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SeniorNet Napier Incorporated
Napier Senetter News
Newsletter of SeniorNet Napier Incorporated
July 2002 Volume 4 Number 6
The President's Piece
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Computers in Sailing
Finding a Lost File
What If Dr. Seuss Did technical Writing?
A Warm Welcome
Car Parking at the Learning Centre
Closing Date for August Newsletter
Getting Help from SeniorNet Napier
Putting it to the Panel
Important Notice re attending meetings
Surfing the Net
A Meeting with Grant Sidaway
The President's Piece
Hello to you all again,
SeniorNet Napier was started in January 1999. At that time Napier was
the 22nd group to have been formed in this country. The first group to
be formed was Wellington. The movement goes from strength to strength
and 94 groups are now established and operating throughout New Zealand.
The 10th Anniversary of SeniorNet in New Zealand has recently been celebrated.
The efforts of the voluntary tutors right through our country has provided
a new found interest as well as much
pleasure to thousands of SeniorNetters nation wide.
It is a great privilege to be associated with an organisation of this
nature knowing that our efforts are effective for so many.
It is now time once again for our Annual General Meeting, and I hope that
you will all make a special effort to attend.
For me, well, this is my final editorial as I am not this year standing
for the position of President of SeniorNet Napier. The last three and
a half years have simply flown. They have been most enjoyable and satisfying,
particularly so because of the very high calibre and devotion of our committee
members, and the willingness of our people to take on the roles of tutors
and assistants, and the multitudes of other members who have given their
time so freely and willingly in the interests of our organisation. My
very grateful thanks go you all. It is not my intention to leave the
organisation and will hopefully remain on as a tutor.
I wish my successor well in the role and I am confident that he or she
given the unstinting support that was always accorded to myself.
All current financial members have received the
Notice of Annual General Meeting
which was attached to the June 2002 newsletter.
It will also be sent to any new members joining up until the 29th July
Did YOU mark this event /date on your calendar?
Please see to it NOW!
Our 3rd Annual General Meeting
Will be held at the Ahuriri Bowling Club Rooms on Monday 29th
As SNN secretary, I would like now to receive any apologies please,
for the A G M - but please make every effort to be there.
Thank you. Ila McInnes.
The older you get, the quicker it seems that birthdays come around. The
same appears to apply just as readily to issues of your Newsletter which
arrives in our letterboxes unheralded by any fanfare, quietly slipping
in there amid the personal mail and sundry other deliveries.
As a document it is a reflection of the commitment by those in an Official
capacity to communicate items of interest, technical knowledge, plans
for the future and in a literary sense a method of bringing all of us
with a common interest together. It's quality and content reflects the
dedication of those who run the 'Club' but it would be enhanced still
further with more contributions from the members.
If my mailbox is anything to go by, many of you have stories to tell
that would alternately horrify or amuse the readers. Don't be reluctant
to share your best or worst moments. We promise we won't tell anyone.
Add to the anticipation of opening each issue of this excellent Newsletter.
The installation of my 'Kerio' Firewall is proving a real boon, preventing
unauthorised access to my computer. You would be surprised at who tries
to obtain information from your system without your permission!
In the process of helping a friend select a new Computer etc., I was
struck by the variation in the price of Ink Cartridges. Whilst the Printers
we are offered are generally of a very high quality (even those at the
bottom end) and at quite reasonably cost, purchasing replacement Cartridges
- particularly coloured - can bring on a fit of depression. Generic cartridges
(not to be used within the Warranty period!!) are available for some models,
but not others and up to the moment of writing, have proved for me to
be just as efficient. The savings can equate to the purchase of a new
printer in a relatively short space of time dependent on use. An acquaintance
recently paid more for two replacement Ink Cartridges than she did for
the Printer. Hard to believe, but true.
Refilling them yourself is also an option and very inexpensive, but if
you are like me with two thumbs on either hand, it can prove a bit messy!
However with care, the easy-to-understand instructions can result in quite
remarkable savings. Kits are available from most Stationers and in some
instances they may complete the refill for a small extra charge.
The moral of the item being, if you are purchasing a new Printer, check
on what 'Original' Cartridges cost and whether Generic ones are available.
A visit on the Webb to either www.Consumables.co.nz or www.InkSmart.co.nz
will give you some idea.
Well time is up. With the lower overnight temperatures 'down country'
the Electric Blanket is in full use, but the daily addition of one minute
of daylight brings Spring ever closer. Make the most of your opportunities
to explore the world through your computers, for attending to your Gardens
will shortly be the main focus.
