Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seniors on holiday - opportunity for learning

It is said that once you retire you don't get a holiday (officially that is).

However, as family and friends are often away over the Xmas and New Year, you have a great learning opportunity - no interruptions and plenty of free material on the Internet - and especially on our web site.

Take this opportunity to look in the mass of tutorials on our website by bringing up the Workshop Notes Page  (in the left column of our SeniorNet Wellington website).

Despite the 'holidays' our elves will be adding learning material to the site in this quiet period.

Try the Goodwill Community Foundation  All Topics page for hundreds of free tutorials and videos –e.g try the free Facebook 101 tutorials.


Have you thought of doing some writing over the holidays – if so look at these 18 rules for using text.

Had a look at the best Wellington weather site - Metservice ? Includes also a time based Wellington daily webcam - which if you are a bit clever you can copy and paste to a time lapse slideshow with Faststone, our favourite photo editing programme. 

The elves will update the SeniorNet web site regularly over the holiday period.

Seasons greetings to all.

SENIORNET WELLINGTON – Office Holiday Hours

The SeniorNet Wellington Office closed on Friday, 12 December 2014 for the holiday season. It will re-open at 10 am on Monday, 26 January 2015.

Most activities for 2015 will commence from February except that a visitor day will be held at Anvil House on Thursday, 29 January 2015.

An outline of workshop and learning group activities for 2015 is posted on this website in the Year Planner 2015 as listed under the heading of Publications.

More details and information about other activities for 2015 will be posted on this site as scheduled dates draw near.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Workshop –Windows 10 Technical Preview - Thursday 4 December 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Thursday 4 December 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting room 2

What: This week the latest update of Windows 10, pre-release, was made available to those of us who have been checking out the progress of the revised operating system.
How does it compare with windows 7?
How does it differ from Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ?
Should I wait a bit before buying a new computer?
Trevor King will do a “Show and Tell” and afterwards field questions, time permitting.

Workshop is $5 payable at the workshop. Correct change please.

Numbers are limited. Register with Trevor King,  tc.koenig@xtra.co.nz.

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 ray.heenan@gmail.com. Please wear a name tag.
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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 a.royal@paradise.net.nz.


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 bcarver@clear.net.nz 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.