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December 9, 2014: Holiday Party (for Members Only)
Apple's iPad mini with Retina Display, Silicon Power A30, and Apple TV with Remote The Holiday Party and Silent Raffle continues 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 an iPad Mini with Retina Display (donated by PMUG), a Silicon Power Armor A30 1TB Rugged 2.5-Inch USB 3 External Portable Hard Drive, and an Apple TV with Remote (donated by Laura O'Neill) — all 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

Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

Internet Access: Xfinity WiFi internet connection available.

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 p.m.: Meet & Greet; Unload food and raffle items; raffle ticket sales
  • 7 p.m.: Dinner Members can sign up for pot-luck, other food items, and helpers. Please don't sign up for non-food supplies as there are leftover items from last year yet to be inventoried. We'll update you with those needs as soon as we can.
  • 8 p.m.: Raffle Begins: only members in good standing may enter the raffle
  • 8:45 p.m. - 9 p.m.: 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.

Comments or questions should be directed to Ben, Dee, or Carol.


November 11, 2014 - Getting Into Wearable and Smart Devices, with Doug Dixon
<b>Doug Dixon</b> at the November 2013 PMUG meeting — Photo by Michael Blank
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What's all this about the "wearable tech" that we will have on, and the "smart devices" that will be embedded in our lives as part of the developing Internet of Things?

Yes, computers are evolving — yesterday's desktop boxes have been replaced by our ubiquitous mobile handhelds. So now apparently we are going to be wearing Google Glasses and Apple Watches, as our house automatically unlocks and turns on the lights and opens up a beer when we come home.

For this year's edition of Doug Dixon's Holiday Gadgets revue, we'll explore the developing possibilities of embedded devices — including both personal wearable accessories from glasses and watches to health monitors, and smart devices in the home from appliances to security.

Plus, we'll look at other fun accessories for our mobile lifestyles, including sharing audio and video and photos in the home and on the go, wireless storage, and portable power.

So come along to think about holiday gadgets for your family — or yourself — and look into the future of embedded devices.

Presentation Links
Wearables and Body Tech - Smart Watches and Eyewear
Audio, Storage, Power, Accessories

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 14, 2014 - iOS 8 and the new iPhones, with Dave Hamilton
<b>Dave Hamilton</b> at the October 2013 PMUG meeting — Photo by Michael Blank
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Join Dave Hamilton as he walks through the new features in iOS 8, not just those that are built directly for you, but those that are built for developers who can then build things for you. Keyboards, Notification Widgets, Safari Plug-Ins, Family Sharing and more.

Plus, just how big IS that iPhone 6 Plus, and when is that size a liability? Dave will explain.

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


September 9, 2014: Members' Night Demonstrations
Photos of (L to R) Laura O'Neill, Chris Boraski, and Rob Golding
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Several PMUG members will present their favorite software which help them be more productive and reassured with their Macs.

  • Chris Boraski will present several Mac productivity utilities and extensions to make the Mac faster and more enjoyable to use. He will demonstrate Alfred, Moom, Bartender, Fantastical, Soundsource, iStat Menus, f.lux, SnappyApp and more. Chris is a co-founder of the Princeton Tech Meetup, an iOS App developer, and is currently working for a startup named Kiswe Mobile on the "Sports Trekker" app which features multi-camera interactive streaming of live and archived events to mobile devices. Additional programs mentioned during the presentation: Default Folder X, Daisy Disk, DropZone, and 1Password.
  • Rob Golding will demonstrate Retrospect backup software, which is a great alternative to Apple's Time Machine. He will show the program's basic use and its nuances. Rob is a past President of PMUG, and is a chemist at Firmenich.
  • Laura O'Neill will show how adjustments to the Mac's preferences can make your digital life a little better. The Mac and iOS devices have many customizable settings which change over time, so we'll review them to show how the Mac can work better for you. Laura provides help to users at the Princeton Public Library as part of PMUG's "Ask the Mac Pros" sessions.

No Meetings for July and August 2014, Meetings Resume September

PMUG is on Summer holiday until September. Our speakers have vacations too and were unable to make it for us!

The next PMUG meeting will be Members' Night on September 9, 2014. At Members' Night we have various members share their areas of expertise with the group in short 15-20 minute presentations. Please think about helping out in this group of show and tell presentations, where our members are the stars!

  • Do you have a Mac related area of expertise? or
  • Do you have tech tips that you can share? or
  • Do you have a passion for certain tech subjects?

then you can share that with a small crowd for mutual edification!

. . . and we want you! Please send your idea for your presentation to: by August 5, 2014.


June 10, 2014 - A Basic Introduction to Adobe Lightroom
Photo of Alan Kesselhaut
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Adobe Lightroom gives photographers an easy way to import, organize, process, and export their photos from start to finish. Underlying the program's workflow is its ability to edit images without permanently altering the original files.

Alan Kesselhaut, founder of Princeton Photo Workshop, will demonstrate the many aspects of Lightroom. Alan's presentation will include:

  • A basic overview of Adobe Lightroom and the Library Module
  • Where and how to store, import, and organize your photos
  • How to find your favorite photos
  • How to make your photos look great using the Develop module

Come to the presentation and see an industry standard of photo organization and editing in action!

About the presenter...
At Princeton Photo Workshop, Alan Kesselhaut conducts classes and workshops on a range of subjects including Digital Photography, Composition, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and High Dynamic Rage (HDR) Photography, among other subjects. Alan is known for his accomplishments as a photographer, teacher and mentor and his expertise in using high dynamic range photography techniques. He has taught photography worldwide including New York, Philadelphia, Berlin, Germany, Sedona, AZ, and New Jersey. Alan is also an active member of the Princeton Photography Club. He began his exploration of digital photography more than a decade ago with a degree in graphic arts, and as the former owner of a graphic arts company.


