Monday, December 30, 2013

Seniors on holiday - opportunity for learning #3

This is the third edition of our holiday opportunity for learning.

Makeuseof Guides (a huge collection of free downloadable tutorials over a range of subjects and software) are only a small part of the Makeuseof site. Another useful page is  their MakeUseOf Cheat Sheets, covering a range of downloadable shortcuts' pages.

While on the Makeuseof site have a scratch around, on their Home page at some of their other content and menu bar links.

You can also take out their free email subscription to keep you up to date with the latest stuff on the Internet.

Our elves will be adding more learning material to the site in this quiet period. They wish you a Bright and Prosperous 2014.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Seniors on holiday - opportunity for learning #2

This is the second edition of our holiday opportunity for learning.

Our elves will be adding learning material to the site in this quiet period.

  • Try the Wellington Public Library's to find a mass of free information. Sign in using your library card details.You can select a database by name (the little pull down box at the top of the page), or by subject from the graphics on the page. Also look at the menus in the top bar. Did you know e.g. that in the Newspapers section you can, through Press Display, read and search national and international newspapers? Why buy a newspaper?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Seniors on holiday - opportunity for learning

It is said that once you retire you don't get a holiday (officially that is).

However, as family and friends are often away over the Xmas and New Year, you have a great learning opportunity - no interruptions and plenty of free material on the Internet - and especially on our web site.

Take this opportunity to look in the mass of tutorials on our website by bringing up the Workshop Notes Page  (in the left column of our SeniorNet Wellington website).

Despite the 'holidays' our elves will be adding learning material to the site in this quiet period.

Try the Goodwill Community Foundation  All Topics page for hundreds of free tutorials and videos

Monday, December 16, 2013

Workshops February - July, 2014

The planned workshops for the first half of 2014 can be viewed on the Workshops Page on the left column. Note dates and times in your diary. A call for registration will be made closer to the planned date.


The SeniorNet Wellington Office closed on Friday, 13 December 2013 for the holiday season. It will re-open at 10 am on Monday, 27 January 2014.

Most activities for 2014 will commence from February except that a visitor day will be held at Anvil House on 28 January 2014.

An outline of workshop and learning group activities for 2014 is posted on this website in the Year Planner 2014 as listed under the heading of Publications.
More details and information about other activities for 2014 will be posted on this site as scheduled dates draw near.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Scamwatch - a presentation to SeniorNet

The SeniorNet Tutors' Clinic speaker gave a presentation today,12 December, 2013, on the nature and management of recent scams. The presentation, Scamwatch and Current Scams is available for download as a 792 Kb PDF file.

Further information on this important subject will follow - watch this space.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Xtra accounts locked after spam attack

NOTE - many of the hacked emails noted below have been redirected to the Seniornet email address.

Xtra customers could find themselves locked out of their email accounts, after a burst of spam issues according to at on 1 December 2013

Telecom had seen a rise in the number of YahooXtra email accounts hacked and used to send out malicious spam emails. An alert on the issue was released by the company today.

It was not yet known how many customers might be affected, but it was only a small minority of account holders, spokesman Richard Llewellyn said.

User accounts flagged as compromised had been blocked, requiring customers to change their passwords before being able to re-access their email services.

Xtra customers had faced a year of frequent email hijacking. In February, a hacking attack on Yahoo compromised about 87,000 Xtra accounts.

Spammers then sent out hundreds of thousands of emails to anyone in the customers' contacts lists, forcing Telecom to lock-down tens of thousands of user email accounts. There was no evidence the latest spam issues were related to this hacking,  Llewellyn said.

Emails often consisted of a generic greeting and a link to a website asking for personal details including credit card numbers. Users were advised never to click on links from suspicious emails, even from known contacts, and to run anti-virus software if they had.

Monday, December 2, 2013

SeniorNet Writing and Publishing Group, Monthly Meeting - Wednesday 11 December , 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

When: Wednesday 11 December, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

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

What: Our member Brian Wood will tell us about his problems and surprises finalising publication of a small NZ specialist history  - "Watersiders Working for Themselves".

Some of the aspects Brian will discuss include:  getting copyright authorities, editing, ISBN and cataloguing, typesetting (InDesign) and cover design, finding a publisher, alternative funding, printing quotes black and white vs colour, fixing recommended retail price, barcoding, proof copy, checking, correcting, review copies, library orders, bookseller orders and discounts. This will be a very interesting session.

If time permits, we will also seek ideas/suggestions from members for topics for the first half of next year.

All members welcome to this free session.

Android Devices Meeting, Monday 9 December 2013, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

When: Monday 9 December 2013, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm.

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Q & A format.

Facilitators: Graeme Munro & Lindsay Rollo

In addition to the usual Q & A session, we will feature a demo of an excellent, free, PDF reader characterised by well thought out features for the user's benefit.

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.