Tuesday, November 23, 2010

UPDATE! The last monthly meeting of the Writing and Publishing Special Interest Group for 2010, Wednesday 8 December, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

When: Wednesday 8 December, from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

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

What: This will be a 'Show and Tell' Meeting.  It will be an opportunity for members of the Group to show and tell the rest of the Group about their writing projects, to share their ideas, their progress and achievements, and their problems with the rest of the Group. To date the following have volunteered their thoughts
  • Geoff Moss on writing and publishing his latest book 'Rolling On'
  • Mairi Clark on collecting her material and putting together her booklets for family 
  • Joyce Harrison on  developments in optical science from a patients point of view
  • Alan Royal with comments on ebooks, audio books, our writing blog and more Word tips 
  • David Dobson on ideas and suggestions for editing your work
  • John Nimmo on layout options and ideas he has used in his latest book draft
An interesting session with plenty of time for questions

Show and Tell sessions have proved very useful and most successful in other organisations, and this will be a great way to end the calendar year.  We look forward to a good turnout.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Buying a Computer - points to consider - Workshop, Tuesday 7 December 2010 from 10.00am to 12.00pm

When: Tuesday 7 December 2010 from 10.00am to 12.00pm

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

Why:  There are many options for choosing a personal computer.  We will traverse:

What is you real requirement?

Seemingly attractive purchasing offers are often made.  Do these have regard to what your needs and requirements are, or might become.

What are you getting?

Many advertising claims may omit information, such as the need to subsequently purchase programs for which trial versions are initially supplied.

What:  We will briefly discuss the three methods of acquisition.

  1. Obtain a pre-loved computer. Some families love to pass on units
  2. Buy something new
  3. Put something together yourself [with assistance]

We will compare and contrast new computer specifications in a non-technical way; then compare desktop, laptop [notebook] and net-book computers.

What are the ways to assess value for money.  Robustness and reliability is important.  What are the prospects for support now and what is likely to be the availability of replacement parts in the years to come?

Please register with Trevor King at tc.koenig@xtra.co.nz  and supply your name, telephone number and, if you have one, an Email address.

If you know of someone who is a SeniorNet Member and who cannot register on-line, they can leave a registration message at the SeniorNet Office.

Numbers are limited to the first 25 applicants.  No door sales, please.

Cost $5 each.  Please pay on arrival, five dollar notes are appreciated.

Please wear a name tag, I know who you are, but someone else may not!

Friday, November 19, 2010

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

When: Wednesday 1 December, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: Tony Doogue will facilitate this session. Bring your questions or subjects for discussion. Tony's support team will try and provide an answer or comment. There are no silly questions.

Time permitting Tony will discuss tips on avoiding problems when buying hardware and downloading software.

Note that Q&A sessions are free to all members.

Please wear a name tag to help us all get to know one another.

This is the last session for 2010. Come along, as you will be sure to learn something new to use over the Xmas break.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

CD/DVD Burning Workshop, Tuesday 30 November 2010 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon

When: Tuesday 30 November 2010 10.00 am to 12 noon

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

What: The CD/DVD burning instructions vary between the different operating systems. Each operating   system requires a new set of learning skills.

One of the solutions to the problem is to use one of the many programmes that are independent of the Microsoft operating systems.

The workshop will demonstrate one of these programmes - the free version of Ashampoo Burning Studio.

Have a look at the description of this intuitve programme at http://goo.gl/vVzu, if you are thinking of attending the workshop.

Register with Alan Royal at a.royal@paradise.net.nz. First come, first served. We have only limited space so don't end up being disappointed.

Cost $5 at the door. Correct change please. Please wear a name tag.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Restoring the Golden Mile - traffic changes from Sunday 28 November 2010

The new two-way Golden Mile bus route will be in operation from 5.00am Sunday 28 November. Buses travelling between Lambton Quay and Courtenay Place will use Willis and Manners streets, moving in both directions.

Full details of the changes, which affect Pedestrians, Bus Users & Motorists,can be viewed here.

This map shows changes in the vicinity of SeniorNet. Click the map to enlarge.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Workshop - How to install and use Skype, Tuesday 23 November 10.00 am -12 noon

When: Tuesday 23 November 10.00 am - 12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: The workshop will look at the Skype program, which can be used to make calls (both voice and video) over the internet, for free.

How to download the software, install it and get the program up and running, so that you can talk to family and friends, as well as see them if you have a web camera, will be demonstrated.

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

Please register with Keith Kenderdine at kenderkb@xtra.co.nz. Please wear a name tag.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tutorials, templates & YouTube Workshop Thursday 18 November 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Thursday 18 November

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2


  • For every system or application you use there is likely to be masses of free tutorials able to be downloaded from the Internet.
  • Why go to the trouble of making spreadsheets, Xmas cards, standard letters, invoices or in fact templates for any thing. There is sure to be a free one on the Internet.
  • You Tube has a mass of interesting material (good and bad) for learning or just fun. How do you go about finding it? 

Alan Royal will introduce you to how to find this valuable material.

To register, email Alan at a.royal@paradise.net.nz

The charge for the workshop is $5 at the door. Please have the correct change. Please also wear a name tag.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Term 4 Timetable update

The timetable for weeks 1-8 and 5-8 is now available for download.

Friday, November 5, 2010

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

When: Wednesday, 10 November, 10 am - 11.45 am

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: Michael Munro will facilitate.

This is your meeting, so please bring your questions for Michael and his team to answer.

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

Please wear your name tag.

Digicam (Digital camera) SIG. (Special Interest Group) Wednesday 17 November 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Wednesday 17 November 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: We are lucky to have  Geoff Boxall  visit and critique our images. Geoff, besides being an excellent photographer  also judges photographic competitions from time to time.   He has just returned from a USA - Canada fall trip......shush, he might bring some of his nice pics !

Please bring what you feel are your best pics and of course any that you feel you may benefit from his advice. This is not to be considered too serious and to encouage participation there will be prizes for :

  • LANDSCAPE (includes travel pics)    
  • PORTRAIT   (one person, child - adult or a small group)  
  • SPORT (usually incorporating movement)
  • NIGHT SCENE  (in the dark we presume !)         
  • OTHER (anything that does not fit aforementioned)

Also, as this is the last Digicam for this year we are going to have a party, well sort of - chocolate biscuits, shortbread, coffee/ tea. Sorry no wine unless you bring some ! Just a nice easy sociable time.


NOTE: SIG groups are free to all members. Please wear name tags.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Police have warned against a new phone scam

This scam was noted by members at the Q&A session 3 November.

Police have warned against a new phone scam in which the caller tries to get people to divulge computer information.

More than 60 Wellington residents have reported receiving a phone call from a person claiming to be a Microsoft employee, willing to help them fix a virus on their computer.

The scam had already been reported to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs through its Scam Watch website, however the police central communications call centre received around 50 phone calls about the scam yesterday and Wellington police have received another 10 more today, from residents of Wellington City, Hutt Valley and Kapiti.

Police said the caller claimed to work for Microsoft and offered assistance to help get rid of a virus, by disclosing computer passwords. They said anyone who received such a call should hang up immediately.

Courtesy NZPA and NZ Herald

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Writing & Publishing Group - Preserving your past, Wednesday 10 November, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

When: Wednesday, 10 November, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2.

What: Gábor Tóth, Local and NZ History Specialist, Wellington City Libraries, will provide a practical guide to caring for your family records, photographs and taonga, illustrated by samples and discussion.

There is no charge for this presentation but members wishing to attend should register with John Foden 4792487 or john.foden@paradise.net.nz.