File & Document Management  –  Quick Primer  

Rick summarizes file management in Windows at the Seniors SIG

The Mouse Continue reading

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End-of-Lease Pot Luck Tuesday April 25th noon to 4pm

The April monthly meeting is at the clubhouse, NOT at Silver Threads, and will be an end-of-lease potluck, on Tuesday, April 25th, noon to 4.

This is an opportunity to see what is available for sale and for free before the lease ends June 30th, when we move to Silver Threads.

So far people are bringing to the pot luck:

  • chicken
  • salad (potato)
  • healthy salad
  • cheese and crackers
  • Potato balls with salsa
  • Desert
  • Fruit bowl
  • Shrimp platter
  • chips & dip
  • pinwheel sandwiches
  • a cake
  • stuffed eggs
  • Sausage rolls
  • mini-quiches
  • Fruit
  • 🍪 cookies 🍪

Please add to this list and email –  events@VictoriaComputerClub.org  – with your additions.

The club will provide sodas, coffee, plates

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Security 2017 for the Seniors Group

The first half was presented to the Seniors Group on April 10th, up to the middle of slide 5.

See http://tinyurl.com/mj2rx54

April 17th we will finish the second half

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In-home Help

Over the years we have had a few members offering in-home help.  We have had no problems arise that I know of.  However, our insurance does not cover such activities. The Victoria Computer Club offers no in-home services.  Members that offer in-home help do so privately, and not as representatives of the Victoria Computer Club in any way.

George Bowden, President

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Backups, second time around

The slides for the  Seniors SIG presentation March 20th on computer backups can be found here, at http://tinyurl.com/mu5fla8.  March 27th we will cover slides 16 to the end.

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Presentation March 28th : Seniors’ Services in Greater Victoria.

According to the 2011 census, the total number of seniors (65+) in Greater Victoria was 18.4 % of the total population. This is above the national proportion of seniors (14.8%) and the provincial share of seniors (15.7%).

With the significant number of seniors its essential that information on seniors services be maintained and made available for seniors.

Jane Sheaff, Executive Director of Seniors Serving Seniors will be speaking about seniors’ services in Greater Victoria.

Optional lunch of soup and sandwich for $7 is at 1pm. Choose which sandwich (salmon, egg, or chicken salad) in your RSVP to BigBlueSocial@gmail.com for lunch and/or presentation. Arrive for lunch by 12:45 please.

Even if you are only coming to the presentation please RSVP by Sunday, March 26th so that we will know which room to set up.

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March Photo Shoots

Ross Bay Cemetery

  • When:  Wednesday March 8th, 10:00 am
  • Meet at the corner of Dallas Road and Memorial Cres. (by the washrooms)
  • Lunch at Ross Bay Pub, 7 – 1516 Fairfield Rd

Ogden Point Breakwater

  • When:  NEW DATE!!  Wednesday March 29th, 10:00 am
  • Meet at the corner of Dallas Road and Dock St (by the concrete fence)
  • Lunch at James Bay Pub   270 Government St

Westshore Quilt Show

  • When:  Saturday April 1st, 10:00 am
  • Eagleridge Community Center, 1089 Langford Parkway
  • Lunch at Romeo’s,  122-2945 Jacklin (Westshore Town Center)
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Training Survey

Please fill out this training form.

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Gmail no longer supporting Chrome Browser version 53 and below

Starting February 8, 2017, Google will show a banner at the top of the Gmail interface for users who are still on Google Chrome Browser v53 and below to encourage upgrading to the latest version of Chrome, currently version 55 and/or above. Chrome Browser v55 contains several important security updates. Gmail users that are still on Windows XP and Windows Vista are the most likely to be affected, because v49 was the last released version which supported those operating systems. As previously announced in April 2015 and November 2015, these systems are no longer maintained by Microsoft, and we strongly encourage you to migrate to more secure and supported systems. What happens if users continue to use Chrome Browser v53 and below? Continue reading

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Bodies in the Bathroom, Bottom of the Stairs

If you fall in the bathroom, you may be in for a terrible time trying to raise a neighbour. To counter this, “Fall Alert” devices, worn on the wrist or around the neck, can be rented for about $40 per month and up.  There are also free apps for smart phones that use the smartphone’s accelerometer . This 2014 article from National Institute of Health in the USA gives great info, concluding “… the performance and usability of current systems remain limited…”  But if you carry a smart phone, you might google “google play fall alert” and try out a free app anyway.

Recognizing that phones are not well suited to showering, I thought a different approach might work for me — a hazard count-down timer “app” that I click before entering a hazardous situation, like a shower. Continue reading

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