Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Monthly meetings

MONDAY

Apple Mac SIG meetings

Apple Mac SIG meetings
When: Third Monday of each month starting at 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Anvil House, Level 1,  Room 2
​Facilitator: Bruce Ralph.
​Register:  Pre-registration is not required.  
Cost: This meeting is free for SeniorNet members

Are you new to Mac? Thinking of purchasing an Apple Mac?  Come along to observe or ask questions. This user group is suitable for all experience levels including those who are new to Apple Mac computers.

Each month we will be looking at a special topic, followed by a Q&A session where you can share your knowledge and experiences with or learn from other Apple Mac Computer users.

Topics covered during a recent meeting included:

  • Started the session with a quick look at all the ShortCut key that could be used on the Mac. This was just a general look.
  • Demonstrated a Tip – Keyboard Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, then went on to discuss other key combinations.
  • Create a example of using key command key and space bar to create a Spotlight search of the entire hard drive.
  • Demoed where is the Clipboard?  Using the Copy/Paste function temporary stores the copied text/ image on a Clipboard.
  • The importance of ‘esc’ key  – escape key when working within a document on a Mac.
  • Also discussed How To Create Screen shots – snapshot of the entire screen, or just part of the screen, or recording a movie.
  • Once the movie was recorded, I demoed how to edit the movie, using QuickTime Player, to edit out unwanted parts of the movie.
  • Then we looked at Safari Web Browser, the difference between using TABS and New Windows.
  • Finally we ended up with a quick Look at using the Control Key in Safari to find the meaning of a Name and locations of places.

Thursday

Windows Users Group meetings

Windows SIG Group meetings
When:  Thursday 12th September, starting at 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2
​Facilitator:  Pete Grant
​Register:  Pre-registration is not required.  
Cost:  This meeting is free for SeniorNet members

Do you use a Windows computer? If yes, then please come along to the next session of a Window Special Interest Group (SIG) at Anvil House on 12 September.

Previous sessions have covered understanding Microsoft Onedrive, File Explorer, backing up your important files, adding a Google Drive to your PC, and a brief look at Microsoft PowerToys. At the next session we will take a look at Search on your PC, and some of the options under the Personalisation and Accessibility settings. We will also have time for an open Q&A, and hopefully some time to discuss some of your individual issues with help from the tutors.

TUESDAY

Android Users Group meetings

Android Smartphones & Tablets SIG Group
When:  Fourth Tuesday of each month, starting at 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2
​Facilitator:  Graeme Munro
​Register:  Pre-registration is not required.  
Cost:  This meeting is free for SeniorNet members

If you want to get the most out of your Android device, come to this user group. These sessions are specifically designed to help the beginner and new members are particularly welcome. Come along and ask your questions or maybe provide the answer to someone else’s question. One-on-one help may be available if time allows.

Topics covered during a recent meeting included:

Subjects discussed:

  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Pick Android Over iPhone
  • Google news shortcuts
  • Google search shortcuts
  • Android Photo gallery Editor
  • Add JPG image to your text message using  Gboard keyboard
  • Do you need a new Smart TV?
  • Learn something new each day
  • Not getting the message?

Questions:

  • Do you need fibre broadband
  • Can you choose your own fibre provider
  • Using your phone as a mobile hotspot
  • Data usage-Retirement Commission paper
  • Rotate screen in Samsung tablet
  • Are cookies safe?
  • What is the best approach to using a mobile phone overseas?
  • Google Lens app demonstration
  • GCF Learn free tutorials
  • Download Chrome browser to phone
  • NZ Herald phone app issues-need subscription
  • NZ Herald available on Press Reader ex library card
  • Check Skinny Jump site to see if available for your location
  • Link phone to PC-issues
  • Incognito tab in Chrome browser

WEDNESDAY

Questions and Answers Group – with Ray meetings

(Question & Answers SIG Group – with Ray
When:  Second Wednesday of each month, starting at 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2
Facilitator:  Ray Heenan
​Register:  Pre-registration is not required.  
Cost:  This meeting is free for SeniorNet members

This group is for computer users at all levels of experience. Come along and contribute, enjoy yourself and learn something new.

The format is primarily a question and answer session, where we can all help each other to solve problems, simple or complex. New members will find this very helpful, as we also show you how to go about solving issues that we may not be able to fix at the session. Scroll down to the Computer Owners Group section on Newsletters to see Magazine Reviews prepared by COG attendees

Topics covered during theJune meeting included:

  • Using Temu online shopping
  • Powerbank purchase (solar panel charger also)
  • Turning off roaming to save data
  • Data use – see Retirement Commission paper
  • Gemini AI tool
  • Copilot AI tool
  • Speech to txt in AI tools (using mic)
  • Duty paid on imports
  • Insurance comparisons (+Care with Gold Card offers)
  • Power price comparisons
  • Overfifty Insurance rip off
  • Static on RadioNZ in kitchen
  • Gods Mode app
  • Financial benefits of retirement Village living
  • NZ company price rip offs vs overseas purchases
  • Google photos search terms list
  • Android Intelligence newsletter
  • Into: 6 things that Android can do that Apple can’t
  • 3 Metre charging cable
  • Photograph receipts for quick access
  • Bluetooth earphones… only two contacts??

