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

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).

Working with Files

Published 27th November 2020

In this topic we’ll focus on working with your computer’s File Manager application. We’ll cover finding files, opening files, renaming or moving files, copying files to and from USB memory sticks and external hard drives, using “cloud” storage, working with zip files and anything else you might want to know about files. The sessions will be suitable for those using Linux, Windows or Mac computers.

We will cover this topic using a mixture of videoconference meetings using Zoom and self-study using worksheets. Virtual meetings will take place at roughly two week intervals.

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).

Photo Editing and Creative Art using the GIMP Image Editor

Published 26th September 2020

Starting Monday 5th October at 2:30pm. Virtual meetings using Zoom.

An introduction for those completely new to photo or image editing or for those with experience of other applications who would like to know more about the GIMP software.

Handouts and worksheets for this topic are still available. Please contact the group leader if you would like copies.