Probus Club of Warragul - Tarago Inc.

WARRAGUL VICTORIA AUSTRALIA 3820

 Probus club #1006155   incorporation number A0047473C

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OUR COMPUTER GROUP. 

Our Leader is In Recess

 

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COMPUTER GROUP MEETINGS.

6/06/2019 At the moment our Computer group is Suspended.

We now 18/05/19 have 26 of our members signed up to Be Connected, we are going to need 30 if we are going to retain our $2,000.00 grant.

With many of our members going north for the winter our numbers are down, but if they get some spare time they will be able to go on line to Be Connected and do a bit of study.

https://beconnected.esafety.gov.au/topic-library

We used to meet on a regular basis on the 3rd Friday of every month at 10:00 am at the Warragul Lawn Bowling Club.

Please remember to wear your Probus badge, and bring along your exercise book and pen. If you take notes on the important points that interest you you will be amazed how it helps you to remember. 

These meetings are kept simple and friendly, more of a social group than serious class room.

Don't forget your $2:00 for Coffee or Tea and biscuits for morning tea.

People usually go home from our meetings, with a little bit more of understanding there devices. We always can learn something.

NEXT MEETING.

6/06/2019 At the moment our Computer group is Suspended.

From our June Committee 2019, Peter mentioned that due to lack of interest he was returning the Be Connected funds and discontinuing the computer group. Nicholas Peck (with others agreeing) told Peter not to feel that people didn’t appreciate the group but that often people couldn’t come for a number of logistical reasons.

PREVI OUS COMPUTER GROUP MEETINGS.

17 May 2019. Kath T, did a talk and showed her photos of her recent trip to Egypt and East Africa. Apart from that she showed some of the amazing tricks of using the free software called Irfanview.

19 April 2019. This is good Friday, so we will not be meeting.

15 March 2019. 

I want to mainly discuss “The Be Connected Network”, they used to be “Broad Band for Seniors”

I would follow that up with a demonstration of a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply”, these were originally designed for plugging PC’s into. 

But because Laptops and Tablets appear to have taken over. 

UPS’s went quite for a few years now they are now extremely popular. 

With the influx of NBN with phones connected to houses the UPS takes away many problems with the NBN. However it is not clever enough to filter out stupid phone calls.

18 January 2019.

Looking behind our Probus website'.

Peter explained and demonstrated the website, and many people did not know about some of the things that we have on it.

Peter then went on to show the hundreds of files and links that we have on our website, then how they are edited and uploaded.

He then went into the Plesk software that is used to alter and edit and manage our Domain including our emails and diversions.

We then enjoyed our drinks and biscuits and many discussions were had

DECEMBER 2018 WE WILL NOT BE HAVING A MEETING.

16 November 2018.  

Ripping Audio CD’s

Do you have a collection of music or tunes on CD’s?  Our older car has a CD stacker that we play our favourite music whenever we are in the car, we have 6 CD’s with at least 250 tracks on each CD.  With later model cars, many do not have CD drives and to play your own tunes you have to get them off your CD’s and put them on your phone and play them via Bluetooth or put these files onto a USB pen or an SD card.  

Peter will demonstrate how to do it.  He will be using some free software called CD ex.  

This software is good easy and safe, but he is not going to recommend to you to download it. It can be risky as the server will try very hard to put junk onto your PC. 

He is happy to put CD ex onto your PC, or he will supply you a clean version of CD ex on a CD for $2.00.  

BETTER STILL HAVE IT INSTALLED BY YOUR FRIENDLY COMPUTER SERVICE MAN.

Download how to Install and use CD EX.

21 September 2018  

6  members attended the Bowling club.  Peter did a presentation mainly about Windows 10 Apps.  Many questions were asked during the presentation and several different ways of doing things were mentioned.  It had to be noted that the apps recommended by Microsoft are not all free, some you have to pay a monthly fee.  I am sure that everyone learned something.

