Handy Websites

Hunter Valley Bus (CDC) Timetables and website lets you download their latest timetables, or plan a trip using the Transport NSW system

Transport NSW site lets you plan a trip anywhere within the bounds of Scone, Dungog, Lithgow, Moss Vale and Nowra. It covers trains, buses, ferries and light rail. Click here for the trip planner with all options.

If you need to travel outside the above area then click here to plan and book rail trips for anywhere in NSW

Lake Macquarie Council website has lots of info and links to happenings around the lake.

The MyGov website lets you access your Centrelink, Medicare, Health, DVA etc records. You do need a free MyGov account and password which you can get here You will need to provide details to get the account.

Get a free Google account that will give you gmail emails, calendars, google docs and plenty of other free stuff. Once you have a gmail account then you can access your emails from any internet connected device - ie computer, tablet, smartphone.

Compare Electricity Plans at this government run site to see if there is a cheaper retailer than what you currently use. You will need an old bill to enter some of the details. There are several other comparison sites however some have biases to particular retailers or don't compare them all.

Hunter Women’s Centre, Mayfield is a non-government, not for profit, community based organisation which provides services to improve the health and wellbeing of the women of the Hunter.

Westlakes Stroke Recovery Group. Contact through Stroke Recovery NSW 1300 650 594 or email info@strokensw.org.au. The National Stroke Foundation exists to offer the Australian Community the information and support they need to prevent stroke, live with stroke and to work effectively in stroke health services.

WEA Hunter is an independent non-profit community based organisation whose sole aim is to promote and provide educational opportunities for adults. It has a long and proud history as the leading provider of community based adult learning in the Hunter Region.

Family and Community Services (FACS) is a NSW Government department that seeks to break disadvantage and see that people are included in their communities.

Hunter Community Legal Centre provides free legal advice to people who live, work or study in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Great Lakes and Hunter Valley regions.

Scamwatch is an Australian government website that has a lot of quality information and tips on avoiding being scammed. They produce an excellent free booklet 'The little black book of scams'. If you want copies for relatives, or a groups you are in, you can order online and they will post out for free up to 100 copies. Just stress on recipients to read the bloody thing!!!

The Scamwatch site also have some good short online videos

GCFLearnFree Internet Safety tutorial covers the basics of safety and passwords

Safety Detective site has a very good The Ultimate Internet Safety Guide for Seniors They also have links to where you can get heavily discounted antivirus programs (that is if you want more than what the free ones offer)

BFS Seniors Online training module Safety on the Internet / Internet Safety.

Redfin has a very detailed article on Tech Safety Tips for Seniors

Download the free version of Legacy genealogy recording program. You do need to provide an email address so you get the password (currently legacy8). Do browse their learning site

A great Australian website to help get records and ideas from is CoraWeb Do allow plenty of time to browse it. Also to try the links that she offers.

Download calibre which is an excellent free program to manage, convert and read ebook. Make sure to browse the links on the help page which includes links to introductory videos. Note that the video is for an early version of calibre, however the general principles of usage are still the same.

Toronto Community Centenary Hub offers free basic computer, smartphone and tablet training to Hub members ($10 / year)

Woodrising Neighbourhood Centre offers community help with financial, gambling and family counselling.

GCFLearnFree Android tutorial for iPad users try their iPad tutorial

BFS Seniors Online training module Mobile Devices / Intro to Android. There is also an iPad tutorial.

Digital Unite is a UK based site that has 400+ how to guides for technology.

Gizmos site is a great website for free software with good reviews, comparisons and safe links to download.

A Seniors Guide to Computer Basics. This is a US site but it also has plenty of other helpful articles for seniors. Just check the categories sidebar at the site.

The Best Website Builders has a good comparison of just that. It doesn't mention Google Sites which is how this site was built :-(

Injury prevention and other statistics about computers and devices. This site has a lot of interesting and helpful material. The link came 'out of the blue' from a lovely email from a Carla Rodriguez, a computer technician promoting STEM to kids (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths):

Some more worthwhile sites added October 2020

A Good Movie to Watch lists shows and movies that are highly rated, but sometimes little known. Worth a browse. It indicates whether they are available in Australia or not.

Oz Bargain lists good deals and bargains that members have found. Its free to browse and join. Joining lets you post bargains and comments.

Instructables is a site with loads of tutorials on how to do and make pretty much any 'stuff' you can think of. Tutorials are well written step by step with pictures and videos. Its free to join and you can submit projects yourself. Also has a regular newsletter to subscribe to.

WikiHow is another site with lots of 'how to do stuff' type tutorials. Its been running since 2005 and they claim 90,000 articles. Its also free to join which lets you connect to like minded people and share your own expertise. (Has Android and iOS Apps)

This is why I'm broke is a site for those who like to browse and find the oddest of things to buy or get a giggle from. Some ideas and products that people come up with is just mind boggling at times.

SuperCook is a site where you enter what ingredients you have and it will give you recipes. The recipe suggestions appear as you are selecting the ingredients. Alternatively you can enter the name of a dish you'd like to make and get recipes for it. (Has Android and iOS Apps)

Windy.com aims to be the best weather forecasting service in the world. It provides 10 day forecasts on wind, rain, temperature, waves etc using highly regarded weather models. The animation is stunning. It has links to active webcams, even paragliding sites.

IMDb (Internet Movie Database) has information related to films, television programs, home videos, video games, and streaming content online

Google Shopping. Just search for the item you want to buy. Try an exact model number (eg T510 for a Samsung 10'1" tablet) or more general description (eg ipad pro). Scroll past the first row of paid adverts (the term is 'sponsored'), to the search results and click on links that read 'Compare prices from ... shops' to give many current prices, reviews and specs. Just be aware that some shops are based overseas - eg TobyDeals, Tecobuy and fly the goods in. Maybe cheaper but could be an issue with warranty and repairs

The Museum of Hoaxes is good for a laugh at some of the stunts. Also check some of the things that have been done for Aprils Fools Day particularly the top 100

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