John Buono’s New Book: The World Through My Lens

If you have been to a Macworld user group event you know John Buono of the Mountain View Computer Users Group. He has been an integral part of the Macworld user group volunteers team for as long as there has been a user group volunteers team, from the early Apple breakfasts to the Adobe events, User Group University and more.

What you may not know is that John has been involved with photography for even longer than he has been involved in the world of Apple products.

Known for his photography classes, PhotoWalks, professional work and willingness to help photographers increase their skills, John has a new book out – one worth reading. Better yet, it is available in hardcover, softcover and as an iBook.

Check it out:

Visit John’s photo site.

Diablo Valley Mac User Group: Landau Presents

Officers and members of the Diablo Valley Macintosh User Group (DVMUG) will host The Mac Observer’s Ted Landau on Tuesday, June 19. Ted will discuss the iOS-ification of OS X. Ted is well known in the Macintosh community. In fact, he started out his Mac career with a published tip in MacUser,  was a contributing editor for MACazine back in 1987 when Bob LeVitus was the editor, and now writes for Macworld, The Mac Observer, and more. Add in his books and Macworld sessions, and you can see why this will be a presentation to remember.

Be there.

Read The Mac Observer.


TAAMUG: A Novel Meeting Idea

The Toowoomba Apple And Macintosh User Group Inc. (TAAMUG) recently posted an interesting idea for a low stress and fun meeting: A Bring and Brag session. Although they meet in Toowoomba, Queensland, TAAMUG’s membership comes from surrounding communities as well, including some more than an hour away. What brings them together once a month? Friendship and learning in a relaxed setting, where long-time experts and newbies are equally welcome. Sounds like fun!

Visit and learn.


Cambria Computer Club: Playing Cyber Santa

The officers and members of the Cambria Computer Club recently presented a third computer to a student at the Coast Union High School as part of their Computers4Kids outreach program. The school’s counselor noted that many students do not have computers in their homes, and students involved in extracurricular activities such as sports or music are often in practice during the time when the school’s computer lab is open. This can make some homework assignments very difficult, especially those involving research or writing. So, the gift of a computer can make a huge difference in a student’s life. Hats off to Cambria for their wonderful community service!

Learn more.

(Thanks to long-time Apple Group Ambassador Jack Hennessy for sending in news from the Cambria group.)

London Mac User Group: Apple TV Takes Center Stage

On July 9 officers and members of the London Mac User Group (LMUG) will meet at the Wood Pub near Marylebone Station for a special event. Along with the usual Q & A session and discussion of all things Mac, the group will have a presentation on Apple TV. Better yet, one lucky member will go home with an Apple TV. Good food, good brews and the best in Apple tech: who could ask for more?

Check out their MeetUp page.

Join the London Mac User Group.


NCMUG: Monroy and The World of Photoshop

On June 19th, officers and members of the North Coast Mac Users Group (NCMUG) will host Bert Monroy, one of the world’s leading Photoshop painters and 2004 Photoshop Hall of Fame inductee. Whether you know Bert’s work from his authorship of the first Photoshop book or have been an attendee for one of his seminars at the Photoshop CS5 Creativity Tours for the Kelby Media Group, you know his work is amazing. Join the members of NCMUG on the 19th to see what he has to say.

Check it out!

Moving to the Cloud: Engst, Kissell, Piper, Welsh and More

Steve Welsh of Oregon’s MacPioneers reports that the June 16 TidBITS presentation covering the sunset of MobileMe on June 30th is now available on YouTube.

Check it out at:

TidBITS publisher and long-time Macworld favorite Adam Engst hosted the presentation, Joe Kissell was the featured presenter, and Steve reports that Adam also provided a wonderful list of additional resources on his Google+ page:


Thanks to TidBITS for this timely presentation. For more than 20 years Adam, Tanya and the team have provided a wealth of information for the community and we are in their debt.

Enjoy TidBITS

Visit MacPioneers and read their iCloud guide.

But Wait – There’s More!

Vendor Coordinator Tom Piper and the members of the Apple User Group Advisory Board have put together a resource sheet for groups moving from MobileMe or iDisk to iCloud.

MobileMe-Lion Transitions

Thanks to Tom, Steve, Adam and Joe for these wonderful resources!

Thanks to Steve welsh for the update and info as well.


Maker Faire: Creativity and O’Reilly Make a Great Team

What’s a Maker Faire? It’s an opportunity to network, create, showcase and offer hands-on interaction with the ideas and creativity of users in a region – pretty much the same sort of folk who belong to Apple User Groups worldwide.  As O’Reilly’s site says, “Everyone is a maker and our world is what we make it.” Find a Maker Faire in North Carolina and Oregon on June 16th. Find ones in Vancouver and Kansas City on June 23 – 24th. Singapore sees their next Maker Faires in August. No Faire in your area? O’Reilly’s site shows you how to become a host. Each Faire is locally based and independently produced.

Meet folk like yourself for a great experience:

(Thanks as always to long-time user group supporter Marsee Henon of O’Reilly for this wonderful information!)