May 13, 2014: Dr. Mac Presents: This, That, and The Other — 2014 Edition
Bob LeVitus at the May 2013 PMUG meeting — Photo by Michael Blank
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Macintosh Author and Houston Chronicle columnist Bob LeVitus returns to PMUG as part of his 2014 MidAtlantic Tour.

Bob describes his presentation like this: "I have no idea what will actually be in my 2014 Mid-Atlantic User Group Tour presentation — and I probably won't know a week before the first meeting — here's what I can promise:

  • Products that are awesome
  • Things that are not awesome
  • Demos of cool stuff
  • Apps
  • Video of ???
  • Bad jokes
  • Puerile wordplay
  • And more

I hope you'll join me at PMUG."

— Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus
Note! icon Note: Bob LeVitus will run our PMUG Answers discussion group this month, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Stuart Hall room 6 (the same room as the general meeting.) Don't miss it!

This discussion group begins before the regular meeting. Ask questions that you may feel take up too much time, are embarrassed to ask, or can't be articulated well during the main meeting.

The Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus 2014 MidAtlantic Tour

PMUG thanks all who made possible the Bob LeVitus 2014 MidAtlantic Tour!

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: Mac OS X Mavericks For Dummies, iPad mini For Dummies, and iPhone For Dummies, all for Wiley Publishing. For over 15 years Bob has also been the Apple technology columnist for the Houston Chronicle, penning the Dr. Mac column on Tuesdays in print and Wednesdays on the Web.


April 8, 2014 - Pressgram: Filter and Publish Photos to WordPress
PMUG President Khürt Williams speaking on Mac OS X Security at the December 2012 meeting — photo by Michael Blank
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If you love photo journaling or sharing photos via social media with friends and family, Pressgram is the newest tool you need to add to your toolbox.

Pressgram is an iOS App which lets you capture, edit, and share your photos directly to WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, and other social media Websites.

PMUG's President, Khürt Williams, will demonstrate Pressgram's basic features to capture, edit, and export to various social media Websites. Khürt will also show the elements of editing photos on the iPhone, and how to configure social sharing (Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ options.)

About the presenter...
PMUG President Khürt Williams is an independent information security consultant specializing in security architecture, vulnerability management and compliance. He is an avid landscape and nature photographer who sometimes prefers his iPhone to his Nikon and coffee to water. Khürt often writes his random thoughts on technology, photography and coffee on his Blog, Island in the Net.


March 11, 2014: eBooks and More on the iPad
On the same page, in different formats
On the same page, in different formats
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Reading books in electronic form (eBooks) on a portable device has taken decades to develop and become practical. From LCD display research at RCA Labs in the late 1960s, to Alan Kay's Dynabook concept in 1972, to the Project Gutenberg literature digitization efforts of the '70s and '80s, to MIT's E Ink display technology and the first portable eBook reader (the Rocket eBook) in the late 1990s, to Amazon's Kindle tablet in 2007, the practical buying and reading of eBooks have been long in coming.

Apple entered the eBook environment in 2010 by introducing its general purpose tablet, the iPad, alongside the iBooks App for reading and purchasing eBooks. Late last year, the iPad and iPad mini were updated to respectively weigh less and have a higher resolution screen—both are now even more suited for reading eBooks.

Reading books in electronic form opens new possibilities, but also presents tradeoffs not found in traditional paper books. PMUG's Michael Blank will demonstrate the experience of buying, reading, and managing eBooks on the iPad.

The presentation will show the eBook purchase process on several online stores, present strategies for finding free e-content sources (such as catalogs, manuals, and travel guides), suggest the most useful eBook format based on a book's content, demonstrate the most useful eBook Apps, and discuss eBook technical and consumer issues.

Come to this informative presentation and learn how to make the most of your eBook buying and reading experience!

Presentation Links (pdf)
eBook formats and Apps (2 pages) (pdf)

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


February 11, 2014: LaCie Hard Drives
LaCie Hard Drives
LaCie has been a maker of storage devices for the Macintosh since its SCSI days. The company combines design and technology to make products that are both beautiful and performance-driven.

Territory Account Manager Breanna Johnson will present her company's range of desktop, network, and portable storage solutions for the Mac.

From Thunderbolt, USB3, Firewire, to network storage, LaCie has a wide range of Mac storage solutions. LaCie also offers backup software, and Wuala secure cloud storage services for consumers and business. Be sure to come to the meeting to see the latest from one of the Mac's longtime storage companies.

About the presenter...

Breanna Johnson has been a Territory Account Manager of LaCie products since January 2007. In the past 7 years, she has managed multiple large retail accounts including Creative Computing, B&H, and Adorama. Based in Tigard, Oregon, Breanna frequently travels to the east coast to present resellers with new and exciting LaCie products. Passionate about her work, she works hard to make sure her customers put LaCie first when purchasing hard drives.


January 14, 2014: Apps for organizing, traveling, cooking, productivity, and more
Janet Hauge and Erica Bess (left and right) of the Princeton Public Library—photos from the January 2013 meeting.  Photos by Michael Blank
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Did you receive a new iPhone or iPad for the holidays this year? Now's the time to fill it with apps!

In this presentation, Princeton Public Library staff members Janet Hauge and Erica Bess will share their picks for the best free apps for organizing, traveling, cooking, productivity, and more.

Popular social media apps Instagram and Pinterest, as well as apps for library services, will also be highlighted.

Presentation Links (pdf)

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 six 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, Department Head of Adult Services, has been with Princeton Public Library since 2011. 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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