15 August 2018.  5 members attended the Bowling club. Peter gave a presentation on backing up mobile phones using “Wondershare Tunes a go". Many questions were asked during the presentation and several different ways of doing things were mentioned.  I am sure that everyone learned something, more about backing up.  But our meeting was very casual and we certainly did not have enough time to learn anywhere near enough. I have left everyone that attended with some home work to do. I am sure that we will need to follow this up at a later date.  

21st July 2018.  10 very happy members attended the Bowling club.  Kath did a presentation on spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel 365, the latest version.  Many questions were asked during the presentation and several different ways of doing things were mentioned.  I am sure that everyone learned something, I know that I did.  Les presented a pen and certificate to Kath for leading the presentation.  

15th  June 2018 our meeting was held. 8 very keen members braved the cold and rain to attend our meeting. The meeting was about editing pictures on a PC. Using a freeware piece of software called Irfanview, I went through the downloading and installation of the software, then showed how to crop pictures put names on the pictures alter the contrast and clone unwanted objects out of the pictures join 2 pictures together.  Everyone appeared to be very interested but some appeared to not be confident about installing it on their PC. I have offered to come and install it for them.

Download Instructions here: Installing Irfanview    Using Irfanview    Making a Slide Show with Irfanview

May 18th 2018.  

A small interested group gathered at the Bowling Club.  We began the meeting discussing the usual scams - spam emails and phone calls, it seems that everyone has had experienced them.

It is a very sad world.  

Peter ended the discussion with these comments, please do not play around with emails that you even slightly feel that they are not good - just quickly delete them. The best way is highlight it and hold down the  shift key and then press delete.

If you really must play, and if the email  originated from Australia send it to the Australian Communications Authority ACMA at report@submit spam.acma.gov.au. We then went and had our hot drinks and Biscuits.

After the break Kath showed us photos and told us about her recent trip to Machu Picchu, the Photos were very good and colourful and it was very interesting to listen to her stories.

 

Friday April 20th, 2018.  

We talked about many things, suspicious phone calls, strange emails and letters, we concluded that the best way to handle anything in doubt is to delete, and if it worries us, ring someone and ask for advice.
We also discussed ink cartridges and toner cartridges.
We also discussed NBN and its alternatives.
We also looked at Excel print areas.
We remembered our Coffee and bickies this time.

 

Even though Peter wants to resign from being leader of the Computer group our Committee requested that he stick it out.

On Friday the 16th of March, 11 people met at the Bowling club and all sat around a big table not fussing about getting our equipment working, we were just talking.

We discussed the scam emails that we are all getting and also what our friends have been getting, we all seemed to be aware of any emails that do not look correct to delete them and NEVER follow any links no matter how tempting they may look.

We also discussed unwanted phone calls. They have become very annoying.

We also discussed acronyms that Peter often uses, he said that for some of them he would have trouble remembering what the letters stand for, and that he would keep it in mind to try and explain things better.

John C conducted a presentation of home security and demonstrated how it works, which caused so much discussion that we all forgot to have coffee.

Next month John C is going to bring his printer and we will set it up so that we can print wirelessly from our tablets and mobile phones.

We also discussed having the Computer group on a monthly basis and because the third Friday does not always happen after our General meetings emails are to be sent to members 1 week prior to the Computer group meeting.

 

 

Friday January the 19th 2018. 

8 Very keen members came on a very hot day, it was very cool and comfortable in the building.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss what the members wanted to do at future meetings.

We started to talk about CCTV systems and that led to talk about the different types of cameras that are available.

Apparently some people are using camouflaged wild life type cameras hidden outside their doorways and gardens, they are economical and easy to install and are very effective.

We did also talk about emails and PDF files.

Friday November the 17th 2017.  

Kath will show us some of her South American photos and tell us about her adventures.

Friday September the 15th 2017.

We met at the Bowling Club and discussed many things starting with Defibulators and CPR. 

Next we called up Kath on Skype she was in South America Buenos Aires at the Brick Hotel. Luckily we made contact. Kath showed us around her room and also out the window it was very dark and we only were able to see lights and a fountain in the garden.

The Historic Brick Hotel  Buenos Aires.

Kath's room for 3 Nights.

