LAPUG (user group meeting)
LAPUG Monthly Meeting Sept 2014

Apple must be teasing as, once again, they’ve chosen the morning after our September LAPUG meeting to make some big announcements. They’ll be doing the big show from the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino and this is only the 4th time Apple has made an announcement from this location (with the first being the introduction of the Mac in 1984). The Flint Center seats 2,300 -- over seven times the capacity of Apple’s on-Campus theater and over three times the capacity of the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco which have been the locations of most of the non-conference events Apple has hosted in the last decade. In addition, many in the non-computer industry press have been invited to this event including many in the fashion industry.  All of this, along with the other rumors of what may be released, leads us to wonder how big of an impact these new products may have.

 

We’ll spend our meeting discussing not only what we know about Yosemite and iOS 8 but also some speculation on what hardware products they Apple might and might not release this week.

 

 

And, of course, we'll go over some other current events in the OS X world as well as review some cool Mac & iOS apps and leave some time for Q&A.

Direct download: LAPUG_Monthly_Meeting_Sept_2014.mp3
Category:User Group Meeting -- posted at: 8:43am PST

At our last meeting, we took a little survey of topics members would like us to cover at future meetings. One of those topics had to do with networking and the explanation of IP numbers, how they’re given out, gateways, DNS, switches, routers, bridges, IP port numbers, port forwarding and all the mysterious stuff that Internet companies make you go through. It’s important you understand what all these things are so that you’ll be better equipped to troubleshoot networking issues with your computer equipment.  This could be a full day class for technical folks but we’ll condense it into a short presentation in English for all to understand.

Creating web sites can be an overwhelming experience. When Apple discontinued iWeb a few years ago, many people started looking for alternative tools. There are many out there like Rapidweaver, Dreamweaver and Everweb. This month, we’ll talk about Sandvox and show you a quick and easy way to get great looking web sites with a bunch of bells and whistles.

In light of recent discussions on the LAPUG list, we will once again talk about the importance of unique and strong passwords.

And, of course, we'll go over some other current events in the OS X world as well as review some cool Mac & iOS apps and leave some time for Q&A.

Direct download: LAPUG_Monthly_Meeting_August_2014.mp3
Category:User Group Meeting -- posted at: 7:05pm PST

We're going to look at a few applications to help you get a little more productive in your personal and work lives. Apple provides some apps like Reminders to help you make lists of things to do. But, if you need to keep track of more things than simple to-do lists can handle, or if you need to manage multiple projects, there are lots of apps that can do that sort of thing. This month, we'll look at OmniFocus and how its ecosystem works between OS X and iOS devices.  We'll also look at streamlining things that need to be typed over and over to save you time and help make your typing consistent.  In addition, we'll review things you can do to keep your Mac lean and clean like cleaning out old apps and making sure that all your apps (including non-app store ones) are easily kept up to date.

 

 

And, of course, we'll go over some other current events in the OS X world as well as review some cool Mac & iOS apps and leave some time for Q&A.

Direct download: LAPUG_Monthly_Meeting_July_2014.mp3
Category:User Group Meeting -- posted at: 8:19pm PST

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) announcements brought lots of new stuff for the Apple world. Announcements for OS X Yosemite, iOS 8 and more! Join us for a recap and discussion of what we will be looking forward to playing with in the coming months. Bring your questions about the new stuff and how it all might affect you and we’ll put it all in perspective. This stuff is cool!!!!

And, of course, we'll go over some other current events in the OS X world as well as review some cool Mac & iOS apps and leave some time for Q&A.

Direct download: LAPUG_Monthly_Meeting_June_2014.mp3
Category:User Group Meeting -- posted at: 7:29am PST

LAPUG Monthly Meeting May 2014

Moving forward with new releases of OS X sometimes means leaving things behind. With the introduction of Lion, Rosetta went away and we lost the ability to run old PowerPC apps (some of which never got updated to Intel). With the introduction of Leopard, we lost the ability to run Classic (OS 9) apps. Of course, pretty much everything is available to us in modern versions of OS X. But, what if you have data that needs to be read from some old app in an unsupported operating system or you need to run some utility that hasn’t been written for a modern Intel-based Mac? You might feel stuck. Fortunately, there are some solutions. We’ll talk about and demonstrate how to run PPC apps, Classic OS 9 apps as well as old Mac apps from the old days (like on a Mac Plus) all on a current Mavericks-based Mac. While we’re on the subject, we’ll also talk about running operating systems on the Mac making it the most universal computer available.

