On Wednesday, May 1, the officers and members of the Chicago Apple User Group will host a speaker from internet security firm Intego via live video. Curious about malware? Want to know how to protect your digital devices from data loss? Interested in ways to protect, hide or destroy your personal information on demand? If you are near Chicago, this meeting will answer your questions and help you protect the information you hold dear.
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?
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I’ve never heard of user groups. What are they?
User groups are organizations created by people interested in sharing information about their computers and what they can accomplish with the help of digital technology. User groups are about the technology, but also about the friendships that result. Over 800 user groups worldwide have registered with Apple — some with fewer than 30 members, others with over 1,000.
What benefits do user groups offer?
User groups help members with technical questions, give honest advice on choosing software, hardware and peripherals, and provide a friendly environment where people can learn from each other. Many groups offer monthly meetings, an informative newsletter, member discounts, special interest groups, classes, one-on-one support, and of course, the camaraderie that Apple users share. Larger groups offer extensive training programs, computer labs, and resource libraries.
What happens at user group meetings?
Meetings vary depending on the group and the evening. Many meetings will feature presenters from the technology industry. Group members also often present — either about technology or about an individual project such as a video or podcast. Most meetings include time for question and answer sessions as well as some social and networking activities. You can ask any question about your computer, easy or difficult, and get an answer from a knowledgeable fellow user. Many meetings feature a raffle or other giveaways. User groups often receive software and merchandise donations from industry vendors, and most groups share these items with their members via a monthly raffle.
What else do user groups do?
User groups sometimes produce special events — training days, swap meets, computer shows, summer camps, picnics, and more. Groups will visit other locations, organizations, or events in the community such as libraries, book clubs, or fairs. Many user groups also initiate technology-related community service projects. They donate used computers to local charities and provide ongoing support, refurbish older computers for use in schools that don’t have the funds to buy new computers, or possibly donate equipment to the elderly and help them get started on the Internet.
How are user groups organized?
User groups are independent organizations run by local volunteer Apple enthusiasts. Apple promotes and supports user groups, but the company does not own, manage, or direct them. They are not organized into a formal hierarchy; each operates independently. User group members usually elect officers — a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, meeting coordinator, newsletter editor, webmaster, and volunteer coordinator — who manage the day-to-day operations of the group.
Why should I join a user group?
Joining gives you full access to all the benefits a group offers. Though membership offerings vary from group to group, you can look for a newsletter, personalized advice, regular meetings and a welcoming atmosphere. You’ll feel connected to the many other Apple users in your community.
What does it cost to join?
Membership prices vary from group to group. While some groups have no membership fee, most charge $10 – $40 a year to cover expenses. Check with your local group for more information.
Where can I get more information about user groups in my area?
Visit the Apple User Group Locator to find a group near you. For U.S. groups, you can search by state or zip code. To find groups outside the U.S., you can search by country. When the Locator returns a list of groups, click on the ones that look interesting to learn more.
How do I give user groups a try?
Use the online Locator to find a couple of groups near you. Look at their websites to see what they offer. Email or call the group to get more information. Find out when the group meets and visit one of their monthly meetings. This is an excellent way to get to know the group. Introduce yourself to one of the group leaders and explain what you’re looking for. Chances are, they’ll know just where to find it.
I can’t attend meetings. Can user groups still help me?
Yes. Even if you don’t attend regular meetings, many user groups offer a variety of non-meeting resources which you’ll find beneficial. Top-notch publications, specialized technical help, email discussion lists, and/or message boards are examples of these resources. Joining an online user group is another option if you don’t have a group nearby.
I’m having trouble finding a user group in my area. Can you help?
If you have difficulty finding a group using the Locator, send email to email@example.com with the following information:
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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).
In early 1990, Adam and Tonya Engst founded TidBITS. A little over 25 years later, they are still providing the weekly insights, news, tips and guidance that their wide-spread readership enjoys. In fact, TidBITS is so popular that volunteers translate their weekly articles into Dutch and Japanese for their worldwide readership.
