Browsing User groups

UGNN : What’s hot and what’s not in the user group community this week 1612-05

InfoManager : what's new online We picked up some new ideas online this week, with musings from our friends in user groups. We want to give a special shout out to Pam Doughty with her 550 member user group (AUSOM) in Melbourne Australia, Del Missier, and our wonderful friends Gail M Murphy and Sandy Foderick for writing in this week! It’s always a pleasure to know somebody out there is still reading! Anyway, here are just a few others we thought you should see:

  • Apple’s new campus looks like it’s almost ready – according to this drone footage.
  • Downloads Make It Even Easier to Watch Netflix on the Go
  • What if the AirPort Extreme becomes the Siri Speaker?
  • How to Stop Your Computer from Slowing Down
  • Apple to creative pros: Go f*** yourselves
  • Best Apple TV Wireless Bluetooth Speakers
  • How to Stop iCloud Calendar Spam
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UGNN : What’s hot and what’s not in the user group community this week 1611-21

InfoManager : what's new online I’m happy and sad this week. Happy because we had some fun discovering things posted by Mugs and Mug friends. However I’m sad because stupid fake, and rude posts far out-numbered real content. Even more disturbing is that it appears to be a trend. UG members who used to find real treasures that we were proud to share now just propagate junk and crap. Some of the best known MUGS in the world, known for their hugely beneficial sites and pages now dwindle to one or two real contributors. The leaders in our field and industry now tweeting dominos and media pander. Social media has proven itself as a remarkably powerful medium — for good or for bad. But it’s discouraging when it seems to be moving toward deep, snoring, mediocrity*, and that’s sad.

  • Android Phones Sending User’s Personal Data to a Firm in Shanghai?
  • Samsung phones are getting more and more like the iPhone
  • Have an iPhone 6 Plus that’s unresponsive to touch?
  • Have Mac’s Dashboard Widgets slipped away?
  • Is an App Right for You?
  • Apple Smith Haven

CAUTION You must be logged into Facebook for many of the following links. Beware also that many of these pages will have spam, pop-ups, stalkers, predators and possible drive-by malware. Continue reading »

UGNN : Fred Showker’s Mug Musings from around the world 1610-24

InfoManager : what's new online Here we go with another round of musings from the world of user groups and user group pundits! Thanks to Del Missier for helping out this week with TWO leads — one here and on over in the Apple News column. Remember folks, if we haven’t recognized your user group online, please let us know you’re alive . . .

  • IBM cutting costs w/ largest enterprise Mac deployment, 100,000 by end of year
  • Apple says 90% of “genuine” chargers on Amazon are fake — and dangerous!
  • Debate over: IBM confirms that Macs are $535 less expensive than PCs
  • Apple Invites Media to ‘Hello Again’ October 27th Mac-Centric Event
  • Did You Get the Message? Tapback, Digital Touch, Apps, and More
  • BM says it is 3X more expensive to manage PCs than Macs
  • 3 data precautions to take when you’re renting a car
  • When you can NOT beat them, you finally join them.
  • Some guy in Las Vegas just married his smart phone
  • Does anyone else wear their watch “reverse crown”?
  • Cartoon graphics collections? Leave it to Milt …
  • Lynn sez : is it time to switch?
  • Let Me Pay for Facebook

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UGNN : Fred Showker’s Mug Musings from around the world 1610-17

InfoManager : what's new online It’s a great time this week once you delete all the political crap. It’s amazing how user group people are so gullible. Anyway, this one is FUN, a couple from Dr. Mac, Bob LeVitus — plus two videos! But, Don Rittner’s comment alone is worth the trip! Follow along, and if you’d like the InfoManager to pay a visit to YOUR Facebook wall, just let us know!

  • Facebook adds Apple TV and Chromecast support as video push ramps up
  • Deke McClelland : Create a classic neon sign in Adobe Illustrator
  • Did you know this macOS Split Screen view tip? Apple Must
  • Joby Magnetic Tripod with Universal Smartphone Tripod Mount
  • And finally … Don Rittner sends this doozy
  • Bob LeVitus loves this keychain add-on . . .
  • Bob’s Rants & Raves Episode #196
  • iPhone 7 Plus vs DSLR Camera

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UGNN : Fred Showker’s Mug Musings from around the world 1610-10

InfoManager : what's new online Gathering the musings has become very disappointing — when 80% of the content flow is political garbage in poor taste. I scraped together what I could for this issue, and I’m seriously looking forward to the END of the campaigns — thank goodness these user group members could stay on task :

  • Steve Jobs’ widow gives two L.A. teachers $10 million to start a school
  • Angry customer casually smashes up iPhones in a French Apple Store
  • This New Mac scent candle makes your house smell like an unboxing
  • You Can Finally Delete Built-In iOS Apps, but Should You?
  • Fix Schedule for ScanSnap Compatibility with macOS Sierra
  • Long Live Yosemite! You’ve got a year.
  • Turn off wi-fi assist

CAUTION You must be logged into Facebook for many of the following links. Beware also that many of these pages will have spam, pop-ups, stalkers, predators and possible drive-by malware. Continue reading »

MUG Website of the Week – Apple Club

This week, we are looking at the web site of The Villages Apple User Group of The Villages, Florida. Continue reading »

MUG Websites August 22, 2016

Continuing my investigation of MUG Websites pages.

