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CKCS Toolbar  |   APCUG  |   Thursday January 20, 2022

Central Kentucky Computer Society
News and Upcoming Events



CKCS Class and Workshop Store is now open Online

You can enroll and pay for classes and workshops online or in-person.

Some classes are planned for in-person and some are on ZOOM.


Here is a Link to the CKCS Store Registration Guide.






CKCS Tech Night - Monday - January 10 at 7 pm

How the Electric Car Landscape is Changing in Kentucky

presented on Zoom only by Mike Proctor, board member of EVolve KY


Tesla, VW, Porsche,Ford, Mercedes, Audi, and many more are producing EVs. You ask, "What are EVs?"

EV is short for Electric Vehicles. They are vehicles that are either partially or fully powered on electric power. EVs are what many people believe are the future of the auto industry.

In Kentucky, we have a nonprofit EV Advocacy Group called EVolve KY. EVolve KY is based in Louisville with members scattered around the state. Lexingtonian, Mike Proctor is a board member of EVolve KY.

Mike will be joining us at January's Tech Night to give some history of EVs, what is currently happening and the future of these vehicles. He will also discuss the ABCs of EV charging. He will cover EVolve KY's push to get EV chargers installed around Kentucky. Also, he will share with us some of the bells and whistles that are made possible because of computer technology.

CKCS is not foreign to Mike Proctor. His dad, Dr. D L Proctor, was an avid member of CKCS and took many classes. He remembers going to CKCS CompuLex shows. He explains, "I am a retired IBM/Lexmark Electrical Engineer, a native of Lexington. I was one of four IBMers who were first in the commonwealth to get an IBM PC back in the early eighties".

Mike and his wife, Kathe, own a Tesla Model 3 with 325 miles of range and a plug-in Hybrid Honda Clarity with 47 miles of battery range backedup by the gas engine. He boasts, "We have 24 solar panels on our roof that generate enough electricity to power our cars, so we are driving, literally on sunshine. We've owned EV's since 2012 and I estimate I have saved $9,500 in gas over these past 9 years.

He is obviously an enthusiastic believer in EVs. Join us via ZOOM on Tach Night to hear what he knows about this fast-growing part of the auto industry.




Kroger Community Rewards Program

To all CKCS Members and Friends:

We appreciate your participation in the Kroger Community Rewards program. The donations from Kroger have enabled several improvements in our organization without dues increases.

If you are not participating in Community Rewards, you can sign up to have Kroger donate a portion of every purchase you make to CKCS.

Steps to create your Kroger account:

  1. Go to the Kroger website at https://www.kroger.com
  2. Put the mouse on Savings and Rewards to see the options
  3. Click on Kroger Community Rewards
  4. Scroll down until you see "I'm a Customer"
  5. Click on "View Details" to go to the Sign In screen
  6. Next, click on Create an Account
  7. Fill in the requested information (see note 1 and 2 below)
  8. Near the bottom of the screen click on Create Account

Note 1: You can go to most any email service website and create a new email address just for your Kroger account. Kroger will send you emails frequently and will offer the opportunity for receiving a lot of emails with coupons, etc.

Note 2: Not your email password, but create a new password just for Kroger.

You can do this anytime during the year, but right now is best for CKCS.

New CKCS members and non-members can participate in this program. Shortly after you enroll, you will see a message on your Kroger purchase receipts, indicating that Kroger has made a donation to CKCS for you. The size of the gift is proportional to the amount of your purchase.

Thank you for participating in Kroger Community Rewards and helping CKCS!


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 computer or just the disk drive to CKCS to get it erased and returned to you or donated to charity. Erasing is usually done on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday mornings between 10 AM and 1 PM or at the Dr Fixit Special Interest Group which usually 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.


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