Nelson is fortunate in that incoming President, Lindsay Hunter, is also a technical wizard, along with our Life Member and maintenance manager Graeme Valpy. Having established that there was interest from some members in gaining more knowledge of the inner working of computers, a Technical Interest Group (TIG) has been formed. Meetings are held monthly and since the inaugural meeting in February numbers have steadily increased, with 16 present in May. Topics covered so far have included how to change ar add a hard drive, replacing the CMOS battery, what the BIOS does and how to make changes to settings, along with general tips for investigating computer hardware problems. Members are encouraged to lead discussion on any problem they have encountered, so that jointly we can find a solution.
Using old donated computers we plan to learn how to reformat a hard drive and install the open source Linux operating system. The expected spin-off from the group is to have a core of knowledgeable members able to assist with ongoing maintenance of our Learning Centre computers. The future looks bright.