Saturday, August 28, 2010

Software Freedom Day (SFD), Sunday 19th September 2010,10am - 5pm,Victoria University Pipitea Campus


What is software freedom day?


Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

The principles behind FOSS are underpinned by the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.

The goal is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business - in short, everywhere!

Date: Sunday 19th September 2010

Time: 10am - 5pm

Location: Victoria University Pipitea Campus

Cost: Free! But you need to Register! (if your kids are coming, make sure you register them separately!)

Software Freedom Day Wellington is an "everyone-friendly" event! The day will have something for everyone: kids are welcome, and you don't have to be an Open Source guru to enjoy yourself (though there will be lots of geeky stuff for the gurus out there!).

There's an open source program for almost everything - come along and see how FOSS can help you within your business, home, school, and more.

The day will be mostly run as an unconference, and many of the discussion topics will be decided on the day, but we have some interesting presentations lined up already! Here's a preview:

Lighting Control Desk - written in Python
Free Software - A Guide for Kids
Moodle
Giving Children Metatools to Play With. Seriously.

We'll also have some live music, and some One Laptop per Child XO Laptops for parents, kids, and anyone else interested to have a play with

....and much more to come!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Q&A SIG, Wednesday 1 September, 10.00 am - 12 .00 pm


When: Wednesday 1 September 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: John Cook will facilitate this session. Bring your questions or subjects for discussion.

John's support team will try and provide an answer or comment. There are no silly questions.

Note that Q&A sessions are free to all members

Windows 7 Introduction Workshop, Tuesday 7 September 10.00 am - 12.00 pm


When: Tuesday 7 September 10 am - 12 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting room 2

What: This introductory workshop is for those who have recently started using Windows 7, or are considering the purchase of a computer with Windows 7.

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

Please register with Alan Royal at a.royal@paradise.net.nz as numbers will be limited.

Maintenance of your PC Workshop, Thursday 2 September 10 am - 12 pm

When: Thursday 2 September 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 a.royal@paradise.net.nz as numbers will be limited.
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Writing & Publishing SIG, Wednesday 8 September, 12.30 pm -2.30 pm


When: Wednesday 8 September, 12.30 pm -2.30 pm

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

What: David Adams and Dave Small from the Turnbull Library will present the history of New Zealand’s newspapers, their preservation and methods of access, notably the National Library of New Zealand’s newspaper website Papers Past.

Papers Past is an online collection of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 from all regions of New Zealand. The collection is word searchable, and is the National Library of New Zealand’s most popular online collection. It continues to receive increasing number of fans, from researchers to family historians and the general public. In the last year the online visitors trebled from 60,000 to 180,000 per month.

The collection consists of:
o         61 newspaper titles
o         289,589 newspaper issues
o         1,634,757 pages
o         19,588,060 articles

David Adams is the Coordinator, Copying and Digital Services
National Library of New Zealand

Monday, August 16, 2010

Workshop - Cloud Computing, Tuesday 24 August 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 24 August 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting room2

What: Put simply, cloud computing is a service delivered entirely over the Internet. The software is on the Internet, the storage is on the Internet, and the system to manage these is on the Internet. Good examples are  the Chrome operating system run through the Chrome browser, Google Docs and your webmail.

For most of us this could mean limited software, hardware, storage and servicing costs.

Alan Royal will demonstrate this latest technology using a presentation prepared on the 'cloud' and run from the 'cloud.

Please register with Alan Royal at a.royal@paradise.net.nz as places are limited. First come, first served!

Cost $5 payable at the door - correct change please.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Digicam (Digital camera) SIG. (Special Interest Group) Wednesday 18 August 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Wednesday 18 August 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: The meeting will be a bit of a pot pourri led by Bryan Carver

Apart from questions much of the meeting will be devoted to an explanation of basic photography as it relates to using your digital camera.

If you have recently bought a digital camera or are about to this meeting is for you. The explanation will cover what you need to know.

There may also be an opportunity for Alan Royal to extend his workshop presentation of some features of Picasa.

NOTE: SIG groups are free to all members.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Computer Owners Group (COG) SIG,Wednesday 11 August 10 am - 11.45 am

When: COG SIG Wednesday 11 August 10 am - 11.45 am

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This is your meeting so please bring your questions:  Michael Munro will facilitate.

Special Interest Groups (SIG) are free to all SeniorNet Wellington members.

Our team will be there to support Michael.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Introduction to GIMP Workshop, Tuesday 17 August 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 17 August, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Conference Room 2, 138 - 140 Wakefield St, Wellington.

What: GIMP is a free imaging programme that has a powerful range of tools to correct/restore your digital images. In many ways these tools match those found only in expensive programmes, such as Photoshop.

This SeniorNet Workshop will demonstrate how poor archive images can be restored and corrected,  following  'Using GIMP to restore images' notes that were prepared by John Foden last year. These notes can now be downloaded from the 'Workshop Notes' page on the SeniorNet website.

 Please register with John Foden at john.foden@paradise.net.nz. If you have any queries phone John at 4792497.

Cost: $5 at the door (correct change please).



Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Writing & Publishing (W&P) SIG, Tuesday 10 August 12.30 pm - 2,30 pm NOTE CHANGE OF DAY

When: Tuesday 10 August 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm. NOTE CHANGE OF DAY

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: Mark Sweeney from the National Film Archive will introduce the concept of Digital Storytelling and show examples. As Mark notes "Digital stories have a strictness to their construction: 250 words, a dozen or so pictures, and two minutes is the right length. As with poetry these constraints define the form (e.g. a haiku is a poem written using 17 syllables, and the 14 lines of a sonnet are written in iambic pentameter) and it's the observation of that form which gives the thing its elegance".

Come and give Mark a good hearing on an interesting subject. Mark presents an 8x2hour course on this subject so come and have your appetite whetted. 

The W&P SIG is free and open to all members.