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Computer classes for senior citizens are provided by the Licking County Computer Society LCCS) at Zerger senior Center of the Licking County Aging Program (LCAP). LCCS provides the computers, accessories, and projector and maintains the equipment. All personnel who help manage and teach the classes are members of LCCS who donate their time as volunteers. LCAP provides the room, furniture, support from staff, and makes other facilities available to us.
This teaching program began in 1995, with used computers running early versions of MS-DOS. Thanks to private donations and donations from our refurbishing program, we have been able to keep abreast of the rapidly changing computer world.
Part of their April meeting featured the CES keynote delivered by Bill Gates.
There are many new ideas with digital media integrated with broadcast media. One big news item was the 2008 Olympics being broadcast on the internet so you can view the sports you are interested in watching.
Their Membership Drive for May and June will end on June 17. Bring in a new member and you will be entered in a drawing for a year’s free membership in the LCCS.
"Digital Storytelling" was featured at their June meeting.
Linda Kadel, representing Heritage Makers, joined them for an informative view of how you can share your proud heritage with friends and other members of your family through words and photos. You can show these treasures as Storybooks, Cards, Posters, Calendars, and other ways, as well as archive your information online to protect and backup your precious data. Before the meeting, Linda invited everyone to go to her website and sign up for a free basic account, upload some pictures, and play around with the Studio 2.0 system. (She suggested members view the Studio 2.0 Webinar Tutorial...its ease of use and results are really impressive!)
Their June General Meeting offered multiple presentations:
Are files really interchangeable between these two suites? Demos of Word Processing and Spreadsheet programs.
Computer Repair and Upgrade SIG Returns
You asked for it and now it’s back! The Computer Repair and Upgrade SIG returns with Ronn Homer. Members will have their hardware questions answered. This has been the most requested SIG and we’re very happy that it’s starting up again.
PHP is a server-based scripting language that can enhance a web site and make maintenance of the site much easier. PHP is available on most Linux-based web hosts and can be easily integrated into your existing web pages. The PHP SIG will help you learn more about PHP and use it to design web sites. It covers the basics of the language using the O’Reilly book, “Learning PHP 5” by David Sklar. Ways to test your scripts on your hardware will be described and real-world examples will be shown.
Video Editing SIG
The Video Editing SIG which focuses on using Pinnacle Studio to prepare a video.
Their April meeting featured “Where did all those files go?” with members Nate Rosenthal & Jim McKittrick. Watching grass grow or listening to a topic on Windows XP and how it handles computer files, which is more exciting? On the other hand, while you rarely misplace your lawn you may have experienced the maddening instance of “losing a file”. Where did the computer stick it, is it gone or just misplaced, how do I find it?
Jim explained a few ways to locate wandering files and basic organizing tips to keep them from straying in the first place. Have you ever sat staring at your monitor wondering, “Where is that file that I downloaded last week? I know it’s here somewhere.” Today’s large hard drives hold so many files that it is easy to forget where we put them. Fortunately, Windows Vista offers some really neat features to locate your MIA files. Nate explored (pun intended) some of the Vista screens that help to manage today’s mega drives. Jim featuring XP and Nate featuring Vista what a team, who could have asked for more.
The Exton PC users group Open House to be held on July 1. It will be a highly interactive ‘Trade Show” type of event. There will be tables set up all around the room with several different demos so that you can move from area to area and ask questions that are of interest to you. A few of the technology areas will include Microsoft Office, Digital Imaging, PC Operating Systems / General Interest Topics, Windows Media Player and many more.