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Why does your computer take so long to start up?

By Geoff, U3A Ipswich I.T. Tutor. We have all noticed that our PCs seem to be taking longer to start up these days. This is because there is so much internal housework being performed by your computer, getting itself ready, before it opens the front door to you. It's just like when you are expecting guests for lunch, and run around doing last minute tidying up. This computer housework can include checking there are no bugs crawling around (computer virus checking), ensuring the latest magazines are on the coffee table (checking for updates), straightening up the paintings and photos (refreshing the thumbnails on your home screen), getting the junk mail off the footpath and bringing in the mail (loading up your emails and sorting them out). Then finally it slides the curtains back to reveal the windows. (Think of the housekeepers depicted in Midsommer Murders). All this house tidying up, as we know, takes time and it seems cleaning our homes nowadays takes longer than ever before. It's the same with our computers, but at least we don't have to do anything except turn it on, and let the maid inside your PC run around and do her job, whilst we finish our cuppa. She takes about 5 minutes, and will not be rushed, in fact trying to help just gets in her way. Geoff will be running various Computer and Technology courses next year, in language we all can relate to and understand.

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Vinh Truong is running ‘learn to play pickleball’ sessions at Ipswich State High School at Brassall every Wednesday and Friday night 6.30 – 8.30 pm. This sport is very popular with seniors as it is easy to learn, is low stress and has low impact on the body. Click on this link to see how to play pickleball. There is also a Facebook link to a demonstration at Ipswich Social Pickleball on 30 July at 7.25am here. Vinh would like to work with U3A Ipswich and if there is interest we may try to get earlier times.

Sudoku is an easy to learn logic-based number placement puzzle

Term 3 sees the introduction of a Youtube-based 1-hour class for those who are beginners to experts. This fascinating puzzle game has its roots in 18th Century Europe and was popularised in Japan in 1986. The first real Sudoku was published in 1979 and was invented by Howard Garns, an American architect. The name is derived from the Japanese phrase meaning 'the numbers must be single'. Hosted by Colin James, classes will be held at Woodend Campus from 11.00 til 12.00noon on the first and third Fridays of the month, commencing July 16. To enrol, click the 'Members' button above. At the Membership Status screen, click the 'Classes 2021' button and select the class you wish to attend from the displayed list

Volunteers are our lifeblood. We need your help!

Our U3A only functions by the work of volunteers. There are many roles, from minor to major, but ALL are necessary and appreciated. Even if you only have 30 minutes once a week, there is a role for you. For example, staffing our office; helping with events such as See Create Connect Expo; become a tutor – share your passion; join the management committee. We welcome your involvement, which also offers the opportunity for social engagement and fun. To become a volunteer, please contact the office and leave a message for Figlia DiDio, Volunteer Coordinator, on (07) 3282 7484, or email at contact@u3aipswich.org.au​

Registering for your choice of classes just got easier!

Our Health and Safety is in Everyone's Hands

Welcome to U3A Ipswich’s online member services! 

One of the major benefits of the new system is the ability for members to select and register for any class themselves online. All members will be able to see the status of classes and make informed decisions on the spot. You’ll know if classes are open, fully subscribed, or on offer at the tutor’s discretion. You’ll know during which terms the classes operate, and each class’s  location. You can also cancel a class you enrolled in, as well as offer apologies for classes you’ll not be able to attend. You’ll even receive an email confirming your class enrolment and details.

You’ll have instant access to all the start dates for every class of every course at every venue – all at the click of a mouse button or tap on your smart device screen!

Not confident using high tech devices? Our volunteers in the office will be able to offer assistance through the whole process.

Wishing all in our community a safe, healthy and successful year