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2009 General Monthly Meetings
December 8, 2009: Rob's Raffle & Holiday Give-Away (plus cool demos)
photo of Rob Golding, Editor for the Dialog newsletter and past PMUG President -- Photo by Michael Blank
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PMUG's own Rob Golding will host an evening of demos and a raffle. Some of the items Rob will showoff and raffle are: Roxio's Popcorn 4 video conversion suite, Avery DesignPro labeling system, SecureMac's MacScan anti-virus and internet privacy program, and LapWorks Laptop Desk stand for notebooks.

Rob will also throw in a few surprise demos of favorite Mac related items. Just about every member should go home with something in hand. Although the meeting is open to the general public, the raffled items will be available only to renewed members or new members who join that evening.

About the presenter...
Rob Golding has been a lifelong resident of the Trenton and Princeton areas. Attending Rider University longer then he intended, he obtained his B.S. in Chemistry. It was at Rider in 1989 he found his computer platform of choice in the form of a Mac Plus running MacWrite and ChemDraw. Rob worked for Apple Computer from 2000-2002 and again from 2004-2006 as a retail sales person. Since joining PMUG in 2002 he had held several positions including leading the How & Why SIG, President and since 2003 as editor of The Dialog, PMUG's monthly newsletter.

November 10, 2009: Gizmos And Gadgets For Holiday Gifts with Bill Achuff
photo of Bill Achuff, freelance photojournalist and photographer -- Photo by Michael Blank
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Bill Achuff's much-anticipated gizmos and gadgets presentation will inspire your holiday shopping. With a seemingly endless list of new techie paraphernalia available for those whose appetites are never quelled, Bill will discuss how most electronic items are practical, useful, and inexpensive, and how some are just plain whacky.

Many of the items Bill introduced several years ago are now becoming mainstream, such as organic OLEDs (Organic LEDs), wireless SD (Secure Digital) media cards, and hard drive toaster docks.

About the presenter...
Bill Achuff is a long-time member and educator at PMUG and many other Macintosh User Groups (he is co-founder of the User Group Alliance.) He has been a writer and presenter on a variety of subjects and disciplines over the years—his current passion is digital photography as a freelance photojournalist and photographer.

Presentation Links
(from the talk given at MLMUG, does not include additional products mentioned in the PMUG talk)

October 13, 2009 — Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard", with Apple's Dave Marra
Photo of Dave Marra Dave Marra, Senior Systems Engineer from Apple Inc., will present features of the updated Macintosh operating system, Mac OS X 10.6.

Code-named "Snow Leopard", 10.6 builds upon a decade of Mac OS X innovation with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies and out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange, all engineered upon a rock-solid, 64-bit foundation.

"Snow Leopard" features a more responsive Finder; significantly faster built-in applications; a Dock with Exposé integration; Safari 4 and QuickTime X. Dave will present as many features of the new system as time allows.

About the presenter...

Dave Marra has conducted over 500 technology presentations, keynote addresses and workshops for businesses, schools, computer user groups and other professional organizations across the United States and Canada. His specialty areas include digital multimedia, internet technologies and cross-platform integration. In addition to his presentations and workshops, Dave has served as a technology consultant to numerous schools, businesses and technology advisory boards. For more information about Dave, please visit his Website.

September 8, 2009 — "Using Digital Photography for Fun and Profit"
Our own Terry Wilson will show how she uses photography as both business and hobby, with a look into some Photoshop techniques that can improve anyone's photography.

Also about the presenter...

Terry Wilson, a long-time PMUG member since the late '80s, is a graphic artist currently working in the Website medium. Before that she was a graphic artist and typesetter, with a stint as a graphics and web design instructor for corporate clients. She is a serious photographer, spends considerable time with her film and digital cameras, and is a contributor to iStockphoto.com. She also uses photography as an art form specializing in stereo imagery.
Handout: "Basic Principals of Stereo Photography, using a single camera"
(20K, PDF)

August 11, 2009 — "Running Your Mac Lean, Clean, and Mean"
Photo of Dave Hamilton (top) and John F. Braun (bottom) Dave Hamilton, co-host of the MacGeekGab podcast and President of The Mac Observer, along with co-host John F. Braun via Skype, will be presenting "Running Your Mac Lean, Clean, and Mean" session and then take questions from the audience.

We will accept questions sent ahead of the meeting e-mailed to askmacgeekgab@comcast.net.

Also about the presenters...

