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December 8, 2015:
Holiday Party & Gadget Gifts Revue with Doug Dixon
Apple's iPad mini with Retina Display The members-only 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.

Premium raffle items: A new gold iPad mini 4 (donated by PMUG,) Cool stuff (donated by Creative Computing) — all are for current members only.

Attendees & Volunteers: Please sign up
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.

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: 5:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Parking: On the access roads, Griggs Dr, Billie Ellis Dr; Some spots in lots at Jonathan Dayton Ct, William Patterson Ct, David Brearley Ct; NO PARKING or ASSIGNED PARKING areas are subject to towing.

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 2011 or newer. Members must take back any non-claimed items.

The evening's schedule:
  • 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.: Meet & Greet; Unload food and raffle items; raffle ticket sales
  • 6:45 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.
  • 7:30 pm: Doug Dixon Presents
  • 8:20 p.m.: Raffles Begin: only members in good standing may enter the raffle
  • 9+ p.m.: cleanup and loading of food and raffle items

At 8:20 p.m., 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, Carol, or Khürt.


Bob LeVitus at the May 2013 PMUG meeting — Photo by Michael Blank
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November 10, 2015:
Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus returns
Macintosh Author and Houston Chronicle columnist Bob LeVitus returns to PMUG as part of his 2015 MidAtlantic Tour.

Bob will talk on cool and semi-hidden Mac OS X Yosemite & El Capitan features, iOS 9, photography, and Cool Stuff Found.

The Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus 2015 MidAtlantic Tour

PMUG thanks all who made possible the Bob LeVitus 2015 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 El Capitan 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.


October 13, 2015: Mac OS X 10.11 "El Capitan," What's New, what's different — the good, the bad and the ugly, with Dave Hamilton
Dave Hamilton at the October 2014 PMUG meeting
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Apple's new desktop OS 10.11 "El Capitan" promises better performance, new and refined features, better security and compatibility. That's the promise. What's the reality?

Mac expert, Dave Hamilton of the Mac Observer and Mac Geek Gab, will show us what to expect with demos and tips. We'll see what works well, what's improved, what needs help; Dave's take and real life experience will be presented with clarity and humor. Will "El Capitan" really prove to be the "Snow Leopard" of the new Mac 64-bit OSes? Come to the meeting and find out.

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 you can find links to him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


September 8, 2015: Members' Night
Application icons for Disk Utility, Downcast, Flickr Mobile, and Disk Sensei
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At Members' Night we have various members share their areas of expertise with the group in short 15-20 minute presentations.

Mac troubleshooting by Jeff Gorman, "PMUG Answers" Discussion Group Leader and owner of Creative Computing.

Downcast Podcast Player for iOS - Discover, update, and listen to audio and video shows while on-the-go with Downcast, a unique Podcast player with many helpful features. Presentation by Michael Blank, PMUG Webmaster.

Flickr Mobile, the camera roll in the cloud - Upload and access to your entire iPhone Photos collection instantly so you can free up your phone for everything else. Presentation by Khürt Williams, Publicity Coordinator and past PMUG President.

Disk Sensei - An advanced disk performance tool to monitor, maintain, and enhance storage performance and used. Presentation by Benn Britt, PMUG President and past Publicity Coordinator.

Note! iconMeeting Location Notice

The September 2015 meeting will be held at Stuart Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary.


No Meetings July & August, Meetings Resume September

PMUG is on Summer vacation. The next PMUG meeting will be Members' Night on September 8, 2015.

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?
• Do you have tech tips that you can share?
• 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 presentation idea to: by
August 4, 2015.

Note! iconMeeting Location Notice

The September 2015 meeting will be held at Stuart Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary.


June 9, 2015: Abobe Lightroom, with Bill Achuff
Bill Achuff at PMUG's February 2013 meeting — photo by Michael Blank
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Adobe Lightroom, a program to process and organize photos, has been used by professional and amateur photographers worldwide since its initial release by Adobe in February 2007. PMUG's Bill Achuff has used the program since it's inception, up through to its most recent version 6 update in late April.

With Apple's discontinuation of the Aperture and iPhoto programs, and with many Mac users finding Apple's new Photos application a bit too lightweight for their needs, Lightroom's popularity has grown.

Bill will provide an overview of Lightroom 6's capabilities and show the basics of the program's two most used modules—Library and Develop, with its ability to view, retouch, and organize photos.

Note! iconMeeting Location Notice

The Cooper Room at the Erdman Center (across from Speer Library, on Library Place Road) at Princeton Theological Seminary will be the location of PMUG's June meeting.

About the presenter...

Bill Achuff, a long-time PMUG member, is a freelance photographer who covers events—sports in particular, for local and regional newspapers. He is proficient with a host of photo editing applications—some of which you've probably never heard of nor will you ever have occasion to use, but he spends the majority of his time in post-production, cataloging, editing, and posting his photos from Adobe Lightroom. Bill has occasionally written for several Mac magazines, including Digital Photographer, Mac Today, Layers, and Photoshop User. Bill Achuff also founded the Mac User Group Alliance in 1990, and at its peak had over 1800 member user groups, with PMUG as one of its initial MUGs to join.


