Kuini: Still going strong at SeniorNet

March 2014 marked the closure of the Waikanae/Otaki SeniorNet Inc and the beginning of another chapter in my life. Waikanae/Otaki merged into SeniorNet Kapiti and membership was automatically transferred to Kapiti.

Matenga Train Leaves Waikanae StationIn the weeks leading up to the closure, I was asked on several occasions if I was considering staying with Kapiti SeniorNet. My standard reply was….”I don’t know how to get there – I don’t drive!” To be quite frank, I convinced myself that commuting from Waikanae to Raumati Beach via public transport was definitely not on my agenda. I got tired just thinking about it.

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November Newsletter

Drinks and Nibbles

Members and partners are invited to meet at the Learning Centre, 200 Matai Road for our annual pre-Christmas Drinks and Nibbles on Wednesday 10 December from 4.30 to 6.30 pm. For catering purposes, please contact Lois Brinck phone 04 298 7797 to let her know if you will be coming. No charge.

Repeats of Courses

The Committee has reconfirmed that the cost to a student repeating a 5 week course is $10, a 3 week course is $5 and a 1 week class is free but subject to available places.

Email address details

We still have a number of members who have yet to advise us of their email address or have not yet got one. We no longer post information to members so email is the way we now communicate with members. If you are talking with members you know and who have yet to have an email address please try to persuade them to get one and let us know.

Guest speaker

Derek Cone from St Johns was our guest speaker at the November Tutor’s Meeting. In his most entertaining but meaningful presentation, he reminded us that we all have a responsibility to one another to be able to cope with unforeseen accidents. First, we need to ensure our own safety, and then we call for help using 111. If necessary we should be able to administer CPR with confidence and we should be able to recognise strokes. Cold water and Glad Wrap should be used immediately to treat burns. We now need to upgrade our first aid kit.

Rooms upgrade

We are planning to freshen up our Learning Centre with a fresh coat of paint and a thorough spring clean during the week of 12 to 17th January. If you are available to help please let me know – phone 04 298 8251

Contributions to Website

You will no doubt have stories to tell about your experiences with computers and those who try to help you, for example children and grandchildren or a tip you would like to pass on to fellow members. Webmaster Peter Bunkall is looking for such material for the Website and he would certainly welcome your contribution. I suggest that you email your contribution to Peter at kapitiseniornetwebmaster@gmail.com and he will organise to get it posted on our website.

Strategic Plan

The Committee has decided to review the Strategic Plan for SeniorNet Kapiti and a sub- committee will begin the review process early in the New Year. Members will then be able to view a draft of proposed updates and the adoption of the Strategic Plan will be proposed at the AGM next July.

Happy Computing

Barry Bailey

Chairman

The War against account hijackers

mail-hijackGoogle has released a new study into the theft and hijacking of accounts details by criminals, and how they manage to get hold of the personal details, how they turn the information in to money, and what processes are used to restore control back to the owner. The study also offer a set of the best practices for individuals to defend themselves from becoming victims of hijacking and discusses what exacerbate the problem.

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November’s Patch Tuesday will be Big!

It’s just been announced that this coming week’s Microsoft Updates are going to be one of their biggest ever! The 16 Updates will affect Windows (all current versions), Internet Explorer (all versions) and MS Office. Five of the 16 are tagged as “Critical” and nine are “Important”, the two top levels on Microsoft’s 4-Step Scale.

Credit: Thinkstock

Credit: Thinkstock

At SeniorNet Kapiti we encourage all our members to keep up to date with the regular Microsoft Updates and to allow them to install at the earliest possible (convenient) time.

Normally, the updates will download in the background while you’re working on your PC. In Windows 8 you will then be offered the option of “Update and Restart” or “Update and Shutdown”. Continue reading

A bit of Nostalgia

I remember III am prone to a bit of nostalgia at times, the kind of moment when one has decided to slow down for a moment, to savour a little peace and quiet amid the otherwise usual never ending technology updates, and new offerings, from the multitudes offering their wares.

So I thought a short return to the fifties – if you are young enough remember that far back – might just put a smile on your face and bring back a few memories.

So here goes, just click here and watch http://safeshare.tv/w/FEDEwZHZXu.

Enjoy.