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December 10, 2013:
Holiday Party and Silent Raffle (for Members Only)
Apple's iPad mini and Apple TV The Holiday Party and Silent Raffle resumes this year, which is PMUG's yearly fundraiser event with food and merriment, a chance to help PMUG, and possibly win Apple related products.

The Grand Prizes will be a iPad Mini (donated by PMUG) and Apple TV (donated by Monkey Hill, LLC)—both items are for current members only.

Attendees & Volunteers: Please sign up

Food donations: any leftovers should be taken home.

Note! iconLocation:
Griggs Farm Condo Association Clubhouse
205 Griggs Drive (off Cherry Valley)
Princeton, NJ 08540
Location on Google Maps

Parking is around the loop road on Griggs Drive/Billie Ellis Lane, except where marked as no parking. Parking in lot spaces is not permitted, and violators will be towed.

Internet Access: Xfinifty WiFi Internet connection is at the location

The Silent Raffle is similar to a swap meet, but more organized and fair. Everyone at the meeting can donate any Apple related product and buy raffle tickets. Tickets are 1 for $5, and 12 for $10.

Members' Raffle Donations are asked to be in good working and cosmetic condition: no CRT monitors; (junk should be recycled in your county or municipal recycling program.) New World Macs only, Intel Macs - OSX 10.4 Tiger (2005) or newer, USB, Firewire equipment (no SCSI, ADB, CRTs.) iPhones must be unlocked, and books must be 2010 or newer. If not won at the raffle, donors must bring non-claimed items home.

The evening's schedule:
  • 6 - 7 pm: PMUG Q & A, Jeff Gorman, and maybe others will lead a discussion; Meet & Greet; Unload food and raffle items; raffle ticket sales
  • 7 pm: Dinner (PMUG will donate a 6' multiple meats and vegi, and a smaller non-pork hoagie from Hoagie Haven) members can sign up for pot-luck food items and supplies.
  • 8 pm: Raffle Begins: only members in good standing may enter the raffle
  • 8:45 - 9+ pm: cleanup and loading of food and raffle items

At 8 pm, the raffle opens. Each bidder places ticket(s) in cups next to the items they desire. The bidder must be present to win. No items can be held or shipped. The emcee picks one ticket from each cup and awards the winner their prize. Everyone has a chance to win and can submit more than one ticket for any item.

November 12, 2013:
Doug Dixon's Holiday Gadgets & Wireless Accessories
Doug Dixon (photo from the February 2012 meeting, taken by Micahel Blank)
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We're going mobile, with our smartphones and tablets and laptops. Over half of all adults in the United States now own a smartphone or a tablet, and some 65% of U.S. mobile phone owners are using smartphones.

Doug Dixon has been covering Holiday Gadgets in the Princeton area since 2002, and is back to discuss the new devices, and to demonstrate fun and useful portable accessories -- especially to extend your mobile devices with wireless connections.

Trends to explore this year include wireless audio to portable headsets and speakers, wireless connections to cameras and TV, wireless access to your data, and wireless tracking so you don't leave your phone or keys behind. Plus more on the latest in portable power to keep you charged, cases to protect these indispensable devices, and other fun goodies.

Presentation Links

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

October 8, 2013: Dave Hamilton returns!
"Managing Your Mobile Life With Apple Devices"
Dave Hamilton at PMUG's April 2012 meeting
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As technology keeps changing, so do our lives and the way we interact—not only with people, but also with our technology! It used to be that if you were away from home you had no easy way of getting at your data. Not so anymore! Today all of your data is accessible if you want it to be, and it can be done easily and securely if you do it right.

Join Dave Hamilton for a tour through managing your mobile life (OK, a tour through his mobile life), and learn how you can adopt some of these strategies for yourself with public and private cloud syncing—not only with your documents but videos, music, and more. With Back To My Mac and other friendly options, you can have not only your data with you, but also the ability to control your home computer.

Presentation Slides (pdf)

About the presenter...
Dave Hamilton co-founded both The Mac Observer and BackBeat Media 14 years ago. He is producer and co-host of TMO's Mac Geek Gab Podcast, which is enjoying its 8th year. He is also known for his ability to entertain while informing, his prowess behind a drumkit, and his punctuality. After all, timing is everything.

September 10, 2013: iPad Tips and Tricks
photo of Gordon Bell, President of Prosoft Looking to learn how to use or get the most out of your iPad? This presentation is for you!

