Monday, April 28, 2014

Hands-on Course using free Webmail (Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo/Xtra), Thursday 15th and 22nd May, from 12.30 - 2.30 pm

When:  Thursdays 15th and 22nd May, from 12.30-2.30

Where:  130 Wakefield Street, Anvil House, Level 1

What:  The purpose of the hands-on course is to set up an email account using a free webmail programme such as Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo/Xtra and explore the extra services these programmes have to offer.

The only prerequisites are:
  •     a basic knowledge of using a mouse or touch pad
  •     access to a computer with a broadband connection
The course covers two days and the investment is $20 payable on the first day.
Learning Objectives
You will learn:
  • how to set up an email account in a web-based programme
  • where to find tools and programme settings 
  • Ways to send, receive and forward emails
  • filing emails and creating new folders
  • Sending and opening an attachment
  • including pictures in emails
  • saving pictures to your computer
  • setting up a calendar
  • saving files, pictures, etc to the web.
  • using social sites
Contact Ngaire Jackson, ph:389 2629 or email


When: Friday 9 May, 10.00 am to 11.45 am

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

What: Download and install programs 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!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Computer Owners Group (COG) Special Learning Group (SLG), Wednesday 7 May, 10.00 am – 1200 pm

When: COG SLG Wednesday 7 May, 10 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This is your meeting, so please bring your questions and comments.  Alan Royal will facilitate.

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

Have a look at the COG newsletters on our web site to appreciate the issues discussed.

W & P SIG May Meeting, - Wellington City Council Archives, Wednesday 7 May 2014 at 1.30pm

When: Wednesday 7 May 2014 at 1.30 pm.

Where: Wellington City Council Archives, Barker Street, off Cambridge Terrace (south end, Mitsubishi and Mercedes car dealer on the corner).

What: An opportunity to find out about the resources held by the Archive and a short tour around the facility. Of particular interest to members who had ancestors resident in Wellington.

Free to members.

Apple Mac Computer User Group Meeting – Monday 28 April 2014, 10.00 am – 12 noon

When: Monday 28 April, 10.00 am – 12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: 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.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Backing Up For Windows 8.1 Users - Workshop Tuesday 29th April 2014, 10.00 am - 11.45 am

When: Tuesday 29 April. From 10.00 am until 11.45 am

Where: Anvil House, Level 1 Meeting Room 2

What: There are several topics that may be addressed.  We will discuss some of these.

Windows 8 brings new features that all Windows 8 users need to know about, before, not after, something bad happens.

Firstly: Windows 8 & 8.1 include a built-in Recovery Media Creator.  We include the procedure and touch on the variations with the bootable image recovery element.

Secondly: Windows 8 & 8.1 provide Recovery options in the Control Panel.

  • System Restore
  • Refresh Your P C
  • Reset Your P C

These all do different things, and if you chose the wrong one you can lose the baby as well as the bath water.

Thirdly: You can tell Windows when to save your work as the day progresses.  We will look at the settings for this.

Also: These measures are all very well for just one computer, but some of us need transportability beyond what Microsoft offer on the “Cloud”.  We used to say “make a copy on a floppy”.  Besides an external hard-drive running your computer Restore Backing, we suggest a further copy of important work – including, for example, your Email Addresses – ought to be kept.  There are various options here, as so frequently happens in computing.

What to Do: Register with Trevor King at
The cost of the workshop is $5 payable at the door.  Those who register get priority seating and do not get turned away if the “House Full” sign is put out. You are requested to include a phone number or email address when registering.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Android Devices Meeting, Tuesday 22 April 2014: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 22 April 2014: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Q & A format.

Facilitator: Graeme Munro

Are you having problems with your Android device or just interested in learning more about it? If so, you are welcome to come along & ask questions.

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.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Questions & Answers Meeting (Q&A) Thursday 17 April 2014, 10.00 am - 11.45 am

When: Thursday  17 April,  2014, 10 am -11.45 am.

Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room  2

What: This is an opportunity to learn and share as part of this Special Learning Group.

Everyone welcome,  especially new SeniorNet members. Don’t be shy. Free to all members.

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.

Also an opportunity to share with other SeniorNet members any hints or tips that can make computing easier and/or more interesting.