Returning to Arkansas then on to Missouri:

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MUG Websites for August 15, 2016

Continuing my investigation of MUG Websites pages.

Covered here is an Arkansas MUG:

  • AppleRock – The Little Rock Apple Computer Users Group

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MUG Web Sites for Week Ending July 23, 2016

Continuing my investigation of MUG Websites pages.

Covered here are some New York MUGs:

  • LIMUG – Long Island Macintosh User Group
  • Apple Cider User Group

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MUG Websites for July 16, 2016

Continuing my investigation of MUG Websites pages.

Covered here are Maine MUGs:

  • MMOOS – Main Macintosh Owners and Operators Society.
  • CAMP – Capital Apple Macintosh User Group
  • LAMUG – Lewiston/Auburn Macintosh User Group

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The new malware landscape — living on borrowed time

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User Group Network UGN Safenetting and cyber world report We recently talked about a new malware that doesn’t care if you have a Mac or a PeeCee — and another that is now specifically targeting iPhone users. With the popularity of Apple products, the cybercrime industry has found a rich new hunting ground in Apple users.

There are over 1 million new strains of malware created every day. You no longer have to be attacked in order to be infected with malware. You can pick up malware easier than you can catch a cold, or pick up a bug at the day-care center. Just log into some web sites. On average, over 30,000 SME websites are targeted each day, and to make matters worse, nearly 60% of their IT professionals think they aren’t at any real risk of being attacked.

Yet, email still poses a frightening risk. Too many people trust their email, and a cleverly configured email can get you in real trouble. Read the piece below about ransomware. It’s running rampant — and much is delivered via an attachment in email.

We surveyed the spam traps this morning and found 12 malware-laden emails, and a bank-spoof phishing email that ALSO had the malware component.

This is why we produced these Infographics for you to post and distribute.
get this valuable collectable Alert : Malware email coming your way! Will you recognize it?

But there’s more …

  • Google Play Store Malware Steals Photos and Videos from Viber – Neurogadget
  • Sophisticated nation-state sponsored malware could shut down electric grid
  • China Hacked Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Via Backdoor Malware
  • FBI says its malware isn’t malware because ‘we’re the good guys’
  • The stupidest ransomware for Windows is also the most dangerous
  • Is it ethical to use malware when disrupting cyber-crime?
  • The new malware landscape — living on borrowed time
  • SFG malware discovered in European energy company
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UGNN : Mug Musings from around the world for your 4th of July

InfoManager : what's new online If you’ve been around a while, you’ve learning that the really important stuff will be posted and shared to computer user group Facebook pages. Unfortunately we cannot cover them all — and if we haven’t mentioned you in a while, please let us know! What are mugs buzzing about on Facebook? Let’s go find out . . .

  • Tekserve, Precursor to the Apple Store, to Close After 29 Years
  • 19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know
  • How to stitch photos into a panorama using Adobe Camera Raw
  • Everything you need to know about the new Apple File System
  • Limited time offer: Procreate for iPhone FREE
  • Sierra Running on Old Mac
  • iOS 10 | What’s new? (don’t miss this video!)

Have fun! You may need to log into Facebook to get the most out of our musings . . .

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MUG Websites for week of July 3, 2016

Continuing my investigation of MUG Websites pages.

Covered here are:

  • HMUG – Huntsville MUG.
  • TMUG – Tucson MUG

Note: This week I started by looking for DMUG.org, DMUG.com, etc.  HMUG.org was the first one I came across what wasn’t for sale.  Some really interesting prices for those. Continue reading »

KansasFest – Apple II Forever

From the About KansasFest on the website:

KansasFest is the world’s only annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer that revolutionized the personal computing industry. Held every year in Kansas City, Missouri, KansasFest invites hobbyists, retrocomputing enthusiasts, and diehard aficionados to gather from all corners of the world. Hackers, programmers, users, gamers, and curious observers come from Hawaii, Massachusetts, Florida, England, Australia, Japan, and many other places by plane, train, bicycle, and Vespa.  Continue reading »

MUG Websites for June 26, 2016

Continuing my investigation of MUG Websites pages.

Covered here are:

  • CMUG Corvallis MUG.
  • PMUG – Portland MUG, as long as we are in Oregon.

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