Newsletter of SeniorNet Napier Incorporated
Volume11 Number 7 November 2009
Web Page - www.napier.seniornet.co.nz
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From the President
a Neat Idea
XP/Vista to Windows 7
Clean Out Your Temporary Internet Files
for a Smile
A Warm Welcome to All our New
Emergency Contact Details
Getting Help from
Next Committee Meeting
Classes Offered by SeniorNet
President's Report for Movember
Perhaps I am getting very old because time slips by
so much more quickly these days. I realised the other day that it
is now over a year since we opened our new learning centre. I seems
like only yesterday.
It also struck me that Christmas was approaching because the shops
were displaying their Christmas goods in September. It gets earlier
I find this most infuriating.
Well, we do have a Christmas present to offer you
in the way of course fees. You will remember that for a trial period
we reduced our $40 fee to $25 and our $25 fee to $15 if booked between
1st June and the 30th November 2009. Now, in view of our reasonably
strong financial position, and all other things being equal, we
have decided to extend this period to 31st December 2010.
It had been intended to exhibit SeniorNet at the Neighbourhood
Support display in Anderson Park on 1st November in order to attract
new members. However, we have recently had an influx of new members
and numerous membership inquiries have been received this month.
This is wonderful, but these new members expect to start their classes
as soon as possible after joining. However, without sufficient tutors
and assistants this is not always possible. In view of this we felt
that we should withdraw from the Anderson Park display. Once again
we would appeal for additional tutors and assistants to help out
the overworked ones we have now. Always remember, no tutors, no
SeniorNet. As a competent, newly graduated student, you could initially
attend a class of your choice as an observer and ultimately go forward
as an assistant tutor. Have a talk to Sue Gay, our Course Co-ordinator
about it ( 844 4302 ).
It seems that some of our members are not reading
our Newsletters, either because they are not sure how to open the
attachments, or their Spam Filters are being over zealous. This
is a pity as these members are missing out on the Pearls of Wisdom
we are hoping to impart. To try to trick the spam filters we are
going to change the senders name from that of your Newsletter Editors
to SeniorNet Napier and see if that works. It has also been suggested
that as a final part of the Introductory Course we add on an extra
10 minutes of instruction on how to open an e-mail attachment. This
seems like a better option than the one on a tin of sardines which
stated "Instructions for opening are inside the can".
Or the other one that says 'Please let me know if you do not receive
Our thanks go to Peter Ashley who presented his interesting
workshop on 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ). A number of members
queried the cost of $10 for the workshop without recognising that
the cost of printing the accompanying manual was almost $9 on top
of the hall hire. In similar situations, in the future, if no manual
is required there will be no charge but if a manual is required
without attending the workshop the $10 charge will still apply.
Finally, we are holding our Christmas Lunch on Friday,
27th November, details of which are in this Newsletter. We look
forward to seeing you all there.
Enjoy your computing
All of Our Members
who are unwell and/or in Hospital at the moment,
a Cheery Hullo,
and our Sincerest Condolences to those
who have recently lost someone
near and dear to them.
From all at SeniorNet
invitation is extended
To all members and Partners
to Join us at
The Napier RSA Club
Hastings Street Napier
On Friday 27th
Time: 12.00 noon.
Cost: $15.00 per person
Please Don't forget to bring your exchange gift,
to the value of $5 for each-person attending, this is real fun
Please identify whether your gift is for a lady or a gentleman.
Place these items in the appropriate
baskets provided on arrival.
These - will be exchanged during the meal.
Please pay with correct cash ($15.00
per person) on the day
to Gordon Buckley
Please e-mail Dorothy email@example.com
or if you don't have email - phone 836 6584
than 22nd November
to advise names and number attending
Message from Federation re
From: Grant Sidaway
The Lottery Grants Board funded SeniorNet Research
which was commissioned by the SeniorNet Federation has now been published.
A copy of the final report is available on www.seniornet.co.nz.
There is a click through tab on the home page "Research Report".
The report confirms the Federation and its Learning
Centres provide an extremely valuable service to the community of
New Zealand with the quality teaching it performs and sets out a platform
on which to move forward with.
I recommend you notify your members of the report and
encourage them to read it. In a few days time a short PowerPoint file
will also be available on the site highlighting the key points.
Thanks to all who participated in the survey(s) it was an enormous
help in compiling the evaluation.
