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News, August 2009
In mid 2008, the GSV Computer Club approached management at Greenspring with a proposal to make e-mail, and the requisite assistance to use e-mail available to residents at Renaissance Gardens, the Assisted Living and Nursing Facility located at Greenspring. The project was approved and laptops and portable cabinets were made available to allow residents to communicate via e-mail from their rooms—with assistance from Computer Club volunteers. As word of the project spread, residents and their family members would contact Renaissance Gardens or a Computer Club representative to start the process as follows:
Our goal is to involve the resident in the process to the greatest extent possible. Some may not be able to read the computer screen. In those cases, the volunteer may read the e-mail to the resident and then type any response the resident may wish. Others are able to read their own e-mails and type their replies. Often family members and friends are more apt to send off a quick e-mail message to the resident than they are to handwrite a letter or type and print out a hard copy letter for mailing via USPS. As more current information is sent back and forth, the resident feels more involved in the family's day to day activities. A residual benefit is the satisfaction the volunteers get when they see the look of delight on the resident's face when the resident reads about a grandson that just graduated or sees a photo of that first great granddaughter. The original scope of the e-mail project at Renaissance Gardens has been greatly expanded in the past few months. Three desktop computers have been installed in three of the activity rooms and are available to all residents at any time. The laptops provided at the outset of the project are always kept secured. Thus, they are not available for general use by the residents. The addition of the desktop computers permits residents to use a computer whenever they have free time. We have recently installed Skype on all the computers and were provided with a couple of webcams by Renaissance Gardens. We now have the capability to help residents set up audiovideo contact with their loved ones. It's a bit more difficult than e-mail because of the scheduling necessary at both ends of the communication, but it does provide another avenue of contact. Most Renaissance Gardens residents are not, and probably never have been, active computer users. Actions have already been initiated to bring “Computer Awareness” to Renaissance Gardens and to provide training in computer use to small groups as well as to individuals. The Computer Club volunteers will conduct sessions to acquaint residents on the use of the mouse, playing games, opening programs, and any other areas of the computer where there is an interest. Another initiative was to install a voice recognition program on one of the computers to permit one resident to access and use the computer on her own with voice commands only.
The computer can be a great tool to use in keeping minds active and alert.
[Aug. 2009] The Capital PC User Group is again hosting the Internet Café at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. We need at least six volunteers each day to show visitors how to use the Internet and answer questions about CPCUG. The Internet Café is in the air-conditioned main building—so CPCUG volunteers will have no worries about the weather.
Show Special for New and Renewing CPCUG Members: Get a 13th month of membership free when you visit the CPCUG booth and renew at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. CPCUG membership is still just $42 per year.
Windows 7 Release Candidate
It's free, but it's going to disappear. Once the code is downloaded, it may be installed later. You may also get additional product keys after August 15.
(2) Update: CPCUGer and IT Network Pro Mark Mabee demoed the Windows 7 release candidate at the July 18, 2009, CPCUG Entrepreneurs and Consultants SIG meeting. He revised the meeting presentation files in August. Download the revised presentation files from the meeting announcement page:
CPCUG Project Reboot Partners With Dataprise
CPCUG Recommends 10 Freeware Utilities
CPCUG president Dennis Courtney made a presentation Saturday, August 16, 2008, to the CPCUG Entrepreneurs and Consultants SIG:
CPCUG Recommended Freeware Programs:
Descriptions and download links are included for each of 10 free utilities.
Capital PC User Group, Inc.