Macstock 2019: Better Every Year

Macstock 2019 . . . Best Yet!

by Tom Piper

Macstock V on July 28-29, 2019, was the fifth annual gathering of Apple faithful at the Luecht Conference Center on the McHenry County College campus in Crystal Lake, IL (near Woodstock, an hour northwest of Chicago). With a theme of CREATE!, it had over 200 Apple advocates in attendance with people from California to Tucson to New York to England. There were 10 featured speakers and 5 special speakers with over 13 hours of content (including OWC demos).

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Attracting Youth: Sarah Friedlander at User Group University

In 2004 Sarah Friedlander Garcia was a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, a second-term Vice President of MacRIT, the university’s campus user group, Apple Campus Rep for RIT, and a member of Apple’s Campus Group Advisory Board. She was a long time Mac user, and a popular speaker at User Group University (UGU). Many groups struggle to attract young members, and at UGU Sarah offered some thoughts regarding finding and retaining young user group members.

Today Sarah is Director of Marketing at W-Systems. Her skills are not limited to technology and marketing. In fact, she recently played flute at Carnegie Hall. After a few years working in Santiago de Chile, she, husband Rodrigo Garcia, and Aidan (resident dog) live in New York City.

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Apple Product Placement: Your Favorite Devices on Your Favorite Shows

Is your group looking for a short and fun presentation? You may want to visit the Product Placement Blog, which has a section covering appearances of your favorite devices on your favorite TV shows and movies… 97 pages of appearances. From an iPhone 5S on House of Cards to an amazing number of Apple products in Season 1 of Trinkets, it is a fun browse.

Some Apple Product Placements

Michael Horton: 19 Years of Creating Community for Creatives

For more than 19 years Michael Horton, founder of the LA Creative Pro User Group (LACPUG), has brought storytellers together, and during NAB 2019 he was presented with a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award on the Faster Together Stage. Way back in 2000 Michael was interested in bringing people together to meet, learn about technologies that can help creatives tell their stories and create their art, and create community. He started the LA Final Cut Pro group in 2000, was instrumental in groups moving from a single tool to a focus on the greater creative pro community, and was a co-founder of the CPUG Network and their SuperMeets. Over the past few years, there have been wildly popular SuperMeets in London, Austin, Amsterdam, San Jose, Boston and San Francisco, each with its World Famous Raffle and each offering another opportunity to enhance the lives and expand the networks of creatives across the world.

Congrats to Michael – Can’t wait to see what he will do over the next 19 years!

Michael Horton Lifetime Achievement Award at NAB 2019 (more…)

May’s Featured Vendor: PioData, Makers of iXflash Drives

You may not be aware of PioData or their parent company, Vinpower Digital, but you have probably used their products quite a lot over the years. They were originally known for their automatic OEM CD, hard drive, optical drive, and DVD duplicating machines, as well as standalone drives. Over time they established their own line of CD, DVD, and Blue-ray disks, and provided disks for many popular vendors.

In 2015, Vinpower incorporated a line of compact and intuitive Apple MFI certified Lightning & USB 3 back-up and storage flash devices specifically designed for Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPods, allowing users to both back-up their photos and videos and expand the storage capacity of their Apple iPhones and iPads. Best of all, the devices also act as traveling media libraries where the user can watch movie/video content, listen to music/audio files, review documents in many popular formats, and more. Their current PioData offerings include duplication hardware for desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and servers, and electronic storage products for Apple devices.

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Meeting Idea: Apple Families

While parents love the ways that Apple products promote learning, exploring, and fun, parents also want to be sure that their children are using iPads, iPhones, Apple TV, and related technologies in ways that are safe, healthy, and appropriate. Are your members aware of Apple’s Families page and how it can help parents?

The site provides tips and tools to keep track of family app usage, limit or block applications and notifications at bedtime, choose which apps are available for their children, provide for internet safety and kid-friendly content, manage in-app purchases, know where their children are 24×7, find lost devices, share apps and music with the entire family, create group chats to stay in touch, reduce distractions, provide for emergency SOS and ensure medical information is there when needed, help emergency professionals locate family members, protect privacy, and so much more.

Check it out!

https://www.apple.com/families/

April’s Featured Vendor: Micromat, Makers of TechTool Pro

Since 1989, Micromat has been recognized as an innovator in the development of diagnostics, trouble shooting. and repair for Macs. They continually provide wonderful products that keep your Mac running smoothly. TechTool Pro 11, the most robust hardware diagnostic tool available for Macintosh, is Mojave compatible and introduces a number of new security features. Want results on the go? TechTool Pro 11 supports iCloud Drive, letting you see the results of your tests from anywhere that has an internet connection. Need a quick startup disk? TechTool Pro 11 gives you access to startup, along with several handy Apple utilities and TechTool Pro, right in your disk.

Be sure to check out their updated offer for user group members in this month’s offers section.

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Apple User Groups: Making Communities a Little Bit Better

One attribute that seems to set Apple User Groups apart from other hobby clubs is community service. Most groups provide a way to make their community just a little bit better. And, they find a broad range of ways to help. For example:

  • The Charlotte Apple Computer Club offers Tech Learning Days at the Matthews Community Center at least once a month
  • The Village Macintosh User Group runs free New Users Help Classes on the first Tuesday of every month
  • CapMac has worked with their local school district to teach low income parents how to use Apple computers that were donated for home use
  • Mac User Groups dedicated to HAM radio often participate in Field Day disaster readiness drills
  • Washington Apple Pi offers informal Clubhouse Saturdays for troubleshooting and technical questions
  • MUG ONE and many other groups offer lending libraries
  • The Houston Area Apple User Group runs popular swap meets
  • And creative pro groups, including SF Cutter‘s Lynetta Freeman, post job opportunities in the industry and the Creative Pro community supports film festivals and events, including SuperMeets.

And, that is just the start. Does your user group offer community services or outreach efforts?

Check these out.

https://www.facebook.com/Charlotte-Apple-Computer-Club-44836934410/

https://www.wap.org/community/

http://villagemug.com/

https://www.machamradio.com/

https://www.capmac.org/

http://mugone.com/blog/

https://haaug.org/

 

Events: Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 7.0

In 2015 multiple vintage computer user groups, including the Vintage Computer Festival, Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists, and the Vintage Computer Forum, joined forces and became the Vintage Computer Federation. They offer an online discussion forum, events, local user groups, and a bricks-and-mortar museum. As you might imagine, they are also a great resource for film/TV props, media interviews, research projects, data/drive recovery services, patent/prior art projects, and more.

Their Vintage Computer Festivals are held in multiple locations, including:

Their Pacific Northwest event was held in March, 2019.

Learn more>

Vintage Computer Federation

Meeting Ideas: Apple Card, Home Pod, and Apple News

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not use ASW’s presentations to feature Apple Card, Home Pod, or Apple News as your meeting topic?

This month, take a look at “HomePod – First Look” (L574596A-en_US), “Apple Card – First Look” (L584137A-en_US), and “Apple News – First Look” (L542578A-en_US).

Ambassadors: April is a great month to check out ASW offerings.