We then moved onto exploring Carsales.com. Ivan wants to sell his Mercedes benz Car, and wanted to know how to do it.

We all went home happy and I think we all learned something.

 

FRIDAY July the 21st 2017.

We only had a few people attend many were away on holidays and it was a miserably cold day.

At this meeting we had general discussions about our Computers and what we want to do with them.

A question was raised about difficulties of using Windows 10. The problem was that by default Microsoft set the tool bar to be minimised thus making it difficult to use the Computer without a toolbar. Kath stepped in and pointed out if you right click on where the toolbar should be untick minimise toolbar. This helped several people.

We then logged into Broadband for seniors and looked at the courses that are available, we decided to do the course on how to use an Ipad, We did that course, I am sure that we all learned something.

We had our Coffee and Biscuits and more discussions.

We finished off the meeting with a tour of our Website. Peter demonstrated many things that are really hidden on purpose.

We closed off the meeting and all went home happy.

FRIDAY May the 19th 2017.

We had discussions about what everyone wanted to do at our meetings. It seemed that everyone was not interested in learning any particular subject to learn.

It seems that everyone comes along mainly for the social interaction mainly.

After we had some computer discussions, Kath set up her photos to show on the big screen She took them on a recent trip to South America and the Antarctic and told us stories about them. 

 Friday March the 17th 2017.

We began the meeting talking about  "Voice Commands for Iphones and Android phones. I though the commands are amazing. What I have heard from talking to many people is that almost everyone knows about these commands and uses them. 

In November we did Photo editing using a very good and popular Application using Irfanview.

At this meeting I had lesson worked out on how to make a self running slide show of a selection of your photos. When completed we were able to click on an Icon on your desktop and the Slide show and it started. 

I had handouts at the meeting telling how to step by step what to do.

If you do not manage to get Irfanview installed, please ask me and I will come and install it for you.

Click here to download my file the sheet making Irfanview Slideshows.

Click here to download my file about downloading and installing Irfanview.

Friday January the 16th 2017.

Kath and Peter at our January General meeting be showed some of  a Powerpoint Presentation about their holiday in Scandinavia, 

Many interested people came to see the presentation and enjoyed the amusing comments that were made about some of the photos.

Friday November 18th 2016.

What we will did:

The meeting opened with 13 very keen people ready to learn most of them were our members, we had many apologies and those people will receive an email with these details in it.

Peter responded to a question about the sudden increase in spam emails, some of them look very dangerous. 

He had saved 47 fresh spams on his laptop all with tempting subject lines, sometimes you feel like opening the emails just to see what is in them, that is the spammers plan. 

We did not open them to block or unsubscribe them. Just a quick glance of the subject lines tolds us that they were probably all rubbish.

So buttons CTRL and then A were pressed this selected all of the spam, they all turned blue.

The Shift button was then held down and then the Delete button was pressed, this deleted the lot of them not even letting them go to the trash or Junk folder they are gone for good. We do know that they will come back again tomorrow..

We are all going to point these spam addresses to the ISP's that will possibly block them..

We then went on to the main topic Photo editing

As many people use different types of photo editing software, I had to settle on a standard piece of software to demonstrate. Most software is very similar, but the differences can be very confusing.

I have chosen free software Irfanview this does not appear to have any catches that I know about, and I have been using many of its 89 versions of it since its inception in June 1996. Often the author of it Irfan Skiljan from Bosnia  updates (improves) it.

It can be down loaded from its Website at http://www.irfanview.net I suggest that you download both files and install them. That is Irfanview either 32 bit or 64  bit and after you have Irfanview going install the file plug ins / add ons again 32 bit or 64  bit. These add ins can be very useful but could be done with out.

Your only problem that I can see is you have a choice of 32 bit or 64 bit computers, most 32 bit software will run on 64 bit. There was a lot of discussion about using the wrong number of bits and it working OK. I just think why invite trouble use the correct one as they are both easily available.

To find what number of bits you have, open File explorer (Buttons Press and hold the Windows button and E) File Explorer should open. 

To the left you should see Computer put your mouse cursor over it and click the right mouse button. and choose properties, a page should open with lots of information about your Computer.

