The Carlyle Gardens Computer Club holds an Infonite, at 7 p.m., generally on the fourth Tuesday of most months (except December and January).

There is usually a short set of (generally) humorous clips or videos to amuse or amaze the audience. A speaker makes a presentation of some topic relating to using computers. The presentation is followed by a light supper, and conversation among members or visitors.

These Infonites are generally held in the Carlyle Gardens Conference Room, as the attendance is too large for the Computer Room.


Short Presentations

Three short presentations as introductions. Helen Payne with Story Book. Eldon Bryant on Radio via Computer. James Phillips on Fixing Problems via Internet.

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Remote Support

Peter Bennett tells how you can get Remote Support from him for your computer. Just install the program to let him assist you over the internet.

Tuesday 26 February 2013

The Cloud

Peter Bennett is well known to members for his help with their computers. Peter is known as well for raising funds for Movember. Peter talked about what The Cloud is, and how online services may be great for computer users.

The supper was extra special, as this was the last of the Infonites before Christmas.

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Townsville Library Website

Linda Blair from Townsville Library hows how to navigate the free services of the Townsville Library web site. Shows how to access Audio Books, and the Resources section. She also talked about other library services.

Tuesday 23 October 2012

Cards for Every Occasion

Marion Stickley, who also helps provide our wonderful suppers, will give a presentation on producing greeting cards, especially for Christmas and birthdays.

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Annual General Meeting

The short AGM was again on, this time with many of the long serving committee standing down from their positions. President Clive, Vice President Don, and Secretary Kevin all stood down from their executive positions, after hinting for years this would happen. Jock also did not seek nomination. There were volunteers for all except the last committee position. This meeting was followed as usual by short entertaining items. Last was the usual wonderful supper.

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Phone Night

Guest presenter Matt White from Telstra at nearby Willows Shoppingtown demonstrated modern communications technology, and explained a bit about what was behind it all. The meeting was very well attended, showing there is a real interest in mobile devices. I gather some attendees thought the talk might be more about how to use modern tablets and smartphones, since these are a bit of a mystery to some. I suspect some way of showing the phone screen content would be needed for that to be practical.

Tuesday 24 July 2012


Our guest presenter was to be Bob Bowd's brother-in-law Bob King, who was not able to attend. Laurie Wickham filled in and showed how to use Snapfish to produce photo albums. Club members thanked Laurie for his effort in learning and demonstrating Snapfish.

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Learning Technologies

Guest presenter Phil Gorbett from JCU explained What is happening in learning technologies that Seniors should know to be one step ahead of their grandkids. Phil says the topic is dear to his heart. We were fortunate that Betsy Jackes was able to enlist her colleague for this interesting presentation.

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Selling on eBay

Bryan Roebuck returns to show how to sell items on eBay. I trust everyone emptied their garage.

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Glossary of electronic terminology

Guest presenter Peter Bennett explains the language of computers in a wide ranging, well prepared presentation.

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Digital Photo Solutions

Meryl Cheetham from Sales kindly gave a presentation of using Digital Photo Solutions to produce photo albums.

Tuesday 28 February 2012

Computer Entertainment

Various short pieces of computer entertainment before a lovely supper on the last meeting of the year. Presentation to Peter Bennett in appreciation of his help to the club and its members over the years.

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Buying on eBay

Bryan Roebuck shows how to safely purchase items online at eBay auctions, using PayPal. He even demonstrated actually buying a memory card for anyone who wanted one.

Tuesday 25 October 2011


Jeff Stickley demonstrates programs that generate jigsaw puzzles.

Tuesday 27 September 2011

Annual General Meeting

A very short AGM followed by short entertainment items. This was followed by the usual supper.

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Question & Answers

A question and answer session, headed by Peter Bennett demonstrating Team Viewer to provide remote computer help.

Tuesday 26 July 2011


Audio and video communication over the internet using the Skype program. One computer pretended to be in Timbuktu.

Tuesday 28 June 2011

Bits & Pieces

The online Nearmap website shows before and after maps, often relating to catastrophe. Second topic was e-book readers, such as Kindle. A clash of dates prevented the March Infonite.

Tuesday 26 April 2011

Backing Up

Well known guest presenter Peter Bennett demonstrates tools and techniques for backing up files and hard drives.

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Happy Nite

Short presentations, including Peter Bennett, and his impressive moustache.

Tuesday 23 November 2010

What History Tells Us About the Future of Computers

Eric Lindsay talks about how computers developed, and where they might go. See web pages used for this presentation.

Tuesday 26 October 2010

Modern Developments

Guest presenter Peter Bennett, who is well known to members, talks informally on modern computer developments and the terms used by the computer literate.

Tuesday 28 September 2010

Annual General Meeting

Wally Watkins provided computer entertainment after the short AGM.

Tuesday 24 August 2010

Carlyle Chronicle

Sheena Bradshaw and Melody Silver demonstrate how they layout the Carlyle Chronicle village newsletter using Microsoft Publisher.

Tuesday 27 July 2010

Picasa Revisited

Wally Watkins shows sharing and manipulating photos using the free Picasa website.

Tuesday 22 June 2010

Taking Stock

James Phillips shows how to use a computer to obtain stock market information.

Tuesday 25 May 2010

Gone Phishing

Guest Presenter Sgt Glenn Lawrence, District Crime Prevention Coordinator, is assisted by representatives of Westpac bank. they talk about computer fraud, identify theft an other security issues.

Tuesday 23 March 2010

The Music Man Sings Again

Geoff Dillon adds more about organising music via a computer, and using iTunes for Windows.

Tuesday 16 February 2010

Windows 7

Guest presenter Peter Bennett is well known to members. He provided a demonstration of Windows 7, the advantages and disadvantages.

Tuesday 24 November 2009

The Music Man

Geoff Dillon shows how he organises the music he provides at communal gatherings. Demonstrates using iTunes for Windows.

Tuesday 27 October 2009

Annual General Meeting

The short annual general meeting. Plus some short entertainment.

Tuesday 18 August 2009

Look, No Hands

Wally Watkins shows how to use voice recognition to operate a computer.

Tuesday 21 July 2009

Accessing your library online

Guest presenters Dawn and Alice from City Library showed how to search the online library catalogue, do reservations, and access library online databases.

Tuesday 23 June 2009

Genealogy and Family History

Guest presenter Paul Brown, Past President of the Family History Association of NQ Inc gave a presentation on the recording of genealogy, and family history.

Tuesday 5 May 2009

Infonites early 2009

Infonites in 2009 included: Allan Moore presenting a slideshow with music and voice over in February. Carlyle Gardens Project Manager Peter Kirkham gave a presentation on optical fibre to the home and future proofing Carlyle Gardens in March 2009.


Infonites 2008

Past Infonite topics in 2008 have included: Wal demonstrating scanning (May 2008), and Pat on compiling an autobiography (June 2008). Introducing the internet (July 2008) had Clive booking accommodation, Bob selecting and booking airline flights, Pat looking up White Pages and the Bureau of Meteorology, with Kevin on miscellaneous topics. August 2008 was the Annual General Meeting. Pat O'Brien was tweaking photographs with Picassa in Sept 2008. Wal Watkins did computer magic in November 2008.