Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Downloading Music from YouTube workshop, Tuesday 1 July, 10.00 am to 11.45 am

When: Tuesday 1 July  1 0.00 am to 11.45 am

Where: Anvil House, Level 1 Room 2

What:  This workshop will

  • prepare you to seek out the wonderful music available on You Tube
  • show you how to download to your computer and store for your own listening/viewing
  • use software which may be configured to save to a newly created folder

To view/listen to your music, we will

  • download, install and explore some of the functions of the free KMPlayer (and or VLC media player)
  • use The KMPlayer to convert to MP3 format, to listen to your music on a MP3 player

Bring a USB flash drive for backup materials

Prerequisites are

  • an ability to use an internet browser, and
  • knowing how to use File Explorer

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

Register with Ray Heenan at  ray.heenan@gmail.com

Friday, June 20, 2014

Workshop - Electronic Books (eBooks) - Monday 7 July, 10.00 am until 11.45 am

When: Monday 7 July, from 10.00 until 11.45 am

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

What: What are they? What readers are currently available, how to download eBooks both free and paid for. The problem with formats.

If you already have an eBook reader or tablet, please bring it along so that others can see and compare.

The fee for the workshop is $5, payable at the workshop and correct money will be appreciated.

Numbers are limited, so register early with David Boyes at davyambrose@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SeniorNet Wellington - Next Visitors’ Session Thursday 3 July, commencing at 10.00 am

When: Thursday 3 July commencing at 10.00 am

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

Come for morning tea or coffee and see what you can learn

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.

For more information on SeniorNet, check our website www.seniornetwgtn.blogspot.com

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Apple Mac Computer User Group Meeting – Monday 23 June 2014

When: Monday 23 June, 10.00 am – 12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: Yosemite – The next version of Mac OS.

A brief look at the up and coming update to Mac OS

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, June 16, 2014

SyncBack Backup - Hands On Workshop, Tuesday 1 July, 2014, 10 am -11.45 am

When: Tuesday 1 July,  2014, 10 am -11.45 am.

Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Room  11

What: A introduction to a simple, but flexible, alternative backup program.

SyncBackFree is a flexible, and quite powerful backup and synchronisation program that allows you to maintain backup copies of our files and folder, or to synchronise them so that both locations always have a complete copy (e.g Laptop/PC). It can be used for documents, images, music, and all data.

If needed, it offers different types of actions that let you choose how older and newer files are processed, whether any files or folders should be excluded and other options.

A particular virtue is that files are saved in their native format, uncompressed and not encrypted. Thus items can be retrieved from the storage median for immediate review or use. Back up is possible to a full range of storage media or to partitions, but not to mobile devices.

This session includes installing the program and then creating and running trial backups using flash drives as the target media.

All participants must be familiar with making folders and manipulating files and bring a flash drive with at least 250MB free space.

The workshop will be conducted on Windows 7 computers, but the processes apply directly and equally to XP,Vista or Windows 8.

As the workshop is limited to 5 individuals please register ASAP with Lindsay Rollo at lrollo@paradise.net.nz with SyncBack Workshop in the subject line.

When registering please

  • include your phone number and email address
  • advise which Microsoft operating system you use e.g.  XP,Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8

The cost of the workshop is $5.00 payable on the day.

Internet and On-line banking Workshop, Tuesday 24 June, 10 am to 12 noon

When: Tuesday 24 June, 10am to 12 noon

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

What: Dean Burt, Senior Manager Digital Operations at Westpac, is an expert on all aspects of internet banking. He will demonstrate the key things we need to know about using the Internet for our personal banking, and the basic rules we need to observe to stay safe when banking on-line.

Dean will also talk about some of the future developments happening in the mobile and online banking space.

His comments are  not specific to Westpac and are broadly applicable to most NZ banking institutions. Dean is an excellent presenter, his previous workshops at SeniorNet have been well attended, very interesting, and most helpful for members. Please register quickly to avoid disappointment with john.nimmo@xtra.co.nz

Investment is $5 payable on the day, correct change if possible please.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

TradeMe Workshop, Thursday 26 June, 10 am - 12 pm

When: Thursday 26 June

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: This will be the 16th of these popular workshops by Bryan Carver. We will explore via a "live connection" the whole website with an emphasis on selling and buying general items plus a quick look at cars, property, accommodation and social networking.

You will be shown how to register with TradeMe and some of the amusing pitfalls experienced by your presenter. We will view 3 short TradeMe videos covering a "site tour", selling and buying.

Bryan will put an item up for auction, with special attention paid to downloading, filing and uploading photos.

The intention is to illustrate what a easy site TradeMe is to "browse" and to sell through.

Up to date notes will be emailed to you a few days before the workshop.

Register with Bryan carver at bcarver@clear.net.nz and include your phone number.

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

Friday, June 6, 2014

Questions & Answers Meeting (Q&A) Thursday 19 June, 2014, 10.00 am - 11.45 am

When: Thursday  19 June,  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.

Below are examples of the type of questions we have answered or discussed at the May meeting:

1. A tutorial about aspects of Cloud Computing was shown.
2. An extensive discussion took place re problems with Windows 8.
3.  Resulting from a question Ink Cartridges were discussed.
4.  Miracast Video Adapters were explained. Still getting my head around this one.
5.  A question triggered a discussion on back-up systems, especially external hard drives.
6.  A concern about broadband speed resulted in several possible answers.
7.  Differences between USB 2 and USB3 drives were explained as a result of a question.
8.  Lightning cables were explained to the benefit of Ipad /Iphone users.
9.  Shopping at Tmart was also discussed.
10.  Some general discussion as a result of members questions.