 About the middle of the page under system go down to system type and it should tell you lots about your Computer..

This software is only for PC's other types of computers are not being included in this lesson. Sorry I can not please everyone.

I have heard that Apple Macs do a very good job with Photos, I would welcome some one to come along a do a demo for us.

I have worked out a lesson plan for picture editing and intend to demonstrate the following:

Cropping part of a picture. We cropped a person out of a group of people.

Cloning something out of a picture. We cloned or painted out the back of a chair that was not meant to be in the photo, we even went close to matching the carpet pattern underneath.

Altering colour tones including brightness and darkness. We had a good photo and made it look ridiculously wrong. It was easily fixed though we did not save it and pressed buttons Ctrl and then Z, and the picture was back to how it was.

Putting names on pictures. We put some names in a picture.

Combining several pictures into one. We combined 3 pictures and put them side by side.

Reducing picture dimensions, a  must do for putting on a webpage. Peter showed where to look in the Exif file in the photo and it would be 59 inches wide. We reduced it down to 10 inches wide which would then be very suitable to put on a webpage.

Reducing the number of Kilobytes of a picture, a  must do for putting on a webpage and sometimes for emailing. In the save as box we told the computer to save the file no lager than 100 kbytes ideal for a webpage.

We then had our Morning tea break and naturally many more discussions.

Next I demonstrated because many cameras and phones have GPS inbuilt,  You could view using Irfanview where the photo was taken.'

In the menu clicked on Image and selected information, this tells a lot of information about the photo and how the photo was taken, at the bottom of that screen you can click on several things the first being

 Copy to Clipboard you will then be able to paste it into a word processor or email using buttons Ctrl and V.

 Next button is if you have GPS in your Camera or Phone or Tablet click on Show Geo Hack this opens a screen that tells you lots about where the photo was taken including a map. 

Next button is if you have GPS in your Camera or Phone or Tablet click  Show in Open Street this opens another map of where this photo was taken. 

Next button is if you have GPS in your Camera or Phone or Tablet click on Show in Google Earth This shows where on the earth this photo was taken. 

Next button is if you have GPS in your Camera or Phone or Tablet click on Show in Google Maps This shows another map of where this photo was taken and if your GPS was receiving a good signal will also show a picture of where this photo was taken. 

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Friday September the 16th 2016. Please note this was the wrong day Sept is an even month.

Kath demonstrated how she processes and stores her holiday photos after returning from a trip, she also showed us some of her very special photos that she is so proud of.

After we had our Coffee break I showed a DVD of the high lights of our recent Scandinavia trip. 

Friday May the 20th 2016. 

Les C opened the meeting and we started with a DVD from Ambulance Victoria showing a scenario of a collapsed husband laying on a kitchen floor. The wife made a number of mistakes - such as phoning her daughter for help, rather than calling 000. The wife was panicking and did not know the correct steps to take. By the time the Ambos arrived the husband could not be revived. 
 

The DVD then showed the same scenario with the wife using the "4 Steps for Life +" scenario, where she correctly rang 000 and was given confident instructions by the 000 lady over the phone, which guided her in giving CPR, even though she had never done it before. When the Ambos arrived they again used an AED on the husband, but this time he survived due to the earlier application of CPR. 

 

The next stage of the course was using "Pillow Pals" - these are normal pillows with pillow-cases with ribs, nose and mouth painted on them. The members practiced CPR techniques under instructions from Les. 

 

The group had a break for coffee, biscuits and socialising - as Probus people do! 

 

We resumed and moved on to the AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Les gave an interesting talk about the machines - many questions were asked and answered. I am sure everyone learnt something. We learned things like taking our first-aid kit on trips, as our first-aid kit includes the AED. The adhesive pads must be replaced every 2 years if unused and each time they are used. The battery needs replacing every 4 to 5 years. Our AED is not fully automated and requires a button to be pushed - on instruction - to administer a shock. Les told us that the AED continually monitors the patient while the pads are on the body. This data is stored by the AED for later use, if required. 

