As I sit down to write to you, my hands are still shaking after watching another “come from behind” win by Team New Zealand in the Americas Cup. Whether you’re passionately following the racing or just watching it out the corner of your eye, you won’t be able to miss the astounding technology being used by the broadcast organisation. How they manage to map the course onto the moving pictures shot from moving helicopters and boats as well as merge all that technical information from multiple boats onto the screen I’ll never quite comprehend. We certainly couldn’t have managed anything like it in my working days – technology have come a long way in a very short time!
It’s only been a couple of weeks since I last wrote to you from the Chair but a lot has happened at SeniorNet Kapiti since then…
Our Open Days were a huge success with plenty of interest from passers by at Coastlands and a steady stream of new members visiting the Learning Centre on the Saturday. Our thanks go to Westpac, one of our national sponsors, for allowing us to sit outside their premises all day – it’s a great people-watching spot as well as an excellent location to draw people’s attention to all the ways SeniorNet might help them on their digital learning journey.
My thanks also to the Committee Members and Tutors who sat on the desk at Coastlands fielding all sorts of questions and queries about SeniorNet as well as signing people up to join. The good news for us is that our classes are filling fast for Term 1 but the bad news for you is that if you want to attend a Course or Workshop, you need to contact Elaine soon to avoid missing out.
At our recent Annual General meeting, our Chairperson presented the following Annual report.
SeniorNet Kapiti Inc
2019-2020 Annual Report
Our membership at the end of the Financial Year (31 March 2020) was 333 including 9 Honorary Members. Unlike many SeniorNets around New Zealand, our membership numbers are holding steady year on year despite around 90 resignations annually. Our recruitment efforts are clearly reaping rewards in new membership and I believe it is a testament to the quality and relevance of the courses and workshops we offer our members. Continue reading →
12 months ago I wrote about the likely transformation in the transportation industry, i.e. autonomous and electric vehicles, robotics and AI, also the Internet of Things, fitness trackers and voice interaction with our devices.
All good stuff if you can keep up with it, but at the speed at which we are supposed to absorb, understand the consequences of, and the implementation of, the new technology is daunting.
Now that Vodafone has announced availability of 5G by the end of the year what exactly does that mean for you and me?
If you are a Vodafone service subscriber and live at Kapiti the first thing you may think about is the newly installed fibre connection, but alas, it has nothing to do with that as you don’t need fibre to get 5G, instead your need a 5G capable device like a smartphone or tablet or gaming computer to take advantage of this new wireless technology when it is ready.