Are to able to give 1 hour on a
Tuesday, from 4.00 - 5.00 p.m.
About every 6th week
To assist with cleaning the SeniorNet Learning centre?
Please ring Marilyn Thorp, 845 2274 or
if you are able to help.
Your help would be very much appreciated.
What a Neat Idea
- A stand for your laptop computer.
The inventiveness of one Waikato SeniorNet member has come to the
fore with a practical, low cost, yet very sturdy stand. Go to www.seniornet.co.nz
and find this advertisement to order.
Upgrade from XP/Vista
to Windows 7
a new operating system was to be launched by Microsoft. It was called
windows 7. But there are some downsides to Windows 7. First, you will
only be able to directly upgrade Vista computers to the new version.
People still using Windows XP will need to perform a more cumbersome
multistep process. Microsoft is working on a method to help XP owners
preserve all their data during this process.
Second, Windows 7 will eliminate some familiar bundled programs from
Windows 7. Vista's Mail, Calendar, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, and
Address Book programs are being removed. To get similar basic, free,
programs, you'll have to download them from Microsoft's Windows Live
service, or use alternatives from other companies. Microsoft defends
this move as supporting consumer choice and better coordination with
Web services, but it does remove out-of-the-box functionality from
Automatically Clean Out
Your Temporary Internet Files
If you do a lot of searching on the internet, sites you have surveyed
are stored as Temporary Internet Files. This provides for speedy recall
if you should visit the site again as your computer will recall it
from the temporary files storage instead of down loading it from the
internet. However frequent use on the internet speedily fills the
cache and clutters up your hard drive. You can set Internet Explorer
to automatically delete the cached files on closing the browser. Open
Internet Explorer, go to Tools>Internet Options and click on the
Advanced tab at the top. Scroll down until you see Security, and put
a check mark in the box next to Empty Temporary Internet Files Folders
when browser is closed. Click Apply and then OK.
KEEP IT SPEEDY
Your computer may sometimes slow down or crash for
no apparent reason. The following fixes may help reduce such problems,
which are often related to basic file organization.
Defrag your drive. Overloaded hard drives often
cause slowdowns. As you add more and more data to the drive, the data
becomes increasingly scattered and your computer struggles to make
things work quickly.
You can keep data better organized on your hard drive
by running a defragmenter (defrag) program. Windows has a built-in
defrag utility that you can access; click Start, All Programs (or
Programs), Accessories, and System Tools; then click Disk Defragmenter.
This utility works a little differently in various versions of Windows,
but you'll need to select the drive you want to defragment and then
start the process, which can take minutes or hours, depending on drive
size. If you have a large hard drive, you should expect the process
to take at least an hour; also note this utility will often run much
more efficiently if you don't use other programs during the procedure.
Reduce clutter. If the defrag process doesn't
speed things up, check your hard drive space. In My Computer, right-click
the icon for the hard drive, then click Properties. Some sources indicate
you should have at least 20% of the drive space free to help your
processor manage things efficiently. Delete unnecessary data to create
some room to breathe. Do not delete any files that you do not know
Windows can help you clear out garbage data with its
Disk Cleanup utility. Click Start, All Programs (or Programs),
Accessories, System Tools, and click Disk Cleanup. Point the program
to the drive you want to clean and click OK, and Windows will hunt
down such as Recycle Bin files, temporary Internet files, and other
space wasters. When the process completes, you can examine these files
and see how much space they consume. In most cases, it's safe to let
Windows remove these files for good.
Temporary Internet files that Internet Explorer creates
are especially notorious for hogging hard drive space. By default,
this program earmarks a huge chunk of space to store information about
Web sites you've visited, but letting the program use more than 50MB
is generally overkill. In IE, from the Tools menu, click Internet
Options. In the Temporary Internet Files section, click Settings,
then click and drag the Amount of Disk Space to Use slider to the
left to reduce the space Explorer uses for temporary Internet Files.
Ditch old drivers and programs. It's helpful
to reduce temporary file storage but you may also benefit from removing
old, unused drivers. That's because your computer will continue to
load old drivers on startup even if you're not using the old hardware.
Those old drivers might cause device conflict problems, too, so it's
in your PC's best interest to get rid of them. Click Start, point
to Settings, and click Control Panel. Double-click the Add/Remove
Programs icon and look for programs related to hardware you no longer
use. Click the program, click Add/Remove, and click OK.
