EPICUG Meeting – EPES Tech Club

September 17, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Estes Park Bobcat LogoWednesday, September 17, at 7:00 pm in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library, EPICUG will welcome Debbie Holmes from Estes Park Elementary School.  Among other responsibilities, Deb is the volunteer coordinator of the Fifth Grade Tech Club.  The Tech Club meets two mornings a month to introduce students to the variety interesting computer technologies that they otherwise aren’t exposed to in their education.

The purpose of our meeting with Deb will be to gain an understanding of her program, and to brainstorm ways in which our club might support her efforts.  There was a lot of interest expressed by EPICUG members for this topic on our December 2013 survey.

If you have young children or grandchildren or want to learn yourself about Tech Club please attend this meeting.  If you have ideas about how children can be encouraged to explore technology, please attend this meeting.  The country needs a new generation of geeks and the environment today isn’t as conducive as it was for us older pre-internet guys.  Kids need to be creative, not just “users”, not just social.

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EPICUG Meeting – Connecting to the Outside World

July 16, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Logos of Town of Estes Park and major local ISPsWednesday at 7:00 PM at the Estes Valley Library, EPICUG is proud to receive guest presenter Alan Fraundorf, Information Technology Manager for the Town of Estes Park. Mr. Fraundorf will give us a short overview of how Estes gets, maintains, and manages our internet connection to the outside world, and how our local Cable, WiFi, and Phone suppliers get connected to the Town fiber. Please attend and help welcome our guest speaker. Mr. Fraundorf will be available for questions at the end of the meeting. As with all EPICUG events, this meeting is free and open to the public.

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EPNRC/EPICUG – Computers for Non-Profits

May 27, 2014
5:00 pmto8:00 pm

IMG_1465Lee Lasson has been spearheading a project to refurbish some computers donated by the Town for the purpose of making them functional for donation to local nonprofit organizations.  Continuing this evening, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Lee and friends will be cleaning up machines, and installing new licenses of Windows and Office.  If you have time this evening, please join the activity at Stanley Village, Building P, Upper Level between Key Bank and Reel Mountain Theatre.  Technical expertise is not required.

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EPICUG Meeting – Emergency Internet Services

May 21, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Network Icons floating in River, destroyed road construction beyondOn May 21, at 7:00 pm in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Public Library, EPICUG will explore ways to provide internet services during emergencies, like the flood last fall.  Jim Webb will lead discussion with EVARC [Estes Valley Radio Amateur Club] and the City task group responsible for the optical fiber. As well as thoughts from EPICUG members.  Bring your ideas and proposals to provide access to emergency service providers, other city updates and service provider bulletins.

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Request for Volunteer from Rocky Ridge Music Center

Jill Lancaster with EPNRC asked to forward this request below on to EPICUG members…

Hello Jill,

I hope your meeting with EPICUG went well last night. If I were in the area already I would have attended, but I don’t move up until Memorial Day.

I’m wondering if you could point me in the right direction. I’d like to retain the services of an IT expert in the area for various needs we might have throughout the summer when we are in session. I’d like to find someone who is familiar with DSL modems/routers as well as PCs and Macs. We have a small budget to pay this person, but it would be even better if there might be someone who would like to volunteer at a nonprofit like Rocky Ridge–perhaps for a pair of season concert tickets as a token of our appreciation.

I would appreciate any leads you might have.


Karen Dusek
Operations Manager
Rocky Ridge Music Center
840 Pearl St., Suite Q
Boulder, CO 80302

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Road Map to Switching Off Windows XP

May 8, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

EPNRC & EPICUGThe Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center and the Estes Park Internet and Computer Users Group are excited to present a free program by Lee Lasson.  Please join us Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 pm in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library.

Microsoft’s Windows XP support is ending Tuesday. The issue effects home users, nonprofit users, and small businesses. The Road Map to Switching Off Windows XP is technical in nature and has an economic impact on home/business/nonprofit computers users.

Windows XP Support Ending – What does it mean to home, business, and nonprofit computer users?