Caitlin Trought will present iPad tips and tricks including gestures, settings, basic functions, as well as some fun apps. Downloading and managing apps will be covered, as well as creating and editing content on the iPad.

About the presenter...
Caitlin Trought is a self-proclaimed "tech geek" with a passion for technology and for helping others with tech-related needs. She is the Educational Technology Coordinator at Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, NJ where she also serves as Academic User Technology Support which involves one-on-one training and assistance to faculty and staff in the school wide iPad program. Caitlin's specialty is with Apple products, having served as a Mac Specialist and iPod Genius in Apple stores in VA and NJ.

August 13, 2013
Home Automation Control with the iPhone & iPad
<p>Screens from Savant Systems' TrueControl iPad App. Clockwise from top left: lighting, energy monitoring, climate control scheduling, pool & spa, media, and security cameras.
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George Katsiris of Savant Systems will present Apple®-based smart home automation solutions which deliver efficiency and simplicity.

Using any iOS device or the Mac, you may interact with, control, and automate virtually any device, technology, or subsystem including: video, Internet devices & media, intelligent lighting systems, climate, window shades & drapes, security & surveillance, communications, doors, entryways, gates, pool, and spa.

About the presenter...
George Katsiris is Director of Sales at Savant Systems, a maker of smart home systems which run the range from simple media room control to a fully integrated whole-house audio, video and automation systems, and non-invasive retrofit solutions with very little wiring.

July 9, 2013
Backup and Recovery tools from Prosoft
photo of Gordon Bell, President of Prosoft Gordon Bell, President of Prosoft Engineering, Inc., will present the company's line-up of utilities including: Data Rescue 3, Drive Genius 3, Data Backup 3, Klix and Sound Bunny.

These programs allow you to back up, recover, maintain and manage your important data. They will also be introducing The Data Rescue Center professional data recovery service.

All of the products will be available to purchase after the presentation with special pricing for Macintosh User Group Members. The special pricing is only available at the meeting.

About the Presenter...
Gordon Bell manages Prosoft's International and Domestic sales channels and partnerships as well as managing day-to-day operations. Since his arrival at Prosoft, the company has has successfully launched 2 new subsidiaries (JoeSoft and The Data Rescue Center) as well as purchased two corporate real estate locations and a competing software company.

June 11, 2013: Inkscape, an open-source, vector illustration program
John LeMasney, and artwork created in Inkscape for his 365 Sketches project
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John LeMasney will introduce Inkscape, an open source, vector-based illustration program similar to Adobe Illustrator and Corel DRAW.

Vector graphics programs allow for high resolution images, even when enlarged, because only basic shape combinations are used (like lines, boxes, and polygons) and are filled in by the computer. Bitmap graphics programs (like Photoshop and GIMP) do not maintain their resolution when enlarged, because groups of pixels are created only for a specific resolution.

John used Inkscape to make most of the images for 365 Sketches, a project in which he created a design a day for two years. Come learn about this free powerful design toolkit!

About the presenter...
John LeMasney is a father, artist, designer, technologist and consultant living and working in Central New Jersey. John likes to help people to integrate technology and visual communication into their work and life in sensible, productive ways.

May 14, 2013: "Some Cool Stuff I Like (and a few things I hate)" with Bob LeVitus
Bob LeVitus at the May 2012 PMUG meeting -- Photo by Michael Blank
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Bob LeVitus returns to show some of the tools he considers beyond excellent—from Mac apps, to hardware and software for Mac OS and iOS, apps, productivity tools, and much more.
Products mentioned during the presentation
(from the Hershey Apple Core)

About the presenter...
Bob LeVitus, often referred to as "Dr. Mac," has been writing about Apple technology for over twenty-five years. He's written or co-written more than 65 popular computer books, with over two million copies sold worldwide. His most recent titles include: iPad For Dummies, iPhone For Dummies, and Mac OS X Mountain Lion For Dummies, all for Wiley Publishing. For over 15 years Bob has been the Apple technology columnist for the Houston Chronicle, penning the Dr. Mac column on Tuesdays in print and Wednesdays on the Web.

Have Dinner with Bob LeVitus
Photo of Bob LeVitus in Santorini, GreeceOn Thursday, May 9, MLMUG will sponsor a dinner to celebrate Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus' return visit. It will be at the Bahama Breeze Gazebo in King of Prussia, PA, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. To make your dinner reservation and for detailed information go to www.whoscoming.com/mlmug. Please e-mail any questions to Apple User Group Regional Liaison Maria Arguello at . This event is open to all.
The Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus 2013 MidAtlantic Tour

PMUG thanks all who made possible the Bob LeVitus 2013 MidAtlantic Tour!

