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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2013 Christmas Party

December 18, 2013
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

Santa and reindeer using a computer spreadsheet for the good and bad listsPlease join EPICUG for our annual Christmas Party, at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, December 18 in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library.  Feel free to bring your family – everyone is welcome!

Lee and Sandy Lasson are once again organizing this special event. Thank you guys!

  • Food, Snacks and Refreshments
  • Thank You to our 2013 guest program presenters
  • Technical White Elephant Gift Exchange, please bring a wrapped gift.
  • FIT (funniest internet thing) Contest – bring a URL (or preferably a thumb drive) with a funny website or video.
  • 2014 Club Officers Election

This anual party is an excellent time to pay 2014 (and/or 2013) dues. While all of our meetings and events are free and open to the public, our dues go toward equipment, programs and promotion, and also pay for technology periodicals for the Library. Dues are only $12 per year. Members who have paid 2013 dues are eligible to vote in the election for 2014 club officers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Electronics Recycling

December 7, 2013
9:00 amto1:00 pm

recycle

The Town of Estes Park will sponsor electronics recycling services Saturday, December 7, at the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride lot off Manford Avenue. The collection takes place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. This is an opportunity to conveniently and responsibly recycle old television sets, computers, cell phones, iPods and many other electronics.  Read more in the Estes Park News.

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EPICUG Meeting – Come Meet the Android

October 24, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

An android waving "hi there" from behind the EPICUG logoOn Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 PM in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library, come join EPICUG (the Estes Park Internet Computer User Group) and learn about the Android mobile operating system. Since EPICUG started its Mobile Special Interest Group in early 2012, we have concentrated almost entirely on Apple’s iOS. This month, guest speaker Josh Hull is going to expand our focus and teach us about Google’s Android. Josh’s presentation will cover a wide spectrum from basic use, comparison and contrast to iOS, and provide insight into application development. Josh is a lab technician at the Estes Park Medical Center and a published developer of medical education apps for Android and soon also for iOS. Please join us for this informative program. All EPICUG meetings and programs are free and open to the public.

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No meeting tonight

October 7, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
October 24, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

In case anyone is wondering, there is not an EPICUG meeting this evening.  The Library asked us to cancel the meeting originally scheduled, as they rearrange activities around the flooding.  In relation to the flood, I hope all of you are well.  I believe we will be able to return to our scheduled EPICUG meetings soon, and am in the process of verifying this with the Library.  For the time being, here is a sneak peak of what’s tentatively coming up in October – a couple mobile related events.

Monday, October 7 – Appropriate for the date, we’ll discuss iOS 7.  This is Apple’s latest iteration of their operating system for iPhones and iPads, a dramatic change from it’s predecessors.  Share with the group what you’ve discovered about the new OS, its pros and cons, hidden features, and bugs.

Thursday, October 24 – We’ll turn our backs on Apple and iOS and discuss Android.  This will be a informative and wide-scoping presentation by guest speaker Josh Hull, an Android user and application developer.  More information on this program and Josh will follow soon.

One last piece of business.  The EPICUG website has gone through some trials and tribulations these past couple month, most notably a server crash and rebuild.  Thank you Lee and Cassie Lasson (FrontDesk) for a) hosting the site and b) bringing it back to life.  As a function of testing, please e-mail me at joe@thorpassoc.com, and let me know you received this announcement and how you received it (via RSS feed, e-mail, calendar event, etc).  Many thanks!

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EPICUG Meeting

August 29, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Row of Computers in perspective with blur into distanceHappy End-of-Summer! After the hot-weather hiatus, EPICUG will resume meetings starting this Thursday, August 29, and following with one meeting in September (26th) and then picking up a more frequent schedule in October. This month will be a bring-your-own-topic meeting. We’ll briefly discuss upcoming programs, give a status report on iSenior, and then the floor (or rather the wall screen and projector) are open for sharing. Ask any question, or show us what cool software, or device, or internet service you’ve found over the summer. See you Thursday, 7:00pm in the Hondius Room at the Library.

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iSenior

US Flag on an iPad ScreenHello EPICUG Club Members – Happy Independence Day!

In May and June, EPICUG conducted an educational program at the Senior Center that Lee Lasson coined as iSenior. The 2-hour program is targeted toward senior citizens and the content is a basic introduction to the Apple iPad. Joe Calvin helped Lee with the presentation, and Christy Crosser both helped during the program as a facilitator, and worked closely with Kelly Claypool of the Senior Center to setup and promote the events.

The two iSenior presentations to date were very successful. The attendees represent a broad spectrum of experience with the iPad and computing in general. Nonetheless, the presentation blends very beginner-oriented hands-on demonstrations with some more advanced information as well, and the senior participants have reported back positively. In fact, the Senior Center has asked EPICUG to continue the basic course on an ongoing basis and has also inquired about a more advanced course and one-on-one followup sessions.

We have found that there is great demand for the basic knowledge our Club members possess. And, in a small way, EPICUG is contributing to the independence of our senior community.

Additionally, the program has raised $300 for EPICUG’s treasury through the sharing of registration fees with the Senior Center. The problem is that we are having trouble keeping up with demand. Christy, Lee and Joe have contributed considerable time toward creating the giving the presentation, but cannot continue at the Senior Center’s requested schedule. There will be one more session in August (date/time to be determined), but if the program is to continue, other members of the Club must come forward to volunteer. If you are interested in helping with this effort, please let us know! Email Christy, Lee and/or Joe.

Thank you, and have a safe holiday.

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