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West Auckland 


Newsletter July/August, 2019 

From the Chair 

Hi Everyone 

From the 1st of August we are changing the times of our help days; still to be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, but the time will now be between10 and 11am. However should you require the Tutor to stay longer they will stay until 12 noon. Remember, if it’s cold or wet outside, our room at the RSA is lovely and warm so do join us for coffee and a chat and refresh on a topic you took some time ago and "just can’t remember". We get a lot of enquiries re phones and tablets so please don’t hesitate to come and ask. Desktops and laptops, Apple and Android are also covered. 

At our last Kelston meeting you were able to see a large selection of products put out by Independent Living Services. If you saw something and didn’t purchase it at the time remember they have a store at Royal Oak and their details are on line. It’s nice to know what is available should you need it in the future. https://ilsnz.org/ 

We’ve missed her cheery face over the past few months. One of our long-serving members, Carol, has been missing from our recent meetings due to ill-health, but we are pleased to say that she is now on the mend and we are hoping she will be joining us for the July Kelston meeting. 



The Chair 

Pleiades, Matariki 

The other day a Subaru car drove into my neighbour’s drive and the logo reminded me that Matariki is nigh. Subaru, in Japanese, means ‘unite’ and is also their term for the six stars in the Taurus constellation, named ‘Pleiades’ by the Ancient Greeks. I grew up with the Greek myth of Pleiades, whose role was said to have been that of companions and attendants to the goddess of the hunt, Artemis, and probably the best known cluster of stars in the night sky, visible in the northern hemisphere late in the year, around November. They were the daughters of the Titan, Atlas and the sea-nymph, Pleione. The names of the seven Pleiades was generally agreed upon by ancient sources, with the seven sisters being; Maia, Electra, Taygete, Alcyone, Celaeno, Sterope, and Merope. Most people can see only six Pleiades stars, not seven, and the myth of the lost Pleiad is found in European, African, Asian, Indonesian, Native American and Aboriginal Australian lore. A 17,000-year-old painting in the Lascaux caves in France depicts the Matariki star cluster with Tautoru (the belt of Orion) on the top left of the image. To see more stars, some claim as many as twenty, you would need to have very good eyesight, low power in a telescope, or binoculars, and the patience to sit under a dark, moonless sky. The optimum time to observe the rising of Matariki is in the phase of the moon known in NZ as Tangaroa, the moon of plenty. This year the moon phase will occur in the three or four days leading to a new moon, from 25 June – 03 July. Old Māori were said to be able to see nine stars, each having significance over wellbeing and environment and signalling that the New Year will begin. 

The nine visible stars include: Matariki, Tupuārangi, Waipuna-ā-Rangi, Waitī, Tupuānuku, Ururangi, Waitā, Pōhutukawa and Hiwa-i-te-Rangi. 

Erratum Erratum – did you notice it? On page 5 of the last newsletter, top of page, last sentence, should read - "That way the anti-spam programme will learn (not earn!) to identify what is spam and you will be less likely to receive as much in the future." My apology; I loathe sloppy proof- reading. 

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, 16 July, 2019. The date for the August meeting is 20 August, 2019. The guest speaker for the July meeting will be Gaye Stratton, the Community Liaison Educator for Macular Degeneration NZ. 

Help Days 

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. July dates are 09 and 23 July; August dates are 13 and 27 August. 

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. 

Safety – again! 

They’re still at it. The other day I received an email from Apple stating that I owed them for a month’s subscription on a dating site! It will automatically renew unless I turn it off. Blimey! If you get a similar, or the same email, please remember, DO NOT click on any link contained in it. And the Co-operativebank, (yes, that’s what the heading was) Security Team and Legal Advisor, via a French email address, told me I had a 

new alert which I could check, etc . . . Well, I didn’t, of course. They sent another email a week later. I obviously did not respond to their first one!! And I was interested to receive a confirmation of my purchase of a subscription to a dating site! I was even advised that my subscription would be automatically renewed, etc and so forth. Well that fired my imagination, before I deleted the email!! 

And then ASB emailed me for my address update because IRD has asked them to complete my details. The email address was from someone called Earl! Again, do not click on the link! 

Should you use Facebook to log into other sites, when offered? Many sites make it easy to log in using your Facebook account. It’s easy, but is it safe? Common sense tells me that if this is presented as an option, I won’t use it. I don’t believe it is worth the risk. I will log in with my email or ID and password instead. To my thinking, that is basic, simple security. If your Facebook account is ever compromised, then every other account where you use Facebook for login is immediately compromised as well. If that one account one account gets hacked . . . all the accounts are hacked. Once they have your password hackers can go hunting. If you use the same password everywhere a single leak of that password puts all your accounts at risk. Hackers will be able to log in to any or all of your other online accounts as well. Common sense recommends setting up a unique login ID and password for each and every online service that requires signing in. Remember - use long, strong passwords; a different password for each log-in account you have; consider enabling two-factor authentication. 

