How to use “Thought grazing …”

Public and Private – what’s the difference?

There is a difference and what you see depends on whether you’re logged in as a registered user of the site. All Cardiff U3A Computer Group members have been registered – you just need to Login to see the Private Content.

So Public looks like this …

… and Private looks like this …

Occasionally there might be a Sticky post that sits at the top of the feed of blog posts …

So you need to login using a Login box …

Features of the site: the Menu bar

Features of the site: Click on the Menu bar and there are two items

The first is a tab to click on for Meeting Notes …

The second is a tab to click on for Member Posts …

In both cases everyone (Public) can see the indexes, but if they click on an item they will get a polite message telling them they can’t see the content of the post. This will happen to you as well, if you haven’t logged in. You are able to Login from the bottom of both of these pages, and the polite refusal page as well as the Home page.

Features of the site: Commenting on a post

You might like to add a comment – something you’ve found out as an addition, or a problem you’re having in following up the meeting notes. So for instance, below is a Private post …

… to which I replied …

Features of the site: Creating your own post

Finally, you may come across something you think other members of the Group would be interested in; or you might be having a problem, or issue with your computing that you want advice about. I can’t promise to be able to answer every issue, or problem, but perhaps there’s someone else in the Group that might be able to help.

Once you’re logged in, you will have the status of Author on the site. That means that you can write a Member post. You do this by clicking on the New button at the top of the page …

… this will open an editor screen. It’s not quite like a Word Processor, but it does much the same sort of thing. Play with it until you get the hang of it. You can always save what you’re doing as a Draft document – you don’t have to Publish it. [Tip: Leave it in Visual, rather than Text mode.]

… once you’ve finished your Post, and before you Publish it, assign it to the closest Category that you think it fits, and then provide a list of tags that you think best describe it. [I may, probably will, add tags to posts but it would be helpful if you could have a first stab at it. Using tags helps users of the site find articles they might want to read.]

… and that’s about it.

iPhone Battery Replacement

I was in conversation the other day with someone who was complaining about the short battery life of their iPhone. I remembered that I’d put an alert in my calendar for later this year to take my 6s, and Jenny’s SE down to the Apple Store to get a battery replacement under their “special offer” scheme.

This came about as a result of them changing the way the operating system (iOS) worked on older models – slowing them down – to retain battery life. This caused a bit of a stink at the time, and so Apple responded with a replacement programme that means a replacement battery would cost £25, as opposed to £79, through 2018.

Apple also issued an advisory note to tell users a little bit more about how batteries would cease to work at full performance in this note which also explained how you could manage performance – which is of course what they should have done before they implemented it in the background without telling anyone. This article tells you how you can monitor and manage your battery health.

So … if you have one of the affected models (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus) you should consider taking advantage of the Battery Replacement Offer, but for a few people with a 6S, it could be a free replacement.

The Apple Store calls …