Newsletter Sept Oct 2019
Spring is officially here although at the time of writing it doesn’t really feel like it. It’s nice to see all the spring flowers and blossom out; my garden smells of freesias and daphne and the camellias make a great show despite the efforts of the heavy rain showers.
Our guest speaker for the September meeting at Kelston will be Grant Sidaway, SeniorNet Executive Officer from Wellington. We all know he is very entertaining and knowledgeable when it comes to IT. This will be the last chance we have to hear Grant as he is retiring at the end of the year.
We will be having a stall at the Festival of Learning on the 7th September, between 11 am and 2 pm. This is part of the Adult Learners Week and will be held at the Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre. We should have our Tablets and laptops working so if you have any questions please come and see us, we may be able to help you.
A reminder that Classes scheduled so far for September are All Phones and Tablets on the 4th and Windows 10 over three weeks from the 5th.
In October our guest speaker at Kelston will be Heather, who is the Financial Crime Investigator for the ASB. This should be a good topic, so please keep the 15th October free.
Kind regards from the Chair, June
The Rite of Spring Are you looking forward to the arrival of spring? I think the wet month of August has made me forget the sunny preceding months. The story behind Stravinsky’s music and ballet was considered a bit avant-garde way back in 1913 for its pagan ritual in which a sacrificial virgin dances herself to death. And I was reminded of spring again when a nephew sent me a photo of Botticelli’s Primavera he had recently taken on a trip to Italy. Then my memory wandered to many walks around the Clava Cairns, almost next door to Culloden Battlefield. Its stones are aligned perfectly with winter’s setting sun. In my own island the twenty or so prehistoric sites that comprise the Callanish Standing Stones (Tursachan Calanais in Gaelic) have stood for around five thousand years. No-one really knows the history of the pagan rites that may have been held there, and at Clava. An east-west line of stones lets you see, between two stones, both the Spring and Autumn equinoxes. Their autumn equinox is around the time of the spring equinox in NZ. And so my mind wandered as I look out my study window at my neighbour’s daffodils and jonquils being beaten around by the ferocious wind. I’m still waiting for my kowhai tree to produce some flowers. I just hope they don’t get blown away before they have time to open.
Remember our monthly meetings at Kelston Community Centre are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. Circle the days on your calendar; put it in your 2019 diary now!
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 17 September, 2019. The guest speaker will be Grant Sidaway from SeniorNet Federation.
The date for the October meeting is 15 October, 2019. The guest speaker will be Heather, ASB’s Financial Crime Investigator.
The 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 10am to 11am. Please note the new time. It means the tutors do not have to stay after 11am if no-one turns up, but will be still available until noon as/if required. September dates are 10 and 24 September; October dates are 08 and 22 October.
We are encouraged by the number of people who have attended our Help Days, and have found that the majority of questions are more involved than we had originally anticipated. Therefore we are asking for a $5.00 donation per Help Day session.
This time is also suitable for those wishing to enquire about classes, joining SeniorNet or just generally finding out a bit more about what we do.
New Members as at end August, 2019
A Warm Westie Welcome to the following new members:
Margaret Rogers Vel Fleming Valerie Yovich Alan Donovan Ruth Carr Peter Cole Anne Welch Carole Braddock Peter Luker Marilyn Anne Henneker
Many Happy Returns, Glenys
One of our long-time tutors, and former chairperson, recently celebrated a significant birthday. Here she is with some of our tutors, from left: Shirley, Glenys, Lorraine, Joan and Michaela.
Are they scams?
Have you had an email from Ron B?
We’re pleased to inform youm (sic) that you have been approved as our BIG WINNER etc…with the obligatory links included. If you receive an email of this type, do not click on any of the links provided and do not click on the link asking you to unsubscribe.
Inland Revenue refunds
And Inland Revenue kindly emailed me to let me know I’m eligible for a refund of GST. And a reminder that they tried to send it to me automatically, but were unable to do so because they don’t have me details on file! Now I know full well they have my details as they take
interest payments from my investment account every month without fail! Oh, yes, and I’ve never had a GST account anyway! Again, if you receive an email like this, just delete it. Do not click on any of the links. Do not click on the unsubscribe link. And another one from the ever-vigilant IRD! Seemingly I’m due to receive an overpayment from 2018. Not sure why they also want my credit card details. Again, do not click on any links.
