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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Building Apps for iPhone and iPad – Reminder

June 27, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

The Xcode "hammer and blueprint " icon with an iPhone screen in the backgroundJust a quick reminder about the EPICUG meeting at the Library at 7:00 this evening to have a look at Xcode.  See original post.

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Building Apps for iPhone and iPad

June 27, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

The Xcode "hammer and blueprint " icon with an iPhone screen in the backgroundOn Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 PM in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library, EPICUG will take a look at Xcode, Apple’s development environment for creating applications for the Mac as well as for iPhone and iPad.

Joe Calvin has been working with FrontDesk’s Lee and Cassie Lasson over the past year to develop a series of commercial applications for the iOS mobile operating system. Joe will share his general experiences in learning the Objective-C language, programing for touch interface, and managing the resource limitations of mobile devices. The presentation will include an overview of project approach, demonstration of developing a graphic user interface, examples of working and editing code, deployment of an executable app to both the iOS Simulator and to physical devices, a list of helpful references, and questions-and-answers.

This presentation is the third in a sporadic series of EPICUG meetings on learning programming. While the subject matter will be relatively “advanced,” it should also be generally informative and entertaining. The presentation will not include any details of the Apple Developer Program that are “pre-release” or otherwise considered “forbidden fruit.”

Please join us at the Library for programming fun!

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Electronic Recycling Jobs Act Landfill Ban

Please see this press release from the Larimer County Department of Solid Waste.

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Top 10 Social Media Tips for Nonprofits/Businesses – Followup

EPNRC and EPICUG logosCassie Lasson has compiled a great summary of last week’s joint meeting with the Estes Park Nonprofit Recourse Center.  It is posted on FrontDesk’s website.  Thank you to presenters Adam Shake, Cassie, Lee Lasson and Brooke Burnham!

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Top 10 Social Media Tips for Nonprofits/Businesses

May 23, 2013
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

EPNRC and EPICUG logosThis is just a quick reminder about the special program this Thursday at 6:30 in the Hondius Room at the Library.  The program is a joint presentation of The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center and the Estes Park Internet and Computer Users Group, and features speakers Adam Shake, Lee Lasson and Cassie Lasson.  To read more about the speakers and the program topics, please see the original post.  Keep in mind that this program starts a half hour earlier than our normal meetings, and requires registration on the Library’s website (instructions given in the original post).  If you have any trouble registering, please let me know.  See you Thursday!

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Top 10 Social Media Tips for Nonprofits/Businesses

May 23, 2013
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

EPNRC and EPICUG logosThe Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center and the Estes Park Internet and Computer Users Group are excited to present a program on social media for businesses and nonprofits.  Please note the earlier than normal start time.

Adam Shake from Neanderthal Productions will open the program with his Top 10 Social Media Tips for Nonprofits/Businesses. Participants will learn:

  • the difference between social media for business and personal use
  • how to engage customers and clients
  • how to find influencers in your industry
  • the three most engaging types of updates
  • and much more.

In addition, Lee Lasson, President of FrontDesk, Inc. will discuss why you should consider using WordPress as part of your social media strategy and Cassie Lasson, Vice President and Chief Creative Officer will discuss customizing WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter sites.

After these presentations, Adam, Lee and Cassie will be joined by several other savvy social media marketers for a question and answer session. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how you can start or improve your social media presence.

This is a free event but registration is requested. To register please go to the Estes Valley Library website and select the calendar tab. Select the date (May 23) and the program “Social Media hosted by EPICUG and EPNRC,” and find the link to the RSVP form

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Getting the most out of your iPad – An Introduction

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Tuesday May 14, 2013 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM MT – Tebow Room, Senior Center, Estes Park, CO 80517 – SOLD OUT

A class sponsored by the Estes Park Internet Computer User Group (EPICUG) in cooperation with the Estes Park Senior Center. Assistance from the Estes Valley Library and the Estes Park Nonprofit Coalition.

Keynote Slide Show as a PDF

Apple iPad Manual as a PDF

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SxSW 2013 – First-Hand Report

March 28, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

EventImage055Cassie Lasson and Lee Lasson of FrontDesk, Inc. will present a travel blog of their experiences in Austin, Texas at the South by Southwest (SxSW) Interactive 2013 conference. SxSW Interactive is all about interactive experiences on the web, mobile, for real, and sometimes surreal! You’ll have to see MakerBots making, robots talking, and hear of responsive design trends. Lee and Cassie listened to Sir Tim Berners-Lee the inventor of the World Wide Web talk about HTML5 and the future. They listened to Steven Wolfram inventor of Wolfram Alpha talk about the computational future, Elon Musk of Space X talk about the trials and tribulations of gambling on the space future. They listened to Tina Roth Eisenberg, the swissmiss talk about her design blog and how it led to other entrepreneurial experiences. They laughed at Matthew Inman of the Oatmeal give an outrageous talk and it goes on… and they’ll share some of all the great presentations with a look at Austin.

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Useful Mobile Apps

March 4, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

image of various mobile devices with familiar terrain visible on the screensRembinder…  Tomorrow night, Monday March 4, EPICUG will meet at 7:00 PM in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Public Library to discuss “useful” mobile apps. Bring your favorite utility apps to share with the group – iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, or BlackBerry 10.  Games and entertainment apps will be discussed at a later meeting. Like all EPICUG events, this meeting is free and open to the public.

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