workshop is readily accessible through the SeniorNet web site at www.seniornetwgtn.blogspot.com.  Go to Workshop Notes and click  Backing Up and Restoring Simplified to see it.

Numbers are limited to the first 25 applicants.

Please wear a name tag.

Cost: $5 each, payable on arrival. Please bring the correct change.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Workshop – Online scams, fraud, suspicious emails, etc – Tuesday 16 February 2016, 10.00 am – 12 Noon

When: Tuesday 16 February 2016, 10.00 am – 12 Noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: Learn to be aware of, and what you can do when confronted with online scams, fraud, suspicious or unsolicited emails, spam etc. Pick up some tips on responsible use of technologies.

Lee Chisholm, Operations Manager, Netsafe will lead the workshop with a presentation. Questions will be welcome.

Visit the Netsafe website http://www.netsafe.org.nz.

If you have a specific issue please advise when registering.

Please register with Colin Archer at ColinArcher@xtra.co.nz. As places are limited first come, first served!

Investment $5 payable at the door - correct change would be appreciated.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

RealMe Government Logon Short Course, Wednesday February 17, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

When: Wednesday February 17, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Rooms 11

What: RealMe has been set up by the Department of Internal Affairs and New Zealand Post to make it easier for New Zealanders to get things done online.

RealMe is free for consumers. You can use it to prove who you are when you’re online, and to access the online services of a number of NZ Government departments and banks. For example, you will need a RealMe account if you want to order a passport online.

This will be a hands-on short course in which you will be able to set up a RealMe account.  You will learn what services you can access using your account and what to do if you lose or can’t remember an account that you have previously set up.

The course is presented by Julie Woods from the Department of Internal Affairs.

The cost of this 2 hour course is $10 payable at the door.

Contact Maureen Pratchett at maureen.pratchett@paradise.net.nz to register.

Computer Owners Group (COG) Special Learning Group (SLG), Wednesday 10 February, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: COG SLG Wednesday, 10 February, 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. These will range widely. For starters you can expect questions about Windows 10, replacing broken Android phone screens, and many other hot topics.

Michael Munro will facilitate.

Special Learning Groups (SLG) are free to all SeniorNet Wellington members.

Writing and Publishing Group First Meeting for 2016, Wednesday 10 February from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

When: Wednesday 10 February from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room2,  138 - 140 Wakefield St (opposite The Michael Fowler Centre)

What: This meeting is
  • a forum to discuss where members are at with their writing projects 
  • to establish what their main needs are
  • to design a programme of topics and events for our monthly meetings this year, 
 This is so we will be of maximum value to members, and will  best meet their on-going needs.

Here is your opportunity to tell us what you need to know and how we can best help.

We’ll also demonstrate some of the useful features for writers, available in MS Word.                    

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Digicam (digital camera) Special Interest Group, Thursday 11th February, 10.00 am - 12.00 noon

When: Thursday 11th February, 10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: My holiday images… Show & Tell about your  recent holiday images and camera behaviour.

1. Select 5 – 10 to 20 (depending on how long you want to speak about each one), store them on mobile storage; USB  flash drive or SD card.

Remember the points Russell Finnerty, WPS discussed with us last year?  Tell us how you used OR ignored these points and maybe WHY! See below in parentheses…

(What is the subject?  Plan on what you want and why.
Concentrate on the subject, simplify.
Composition, rule of thirds. Breaking this rule! Move people and objects.
Lighting, time of day, infill lighting, flash. Allow for back lighting.
Position yourself and/or move the subject, or both!
Depth of field... and heaps more.)

2. Bring in your camera, and discuss what new features you have explored and developed. OR

3. Tell us about problems you have had with some of the features?

Don't forget bring along some images. We look forward to enjoying your company. Free to all members.