Our next regional Wayzgoose will be on Saturday 17th March in Doncaster. The venue is Parklands Sports and Social Club, Wheatley Hall Road, Doncaster DN2 4LT. Tea and coffee will be available on arrival, and the bar will be open at lunchtime. There is car parking at the venue. There is no wheelchair access as the function room is upstairs and they do not have a lift.
Map / Directions: Although the address is Wheatley Hall Road, there does not seem to be an access road to the Parklands Club where it is adjacent to the road. The advice is that we should turn off Wheatley Hall Road at Spinners Road, which is a bit before where the club car park backs onto the road. About 100 yards along Spinners Road there is a signed right turn to the club.
There will be planned activities during the morning and optional informal explorations of the area in the afternoon. Our speaker will be PC Pete Burke of South Yorkshire Police who will be talking about road safety and his work as a traffic officer. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.
If you would like a free lunch, please book with Chenda by Sunday 11th March. If you are unable to book in advance, you are still welcome to come along, but you will not get a free lunch. If you book and then find you are unable to attend, please try to let me know, so that we can cancel your lunch booking or offer it to a latecomer.
If you haven't been to a Wayzgoose, they really are great fun. You get to meet lots of people, listen to a usually very entertaining guest speaker, and, if you let Chenda know soon enough, a traditional northern lunch. After lunch there are walks in the neighbourhood, and further opportunities to chat to your fellow guests. Oh, and there's a quiz. You'll also get up to date info on what's happening with Mensa - and ask those hard questions, if you like!
There was a robust exchange of views a few weeks ago, on an email list of which I am a member. Somebody had uploaded some documents to the files area and somebody else was unable to access them and read them. This led a third participant to point out that it was probably a software problem. There followed a catalogue of misunderstandings peppered with a liberal barrage of docs and docxs and pdfs.
Part of the problem is that some of us have much older and less cutting-edge software than others, and the developers of software make it their mission to build in all sorts of incompatibilities between older and newer software, so that we will be manipulated into buying new software as fast as they can come up with it. I guess that works on a lot of people, but some of us won't play that game.
Apart from the cost of new software, there is the time-wasting business of having to learn how it works. Often to then discover we really liked the old software better, anyway. They always build in lots of apparently pointless and unnecessary changes, to try and justify the cost. For example, when I worked in an office I spent a fair amount of time addressing envelopes. Each time the software was 'updated' they hid the 'envelopes and labels' gismo in a different place. Why? I then had to waste time trying to find it, usually several times, before I managed to remember where they'd moved it to.
So we get problems from time to time when somebody creates documents on one lot of software and somebody else tries to read them using a different software version. But that's not the only problem. The documents in this instance were uploaded to the files area of the email group, and some of us find this a bit too much of a challenge.
Over the years I have had several goes at accessing the files area, and have yet to succeed. I realise this is probably because I am old and foolish, but I don't hold out much hope of rectifying either of these imperfections. So it doesn't really matter whether or not my software is up to the job of opening the documents, if I can't get at them to try. Fortunately, eventually, somebody takes pity on us and offers to email the documents to us, thus achieving a ceasefire in software wars, until the next outbreak of documents.
My other claim to antediluvianism is my phone. Do you remember clam shell phones? I think they pre-dated that soon-to-be-popular-again retro Nokia phone by a good few years. Well I still use my clam shell phone. It's small, metallic red and very beautiful, and I just can't bear to bin it. None of these touchy feely modern 3G, 4G or whatever phones are nearly as small and beautiful.
One of my sons (son 4) is generally even more resistant to change than I am, but he recently succumbed to the temptations of a touchy feely phone because his ancient Nokia went all dark and silent. Now, from time to time, as I lounge in bed with a cup of tea and the crossword, the phone rings, so I answer it, and it is my son phoning me from the sitting room. "It's me. I've got a problem with this new phone. I can't stop it ringing you", he tells me. So I'm really not in any hurry to update my phone. I think I'll put up with minus 2G and Windows XP a little longer.
Look forward to seeing you,
I'm Chenda Appleyard