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September 11, 2018: "Social Photo Sharing with Instagram"

The meeting begins at 7:15 p.m., Stuart Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary, Room 3 (first floor.)

Social Photo Sharing with Instagram: A presentation by Michael Blank, PMUG Webmaster
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Since its launch in October 2010, Instagram has grown to join the ranks of the most popular social media Apps available.

The service has also added many new features over the years to better compete with other social media Apps.

But what makes Instagram so popular is that it goes beyond the ability to post images and short videos — Instagram encourages community.

Join PMUG's Webmaster, Michael Blank, as he presents an introduction to the social photo sharing service. In his talk, Michael will explain and show the ins-and-outs of Instagram:

  • Discover the wide range of people, organizations, and businesses which use Instagram, and the types of posts they make.
  • Navigate Instagram's multiple screens, and find out where to access its features — some are hidden away.
  • Learn the ins-and-outs of posting photos.
  • See how hashtags are used for more than finding content — they're used to bring communities of like-minded people together.
  • Find out how several communities use Instagram to go beyond photos and videos.
  • Learn about newer (non-photo) features of Instagram.

In short, this informative presentation will reveal what Instagram is all about, what you can do with it, and how to use it.

Note! icon Meeting Room Change

September and October meetings will take place in Stuart Hall, Room 3, first floor.

About the Presenter
Michael Blank is PMUG's Webmaster, manages PMUG's Instagram account, and produces PMUG's Monthly Meetings Podcast. Michael is also a Website designer for the Princeton Internet Group.

No Meetings July & August, Next Meeting in September
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PMUG is on Summer vacation.

The next PMUG meeting will be September 11, 2018
for "Social Photo Sharing with Instagram," by PMUG's Webmaster, Michael Blank

June 12, 2018: "Secure Your Mac," with Mike Inskeep

The meeting begins at 7:15 p.m., Stuart Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary, room 4.

<b>Mike Inskeep</b> at the June 2017 PMUG meeting
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Attacks on computers are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

Mike Inskeep will review general principles of digital security, vulnerabilities of Macintosh computers, and suggest simple steps users can take to protect themselves against attacks. These strategies are based on reports of current and emerging threats, his familiarity with the security features of Macintosh computers, and his practical experience helping users — both experienced and naive.

About the Presenter
Mike Inskeep is an Apple Certified Support Professional and member of the Apple Consultants Network. He has been supporting Macintosh computers and other Apple products for 27 years in different capacities: as Director of Microcomputing for the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences; as Technology Coordinator/Teacher for Friends School Haverford; and since 1999 through his independent consulting business, Gentle Computer Helpers.

May 8, 2018: "Running Your Mac and Apple Devices Lean, Clean, and Mean," with Dave Hamilton

The meeting begins at 7:15 p.m., Stuart Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary, room 6.

Dave Hamilton at the October 2014 PMUG meeting
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Do you envy those people who seem to know what steps to take to keep their Macs and IPhones running smooth — and how to quickly fix it when they're not? Are you on the road to becoming a well-respected geek but aren't quite sure what turns to take? This session is for you.

Dave Hamilton will show the best ways to keep your Mac and iPhone running. Attendees will learn routine maintenance to perform, what files and settings you can disable and delete, what to do when disaster strikes, and the BIG SECRETS of how to keep macOS and iOS happy. While this presentation isn't targeted at beginners, you need not be an expert to attend, either. The "killer audience" are the users who are comfortable experimenting with and moving around through their devices, but don't yet know where the best places to go are. Invest about an hour at this session and Dave will show you the way.

- Presentation Slides (16.8MB, pdf) -
Note! icon Meeting Room Change

This month's meeting will take place in Room 6, second floor — this is the room where we used to meet (upstairs.)

