The Weird and wonderful


At various times the words ‘Quantum computing’ and ‘Quantum mechanics’ as well as ‘Quantum nano computers’ were mentioned in past posts.

There is a good reason for that because whilst on the one hand the whole quantum business is really weird, on the other it is wonderfully amazing and it is not long now before some startling computing results can be expected.

That means that for us mere mortals the concepts will begin to have greater meaning so we need to know a little more than just the name ‘quantum computing’.

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Newsletter for April 2017

New Workshop – Avoidance of Scams

ScamsThe Avoidance of Scams Workshop will cover various Scams that may appear on computers or in text messages.  If you have questions bring them along, we will try to answer any questions on the day or we will get back to you!  Put the date into your calendar now! Thursday 22 June at 1.30pm to 4pm (cost is $5.00 and places are limited – booking with Teresa is essential).


Computers – should we turn them “On/Off”

So what is best – leave your computer on all the time or turn it off when you’re not using it? And what about your printer and modem; should you be turning them off? Continue reading

Newsletter for March 2017

New Workshop

There will be a new Workshop in Term 2, which will cover the Avoidance of Scams, covering various scams that may appear on computers or in text messages.  If you have questions bring them along, we will try to answer any questions on the day or we will get back to you!  Date and time will be published in the Term 2 timetable.

Course Bookings

To enrol in your chosen course, please call Teresa at (04) 298 3132.

Enrol today for one of our classes or click to see the current Course Timetable. The course ‘Introduction to Computers’ is free, so please pass this information on to friends and family.  Remember also that we have reduced charges for any member wishing to repeat a course. Click here to see all our course costs on our website.


The charge for regular Workshops is $5.00 per session. Remember that we run Q&A, iPad and Android tablet/phones Workshops each month and no prior booking is required. Click to see the current Workshop and Special Interest Group (SIG) Timetable. If you’ve already completed a Course and need some additional help to clarify a few points we are, as always, delighted to help at one of our popular How Do I..? workshop sessions, where the charge varies depending on how long we spend helping you.

Planning Ahead

Our timetables for the second term (May to July) have just been published. Click on the two links below to see where you might fit a course or workshop into your busy autumn/winter programme!

Term 2 Courses are here

Term 2 Workshops/Special Interest Groups are here

Our Website – Staying Connected!

A lot of time and effort goes into managing this website so that our members can keep up to date with what’s happening in and around the Learning Centre.

SeniorNet Kapiti’s friendly website design benefits everyone, and if you want to be informed each time new articles appear, you need to click on the Follow button which should be visible at the bottom right-hand side of this browser.
Enter your email address into this window ( ⇒ ) and click
Sign me up. After that you’ll get a short email from “Wordpress” when new material is posted. Your email address is kept in the strictest confidence and is never shared with anyone else.

Don’t forget the “Music” Workshop – Downloading music to your computer starts in April!

Monday 3 April at 9:30am (Places are limited on workshops)

Come along to this workshop and you’ll learn how to download your favourite music from the internet to your computer. Legally and for free.

Once you’ve downloaded it you can then listen whenever you want – walking the dog, strolling along the Expressway walking track (or beach!), while you check your emails or surf the internet or whatever! Or perhaps you’ll want to copy music onto a CD or USB stick so you can play it in your car.

You can also copy music from your PC or laptop into your tablet or smartphone. This will be covered later in the regular smartphone workshops.

Courtesy of SNK Hutt City – this photo of a dolphin “getting some air” off the Kapiti coast. The photo was taken on Sun­day 19th February not too far off the shore from the Paraparaumu Boating Club. This was one of ap­proximately 8 dolphins making up a small pod that were performing in the area that day. Seeing these majestic creatures playing like this in the wild is truly a wonderful sight to behold.

Tutors and Assistant Tutors Wanted

We always need tutors and assistant tutors so please contact Kuini at and she will discuss the options with you. Join our friendly and supportive group and bring your ideas forward for discussion. After every meeting, members are heard to say… I wish I’d known that… easy when you know how… I need to do the course.  Experienced senior/lead tutors are there to train you to become assistant tutors and this is also a great opportunity to keep up with all the latest advances in the computer world. Tutors also need to keep themselves updated so enrol in a course or go along as an assistant tutor.


Please support our sponsors. Remember to take your SeniorNet card with you as substantial discounts are given on most items at Noel Leeming (not just computers!).

Have fun computing

Chairman Brian

Clarke’s third Law and a bit of Magic

clarke-s-first-law‘Clarke’ refers to Arthur C Clarke, the British SciFi writer, who formulated 3 adages commonly known as ‘Clarke’s three laws’ of which the third law is the best known and most widely cited: ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’.

It first appeared back in 1973 in one of his essays and as for the ‘magic’ he later said that while he “would have believed anyone who told him back in 1962 that there would one day exist a book-sized object capable of holding the content of an entire library, he would never have accepted that the same device could find a page or word in a second and then convert it into any typeface and size”.

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