Macstock 2017: Super User Group Meeting by Tom Piper
Macstock III was an independent 2-day conference for Apple enthusiasts of all experience levels held July 15-16, 2017, at the Luecht Conference Center in Building B of the main McHenry County College campus in Crystal Lake, IL. Its name originally came from nearby Woodstock, all of which is about an hour’s drive northwest of Chicago.
The conference design was to help us hear techniques from community-leading experts for getting the most from our Apple devices and apps, plus provide us a unique opportunity to engage other members of the Apple community from around the globe who also be visited Macstock. My son, Jason, and I met people from Washington, Cupertino, New York, Chicago, Florida, Tucson, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa and many other places. As Jason observed: “Literally everyone is wearing an Apple watch, and we are all comparing the variety of bands being worn.” (more…)
This month’s featured vendor is Joe Kissell of alt concepts, co-publisher (with his wife Morgen Jahnke) of Joe on Tech and Take Control Books, a senior contributor to Macworld, prolific author and long time user group supporter. Joe On Tech guides provide friendly, comprehensive and up-to-date advice on important tech topics. Take Control ebooks cover much more detail than a magazine article but are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book. Joe is Take Control’s most prolific author and you probably have at least a few of his works already. (more…)
One way to avoid a presentation disaster is planning ahead for a presentation kit. This month, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us an updated look at the cables, adaptors and accessories that any group conducting presentations on regular basis should consider having on hand. By being prepared, you can be sure that if your presenter arrives with the wrong, or no, cable or adapter, the show will go on. Check it out!
Ever wonder what Nicholas is doing when he is not writing for the user group community? While his new cruise tips and commentary blog is coming soon, be sure to check out some of his current projects.
Petes Hobby Railway – guest article
Junee Rhythm and Rail Festival Inc.
It is always fun to see new groups and new interests in the Apple User Group Locator. The CSUSB Macintosh User Group of Cal State University, Santa Barbara, is comprised of members of their information technology community on campus. Swifters – Greece College Swift Playground Group are from the University of the Aegean, a university with multiple campus sites throughout Greece. Welcome to the community!
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See your user group Ambassador for discount link.
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Looking for an interesting meeting presentation?
The 2017 WWDC keynote was fun to watch and could be a great meeting presentation. the Keynote included information about the new iPad Pro, iMac Pro, HomePod, iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and so much more. Why not use it for your next meeting?
Check it out online:
2017 WWDC Keynote
Changes are coming to TidBITS Publishing and Take Control Books. Joe Kissell, who has written more Take Control Books than any other author, has purchased Take Control Books with his wife Morgen Jahnke. Sellers Adam and Tonya Engst will be concentrating on their new TidBITS Content Network service, providing syndicated content to Apple consultants and resellers.
Joe has lots of things he wants to do with Take Control in the future, so you’ll see new books, new authors, and more after he gets past the initial work of the transition. And, he is open to ideas from readers. What won’t change is the guarantee of quality: practical, focused, and timely guidance from trusted and knowledgeable technical writers. (more…)
Macstock Conference & Expo 2017 is an event for people who use and love Apple products. It’s grassroots and it’s entirely about the Apple community!
Best of all, Macstock has announced an extra-special user group discount program that will not only save you money, but could land your MUG a Sponsorship designation to the event. (more…)
Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini, the French Brutal Deluxe Software programming team known for countless original Apple II programs and archiving efforts, will be the Keynote speakers as KansasFest 2017 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Apple II. Remember The Tinies, Cogito, Blockade and LemminGS? They have continued to write and this year Antoine and Olivier published demonstrations and tools for playing quadraphonic and octaphonic sound on the Apple IIgs.
Are your members interested in how the Touch Bar increases productivity? Whether your members are simply interested in music, produce tracks in a professional studio or are somewhere in between, Logic Pro X on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar offers all the tools needed to create, edit and deliver the best, right on your Mac. ASW has new demos this month, including the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Top Features Demo Guide (L548533A-en_US) and Logic Pro X – Product Presentation (L549787A-en_US) that could make for an interesting meeting.
Ambassadors: March is a great month to check out ASW!