Newsletter – November 2018

End of Year Christmas Function

Members and Partners are invited to attend the end of year Christmas function to be held at the Learning Centre, 200 Matai Road on Wednesday 12th December from 4:00pm to 6:30 pm. Please RSVP to Teresa on 021 169 6256 if you are able to attend. There is no charge but there will be “door prizes”.

Cleaner for the Learning Centre 

If you are interested in the paying job of cleaning the Learning Centre starting in the New Year, please call Teresa (04) 298 3132  or (021) 152 8404 for details.

Courses & Workshops for the remainder of Term 4

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Real TV or Fake TV

hdr-tvThinking of buying a new TV? Bamboozled with the mass of technical terms? Lack of assistance by the sales staff when wanting explanations?

Yes, all of that so how do we choose the TV that is right for us and will last another 10 years?

It is a good thing to learn a little of the sort of things that will help to guide you to a better choice of set, because

 

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Goggle Plus now Google Minus

That’s the end, finished, kaput. GooglePlus has finally closed for good.

Originally Google+ was touted to become an all encompassing social network which would shake Facebook and become its serious competitor.

Instead it never got the wings to really take off and the death knell came by way of the enormous data scandals of recent days which not only hit Facebook and cost them billions in fines, but as we now learn, Google has not been free of data leakage and they assess that half a million users’ private details have leaked into unauthorized hands.

According to the Wall Street Journal Google has known about this since March but has kept quiet about it. An internal memo which the paper has obtained shows that Google feared the political consequences of a disclosure. The company said that the problem wasn’t big enough to publicise, and that the data which was leaked wasn’t serious enough  to make the breach public.

Last Monday Google nevertheless closed the whole GooglePlus setup.

Newsletter – September 2018

Open Days

Open Days are planned for Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th September from 10.00am to 2.00 pm at the Learning Centre (200 Matai Rd, Raumati Beach). This is an excellent opportunity for you to suggest to your friends that they come along to find out about our computer training courses and workshops.

There will also be a promotion day at Coastlands on Tuesday 25th September – why not drop by and say hello.

Changes to the Executive Committee

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Anti-Tracking Software

 

I was reading an article in a consumer magazine about how to protect your privacy when using Facebook and the author had added a sidebar about an anti-tracking product (Privacy Badger) that he recommended. From there I found the Privacy Badger reviews online and decided to give it a go. Privacy Badger is a free browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Firefox for Android created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

When asked to give a demonstration of the product at a recent Question & Answer (Q&A) session, I took a longer look at anti-tracking extensions and decided the presentation should be a comparison between two of the available products. Continue reading