MLMUG 2019 Meetings

Meetings coordinator: Maria Argüelo
The following is the calendar of meetings for 2019:

Speaker: Nick Iacona

Topic: macOS 10.14 "Mojave" and iOS 12 Walkthrough.

An overview tour of Apple's current operating systems software that run Macintosh computers and iOS devices; covering key concepts and providing practical pointers for Mac and iPhone/iPad/iPod.

Nick's charts and notes are Here.


Nick Iacona has worked in creative production for over 30 years; in multimedia design and in film & video production, where the Macintosh has been his preferred platform. He is also a computer coach for individuals using Apple Mac computers and iDevices, providing personalized support on general computer concepts and best-practices. He holds degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and resides in the western Main Line area of Chester County, PA.

Date: January 12
Speaker: Jeff Porten

Topic: Productivity
Everyone has methods for being productive, and most people learn theirs early and stick with them regardless of how their changing needs might be served better by alternate approaches. Jeff will present ideas from his book, which resulted from his personal study for 25 years on how to adapt an entire field of organizational literature into a framework for designing your own system of improved methods. The goal is not necessarily to get more done, but rather to determine your goals for why you do what you do, and to engineer your time and effort towards meeting those goals.

Jeff's charts are Here.

Jeff Porten is a Mac consultant specializing in small business and nonprofits based in Philadelphia. He is the author of the recent book "Take Control of Your Productivity" for Take Control Books, and is a regular contributor to TidBITS. In his copious spare time, he is Chair of Student Pugwash USA, an educational nonprofit dedicated to promoting discussion and activism regarding ethical issues in science and technology.

Date: February 9
Speaker: Mark Bazrod

Topic: Search Strategies and Resources

Mark Bazrod's presentation will cover search strategies and resources. He'll first give you a number of strategies (really tips) on how to more efficiently search the Internet and thus shorten your search times. He'll then discuss how to search the Invisible Web (500 times larger than what we call the Web) and take you to a number of those sites. He'll also show you how to better find people on the Web and discuss Google's specialized search engines.

Mark's charts are Here.

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 2017 27" iMac as his main computer (bought from McMobile so he could move to Mojave), 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.
Date: March 9
Speaker: Dave Comeau

Topic: The Modern Stereoscope- Easy 3D Photos on the Mac, and Viewing Depth using Modern Technology

Dave will discuss a brief history of stereoscopy, i.e. 3D photography. He'll then demonstrate how to take a 3D photograph with an iPhone, and process it on a Mac using simple, free software. From there, he'll discuss and demonstrate how to view 3D with many of the latest technologies including full color video projection, phone-based VR, and "holographic" displays.

Dave's charts are Here.

Dave is best known in MLMUG circles as son of the late Moe Comeau, beloved curmudgeon and prankster. Dave carries on Moe's love of technology, tinkering with home automation, Rasperry Pi, drones, sleep hacking, and 3D. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is Secretary of the New York Stereoscopic Association.

Date: April 13
Speaker: Dave Hamilton

Topic: Backup Strategies and Options

A lot has changed for backing up your Mac since Dave Hamilton last spoke on the subject to MLMUG. Dave will talk about all the current options: Time Machine, Cloud Backups, Clones, and Network Storage Devices.

He will also give guidance on what to use, when to use it, and how to make sure you're covered without driving yourself nuts in the process. He will also be happy to answer all your backup questions. Dave is always a blast, so you won't want to miss his presentation!

Dave's charts are Here.

In 1988, 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, he is the publisher and co-host of the Mac Geek Gab Podcast, launched in 2005, which is one of the top Mac Podcasts in the market today. Dave maintains his Blog at

Date: May 11
Fifteenth 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 4

Date: June 8
Speaker: Take a Break

Topic: Relax

BIO: Back in September

Date: July
Speaker: On vacation

Topic: Relax some more

BIO: Back next month

Date: August
Speaker: Jeff Gorman

Topic: Create a FileMaker database on the fly

Jeff will create a FileMaker database on the fly with input from the audience. Many people use a spreadsheet (ex. Excel, Numbers) when they should be using a database. This presentation will show the power and flexibility of using a database. Jeff will also provide a Q&A session on FileMaker and all things Mac.

