Friday, January 31, 2014

Workshop - Toys for Boys and Gadgets for Girls, Thursday 13 February, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm


When: Thursday 13 February, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting room 2

What: The session is a pot pourri of  technology developments and some  software and hardware thoughts. Those attending are invited to contribute with a demonstration of their new toys and gadgets.

The session covers

  • How to get a good deal on computers and their related technology 
  • Emerging toys and gadgets 
  • Review of ‘necessary’ basic (free) software 
  • Some ‘quirky’ but useful software 
  • New Google features 
  • Cloud storage 
  • Remote access tools

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

Numbers are limited. Register early with Alan Royal at a.royal@paradise.net.nz.

Computer Owners Group (COG) Special Learning Group (SLG), Wednesday 12 February, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: Wednesday, 12 February, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

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

Special Learning Groups (SLG) are free to all SeniorNet Wellington members.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Short Course - Building a Website, Wednesday February 12, 9:45 am - 11:45 am

When: Wednesday February 12 2014, 9:45 am - 11:45 am

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 11

What: If you have an idea for a website that you would like to build, this 2 hour workshop will get you started.  The tutor will help you develop you plan, and then guide you through hands-on experience with a free, easy-to-use online toolkit.  You will learn how to choose a design, build your website content with text, photos or film clips, publish you website for other to access, and of course change it and grow it.

Cost for the class is $10, payable on the day.

Please register interest with the tutor, maureen.pratchett@paradise.net.nz.

Refresher Course - Basic Computing Skills, Thursday 13 February 2014, 9.45 am – 11.45 am

When: Thursday 13 February 2014, from 9.45 am. – 11.45 am.

Where:Anvil House, Level 1, Wakefield St.

What: This short 2 hour course is an opportunity for SeniorNet members to revise some basic computing skills. Participants will be asked to identify which topics they would like to revise with their tutor. Topics can cover E-mail, Internet or word processing using Microsoft Word.

As these are small classes with numbers limited to 5 please register ASAP with Sandra Thorn at saonbeauchamp@xtra.co.nz . You are asked to include your phone number and E-mail address when registering.

The cost of the course is $10.00 payable on the day.

If there is sufficient interest another course will be held in April.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Writing & Publishing Group meeting, Wednesday February 12, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

When: Wednesday February 12 2014, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Geoff Moss, a member of our SeniorNet, is author of 26 books on training, management and communication. His books have been published by 31 publishers in 18 countries and in 11 languages. There have been over 95 editions published.

Geoff will talk about the production of his latest book, No Job What Now! (see review), including aspects such as the concept, the why and the how, some highlights and things we can learn from his experience, thoughts on production and distribution including electronic distribution, and other tips.

All members welcome to this free session.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Virus and Malware Protection Workshop, Tuesday 4 February 2014, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 4 February, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: Malware, short for malicious software, is software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. Malware is a general term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software. Malware includes computer viruses, ransomware, worms, trojan horses,  spyware, adware, rogue security software, and other malicious programs.

We will also touch on Pups (potentially unwanted programs)..Software such as anti-virus, anti-malware, and firewalls are relied upon by users at home and small and large organizations around the globe, to safeguard against malware attacks.  We will discuss some of these. 

Register with Trevor King at   tc.koenig@xtra.co.nz.  As Trevor is "out of town" until February 1st, confirmation may be delayed.

The cost of the workshop is $5 payable at the door. You are requested to include a phone number or 
email address when registering.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Seniors on holiday - opportunity for learning #6


This is the sixth and final edition of our holiday opportunity for learning.

The Internet is a massive resource for free online learning courses. Many of these are held on sites where educational institutions have pooled their resources.  

One of these 'pool' sites is Coursera, a partnership with the top universities and organisations all over the world. They offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Their technology enables their partners to teach millions of students rather than hundreds. They envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education that has so far been available to a select few. They aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.
For other free course resources put the keywords 'free online courses' in Google and be prepared for a surprise!

Don't forget to take advantage of some of the past SeniorNet workshop notes tutorials.

Get your diary at the ready also as the 2014 workshops  are now on our web site.

The Term 1 2014 timetable is now available on our web site.

The elves are now having a well earned rest. They wish you a Bright and Prosperous 'learning' 2014.

Monday, January 13, 2014

SeniorNet Wellington -Visitors’ Session Tuesday 28 January commencing at 10.00 am

SeniorNet Wellington. Where older people learn and share computer and new technology skills.

You’ll receive a warm welcome at our next Visitors’ Session, Tuesday 28 January commencing at 10.00 am. Level 1, Anvil House, 138 to 140 Wakefield Street

Join us for morning tea or coffee and we’ll show you what we do.

If you’re new to computers
  • Learn to use a computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet for email and Internet     
  • No prior knowledge or skills required
  • All activities are designed for our age group
  • You’re never too old to get started
  • Members learn at their own pace
If you have some knowledge
  • Have fun sharing and exchanging your knowledge and experience
  • Learn new techniques and concepts
  • Join and enjoy our special interest groups
  • Keep pace with new technology developments
  • Improve your skills and help others
We learn together, share knowledge, have fun and meet friendly people.  Subscriptions and course and workshop fees are modest.

For more information and to register your interest, please contact either
Check our website www.seniornetwgtn.blogspot.com for further information about what we offer.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Seniors on holiday - opportunity for learning #5

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

Spotify gives you millions of songs at your fingertips. The artists you love, the latest hits, and new discoveries. Try their web player (on the front page) by putting your favourite artist's name in the search box.


Lifehacker is a site with some interesting tips and quotes on communication, lifestyle, productivity, technology and work. For example, their latest newsletter has 10 unconventional (but great) sleeping tips you may not have heard of.

Don't forget to take advantage of some of the past Seniornet workshop notes tutorials.


Get your diary at the ready also as the 2014 workshops  are now on our web site.

The Term 1 2014 timetable is now available on our web site.

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

Hands-on Learning Course - "Build, renovate or update a computer yourself" - Fridays 14 February to 7 March 2014

When: Friday 14 February at 9.45 am

Where: Anvil house, Level 1, Room 11,  SeniorNet Learning Centre

What: This 4 session Course is a "hands-on" exercise where you will get to build, or rebuild a state of the art Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 minitower computer.

It will be fully supported by SeniorNet Technical Team members, you will need to bring a screwdriver, if you have one.

Class Members will be expected to purchase any components that they do not already possess, and will need to do so before the class commences.

Course Cost : $40

Contact Trevor King, Phone 479,5702  email  tc.koenig@xtra.co.nz  if you would like to participate.  Numbers will be limited, so early enrolment is suggested.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Seniors on holiday - opportunity for learning #4

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

The TED site  has some truly inspirational videos, described as 'riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world'. Here is a spreadsheet  of all 1500+ TED videos and this link  provides downloadable versions of the videos.

This is the Reading Cinema deals page  where you can take advantage of the Seniors Discount Card and get your movies at great price!

Don't forget to take advantage of some of the past Seniornet workshop notes tutorials .

Get your diary at the ready also as the 2014 workshops  are now on our web site.

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