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2016 Reports

Update 10th December 2016

After another longish break we held a meeting on 7th December. Much of the meeting was taken up with investigating why Carol's PC refused to connect to the internet, even though her wi-fi appeared to be working correctly. 

We will not be holding meetings over the Christmas / New Year period. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 18th January 2017.

Update 18th November 2016

After nearly a month's break we held a meeting on 16th November. 

Jenny worked on updating her Theatre Group contacts list, and we discussed the small, but occasionally annoying, differences between Microsoft Word and Libre Office.

Carol continued her battle with TalkTalk web based email, especially the lack of compatibility between the contacts list and the email program.

Janet considered options for various home pages and reset her PC to her preferred choice.

We also looked at ways of enlarging text size for both Libre Office and also when browsing web pages using firefox.

The next computer group meeting will be on
 Wednesday 7th December starting at 2pm at the usual venue of Keith's house.


Update 19 October 2016

At today's meeting we looked at using Google Photos, which has superseded Picassa.  We also compared Mail Chimp with
GroupMail for preparing email newsletters.


Update 6 October 2016

At yesterday's meeting we continued to learn about using 
GroupMail to prepare email newsletters for a local sports club. We also wracked our brains trying to understand the vagaries of TalkTalk's webmail system!

The next computer group meeting will be on
 Wednesday 19th October starting at 2pm at the usual venue of Keith's house.

Update 7 September  2016

Today's meeting mainly concentrated on problems encountered by one member of the group when using GroupMail to send emails to people with hotmail accounts. It seems this particular email provider is very prone to bounce messages.  We investigated ways to add additional information to emails to reduce the chances of triggering filters. We also looked again at how photos taken on a andriod based mobile phone can be automatically viewed on a laptop using Google Photos.

Update 21 August  2016

At the meeting on 17th August we looked at how photos taken on a mobile phone can be automatically saved and viewed on different devices as well as the phone itself.  We also compared different systems available for sending, receiving and viewing emails.

The next computer group meeting will be on
 Wednesday 7th September starting at 2pm at the usual venue of Keith's house.


Update 6 July 2016

Despite the attraction of watching Wimbledon Men's Quarter Finals on TV we still had a good turn out today.

During the meeting :-
  • We refreshed our memories about how to set up a new wifi connection. This was required because Keith had replaced the router in his house and initially nobody could connect to the internet.
  • Anne practiced website editing and updated her Spanish Group Webpage
  • Jenny discovered how to retrieve long deleted emails from
  • Derek installed Libre Office onto his PC, replacing Microsoft Word which had stopped working after updating to Windows 10.

The next computer group meeting will be on Wednesday 17th August starting at 2pm at the usual venue of Keith's house.


Update 17 June 2016
Activities at the meeting on 15th June concentrated on techniques used to update pages of this website. Linden experimented with adding and deleting extra information associated with her Lostwithiel U3A Science Group webpage. We started to prepare a simplified set of instructions about editing the Lostwithiel U3A website.

The next two computer group meeting will be on Wednesdays 6th July and 17th August starting at 2pm at the usual venue of Keith's house.


Update 3 June 2016
At the meeting on 1st June we looked at converting documents produced using Microsoft Word and Open Office to pdf format. We also discussed the advantages of using the pdf format when attaching a document to an email.

We also discovered some of the hidden pitfalls when installing a new router supplied by a well known ISP
without any instructions!


Update 19 May 2016
Yesterday's meeting included a discussion on the new features available with Windows 10 compared to Windows 8.1.  We also installed AdBlock on Janet's PC to remove annoying adverts. 

Update 20 April 2016
Today's meeting involved more video conferencing across the kitchen table using Skype. We also  investigated ways to access emails associated with a defunct ISP, absorbed into the Talk Talk empire many years ago, from a public computer. 


Update 7 April 2016
At the meeting on 6th April we set up a Skype account for Irene and used it to send a video greeting to her daughter in France.


Update 19 March 2016
During the meeting on 16th March we investigated the recently introduced  Google Photos application and used it to display photos from Lostwithiel Bowling Club.


Update 2 March 2016
Christine updated the fixtures list on the Lostwithiel Bowling Club website to show the schedule for matches taking place during 2016 during today's meeting.