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In Memory of Jan Williams
Photo of Jan WilliamsPast PMUG President and Newsletter Editor Jan Williams passed away due to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Jan was a longtime resident of Princeton having originally come from the San Francisco area. She moved to Tennessee several years ago. Jan was predeceased by her mother, father and brother. She was a passionate PMUGer who will always be warmly remembered by all of us who knew her. A Spring memorial is planned at the All Saints Church in Princeton.

December 11, 2012: "OS X Security — A Basic Guide to Keeping your Mac Safe"
Khürt Williams (photo from the beginning of the October 2012 meeting, taken by Michael Blank)
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So you just got a new Mac and are excited to start using it. Macs have a reputation for being easy to use and secure, so why not dive right in?

Well... STOP! The truth is no computer system, including your shiny new Mac, is immune from attack. While there are no true viruses for OS X, that doesn't mean Macs are impenetrable. They're still vulnerable to malware, spyware, spam, trojans and user error.

PMUG's Khürt Williams will show how with just a few precautionary measures, your new (or old) Mac can be more secure than most any other consumer technology out there and stay as safe as possible.

About the presenter...
PMUG President Khürt Williams is an information security manager for a major New Jersey pharmaceutical manufacturer. He is a Mac geek, Apple fanatic, photographer, and loves Hefeweizen Ales and coffee. Khürt writes about technology on Island in the Net, but posts random thoughts on his blog. His background includes multimedia research and development, IT security, and consulting. Khürt has been a Web Developer, Web Master, Technical Lead, Project Manager, Service Delivery Manger and Systems Security Manager. You can sometimes find him sitting with his iPad drinking coffee in one of the Princeton area's many cafés.

November 13, 2012: "FileMaker: An Introduction"
photo of Jason Fiske of Filemaker, Inc.
Jason Fiske of Filemaker, Inc. will demonstrate the FileMaker database platform and how to avoid the common problem of "spreadsheet abuse." Interesting businesses and applications for the program will also be discussed.

Jason will build a FileMaker application that manages data in a multi-user / multi-platform environment, and create an iOS application that connects to it.

Additionally, he will illustrate FileMaker's use of unique iOS capabilities like Photo Capture directly into a database, GPS capture, and Signature Capture. Depending on audience interest, he will also show using FileMaker with bar-code printing and bar code readers. Jason will be contributing three copies of Filemaker to the members-only raffle.

About the presenter...
Jason Fiske is the Territory Manager for FileMaker's Atlantic Territory and is responsible for all customer relationships in NY, NJ, PA, VA, MD, and DC including the Federal Government. He has been with FileMaker for nine years. Prior to joining FileMaker, he worked for two high-tech optical switching manufacturers as well as working as a Product Manager for AT&T.

October 9, 2012: "Programming without Code"
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The approaching maturity of Web services technology and growth of free tools, de-facto standards and services on the World Wide Web has enabled a new type of "software development" to spring up in which a minimum of actual code needs to be written, and the bulk of the complexity is handled by the (often remote) third-party software.

Pat Palmer will explore examples of feeding data to Web services to create graphs, charts, mash-ups, musical scores or even sound files.

Presentation Links

About the presenter...
Pat Palmer started her computing career in the 1980's as a software developer in AT&T Bell Laboratories. After a decade and half there, she worked in the insurance and pharmaceutical sectors, and taught for a few years at Univ. of Penn. Her current job is as a programmer and system administrator for a group of algae scientists in Drexel University's Academy of Natural Sciences, with much database and Web server development work.

September 11, 2012: "iTunes: Under the Hood, Getting Organized, & Showing It Off"
Rob Golding at the December 2010 PMUG meeting -- Photo by Michael Blank
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Does iTunes tell you a file is missing? Does your music library have six identical songs? Are you missing album cover art or want lyrics for your songs? PMUG's own Rob Golding will help you get Apple's iTunes running in top flight condition!

Rob will start with an overview of how iTunes stores and manages the data for your music, video, apps and more. Learn where the library resides, how files are placed inside and what you can do to make things work the way you want.

He will then move to cleaning up and organizing an iTunes library—get the files where you want them and in a logical organization. Then learn what additional programs can help you cleanup missing song information, get cover art, add lyrics and more so that your iTunes library becomes a thing of beauty!

Presentation Links (pdf)

About the presenter...
Rob Golding has been a lifelong resident of the Trenton and Princeton areas. Attending Rider University longer then he intended, he completed his B.S. in Chemistry in May of 2004. It was at Rider in 1989 he found his computer platform of choice in the form of a Mac Plus running MacWrite and ChemDraw. Since joining PMUG in 2002 he has held several positions including leading the Intermediate SIG, President and until recently editor of The Dialog, PMUG's monthly newsletter.

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The PMUG Logo on an iPod nano -- Photo by Michael Blank
July and August 2012

PMUG's general meetings will not be held during July and August.

Meetings will resume on September 11, 2012. The presentation topic will be iTunes: Under the hood and getting organized, with Rob Golding.

June 12, 2012: Members' Night Demonstrations
Several PMUG members will present their favorite hardware and software that help them in being more productive, creative and secure with their Macs.

Benjamin Britt will create a new musical piece using GarageBand loops and maybe adding a live instrument if time allows. Ben is PMUG's Membership Chair and Publicity Coordinator.

Laura O'Neill will present Mac tips & tricks. Laura is PMUG's Beginners SIG Leader.

