Helping User Groups Discuss and Understand Malware on Macs

By Rick Ortiz

Apple users have for the most part been protected from many of the viruses and malware issues experienced on the PC. But with the popularity of Apple products over the past decade, those wanting to take advantage and compromise your computer use experience has grown. Most recently, applications, search engine hijacks and web browser plug-ins are the culprits of what many Mac users think are “viruses.” This has become a popular discussion topic at user group meetings. So to help user groups, we are providing group leaders with a meeting guide and how you can address and discuss this issue at your meetings. Click on read more below to continue.

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Pyers Presents: Software Freedom Day Resources

auo-logo-full-steel-greySeptember 17 marks the 13th annual Software Freedom Day celebration, with over 300 planned events worldwide. The day calls attention to software that is free to distribute, modify, access, share, study and use.

As part of the celebrations of Software Freedom Day 2016, AppleUsers.org has compiled a selection of some of the best, yet totally free, software that’s available for the Mac, collected together on a single DVD, called Spotlight on FOSS 2016 plus a bonus video and a copy of The AppleUsers Spotlight Software Freedom Day 2016 Special Edition. Fans of Stephen Fry will especially enjoy his Happy Birthday to GNU video.

Thanks as always to Mr. Pyers for these wonderful resources! See below for more information.

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Pyers Presents: Finding Guest Presenters

auo-logo-full-steel-greyGroups are always looking for a great presentation and this month Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers valuable insights into ways to find guest presenters. His recent article, the fifth installment in his “Working with Presenters” series can help you reconceptualize the process and increase your ability to organize great meetings. Want to know more? Check out all five articles in the series.

Thanks as always to Mr. Pyers for these wonderful resources!

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How To: Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group

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Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group by Rex Covington

Last month we talked about raising money for your User Group on YouTube. This month we’re going to talk about raising money with Patreon and YouTube. Patreon Is a subscription-based crowd funding platform that helps creators collect financial support from their fans. You can use Patreon to fund your projects, Special Interest Group (SIG), or just to support your User Group by uploading YouTube videos. https://www.patreon.com

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Pyers Presents: Getting a Media Release Published

auo-logo-full-steel-greyNicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us two great articles on ways to make leading your group easier and more efficient in July. In this article he discusses media releases: basic guidelines, finding topics, generating media interest, identifying media opportunities and more. His article wraps up with a link to a helpful article on creating a media kit.Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/getting-a-media-release-published/

Pyers Presents: Does your User Group have a website?

auo-logo-full-steel-greyNicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers us two great articles on ways to make leading your group easier and more efficient. In this article he examines group website essentials: why every group should have a website, how to create and name your group’s site, how hosting works, and what information should be covered on your group’s pages.

Check it out!

http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/apple-user-group-website/

How To: Writing an Effective Review: A first Look

We have all read bad reviews. Whether it is the biased writer with an axe to grind or an under-the-table commission to earn, the boring writer who uses ten words where one would do, or the deadline writer who is rushed for time and uses a company’s marketing literature to mask lack of knowledge, a bad review wastes our time. Still, there are basic guidelines that can help you write an effective review.

Know your Audience

Just like preparing to give a presentation to your user group, your first step is to identify your audience. What matters to your audience? Are they new to the product or long-time users interested in the latest release? You want to be sure that your review offers value to each segment of your readership. (more…)

How-To: Dealing with Difficult People by Dr. Scott Pelok

Over the years, some of the best ideas for user group leadership have come from the worldwide community of user group officers, the hard working leaders and experts who ensure that their groups survive and thrive.

This month’s How To features one of the most popular presentations ever presented at a User Group University session. In his session, Dr. Scott Pelok talked about the various sorts of difficult people we encounter in our groups and in everyday life. The Board still gets letters asking about the presentation and we have heard from folk who say his tips helped resolve challenging situations in their groups. Use the link below to download his presentation.

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Thanks Dr. Scott!

Social Media and User Groups: An Introduction

By Rick Ortiz, Apple User Group Advisory Board Chair

Apple User Groups are a place for individuals with similar technology interests to meet and network with each other and make connections. Typically user groups meet in person on a monthly basis at a designated location to discuss topics related to Apple products. User groups were the first stage of social media. What social media has done, is take the in-person networking of people and bring it online into the internet digital world, allowing for a broader connection for individuals and groups.

If user groups served as the foundation for what social media has become, then it is important for user groups to continue to evolve and allow their network of members to make connections online as well. There are a number of social media resources available to user groups. We will take a look at some of the more popular online social media resources, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We will discuss what each one offers and how it can benefit your group. (more…)

Nicholas Pyers Presents: Don’t Carry the Burden Alone!

auo-logo-full-steel-greyDoes your group rely on a small group of long-time volunteers for every task? Groups often lose members when individuals feel like they are being asked to single-handedly carry a large portion of the group’s work. In February, Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offered some wise advice on how to share the burden by bringing more members into the circle. A quick read will show that his plan is both workable and a great way to build community within your group. Check it out, and while you are there, check out his many other valuable tips for running your group: http://www.appleusers.org/ugr/dont-carry-the-burden-alone/