There are other ways to improve initial startup speeds.
One is by removing unnecessary programs from the Startup menu.
To do so, click Start, Run, type Msconfig, and press ENTER. Click
the Startup tab and you will see a list of programs that load every
time your computer starts up. You'll probably see programs, such as
America Online or media players, which place icons in the System Tray
or on the Taskbar and use system resources even if you rarely use
Clear the checkboxes next to programs that you don't
want to load at startup. Take care when you do this-don't clear a
checkbox unless you're absolutely sure of a program's purpose because
some of these programs are vital to starting the system. Once you
finish removing programs from the startup routine, click OK; Windows
will then prompt you to restart the computer.
Remember that if you do not understand these
instructions, do not carry out the procedures but ask your tutors.
Also any defragging should be done after you clean out the garbage
and redundant programs.
Thanks to SeniorNet, Canterbury
for a Smile
A Little Poem for you
Another year has passed, and we're all a little older.
Last summer felt lots hotter, and winter seemed much colder
There was a time not long ago, when life was quite a blast.
Now I fully understand, about 'Living in the Past'
We used to go to weddings, Football games and lunches.
Now we go to funeral homes, and after-funeral brunches
We used to have hangovers, from parties that were gay.
Now we suffer body aches and wile the night away
We used to go out dining, and couldn't get our fill.
Now we ask for doggie bags, go home and take a pill.
We used to often travel to places near and far.
Now we get sore butts from riding in the car.
We used to go to nightclubs and drink a little booze.
Now we stay at home every night and watch the evening news.
That, my friend is how life is, and now my tale is told
So, enjoy each day and live it up...
Before you're too damned OLD
Very Warm Welcome
to all our latest New Members
who are entering the world of
Computerised Information Technology.
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Offered by SeniorNet
Dates for 2009
2 November to 11 December
Dates for 2010
Session 1................ 25 January to 5 March
Session 2................22 March to 30 April
COST TO ATTEND SENIORNET, NAPIER
Course fees will continue at the reduced rate until
31 December, 2010.
6 week courses will cost $25.00
4 week courses will cost $15.00
To All The Tutors & Assistants of
and the 6th SESSION of 2009
2nd November to 11th December
who have volunteered their services
for the sixth learning session
of this year.
It is very much appreciated by all.
Without your willingness
to help others,
there would be NO SeniorNet
AN EXCELLENT TIP
Remember: to save your work!
If you are working in a program, for example typing a letter or document
in MSWord, or creating a graphic, remember to save your work from
time to time. Most programs offer this as an automated feature - so
be sure to look at the program's help documentation. If you have even
been in the middle of something and had a system crash or the power
go off, only to find you've lost all your work, you know what we mean!
Simple and basic: Remember to save your work often. Someday ...............
THANKYOU FOR ORGANISING THE
49 members attended the recent Frequenty Asked Questions
seminar organised by Peter Ashley.
Hope you all learnt something and felt your attending
was well worth it. Thank you Peter.
To Attend A
In consideration of other students please stay away
from class if you have an infectious illness, such as flu,colds etc.
You will still be able to complete your course when you recover.
Just phone and let your tutors know.
NB: If you are unable to attend your class please phone
your Tutor in good time.
Does anyone have a large 4 litre aluminium
or enamel teapot which is
no longer used and could be looking for a new home?
The SeniorNet, Napier Centre would dearly like it.
Please email Dorothy:- firstname.lastname@example.org
phone 836 6584. Thank you.
DO YOU FEEL CONFIDENT?
About assistant tutoring that is.
If you have been using Vista and Office 2007, have or have
not done the courses, but think that you could assist others to learn,
please consider putting your name forward.
With more newcomers now buying Vista, we need tutors and assistants.
It is not surprising that being in a group, discussing the same program
will increase your own knowledge of it.
Please contact Sue Gay, Alan Overington or Bill Allan.
To ALL those members and other SeniorNet Branches
who made contributions to this Newsletter.
These are very much appreciated.
would like to acknowledge items in this Newsletter which we have
plagiarised from the Newsletters of other SeniorNet
Did you receive this Newsletter by post,
but have an email address?
If you answered YES, it would be much appreciated if you would please
help us save money by emailing your address as soon as possible to
Those who do not have email
will continue to receive by post.
When any member receives an email or change their present email
address, please advise the Membership Secretary, Ila McInnes so
your records can be updated.
