Two-Days Course on Creating a Blog

The two days course will cover the ins-and-outs of a blog. How to create and customise a blog using themes and layouts within WordPress publishing platform.
Pre-requisite: All participants are required to bring along a laptop computer for both hands-on sessions.
NB: Participants are required to attend both sessions.
Course Details …
Session 1:
Date: 25th Aug 2018 (Sat)
Time: 3PM to 5PM (2 hours)
Venue: Bukit Merah Public Library
Session 2:
Date: 30th Aug 2018 (Thurs)
Time: 2PM to 5PM (3 hours)
Venue: Bukit Merah Public Library
Admission is free but registration with National Library Board is required. Course is suitable for both Adults and Seniors.
Direction: Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru, exit and turn right, up escalator and take bus number 5 or 16 or 851 to end (Bukit Merah Bus Interchange). About 5 minutes walk to library.
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Housekeeping of your various smart devices

Every 2nd Saturday of the month, in Bukit Merah Public Library, there will be a FREE IT Talk on various computer topics, including iPhone and Android smartphones matters. For the month of July, the talk will be on Housekeeping of your various smart devices.

This talk will explain the common problems most of us face with our smart devices (e.g. insufficient memory, how to transfer all our pictures from the smartphone, battery power can’t last for a day, etc.) and how to overcome them.

Date: 14th July (Saturday)
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Venue: Bukit Merah Public Library

Admission is free but registration with National Library Board is required. Course is suitable for both Adults and Seniors.

Direction: Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru, exit and turn right, up escalator and take bus number 5 or 16 or 851 to end (Bukit Merah Bus Interchange). About 5 minutes walk to library.

How to Create a Restore Point (For PC user only)

Microsoft Windows (latest version is Windows 10 – version 1803, available since May 2018) has built-in a feature called “Restore Point” or System Restore. You can undo system changes by reverting your computer to a previous restore point.

To ensure you have the latest best restore point, you need to regularly create restore points, say once in two weeks or monthly.

Here is how you go about to create a Restore Point …

  • Click the icon “Search Windows” (the magnifier icon at bottom left corner)
  • Type “restore point”
  • In “System Property” menu, click “create”
  • On the white bar spacing, enter file name (e.g. 030518, the date restore was done)
  • When completed, a message will come out, via
    “The restore point was created successfully”

One good example is, when performing major operating system upgrade, like the recent one 1803, available since May 2018, it is recommended to create a restore point immediately prior to doing the 1803 upgrade.

Fun with Scratch Coding (a 3-Sessions Workshop)

Scratch coding is a visual programming language provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab developed it and is available free online. An off-line version is also available.

The service is designed to help children (age 8 and above) learn to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively. These qualities are also useful to seniors and learning this new skill is not difficult with hands-on.

Besides learning the basic of Scratch programming, the final project of this Scratch Workshop is to encourage participants to create a digital story of their life journey. It is more meaningful if the participants use their own family photos.

All participants who sign up are required to attend all the three workshop sessions. Bring along your laptop computer, if you have one.

Details of the Scratch Coding Workshop are as follows:

Title: Fun with Scratch Coding
Dates:  1/9/2018 (Session 1)
22/9/2018 (Session 2)
29/9/2018 (Session 3)

Time:   3PM to 5PM (Session 1)
2PM to 5PM (Session 2)
2PM to 5PM (Session 3)

Venue: Tampines Regional Library
(Pixel Lab at Level 4)

Course fee: free – (no charge)

Prerequisite: Participants to have a basic knowledge of laptop or desktop computer functions and Internet surfing. For those seniors who need a head-start, you can contact me to discuss further.

This Scratch Workshop is meant for seniors who are interested to pick up a new IT skill on Scratch Programming or Coding in the fun way. Registration with NLB is required.

What is Scratch?
(A video introduction from MIT Scratch Team)

 

 

Youtube & e-Entertainment

Every 2nd Saturday of the month, in Bukit Merah Public Library, there will be a FREE IT Talk on various computer topics, including iPhone and Android smartphones matters. For the month of May, the talk will be on Youtube & e-Entertainment.

This talk will demonstrate to you how to search for entertainment of your choice. Be it news, songs, games, talk shows, documentary, comedy, etc.

Date: 12th May (Saturday)
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Venue: Bukit Merah Public Library
Admission is free but registration with National Library Board is required. Course is suitable for both Adults and Seniors.

Direction: Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru, exit and turn right, up escalator and take bus number 5 or 16 or 851 to end (Bukit Merah Bus Interchange). About 5 minutes walk to library.

Coffee Chat (28-04-2018)

Come to have your Smartphone problems answered (as best as we can). This coffee chat/IT Clinic is also intended for those participants who have attended the monthly IT classes (free) in Bukit Merah Library – to followup on the lessons (Last lesson – Microsoft Windows 10)

We gather together to share our skills, problems and to engage ourselves in lifelong learning and friendship. Coming Scratch Coding workshop can also be discussed. Details of coffee chat are as follows:

Date: 28th April (Saturday)
Time: 5PM to 9PM
Venue: 313 @ Somerset (Food Court at Level 5)

Do drop by if you are interested. All are welcome!

How to transfer photos from iPhone to thumb drive

Problems: My iPhone is low in memory. Cannot download any more Apps or take any more pictures.

To avoid the above from happening, it is prudent to perform regular housekeeping of your iPhone to transfer all your photos away from the iPhone. Below will show you how this can be done.

1. On Apple computer start screen, click “Go” then select “Applications”

2. Next select “Image Capture”

3. Connect one USB thumb drive (preferably with 32GB or more) on one USB slot and the iPhone, with USB cable, connect to another USB slot on the Apple computer.

4. Ensure your iPhone is unlocked

5. Somewhere below the screen of Apple computer, select “Import to – Others” and then select the thumb drive name.

6. On the extreme left, you have the choice of a) Delete (photos on iPhone) after import or b) Keep original (photos on iPhone)

7. After (6) above, click “Import All”

8. Depending on the amount of photos, once completed, you will have a copy of all photos in your thumb drive

9. Alternatively, instead of using a thumb drive, you can also use a portable USB external hard drive.

10. Once confirmed a copy of all photos are successfully copied to your other device, you can safely delete all photos on your iPhone

11. It is recommended you repeat the above procedure once your iPhone has stored 300 or more pictures