'till next time - 'keep on keeping in touch'
who can be reached at
Computers in Sailing
I didn't tell you that as of last Easter Saturday I am a retired sailor.
(That's when I sold my yacht) that I raced in Hawke's Bay every Saturday
for many years. I was what you would call a day sailor ... Get on the
start line and when the gun goes go like hell in all directions for 13
miles and try to get your nose over the finish line ahead of the other
boats for a win.
Among my many adventures I sailed my little 22ft boat single handed across
Cook Strait and back but I'll tell you about that in another article.
Today I was going to tell you about computer navigation so I'd better
get started or Ila will break my leg.
In past years sailors found their way across the oceans using instruments
that measured the sun's height above the horizon at an exact time of the
day, or the stars at night if they could see them, and when they couldn't
see, they used a method called 'dead reckoning' which if it went on for
many days was a pretty hit and miss
affair. It entailed estimating the boat's speed (velocity over the sea-bed)
the hours of travel influenced by the wind and tide. You can appreciate
there are a lot of 'if's' in there and not surprisingly, a lot of sailors
found themselves in some unexpected places.
Then came the introduction of satellites. This was a huge leap forward
in technology and now even dumb guys like me can tell where we are any
time we like, day or night.
It's called GPS an abbreviation of Global Positioning System. The American
government put a bunch of stationary satellites at strategic places around
the globe. By stationary I mean in relation to a position on earth. They
give out signals at wide angles that cover the earth's surface. GPS recorders
receive these signals (up to ten of them) coming from different angles
and display the position to within a couple of metres.
It works just as well in rain or storm, night or day on land or sea, so
long as the computer can receive the signal which is 'line of sight' My
one is about the size of a cell phone and easily fits in your pocket.
It's battery operated so it would work well on the top of Mt.Cook, (if
ever I could get it up there).
Sorry - have to go now
End of column! Bert Tripp
Finding a Lost File
Have you ever done a lot of work on a document file, then saved it and
How frustrating! Hours of work; it's somewhere there on the computer,
but how to find it? Well, don't forget File Finder. Here's a few tips:-
1) If you know the file name.
That's easy. Just start file finder (Start/Find/Files or Folders) - or
for Win ME users:-
(Start/Search/For files or folders).
In the top slot with the label 'Named' (or for Win ME 'Search for Files
or Folders Named') type the file name.
If you aren't sure of the full name you can just use part of it, plus
the asterisk * wild card. For example, typing the string holida* would
find files with names like holidayphoto.doc or holidaysnaps.wps etc.
2) If you don't know the file name.
Maybe you can remember something that is contained in the file. Try to
choose a less common word or phrase you know is there so that File Finder
doesn't find too many files that qualify... For example if the file was
a document about your recent Australian holiday, and you remembered you
had mentioned the Moolowog Motel in the document, the word Moolowog would
be a good choice to type into File Finder's 'Containing text' slot.
3) If you don't know either 1) or 2).
Perhaps you have a good idea when the file was created or last saved.
You can click the 'Date' tab in File Finder and search for files that
were created or modified during that time (in Windows ME you have to click
on 'Search Options' first to get to the Date box).
I was prompted to write these notes by something that happened about
an hour ago.
I had been using Abiword (a freeware Word Processor) to re-format a document
someone had sent me as an email attachment. When the job was done I went
to print the result. Unfortunately I made a mistake and attempted to change
the default printer setting in the Printers folder while Abiword's Print
dialogue box was also open.
Abiword crashed, and my work was gone!
Time to start all over again? Probably! But then I remembered that Abiword
is designed to save any open document (if possible) if something causes
it to crash.
Trouble was, I didn't know what the saved file would have been called,
or where it might have been saved. However, I did know the crash had only
just happened, so I checked the time displayed on the system clock (bottom
right hand corner of the monitor screen) and wrote it down.
Then, opened File Finder, checked that the 'look In' slot was showing
C: drive as the place to search, and clicked the 'Date' tab at the top
of File Finder's window.
I chose to search for files 'Modified during the previous (1) days' by
clicking the appropriate circular 'radio button' then clicked 'Find Now'.
In a moment or two, File Finder had listed 137 files which had been modified
One click on the header at the top of the date and time column (ie click
on the word 'Modified') sorted all the entries in date and time order.
