It is a bit of a surprise that quite so many Seniors have decided to invest in tablets for their communication needs as the attendance at our iPad and Android workshops shows.
Maybe it should not have come as that much of a surprise considering the popularity generally of the small computers and that includes also laptops/notebooks or indeed devices we can classify as portable computers.
You might rightly argue that smartphones and phablets are getting awfully close to the same classification since they are more computers than phones.
But what are all these devices and how can you choose?
Have you recently purchased a new PC or laptop? If you have, you’ve probably already realised that there’s quite a bit of work to be done getting properly set up (and your old files moved across). Many new systems also need you to go through a “complicated” setup process which can be daunting for many. Sadly, SeniorNet can’t offer this type of service but we know who does…
Regardless of where you purchased your new computer, both Noel Leeming and Harvey Norman offer a commercial service whereby they come to your house and set everything up for you (at a fixed price). If you’re new to PCs or just nervous about getting started, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of this service. It will cost you a little extra over and above the cost of your new PC but in our view, this is money well spent. Don’t forget to mention that you’re a member of SeniorNet Kapiti and show them your membership card to get their “best price”.
Members wanting to bring their own laptops to our classes must make sure that their machine is properly set up and everything is working. If the Lead Tutor is not satisfied that these items are in place, they will ask you to use one of our PCs for the course. We are not able to spend time fixing member’s laptops during classes – sorry.
If you wish to use your PC at the Learning Centre, the following must be working…
Operating System must be fully installed (the “startup” process mentioned above)
Internet access working (using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera browser)
Virus checker working and up to date (Microsoft, AVG, Avast, Trend Micro, Norton or similar)
Optional, but highly recommended:
Windows Updates turned on and up to date
Email set up and working
Adobe Acrobat Reader installed
Access to a Live Account (required for Windows 8 only)
All these items should be covered by the commercial Service Call from Noel Leeming or Harvey Normal mentioned above.
And remember, once you’re all set up and working, you can take advantage of our regular “How do I….?” Workshops to get help with problems and issues (but not full system setups!).