By the time Adam and Tonya began Take Control ebooks, they had authored or edited more than 25 traditional books and written hundreds of magazine articles for major Mac magazines. And, they’d spent the last 15 years gaining experience in Internet publishing with TidBITS, their Web site (updated quite often) and weekly email newsletter about Apple and Internet topics. These experiences helped them develop the Take Control model, which results in highly practical ebooks that cover much more detail than a magazine article but that are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book. Better yet, they are author driven, bringing the best technical writers and the best ideas to press quickly and efficiently. The Take Control ebooks bring you savvy, real-world advice on how to get the most out of your Apple devices and software.
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Several companies are interested in sending promotional and demonstration materials to user groups. Stay tuned to the Apple User Group Resources website for discount and sponsor information.
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Members of the Apple Consultants Network are often excited to present to user groups. These experts can provide dynamic presentations, up-to-date information and access to some of the latest technology. Create partnerships with ACN members in your area.
Apple authorized resellers also enjoy creating partnerships with local user groups. Apple Specialists or other resellers in your area may help with presenters and equipment.
Local Universities and Schools
Consider inviting students, faculty, or administrators to present at your meeting. Not only would these presenters do a great job, but they could also promote your group to the school.
Many companies send presenters to user groups whenever possible. Others can send demonstration materials and scripts that can help you offer exciting, informative meetings.
Often, some of the best presentations are from your own user group members. They can use resources from Apple available through Apple Sales Web, or they can showcase their own material.
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|Rex Covington is past president of the Houston Area Apple User Group and has been a member for more than 13 years. Many people know him from his previous position as Apple User Group Regional Liaison for the South Central United States or his FileMaker and Mac consultancy. In addition, he has served as a firefighter and paramedic in Houston.
||Sandy Foderick is a founding officer and president of AOL’s original user group and former Chancellor of AOL’s User Group Learning Center. She has met and worked with user groups across the United States and is a member of Mini’App’Les’ in Minnesota. Sandy is currently the editor of the Apple User Group Bulletin. When not busy with user groups, Sandy is the psychometric lead at her university and a mother of four.
|Trish Huffman left her career in the medical field to stay at home with her ever-expanding family. As Special Events Coordinator and MUG Producer at World Without Borders, the largest Macintosh chat site on the web, she works to bring MUG events to the Apple Community Connection. Trish is a member of Triangle Macintosh User Group (TMUG) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
||Rick Ortiz is a long-time member of the Maui Apple User Society where he has served as president since 2000. Upon joining the group in 1997 he worked hard to help them build from 30 members to nearly 200. Rick owns a computer consulting business in Maui, Hawaii and is an Apple Certified Trainer and instructor at the University of Hawaii Maui Campus.
|Tom Piper founded mid-Missouri’s appleJAC Apple Users Group in 1984 and has served in most officer positions since, having worked on newsletters, mail servers, educational sessions and web sites. In 1985 he also established the first Macs in state government agencies, and has continually supported expansion and integration efforts since then. Tom is UGAB’s Vendor Liaison and is a familiar face at Macworld Expo and UGU. He also manages MacQuest Consulting, his private consulting firm.
||Lynn Poos became involved with Macs in the 1980s and is the Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus and a Life Member of the Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Inc. (SMMUG) in Colorado Springs, CO. He retired in 1993 from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after thirty-four years of service. He was chairman of the Juvenile Community Review Board for Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District until 1998 when Governor Owens asked him to chair the Juvenile Parole Board for the State of Colorado. He served in this position until December 2004 when the Governor accepted his resignation. Now living in Southern California, he remains active with SMMUG.
|Doug Smith has held various positions in the Houston Area Apple Users Group (HAAUG.org) since the 1990’s. He loves talking and learning about all things Apple, from his Fat Mac to the iPhone, the iMac, an iOS update or the next Macworld trip. Doug has a BS in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Texas, lives along the gulf coast with his wife Traci, and enjoys live music, sailing, hunting and cooking.
||Elsa Travisano has been a guiding force for the Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY (MUG ONE) since 1985. She currently serves as president and webmaster and edits MUG ONE’s award-winning newsletter, Newsbreak. Elsa has more than thirty years experience as a Macintosh consultant, instructor and reviewer. She owns an Apple consulting firm, Elsa Travisano Consulting, and is a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Her husband, son and daughter are all avid Apple users.