Khürt Williams will show Refection, an iOS App that mirrors your screen to a Mac. Khürt is PMUG's President and writes the PMUG Blog.

Ewa Zak will share her experience with a power surge and ways to protect your valuable electronic equipment. Ewa is PMUG's Photo Editor.

May 8, 2012: "A Few of My Favorite Things..." with Bob LeVitus
Bob LeVitus at the May 2011 PMUG meeting -- Photo by Michael Blank
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Bob LeVitus will expound on a myriad of Apple-related topics from Mac OS X Lion, to iOS 5, and from the iPhone to the iPad and beyond.

He will offer his favorite tips, techniques, apps, products and accessories (and possibly even a surprise or two) in a rapid-fire presentation designed to inform and entertain Mac and iDevice enthusiasts young and old.

Presentation Links (pdf)

About the presenter...
Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has been offering his opinion on Apple products for over 25 years. His Dr. Mac column in the Houston Chronicle is entering its 16th year. 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 is now hard at work on his 64th book, Mac OS X Mountain Lion For Dummies. He writes regularly for the Mac Observer Website.

April 10, 2012
"Home Networking and More" with Dave Hamilton
Dave Hamilton at the April 2011 PMUG meeting - photo by Michael Blank
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Ten years ago those people who had networks in their homes were considered fringe geeks and gluttons for punishment. Nowadays, however, home networks are as common as cable television and dishwashers, but they can still be a source of frustration for many, especially to do it right!

With that, Dave Hamilton—someone who was a fringe geek and has gone through all the punishment—will teach you all the tips and tricks he has learned over the past decade (or more) so you can get this stuff to work just right in your house. Topics covered will include simple network setup, extending a network in your home, when to use wired or wireless, the benefits (and pitfalls) of 5Ghz, and some Cool Stuff Found to make life just a little bit easier (or at least more fun!).

Join us on this action-packed journey of networking, and leave secure in the knowledge that you'll be doing it right at home from now on.

About the presenter...
Dave Hamilton is President and CEO of The Mac Observer and BackBeat Media, and producer and co-host of The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab Podcast. 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, he 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.

March 13, 2012: "More than Photoshop"
Photo of Steven Stanger
Adobe's Photoshop is a powerful graphics editing program. Its ability to edit, combine, and manipulate photos and bitmapped artwork has made it the industry standard. However, with all that power comes a mind boggling amount of features, complexity, and a high price tag.

Other Mac graphics programs are out there which can perform many of Photoshop's functions at a lower price. Some even can do things which Photoshop can not.

Steve Stanger will take a look at the plethora of new photo editing Apps available for the Mac—many of which started out life in iOS.

Photoshop alternative
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Presentation Links

About the presenter...
Steven Stanger is an I.T. consultant with over a decade of support experience in various environments. He also hosts "The Mac Attack " and "iSee iShoot iPhone" Podcasts.

Steve's interest in photography started when his Mother gave him his first Kodak Instamatic camera at age eight. Steve pursued photography through his teen and college years. At some point photography "got away from him" to be rediscovered again a few years ago.

February 14, 2012
The Mobile Life: Highlights from the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show
Doug Dixon (photo from the March 2011 meeting, taken by Michael Blank)
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This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off the new year with a bang, with over 150,000 attendees packed into Las Vegas to check out over 3100 exhibitors in an area larger than 35 (American) football fields.

The big themes this year were "thin" and "smart". Thin as in OLED TVs that looked like a sheet of glass, and Intel's big push for Ultrabook laptops (think MacBook Air). And Smart was everywhere, with even more connected Smart TVs and Blu-ray players that provide deeper interaction though voice and gesture control. But the other half of CES was focused on smaller devices for our mobile lives, with smartphones and tablets and lots of fun iPhone and iPad accessories.

So come explore the new developments from CES, as Doug Dixon returns for his annual round-up and demos of the next generation in our mobile lives.

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. He is the author of four books on digital media, has published hundreds of feature articles, and has presented over a hundred seminars and talks on digital media over the past decade. Doug's articles and technical references are available on his Manifest Technology Blog and Website.

January 10, 2012: Google+ for Business
Lynette Young of Purple Stripe Productions,
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Google+ is the latest attempt at social networking from Internet search, advertising and product giant Google. Already six months old and nearly half the size of LinkedIn, Google+ has almost 70 million users and is now considered a 'Big Five' social network. With features such as 10-person video chats called Hangouts, the ability to arrange contacts in Circles, and rich multimedia publishing opportunities with photos, videos, and text, Google+ is the hottest place to be personally and professionally.

Lynette Young of Purple Stripe Productions will walk through the vital pieces of Google+, give tips and tricks that helped her catapult to one of the Top 50 followed women in the platform, and show live, hands-on feature tours of what makes Google+ the next big thing ... right now!

About the presenter...
Lynette Young has been working with enterprise-level technology since 1989, but in the past 14 years or so has been concentrating on emerging and social technologies from her company, Purple Stripe Productions. A seasoned technical implementation specialist with 22+ years of experience, Lynette brings not only precision and detail to her clients, but a wildly creative flair and love of all things pixel. A pioneer in the social media arena, Lynette has been blogging since 1997, podcasting since 2004, and working professionally in social media technologies and social communications since 2006. Lynette is also an organizer for PodCamp Philly & PodCamp LA, BlogWorld & New Media Expo Podcast Pavilion, and Social Media Club Princeton NJ.

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