Monday, November 25, 2013

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN UPGRADING OR ACQUIRING A COMPUTER, Tuesday 3 December 2013 from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm

When:  Tuesday 3 December 2013 from 10.00am to 12.00pm

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

Cost $5 each.  Please pay on arrival, five dollar notes are appreciated.
Please wear a name tag, Trevor may know who you are, but someone else may not!

iPad Hands-On Workshop, Tuesday 10 December, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 10  December, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 11

What: Peter Chik will facilitate this Hands-On session for those wishing to create spreadsheets using Numbers and presentations using Keynote. Along with this will be the use of PhotoManager Pro and Snapseed for managing photos and videos.

It is important that the attendees have the above Apps downloaded on to their iPad

Please post any questions when registering. These will be answered prior or during the session.

Due to the popularity of this course number is limited to 8 people.

The investment for the session is $10.00 payable on the day.

Please register with Peter Moon at

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hands-on Workshop using Gmail and ​ ​Google, Thursday ​28 November & 5 ​​D​ecember, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm​

When:  Thursday 28 November & 5 December​, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 11​

What: The purpose of the hands-on workshop is to set up an email account using free Google webmail (Gmail) and exploring Google ​Apps.

The only prerequisites are:

  • a basic knowledge of how to use a mouse or touch pad
  • access to a computer with a broadband connection.

The course covers two days and the cost is $20 payable on the first day.

Session 1 – setting up a Gmail account - and exploring the various extras that Gmail offers​.​
Session 2 – ​exploring G​oogle​ Apps​ , setting up a calendar and saving to Google Drive.

Contact Ngaire Jackson. ph. 389 2629 or email

Monday, November 18, 2013

Super Gold Card expiry information

The Dominion Post 15 November had an article on the expiry of the Super Gold Card. The information was confusing in that some cards have EXP dates and others have VAL dates. The following is a response from Super Gold Card

"Here below are examples of cards that many think have expired but are in fact current, which in turn means a replacement card is not required:

‘VAL 00/00/00’ (any date printed) or ‘VALID FROM 00/00/00’ (any date printed).

Note: VAL, simply stands for ‘Valid From’ and is not a valid until (exp) date.

Unless your card has the characters ‘EXP’ quoted on the back if it, then you card has not and will never expire.

But if you card does have the characters ‘EXP’ printed on the back of it, then please contact  advising so and they will order a replacement card asap".

Friday, November 15, 2013

Managing your digital files and media, Tuesday 19 November, 12.10 pm - 1.00 pm

Where: Lunchtime talk at the National Library, Molesworth St

This is a free event. Book at

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Apple Mac Computer User Group Meeting – Monday 25 November 2013, 10.00 am – 12 noon - please note amended date

When: Monday 25 November, 10.00 am – 12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: Mavericks. What’s in the new OSX release? It’s Free but should you rush into it?

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.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Questions & Answers Meeting (Q&A) Thursday 21 November, 2013, 10 am -11.45 am

When: Thursday 21 November, 2013, 10 am -11.45 am.

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This may be the last Q&A session for 2013 as Xmas rushes closer.

Everyone welcome.  Don’t be shy.  Free to all members.  It’s an opportunity to learn and share as part of this Special Learning Group.

No question is too outlandish or too elementary - all could lead to an answer.  Remember the only 'silly' question is the one that is not asked.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wellington Fireworks 9 November replay

The Metservice link on this web site did not seem to work.

Never mind, here is a You tube link to see the show, together with the sound track. There is an icon on the bottom right of the screen that gives a full screen view.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Android Devices Meeting, Thursday 14 November 2013: 12.30pm - 2.30 pm

When: Thursday 14 November 2013: 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm.

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Q & A format.

Facilitators: Graeme Munro & Lindsay Rollo

The first part of the session will be devoted to phones with the second part covering tablets. If there is any time left over, there will be demonstrations of selected apps etc.

Members are welcome to bring their own devices, but there will be NO internet access during the main part of the meeting.

Members who are curious about Android devices are welcome. We will try to help you decide which device is most suited to your objectives.

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.

These sessions are free for members. No registration is required.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Writing & Publishing Special Learning Group,Wednesday 13 November at 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

When: Wednesday 13 November at 12.30 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting room 2 (as we are unable to go to the Wellington City Achives).

What: David Dobson will lead a talk on the use of Papers Past, and show how he has been able to gather information about his family members. He will also go into the Historic Places Trust website and Time Frames.

W&P is free to members.

Trademe short course, Friday 22 November, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Friday 22  November, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Bryan Carver will facilitate. You will be shown how to "bookmark" the Trademe web site, how to browse, how to register (required for buying or selling).We will list an item to sell, all in real time, live.

Three short videos made by Trademe explain the basics plus you will be emailed 8 pages of up-to-date notes before the workshop.

Trademe does more than buying and selling general items, real estate, cars. They list accommodation throughout the country, with reviews and an easy find facility and how to find old friends and more.

Bryan will entertain you with a few "clangers" he has made over the years.

Trademe now have some opposition called  "Wheedle" which deserves a quick look at.

We always have a full meeting room for these popular workshops / short courses. Please register early directly to Bryan Carver at  and include your telephone number.

The investment is $5 payable at the door. Correct change please.

Downloading and installing programmes workshop, Friday 15 November, 10.00 am – 12 noon - ( not November14 as previously advertised)

When: Friday 15 November, 10.00 am – 12 noon. ( not November 14 as previously advertised)

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

What: Download and install programmes safely; how to uninstall; what are "Apps"? -how to deal with them and more!  The pitfalls and how to, hopefully, avoid them.

Register with David Boyes,

The investment is $5.00 please, at the door.  Correct money will be  welcomed!

Digital camera (Digicam) Special Learning Group, Wednesday 20th November, 10.00 am -12.00 pm

 When: Wednesday 20th November, 10.00 am -12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level1, Room 2

What: Brian Carver will facilitate the session.

Our theme this month is FLOWERS. Flowers, they are everywhere. Flowers in button-holes, florist shops, funerals, on curtains, on a dress and even in gardens!  Try for something different.

A Question and Answer session will be followed by  "composition". The suggested rules are simple enough, however, we will look at some web site examples. It would be wonderful if you would please bring along your thoughts. We can all do a little critiquing! We are sure you will benefit from this session and put the information to good use over the summer.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wellington Sky Show Fireworks 9 November 2013, 9pm Wellington Harbour - live streaming

If you’re unable to make it into town to watch the fireworks display, the Metservice will be streaming it live:

See for the link to Metservice. Once you get to the link you will find the Wellington web cam about halfway down the page on the left. Click the page to get a full screen view.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Computer Owners Group (COG) Special Learning Group (SLG), Wednesday 13 November, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: Wednesday, 13 November, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This is your meeting, so please bring your questions.  Trevor King will talk about the recent release of Windows 8.1 and will demonstrate this with a desktop computer fitted with a Windows 8.1 UEFI motherboard and the latest Haswell chip.  There will be an opportunity to discuss possible Christmas purchases and projects.  Michael Munro will facilitate. Special Learning Groups (SLG) are free to all SeniorNet Wellington members.