A trip down Memory Lane

A trip down M Lane

I remember IIIt really is nearly 30 years since Tim Berners-Lee gave the World the beginnings of the World Wide Web that has changed the way we live, do business, work and entertain, just about everything in the way it has impacted society.

In New Zealand back in 1961 the first computer was installed at Treasury [an IBM] but it took 20 years to 1981 before IBM gave us the PC and Bill Gates gave us the MS-DOS that was the first operating platform for the Personal Computer.

You may even remember the Commodore 64, the cheaper computer everyone loved and 1/3rd of the cost of an Apple II and an IBM PC, it might even have been

 

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Windows 10 on the doorstep

Windows-10Microsoft has announced the availability for their latest operating system – Windows 10 – on July 29, 2015. Kapiti SeniorNet has advised you already that you need not rush into upgrading your present Windows OS, be it W7 or 8  or 8.1, you have 12 months to get it done. If you are still using an older OS, e.g. XP or Vista then you will be asked to Continue reading

Chatting to yourself?

voice-recognitionYou may remember the recent post about the next Window 10 OS and about Siri and Cortana, the voice recognition software provided by Apple for their iPhones and Microsoft for their upcoming operating system for Windows phones and tablets.

Now I wonder how you feel about the idea of actually interacting with a device, or a machine for that matter, even if we have all seen it in the movies for years?  I don’t mean the Dick Tracy type wrist communicator, but speaking to your mobile phone and getting an answer which shows you that your question or request was correctly understood and having the knowledge to reply correctly.

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Federation Newsletter July 2014

 This is the third edition of Gismoe in 2014.

SeniorNet Fed logoGizmoe will also be posted on www.seniornet.co.nz from 22nd July.

We have winners!

For the past several months our partner, Vodafone has been running a competition as part of the Scan and Save promotion – Scan your phone bill send it to Vodafone for them to help you save on your overall telecommunications bill. All those who participated automatically went in the draw to win a Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Smartphone. The winner is Ian Packwood from Auckland. Ian will be presented with his prize later in the month at the Sylvia Park Vodafone store.

In addition Vodafone decided to make another draw, this time from SeniorNet members who recently became a customer of Vodafone. The winner of that draw was Alex Stewart from Dargaville. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Smartphone is on its way to you Alex. Our thanks to Vodafone for being such a generous supporter of SeniorNet.

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Taking your phone overseas?

smartphones1A friend of mine, recently retired, is planning an overseas holiday and was wondering what the best way of staying in touch with the family and business interest were that would not send him into bankruptcy. Having read some of the stories coming out in the paper of horrendous bills incurred when ‘roaming’ on the mobile phone overseas, it was a good question and one not that easy to give a straight answer to.

That is because where you are going and for how long you plan to stay in one country is quite important for finding the better affordable solution, and each phone connection provider has its own plan which in turn may depend on the contract or plan you have with the provider.

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