Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

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 the February 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. To do this press Control key, click on name, select ‘Look up’ where the word ‘Ainulindale’ comes from? Press Control key, click on name, select ‘Search with Google’ to find where ‘Manosque’ actually is in France. The ‘Search with Google’ result includes pictures and a map location and (I think) GPS coordinates. – that’s it!

Thursday

Windows Users Group meetings

Windows SIG Group meetings
When:  Thursday 20th June, 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) we are running on 20th June at 12:30 at Anvil House.

At the last session we talked about understanding Microsoft Onedrive, and options for backing up your important files. At this next session we will do a bit more on OneDrive, take a look at Search on your PC, and look at how you can have more than one “account” on a computer. 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 a recent meeting included:

  • Gmail preview pane removal
  • File history
  • Windows commands
  • Gmail tutorials
  • Coffee facemask
  • Youtube shortcuts
  • YouTube transcript
  • Gmail search function
  • Email providers
  • TableOf Contents to navigate
  • Google Bard AI
  •    Use
  •    Talk to
  •    Listen
  • Ctrl S command
  • Dictate extension in Gmail
  • Print Gmail message content
  • Make Use Of Site
  • e.g. Keyboard short cuts, plus
  • Chat GPT booklet
  • Rotate phone to read book
  • Create app off file on the phone
  • Google Ad block
  • What is a URL

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.

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.

Google AI Essentials

With Google AI Essentials, you’ll learn how to use generative AI tools to help speed up daily tasks, make more informed decisions, and develop new ideas and content. In under 10 hours of self-paced study, you’ll learn how to use generative AI tools to help boost productivity and enhance your work. You’ll also learn how to write effective prompts and use AI responsibly by identifying AI’s potential biases and avoiding harm.

Air Fryer Recipes

Air fryer recipes, which are made in an easy modern tool that cooks all your favorite food.

Sharpening the Mind: Top Brain Training Exercises for Seniors

Whether brain training exercises are effective has been a hot topic for decades. Various research and studies have been conducted, with evidence pointing that it can improve cognitive function and help prevent or delay the natural mental decline of ageing.

10 Free Movie Streaming Sites With No Sign Up Requirements

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.

  • What is Microsoft Copilot and How Do You Use It?
  • Microsoft Copilot can help with everything from summarizing search query results to showing you how to change settings in Windows. Some of the most useful tasks include:
  • Use voice, text, and images to chat with Copilot
  • Summarize search queries, web pages, and documents
  • Research topics
  • Create images (uses DALL-E 3)
  • Create text content (emails, blogs, stories, etc.)
  • Make reservations
  • Shop online

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.