 

We'll also review some more products seen at Macworld | iWorld in March.

 

 

And, of course, we'll go over some other current events in the OS X world as well as review some cool Mac & iOS apps and leave some time for Q&A.

Direct download: LAPUG_Monthly_Meeting_May_2014.mp3
Category:User Group Meeting -- posted at: 8:12am PST

Having an issue with your Mac or iPad? It happens sometimes and, generally speaking, it’s not your fault. We’ll go over some tips and tricks the troubleshooters use to help keep your devices in good working order. This is also an opportunity for your to come on by and ask some questions that have been stumping you so that you can get over that nagging OS X or iOS issue that’s been hounding you for a while.

And, of course, we'll go over some other current events in the OS X world as well as review some cool Mac & iOS apps and leave some time for Q&A.
Direct download: LAPUG_Monthly_Meeting_March_2014.mp3
Category:User Group Meeting -- posted at: 10:41pm PST

If Internet Companies were Countries

http://jaysimons.deviantart.com/art/Map-of-the-Internet-1-0-427143215

 

North Korea’s Red Star OS

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/right-click/north-korea-imitates-apple-os-x-latest-red-152414963.html

 

iOS Tips (forwarded by Dave Whitby)

http://overbidme.com/questions_and_answers/amazing-tricks-every-iphone-and-ipad-user-should-know

 

Skybell Doorbell

http://www.skybell.com

 

Haiku Premium Themes free (2/day Mon-Sat)

In-app purchase

 

Olympics App

 

Adonit Jot Script

 

Pages2PDF

 

Michael Bateman Projector

 

Apps for Connecting to the Cloud

DropBox

SugarSync

Box.net

Documents

Good Reader

Files Connect

Files United

HighTail

Office2

OnLive Desktop

 
And, of course, we'll go over some other current events in the OS X world as well as review some cool Mac & iOS apps and leave some time for Q&A.
Direct download: LAPUG_Monthly_Meeting_February_2014.mp3
Category:User Group Meeting -- posted at: 8:07am PST

It’s a brand new year and, with it, comes brand new stuff. Of course, the new MacPro is now shipping and some LAPUG users may have already received theirs. Within hours of it going on sale in late December, shipping dates were showing delivery in February so it may be some time before we get some real hands-on experience with it. Nevertheless, we’ll discuss what it offers and if it’s good time to get one.

The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is the week right before our meeting and since Ben, Phil and a few other LAPUG members attended, we’ll have a wrap-up of new stuff that’s relevant to iOS and OSX users. There’s a whole area of the expo floor dedicated to iOS so we expect a lot of new products to be announced and shown. We’ll bring the show to you!

And, of course, we'll go over some other current events in the OS X world as well as review some cool Mac & iOS apps and leave some time for Q&A.
Direct download: LAPUG_Monthly_Meeting_January_2014.mp3
Category:User Group Meeting -- posted at: 1:26pm PST

The dust is settling with OS X Mavericks and new things are upon us. One of those things is a whole new set of iWork applications. We’ll go over the apps along with the changes they bring. We’ll also show you how to get so much more out of templates with iWork apps that can be used with both OS X and iOS versions of iWork. iWork apps on OS X and iOS also share their data over iCloud and we’ll go over how that works as well as reviewing other apps that use cloud syncing as well.

And, of course, we'll go over some other current events in the OS X world as well as review some cool Mac & iOS apps and leave some time for Q&A.

Direct download: LAPUG_Monthly_Meeting_December_2013.mp3
Category:User Group Meeting -- posted at: 8:59am PST

New OS, New MacBooks, New iPads, Oh My!

As expected, October brought us new stuff and we’re pretty excited. OS X Mavericks is out and it’s been a pretty good upgrade. Not only does it introduce several new features but it’s free! New iLife and iWork apps are out and we’ll go over those, too. If you haven’t upgraded to Mavericks yet, we’ll give you some tips for best practices of what to do before upgrading. If you have upgraded and you’ve upgraded iWork and iLife, too, we’ll give you some tips for how to best take advantage of the new features. We’ll also talk about the new iPad Air as well as the unreleased iPad Mini with Retina Display.

And, of course, we'll go over some other current events in the OS X world as well as review some cool Mac & iOS apps and leave some time for Q&A.

Direct download: LAPUG_Monthly_Meeting_November_2013.mp3
Category:User Group Meeting -- posted at: 1:58pm PST