Bio - Richard Lamb

BIO - Richard Lamb


Richard is a retired airline pilot and Civil Aviation administrator. His first computer was a ‘BBC’, bought about 1969 when visiting the UK. Two and a half years ago, through the persuasion of his wife and two sons (all Apple fans), he forsook Microsoft and bought an Apple iMac. He has never regretted it. Only one other Club member has an Apple iMac desk top computer. Since then he, his wife and sons have all bought iPads.

At this stage he remains the only family member not using an iPhone. He finds the iPad an amazing device which he would not be without. Apart from SeniorNet he is also involved in the St James Anglican church, and the Heart of the Hutt Trust which operates the ‘Anchorage’ in High St, Lower Hutt.

While Richard is knowledgeable in basic Excel spreadsheets, creating cards for birthdays and other computer everyday uses, he currently tutors the following course and workshops:


A basic course for new comers called “New to a Computer?” Being only a four week course it can not cover more advanced word processing subjects. [See ‘Remind Me How To...’ workshops below.]


Exploring iPads.” Because buyers of iPads start using them immediately, and don’t wait for a course on how to use them, running a structured course is not practical. A workshop enables exploring where people are at, tailoring the two hours to fill in gaps in people’s knowledge, and answering their questions.

There are over 200,000 apps (software applications) for iPads and iPhones and a few of these are looked at. The Apple equivalent of Microsoft ‘Word’ and ‘Excel’ are ‘Pages’ and ‘Numbers’ - periodically a workshop is held to look specifically at Pages and Numbers because they are easier to master when shown how they work.

These workshops are proving to be very popular.

Exploring Apple laptops”. As with iPads, we find that owners of laptops (or desk tops) learn how to use them intuitively, but invariably have questions about how to do things they have not mastered. They also find things for every day use that they didn’t know.

Remind Me How To…” Prior to these workshops some seventeen basic topics (and nine advanced ones) are advertised for would-be students to indicate which they would like to be reminded of. For example: selecting text, dragging and dropping, creating and organizing folders etc. The workshop then deals with these in the order of requested popularity.

More advanced word-processing can be taught at a workshop, without a course. It can be an opportunity to learn such techniques as: use of tables, tabs, text boxes, headers and footers, paragraph and page numbering, borders, grid, and columns. If any Club members wish to learn how to use any of these more advanced word processing tools, they should ring the Club Secretary and request such a workshop be run.

Remind me how to...” workshops

Students wishing to be reminded how to do something should select their desired topics by their number.. The tutor will deal with subjects in the order of their popularity.

Basic word processing:

  1. Auto correct

  2. Changing between upper and lower case

  3. Changing font style and color or size

  4. Cutting, copying, pasting

  5. Folders - creating one, deleting one, organizing them.

  6. Formatting text -changing its appearance

  7. Open a file from a flash drive

  8. Page numbering

  9. Photo - add to a letter

  10. Photo - reformatting - size or cropping

  11. Save a file to a flash drive

  12. Selecting text

  13. Spelling

  14. Toolbars

  15. Tools menu and the important 'Options' option!

More advanced word processing:

  1. Columns

  2. Drawing - lines etc.

  3. Grid

  4. Headers & footers

  5. Index - adding one

  6. Page breaks

  7. Page numbering

  8. Placing 2 things on a screen at once

  9. Return Address Labels

  10. Tables - converting into text and visa versa

  11. Tables - rows and columns

  12. Tabs

  13. Text boxes

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