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December 13, 2011:
Converting Mobile Me to iCloud Account on iOS 5
and MacOS Devices
PMUG's Jeff Gorman (photo from the July 2009 meeting)
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PMUG's Jeff Gorman will convert his Mobile Me account to an iCloud account. Attendees will get to see the process and how to address any issues that arise. Jeff will do this on his laptop, iPad, and if all that goes well, his iPhone.

The demonstration will focus on calendar and contact Apps. This will be done in real time—it could go very smoothly or be wrought with issues.

About the presenter...
Jeff Gorman is the owner of Creative Computing, Princeton's only Apple store and dealer for the last 12 years. He majored in computer science at the University of Buffalo, graduating in 1989. Jeff then worked as a software engineer for a small Mac based software development company before founding Creative Computing in 1996. A PMUG member for seven years, he has been running PMUG's intermediate SIG for the last six. Jeff practices martial arts in his spare time.


November 8, 2011:
From E-Book to App: A Short History of Information Mobilized
Photo of William E. DeLamater
The mobile revolution is upon us and industries across the spectrum are finding new ways to make information available to users in situ, pushing data to users via mobile devices that understand where they are and what the options are for, say, parking in that place or what friends may be nearby.

Smartphones use small programs called apps to pull device resources and data together to perform astonishing feats of convergence called mashups, and the line between the kinds of devices (e-reader, cell phone, and tablet) that provide these services is increasingly blurred.

William DeLamater of eReadia LLC will present a brief history of how recent devices as different as the Kindle and the iPad have arisen and revised the definition of what it means to read, to engage with text, and to leverage web-based information resources, from the perspective of the founder of a start-up publishing firm. He will also demonstrate Mobile reading devices and his company's publishing tools.

About the presenter...
William E. DeLamater is the founder and president of eReadia LLC, based in Maryland near the District of Columbia. eReadia is a technology company that builds Web-based tools that enable content creators to publish to mobile platforms, particularly in the K-12 education space. The range of formats supported include Kindle, ePub, PDF, and mobile web app. Individual users and organizations subscribe for access to eReadia's custom publishing tools.


October 11, 2011:
Geotagging Digital Photos on the Mac
Screenshot of PhotoLinker, photos from Yosemite National Park, a Garmin Oregon 550t GPS reciever, and AMOD AGL3080 Data Logger GPS receiver.
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Digital photography is a popular hobby with new technology constantly improving the field. These advances usually involve the camera's imaging system or processing the resulting photos—such as capturing more image data for greater editing freedom (with RAW format files) and gathering a wider range of brightness to make a photo look more realistic or surreal with high dynamic range (HDR.)

This month's meeting will showcase another advance, but the camera's imaging system is not directly involved: the combining of photos with coordinates from the Global Positioning System (GPS) in what is called "geotagging." This can be both helpful and fun. By geotagging your images you can locate your position so you may return again, compare photos from different locations to find the best spot, and get help identifying unknown features around you.

PMUG's Michael Blank will show what geotagging is all about. Learn about the hardware and Mac software needed for geotagging photos with any digital camera, the geotagging process, and how to resolve GPS receiver and geotagging problems you may encounter. Michael will also demonstrate how geotagged photos from the online community can help you take better pictures.

Don't miss this informative and eye-opening presentation!

Presentation Extras

About the presenter...
Michael Blank is PMUG's Webmaster and produces two Podcasts for the group: the Monthly Meetings Podcast and the DIALOGcast. Michael is also a Website designer for the Princeton Internet Group.


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New Presentation for the September 13 Meeting: Google Earth on the Mac
Due to a family emergency, Steve Stanger's presentation is cancled. Instead, PMUG's Michael Blank will present Google Earth on the Mac.

Michael is PMUG's Webmaster and produces two Podcasts for the group: the Monthly Meetings Podcast and the DIALOGcast. Michael is also a Website designer for the Princeton Internet Group.

September 13, 2011:
Photography and the Mac: an overview
Photo of Steven Stanger
Steve Stanger will present photo editing/processing, management, and sharing on the Mac.

Although each of those could be broken down into presentations of their own, Steve's goal is to give an idea of the different workflows and software options that are available, no matter what kind of camera or Mac one uses.