They’ve chosen my email address and given me a chance for me to win $2,000, if I click on all the links. No thanks!
I received a phone call shortly after I got home from the last Help Session telling me my Internet was going to be cut off immediately if I did not press 1; and again a very polite voice telling I should press 1. Of course I ignored her! That’s what you must do if you receive a similar call. And here I am, typing your newsletter with my internet connection still connected, blinking away in the background! And she rang again that evening. I’ve had several of these calls, each time telling me that my internet is about to be cut off! And an email from “Spark Account” (sic) telling me that they had received my request to delete my “Folders and Document” (sic) permanently. The sender’s name said Taupo Refrigeration. If you receive an email like this, check who the sender is, and please do not click on either of the links. It’s a scam.
An email from Countdown (it was not their email address) urging me to click on the link to claim my $500 voucher as their robot had selected me. It has some similarities to the Countdown email, but enough odd bits to make me check the email address. Do not click.
Scammer on the phone?
Stop and think – is this real? Hang up Call your telco, bank or the Police and ask if the call you received was genuine.
Here are some tips that will help you get better performance from your smartphone. Clean out unused apps. You may have a few you’ve downloaded over time, forgotten about and no longer use. Android: go to Settings, scroll down and click Apps. Select the one you want to delete, click Uninstall. Go back to your display window and delete widget. Or lightly touch (do not press) on the icon for the app you want to discard. A small menu will appear. Click Uninstall. Several Android phones cone with pre-installed apps from your carrier (Google or Samsung), so you’re stuck with them! iPhone: Go to Settings, tap General, tap [iPhone] Storage. Scroll down, select the app you wish to remove. Tap Delete App, tap Delete again to confirm that you want to delete the app. iPhones come with no pre-loaded software, except for some Apple bloatware, though not anywhere near what you find on Android.
Updating apps and O/S systems Whether you have an Android or iPhone making sure your OS and apps are updated is important to keep your phone running smoothly. Android: to see if the O/S (operating system) is up-to-date click on Settings, find and click About Phone, click Software Information. This will tell you if you have the latest O/S. If you don’t have the latest version, click Settings, click Software Updates, click Download Updates manually. The steps may vary depending on which version of a Galaxy Samsung you have, but the starting point is always Settings. iPhone: Back up your files and photos to iCloud. Tap Settings from your home screen, tap General, tap Software Update, tap Download and Install, enter Passcode if you are asked, tap Agree to Terms and Conditions, tap Agree again to confirm.
Update your apps as necessary for Android and iPhones as they do not automatically update with the new O/S versions. Exciting research database
Massey University (Wellington Campus) and Statistics New Zealand have launched New Zealand’s first teaching and research database, the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) laboratory. Available data includes education, income, benefits, migration, justice, and health and all data is completely anonymous. Researchers and students will be able to use this database and IDI is integrated with the university’s Master of Analytics programme which comprises three areas: Health, Public Policy, and Business. It is anticipated that graduates’ skills will guide policy development and decision-making across these three areas.
New travel arrangements for overseas visitors
This is the time of year our northern relations and friends come ‘downunder’, to miss the worst of their winter weather. From 01 October Immigration New Zealand will introduce a new travel requirement from “visa waiver countries’. It’s called The NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). If you’ve visited the USA in recent years you will be familiar with this procedure. All visitors who are eligible to travel to New Zealand without a visa will need to hold an NZeTA before boarding a flight or cruise. It will be valid for many visits and up to two years. www.nzeta.immigration.govt.nz has all the information regarding eligibility or otherwise, how to apply and how to pay. Enjoy your visitors.
Some of our Club members who have specialised computer knowledge voluntarily give help to those with computer problems and may also give advice about purchasing computers etc. It is essential that members of SeniorNet are aware that such help and advice imposes no responsibility or liability either on those members who provide such help and assistance or on SeniorNet West Auckland Inc.
We acknowledge the support of the major sponsor of our Learning Centre: The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF). Our main benefactor, assisting their local community.