Dave Hamilton is CEO of BackBeat Media, President of The Mac Observer, and producer and co-host of TMO's Mac Geek Gab Podcast. He has worked in the computer industry for 15 years as a consultant, trainer, network engineer, webmaster, and programmer. In his earlier consulting days, he worked on the Mac, all the various Windows flavors, BeOS, a few brands of Unix. Dave maintains his blog at DaveTheNerd.com and he is at DaveHamilton on Twitter.

Slides for "Running Your Mac Lean, Clean, and Mean" with Dave Hamilton
(2.3MB, PDF)

July 14, 2009 — Members' Night: Software Demonstrations
Several PMUG members will present their favorite software programs that help them in being more productive, creative and secure with their Macs.

Rob Golding will demonstrate 1Password; for easier online password management. After joining PMUG in 2002, Rob has held several PMUG positions including leading the How & Why SIG, President and Newsletter Editor since 2003.

Maria O Arguello will explain iPhoto '09's "Faces" feature. Maria is a PMUG member and the Apple User Group Liaison for the Northeast United States.

Jeff Gorman will demonstrate "jailbraking" the iPhone. Jeff is the owner of Creative Computing on Witherspoon Street in Princeton NJ. In his spare time he serves as PMUG's How and Why Intermediate Special Interest Group Leader.

Khurt Williams will show how to use a Mac to display content, such as Hulu, on your television. Kurt is an information security professional, Linux/UNIX/Perl/PHP/AJAX enthusiast, and web developer.

June 14, 2009 — Annual Summer Picnic
Our annual Summer picnic will take place the Sunday after the June monthly meeting.

It will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the The American Legion Post 414 on Route 206 in Lawrenceville New Jersey. The address is 100 Berwyn Place, Lawrenceville New Jersey.

From Princeton take 206 South for approximately 4 miles you will pass Interstate 95 and Rider University. Make a left onto Berwyn Place and the American Legion Post will be on your left after a 1/4 mile.

From Route 95/295 exit onto Route 206 South. Take 206 South for approximately 1 mile. Make a left onto Berwyn Place and the American Legion Post will be on your left after a 1/4 mile.

Don't forget to signup to bring food, drinks and supplies at whosbringingwhat.com/PMUG/.

June 9, 2009 — Digital TV with Dr. Michael Isnardi of Sarnoff Corporation
Photo of Dr. Michael Isnardi Like most other media, television is going all-digital, and the options for delivering digital TV (DTV) to the home are expanding. Analog over-the-air broadcasting will end, and will be replaced by digital broadcasting by June 12, 2009. Telcos are now offering DTV service along with cable and satellite providers. Delivery of DTV to mobile and handheld devices is right around the corner, and 3D-TV promises to be the "next big thing" in home TV entertainment.

Dr. Michael Isnardi of Sarnoff Corporation will explore the richer and more realistic viewing experience provided by DTV. Topics such as compression standards, DTV delivery methods, converter boxes, HDMI, tru2way™, HD display technologies and the convergence of PCs and TVs will be covered. He will clarify some concepts, dispel some myths and provide a deeper appreciation of the ecosystem that is digital television.

Also about the presenter...

Michael Isnardi, who lives in Plainsboro, joined Sarnoff Corporation in 1986. As a member of the technical staff and as a technical manager, he developed technologies and led projects in video compression, watermarking and IPTV technology for entertainment and government applications. He is now a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sarnoff.

Michael's early work included development of Sarnoff's Compliance Bitstreams product, which received a Technical Emmy Award. In June 2000, he received the David Sarnoff Award, which is the Sarnoff Corporation's highest award for technical achievement. Most recently, he was Principal Investigator on the NIST-cofunded "Video Enhanced DSL" project with AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent and Thomson.

Michael has been awarded 31 U.S. patents. He is an active member of the ATSC, SMPTE and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is on the Technical Program Committee for the International Conference on Consumer Electronics and has presented many tutorials on compression and Digital TV to the broadcast, consumer electronics and related industries.

Helpful Digital Television Transition Websites

Federal Communications Commission DTV Website: www.dtv.gov

TV Converter Box Coupon Program: www.DTV2009.gov

Consumer-friendly DTV Information: www.DTVAnswers.com

Get help choosing the right antenna for the best DTV reception: www.antennaweb.org

Find local electronics recycling facilities: www.mygreenelectronics.org

Consumer Reports' DTV Website

DTV Transition Coalition: www.dtvtransition.org

May 12, 2009 — Bob LeVitus with the iPhone, the iPod touch and beyond...
Photo of Bob LeVitus -- Photo by Michael Blank Author Bob LeVitus will speak on using the iPhone, the iPod touch, and related topics.

LeVitus, often referred to as "Dr. Mac," has been considered one of the world's leading authorities on the Macintosh and Mac OS for nearly twenty years.