April 9, 2013: A few of our favorite things - Apps and Gadgets

Several members will present their favorite iPad Apps and Apple Gadgets for this meeting.

  • Jeff Gorman, Creative Computing owner and "PMUG Answers" leader will present his personal treatise on the Airport Express WiFi Router ("Apple's coolest device".)
  • Maria Arguello, Apple User Group Liaison will present her favorite iOS game "Angry Birds" (also for iPad.)
  • Patrick Jordan, iPad expert and blogger, will virtually present some of his favorite iPad productivity apps. See Patrick's iPad Insight Website for more info about his work.

March 12, 2013: The New iPad, with Apple's Dave Marra
Dave Marra, Senior Systems Engineer from Apple Inc. (photo from the June 2011 meeting, taken by Michael Blank)
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Dave Marra, Senior Systems Engineer from Apple Inc., will present the new iPad.

Designed to be thin and light enough to take anywhere, the new iPad is the best way to experience the web, email, photos, video, textbooks, and apps. With a large, high-resolution Retina display, an incredibly responsive Multi-Touch screen and an amazingly powerful Apple-designed chip, iPad isn't just the best device of its kind, it's a whole new kind of device.

We will also learn more about iOS 6, bringing 200+ new features to iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch; and iCloud, to store your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly push them to all your devices.

Presentation Links (pdf)

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.

February 12, 2013 - Gizmos and Gadgets: a Report on CES 2013
Bill Achuff, freelance photojournalist and photographer (photo from PMUG's November 9, 2010 meeting, taken by Michael Blank.)
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The 2013 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) was held this January in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Over 3,000 exhibitors showcased a wide range of innovative products this year.

This year the categories included 3D, Accessories, Audio, Automotive Electronics, Embedded Technology, Lifestyle Electronics, Wireless & Wireless Devices to name a few.

As in the past seven years, PMUG's Bill Achuff attended. Bill will share with us the unique, emerging and maturing technologies he's recently seen, and what others have seen, that will become part of our lives in the years ahead.

Presentation Slides (11.7MB)

About the Presenter...

Bill Achuff spends most of his days working as a news photographer for newspapers, magazines, and Websites. He teaches and writes about photography. He's managed several photography Meetup Groups. The first camera Bill reviewed was the Sony Mavica released in 1981. But his interests with regard to gadgetry extend beyond photography. Bill presents an annual Gizmos & Gadgets program for computer user groups; he's presented that program at PMUG on two occasions. Before seriously pursuing photography as a livelihood, Bill co-founded User Group Alliance, produced more than a dozen MacDinners, and co-produced the singular Macintosh Users Networking Party. Bill's earlier pursuits are too numerous to mention.

January 8, 2013: Exploring Digital and Unique Resources at Princeton Public Library
From Princeton Public Library: Janet Hauge  (left), Technology Initiatives Librarian, and Erica Bess (right), Team Leader of Adult Services
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Want to learn a new language? Read an ebook? Listen to and download songs by your favorite artist? Locate information about your ancestors? Have a sample of your writing reviewed by an expert? You can do all of this (and much more) for free through Princeton Public Library's digital resources.

Librarians Janet Hauge and Erica Bess will highlight a selection of some amazing and easily accessible online tools available through the library's databases and digital collections.

They will also discuss some of the unique services the library offers, as well as discuss plans for technology projects in 2013.

About the presenters...

Janet Hauge, Technology Initiatives Librarian at Princeton Public Library, has worked in NJ libraries since 2007. Prior to that, Janet worked in technology education. She currently coordinates PPL's Technology Training Center programs and does outreach to local organizations with technology needs. As a member of the Adult Services department, she provides reference and readers advisory service at the public service desks, by chat, phone, and librarian by appointment. For the past five years, Janet has been teaching Intro to Computers and the Internet to beginning computer users. She earned her MLIS from Rutgers University in 2007.

Erica Bess, Team Leader of Adult Services, has been with Princeton Public Library for two years. In addition to providing reference and reader advisory services, Erica is also active in the planning of technology instruction, collection management, and programming at the library. Prior to joining PPL, Erica was Head of Adult Programming and the Louise Parker Berry Fellow at Darien Library in Darien, CT. She earned an MLIS from Rutgers University in 2007 and is currently an Emerging Leader with the New Jersey Library Association.

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