Online Challenges

Click to see where you can file an online NZ Tax ReturnMany times recently I’ve been met with the challenge of completing forms on line. This can sometimes be an absolute nightmare particularly when you’re completing them on behalf of someone else who isn’t “fond” of computers.

I’d tried hard to be patient and muddle my way through, as each website invariably asks for the same information, but unfortunately sometimes not in the same format. Government department forms are so long you almost give up completing them. Continue reading

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The Waiting is Over – It’s Time to Upgrade!

Confession: I’m a Windows 10 fan! I’ve been using it since September 2015 and I have absolutely no complaints about it. It’s easy to use, easy to navigate, packed with features and 100% better than Windows 8….and it was free! I even like MS Edge, the new browser – how sad is that!! Of course there are a few things which could be improved in Windows 10 but that’s nothing unusual for Microsoft software and certainly not cause to criticise what appears to be the most robustly created Windows Operating System ever. Heck, it even runs well on older ex-Windows 7 machines with 2Gb memory.

What really concerns me though is that the July 29th free upgrade deadline is fast approaching and there are still a lot of members out there who haven’t upgraded for whatever reason. Continue reading

My New BFF – Siri!

By Dianne Cooper (Tutor)
If you use an iPad3, iPad mini, iPhone 4S or iPod Touch 5G, or any of their successors, you have Siri on board.  Siri is a voice assistant feature. Apple Support/About Siri, will provide you with pages about what Siri can be used for, and how to do it. Here’s a brief review of one user’s experience…

IMG_1180Siri allows you to use your voice to command the device, rather than your fingers. Supposedly, Siri understands natural speech. S/he needed some familiarization with my Kiwi accent. I did this by dictating an email (which I never sent), correcting the text manually when s/he got it wrong. Over and over. If you want punctuation in your text, you have to say the word. eg comma. I find the more I use Siri, the fewer mistakes s/he makes.

The main way to access Siri is to simply press and hold the Home button. You’ll hear a couple of quick beeps, and see “What can I help you with?”. If you don’t say anything, you will be presented with a rolling screen of examples of things Siri can do for you. Continue reading

Using WiFi at Home

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If you use Use WiFi at home for your computers or a combination of tablets/ smartphones/ computers then you are well aware of the importance of having a secure and private setup at your house.

Just to check that you have taken the necessary steps take a few minutes to read this article by Google and view the short video attached, and even if you are not sure you have got it right there is always SeniorNet Kapiti to turn to at their Q&A sessions for some extra advice.

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Click here for the article and video

 

The Android Tablet computer

If you read our previous post about buying a tablet to match your requirements you have by now decided what kind and which operating system you’d like.

English: Zinglife 7" Android Tablet

And if you decided on an Android OS tablet then the next step of course is to learn how to use it for best advantage. May be you have already been in touch with Kapiti SeniorNet about this or you have had a look at our ‘Learn on-line’ page where you’d find a video course on using an Android tablet.

There is also the iPad tablet course for self learning as well as many other useful links to spoil you for choice.

Happy computing.

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