Lionel really looks forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Android Devices Meeting, Tuesday 17 June 2014: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 17 June 2014: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Q & A format.

Facilitators: Lindsay Rollo & 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.

REMINDER and AGM papers - Twenty Second Annual General Meeting of SeniorNet Wellington Incorporated - Wednesday, 18 June 2014 commencing at 10 am.


Notice is hereby given that the Twenty Second Annual General Meeting of SeniorNet Wellington Incorporated will be held in the Amora 1 Room, Ground Floor, Amora Hotel,
170 Wakefield Street, Wellington on Wednesday, 18 June 2014
commencing at 10 am.
Download AGM 2014 papers
1. Apologies
2. Confirmation of Minutes of AGM held on 26 June 2013
3. Matters arising from the minutes of the AGM
4. Adoption of the Executive Committee’s Report for the year to 31 March 2014
5. Approval of the Financial Statements for the year to 31 March 2014
6. Election of officers and members of the Executive Committee
7. Appointment of Reviewer
8. Life Members
9. General Business

Consumer Awareness
Our member Ray Heenan, formerly with the Consumer Institute, will speak on awareness of consumer rights and responsibilities before and after purchase of consumer items e.g. household goods, computer items and other goods and services.

Noel Leeming
Noel Leeming will display and talk about some latest computer related devices and equipment

Light refreshments will be served after the meeting. For catering purposes please email wellingtonseniornet@gmail.com or phone the office 473 1510 (10am – 12Noon or leave a message) to let us know you will be attending.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

GameOver Zeus P2P Malware (GOZ)

There have been recent reports, national and international, relating to this malware.

GOZ, which is often propagated through spam and phishing messages, is primarily used by cybercriminals to harvest banking information, such as login credentials, from a victim’s computer.

A system infected with GOZ may be employed to send spam, participate in DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks, and harvest users' credentials for online services, including banking services.

Users are recommended to take the following actions to limit GOZ infections:

·         Use and maintain anti-virus software - Anti-virus software recognizes and protects your computer against most known viruses. It is important to keep your anti-virus software up-to-date (see Understanding Anti-Virus Software for more information).
·         Change your passwords - Your original passwords may have been compromised during the infection, so you should change them (see Choosing and Protecting Passwords for more information).
·         Keep your operating system and application software up-to-date - Install software patches so that attackers can't take advantage of known problems or vulnerabilities. Many operating systems offer automatic updates. If this option is available, you should enable it (see Understanding Patches for more information).
  • Use anti-malware tools - Using a legitimate program that identifies and removes malware can help eliminate an infection. Users can consider employing a remedial tool (examples at http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-150A ) that will help with the removal of GOZ from your system.
The Microsoft safety scanner  at http://goo.gl/FkTxm  is recommended in the list. 

Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.  

GOOGLE MAPS AND EARTH WORKSHOP - Friday 20 June 2014 – 10.00 am to 12 noon

When:  Friday 20 June 2014 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon.

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

What:  Come along and learn how to take advantage of and enjoy these two free packages, accessible through Google.   As they inter-relate its simplest to look at them together. They can be useful for travelling by land, sea or air or fun for simply exploring the world in which we live or the planetary system of which the world forms part
If you’ve got something you particularly want to know about these programmes or are having difficulties with them why not come along and see if there is an answer.  

Please register your interest with Tony Doogue at tonydoogue@xtra.co.nz, at the same time mentioning anything in particular you would like covered if its possible.

All of the content of the Workshop is readily accessible through Google once you know where to look.

If you want to start looking in advance of the Workshop go to the SeniorNet web site, http://seniornetwgtn.blogspot.com/, and look under Workshop Notes and the title of this workshop.

Numbers are limited to the first 25 applicants.

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

Writing & Publishing Group, Wednesday 11 June, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

When:  Wednesday 11 June, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What:  Learn How to Be Creative with Images in MS Word. Our member Peter Moon will talk about and demonstrate on how to use the Picture Toolbar

Topics covered:

  • Inserting Images from a variety of sources
  • Inserting Captions using a variety of methods
  • Backing up of Images
  • Capturing Images from a variety of sources 
  • Creating an Oval Shape Photo
  • Creating an Family Photo Tree
  • Advantages of Grouping Images and the methods you can use
  • Tips on Cropping and Resizing Images
  • Text Wrapping Options
  • Using Picture Styles 

And more

Peter will be happy to give tips and answer questions

The Writing & Publishing sessions are free to members.

Computer Owners Group (COG) Special Learning Group (SLG), Wednesday, 11 June, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: COG SLG Wednesday, 11 June , 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.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Digicam Special Learning Group, Thursday 12 June, 10 am - 12.00 pm

When: Thursday 12 June

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Alan Royal will review and demonstrate the features of the free innovative, intuitive and powerful FastStone Image Viewer (FIV).

You will be convinced, that for home use, while having professional features, it is easy to use.

FIV  is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include
  • image viewing, 
  • management, 
  • comparison, 
  • red-eye removal, 
  • emailing, 
  • resizing, 
  • cropping, 
  • retouching and colour adjustments. 
ts full-screen mode provides quick access to file information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen.

Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histograms and much more. It supports all major graphic formats.

Downloading both the software and the (comphrehensive) manual will be demonstrated.

This session is free to all members.