Computer Group

Group Leader: Nick Talbott – nick@u3a-llandrindod.org.uk

The group meets via Zoom on Mondays at 2:30pm at roughly two-week intervals. Group members will be informed of meetings by email so please contact the group leader if you wish to be included.

The computer group is open to any u3a member and caters for all levels of ability. It does not matter whether your computer uses Linux, Apple Mac OS X or Windows. The intention is to develop computer skills generally, without favouring any particular computer system. You can see a list of topics we have previously covered.

Any u3a member is welcome to contact the group leader for help with any IT issues.

Latest news from the group

Internet and Email Safety

Published 22nd February 2022

The group is nearing the end of the topic on Spreadsheets so we will soon be starting a new topic on April 4th.

For this topic we’ll be considering the various types of risk that you can be exposed to when you browse websites or handle email. We’ll cover things like anti-virus products; blocking advertising; what “cookies” are and if you should worry about them; personal privacy issues and “identity theft”; “scam” and “phishing” emails; bogus websites; “malware”, “ransomeware” and other threats which we all want to avoid.

Please contact Nick Talbott if you would like to join the group or suggest a topic. You do not need to have previously attended computer group meetings as the group is open to any u3a member.

The computer group will continue to meet using Zoom as this format seems to work well for members and allows many more participants.

Introduction to Spreadsheets

Published 2nd November 2021

For this topic we’ll be looking at how to use spreadsheets for things like

  • basic calculations
  • producing graphs and charts
  • storing and sorting records
  • finance and accounting purposes

The spreadsheet software that will be used in the sessions will be LibreOffice Calc, which is a component of the freely available LibreOffice Suite which is available for computers running Linux, MacOS or Windows. However the principles will be the same for any other spreadsheet software such as Excel or Google Sheets.

If you would like to join the group for this topic please contact the group leader. You do not need to have previously come to the computer group meetings. You are also welcome if you are a member of another u3a (in which case please say so when contacting the group leader).

Starting Monday November 15th.

Sessions every 2 weeks via Zoom.

Suitable for complete beginners.

Using LibreOffice Draw to create posters, cards, diagrams, plans and more

Published 6th September 2021

Resuming on Monday 20th September. We will be using Zoom for this topic.

If you have are interested in this topic but have not attended previous sessions this would be a good time to join as the session on 20th September will be a review of what we have covered so far.

Draw is a “vector” graphics program, which means that it stores drawing shapes as mathematical values. But you certainly don’t need to understand maths to use Draw!   Vector graphics programs take a totally different approach to photo editing programs which store images as a grid of coloured dots.  Both have their uses.  Draw is part of the free, open source LibreOffice suite of programs and is available for computers running Linux, MacOS or Windows.

In these session we will start from the basics and go on to more sophisticated uses.  No previous experience is necessary!

If you would like to join the group for this topic please contact the group leader. You do not need to have previously come to the computer group meetings. You are also welcome if you are a member of another u3a (in which case please say so when contacting the group leader).