Newsletters are now only
published every 2 months there may be occasions when
special notices may have to be sent out urgently. In view of handling
& postage costs these will only go to e-mail recipients.
Can't open the Newsletter?
Ring or email Dorothy email@example.com
If you can't get either,
please contact a committee member.
Printing the Newsletter from your computer.
To save ink you may like to print it in "draft".
How? Go to File > Print > Properties > Print quality
> click the down arrow and select draft > then print. If you
only want to print off, say pages 1,3 and 7. Go to File >Print
> in pages slot type 1,3,7 then OK
If you only want a portion of a page, highlight the
portion you want, again, click print and click selection
and that will be all you will get.
Again, if you have a problem please contact
Dorothy, Gordon Brown or a Committee Member.
We don't want you taking this desperate action!
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Emergency Contact Details
We have never needed this but your committee has approved the
precaution of having a contact phone number and name of the person
who could be contacted in the case of unexpected illness, clearly
printed on the back of your SNN Membership name label.
Please write this contact info on your label at the next class or
Getting Help from SeniorNet Napier - Many of our members
have benefited from advice and help given freely by our volunteer
officers and tutorial staff. However, we ask all members to take note
that our volunteers do not claim to be computer experts.
Any tuition, advice or help they provide to you is given in good faith,
strictly on condition that you use such tuition, advice or help entirely
at your own risk.
ARTICLES FOR NEXT NEWSLETTER
Closing date for material for the next Newsletter
Friday, 15 January, 2010
Please send contributions for newsletters to:
Any SNN member is welcome to contribute.
As Newsletters are now published every 2 months there
may be occasions when special notices may have to be sent out urgently.
In view of handling & postage costs
these will only go to e-mail recipients.
Tuesday 17th November 2009 at 2.00pm
Offered by SeniorNet
for 2009 are:-
Session 6...................2nd November to 11th December
Depending on demand (usually minimum of 3 students) the following
classes will be available.
Introduction to Computers and Windows (2 weeks) free to all members
Word Processing 1 A (6 weeks) $25.00 in Word & XP
Word Processing 1 A (6 weeks) $25.00 in Vista & Word 2007
Word Processing 1 B (6 weeks) $25.00 in Word & XP
Word Processing 1 B (6 weeks) $25.00 in Vista & Word 2007
Word Processing 2 (6 weeks) $25.00 in Word & XP
Word Processing 2 (6 weeks) $25.00 in Vista & Word 2007
Advanced Word Processing (6 weeks) $25.00
File Management (4 weeks) $15.00 in XP or Vista
Email - using Outlook Express (6 weeks) $25.00
Database - using Works (6 weeks) $25.00
Spreadsheets (6 weeks) $25.00
Drawing and Publishing in Word (6 weeks) $25.00
Students must have good mouse skills for D & P Word & must
have completed WP2 in WORD
Scanning & Photo Editing (6 weeks) $25.00
PowerPoint (6 weeks) $25.00
Comput-a-Craft (1 x 2hr session) $10.00
Creative Stationery in Word 2003 (1 x 2 hr session) $10.00
It is expected
that a good level of Word Processing is attained before taking the
This includes the Email course.
N.B You DO NOT have a firm booking in a class unless
the COURSE FEE has been paid.
Please send payment with your course application form.
COURSE APPLICATION FORM (For all classes after 'Intro to Computers')
It is essential that you supply details of your
Operating System and Word Processing programme below to assist our
Course applied for..............................................
Operating System (Circle One)
Windows 98 ..Windows XP... Windows
Word Processing Program (Circle One)
Works Word ..Word 2000... Word 2003..Word
(The following 4 questions are asked because we now belong to the
NZ Federation of SeniorsNets)
* Are you a NZ or Australian Citizen/NZ Permanent Resident? Yes /
* Circle the age group you are in 50 to 59 OR 60+
* Circle which ethnicity you belong to
European... Maori... Pacific Islander... Asian...
* Circle your answer. Are you Male or Female
N.B. Is there a time on any day that you CANNOT attend a
Return with course fee of $. . . . . . . . Signed..................................
To: SNN Application,
21 Mission Road, Greenmeadows, NAPIER.
Please make cheques payable to: Senior Net Napier Incorporated
Dorothy LUMSDEN - e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Gordon BROWN - e-mail email@example.com
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