Newsletter – June 2014

June Newsletter from the Chairman

Courses Update
Introduction to Computers – we still have places for this course starting Wednesday 18th June. Tell your friends, this is the ideal course for beginners.

No Shows –  if you have signed up for a Course, but find out at the last moment that you are unable to attend a session, please phone the Learning Centre 04 299 0754 and leave a message. If we don’t know that you are not attending, we often delay the start expecting that you might be late.

Travelling from Waikanae to the Learning Centre – No car? Kuini Woolcock has the answer.

She takes the 9.00am train from Waikanae to Paraparaumu station where she boards the Number 250 bus. She then gets off at the bus stop on Raumati Road, just round the corner from Matai Road and then she walks along Matai Road to the Learning Centre. Kuini has proved that it is possible to get there on time for the 9.30am start for the course.

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Heartbleed–the bug, will it affect you?



By now you have read about the socalled Heartbleed bug which causes significant vulnerability to a number of websites and if infected can let attackers gain access to your password and trick you into using false websites.

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The known affected sites include Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Netflix and Tumblr which have announced that the problem on their sites has been fixed, but users should change their passwords. In is yet to be known whether personal data is in any way compromised.

To understand the size of the potential problem

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Backing up a Tablet or a smartphone

backupAhh, you thought you did not have to do a back-up? Well, you should. And not just once a year either.
Backing up your data is not one of the most exhilarating things to do, and for most people not their most desirable task.

But thank goodness, technology to the rescue for it can be done more or less automatically so it won’t take up much of your time.

I have heard the argument that duplicating and storing your data is a waste of time, but protecting your data really is worthwhile for there are only two kinds of computer users: those who have lost data because their machine crashed or those who will, and then your precious photographs, letters, addresses of your contacts and important messages may have gone for good. You could also be infected by some dastardly virus that wipes your data and your system.

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WWW celebrating 25 years

Tim Berners-Lee at a Podcast InterviewImagine, just 25 years since the World Wide Web invented by Tim Berners-Lee came into being. Tim, or more correctly Timothy John Berners-Lee was born in 1955 in London, UK and became a computer scientist and originally proposed the introduction of a management information system in 1989 that could be used to communicate between an HTTP client and server via the internet, basically what we today know as the World Wide Web.

Today he is the much decorated director of the World Wide Web Consortium in Southampton, but back in 1989 he was working at CERN in Switzerland [the ones with the Hadron collider] as a fellow and CERN had the largest Internet node in Europe at the time so Tim managed to put together things like hypertext, internet, multifont text object, and connect it all to the transmission Control Protocol and domain name system and presto you have the WWW.

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March 2014 Newsletter

From the Chair:

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It is a delight to welcome the many new members we have had the pleasure of enrolling this month, we hope you’ll enjoy the many opportunities for getting to grips with your computing needs over the coming year.

Moreover our current crop of courses, workshops and Q&A sessions have clearly been to our Members’ liking, with the result that the

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