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FCDW Partners with World Computer Exchange

The Fort Collins Digital Workshop (FCDW) is proud to announce that it is now a formal Chapter of World Computer Exchange (WCE). (Check out our formal profile on the WCE website here.) WCE is a global education and environmental nonprofit connecting youth in developing countries to the skills, opportunities, and understanding of the Internet. WCE’s mission is to reduce the “digital divide” for youth in developing countries, to use a global network to enhance the communities within these countries, and to promote the reuse of electronic equipment and its ultimate disposal in an environmentally...

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More Options to Break into Digital Home Recording

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 5/31/12] Being a musician and computer guy, I often face a difficult dilemma when listening to studio music recordings. On one hand, I’m a music purist who loves the sound of analog recordings. There’s a certain warmth to the sounds of the older ways of recording, pressed onto vinyl and reel-to-reel tape. Some of my favorite music comes from eras when instrument tracking was a crazy, new technology. On the other hand, I love what digital technology has brought to the music industry. It has revolutionized how music can be recorded and listened to....

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Is A Used Or New Computer The Right Choice For You?

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 5/18/12] One of the more common questions I get is “should I buy a new or used computer?” It’s always a tough one to answer, but with some simple guidelines, you can probably narrow down your decision quickly. First, you need to be forward thinking with your decision and recognize the endgame of your computer situation. Will you be using this computer for personal reasons or for business? Or both? Ask yourself, “what are the main functions I use my computer for?” Will you need to store a large amount of movies, music or other multimedia? Once you...

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Free Microsoft Excel© Tips & Tricks Seminars for Local Businesses

In an effort to assist the local business community, The Fort Collins Digital Workshop is offering free “Tips and Tricks” seminars focusing on Microsoft Excel©. These one-hour seminars take place onsite at the business location, and usually occur during the business’ allotted lunch hour. Participants are allowed to enjoy their lunch while watching the presentation and are encouraged to bring along a portable computer so that they can try out the timesaving tips and tricks that they will learn throughout the seminar. A popular software program with businesses, Microsoft Excel© is a powerful...

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Augmented Reality Will Shift Views

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 5/11/12] Virtual reality has become a catch phrase in the pop culture vocabulary. But have you heard of augmented reality? As more technology companies scramble to keep up with one another, the need for a simpler user experience has become a must for product developers. According to Wikipedia.org, “augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.” In short, augmented reality is an extension of...

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