New Education Chair

Within our mission “serving an electronically-connected community”, we also try to keep you informed and up-to-date on latest technology development. With the technology world expanding to netbools, Tablets, iPads, & smartphone, having a way to access data from any device becomes a necessity. Google provides us a whole set of free web and office products such as text processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and contacts management in the cloud, so to speak, having access to your information through the web. Learn more about principles behind it and how you can use it in your daily life.

Our newly recruited instructor, James McDonald, has developed a very well thought out on Google Apps. During the first test run of the class among our volunteer crew, James enlighted us with great ideas how to solve common problems with Google’s customizable homepage, Email and contacts. With the help of spreadsheet and documents, he taught us how to share sharing contact lists, family birthday calendars among far away family members and friends.

We have scheduled another introductory class for November 29 at 6pm – 8pm at the Naples Free-Net Office. The class is free, however seats are limited, so registration is required


NFN User Survey! Need your help!

To All Members of Naples Free-Net

Dear NFN Members,

Today, we would like to asked your participation in a short user survey. Doing so, you will help us plan for the next few years of activities and investments of time and money to serve this electronically-connected community.

Naples Free-Net users are aware of technology changes and have indicated that it’s time to adopt to better serve our community. To cover all the bases, Naples Free-Net computer and Internet classes and nonprofit technology support courses with hosting and education have been expanded. The web is evolving, and we would appreciate your views on how we should tackle the challenges and opportunities of social media, Mobile, Access and Operating Systems of the future. Continue reading NFN User Survey! Need your help!

NFN Scholarship Student Sarah Vente at M.I.T.

Dear Naples Free-Net,

Thank you so much for the scholarship! I’ve already finished one semester at M.I.T. and I am really enjoying it. And I am going back to Boston tomorrow.

Thanks again for your generous support.


Found Sarah Vente on Facebook and sent her a message:

Hi Sarah!

I am the president of the Naples Free-Net and wanted to thank you for the pictures you sent to our office of you at M.I.T. I scanned them and would like to use them in the NFN Annual Report as well as upload them to our Naples Free-Net Fan Page together with your lovely Thank you Note. Of course, I would only do that if that’s ok with you.

We are very happy that you are excited about going to M.I.T and I wish you on behalf of the whole board of directors lots of luck and plenty of fun learning.

All the best,

Birgit Pauli-Haack
President Naples Free-Net

NFN First WiFi Public Hotspot

Village Falls Professional Center will be the first location where Naples Free-Net installed a public WiFi Hotspot. Not only is the Village Falls Professional Center the home of Naples Free-Net since 2003, it also has a new neighbor, the English Pub, with its customers being able to use the public WiFi Hotspot for their mobile and laptop communication. Other businesses at the center are East Naples Fire Fighters, New England Stamp, Allstate Financial Group, Collier Financial Inc., and Caregiver Education.

With the new WiFi Hotspot, Naples Free-Net also makes the jump into Mobile First, the first access site you’ll reach before you log onto the WiFi, will be a mobile optimized site, which after accepting the Terms of Services, (short, don’t abuse), you are able to learn more about the Naples Free-Net, donate a few dollars to help offset equipment costs and also register for free computer classes and workshop. This newly-created news section will also be available in mobile optimized form.!/NaplesFreeNet/status/164314092251783168/photo/1

Serving and electronically connected community