Meetings coordinator: Maria Argüelo
The following is the calendar of meetings for 2018:
This event was cancelled in December 2017 due to weather. We are trying again.
This is an opportunity to enjoy friends, good food, and to swap or sell our Mac and iDevice treasures. Bring your favorite brunch dish to our belated Holiday Buffet and your Mac and iDevice treasures to swap or sell. Also bring your family and friends! Please sign up (below) for food, chilled juices, tables, power requirements, setup and cleanup. MLMUG will provide paper goods, and hot beverages. (Bring serving utensils marked with your name.)
If you wish to sell at the swap meet, register for a table space below. There are electrical outlets if needed. Table signups must be done by Wednesday, January 10th, to ensure you will get your spot. Any hardware you bring must be clearly marked to describe its working condition. Any software transfers must be done legally. MLMUG assumes no responsibility for items sold.
We will provide 2 tables for FREE items. Please make sure that none of your free items remain behind for our crew to dispose.
Festivities will begin promptly at 9:00 AM, so come early enough to have your table set up by then. See times below. Come with your family and friends, prepared to celebrate the Holidays, eat great food, and buy and sell Mac treasures.
Special Guest via Skype is Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus. Bob's pdf charts are 43 MB at full resolution due to many images. You can look at a reduced resolution 1.9 MB version here. The full resolution version is here.
We had several short (5 -15 min/each) "Show and Tell" talks by members:
❄ Meltdown & Spectre - Mike Inskeep Click here for charts
❄ Libby and Audible apps - Stan Horwitz
❄ Interesting iPad apps - Bob Barton Click here for chart
❄ My Favorite Things - Maria O. Arguello
❄ Sound Settings - Dennis McKay
❄ Nick's Tips to a Better Mac - Nick Iacona Click here for charts
Buffet and Swap Meet Times:
✪ 8:30 AM: Populate tables for buffet, swap meet, and freebies
✪ 9:00 AM: Begin buying, selling, celebrating, and eating
✪ 10:00 AM: Election of Officers and "Show and Tell"
✪ 12:00 Noon: Free raffle. Take-down and Cleanup
Visit the MLMUG website for directions or late-breaking updates.
Terry Wilson lives in California now, but is still hosting our online reservations for the meeting. WhosComing.com and WhosBringingWhat.com are web applications developed by her company, Terryfic.com
And if you can help with set up and clean up we appreciate the help.
Sign up whosbringingwhat.com/mlmug
☛ Date: January 13
Drones - Now and Future
Unmanned Air Systems/Vehicles (UAS/UAV), often called "drones", are rampant in the consumer, professional and military spheres these days. Most carry a camera and have a video link for "first person viewing" (FPV) by the operator. The military versions have optical, infrared and radar sensors and some carry missiles and bombs.
This presentation will provide an overview of what is in use today and look at some interesting applications being developed for future use. If time and weather permit, a live demonstration of one of the more popular consumer models, the DJI Phantom 3, will be provided. Click for charts
Bob is a long-time member of MLMUG. He was Treasurer for several years and is currently Webmaster and Newer Users Special Interest Group leader. He retired from Lockheed-Martin in 2009 from a career in power systems (at GE) and aerospace engineering. Macs have been in the Barton household since Bob's wife, Karen, obtained a Mac Plus for desktop publishing in the 1980's.
☛ Date:February 10
The Basics of Social Media
The Basics of Social Media Stan will explain what social networking is and provide a brief overview of his favorite social networks (e.g., Facebook, twitter, strava, and meetup) and how to use social networks to support personal and professional interests.
Stan lives in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia and he works at Temple University's Computer Services department.
☛ Date:March 10
Running your Mac Lean, Clean and Mean.
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 Podcast, 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.
Click for charts 8 MB pdf 34 pp
☛ Date:April 14
Select one of three
Topics are three concurrent sessions
In the main room
Recent developments in security and privacy ~ Mike Inskeep
Click for charts
In the Multimedia room off the main room
The recent Facebook episode and what you can do ~ Mark Bazrod
Click for charts
In the upstairs room
Run multiple MacOS by partitioning your hard drive ~ Bob Barton
Click for charts
☛ Date: May 12
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
☛ Date: June 9
TAB (take a break)
TAB (take a break)
Our honored guest will be Joe Kissell, who is coming from California to do two presentations for us.