There was a promising looking file modified just two minutes earlier,
with its name and path displayed.
Problem solved. I was able to start Abiword again and open the file for
File Finder saved the day. As those who have attended the File Management
course well know, File Finder can be a very handy tool when you know how
to use it.
John Selby (Technical Bloke)
PS - For Windows XP users:-
Your File Finder is organised differently. Access by clicking Start,
From the resulting new window click
'All files and folders'.
The next window gives you the choice of entering the file name, or some
word or phrase contained in the file.
To search by date you need to click the label
'When was it modified?'
And if you just wanted to see files modified today you would need to click
the 'Specify dates' option, using today's date for both the start and
end of the search period.
Why not experiment? - look for some files which you already know exist,
using different methods.
PPS - To make the list of found files easier to read, get rid of the displayed
large icons by clicking 'View' in File Finder's menu bar, then select
What If Dr. Seuss Did
If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port, And the
bus is interrupted as a very last resort,
And the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort, Then the socket
packet pocket has an error to report!
If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash, And
the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash,
And your data is corrupted 'cause the index doesn't hash, Then your situation's
hopeless, and your system's gonna crash!
If the label on the cable on the table at your house,
Says the network is connected to the button on your mouse,
But your packets want to tunnel on another protocol, That's repeatedly
rejected by the printer down the hall,
And your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss So your
icons in the window are as wavy as a souse,
Then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang, 'Cause as sure as
I'm a poet, the 'puter's gonna hang!
When the copy of your floppy's getting sloppy on the disk,
And the microcode instructions cause unnecessary RISC,
Then you have to flash your memory and you'll want to RAM your ROM.
Quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your
This file is archived at The Laugh Zone
Thank you, Bert Tripp
http://gutenberg.net/ free classic books downloads
http://www.zdnet.com/ freeware and shareware downloads etc
Haven't we done well!
To date there are just on a hundred of you to still attend to
sending in your SNN Membership Renewal forms.
There have only been about thirty members who have resigned - several
have moved out of the area or the country!
A few have decided that they have benefitted to their limit from
tuition and association
with SeniorNet Napier, (and a number of these have also expressed
their thanks and appreciation to those who tutored and assisted
them in any way).
Some no longer have their computers, due to health restrictions
of one kind or another.
Shortly we will need to discontinue the newsletter to those who
have not 'paid up', but we will fix a coloured 'FINAL NOTICE'
sticker to your newsletter to remind you.
Please note though
THAT ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE
DIRECTLY TO OUR TREASURER
at - SNN Membership Renewal
224 A Te Awa Avenue
You may bring your Renewal form with payment to the A G M on 29
CAR PARKING at the LEARNING
Your Executive Committee is aware of problems sometimes with parking
- but it will probably right itself a little when extra cars used
by workmen are no longer using spaces.
However, you will also notice that the SeniorNet metal pipe is
now located in a new position just east of the 'Small car park'.
We are permitted to drive over this
and onto the grassed area with cars facing the Learning Centre and
St Andrews Hall.
Do drive forward far enough to permit those wanting to leave -
to back to the right and drive out again.
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.
Very Warm Welcome
to New Members
Numbers 683 - 694
From time to time, as Membership Secretary and thus speaking to
almost all prospective SNN members, I get inquiries about locating
a pre-loved computer.
Some of you may remember what it felt like to want to have a go
at this 'Information Technology thing', and to not have a family
member or anyone living nearby to help you.
This is particularly difficult for those with limited financial
resources as well.
Likewise, sometimes someone wishes to upgrade from an older eg Windows
98 with Works 4/4.5 and Word 97 to something more up to date.
As SeniorNet Napier is still tutoring in these older (but perfectly
adequate for basic word processing and email)programs, please let
me know in case I have people looking for such a set up.
Charles Jarvis (contact him via email) has a lady currently in this
situation, and I have two people who would dearly like to obtain
an older computer (with modem) and printer.
Contact details on back page of this newsletter
If any of you need to go across to Atawhai
for any reason please do take care
if using the outside metal wheelchair ramp over close
to the kitchen entrance of Atawhai.
A lethal concoction made up of some types of footwear and particularly
damp surfaces on nearby grass or the ramp itself, can lead to possibly
tragic or at least
Your committee has already been informed of a near miss, and so
we ask that you take particular note of this.
Tutorial Volunteers - please be especially vigilant!
for August Newsletter material will be 17 August 2002
Any SNN member is most welcome to contribute to our Newsletter.