The most important lesson learned was that - ANY CPR IS BETTER THAN NO CPR. 

Les C

Friday 18th March,

We had 8 very keen and interested leaders attend with varied and interesting questions between us we resolved most of them. But I have a few to follow up on. 

I had a question on notice that was with windows mail having categories in the address book, if you click here you can view the sheet that I prepared for the group which we also discussed in detail.

Friday 20th November, 

6 interested members came to the meeting, we started the meeting with a discussion about problem emails and the effects and the experiences that other people have had and  heard about.

Kath then showed here amazing hard copies of her family trees. Kath then showed her cloud based family tree My Heritage that goes back as far as the 14th Century at the moment.

We then had a coffee and and bickies and discussions about many things.

Friday 18th of September,  

Several members of our club met at the Bowling club to learn about researching a family tree. I am sure that they were all very interested and learned a lot. Kath and Peter showed a 37 slide PowerPoint presentation and we discussed each page. This PowerPoint was used with the permission of its author from BFS (Broad band for seniors). Kath then demonstrated her cloud based family tree "My Heritage", Kath has at the moment family going back to 1532. Peter then showed his family tree done in an app called "Legacy" Peter has been making his tree since 1991. We had many discussions as we went along. Naturally we stopped for Tea and Coffee and a Bicky half way through.

Friday 17th July, we discussed Genealogy mainly about Gedcom files, for those that do not know what a Gedcom is  it is a small universal file that contains information about a family tree, this can be easily transferred via email and will be compatible with any reasonable Genealogy software.

Friday 15th May, This meeting was as planned only to be about using Emails the people present learned a lot about emails and when they left they were much more confident. Click here to view or print the lesson plan.

Friday 20th March, the meeting will be concentrating on how to use Skype (most computers including tablets and smart phones) and Facetime (Apple only). We had 11 happy interested people attend and I am sure that we all learned something.

January 16th 2015, 11 happy members came along and we had discussions about the future of this group. It was decided that we speak to the general meeting and find out how many members are interested  in coming to future meetings.

WE then had a coffee and biscuit break.

After coffee we had a friendly discussions about our devices and the ways that we use them lunchtime we all went home happy.

DECEMBER 12th 2014, BBFS (BroadBand for Seniors) put on an extra Webinar about Windows 8 and 8.1. This Webinar was announced with hardly any notice so I sent out emails to our members that have been having troubles using the latest version of Windows. We went down and ran the Webinar using the Bowling Clubs big screen. I felt that they got too technical for us, and they did not have the ongoing discussions like they normally do with Webinars. A small group of our members attended and hopefully got something out of it. I have saved all of the slides from this Webinar,  some of the slides were blank please ignore those. Click here to download a PDF version of the slides.

JULY 15th 14, we looked at travel photos on a Samsung tablet connected to a Windows 8 .1 computer and then to a big flat screen TV. It would not happen until we installed the updates on the computer after that it was interesting. As interest in our group has wained, we also discussed what we can do to revive our group.

JULY 18th 14, This meeting was not well attended I thank those that came and supported us. We really did not have a lot of success, we had 2 units offered to put Borrow Box on. We really did not know exactly how to do it. So rather than do some damage to our members units. We suggested that they make an appointment with our local Library to do a technical course on how to do it, the Library is very good at that.
June 20th 14,
We had discussions about iPadsALA (Adult learning Australia) and BBFS (BroadBand for Seniors) have very intersting Webinars and recorded Webinars and training courses finished with a Test and then you get a certificate.We also checked out some of these. If you wish to check out our hand outs from this meeting click the following 2 links. Webinar and Training. Windows 8 Keyboard tips.

May 16th 14, We had 5 very experienced computer people at the meeting. Sadly no one came with any problems. But we did have some very friendly discussions.

April 18th 14, Sadly no meeting was Good Friday.

March 21st 14,  This meeting we continued working with Microsoft Word, spoke about typing letters and documents and printing envelopes etc. We were to have some members of Warragul Probus join us. Because we were had some spare time and a foreign language warning came up on the screen of one of the computers. We had no idea what it was trying to tell us. So we selected and copied it and pasted it in Google Translate, it was written in the Czech language and was a Microsoft update warning.