About the presenter...
Steven Stanger is an Apple Certified IT Professional with over a decade of support experience in various environments: the entertainment and advertising industry, desktop publishing, education, photography & video editing, Web and multimedia design, small busines, and home Mac use. Steven has been working with the Macintosh since it was released in the mid 80's.

Steve's interest in photography started when his Mother gave him his first Kodak Instamatic camera at age eight. This then led to his disappearance from many photos considering he was the one behind the camera (most of the time). Steve pursued photography through his teen and college years. At some point photography "got away from him" to be rediscovered a few years ago with the advent of better, more affordable digital cameras. Many of Steve's photographs are shot in New Jersey. He believes that, "to take great photographs you don't necessarily have to travel too far from home." Visit Steve Stanger's Website for to learn more about him.

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New Location for September 2011 Meeting
The general meeting will be held at Stuart Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary,
room 6 (second floor)
on Alexander Street in Princeton, New Jersey

July and August 2011

No meetings were held

PMUG's annual picnic was canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.


June 14, 2011: iPad 2—Thinner, lighter and faster than ever, with Apple's Dave Marra
Apple's Dave Marra (photo from the September 2010 meeting, taken by Michael Blank)
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Dave Marra, Senior Systems Engineer from Apple Inc., will present the iPad 2. Apple's portable device is now thinner, lighter, faster, packed with new features, has two cameras and a new dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics.

Discover iPad 2 today and experience the next generation magical device for browsing the Web, reading and sending e-mail, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and more!

About the presenter...
As a Senior Systems Engineer for Apple, Dave Marra has conducted thousands of technology presentations, keynote addresses and workshops for schools, Mac and PC user groups, businesses and other professional organizations across the United States and Canada. Certified as both an Apple Certified Technical Coordinator and an Apple Certified Systems Administrator, his specialty areas include digital multimedia, Internet technologies, accessibility and Mac/PC integration. Visit Dave's Website for more information.

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New Location for June Meeting
PMUG's general meeting will be held at the Friend Center for Engineering Education, Room 006 (bottom level), on the Princeton University campus.

May 10, 2011: All-time favorite Mac, iPhone, and iPad apps & accessories, with Bob LeVitus
Bob LeVitus (photo from the May 2010 meeting, taken by Michael Blank)
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After nearly 25 years as a tech writer, Bob LeVitus has tested thousands of Mac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad products and accessories and has new and interesting products arriving at his office pretty much every day!

This year his presentation focuses on the very best things he's ever tested—his all-time favorite Mac applications, utilities, and peripherals, as well as his fave i-Device apps and accessories.

He will be talking about products that have proven themselves over time, products he still uses long after the review is forgotten, and products he recommends without hesitation.

Products Mentioned (PDF)

About the presenter...
Bob 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. A prolific author, LeVitus has sold millions of books worldwide in a dozen languages. His recent titles include: Incredible iPhone Apps For Dummies, iPhone For Dummies 4th Edition, and Mac OS X Snow Leopard For Dummies. He has been a tech columnist for the Houston Chronicle since 1996 and writes regularly for the Mac Observer Website. His hobbies include playing guitar with the infamous Macworld All-Star Band, engineering audio recordings (mostly of classic rock songs), and budget filmmaking.

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Come Early for the iWow Audio Demonstration
The meeting will begin early at 7:15 p.m. with a short demonstration of the iWow audio enhancement products with Shawn Kamal of SRS Labs Incorporated. iWow is available for the Mac, iTunes, iPod, iPad, and iPhone.

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New Location for May Meeting
PMUG's May 2011 meeting will be held at the Friend Center for Engineering Education, Room 006 (bottom level), on the Princeton University campus.

April 12, 2011: Mac Backup Strategies and More, with Dave Hamilton
Dave Hamilton (photo from the August 2010 meeting, taken by Michael Blank)
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A topic that is— or should be—hot on everyone's minds these days is backups. While most people understand why backups are important and many understand at least one way of backing up, there's more here than meets the eye.

How reliable are your backups? What happens when you actually need to restore? Is Network-attached Storage (NAS) something you should use? Most importantly: are you properly prepared for the day after the day disaster strikes?

Dave Hamilton, producer and co-host of the Mac Geek Gab Podcast will answer these questions and more. Discussing not only Apple's Time Machine, but alternative options including clouds, clones and copies, he'll teach you the ins and outs of what options are available, helping you decide the best way to safeguard YOUR computing life.