Put It To The Panel
The 'Put it to the Panel' will probably recommence in August/September.
Please send your questions to Vicki Johnston - her contact details are
at the back of this newsletter. If anyone wishes to give their questions
to someone else please would that 'someone else' let Vicki know that you
have been given a question, so that she can 'mastermind/co-ordinate' the
There is now also a specially labeled box for your questions on the desk/table
in the tea room at the Learning Centre.
'My nephew in Oz sent me this...I'd had difficulty in getting his new
email address correct (dot in wrong place!) so he thought I'd appreciate
' From the United States comes the following story which reinforces the
need to get E-mail addresses correct:
After being nearly snow bound for two weeks, during the winter, a Seattle
man departed for Miami Beach, where he was to meet his wife the next day,
at the conclusion of her business trip to Minneapolis.
They were looking forward to some warm, pleasant weather and enjoying
a break from the children.
Unfortunately, there was a mix up at the Departure Gate and the man was
informed he would have to travel on a later flight. He tried to have the
decision reversed but was told he had no alternative but to travel on
the later flight.
On arrival, he found Miami beach was having a heat wave and the weather
was as uncomfortably hot, as Seattle's was cold.
The receptionist gave him a message that his wife would arrive later in
He could hardly wait to get to the pool. So he hurriedly sent his wife
an E-mail message, but because of his haste made an error in the address.
As a result, his message arrived at the home of an elderly widow, whose
preacher husband had been buried the day before. The grieving widow opened
her E-mail, took one look at the monitor, let out an anguished scream
and promptly had a heart attack.
When her family found her, the following message was still on the screen:
Departed yesterday, as you know,
Just now checked in.
Some confusion at the gate.
Appeal was denied.
Received confirmation of your arrival.
Your loving husband.
P.S: Things are not as we thought.
You will be surprised at how hot it is down here
Page 8 - Echo, February 2, 2002
LOOK - Second edition of 'NetGuide for
Seniors' is now available - with All New Beginners Guide to the
Internet & Computers
Recently I had a weekend away - and learned that one can do jig
saw puzzles from the Net!
My nephew in Masterton spends his computer time doing jig saws which
may be found onhttp://www.jigzone.com/There is even a 'jig saw of
the day' - beats playing solitaire when you're supposed to be working.
A website has been created to encourage those interested in uncovering
their Scottish family ties to go to the country and find out for themselves
what life was like for their ancestors and what it means to be a Scot.
The new site has been devised by VisitScotland (formerly the Scottish
Tourist Board) and aims to become the definitive web portal for people
interested in discovering their Scots roots.
For the first time it will be possible for people to enter a place
name, parish name or even a surname and find out where their ancestors
came from, what their life might have been like, and how Scotland
has developed into the vibrant nation it is today.
Thank you, Peter Blackmore
When attending meetings at
AHURIRI BOWLING CLUB ROOMS
Please note that we are to use the Tangaroa Street entrance - this
is first on the right off Coronation Street when entering from Battery
There is now ample sealed parking in Tanagroa Street.
From time to time this notice is included for the benefit of newer
When attending any SNN meetings, we endeavour to have your name
label available at the venue for you.
On arriving (before you are enticed away by the 'Raffle Seller')
go to the label boxes laid out on tables usually to the side of
the hall - here name labels for those not in a tuition class may
be found in alphabetical order.
If you are currently in a tuition class or are a Tutorial
Volunteer your label will be located on the cloth hangers which
you will have seen at the Learning Centre.
If you bring a guest along we have 'write
on adhesive labels' available - do help your visitor to
be more at ease and be easily introduced!
Please remember where you found
your label and put it back before you leave, or hand it to a committee
member or volunteer at the door.
