Technology for 55+

We discuss how to effectively and safely use digital technology (smartphones, digital cameras,  tablets and computers, except Apple products) to those 55 and older who join our club.

Our 150 members can attend any of several sessions per month, held at Silver Threads Passmore Center, kitty corner to Tillicum Mall, south-east corner (click for map).  Scroll down for more articles.

To attend Computer Club events you must be a member of the Victoria Computer Club.  Join us.  New Computer Club members get their first month’s computer club membership for free – attend your favourite club course or try them all. (Silver Threads drop-in fees still apply.)

Memberships are $25 per person.  Memberships last 365 days from the anniversary of joining, (395 days the first year.)

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Staples presentation on the benefits of Chromebooks

Technology Expert Sean Cleaver, alongside of Tara Smith Manager at Staples Victoria will be giving a presentation on the benefits of Chromebooks as well as discussing their general use. We will be providing a hands-on demonstration and open discussion (where questions are welcomed) to help explain how they operate. Additionally we will look at the different options that we have both in-store and online to look at the benefits one model may have over another (such as touchscreen) and why that may be desirable. We will finish up by going over the different options that Staples can provide for both technical support such as help in initially setting units up and in-person tutorials as well as hardware support through our Easycare program to help guard against any unexpected hardware issues.

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Shopping with Dorothy (online)

Learn from Dorothy Cushway some basics on how to shop online at two local grocery stores – Thrifty Foods and Save-On-Foods.




It will come in handy for

  • comparing prices,
  • if you are sick
  • you can’t drive and want some healthy food delivered.
  • or just to save lots of time from driving in traffic jams, lifting the groceries into and out of the buggy and car.

Dorothy will also cover some coupon / flyer sites that come in handy for good deals around Victoria.
Please write down 4 to 6 ingredients in your pantry that you could use to make a recipe.  Dorothy will briefly show you how to “Google” cook.

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Oct 29 and Nov 1st Photoshoots

Rilla has some fabulous photo shoots for us. Please mark these dates on your calendar. Surprise us, come out and have some fun! Everyone is Welcome

What: Halloween Activities
When: Sunday October 29th
Where: Government Street (street closed for a few blocks) at Fort
Time: 12:00 noon-4:00 pm

Meet at the corner of Fort and Government by the Bay

What: Shoot Fall Colours
When: Wednesday November 1st
Where: Royal Roads Meet in the lower parking lot
Time: 2:00 pm

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Chromebook presentation links

For Monday’s Basic Computing group’s presentation on Chromebooks, use this APCUG presentation use this link

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Windows 10 tips

For Monday’s Computer Basics Group, here is a webpage of Windows 10 tips

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Do more with Edge and Cortana

Here are the links to Ricks presentations on Edge and Cortana.  Interestingly, because they are images of text and therefore not likely to be scanned by the likes of Google,  I’m not too worried about the copyright.  Note the dates on the bottom of the pages are 2015.

Do more with Edge page 1 Do more with Edge page 2

Get To Know Cortana page 1 Get To Know Cortana page 2

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September free draw winner

Stuart Stout was the winner of the monthly draw for September.

Attendees to our events that have a drop-in fee get a free ticket for the monthly draw, which is a $20 gift card, or a $20 thumb-drive.

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CCleaner hack affects 2.27 million computers

Your device may have CCleaner malware. Here’s what you need to know.

Computer-optimization software is supposed to keep your computer running smoothly. Well, in this case, maybe not so much. Monday, the company that makes CCleaner, Avast’s Piriform, announced that its free software was infected with malware. If you use CCleaner, here’s what you need to know.

CCleaner on Android wasn’t affected. —Alina Bradford/CNET

More info at this link.

Continue reading

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Minutes for Aug 14, 2017 exec meeting

Attending: George, Rick, Martin, Dorothy Ann (Silver Threads)
Excused: Barkley, Ian Continue reading

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Monthly Draw Prize

Join any of our Monday or Thursday classes for a free chance to win a technology related monthly prize.
The month’s winning ticket number will be posted on our website at the end of each month, in this post, so keep your tickets, and email to let us know you have it.  With your matching ticket, you may claim your prize at the next class you attend.

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