THURSDAY

Photography Group meetings

Photography SIG Group
When:  Second Thursday of each month, starting at 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where:  Anvil House, Level, 1 Room 2
Facilitator:  Ray Heenan
​Register:  Pre-registration is not required.  
Cost:  This meeting is free for SeniorNet members

This group is all about learning and sharing information relevant to the digital camera world, including all smartphones with cameras.  Each month there is a special topic of interest to members. If you have a camera operational problem do bring it as we will have time for questions and answers. And, as always, if  you have captured something you are really proud of bring it along to share with the group.

The meeting Thursday 13 June was an interesting session which included,

  • Show n tell (by participants in the session), pics of
  • Reflections on water
  • Birds/Wings  Kingfisher, Spoonbill, Shags, Swallows, Thrush, and Bumble bee
  • Black n white/Monochrome
  • Letter box village; Wadestown
  • Poses
  • Discussions  around displays
  • e.g. tips for practice in catching birds in flight in your lens
  • settings for shutter, aperture, depth of field, focus grid etc.
  • Preparation and printing our chosen pics – to be developed in July 2024
  • Photo paper; grades, glossy, matt, watch for sales and build up a (small) stock <A4 if printing at home, A3 if commercial
  • Printer Ink/toner for printer… Trade me, Wholesale toners, etc
  • Use cell phone to photo and file your docs:
  • Quotes, invoices, receipts, agreements etc
  • Bring your Flash Drive next session if you are keen to get copies of discussion points selected from the following list:
  • Light colour temperature cheat sheet
  • Lighting evaluation flow chart
  • Psychology of colour cheat sheet
  • Understanding light 1
  • Understanding light 2
  • The Quality of Light and Shadow, AND a look at…
  • The Bastards Book of Photography… And 
  • Why the author called it that!
  • Next session, 10 am Thursday 11 July

THURSDAY

Questions and Answers Group – with Alan meetings

Questions and Answers (Q&A) SIG Group with Alan
When: Fourth Thursday of each month, starting at 12:30 – 2:30
Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2
Facilitator:  Alan Royal
​Register:  Pre-registration is not required.  
Cost:  This meeting is free for SeniorNet members

The group welcomes new and experienced computer users. Come along and contribute, enjoy yourself and learn something new.

The format will be a quick run down on present and future technology developments of interest to Senior​Net members followed by a question and answer session, where we can all help each other to solve​ problems, simple or complex. New members will find this very helpful, as we ​also show you how to go about solving issues that we may not be able to fix​ ​at the session.


Topics covered during the last meeting (Q&A session 23 May 2024) including:

Discussion points:

The aim of this part of the Q&A session is:

  • to help you to help yourself
  • how to use today’s technology to know what you don’t know.

SeniorNet website and calendar:

Check website and calendar regularly. There is also a lot of other interesting information. We also have a Facebook page. You need to register to access this page.

Slow cooker hāngī

Did you know you can cook your own hangi in a slow cooker. 

Free movie sites with no signup

Access legal free movies with no sign-up from platforms like YouTube, Crackle, Tubi, and more.
Use a VPN if the content is region-blocked; free VPNs are available to help access content from any region.
Platforms like Tencent Video, Popcornflix, and CBC Gem offer a variety of movies and shows for free without sign-ups.
A good range of free movies and documentaries are available on the Wellington City Library website.

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God Mode is a (clearly exaggerated) term for a folder that contains links to all kinds of system settings directly on your desktop (or wherever you choose to create it). Despite its intimidating name, God Mode is very easy to set up, and there’s almost no risk to it, aside from making important settings easily accessible.

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Questions asked during meeting:

  • Sky broadband
  • Fibre costs
  • Skinny Jump
  • Google translate
  • Murphy’s law opposite
  • Shopping around for
  •   power
  •   insurance
  •   internet
  • Phone stands
  • Printer not connecting
  • Copilot
  • Microphone not working
  • Adblock blocking YouTube

    FRIDAY

    Apple IOS Users Group meetings

    Apple IOS Users Group
    When: First Friday of each month, starting at 10:00am – 12:00pm
    Where:  Anvil House, Level 1,  Room 2
    ​Facilitator: Allan Chee and Peter Chik
    ​Register:  Pre-registration is not required.  
    Cost: This meeting is free for SeniorNet members

    IOS is the operating system on Apple mobile devices, iPhones and iPads

    Are you having problems with your iPhone, iPad or iPod device or just interested in learning more about it? If so, you are welcome to come along & ask questions. Don’t be shy.

    These sessions are specifically designed to help the beginner. Come and ask your questions so that we can help you get the most out of your Apple phone or tablet. Even if you don’t have any questions yourself, still please come along as you may have the answer to someone else’s question.

    At a previous session Allan discussed sharing to all Devices. This session will focus on to a general conversation with attendees about their own issues (if any) using their iPhones, iPads, or iPod Touch devices. Helpers will contribute a couple of new features as well.