Blast from the Past: Apple User Group Connection

User group members often enjoy looking back at where we have come from and how our groups have changed over the years. With many groups seeing a 40th anniversary or more, it can be fun to look at early User Group Connection videos. Apple.fandom.com has a wiki with many of the original User Group Connection videos. A fun one from ’92 has a very young Bob Myers, a CZ with long curls and ’90s glasses, and Rye Livingston with his shy smile. What are they smiling about? A Newton demo and a special user group offer for the newest Performa.

See what the User Group Connection was doing in the early years:

https://apple.fandom.com/wiki/Apple_User_Group_program

User Group Connection: Apple User Group Breakfast in Boston, September 1992

https://apple.fandom.com/wiki/Apple_User_Group_program?file=Apple_User_Group_Connection_-_September_1992_-_Apple_VHS_Archive

 

 

Meeting Idea: GarageBand v10.4.4

When GarageBand was introduced in 2004 it was amazing! Mac users could record up to 8 tracks at once, fix timing and pitch, view and edit in musical notation, and so much more. Who could have imagined the 2021 version? GarageBand v10.4.4 for macOS is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac—with a complete sound library that includes software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. Better yet, is runs on your current Mac and optimized for Apple silicon. But wait, there’s more: GarageBand v10.4.4 for macOS includes a new collection of instrument sounds and loops across a variety of genres, including from some of the world’s top producers.

Why not plan a meeting around GarageBand v10.4.4? 

GarageBand for Mac – First Look (L544712A-en_US) 

Ambassadors, November is a great month to check out ASW.

Meeting Idea: How to change microphone and camera modes in FaceTime on iPhone and iPad | Apple Support

  Over the past year-and-a-half groups have developed extensive expertise with virtual environments. From camera support to mics to making sure we look okay on multiple platforms, there are always new techniques to master. Your members may appreciate Apple Support on YouTube’s recently released “How to change microphone and camera modes in FaceTime on iPhone and iPad | Apple Support”

The short video shows how to use Portrait mode to blur the background in FaceTime video calls, change microphone modes to Voice Isolation or Wide Spectrum depending on what sounds you want to include.

Ambassadors, Apple Support on YouTube can help you create great meeting presentations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIzzAR7S-7Q

Use FaceTime with multiple devices: https://apple.co/3nQL7mg
Use Center Stage on an iPad Pro: https://apple.co/3nTOJUH

Meeting Idea: Thunderbolt (USB-C)

Thunderbolt Vector Art, Icons, and Graphics for Free DownloadYour members probably have questions about Thunderbolt and USB-C. Are they the same thing? The good news is that ASW has a great handout that covers the different Thunderbolt and USB-C cables and adapters available, and the ways that members can use Thunderbolt with devices they already have, charge and sync, connect HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, USB-C, and Thunderbolt displays and projectors, transfer files to external hard drives and thumb drives, transfer data from another Mac, copy photos and videos from a camera, print documents, use USB keyboards and mice, browse the internet with Ethernet, and more.

Check out: Thunderbolt (USB-C) accessories for Mac (L581389A-en_US)

Ambassdors, November is a great month to use ASW guides.

AWUGU: Zoom to Hybrid Meetings by Tom Piper, Coordinator

Tom Piper

Report about Zoom to Hybrid Meetings
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on August 16, 2021, via Zoom. We had 31 participants for the topic of “Zoom to Hybrid Meetings”. The 67-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/0LSk9kYlxTI (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) members was present to support this call.

The first presentation described how my appleJAC User Group uses Facebook streaming instead of Zoom during face-to-face meetings. Next was Andy Suhaka of the MacinTech Users Group in Centennial, CO who described how they used Meeting Owl for a hybrid meeting. This was followed by Hope Tillman of the Apple Charlestown UG in Catonsville, MD who talked about using an iPhone and Mac combination to use Zoom at their in-person meeting. Pete DeLong of Anoka-Hennepin Apple Core MUG in Anoka, MN  illustrated their group’s use of a Mac connected to a Movo microphone and large-screen projector to hold their hybrid meetings. Numerous others joined in this discussion to gather more information.

The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topic:

Marty Welter: owllabs.com
Dan Wassink: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212315 and https://www.danstutorials.com/download/53312/
Steve Walsh: https://www.danstutorials.com/
Tom Piper: Movo MC 1000 cardioid mic

This was followed by George Rubin of Naples MacFriends User Group inviting all Apple user groups to use their special offer of two free months to join their Zoom group for 2022, just visit naplesmug.com. Dan Wassink also described his work with e-publishing and information available on his website (see above).

