Newsletter – February 2019

Term 1 is Underway!

We are now into 2019 and have a number of Courses and Workshops for you to choose from to keep your IT learning up to speed. If you go to our Website you will see the programme for Term 1 (Courses here and Workshops here). When you have made your selection please phone Elaine at  021 169 6256 to make a booking.

Open Days

Earlier this month we held the Coastlands Day, where we had over 40 enquiries and then the two Open Days which attracted 7 new members which brings our total membership to 307.

We are currently reviewing our promotion plan so if you have any ideas on how to  ‘Spread the Word’ then please let us know.

Membership Renewal for 2019-20

It will soon be time to renew your membership and Veronica will be sending you a reminder early next month. You can of course pay us now by Internet banking and take advantage of our “Early Bird Discount”. Details on how to pay us Continue reading

eMail from Google about Google+

This is a quick message to all our members who have @gmail addresses….

You’ve probably received a message this week from Google telling you that your Google+ Account is being closed soon and wondered what it’s all about.

Long story short…when you signed up for your Google email address you were also allocated a Google+ Account (it’s like Facebook but it lost the “war”). Google have now decided to close the entire Google+ “Ecosystem” down and they are just letting you know before they delete everything.

Your xxx.yyy@gmail email address WILL NOT BE AFFECTED

We wrote about the demise of Google+ a couple of months ago in this article

If you never ever posted anything to Google+ (and most of you won’t have), then you don’t have to do anything.

If you did post to Google+ and want to keep any of the content, then you need to get on over there now and extract the bits you want to keep and store them elsewhere. Otherwise, DO NOTHING works for you too!

Voice Over IP (VOIP) – The New Age Telephone!

With many of our members changing over to High-Speed Fibre Broadband, a new opportunity presents itself around telephone voice services

Once your Fibre Connection is operational, your copper wires are disconnected and your old analogue telephone will cease to work. You will be offered a single phone connection to the Fibre Modem or at extra cost, a loop across to the existing wiring in your house.

There is however an alternative worth considering which moves your phone directly onto the Internet. It’s called Voice Over IP. Remember when reading this that in New Zealand we have complete number portability so whichever option you choose, you can take your “old” home phone number with you and your inbound callers won’t know you’ve changed technology. Continue reading

Drowning in Data

bigdataWe are familiar with regular stories of pollution of our rivers, the ocean, the air, all man made, but what about the digital pollution that is now choking the world.

I was thinking the other day about the fact that I and millions others use ‘the cloud’ for storing much of our data such as photos, back-ups, work papers, music, movies and perhaps financial details which could be a problem in the longer run, and if so what kind of problem?

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