Looking at a smartphone

smartphones-pileThere are so many brands and so many specifications and features that it makes your head spin just thinking about what is the right choice for one.

Moreover, we have different needs and preferences when it comes actual usage of such a device, often dictated by user’s age, occupation, and lifestyle choices.

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Chatting to yourself?

voice-recognitionYou may remember the recent post about the next Window 10 OS and about Siri and Cortana, the voice recognition software provided by Apple for their iPhones and Microsoft for their upcoming operating system for Windows phones and tablets.

Now I wonder how you feel about the idea of actually interacting with a device, or a machine for that matter, even if we have all seen it in the movies for years?  I don’t mean the Dick Tracy type wrist communicator, but speaking to your mobile phone and getting an answer which shows you that your question or request was correctly understood and having the knowledge to reply correctly.

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February 2015 Newsletter

Open Days

We had a wonderful response to our recent Open Days. Over the 2 days we enrolled 40 new members and some of our classes for this term are now full with a waiting list. Please don’t hesitate to contact Teresa on 04 298 3132 to reserve a place or get her to place you on the waiting list.

Please keep us up to date    

To enable us to keep you updated of SeniorNet events and the courses we have available please make sure that we have your current email address. If you are a member and didn’t receive this newsletter by email, please contact Veronica on
(04) 298 1916 and she will check your membership information.

Q&A Speaker – Lorna Macgregor

At the last Q&A meeting on 19 February, our Tutor Lorna MacGregor presented a very informative and entertaining talk about her recent 18 day holiday in India. She is an accomplished photographer and has captured some very interesting insights into life in India.


The first Tutors meeting for the year was held on Thursday 5th March. If you are interested in becoming a Tutor please come along to one of these meetings at the Learning Centre or contact Kuini, our Tutor Coordinator on (04) 293 6946

Room Upgrade

Come along to see the Learning Center make over. What a great job has been done by the many SeniorNet volunteers. A great thank you to all who came along and gave of their time.

Happy computing



As We Mourn the Loss of Common Sense

I remember IIAn Obituary printed in the London Times:
”Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

– Knowing when to come in/out of the rain;
– Why the early bird gets the worm;
– Life isn’t always fair;
– And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn), and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

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Progress of sorts

Once upon a time there were no Plastics!

The-Good-Old-DaysWe had wood and steel and organic materials and most things were handmade or finished by hand and, yes, cost rather more.

But then the furniture or cooking appliance lasted and our clothes were sturdy and the oilskin were made with whale oil.

Then came plastics, I still remember Bakelite, electric switch covers, radio casings, kitchenware and even pipe stems were made of the stuff. It was developed by a Belgian chemist back in 1907, Leo Baekeland, then living in New York.

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