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CKCS Toolbar  |   Wednesday July 23, 2014

Central Kentucky Computer Society
News and Upcoming Events

Tech Night - August 11 at 7 p.m.

A Slice of Raspberry Pi

This month's guest speaker will be Anthony "Tony" Cooper. He is the Vice-President of Technology with Southland Computer Store. He will be telling us about a neat little device called Raspberry Pi. To say he is a Raspberry Pi enthusiast is putting it mildly. He will not only explain what it is and how it works, but will share all the things it is capable of doing.

If Raspberry Pi sounds familiar it's because we have covered it in a past issue of the newsletter. It is an inexpensive credit card size computer that plugs into a TV and keyboard. It was originally developed to improve teaching of basic computer science in schools. As Tony will show us it is being used beyond a learning tool for students. He has developed several projects for his customers that he will share with us at Tech Night. What this little computer can do will amaze you! And Tony's enthusiasm is contagious.

Two Photography events this summer for CKCS members

There are two great opportunities for CKCS members to display and sell their photographs.

There will be a CKCS Photography Exhibit at CENTERED from August 5 through September 11. We are still recruiting participants to join this exhibit. Guidelines are here.

The second opportunity is to participate at the Second Annual Art Bazaar at CENTERED on August 1, 2014. CKCS members are getting together to display and sell their photographs, prints, notecards, etc. at this one day event. This event will feature other artists in the community. Deadline to respond is July 25, 2014. Please review the announcement details here.

Shutterfly Photo Story on the iPad - Workshop

August 13, 2014 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Several months ago Joe Deitz presented a workshop on making a photo book with Shutterfly on the PC. This created a lot of interest and now he has been asked to teach a workshop using the Shutterfly Photo Story app for the iPad.

The cool thing about this app is that you use your iPad or iPad mini and you don't have to be in front of your computer to make a book. This means you can do it while you are on vacation or on the go. You can order it and have it waiting on you when you return home.

It is a 3-hour workshop. The first two hours will be devoted to learning the process using photos supplied by the instructor. During the last hour students will be able to start on their photo book with their photos.

The workshop will be limited to 10 students. Students must bring their own iPad or iPad mini.

The cost is $30 for non members and $24 for members. Call the office at 859 373-1000 to register.

Disk Erasing Service

CKCS is now offering a service to erase your older disk drive so you can feel confident that no personal information is left on it before you give it away or dispose of it.

Bring your disk drive or whole computer to CKCS on any Wednesday between 10 AM and 1 PM or Thursday between 1 PM and 3 PM or to the Dr Fixit Special Interest Group which meets on the first Saturday of every month between 10 AM and noon. There is no charge but a small donation would be appreciated.

For more information click here.

Kroger Card Program

Fellow CKCS Member:

Do you do much of your grocery shopping at Kroger? Would you consider using Kroger more if it meant a benefit to CKCS?

Kroger and CKCS have entered into a program whereby Kroger donates a portion of members' grocery purchases to CKCS.

The way we keep track of it all is that each member needs to come by the CKCS office and buy a Kroger gift card for $5. This card is used at the checkout lane of any Kroger store. The cards can be used by any family member.

Initially your card will cover $5 of grocery purchases but the best benefit to CKCS comes if you add to this amount on a periodic basis at your favorite Kroger store as you do your shopping.

One typical plan is for you to write a check to Kroger for an amount roughly equal to what you plan to buy and then stop at the front office of Kroger as you enter the store. They will process the check and add the amount to your card. Then do your shopping and use the card when you checkout. Kroger records your charges and adds them with all other CKCS members' purchases to calculate the monthly donation to CKCS.

You are certainly free to experiment and create your own favorite way to use the card. The cards are necessary to identify CKCS members' purchases to qualify for the donation.

The cards apply to nearly everything available at any Kroger store. Thus with a minimum of inconvenience you can encourage Kroger to support CKCS just by doing your normal grocery shopping. One warning: the cards are the same as gift cards and therefore can be used if lost or stolen, so take care of them.

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