SeniorNet: The Clinic, Tuesday, 22 April, 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm

When: The Clinic, Tuesday, 22 April, midday to 2.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This is a SeniorNet initiative to offer one-to-one assistance to members with computer-related problems. It is not just like our normal meetings and classes, and is a trial. An explanation of how the Clinic will work follows. Please read it carefully.
SeniorNet: Notice to Members: The Clinic

Colin announced in his recent Newsletter that SeniorNet would shortly be running a three month trial of a Clinic to help those members who might need one-to-one assistance to help solve a computer, or computer-associated, problem.  We have asked some of our most knowledgeable members to act as “GPs” at our Clinic. Some relevant questions and answers about the Clinic follow:

When is the first session?

Clinic sessions will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month.  The first such session will be on Tuesday, 22 April, from midday to 2.00 pm.

How do you get help?

You send an email to

Emailed applications to attend this month’s clinic close this Friday, 11 April, at 6.00 pm.  We have to work on a first come – first served basis.

Your email needs to contain:

a)      your name and phone number;
b)      the name of the device on which you are having a problem;
c)      the name of the programme you’re running in which the problem occurs;
d)      the name of your operating system; and
e)      a brief description of the problem that you are having.

(We realise that you might have more than one problem.  Let us know.  Some may be quickly put right, but do understand that we’ll only have half an hour to give to each person attending the Clinic in which to try to fix them.)

We’ll send an email back to you, acknowledging yours and giving you an appointment time.  If our GP needs more information about your problem, he or she may phone you.

To remind, as with the other workshops and classes that we hold, we have to work on a first request – first served basis. So, if you’d sent in an email asking for help, and you couldn’t be slotted in in the month concerned, you’d be placed on the list for the following month, and so on. You would of course be told what was happening.

Can you just turn up at the Clinic and get some help?

No, that wouldn’t work. We can only accommodate up to 20 people at a monthly Clinic. We’ll have five GPs on hand (and one floater to cover any GP who can’t get there, and so on). That means each person coming to the Clinic can get half an hour’s assistance. So people do have to book their appointments by email. You can’t just turn up on spec.

Can you just drop in to see how things are going and to learn something?

No, people will be working very hard on their individual problems, and the Clinic has a different function from a workshop, Q&A, the COG and our other meetings.  Unarranged visitors would just be a distraction.

Does SeniorNet do house-calls?

No, regrettably that’s beyond our resources.

What’s the charge?

There’s a nominal charge of $5 to attend a Clinic

What happens if you have an urgent problem?

If you have an urgent problem, you’ll have to do what you do now - call a friend, or employ some firm.

Can the Clinic fix all computer problems?

No, we can’t.  We won’t overpromise. But what we will do is to give you all the help we can in the time available, and, if we can’t fix the problem, we’ll give you some suggestions as to what to do.

Can you bring the gear that has the problem with you to the Clinic?

Yes, indeed. It makes a huge difference if we can see for ourselves what your problem is.  So if your gear is transportable, please bring it in.

Why is this a trial?

It’s a trial because we don’t know how many people will want to use this service, and we want to make sure that we have the resources necessary to meet the demand.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Computer Owners Group (COG) Special Learning Group (SLG), Wednesday 9 April, 10.00 am – 1200 pm

When: COG SLG Wednesday 9 April, 10 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This is your meeting, so please bring your questions and comments.  Michael Munro will facilitate. Special Learning Groups (SLG) are free to all SeniorNet Wellington members.

SeniorNet Wellington - Next Visitors’ Session Tuesday 15 April, commencing at 10.00 am

When: Tuesday 15 April commencing at 10.00 am

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, 138 to 140 Wakefield Street

What: Learn to do useful things and have fun with computers and new technology

If new to computers

  • Learn to use a computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet and 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

With 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 

Let all your friends know about this day.

Digicam (Digital camera) meeting - Thursday 10 April , 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Thursday 10 April, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: This month we are discussing the type and variety of software you can use to file your images and make corrections. Linda Strand from the Wellington Photographic Society will illustrate how she files and retrieves easily any image from her two catalogues containing about 35000 images.

She uses Adobe Lightroom but Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery does a similar job. Lynda will also have a few other aspects on photography we should consider and you can ask questions.
To back up Linda, Bryan Carver will bring along his computer to illustrate how he has set up folders to enable him to 'nearly as easily' ! find his images.

This session should not be missed as it is also of use to anyone wanting to file and find documents.