About the Presenter
Dave Hamilton co-founded The Mac Observer in 1988, an online magazine and one of the leading daily news sites for the Macintosh community. Dave is also President and co-founder of BackBeat Media, a publisher service agency representing the advertising and operations activities of consumer technology-focused Websites and Podcasts, helping them to grow their businesses. Additionally, he is the publisher and co-host of the Mac Geek Gab Podcast, launched in 2005, which is one of the top Mac Podcasts in the market today. Dave maintains his Blog at DaveTheNerd.com.

April 10, 2018: Apple Pay, with Khürt Williams

The meeting begins at 7:15 p.m., Stuart Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary, room 4.

Khürt Williams at PMUG's January 2017 meeting — photo by Michael Blank
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Apple Pay is an easy and secure way to pay for physical and digital goods -- all from your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

Apple Pay logo

PMUG's Khürt Williams will explain the benefits of Apple Pay, demonstrate how to set it up, and how to use it.

About the Presenter
Khürt Williams is PMUG's Vice President and program director. Khürt is an information security professional, Web developer, avid photographer, and technology geek with an affinity for brewed liquid. Khürt currently consultants as an information security architect for the New Jersey Courts.

March 13, 2018:
"Trends in Social Media," with Erica Bess and Janet Hauge of the Princeton Public Library

The meeting begins at 7:15 p.m., Stuart Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary, room 4.

Janet Hauge (left) and Erica Bess (right) of the Princeton Public Library
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The landscape of social media is ever-changing and challenging to navigate. Where are we headed in 2018? Which platforms are right for you?

Librarians Erica Bess and Janet Hauge will discuss some of the trends in social media today, and highlight new features of popular networks.

They will also share what's new at the library, and how its staff is using social media to connect with the community.

About the presenters
Erica Bess is Assistant Director at Princeton Public Library, where she oversees public services and collection management. Prior to joining PPL in 2011, Erica was Head of Adult Programming and the Louise Parker Berry Fellow at Darien Library in Darien, CT. She received an MLIS from Rutgers University in 2007.

Janet Hauge is Head of Adult Services at Princeton Public Library. Some of the areas she oversees includes technology programming, information and reference services, adult literacy and citizenship programming. With a focus on customer service, Janet wants everyone's experience with the library to be outstanding.

February 13, 2018:
Video Editing in iMovie, with Seth Mellman

The meeting begins at 7:15 p.m., Stuart Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary, room 4.

Photo of Seth Mellman
Seth Mellman will demonstrate Apple's iMovie, the company's entry-level video editing program which is available from the App Store.

With iMovie, you can bring in video from digital camcorders and digital cameras which record HD video, join parts of several separate segments into one, apply audio and video effects, apply filters, add transitions between segments, add titles, then export the final result to a video to use online, on disc, or to watch on other devices.

Seth will begin with an overview of iMovie's features, then show how to make a photo montage.

About the presenter...
Seth Mellman has been in the entertainment and network television production industries for over 25 years. In 2001 Seth formed the Princeton-based SMP Video LLC video production company, and has worked with clients such as Center for Evidence Based Education, Warner Music Group, WithumSmith+Brown, Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, American Heart Association, QualCare, The Girl Scouts, McCarter Theatre Center, HomeFront and the rock group America.

January 9, 2018: Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus presents
"Cool Stuff & Working Smarter for Mac Users"

The meeting begins at 7:15 p.m., Stuart Hall at Princeton Theological Seminary, room 4.

Bob LeVitus at PMUG's November 2016 meeting — photo by Michael Blank
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Bob's presentation this year (via Skype) is Working Smarter for Mac Users, based on his new e-book of the same name.

His goal with Working Smarter is simple: "To help Mac users do more work in less time without procrastinating so they have more time to do the things they love."

In addition to tips for working smarter, Bob will also demonstrate a selection of software and hardware he uses, loves, and can recommend without hesitation.

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 80 popular computer books, with over two million copies sold worldwide. His most recent titles include: macOS High Sierra for Dummies, iPad mini for Dummies, and iPhone for Dummies — all for Wiley Publishing. For over 15 years Bob has also been a technology columnist for the Houston Chronicle, and The Mac Observer.

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