Jeff is an Apple Specialist and PMUG member and owner of IT Easy in New Hope, NJ

Date: September 14
Speaker: Fran Rabuck

Topic: The Internet of Things (IoT)

Fran will cover general definitions and history of The Internet of Things (IoT) in markets like Home, Health, Buildings, Cities and some niche markets. Home and health might be the most interesting. He will also cover the world of wireless options. Fran will bring some IoT devices but it may be tough to setup demos depending on wifi.

Fran's charts are Here.

BIO: Francis (Fran) Rabuck is a technology evangelist, explorer and trail blazer. He discovers trends, connects people, beta-tests things and then builds early prototypes of a mashup of ideas. He shares his findings in the classroom, workshops, presentations, articles and keynotes at a variety of international conferences. Fran is currently the Chief Strategy Officer for Agile Handover.

Date: October 12
 Bob Levitus
Speaker: Bob LeVitus


Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus visits MLMUG again in November (NEW - ON THE 16th). For his 2019 User Group tour, he intends to expound upon topics including (but not limited to):

Recovering from catastrophic disk failure

How to prepare for macOS Catalina (feat. 32 v. 64-bits discussion)

Why the Apple Watch doesn't suck

What's better than subscribing to Adobe Photoshop for $10/month?

PLUS: Anything else he thinks you'll find interesting or amusing.

Bob's charts are Here These have been run through the Mac Quartz filter to reduce the file size from 40 MB to 1.6 MB. Sorry about some fuzzy images and blank pages in the original. If you want the full size version, contact Bob via barton at bee dot net.


Bob LeVitus, often referred to as "Dr. Mac," is a leading authority on the Macintosh, macOS, iOS, and other Apple products including iPads and iPhones. One of the Apple community's most trusted gurus for over three decades, Bob is known for his trademark humorous style and unerring ability to translate "techie" jargon into usable and fun advice for regular folks.

A prolific author, LeVitus has written or co-written nearly 90 popular computer books, with millions of copies sold worldwide in more than a dozen languages. Recent titles include: iPhone For Dummies 13th Edition, and macOS Catalina For Dummies for Wiley Publishing. The whole list is Here.

Bob released his first self-published book "Working Smarter for Mac Users" in March 2017, and offers a variety of Working Smarter for Mac Users courses online at

Bob has been the Apple technology columnist for the Houston Chronicle, penning the popular Dr. Mac column weekly for more than 25 years. He's also been The Mac Observer's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves columnist since 2003.

Bob's work has been published in more than a dozen computer magazines over the past thirty years including:

A three-year stint as Editor-in-Chief of the irreverent and unpredictable MACazine.

Four columns in MacUser magazine: Beating the System, Personal Best, Game Room, and the Help Folder (with Andy Ihnatko, and later, Chris Breen).

Brief stints at Macworld, MacWeek, MacAddict, MacHome, and nearly every other magazine that's ever used the word "Mac" in its title.

Though best known for writing, Bob has never lost his love for broadcasting and has hosted both a radio show (Inside Mac Radio, CNET Radio, 2001-2002) and a syndicated television series (Mac Today, 1992 thru 1993).

Always a popular speaker at Mac user groups and trade shows, Bob 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 four Geek Cruises. He also won the Macworld Expo MacJeopardy World Championship three times before retiring his crown.

Prior to giving in to his obsession with Apple technology, Bob worked in advertising in Los Angeles, producing TV commercials, radio spots, and print ads for Kresser & Robbins. He holds a B.S. in Marketing from California State University and lives in central Texas with his beautiful wife, Lisa, and Zeke the Vizsla dog, with occasional visits from now adult children, Allison and Jacob.

Date: November 16
MLMUG Pot Luck Buffet, Member's Show and Tell, and Election of Officers for 2019

The month of December brings an opportunity to enjoy friends and good food. 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 cold or pre-heated sweet or a savory dish to share with us. The library does not allow food heating so nothing with a plug or flame, please. Leftovers need to go home with their donor. MLMUG will provide paper goods and hot beverages. Bring any items you want to give away for the free table. 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 with Gail Montgomery by Monday, December the 3rd, so we can prepare space for the food goodies you will share. If you can help with set up and clean up we appreciate the help.

Date: December 14