Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Q&A SIG, Wednesday 3 March, 10.00 am - 12 .00 pm

When: Wednesday 3 March 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: As well as dealing with questions from the floor, John Cook intends to show you a free program that can be used to identify a file with an unknown extension, and then attempts to find a free application which will open it for you.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Class Vacancies

Managing Files and Folders – XP, commencing Thursday 11 March at 12.00 noon finishing Thursday 1 April. There are two vacancies for this course.

A Managing Files and Folders – Vista  course has been timetabled to start on Wednesday 10 March at 2.15pm. There is only one application to date. Anyone interested please ring David Dobson 389 6590, and fill in an Application Form to see if we can get a class together.

Computer Problem Solving Workshop, Tuesday 2 March, 10 am - 12 pm

When: Tuesday 2 March, 10 am - 12 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: The Centre's computers, like your home computer, can have everyday problems. The Technical Committee have recorded those problems and documented solutions. Members have the opportunity to work through those problems and their solutions in this workshop. A good way to find the solutions to several common issues without calling a technician!

Contact Alan Royal at, to register for the workshop and receive a copy of the documentation.

The cost is $5, payable at the door. Correct change would be appreciated.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Trade Me Workshop, Tuesday 23 February, 10 am - 12 pm.

When: Tuesday 23 Frbruary, 10 am - 12 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This will be the 8th of these popular workshops run by Bryan Carver. We will peruse the site 'online'. At the time this notice was prepared there were 50,736 people online to Trade Me looking at 1,444,705 available items. Registered members are 2,471,972 and 5,708,054 visit each month. Bryan will show you how to navigate around this "very user friendly" site.

Notes (6 pages) will be emailed to attendees.

We will place an item on Trade Me for auction and have a volunteer 'register'. To register is free. The volunteer will need to supply their details, address, phone number date of birth and a nom-de-plume (user name). To buy, you need to be registered; to sell you need to deposit $10 minimum with Trade Me. Should the volunteer wish, they can make the deposit using their credit card on the day; Trademe "guarantee" security. Let Bryan know if you wish to 'volunteer'.

To register for this workshop email or phone 389 7432. Please also leave your phone number.

Cost $5 payable on the day, please try and have the correct change.

Digicam (Digital Camera) SIG, Wednesday 17 February 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Wednesday February 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: Welcome to our first Digital Camera (Digicam)  meeting for the year. This is not a workshop. It is a free meeting where you are invited to seek answers to, and share your problems.

We would like to view your "best holiday" snap shots. Please bring along a few, but only if you wish. Load on to a flashdrive, disk or camera storage card.

There will be:
  • Questions and Answers on all photography related matters.
  • A quick look at a camera comparison web site.
  • Image resizing quality comparison from "Gizmo" Richards free newsletter "Windows Secrets".
  • A display a very satisfactory "free" program which stitches photos together to make a panorama.

Monday, February 8, 2010


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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Maintenance of your PC Workshop, Tuesday 16 February 10 am - 12 pm

When: Tuesday 16 February 10 am - 12 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting room 2

What: The workshop will take you through e.g. a sequence of creating a restore point, backing up, updating, cleaning, optimising and defragmenting your machine.

A disc is available containing the free programmes necessary to manage the above processes.

The cost of the workshop is $5 payable at the workshop. The disc, if required, will be available for an extra $5.

Please register with Alan Royal at as numbers will be limited.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

HELP - we need more tutors as a result of our very successful Open Day

T            The 20th letter of the Alphabet (we are now           
               living in the year “Twenty Ten”

TU          (The French for You)

TUT        (Tut, Tut, we all know what that means)

TUTO     (I don’t know what that means)

TUTOR   (Only one?)

TUTORS (That is what I have been trying to type)

We need more Tutors AND Assistant Tutors  at our Learning Centre – as we had such an overwhelming response at our recent Open day.

If you are interested, please ring me (night or day)

384 8349 – (Marjorie) or
an email to:

Of course there are some benefits for you - have a look at this article on Schooling the Ageing Brain!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Updated Term 1 2010 Timetable

The latest (3 February) update of the Term 1 2010 Timetable can be viewed and or downloaded from this link.

Workshop programme, February 16 - July 29, 2010

The 2010 programme can be viewed and/or downloaded from this link. Note that while most workshops are held on a Tuesday, we have had to use other days on some occasions.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The first meeting of the Writing and Publishing Special Interest Group for 2010, Wednesday 10 February, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

When: Wednesday February 10 from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2, 138 - 140 Wakefield St

What: A Guest Speaker, John MacGibbon, writer and publisher of Ngaio Press, Wellington

John MacGibbon is a professional writer and publisher who produced one of New Zealand’s biggest selling family history books, Going Abroad. Widely praised, it was described by Otago University professor Tom Brooking as “showing other family historians how it should be done.” A few of us had the privilege of hearing John MacGibbon speak during last year’s Winter Series at The National Library, and can confirm that he has many valuable tips and strategies to pass on, based on his own writing and publishing and research experience, as well as from his work with other authors.

This will be a very interesting and informative session which W&P SIG members should not miss.