February 21st 14, At this meeting we will be learning how to copy and paste (beginners please do not be frightened off by this, it is very easy when you know how). It is amazing how much work copying and pasting can save. If you click here you can obtain a copy of the sheet that people picked up at our group.

January 17th 14, seeing that we have purchased an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) we ran the supplied DVD  on the big screen.  We had 13 very interested people attend and we had practical discussions about it and first aid in general

November 15th 13, We continued with the MP3.s with the interested people that came last month.They brought 6 CD's of there own Music, we will helped them rip the CD's to their own laptops. Then we assised them to burn these MP3 files onto a new CD, When they have completed these tasks they were able to drive home listening to their own music.

October 16th 13, The main topic for ths meeting was demonstrating and talking about making music tracks from our own music CD's. We were putting about 200 of their own favourite music tracks onto CD's, if the average length of each track is 3 minutes that means  it will play the one CD for about 10 hours.most modern cars will play MP3 or WMA files many cars had a little sticker on its radio saying WMA  and MP3. This demonstration was performed using Windows 8, Windows 8 has a very clever almost automated system provided. We did tweak the Windows settings though to personalise our recordings.

September 20th 13, ill u

Kath and I were not able to come and lead this meeting, I tried to get a stand in leader volunteer but no one stepped up for the job. Apparently 3 people came but sadly they did NOT sign the BBFS book.

August 16th 13, We started with question time and computer discussions We then used the Bowling Clubs big TV to view and edit our Probus web page.

July 19th 13, As Denise Drysdale performed at the Arts Centre some people will leave this meeting early me included. I invited members that were having problems to come down early, 1 person came and he was helped 

June 21st 13,

May 17th 13, This meeting we only had a few members attend. But really it was an interesting and educational meeting to all of those that came. 2 of our members brought along their new laptop that has Windows 8 on it, and did not know how to use it. We have not had a chance to fiddle with Windows 8 before. We managed to work out how to use it, and everyone went home happy.

April 19th 13, I have had a request to try to help people with texting to and from mobile phones, we will have friendly discussions about it at this meeting. Our main aim at the meetings for a while is going to be about caring for your own computer.

March 15th 13, this was about solving problems with computers. We also started out learning about check disk and de fragmentation. This was a very friendly and casual meeting.

 February15th 13, We started the meeting off with question time, our members had lots of questions for me, some problems will take time to rectify, so these will need to be handled one at a time individually. After that I briefly explained about what happens when you put a laptop down on a soft surface like your lap, the fan vents will most likely become blocked and the laptop will get very hot. The processor in the laptop will sense this temperature rise and will slow down dramatically. I showed every one what I use, it is a board with shaped padding underneath it works well. Next I continued with a few tips on using Microsoft word. Click on this text to down load one of my sheets that I will handed out at the meeting.

January 18th 13, The meeting started with our normal questions from the floor, we only had 4 questions. I am still following up on those, because they are one on one questions. After that, I fiddled with a few Smart Phones and Tablets, it really did seem a waste of time as the people that have them are happy with what they can do with them.

November 16th. Our meeting started with a general discussion about computers. We then went on to, A demonstrating about using flash drives and portable hard drives. I then did a demonstration about recovering deleted information on Camera cards. 2 people brought along their camera cards, and many photos were found.

October 19th. A casual morning was planned, members came to ask questions/ Jean has been having problems with her Yahoo emails, Internet Explorer kept crashing. We discovered that her hard drive was full. We connected her portable hard drive and transferred some of her photos to it. We also have some of our friends from Warragul Probus come to join us for the morning.

21st of September. Ian Partleton from Warragul Probus came to continue with his very interesting lessons using Photoshop. Photoshop appears to be the most used and popular way of editing photos. Ian also brought along some other interested members from Warragul Probus. 

17th of August. Our new member Geoff C gave a lesson about doing a very important job on computers, that is backing up valuable files to somewhere other than on your hard drive. When a hard drive fails, most times your photos or whatever you have are gone for good. So backing up somehow is extremely important. 