Surfing the Net
It should be noted that our Links Buttonwill take you to a variety of
Here are some more Suggested sites to look at for N.Z. & elsewhere
of JudySutton's list(2)
-of New Zealand sites that may be useful to other members (continued from
Farmstays NZ www.ruralhols.co.nz
Fashion N Z www.fashionz.co.nz
Finance - Managed Funds Survey www.rbnz.govt.nz
Fire Service NZ www.fire.org.nz
Fishing spots/tide newzealandfishing.com
Furniture Removals Backloading www.backloadmoving.co.nz
Food in a minute (Gofton) www.ecook.co.nz
Forest & Bird Royal NZ www.forest-bird.org.nz
Forest Native NZ www.converge.org.nz/nfa
Four Wheel Drive NZ www.4X4.net.nz
Friends Lost ? - Schools www.findakiwi.co.nz
Com NZ www.gmcommission.govt.nz
Gift Vouchers NZ www.nzvouchers.co.nz
Government Dept List www.nzgo.govt.nz
Government Online www.govt.nz
Greenpeace NZ www.greenpeace.org.nz
Greypower NZ www.greypower.co.nz
Hawkes Bay Tourism
Health - Womans www.womens-health.com
Skin disease www.dermnet.org.nz
Health Ministry www.moh.govt.nz
Genealogists NZ Society
Hip Knee etc Pain Mgmt hippain.com
Historic Places Trust NZ www.historic.org.nz
Historic Places Register www.historic.org.nz/register.html
History NZ Govt www.govt.nz/aboutnz/history.php3
Holidays NZ www.newzealandholidays.com
Homestays NZ www.nzhomestay.co
Job Advice www.career.co.nz
Justices of Peace NZ www.jpfed.org.nz
Kakapo Native Bird www.kakaporecovery.org.nz
Kennel Club NZ nzkc.org.nz/pictdogs.shtml
Kitchen Tools (Millies) www.millys.co.nz
Land Care Research www.LandcareResearch.co.nz
Law Commission NZ www.lawcom.govt.nz/
Legal Help www.HowToLaw.co.nz
Lotto results www.lotto.nzpages.net.nz
The 'Meet with Grant Sidaway'
The meeting held at Ahuriri Bowling Club Rooms 9.30 am on Friday 12 July
2002 took place on a 'not so very pleasant weatherwise' morning, and thank
you so much to the thirty plus of you who came along. We soon became oblivious
to the moisture outside the building and once more were enthralled with
Grant's 'power point' presentation of 'up to the moment' Internet performances
- presented in his usual humourous and effective manner.
Before this, Grant and our other guest presenter Anne Tolley
both related points from their 'information technology' background and
then on behalf of Telecom and Xtra Anne presented our Social Convenor
Vicki Johnston with a plaque commemorating
10 years of SeniorNet in New Zealand
Grant then spoke ever so briefly on acquiring a digital
camera, and demonstrated a shot taken enroute to the venue - this truly
whetted our appetites for getting into digital cameras. Some relevant
notes and recollections from Grant's presentation follow
Why people choose Xtra
- Known Brand
- 24 Hour Free Help Desk
- Easy to connect
- Nationwide service
- Rates to match lifestyle
- Bill with the existing Telecom Account
- They support SeniorNet!!!
- passing information over a distance
- Now a true multimedia
- 550 million internet users
- 3,000 new connections every hour
- By 2005 = 1 billion internet users
10% of the time compared with telephone
TheTwo Main Myths
- You can get addicted to the net www.netaddiction.com
Never use your credit card online www.consumer-ministry.govt.nz/internet
Grant then related his experience of considering buying a property and
needing to know what public transport was available in the area, and all
this on a Sunday afternoon - so he went to www.wdc.govt.nz Here
he found an Aerial Map - and all the info he needed to know. Only
thing (and this was nothing to do with the Internet) his Tender missed
Do you wonder why your connection to the Internet often 'drops off'
- Grant expanded a little on the following points!
- House wiring, phone and power separate (see to this when home under
- 2 wire jackpoints
- Avoid long leads - Grant related a funny one here, and it is not too
- No christmas trees
- Unplug cordless telephones
- Electric fences to be made illegal
- Slow the modem speed down
- Use your ISP help desk - one of our SNN members can vouch for this
- Where electric fences must be used - care should be taken to make
sure proper earthing procedures are used. And all of us can learn to
manage our cordless phones properly
E mailing Tips
- Use folders to store emails
- Always spell check
- Signature files add professional touch
- Attachment process is useful
- Now add a little enhancement!
- Customise the look and feel
How about a Web Cam then?
- Add another dimension to your internet
- Not expensive
- Easy to make a start
- Use it with 'net meeting'
- Look em straight in the pixels!
This topic raised not a little interest and is probably something that
a number of us will be looking into as the facilities are made more
readily available to N Z'ers.
Check out the health channel - this is up to date and has
Some of Grant's favorites
- ..\NZGO Gateway to the New Zealand Government.htm
Grant may be contacted by email at email@example.com
Till next time keep smiling