Topics: Take Control of Your Online Privacy and Your Digital Legacy
~ In this two-in-one special presentation, author and publisher Joe Kissell will cover two important topics, with time for questions and answers about each segment.
First, Joe will address the essential topic of online privacy. Although absolute privacy is neither possible nor desirable, you should be able to control what personal information is available, to whom, and under what circumstances. In this portion of the presentation, Joe explores the many challenges of online privacy and teaches you simple, concrete steps you can take to keep your personal (or business) information private while you are online.
Next, Joe moves on to discuss your digital legacy. You probably have a will, which states your wishes for what will happen to your money and physical possessions after you die. But what about your digital possessions - all your online accounts, email, photos, documents, social media posts, and so on? You need to take steps to make sure it is organized, stored, and preserved in just the right way. Joe will cover the basics of digital estate planning. He will explain why you need a digital will, a digital executor, and a solid strategy for making sure your data outlives you.
Joe will also tell you all about Take Control Books, the business he runs, which publishes many fine books on topics of interest to Apple customers.
Joe's charts (57 pg, 2.3 MB reduced resolution) are Here
Joe Kissell is the author of more than 60 books about technology. As of May 2017, he also became the publisher of Take Control Books, when alt concepts inc. (the company he runs along with his wife, Morgen Jahnke) acquired the Take Control series from TidBITS Publishing Inc.'s owners, Adam and Tonya Engst. Before he began writing full-time in 2003, Joe spent nearly eight years managing software development. He holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a master's degree in Linguistics. In his rare non-work hours, Joe likes to travel, walk, cook, eat, and practice t'ai chi. He and Morgen live in San Diego with their sons, Soren and Devin, and their cat, Zora.
☛ Date: September 8
Topic: Home Automation
The October MLMUG presentation is about home automation. Ever wonder what IOT, Zigbee and ZWave are? What about mesh network technologies and how they integrate with the cloud, such as Alexa and the "Internet of Things."BIO:
Joe Myshko currently works for Comcast as Director of Reliability Engineering, specializing in Big Data.
Joe has designed numerous Internet Gateways for Fortune 500 Companies such as GE, NBC, Vanguard, Mellon Bank, Martin Marietta and Lockheed. His skills include Internet security and especially securing Internet application layer protocols.
Bob, often referred to as "Dr. Mac," is a leading authority on the Macintosh, Mac OS X, and other Apple products such as iPads and iPhones. One of the Apple community's most trusted gurus for over twenty five years, he's known for his trademark humorous style and unerring ability to translate "techie" jargon into usable and fun advice for regular folks.
A prolific author, Bob has written or co-written 74 popular computer books, with over two million copies sold worldwide in over twelve languages. His most recent Wiley titles, shipping soon, are: OS X El Capitan For Dummies, iPhone For Dummies 9th Edition, and iPad For Dummies 8th Edition.
For over 15 years Bob has been the Apple technology columnist for the Houston Chronicle and The Mac Observer. He pens the Dr. Mac column on Tuesdays in print and Wednesdays on the Web.
LeVitus has been published in more than a dozen computer magazines over the past twenty five years including: a three-year stint as Editor-in-Chief of MACazine; four different columns in MacUser magazine - Beating the System, Personal Best, Game Room, and the Help Folder (with Andy Ihnatko, and later, Chris Breen). Though best known for his writing, he's also dabbled in broadcasting with a radio show (Inside Mac Radio, CNET Radio, 2001-2002) and hosted a popular television series (Mac Today, Syndicated, 1992-1993). Bob is also the host and producer of The Bob LeVitus TV Show.
Another of Bob's loves is teaching. He is a popular instructor for the University of Texas Informal Classes program, with courses that include: Master Your iPhone, Master Your Mac, Master Your iPad, Making Movies with iMovie, Producing Music with GarageBand, and Learn to Win at Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
Always a popular speaker at Mac user groups and trade shows, LeVitus has presented more than 200 seminars, workshops, conferences, and training sessions in the U.S. and abroad, including Macworld Expo keynote addresses in three countries, live presentations at countless Apple Stores, and three Geek Cruises. He also won the Macworld Expo MacJeopardy World Championship three times before retiring his crown.
☛ Date: November 10
MLMUG Pot Luck Buffet, Swap and Sell Meet, Member's Show and Tell, and Election of Officers for 2019
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 2019.
Please sign up by Monday, December the 4th, 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. Sign up here
☛ Date: December 8