Happy New Year 2014

Naples Free-Net volunteers wish all members a Happy New Year!

Education Schedule updated

List of scheduled computer classes at the libary, the meetings of the two special interest groups, DPi-SIG and 501TechClub SWFL, and the NFN4Good walking clinics. Education chair, James McDonald and his team are working on the NFN computer lab schedule right now.

Volunteer Awards

Nominate your most treasured NFN volunteer for the Naples Free-Net Distinguished Service Award

2014 Annual Meeting  March 10, 2014

Save the date and watch the space for updates and details.

Volunteer Award Nominations 2014

Each year the Naples Free-Net issues Distinguished Service Awards to volunteers who have made unusual personal contributions to the organization.

We opened the nominations to all members of the Naples Free-Net and we were extremely pleased with the members’ participation and are asking you to do so again.
If you know of a volunteer who deserves special recognition for the year 2013, we would appreciate it if you would fill out our award nomination form online .

All nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2014 Successful nominees will be recognized at our annual meeting on March, 10th, 2014.

Is this the year YOU resolve to volunteer for the Naples Free-Net? If so, go to


NFN Photo Service Update

In November 2013 NFN’s Board of Directors followed Webmaster Birgit Pauli-Haack’s recommendation to phase out the NFN Photos service, after it was determined that hardly any NFN member is using it and the last album created by an NFN member was in April 2011.

We will purge all photo files on January 31, 2014. When we released the service in 2003 we served an urgent need for people to share photos via cloud service rather than attaching them to emails. Our service provided a feature rich environment for private and public sharing of photos.

About 650 albums  and 14,700 photos later the usefulness of the services seem to have run its course. Over the last five years, much better services have mushroomed through out the Internet.

NFN members in good standing will receive an email notification with a link to download their photos in a zip file for archiving. The link will expire on January 31, 2014 and all photos will be purged from our servers at that time. If you haven’t yet migrated to a different photos sharing service, here is a list of sites to explore.

If you feel, a good photos sharing site is missing, let us know and we’ll add it to the list.   As always, let me know about your thoughts, suggestions and comments,
Your friendly neighborhood Webmaster 
Birgit Pauli-Haack

Google Apps at South Regional Library Branch

The first in a series of Naples Free-Net events hosted by Collier County Public Library took place yesterday afternoon at the South Regional Library Branch. Naples Free-Net’s education chair, James McDonald showed an audience of 50+ attendees what’s new on Google services, Google Search and its new Hummingbird Algorithm, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google+, Google+ Photos, and many many more, during this two hour session.
Here a few photos posted on Google+ by Birgit Pauli-Haack

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