Forecasting – to rule the World?

nsaemailIn past posts I have touched on the use of data, personal and otherwise, by the conglomerates which collect all they can, not so much for spying on us, we leave that to NSA and government authorized departments, but for the purpose, it is claimed, of providing a better service to you. So the more they get to know about us all who use internet for any reason, be it communication, shopping, reading, listening to music, viewing movies or videos, the more all this data become an important resource for yet more purposes.

One of the dangerous ones is
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Where are you going?

Are there times when you wonder like Alice did:<

“Cat: Where are you going?
Alice: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I don’t know.
Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Just as long as you keep going!   That is the secret to getting results. Perseverance. Particularly if you are new to the many new gadgets available and have finally decided that you should invest in one, but apart from all the adverts showing you how easy they are to master, you still have lingering doubts about the truth of that.

That is when you join Kapiti SeniorNet and the friendly bunch for a bit of know-how and you are making the right decision for they’ll help you come to grips with your new gizmo.

Before long you are on internet and email and maybe Facebook, your photos are on Picasa and you are ruling the world.

So keep going, persevere, enjoy the journey, smile at your initial reluctance.

Happy computing.


October Newsletter

Open Days Success

We enrolled 30 new Members at the two Open Days we held on Thursday 25th and Saturday 27th at the Learning Centre. This brings our membership to over 300. Most of the new Members have also enrolled for the Fourth Term Courses which start on Monday 13th October, along with current members.

Tutors at Courses

At our monthly Tutors meeting on 2nd October, we encouraged the Tutors to come to our Courses to refresh their knowledge. We are well served with 25 Tutors who are enthusiastic about their jobs and the fact that they too are learning with each involvement they have with SeniorNet Kapiti. If you would like to consider becoming a Tutor why don’t you contact Kuini phone (04) 293 6946 and talk about what’s involved.

Questions and Answers Session

Thursday 16th October at 9.30am at the Learning Centre


Android and iPad – come along and learn the latest technology at the monthly workshops.


Keep up to date with the latest information on our website and have a look at Tutor Dianne Cooper’s very interesting comments. If you would like share your thoughts via our website, please contact Webmaster Peter Bunkall (04) 298 7523 and he will arrange for your piece to be published on our website. Articles can be submitted in any modifiable format (Wordpad, Word, Notepad etc).

Age on the Go Expo

Thanks to Brian who managed to set up a stall at this Expo in the Waikanae Hall. A steady stream of people with questions, many taking away information and some eager to join and attend our courses. Thanks again to Brian a great all day effort.

Happy Computing



My New BFF – Siri!

By Dianne Cooper (Tutor)
If you use an iPad3, iPad mini, iPhone 4S or iPod Touch 5G, or any of their successors, you have Siri on board.  Siri is a voice assistant feature. Apple Support/About Siri, will provide you with pages about what Siri can be used for, and how to do it. Here’s a brief review of one user’s experience…

IMG_1180Siri allows you to use your voice to command the device, rather than your fingers. Supposedly, Siri understands natural speech. S/he needed some familiarization with my Kiwi accent. I did this by dictating an email (which I never sent), correcting the text manually when s/he got it wrong. Over and over. If you want punctuation in your text, you have to say the word. eg comma. I find the more I use Siri, the fewer mistakes s/he makes.

The main way to access Siri is to simply press and hold the Home button. You’ll hear a couple of quick beeps, and see “What can I help you with?”. If you don’t say anything, you will be presented with a rolling screen of examples of things Siri can do for you. Continue reading

SeniorNet Federation Newsletter


The 4th edition of the SeniorNet Federation’s newsletter Gizmoe has been published on their website - you can read about the 2015 Federation AGM, Phablets, Mobile Roaming, Printers and a special discount on Suzuki SX4’s for SeniorNet Members just by clicking here

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