He has sold millions of books worldwide, and most recently published has been "iPhone for Dummies" and "Mac OSX Leopard for Dummies. He also writes columns for the Houston Chronicle newspaper, MacDesign magazine, and Mac Observer Website.

May 11th, 2009 — Have Dinner with Bob LeVitus

Dr. Mac will be the guest of honor at Firkin Tavern in Ewing, New Jersey. Join us!

Monday, May 11th, 2009
6 p.m. cash bar
7 p.m. dinner

Firkin Tavern
1400 Parkway Ave. Ewing N.J. 08628

$30 per person
Dinner includes choice of dish, potato, vegetables, salad, coffee / tea / soda and dessert.

Sign up at whoscoming.com/PMUG

Also about the presenter...

In 2004, LeVitus started Doctor Mac Direct LLC, a company that provides expert technical help and training to Mac users via phone, e-mail, and/or Internet-enabled remote control software. You can also visit Bob's own website.

April 14, Excel Macros and Cross-Platform Coding Considerations
Photo of Bob Greenblatt
Bob Greenblatt will speak on creating macros in Excel and cross/multi platform coding considerations. Bob specializes in developing applications in Microsoft Excel that must run on both Macintosh and Windows platforms.

About the presenter...

Bob Greenblatt has been selected as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional every year since 1994. Bob is principal of B & L Associates Inc., Lambertville N.J. Recent applications include corporate database "front end" entry, validation and batch loading, and "back end" retrieval and reporting, scientific instrument data acquisition and analysis and business financial reporting and modeling. Bob is also the technical editor for many popular texts on Microsoft Excel and Office.

Presentation Slides (460K, PPTX)
Example Spreadsheet (68K, XLS)

March 10, Running a Successful E-Commerce Business, MetaView Update
Photo of David Mason
About 10% of the entire U.S. economy is flowing through the Internet and e-commerce Websites. Here is your chance to get a valuable overview of some of the critical steps. David Mason of Fast Teks On-Site Computer Services will provide thoughtful points about running an e-commerce business and useful tips on online monetary transactions, and customer services. He will cover online selling techniques, ways to promote your Website online and off-line, and what you can do to improve Website performance and increase traffic.

We will also have an update on MetaView, the 3D stock market visualization software. Lyle Andrews introduced us to his application at the June 2008 PMUG meeting and will return to cover MetaView's new enhancements.

About the presenter...

David J. Mason is Area Director of Fast Teks On-Site Computer Services, an international company with locally owned offices throughout North America, including central Jersey. Fast-teks offers business owners and residential customers a one-call solution for their entire computer needs. Fast-teks services include virus and Spyware removal, wireless networking, data back up and recovery, Web development, and remote management services. Before joining Fast Teks, Mr. Mason served as Vice President for the Hatco Corporation.

February 10, Highlights from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
Photo of Doug Dixon
The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off the new year in Las Vegas, with over 100,000 attendees trying to visit 2,700 exhibitors spread over 1.8 million square feet.

However, it's a tough year for both the industry and for consumers. But there's no stopping progress, so companies need to continue to develop new and improved products -- smaller, cheaper, faster, and with more capacity, more features -- and consumers continue to be tempted by these improved devices.

Doug Dixon worked CES again this year to scope out the new products, and to report back developing trends, especially for home and personal entertainment. So come and explore developing trends in consumer electronics technology, and to see the latest portable digital devices and other tech gadgets.

In addition, PMUG member Ewa Zak will discuss the highlights of her attendance at "Paris Expo '08."

About the presenter...

Douglas Dixon is an independent technology consultant, author, and speaker specializing in digital media. A graduate of Brown University, and previously a product manager and software developer at Intel and Sarnoff in Princeton, he is the author of four books and has published over 250 feature articles. Doug is currently editor-in-chief of Mediaware magazine and writes for Digital Photographer and Cond Nast Traveler magazine and the U.S. 1 Newspaper in Princeton. He has presented over 95 seminars and talks on digital media over the past eight years. Doug makes his articles and technical references freely available on his Manifest Technology blog and Website.

January 13, 2009 — Beyond Google: Specialized Search Engines
We use Google for all of our searches, but there are specialized search engines that might be better suited for queries. Romina Gutierrez of the Princeton Public Library discussed some specialized search engines for music, video, and travel, among others.

About the presenter...

Romina Gutierrez is the Technology Initiatives Librarian at the Princeton Public Library. She received an MA in Art History and MLIS from Rutgers University.

Handout: Specialized Search Engines (70K, PDF)

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