Past Meetup

computers & technology: once you go mac you'll never go back

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what we are doing:

Tips and tricks for new Mac users!

During this class I will give a guided tour of Mac OS-X, discuss some of the differences between Mac's and Windows PC's and cover some basic functionality, apps and maintenance.

The class will be presentation/ demonstration style with Q & A throughout.

There are many versions of the Mac operating system and I will be using the latest version OS-X Mountain Lion (Version 10.8.2, unless there’s been an update by then). The class content will be relevant to anyone using OS-X Leopard (Version 10.5) or newer. Please be aware there may be some functions that aren’t available on earlier versions and class attendance may result in a desire to
upgrade your software, computer hardware or both!

If you need to check what version of OS-X your Mac is running click on the apple symbol on your task bar (the white bar that normally runs across the top of the screen and the Apple symbol is normally in the top left corner) and click ‘About This Mac’.

what you will learn:

- A high level understanding of the difference between Mac's and Windows PC's
- How to set up your Mac basic's (inc Mail)
- How to navigate your Mac and where to find stuff like downloads
- How to right click and do other windows-y stuff on your Mac
- Basic Mac maintenance
- Application and App Store basic's

type of class introduction, tips and tricks

skill required: 1- beginners

your chalkler will be:

Kyle Gibson
My interest in computers has been fueled by a healthy life long sci-fi addiction. In 1981, while visiting family friends in California, I first got my first experience with an Apple IIe, which started my love affair with Apple and inspired my career.

I have worked in information technology security since 1998. During this time I have worked with Government Agencies, some of New Zealand largest companies and was involved as an organiser for the US Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Storm II global cyber-terrorism exercise. As well as the local work I’ve done my career has taken me to Australia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Guam and the UK. Most IT jobs require on going training, but rather than doing industry certifications I decided to do a Masters Degree in Information management which I graduated from in 2012.

I’m currently a director of, and the principal security engineer for Confide Limited ( a Wellington based company that specializes in information technology security.

what people need to bring

Your Mac and something to take notes on if they want to go old school, if you like screen shots I’ll be teaching you how to do that during the class

cost 11.50 (incl GST)

how to book and pay:
RSVP and pay using this paypal link ( or

deposit 11.50 into Chalkle's Kiwibank account:
Details to include: 100475952 - Your name


A minimum number of 5 people are required for this event to go ahead, or it will be transferred to the following week.

our cancelation policy:

If you RSVP for a class and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle. You may request to rejoin after six months.

We expect pre payment for all classes.

If you cancel your RSVP:

- less than 3 days before = no refund
- after 7pm night before = no refund and a no show will be recorded.

about chalkle:
Chalkle connects people interested in teaching and learning from each other face-to-face -- in a fun, social environment!

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