May 12, 2015: Cloud-Based Backup for the Mac
Stephen Millett
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The Mac has made backing up to our Macs super-easy since Time Machine. But with cloud services becoming more popular, so has the option of backing your Mac to the cloud.

Services such as Crashplan and Backblaze are great options for performing backups to the cloud and complement local Time Machine backups.

Stephen Millett, IT Specialist for the Princeton Public Library, will talk about how to choose between these cloud-based options.

About the presenter...

Stephen Millett lives and works in Princeton., and has been in the field of IT for over 10 years. Prior to the Princeton Public Library, he worked in IT at the Rutgers School of Social Work. Stephen has been a Mac zealot since he got my first PowerBook G4 which launched him into the technology profession. He's also interested in Web design and Web technologies, and is a hobbyist musician.


April 14, 2015: Evernote note capture App, with John LeMasney
John LeMasney at PMUG's June 2013 meeting — photo by Michael Blank
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Technology consultant, John LeMasney, will be presenting the ubiquitous and useful note capturing tool called Evernote. John will explain how to capture voice, photo, Web, and text notes, how to share them, and have them with you everywhere you go.

You might like it because Evernote is a free application available on most major platforms with desktop and mobile versions. It's sasy to learn and use, versatile in its abilities to capture different kinds of media, and is searchable.

As one workspace that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer, Evernote lets you write free of distraction, collect information, find what you need, and present your ideas to the world.

About the presenter...

John LeMasney is a father who lives and works in and around Princeton, NJ. For over 20 years, he has offered consulting in technology, design, communication, and branding for academia, the enterprise, libraries, and consumers with LeMasney Consulting. John was the Manager of Educational Technology Training and Outreach at Princeton University and previously worked at Rider University as the Manager of Technology Training. He teaches at Rider University in the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program, the Princeton Public Library, Princeton Adult School, Library Link NJ, and other venues. John is a designer, technologist, instructional designer, consultant, open Web advocate and open source evangelist. He is most interested in helping people to use technology to make their lives, work, and world better.


March 10, 2015: All About Solid State Drives for the Mac, with Ben Britt
PMUG's President, Ben Britt — photo by Michael Blank
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What are Solid State Drives (SSDs) and how are they different from traditional Hard Disk Drives? How do they work and why would you want one? How about Hybrid Drives?

PMUG President Ben Britt will give the lowdown on Solid State Drives, and discuss their advantages and tradeoffs compared to Hard Disks.

He will highlight what to look for when buying a SSD and explain what he currently considers "best buys." We will consider installation and OSX configuration options: TRIM Enabler, Chameleon SSD Optimizer, terminal commands.

Ben will also preview the future of storage, and discuss technologies in development. Be sure to attend the March meeting to get up to speed on SSDs!

Presentation Slides (pdf)

About the presenter...

Ben Britt, PMUG's President, is formerly a portrait and commercial photographer, Assistant IT Manager, A+ PC technician, and salesman at CompUSA. He has been married for 33 years, has three children, and five grandchildren. He also creates in GarageBand, and plays guitar and electric bass.


February 10, 2015: Mac OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" with Khürt Williams
image of Khürt Williams, and Mac OS X 10.10 on a MacBook Pro
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PMUG's Program Director and past President, Khürt Williams, will demonstrate the features of Apple's latest operating system, Mac OS X 10.10.

Code-named "Yosemite," 10.10 can be freely downloaded and has many new features. Khürt will give tips covering everything from that checkbox you may have overlooked in System Preferences to that one tip that makes your workflow, well, work better.

Learn how to make and receive phone calls on your Mac and send text messages. Create e-mail on your iPad and finish up on your Mac with Yosemite's new Handoff feature. Share files between your iPhone, iPad and Mac with just a bit of drag-and-drop action. Learn how to send large files with MailDrop. These are just a few of the many juicy tips Khürt will share about Apple's latest operating system.

Presentation Slides (pdf)

About the presenter...

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.


January 13, 2015: The World At Your Fingertips, Courtesy of Princeton Public Library
From Princeton Public Library: Janet Hauge  (left), Technology Initiatives Librarian, and Erica Bess (right), Head of Adult Services
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Become an advanced coder, watch your favorite television series, manage your investment portfolio, and receive live, one-on-one homework help, all from the comfort of your own home! Learn how to have the world at your fingertips with the help of Princeton Public Library.

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

They will also discuss some of the unique services the library offers, as well as share plans for technology projects in 2015..

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. She earned a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University in 2007.

Erica Bess, 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. In 2013, Erica led the library's efforts to win the American Library Association's annual "Library of the Future" award. Prior to joining PPL, Erica was Head of Adult Programming and the Louise Parker Berry Fellow at Darien Library in Darien, CT. She earned a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University in 2007.

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