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More pleas to stop weed

May 9th, 2019 | By

A renewed plea for locals to help eradicate a horrible weed that is invading the area has been made.

In early 2017, local Ele Duncan urged residents to be on the look out for Yellow Bristle Grass and now the Tamahere Community Committee has joined the call.

It is becoming an invasive problem for farmers and is in Tamahere verges where the Waikato District Council does not spray, TCC said at its recent meeting.



Windows 10 for better or worse

Apr 22nd, 2019 | By

Windows 7 is expiring in January 2020; the only option is to upgrade to Windows 10, if you want to stay on that platform.

So what’s in a name? What’s better/worse about Windows 10?



Dirty Dog runs again

Apr 17th, 2019 | By

The Dirty Dog Challenge, an event where dogs and their owners navigate a mud-filled obstacle course, is on again.

Organised by the Waikato District and Hamilton City councils for the second year, the event is held over two distances, 2.5km or 6km.

The challenge, at the Ngaruawahia Christian Youth Camp on Saturday, June 15, is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes.



Tweaking Windows 10

Mar 27th, 2019 | By
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By now you either use or have at least heard of Windows 10. It’s a bit of a mess.

Here are some tips on how to improve the experience.

It doesn’t help that Microsoft is discontinuing Windows 7 in February 2020, meaning that it will no longer receive security update patches and be safe to use on the internet.



Desktops vs laptops – a guide

Nov 26th, 2018 | By

What to buy – a desktop or laptop? Computer guy Matt Bentley looks closely at both options on offer in this modern, plugged in world.

The answer is complex and nuanced, but sometimes obvious. The obvious part is, do I want to move my computer around? Do I want to use it in multiple rooms, or on vacation?



Pet peeves of a computer tech

Oct 23rd, 2018 | By
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This is going to be essentially a gripes article. Hey, everyone gets one right?

In every single profession there’s stuff that most non-experts get wrong. I wouldn’t have the faintest clue about all the things I’m getting wrong about my car, or even about the cereal I eat in the mornings. So, don’t take it personally, but listen up, you might learn something useful.



Old footy boots wanted

Sep 12th, 2018 | By

Hillcrest High School boys and girls Premier Futsal teams are heading to Vanuatu next Thursday (27 September) – and they’re after old football or futsal boots. They are hoping people might like to donate the boots – both children and adults sizes – as the team is visiting a local school while on tour. Also

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Dump on dumpers

Aug 26th, 2018 | By

Last year fly tippers prompted 746 calls to the Waikato District Council – more than two every day.

The illegal dumping of rubbish is such a big and costly problem in the district the council has moved to make it easier for people to report on it.

The council has added a Facebook Group to the methods people can use to dump on dodgy dumpers.



Win10 – repair guy’s dream

Aug 20th, 2018 | By

By now you’ve probably had some experience with or know someone who has had some experience with Windows 10.

Microsoft skipped 9, heading straight from Windows 8 to 10, which makes me think, how does Bill Gates tell time? Does he ever get up at 9am or is that just not an option?

It’s probably good that they skipped the 9, mind you, because that might’ve meant they would’ve had to put more time into developing their ideas, instead of giving me something that I have to fix.



Waste busters wanted

Aug 6th, 2018 | By

Got a clever idea to reduce or eliminate rubbish, recycling or waste?

There is no such place as “away”. As in throwing trash away.

But there are many ways to meet zero waste and there are plans for the Tamahere community to become a leader in the field.