Monday, February 27, 2012

Give way rule changes, 5 am Sunday 25 March

To make our roads safer, two of the give way rules are changing. These changes come into effect at 5am on Sunday 25 March 2012. Until then the current give-way rules apply.

These changes will affect all drivers, riders, pedestrians and cyclists. Make sure you know the new rules so you’ll know what to do.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Digicam Special Learning Group - Monday 5 March, 10 am to 12 pm

When: Monday 5  March, 10 am to 12 pm

Where: Anvil Ho use,  Level 1, Room 2

What: Ross Williamson is a keen photographer in both Video and Still. He also uses Adobe Lightroom. Ross will explain the benefits of Lightroom and describe the attributes of the other programs he uses. He will impart tips on:

  •  filing
  • what makes a great shot
  • taking family photos 
  • travelling with more than one camera 
  • and as the advertising gurus say "plus there is more". 

We expect that he will illustrate his tips with some examples.

On 18 March, 2009 Patsy Williamson did an excellent presentation for us and she brought along a number of stunning prints. Ross will present some different views. Photography runs strong in their house !

Mark it up on your calendar.

Questions and answers will be fielded after our cuppa.

Writing and Publishing Group March Meeting - Wednesday 7 March, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

When:    Wednesday 7 March 2012 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm

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

What:  John Nimmo will discuss the final stages of producing his Nimmo family story including:

  • content 
  • layout decisions 
  • some key formatting options  
  • approach to chapter headings 
  • a few editing tips
  • approach to Indexing
  •  the objectives of the cover design 
  • getting an ISBN number,
  • getting printing quotes and selecting a printer 
  • hard cover/ soft cover options and comparable prices
  • a few final production issues. 

Group members will find this session relevent and helpful.  

ITunes and Music Workshop - Tuesday 6 March, 10 am to 12 noon

When: Tuesday 6 March 2012 10am to 12 noon

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

What: This is a fun session run by John Nimmo and you should register early to avoid disappointment. We'll discuss: 

  • downloading the free Itunes program, 
  • how to use the user- friendly ITunes Help features, 
  • how to load music onto your computer from your CDs, 
  • how to download music, free podcasts, and videos from the Itunes Store, 
  • how to make up different playlists to use on your your computer, Ipod, or music player at home, 
  • and we'll show you how to play music from your IPod or IPhone on your car radio. 

This is an opportunity to learn about the basic features of the Itunes program and how you can use Itunes to enjoy music on your PC while you work, and on your Ipod when you're 'on the move.'  

 If you have an Ipod or other Apple device bring it along as we'll discuss different models. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. 

John Nimmo will be on leave during the ten days prior so registrations please with Peter Moon 

Cost $5 per head payable on the day, correct change if possible please. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Workshop - flash drives,camera cards and other external hard drive file storage, Tuesday 28 February, 10 am - 12 pm

When: Tuesday 28 February, 10 am - 12 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: Alan Royal will cover storing files on a flash drive, recovery of lost data, warnings about the management of a variety of such drives and how to repair if they get corrupted.

The discussion also covers camera cards; types, their characteristics, use, management, capacity, number of shots, backing up, formatting, speed, single card vs many and safely removing cards and other external hard drive storage

Links to a set of notes will be made available.

Contact Alan at, to register for the workshop.

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

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Digicam Meeting -Wednesday 15 February , 10 am - 12 pm

When: Wednesday 15 February , 10 am - 12 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2
What: Hello and welcome to all digital camera buffs. Please bring along you questions, queries and we will do our best to find answers. If you have some holiday pictures to show us please bring these. We all enjoy to look at and critique pictures!

Bryan Carver will facilitate the meeting with comment on:

  • eighteen tips for achieving SHARPER IMAGES. Some of the 18 will involve a "bit of discussion" (explanation).
  • stabilising your camera. Interesting results from an article in Amateur Photographer.
  • how Image-Stabilisation Systems work.  For the technocrats, Professor Bob Newman explains, but not in person.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Questions & Answers (Q&A) Friday 17 February 2012, 10 am -11.45 am

When: Friday 17 February 2012, 10 am -11.45 am

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2


  • Have you wondered why you cannot do something with your computer?
  • Are you frustrated with some computer or software issue – and it persists!
  • Are you just happy to listen and learn from questions and answers from others? 
  • Did you create something with your computer, would like to do it again but have forgotten how you did it?
  • Would you like to offer your experience to help others?

So come along to the session facilitated by Trevor King.

Some members will have questions – others will have answers – and some may have helpful hints on how to get answers. No question is too silly or too elementary – all should lead to an answer It’s an opportunity to learn and share as part of the Special Learning Programme that is free to all SeniorNet Members
See you there!

Trevor also raise some pointers about the free Avast antivirus programme

WORKSHOP - TRAVEL PLANNING - Monday 20 February 2012 from 10am to 12 noon

When:  Monday 20 February 2012 from 10am to 12 noon.

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


  • Learn how to use your computer to make your own travel arrangements and itineraries.  
  • Find your way around the internet to save yourself money and get what you want.  
  • Reduce your documentation to the essentials and make life easier for yourself, family and friends.   

This Workshop deals with most aspects of travel planning from deciding where and when to go to carrying out your plans for yourself on your computer.  It deals with preparing an itinerary, making timely travel and accommodation arrangements, getting advantageous terms for airlines, ferries, trains, rental vehicles, accommodation, concert and theatre bookings, using the internet and/or direct e-mail for reservations and, time permitting, setting out the results in an Excel spread sheet.  Other essential matters, such as baggage and packing recommendations, check lists, money requirements after arrival and travel insurance options will be traversed.

Tony Doogue and Trevor King are repeating previous workshops, with some add-ons, to show you how they have used the internet and Excel to plan holidays.

If you are planning any travel come along and get some pointers.  Much of the content of the Workshop is readily accessible through the SeniorNet web site at
Please register with Tony Doogue at  and mention any special interest as prior advice of what you want to know about will help us to help you.

Numbers are limited to the first 25 applicants.

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

Workshop - WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN UPGRADING OR ACQUIRING A COMPUTER - Thursday 16 February 2012 from 10.00am to 12.00pm

When:  Thursday 16 February 2012 from 10.00am to 12.00pm

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

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

What is you real requirement?  An upgrade can be very cost effective.

What about the advertisements?  Seemingly attractive offers are to be found on television and newspaper flyers.  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.

How:  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        Refurbishing something 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  and supply your name, telephone number and preferred Email address.
If you know of someone who cannot register on-line, they can leave a registration message at the SeniorNet Office, otherwise call 04 4795702.

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

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