|This is the second edition of Gizmoe in 2018.
also be posted on www.seniornet.co.nz from
3rd April 2018.
All is set for the Federation AGN and Symposium on the 8th and
9th May at the Hamilton Airport
Hotel and Conference Centre. Invitations have been sent to all
Learning Centres so if you would like
to attend please register via your Learning Centre. We will be
limited to 120 people so please be
sure to register early. It would be great to have good
representation from the Waikato/BoP Centres
as the very reason the Federation moves the event around the
country is to give easier opportunity
for people in each region to attend and enjoy the networking
opportunities. AGM documents are
being finalised and will be sent to all Centres within the
I was very disappointed to be told the Minister for Seniors
(Hon Tracey Martin) has now declined our
invitation to attend the Symposium. When I first meet the
minister in December 2017 she gave a
strong “yes I’ll be there” response but due to
parliamentary pressure – “the house is sitting on that
day”, the minister is not able to attend. Not wishing to be
put off I then invited her to our dinner the
night prior but was told “the minister is busy” – what
When asked for an update on what progress the Minister had
made with government funding for
SeniorNet the follow two statements were provided:
• The Minister for Seniors is very supportive of initiatives
which are aimed at improving
digital literacy amongst Seniors
• Funding for new/continuing programmes form part of Budget 2018
process which is currently under review and the outcome of
this exercise will be covered
in the budget announcement by the Minister of Finance which is
due on 17th May
So, we shall keep our fingers crossed!
Keep up the great work all the volunteers are doing to help
Learn something new every day!
Grant Sidaway Executive Officer
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My Experience with Fibre.
Ian Turner. (Ian helped set up the SeniorNet Federation and
was the Chairman for many years)
I was interested to read the piece in the February 2018 Gizmoe
by my good friend Ray McDonald
about how things went when he was connected to fibre. In fact,
so interested, that it got me going
to write this piece, not as a reply to Ray’s one, but as a
I have always been almost obsessed by computers (I once
learned with students as I taught them
how to program the second computer that ever came into NZ) and
have usually purchased whatever
was the latest technology. So, when fibre connections were
first mooted, I got really excited. Then
further excited when I found that our area would be one of the
first to be so served.
It took some time before it happened, but eventually our
street was connected. All cabling was
underground and they made a really good job of it without
leaving any disturbances.
So, I applied for a connection. A few days later a new modem
arrived, and I thought I was on the
(I still have the modem in new condition, free to a good home
for the cost of a courier.)
Problem. We are up a shared right of way with two other houses
having access from the drive. By
the legislation of the time, the permission of the other
owners was required. One would not give it.
Real frustration!! The cables were so near, yet so far away!!
But there was talk of the legislation
being changed, so perhaps it was just a waiting game.
Over a year later, a Vodafone salesman arrived at our door. He
suggested that he could get the
connection organised, so I signed a contract on the proviso
that it happened. But again, we were
frustrated. No agreement was given. The new legislation was in
the pipeline, but the time it was
taking seemed never–ending.
Then I saw an advertisement for a wireless system. Supposedly
close in speed to fibre. So I signed up
for it. The modem arrived a few days later and we were all go
after about the hour that it took to get
the exchange switched over. More about that later.
Then the tenants in the house where approval had been declined
changed. The new people were
super tech–oriented and had to have fibre. So I was asked to
agree to the installation !! I gave it
albeit somewhat reluctantly after their two refusals for my
own connection !!
Some time later the cable was installed up the drive and
across the front of my house. Again a great
job was done with no disturbances.
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Then the tenants changed again, and the new ones don’t
appear to want fibre. So cables are in
place, but none of the three houses have a connection. Every
time I go up or down our drive I see a
coil of cable ready to be connected to our house.
But more on the wireless connection: I am very happy with it.
The speed is more than satisfactory
for my uses. I often look at news sites and many now have a
lot of advertising at the top of the page
and that slows the download anyway.
We also installed five Uniden SSE35 wireless telephones around
the house and the base unit simply
plugs into the wireless modem. So apart from one very short
cable between base phone and
modem, we have no cables in or outside
the house. That’s very convenient in a
house that is almost impossible to wire.
We bought the Uniden because of the
number of handsets we could have and
because the units are a good size for use
by older people.
The wireless modem operates the same
way as a mobile phone, but with our old landline number.
So, when we went on holiday last year, we simply picked up the
modem and a phone and took them
with us. We just needed to plug in power and wait a minute or
two as the unit booted up. We then
had all the communication facilities we have when at home.
Everyone could still ring us 200 Km from
home, on the usual landline number and without toll charges.
For us, wireless works so well I won’t reconsider a fibre
Ray take note, you can’t take your fibre connection with you
when you go on holiday !!
The title of this article may well be an oxymoron given the
issues exposed in the past few weeks with
data collected by a UK firm from millions of Facebook users
then apparently put to use to sway
people in the us to vote for Mr Trump. Of course, many, if not
most of us already understood
through maturity that something offered for free is often too
good to be true! In this case I think it is
fair to say that is partly correct as it would appear the
trade–off for using social media apps like Face
book is that your information can be sold on to marketing
companies keen to identify you as a likely
purchaser. Its called profiling. For example, by narrowing
down your likes/dislikes, age, location etc
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an advertiser can quickly determine ideal products and
services you could potentially purchase,
Google is nifty at it as well! In fact, almost without
exception all the free applications are at it too!
