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Slinfold Computer Café

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Slinfold Computer Café meets fortnightly on Friday mornings (10:00 - 12:00) in the Parish Room (upstairs) in Slinfold Village Hall (see Contacts page for location). It is specifically not an enthusiasts' club: in fact it is as much a social event as a club; our meetings are quite informal, and people are welcome to 'drop in' as suits them. Details of our forthcoming meetings can be found in the monthly Slinfold Magazine, and are also provided below. The schedule below shows the meeting dates that have currently been booked, and the subjects for the meetings will be added as they become available.

We welcome anyone — whatever their computing knowledge & experience (or lack of!) — to join us for a friendly chat/discussion, over tea/coffee and biscuits, about anything even vaguely related (and sometimes not even vaguely related!) to computing and IT. We have a core of about 8 – 12 fairly regular attendees, and at any particular session there may be from, say, 5 to 15 of us there.

Coffee/tea and biscuits are provided. There is no membership fee and no commitment, but we do ask for an 'attendance fee' of just £3.00 to cover refreshment and room hire costs — and there is NO charge for your first visit.

For more information, contact Trevor on 01403-790374, or Jeremy on 01403-791027, or e-mail to admin@slinfoldcomputer.club​.  Also e-mail that address if you would like to be added to our regular e-mail list for updates and reminders.

Meeting dates & Key Microsoft support dates

Date Details

10th Apr 2018​

  • Microsoft Office 2013 - Mainstream Support terminated (see Notes below)

October 2018

  • Windows 10 v. 1809 - Release expected
  • Support terminates for Windows 10 ‘Creators update’ (v. 1703, released Apr 2017)
  • ​Support previously terminated for earlier versions of Win 10  (v. 1507, July 2015; v. 1511, Nov 2015; v. 1607, Aug 2016)

Friday 5 October

Please bring any questions and queries that have arisen over the summer break.

Computing news, updates & changes that may be relevant to attendees.

09 October

Patch Tuesday (see Notes below)

Wed 10 October 

Presentation to Slinfold Seniors  (10:30 - 12:00 Village Hall) on using the internet; searching and moving around websites etc. securely; spotting ‘spam/scam’ emails; and knowing how and what information is gathered by Google and others.  [I understand that anyone is welcome to attend the Slinfold Seniors meeting and that there is no age check!]

Friday 19 October

t.b.a.

Friday 2 November

t.b.a.

13 November

Patch Tuesday (see Notes below)

Friday 16 November

t.b.a.

Friday 30 November

t.b.a.

11 December

Patch Tuesday (see Notes below)

Friday 14 December

t.b.a.

8th Jan 2019

  • Windows 10 Mobile - Mainstream Support terminates (see Notes below)

14th Jan 2020

  • Windows 7 - Extended Support terminates (see Notes below)

13th Oct 2020

  • Windows 10 - Mainstream Support terminates (see Notes below)
  • Microsoft Office 2010 - Extended Support terminates (ditto)
  • Microsoft Office 2016 - Mainstream Support terminates (ditto)

10th Jan 2023

  • Windows 8.1 - Extended Support terminates (see Notes below)

11th Apr 2023

  • Microsoft Office 2013 - Extended Support terminates (see Notes below)

Notes:

  • 'Patch Tuesday' : Microsoft normally releases Windows 'Quality Updates'  (as distinct from 'Feature Updates', which are approximately twice yearly) on the second Tuesday of each month (US time). Consequently, when you turn your computer on in the UK on the Wednesday morning, there will often be updates ready to be downloaded and installed. Depending on the number of updates (and on your update settings), this can take anything from a few minutes to several hours, and delay you from accessing your computer during that period.  So be prepared!
  • 'Microsoft Support' : for further information relating to Support termination dates, and the differences between 'Mainstream' & 'Extended' support - see this page.

If you have any kind of computing, software or IT related problem or query — however basic — you are welcome to come along and ask for help and advice.  We won't promise to be able to resolve all issues, but we will do our best.  If the issue relates to a portable device, then please bring that device along: it is a lot easier to understand and discuss an issue when we can see it, than in the abstract.  Power sockets are available if your device needs them.

Free WiFi broadband is available — now 'superfast' fibre broadband.  We also have a Windows 7 desktop computer, a recently upgraded Windows 10 touchscreen laptop computer, printer, DVD player, projection facilities, and Bose speaker facilities available as required.

We cover a wide range of subjects ... examples have been Windows, Apple / Macintosh, Android systems; desktop, laptop, tablet, smart-phone, or smart TV devices; software, hardware, storage, internet, e-mail, digital photography, music, editing video, uploading videos to YouTube, digitising slides and old photographs, managing and manipulating photos, managing passwords etc..

You are, of course, very welcome to join us even if you do not have a specific problem or query to ask about! Bring your expertise - we are all good at something!

Some 'meetings' are semi-formal sessions with a themed subject matter, advertised in advance — this may typically involve a presentation or structured discussion; whereas others are general sessions, with no pre-arranged subject, for chat, discussion and trouble-shooting, wide-ranging on any issue that people may bring with them.

Having said that, we deliberately aim to make time available for queries at all meetings, so you are welcome to bring specific problems or queries to any meeting.

It would be great to see you attend a session at some time. Did we say the first one is free?

Finally, we would like to thank the following websites for including mention of our group. You may also find them useful for information about other groups, events, etc. in Slinfold: