It's Been How Long?
Can you believe it's been 20 years since LAPUG was created?  The group was originally created in 1992 as a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the old Los Angeles Macintosh User Group (LAMG) -- one of the largest user groups in the world with a membership of over 5,000 at its peak. Monthly meetings back in the early 1990s peaked at over 600-700 attendees per meeting!!  For those of you who were with us back then (and there are quite a few!), remember our meetings at the DWP auditorium in downtown LA? What about the meetings at the school in Santa Monica before that?! Of course, that was before the Internet got really popular and Mac users got their info directly on their computer. The LAMG and all the large user groups died out but the LAPUG group has only grown since then (we have a membership of over 300) and we've had a lot of fun.
In the mid-90's, the LAPUG became a fully recognized user group with Apple and we've focused on lots of portable technologies -- starting with the original PowerBooks (I've still got a PB 170 lying around), the Newton (got a few of those too), Palm and other related handhelds,Treos, MacBooks, iPods, iPhones and, of course, iPads. Who knows what's to come.
We're going to celebrate our 20 years with a special pot luck party for our December 10th (at 7:00 pm) meeting.
Of course, we'll have some tech talk! We'll talk about the new iMacs that were just went on sale last week as well as the new iTunes. The new iPad Mini with LTE is now shipping (we've got one of those, too) and we'll talk about a few really cool apps and utilities that have been introduced to make up for some missing features in Mountain Lion. And, of course, we'll spend some time with Q&A.
Direct download: LAPUG_Monthly_Meeting_December_2012.mp3
Category:User Group Meeting -- posted at: 7:01am PST

The new iPads are here! The hit is the new iPad Mini and we'll have a few to show. It's incredibly light yet powerful and it's just as powerful as its big brother. The iPad 4th Generation (full size) was also released and we'll talk about what's new.

We'll also review some of the hit apps on the App Store -- productivity, social networking and some really cool games that will exercise your mind.

And, of course, we'll go over some 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_2012.mp3
Category:User Group Meeting -- posted at: 10:11pm PST