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Updated: February 8, 2013 6:08AM

Apple product v. android phone. Navigating Windows 8, Microsoft’s newest operating system. These were among the computer-related issues brought up at the Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts’ latest meeting, held Saturday at the Grayslake library.

Two staff members from the Best Buy store in Gurnee demonstrated the latest mobile technology for about 35 LCACE members and guests, according to LCACE president Robin Seidenberg of Grayslake. Attendees at the meeting learned about smart phones, tablets and e readers.

“It was a definitely a success,” Seidenberg said. “I think everyone enjoyed it. There was something for everybody.”

Many people were surprised to learn that Best Buy offers free classes teaching people to use Windows 8, she said. Seidenberg said she plans to take those classes herself.

Linda Koudelka of Waukegan, who is also LCACE publicity chairwoman, said she liked the Apple product comparison with android phones.

“It was really great demonstrating different gadgets. They demonstrated popular phones in competition with Apple. I’m going to get an iPad. I think androids are a little harder to use,” Koudelka said.

Many of LCACE’s 60 members are senior citizens like herself. Koudelka got her first computer in 2000. She now says computers are her hobby. She specializes in software updates.

“We have a great, great club. I’ve learned quite a bit,” Koudelka said.

The club’s motto is “members helping members.” Koudelka is one of the volunteers who offers a free computer-help desk for the public and fellow members before each monthly club meeting.

Meetings cover different topics. Next month’s will address Internet security. People are welcome to attend meetings with no obligation to join, Seidenberg said. There is no cost to joining, she said.

LCACE is celebrating its 30th anniversary this April.

“We’re having our 30th anniversary, which is amazing because a lot of marriages don’t last that long,” Seidenberg said.

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