About the presenter...
Dave Hamilton is CEO of BackBeat Media. He has worked in the computer industry for 15 years, as a consultant, trainer, network engineer, web master, and programmer. In his earlier consulting days, Dave worked on the Mac, all the various Windows flavors, BeOS, a few brands of Unix, and it is rumored he once saw an OS/2 machine in action. Dave maintains his blog at DaveTheNerd.com and is on Twitter at DaveHamilton.

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New Location for May Meeting
PMUG's May 2011 meeting will be held at the Friend Center for Engineering Education, Room 006 (bottom level), on the Princeton University campus.

March 8, 2011: Mobile and More, Highlights from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, with Doug Dixon
Doug Dixon (photo from the March 2010 meeting, taken by Michael Blank)
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This year's Consumer Electronics Show kicked off the new year with a bang, with over 140,000 attendees packed into Las Vegas to check out over 2700 exhibitors. Some 20,000 new products were introduced at the show, including the launch of over 80 tablets.

The big theme this year was connectivity, with connected TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, autos, and even major appliances — yes, your fridge is texting you. And while the industry continues to push hard to promote 3DTV, the action is in mobile connected devices — smartphones and tablets, as smartphones power up to "superphones" at desktop performance and broadband speed, and tablets proliferate to meet any conceivable niche.

So come explore the developments from CES with Doug Dixon as he presents a round-up and demonstration of the next generation in mobile gadgets and more.

About the presenter...
Douglas Dixon is an independent technology consultant, author, and speaker specializing in digital media and portable devices. Previously a product manager and software developer at Intel and Sarnoff in Princeton, he now consults in commercial and military technology analysis and communications, and provides expert witness services. His website is Manifest Technology.


February 8, 2011: Computer Forensics Challenges
Photo of Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D. Although forensics is a well-established discipline in biology, medicine, physics, materials and other sciences, its applications to computing are still relatively new. The television shows NUMB3RS and CSI have helped popularize the field by providing insight into algorithmic methods used to solve crimes. While digital data is now ubiquitous to everyday life, computer forensics involves much more than simply recovering and reviewing files found on electronic media.

Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D. will overview the legal and technical issues that expert witnesses need to consider when preparing testimony for court, examples of Mac casework and UNIX-based forensic software, as well as socio-political problems related to the investigation of electronic voting systems.

About the presenter...
Rebecca Mercuri is the lead forensic expert at Notable Software, Inc., the company she founded in 1981. Her caseload has included matters involving contraband, child endangerment, murder, computer viruses and malware, wrongful work termination, class-action suits, copyright and patent infringement, and election recounts (most notably Bush vs. Gore). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science, after having defended her Doctoral Dissertation "Electronic Vote Tabulation: Checks & Balances" coincidentally in the month before the 2000 Presidential election. Dr. Mercuri has provided formal testimony and comment to the House Science Committee, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Election Assistance Commission, the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, the U.K. Cabinet, and numerous state legislatures and municipal bodies.


2011 General Monthly Meetings
January 11, 2011: Geotagging Digital Photos on the Mac
The meeting has been canceled because of the evening's snowstorm,
and the topic will be rescheduled for another month.
Screenshot of PhotoLinker, photos from Arches National Park, a Garmin Oregon 550t GPS, and AMOD AGL3080 Data Logger GPS.
(Click for larger version)
As a popular hobby, digital photography has new technology constantly improving the field. Advances usually involve the camera's imaging system or processing the resulting photos. Two such advances are capturing more image data for greater editing freedom (with the RAW format) and gathering a wider range of brightness to make a photo look more realistic or surreal (with high dynamic range—HDR.)

The January meeting will showcase another advance, but the camera's imaging system is not involved: the combining of photos with coordinates from the Global Positioning System (GPS) in what is called "geotagging." This makes viewing photos interesting, informative, and lets you plan for taking better pictures.

PMUG's Michael Blank will show what geotagging is all about, the hardware and software needed, how to geotag photos with any digital camera, and how geotagged images from the online community can help you take better pictures.

About the presenter...
Michael Blank is PMUG's Webmaster and produces two Podcasts for the group: the Monthly Meetings Podcast and the DIALOGcast. Michael is also a Website designer for the Princeton Internet Group.


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