So, what can you do? Let’s concentrate on Facebook with the
knowledge that similar aspects could
also apply to other social media applications.
1. Have you read the terms and conditions – of course
they are long and frightening, most
terms and conditions are! However, if you feel it’s too
onerous then opt out. At least read
the terms and conditions then you will know what you will be
signing up for. Here is a link to
the Facebook terms and conditions: https://www.facebook.com/terms.php
2. There’s a great array of settings in Facebook but making a
start with basic privacy settings
will get you on the right road. You can always dig deeper
later. Click on the question mark
symbol in the top right of any Facebook page when you’re
logged in, and select Privacy
Check–up, an easy–to–follow walkthrough of your current
settings relating to "Posts", "Apps"
3. Posts – check
your default sharing setting. I recommend the Friends setting over the
one. When set to Public all your posts can be seen by anyone
on or off Facebook. Unless
you're a celebrity or running a page that is used to generate
interest in a business you run,
you will likely want to keep your activity restricted to those
you have Friended.
The Friend setting has a few tweaks you should be aware of as
By clicking on the sharing setting button, then the More
Options button, you will see the
Custom option. Click on that and you will see that you can
include all your Friends while
excluding the names of certain Facebook friends you don't want
to see your updates. It is
also important to note that the Friends of anyone tagged in
your post or photos will be able
to see that post unless you uncheck the option in this window.
Keep in mind you can change the sharing settings of any
individual Facebook update by
clicking on the sharing button to the left of the Post button.
You can even go back to change
settings of previous posts by clicking on the people icon at
the top of the post, to the right
of the date stamp.
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4. Apps – Each
app on the site you agreed to install has permission to post to your
unless you told it otherwise at the time you installed it.
Can't remember? This part of the
tool shows you each app attached to your account and what
sharing permissions it has.
These settings also control who can see that you have the app
installed. Its very important
you check this!
If you don't use the app anymore, delete it by clicking on the
5. Profile – it’s here you can see the privacy setting on your email
hometown, relationship status and other personal details about
your life. Under emails it
will show the one you registered with when you first signed up
for Facebook as well as one
Facebook has assigned to you (which you likely will never use. For your birthday, the sharing
settings are split between the day/month and the year. That
way your Friends can wish you
happy birthday on Facebook on your special day without
necessarily knowing your exact
age. For hometown, this setting only affects what your Friends can
see. Advertisers and
others may still access this information, especially if you
are using the Facebook app which
tracks your location automatically.
Finally, if you have set a relationship with another Facebook
user, it will be shared unless
you set otherwise.
Please note that this is only a partial list of the
information you're sharing. To see the full
list, click the My About Page button, which
will take you to your profile page. On there, you
can review the various sections—Work and Education, Places
You've Lived, Contact and
Basic Info, Family and Relationships, Details About You, and
Life Events —and make changes
hovering over each and clicking the link that appears.
I hope this will not put you off Facebook or other social
media applications. With the right
caution applied social media is a fabulous technology tool to
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Facebook and SeniorNet
They say advertising pays off in the long run. Well in this
case it certainly has. A couple of
weeks ago I had a call from a person saying she would like to
volunteer her time to help
with SeniorNet, with project management skills I jumped at the
idea and meet her a few
days later. She said se saw one of “our cars” and
thought yes that would be great. Even
when I told her that we only have one car with SeniorNet
branding it failed to put her off.
Liz is now working on a project for us to revitalise our
Facebook presence in an effort to gain
additional members through social media. We have been a bit
lax in the social media space
so hopefully Liz can provide us with the tonic we need.
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CERT NZ – Certainly doing their best to fight
CERT NZ released this week its final figures for 2017, showing
that New Zealanders reported
more than $5.3 million lost to cyber security issues to CERT
NZ, New Zealand’s dedicated
cyber security unit. Nine incidents involved losses of over
$100,000 each. From the nine
incidents, $2.8 million in total loss was reported. Its fair
to say cyber crime is increasing in
New Zealand so the establishment of CERT in April 2017 has
proven to be very timely.
If you or any your organisation you are associated with
experiences a cyber security threat –
or if you suspect you may have been exposed to one – contact
CERT NZ any time at
www.cert.govt.nz or call 0800 CERT NZ, Monday to Friday, 7am – 7pm.
Census 18– a SeniorNet Success
We asked for your help and you certainly gave it! At very
short notice we were asked by
Statistics NZ to provide help at our Learning Centres for
people wanting to complete their
on–line census form. Our learning Centres responded well,
very well in fact! It would seem
collectively we helped over 2,000 people complete their forms
with many Centres
advertising in local newspapers helping to promote the
service. Over a period of
approximately two weeks many Learning Centres were kept busy
with reporters asking
questions and writing articles. In addition, I gave five radio
interviews one morning TV
appearance and three newspaper reports. All in all, well done
everyone, thank you for
getting behind this it not only provided much help in the
community but also lifted our
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