Two-factor authentication is a mechanism for verifying identity that relies on two different types of things, both of which must be correct, in order to allow access. Some of you may be familiar with this when you use your bank account online. Authentication is based on something unique to you, and this extra factor increases security where just using one correct password may no longer be sufficient. You may have to provide 

three subsets of authentication and then will have to choose the one that randomly appears each time you log on. 

Spammers and spoofing From’ spoofing means faking the ‘From:’ address on an email to make it look like it came from you. To so this, spammers do not have to have access to your account, they only need the email address. It is pretty close to anonymous, as spam is very difficult to trace back to its origin. While your email account and your email address are related, they are not the same thing. Your email address is the information that allows the email system to route messages to your inbox. Your email account is what you use to log in and gain access to the email you have received. In most cases it is also what you use to log in, in order to be able to send email. 

Dutch firm wants to restore Notre Dame by 3D printing it 

Imagine using 3D printing techniques to rebuild Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral from the ground up. 

That’s exactly what one Dutch company proposes to do – while keeping the soul and history of the building. 

Concr3de co-founder Eric Geboers explained that his company’s proposal is to combine old materials and new technologies to create Notre Dame again. 

Their proposal includes the collection of ash, dust, and damaged stone from the ruins that would be turned into a 3D printable powder. That powder, along with 3D scans of the Notre Dame, would be used to 3D print the lost parts of the Notre Dame. 

It’s a bold claim, but Geboers says it’s not a fantasy. In a blog, he writes that Concr3de used a material combining lime, stone, and ash to create a 3D print of the demon Le Stryge that watches over Paris

Have you thought about it? 

Advance care planning will help you, the important people in your life and your health care team plan for your end-of-life care. It will make it easier for everyone to know what you want if you can no longer speak for yourself. Visit the website of the Health Quality & Safety Commission 

for more information about advance care planning, or pick up their pamphlet called ‘Advance Care Planning’ at your nearest CAB office. Visit www.hqsc.govt.nz , talk to your family, your GP, practice nurse or other health care professional about your choices. And remember to set up your two separate powers of attorney. For further information about this go to http://superseniors.msd.govt.nz 

Whoops! Did that make you jump? 

The video playback function on Facebook can be annoying. So, turn it off. Open the Facebook page on your device. 

Tap the three wee lines in the top right corner for the Settings 

Scroll down to App Settings, tap to open 

Tap on the cog next to ‘Videos in News Feed Start with Sound’. 

This should now turn off sound when videos auto play on FB 

Apple laptop recall 

You’ve probably heard about this by now. Apple is recalling a number of laptops because batteries could overheat and pose a fire risk. Apple said this is a battery fault and is offering to replace batteries on affected units free of charge, bought between September 2015 and February 2017. Check your product’s serial number if you think you may have a model in this range. Visit www.apple.com/support/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall to see if your model is affected. 

Google budget spreadsheets 

Are you, or perhaps one of your teenage grandchildren busily saving for that first car or new mobile phone, looking for a document to suit your budgetary needs? Google Docs Template Gallery has some options for Google Sheets. 

Simple Budget Planner – a compact budgeting sheet that lets you budget expenses by percentage of annual and monthly income 

Monthly Budget – comes with graphs and detailed visual dashboard for your budget 

Annual Budget – a detailed yearly and monthly budget tracking sheet that lets you project income and savings as well as keep a record of actual income and savings. 

West Auckland Committee Members 2019 Position Name Phone Email Chairperson June Lay 833 8186 junelay@outlook.co.nz Secretary Janet Bailey 021 993341 jannzb@gmail.com Course Co-ordinator Pam Smith 827 2156 melajoy@xtra.co.nz Hospitality Terry Massey 838 6206 t.mmassey@xtra.co.nz Membership Sec’y Michaela Baxter 416 4173 michaela.baxter@xtra.co.nz Treasurer & Speakers Carol Sinkinson 817 9647 sinkys@xtra.co.nz Newsletter Cathie Macleod 021 0520554 catmac15@xtra.co.nz Committee member David Elwood 836 0445 dgelwood@xtra.co.nz Committee member Ruth Eichler 827 5529 ruth.eichler@orcon.net.nz Committee member John Booth jubooth@actrix.co.nz Web Master Peter Culpan 834 5124 culp@paradise.net.nz Office Administrator Sarah Wayman 818 8472 

Here we are, at the Henderson RSA, Railside Avenue Henderson, close to bus and rail routes.

Disclaimer: 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. 

Acknowledgement: We acknowledge the support of the major sponsor of our Learning Centre: The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF). Our main benefactor, assisting their local community. 

Mia Soliola is SNWA’s sponsor and technical support.