Meetings coordinator: Maria Argüelo
The following is the calendar of meetings for 2017:
|Mark Bazrod|| SIRI – “Accomplish More with Your Digital Assistant” – |
Mark Bazrod's presentation will cover the use of Siri on your Mac, iPad and iPhone. He'll explain what Siri is, how it works, what hardware is required, and what it can do for you. He'll demonstrate many of the almost unlimited number of questions you can ask it and how to use Siri as your personal assistant. In addition, he'll also show you how to use Siri’s voice recognition capabilities to dictate to your Mac (instead of typing) and how to use speech commands to instruct your Mac (instead of using menu items, keyboard shortcuts, and gestures).
Mark is currently MLMUG Secretary and has been Newsletter Editor since 2004. He also has been President and Treasurer and a Board member. He has many times been a presenter to both MLMUG and Macs@PACS, and has written more than 100 monthly columns for our Newsletter. Mark bought his first Apple computer in 1978 and currently uses a 20101 27” iMac as his main computer, but finds he uses his iPad almost as often. He has been involved in leasing computers since 1968 and has been active in the leasing industry. His company was one of the first to lease computer software back in 1992. He is sort of retired, but is busier than ever.
|Stan Horwitz|| The Pros and Cons of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar|
Stan Horwitz is a long-time MLMUG member and he's been an unofficial Mac evangelist for many years. He works at Temple University in the Computer Services Department. Stan lives in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia with his cat, Darwin and he's an avid photographer.
|Lisa Rysinger|| VR 360º:Current Virtual Reality Options for Apple Users |
Mac users have always been on the bleeding edge of technology, but Apple has yet to fully jump into the Virtual Reality pool. Rumors are rampant that Apple engineers are hard at work developing Augmented Reality glasses. But in the meantime, what’s an Apple lover to do? Never fear, you don’t have to venture to the dark side and buy a PC. There are a few low-end options to give you a virtual taste of what’s to come. For less than $20, you can pick up a Google Cardboard headset and view a variety of VR apps and 360 degree videos on your iPhone. But maybe you want to do more than just explore VR content, perhaps you are interested in creating it? While it’s too soon to get a Mac that can compete with Oculus Rift or Vive, for less than $300, you can invest in a Richo Theta Spherical Digital Camera and shoot and edit 360 videos on your Mac, dipping your toe into the VR pool and exploring the next story telling frontier. Please join me on March 11th to learn more about the current Virtual Reality options available to Apple Users today.
Lisa Rysinger is an author, speaker, and creative entrepreneaur. For over 20 years, she has owned VIDE Productions, Inc, a digital media company. She was an early adopter of digital video technology and considered an expert in the field, authoring several books on the topic, designing college curriculums, and teaching at area colleges. After the birth of her daughter, she transitioned into screenwriting, and specializes in high concept thrillers.
|Dave Hamilton|| A Better way to Wi-Fi |
Choosing a Router in 2017
Wi-Fi is ubiquitous in our homes... until it's not. Our need for Wi-Fi is ubiquitous, but oftentimes we have dead-spots or slow-spots. Heading down the path of extenders and repeaters usually ends in headache. The past year has introduced a variety of new wireless network options, including mesh networks, and this means choosing a router is a different experience than it used to be! Dave Hamilton will walk you through what you need and why so that you can make the best decision for your own home or space.
By attending this talk you'll learn:
In 1998 Dave Hamilton co-founded The Mac Observer, an online magazine and one of the leading daily news sites for the Macintosh community. Dave is also President and co-founder of BackBeat Media, a publisher service agency representing the advertising and operations activities of consumer technology-focused websites and podcasts, helping them to grow their businesses. Additionally, Dave is the publisher and co-host of The Mac Geek Gab Podcast, launched in 2005 and one of the top Mac podcasts in the market today.
|Mike Inskeep|| Principles of digital security, vulnerabilities of Macintosh computers and iOS devices |
Attacks on computers are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Mike will review general principles of digital security, vulnerabilities of Macintosh computers and iOS devices (iPhones and iPads), and suggest simple steps users can take to protect themselves against attack. These strategies are based on reports of current and emerging threats, his familiarity with the security features of Apple products, and his practical experience helping users, both experienced and naive. His presentation will be aimed at people using personal Macintosh computers or iDevices at home or on the road.
BIO: Mike Inskeep is an Apple Certified Support Professional and member of the Apple Consultants Network. He has been supporting Macintosh computers and other Apple products for 27 years in different capacities: as Director of Microcomputing for the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences; as Technology Coordinator/Teacher for Friends School Haverford; and since 1999 through his independent consulting business, Gentle Computer Helpers website here
|Picnic|| Fourteenth Annual MLMUG Picnic-in-the-Park|
Where: Valley Creek Park, Route 29, East Whiteland
When: 12 Noon - 4 PM (No Raindate)
All members and their families are welcome.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, rolls and condiments will be provided by the MLMUG. All other food and beverages will be brought by attendees.
We'll need: snacks, salads (green and main dish), desserts and beverages (canned sodas, juice, iced tea, bottled water).
No alcoholic beverages in the park!Pets are OK, but must be leashed and cleaned-up after.
It's important that we have accurate numbers, so please RSVP to Gail Montgomery by Tuesday, June 5
|Recess|| TAB (take a break) ||July 8|
|Recess|| TAB ||August 12|
|Paul Del Rossi||– Everything you wanted to know about Virtual Machines TBI||September 9|
|Fiona Keyes|| – iPhotography Part II |
|Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus|| TBA |
Bob LeVitus, often referred to as "Dr. Mac," has been considered one of the world's leading authorities on the Macintosh and Mac OS for over twenty-five years. A prolific author, LeVitus has written or co-written more than 70 popular computer books, with millions of copies sold worldwide more than a dozen languages. His recent titles include: iPad For Dummies, iPhone For Dummies, OS X Mavericks For Dummies, and Microsoft Office 2011 For Mac For Dummies, all for Wiley Publishing. LeVitus has been the Apple technology columnist for the Houston Chronicle, penning the Dr. Mac column on Tuesdays in print and Wednesdays on the Web. He also writes regularly for the Mac Observer and other publications. His hobbies include playing guitar with the infamous Macworld All-Star Band, engineering audio recordings (mostly of classic rock songs), and budget filmmaking. For the latest information on Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus or the services he offers, please visit http://www.boblevitus.com
|MLMUG Pot Luck Buffet|| MLMUG Pot Luck Buffet, Swap and Sell Meet, Member's Show and Tell, and Election of Officers for 2018 |
The month of December brings an opportunity to enjoy friends, good food, and to swap or sell our Mac and iDevice treasures. We will not have a scheduled guest speaker. Instead a session called "Show and Tell" will allow members 5, 10, or 15 minutes to present a topic. Please contact Maria O. Argüello at by December 1, with your topic. We invite you to bring a sweet or a savory dish to share with us. MLMUG will provide paper goods and hot beverages. We will have tables set up for the swap and sell meet. Bring your slightly used but in good working condition hardware, software, books, or periodicals to swap, share, or sell. Bring also any items you want to give away for the free table. MLMUG is not responsible for exchanges or sales. All items that don't find a new owner from the free table will need to go home with their original owner. December is also the time for electing board officers for 2017.
Please sign up by Monday, December the 7th, so we can prepare space for your goods, and the food goodies you will share. We need to know in advance how many tables to set up. And if you can help with set up and clean up we appreciate the help.