20th of July. We started the meeting with computer questions from the floor. After that Peter demonstrated how our website is updated using Microsoft Frontpage.  We then took a look around the website, specially  the part that controls e-mail diversions. This demonstration did not go deep enough to teach us how to do it, but it gave an idea of what happens. 

15th of June. Ian Partleton of Warragul Probus came to show us how to use Photoshop. Ian had some very old crinkled and cracked photos that he had scanned into digital images, and he showed us how to make these pictures into very good ones ready to send to the printers.

18th of May 2012. Keith lead this meeting during Kath & Peter's absence. Keith continued his lesson started in February this year, showing what can be done with Microsoft Excel. This program is amazing in the way it can quickly do calculations.

20th of April 2012, We had a discussion as to who would be in charge of next month's meeting in my absence.  No-one put their hand up to do it. The meeting will go ahead, but I reminded everyone to please sign the attendance book. For this meeting we will had Alex from Warragul Probus come and show us how and where to store valuable electronic pictures from his digital camera. We then continued with individual help and discussions on various things about our computers.

23rd of March, We started with a story about uses of word processors, spreadsheets and databases. We then looked at our website and had a few questions about it along with suggestions about improving it.

17th of February 2012, Keith was the tutor at this meeting and had 8 happy students.

20th of January 2012. This meeting we finished up having it at Joan & John's house as confusion happened at the Bowling Club. The  meeting was another informal one, with no particular subject, except that it started with a short discussion about mice and mouse mats. We had 2 visitors from the Warragul Probus Club who listened and observed us and also gave us some tips, it was another great meeting 

18th of November. The meeting was revision of all the classes that we have had this year. We went through them all one by one and sorted a few small problems.

21st of October 2011. Alan B was in charge of this meeting in my absence. Our meeting was to begin with some tips about using our computers. Then our normal question time. Then I plan to go on with a simple discussion and demonstration on how I back up my photos. It is extremely unwise to rely on the one place to store your valuable irreplaceable photos. So bring along your questions, laptop, exercise book and pen, and name badge, test us with your problems and we will try to help you. If you are not lucky enough to have a laptop don't worry you can still make notes and then go home and put what you have learned into practice, and if you still have problems sit by your PC (running) and give me a ring 5623 2865.

16th of September 2011, We had a VERY friendly meeting starting off with discussions about the experiences that we had with our computers in the past month. Then we tried to demonstrate Ebay, (sadly Telstra had a problem and the Internet was running painfully slow but we managed) signing up to and then my ideas of how to bid. Then how to put an item up for sale. Then signing up with PayPal, PayPal is the accepted way of paying and being paid. Then we had a demonstration of Facebook plus an extended discussion about it.

19th August 2011, We had another enjoyable informal meeting and it finished with a quick look at Ebay. Ebay caused enough interest for me to think that that is what we will do next month.

15th July 2011, As planned we had an informal meeting, we had a few guru's that wandered about the room giving personal help. Every one appeared happy, in fact this is what the majority want to do next meeting.

17th June 2011, Alan B, conducted a survey of the members of their computer knowledge, after that he did a very interesting class on using spreadsheets. He used planning a childrens birthday party as the example.

20th May 2011, Alan B will be doing a presentation, Genealogy using an application called Family Tree Maker.

15th April 2011,We had a very good morning even though we had some problems with the scanner, but we did manage to scan a scribbled signature and 1 old photo. The main subject was simple picture manipulation. Kath demonstrated stitching 5 photos of the Dunedin Railway station together automatically using a program called Autostitch, the results were amazing. Kath then went on with the demonstration showing how pictures can be brightened and darkened or certain colours added or removed. We had a good discussion about Malware and the way it is received and continued on with the uses of Windows games to give computer operators mouse practice. Click on this to see the agenda for this meeting.