How to upgrade a computer to Windows 7 or Windows 8

  • Minimum system requirements
  • License questions
  • Windows Easy Transfer on old computer
  • Getting necessary Drivers for NIC
  • Install new Operating System
  • Windows Easy Transfer on new computer
  • Install Applications
  • Windows Updates

Community Project – How Nonprofits can get upgraded Windows 7 machines from Town’s old computers

  • Town’s role – supply machines
  • EPNRC’s role – Techsoup.org licenses for Windows and Office, Nonprofit coordination
  • EPICUG’s role – seek volunteers to work on project
  • Rotary/Duck Race – space for processing computers (after the race May 3)

Request Volunteers
Question & Answers

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EPICUG – MacWorld/iWorld 2014

April 16, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Jeff Gamet at MacWorldOn Wednesday, April 16, at 7:00 pm in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Public Library, EPICUG is pleased once again to welcome Jeff Gamet, managing editor for the Mac Observer and cohost of the Apple Context Machine back to give us an overview of MacWorld/iWorld 2014, the annual convention in San Francisco for Apple-centric developers, users and the press collectively know as iFans.  As well as attending the convention, Jeff podcasted and presented sessions covering the intersection of wearable technology and fitness applications, which he himself successfully used to loose 60 lbs.  Please help us support our guest speaker on April 16.  All EPICUG meetings and events are free and open to the public.

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SXSW 2014 – First Hand Report

March 19, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

SXSW Interactive LogoNeil deGrasse Tyson, Shaquille O’Neal, Edward Snowden, Lee Lasson, Stephen Wolfram – All but one of these men enjoyed the warm and wet weather in Austin Texas last week. At least one of them will share his experiences at EPICUG next week. Come to the Hondius Room at the Library Wednesday Evening, March 19 at 7:00 pm to get answers to your SXSW questions… What is the future of personal genetics? Is our cyber secure? Will science or creativity (or 3D printing) solve the world’s problem? Will cars start talking to each other soon? Did any females speak at SXSW? What is a “wearable SDK”? What does “responsive design” mean now? Do algorithms dream, and what do they dream of? Please come support one of the above guest speakers (and perhaps Cassie too) at EPICUG Wednesday Evening.

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EPICUG Meeting – Help

February 19, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Keyboard with H E L P highlighedOn Wednesday, February 19, at 7:00 PM in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library, it is your chance to get some help and to help others. We all have our talents and our challenges – bring both to EPICUG next Wednesday. There is no scheduled presenter this month. We’ll meet very briefly as a group to compile two lists – a “help wanted” list and a “help offered” list. Sign up for both if you can. We’ll match the needs and sources, and then break out into 2 or 3 person huddles for say two sections of 30 or 40 minutes each, and solve problems! Bring your laptop, your mobile device, your experience and charitable will. See you Wednesday. As with all EPICUG events, this meeting is free and open to the public.

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CES 2014 – First-Hand Report

January 15, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

3D CES LogoOn Wednesday, January 15 at 7:00 PM in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library, our local blogger and podcast celebrity, Jeff Gamet will present his first-hand report on CES 2014.  We’re not suppose to call it “the Consumer Electronics Show” anymore, so let’s just say it’s the annual trade show in Las Vegas that focuses on all of the things we like to focus on as EPICUG.  CES is the traditional venue and testing ground for the introduction of new consumer electronics technologies ranging from prototype TVs, to mobile devices, to gadgets and toys.  I suspect Jeff will have some interesting new “wearable technology” to show us this year.

Jeff Gamet is the Managing Editor for The Mac Observer website and blog.  Along with Bryan Chaffin, Jeff hosts the Apple Context Machine podcast, which I highly recommend.  In addition to Apple news, ACM delivers unique insights not found from other journalists.

EPICUG is excited to once again welcome Jeff.  Please come and help support our guest speaker programs.  As is the case with all EPICUG meetings and events, Jeff’s presentation on CES 2014 is free and open to the public.

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