We are very pleased with this eighth meeting of 2021. Files related to this meeting are available on our AWUGU shared folder: https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/0kF7XwYI98VG0fqvL86PJm02g#AWUGU.

Concerns about frauds, scams and hoaxes was discussed with some presenters identified who could provide good preventive information, such as the FBI, AARP, and Jamie Sorrells, Asst. District Attorney, 18th Judicial Dist. Colorado, but most felt it was a better topic for local groups. How to attract new members to user groups was also discussed and selected as the topic for our next meeting, to be called “AUG Marketing”, which is tentatively scheduled for October 18, 2021, at 5:00pm Central Daylight Savings Time.

AWUGU registrants will receive an invitation to all future meetings. To become a participant, any interested Apple User Group leader must first register with the AWUGU Coordinator by emailing their name, location, and user group name and web link to macquest@mac.com. Registration must be received by October 16 in order to receive a Zoom Meeting invitation (a download of the free Zoom app in advance is also necessary, and an update will be important for existing users).

MacCamp: SMUG and MIAMUG Continue the Tradition

The pandemic brought a halt to many activities, but the members and officers of the Saginaw Michigan Users Group (SMUG) and Mac-in-Awe MUG (MIAMUG) groups are keeping their MacCamp tradition alive via Zoom. True, attendees will miss the beautiful scenery and face-to-face hands-on fun of past years, but members and  guests will still join together to create an energy-rich atmosphere for fun, learning and sharing. The event is a long-standing project of the two groups, who alternate MacCamp locations: November’s MacCamp is usually held in Midland. Congrats to the volunteers who ensure that each MacCamp is one to remember. The groups each have over 34 years of community, sharing and fun. Better yet, both groups still have original members on their rosters.

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How To: Technology Hurricane Preparedness

Rick Ortiz

Written By Rick Ortiz, Courtesy of Maui Apple Users Society (Maui Mac)

Preparing your technology for a hurricane

With Hurricane Lane fast approaching, it is time to get your technology prepared for such an event. Some key areas to think about are: backups, batteries/power, and other tech tips. 

Backups

Now is the time to make sure your computer backup is in place and completed. This is typically an external backup drive or your data in the cloud. If an external backup drive, do one final backup and then unhook it and put it in a safe place. If you have access to a weatherproof safe, that would be ideal. If not, placing it in a ziplock bag or some place that can avoid water damage can help protect your data. If you are required to evacuate, take your backup drive with you. If you have a mobile phone, you can back it up to your computer as well, or use the cloud service backup built into the phone. Remember the 3-2-1 rule of backing up. Data in 3 places, 2 locations, 1 offsite. 

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Meeting Ideas: Apple Watch 7, iPhone 13, iPad, and Apple Fitness+ Then and Now

Tuesday brought some great new products. Are your members asking what’s changed? Wondering what is new? ASW has downloadable pdfs that can help make for an informative and interesting meeting. 

This month, why not check out Apple Watch – Then and Now (L568943A-en_US), iPad – Then and Now (L575791A-en_US), iOS 15 – First Look (L585037A-en_US), and iPhone 13 – First Look (L579723A-en_US)?

Ambassadors, September is a great month to check out ASW resources!

 

AWUGU: Apple Futures and Backups by Tom Piper

Apple Futures and Backups
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
 
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on August 16, 2021, via Zoom. We had 31 participants for the topic of “Apple Futures and Backups(see attached PDF image and attendance list). The 65-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/LBzbYiXEN58 (unlisted on YouTube).
 
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) members was present to support this call.
 
The format for this meeting was an open discussion about Apple’s new devices with M1 chips, initiated by an explanation by Dan Wassink about the new Mac computers and iPad Pros early experiences since their November 2020 introduction. Numerous others joined in this discussion, and to describe a variety of different backup devices and methods, noting that Carbon Copy Cloner now works with M1 Macs for bootable clones, but that Time Machine and cloud storage is also best for restorable storage. It was also noted that March 31 is now recognized as World Backup Day (http://www.worldbackupday.com/), and that “Friday the 13th” might also be a good reminder too. The following links were offered for further information on this meeting’s topics:
 

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