18th March 2011, We had very successful and happy meeting. We started with question time only very small easy questions. Many of us put a shortcut on our desktop's, this enabled us to click on it and then go straight into our the Probus webpages. We then finished the meeting off with a bit more on e-mails. Sadly I had the WiFi working but it was not accessing broadband. That evening we went back to the Lawn Bowling club for a lovely meal of fish & chips. We are going to try to make make this a regular outing.

18 February 2011, We had 18 happy members come to to our first meeting at the Warragul Lawn Bowling Club. We were made very welcome by the Bowling Club members. They have 2 government supplied PC's for use by seniors, they are connected to broadband. We had a laptop set up on our data projector so that everyone could see. Many of our class had laptops to practise on and demonstrate their problems. We started the meeting off with question time. We did not get many questions this time, but hopefully our next meeting will have more questions. We then went on to have a lesson on e-mails, this caused a lot of interest and I am sure we will have to do another one about e-mails.

25 January 2011, Our new computer help group had its first meeting.

We had a round table discussion at Glenice & Peter Ridsdale's residence 9 interested members attended. At this meeting we discussed the advantages of computer house keeping. 

 

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SCAM EMAILS.

Please be very careful there are lots of bad people out there. Most Computer group meetings we talk about them. Why not come along, you could teach us something or maybe hopefully learn something.

With emails always be very careful with them especially with Links and Attachments and Pictures.

Because the naughty people that write these trouble some files, are working on writing them all of the time. So are the computer operating system people are aways working on defending these new ideas, also the ISP's are working on blocking  the worst of these emails. I was talking to one of our local ISP's and they said that everyday they block about 1 million of them every day. that is emails that you never see.

It is a good idea to have your own email address in your address book.  Then if  your address book is hijacked you will receive a message from yourself and know you have a problem.

Always keep your operating system software up to date.

Always make sure that your Virus checker is up to today's date. Always be careful to only have one virus checker system installed on your computer (often when you download some app unless you untick the box you will get another virus checker).

Always make sure that your firewall is switched on and only one of them is on. Most times your operating system has a firewall and your virus checker has a firewall.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CLICK ON (OPEN) a problem Link. Attachment or Picture, Sound file.

NOTHING GOOD. See below.

Link = will probably take you to a website and automatically install some harmful file on your computer. This could do anything, maybe allow your computer to be invisibly let some one else remotely control your computer. One thing that gets people into a lot of trouble is a keystroke recorder that will record your passwords and user names, bank details or what ever.

Attachment = much the same as Link. But the bad file is probably in the attachment.

Photo = much the same as Link. But the bad file is probably in the photo.

I did not mean to put you off emails, they are a very use full item, you do your part and do the above things and trust your ISP they are always trying very hard for you.

Always DELETE  suspicious or doubtful emails no matter how interesting they look.

If someone that you do not know sends you an email, I suggest delete it.

Recently a genuine looking email that looked like it was sent by the utility company "Simply Energy"was circulating as a gas bill. 

If you were getting the your gas from Simply Energy you could be forgiven for opening it. 

If you were to poke around the unopened email you would find it was not sent by Simply Energy. 

Hopefully your computer protection would automatically step in and protect you. 

I never did hear what was in that email, but apparently it was not good.

Link to a local companies about Malware and Virus Facts

Computer Help pages courtesy of Forresters Beach Probus Club. Extremely well done helps with most computer problems.

Many documents that you get from the internet are written using Adobe Acrobat, some computers come without a reader installed, and thus you can not open them. To get yourself a reader, this is a link to Adobe so that you can download a free copy of it, to do this, simply click on this blue writing then click on download now. This is a BIG program you will just have to be patient with it. IMPORTANT, on the Adobe screen their is a box that is ticked by default, for you to also to download, it is a McAffee program. Unless you understand it please UNTICK this box.

TO PUT A SHORT CUT TO OUR PROBUS WEBSITE ON YOUR DESKTOP. Right click on this and save it to your Windows desktop for a quick shortcut to this webpage. This short cut will have a name Probus website.url (some computers add .txt to the shortcut name, if it does you will need to remove it). This can be done by right clicking on it and selecting rename, then delete .txt. 

Go to a cartoon page with pictures of what computer sayings and commands could mean.