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Your hard drive is spinning rust

May 12th, 2018 | By

As I write this on my 10″ laptop, my desktop computer is currently packing a sad.

The hard drive suddenly failed to write a few things to disk, and as it rebooted I saw the all-too-familiar screed of errors indicating imminent failure or data loss.

I immediately stopped and took time to backup my existing data to an external drive before more damage occurred, but it was too late for some of it.



Band to reprise wartime concert

Mar 23rd, 2018 | By

Tomatoes that were kitchen garden favourites a century ago are helping pay for the Cambridge Brass Band to play at the centenary of the wartime liberation of Cambridge’s sister city Le Quesnoy in France.

The French town has invited the band to the centennial celebration of the event to reprise a concert given by the New Zealand Army Band the day after Kiwi troops liberated the town without any civilian casualties on November 4, 1918.

To help raise money for the trip, the Cambridge band’s tuba player, retired Waikato University geochemistry professor Chris Hendy, has been growing and marketing heirloom tomatoes from 130 heritage plants.



Keep credit cards safe online

Feb 3rd, 2018 | By

Things are tough online now – a business can get hacked and lose millions of customers’ details to hackers.

Unfortunately those details sometimes include credit cards.

There is also an underground industry of stolen credit card details, often funding illicit “deal” websites like G2A (a computer game re-seller) or other seedier sites.



Applications open for funds

Nov 23rd, 2017 | By

Applications open in December and January for a range of Waikato District Council funds to support community projects and events in the district.

The funds support creative and performing arts, heritage, conservation and a range of other community projects and events.

The following three funds close in February in the first round of applications for the year:



Back up before de-clutter

Nov 16th, 2017 | By

So, it’s that time of year again, and you’re ready to get rid of some of that spring clutter. Of course you are.

But, before you go deleting all the things you think you don’t need, maybe you should invest some time in installing precautions, in case you get it wrong.

For the fact is, we’re all fallible, we make mistakes, that’s what being human is about. So with that in mind, I’m going to talk to you about backing up.



Passwords that rule

Oct 18th, 2017 | By

If I had $5 for every time I retrieved or reset someone’s password when they’d forgotten it or hadn’t written it down I’d have … well, about the same amount of money I have now.

It can take anywhere between one and ten minutes to get a password back depending on what’s required and the account in question.

One problem for many users is that computers can confuse you a bit by remembering your passwords for you.



Beware computer scams

Sep 24th, 2017 | By

A rising number of people have reported random calls from someone with a foreign accent, typically Indian or American, telling them they’ve got a security or other kind of issue with their computer.

This is obviously a scam and it’s worth knowing how it works.

It starts with that call, sometimes bounced through a NZ landline number, and the suggestion that there’s a problem with your computer.



A fair bumper crop of books

Sep 1st, 2017 | By

The 21st annual Red Cross book fair promises to be bigger and better when it starts next Friday.

There will be more than 60,000 books at the venue, the Te Rapa Racecourse, off Garnett Ave, Hamilton, from Sept 8 to 10.

They will range over fiction, romance, war, history, drama and non-fiction and will also include a large range of children’s books.



Group gets youth action

Aug 3rd, 2017 | By

Three Waikato teenagers arrived back at school this week after the trip of a lifetime to China – the result of joining a Waikato District youth action group.

After joining the Te Kauwhata and Onewhero Youth Action Group to develop their leadership skills, Marina Wihongi, from Meremere, Caleb Monk and Tuene Henderson, both of Onewhero, were encouraged by the Waikato District Council’s Youth Engagement Advisor Shannon Kelly to apply for a New Zealand China Friendship Society scholarship.

The $2000 scholarships allowed the trio to experience and learn about another culture first-hand.



WDC launches cadet scheme

Jul 24th, 2017 | By

The Waikato District Council has moved to create employment opportunities for civil engineering students in partnership with Wintec.

The two organisations will launch a cadetship programme next year which will aim to support and develop students through a programme of on-the-job work packages and specific training.

The council will recruit cadets from Wintec year one and two students this year to launch the scheme for the 2018 study year.