AWUGU Meeting Report about SIGs by Tom Piper

 

AWUGU Meeting Report about SIGs
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on November 21, 2022, via Zoom. We had 30 participants for the topic of “AUG Special Interest Groups” (see attached JPG image and PDF attendance list). The 78-minute video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/8DmbTgPw3Cc (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call.

The first segment was a presentation by Steve Welsh (The Oregon MacPioneers User Group) describing the many aspects of and opportunities for SIGs (see attached PDF slideshow). Many questions and comments followed. His “Tips for Success” were welcomed by many as excellent ways to build SIGs in Apple User Groups.

Next was a discussion by Susan Jensen (President, Apple Users’ Society of Melbourne [AUSOM]) about their extensive set of all-day Saturday Special Interest Groups in hourly break-out rooms (see attached PDF schedule). Many questions and responses were then exchanged, and thanks provided for describing their wide array of SIG opportunities.

Of the 8 attendees whose AUGs hosted SIGs, some brief descriptions were provided to share the variety of ways that these topics were handled. More questions and comments followed describing tools and services others used.

This was followed by a description about AWUGU Feedback 2022 provided by Marie Boughenou (Hyper Pomme Paris) who illustrated many of our group’s topics over the past year and shared compliments about the process. Although she struggled with English (French is her first language), many thanked her for her observations and inspirations, and made numerous suggestions about online translators.

Additional questions were asked, comments made, experiences shared and suggestions offered by user group leaders with the following excellent links providing further information: (more…)

Tools to Use: Randy Singer – Upgrading to the Latest OS

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the award-winning and well-loved Macintosh Bible, author of the ABA’s The Macintosh Software Guide for the Law Office, writer of the MacAttorney Newsletter, and popular presenter, offers so many great resources for Mac users. the good news is that Randy offers links to many of his resources from a single page. Your members may be asking about when they should upgrade to the latest OS. Randy has the answers. 

Upgrading To The Latest Macintosh OS by Randy Singer

Thanks again to Randy for being such a wonderful resource for the community of Apple users!

News to Use: LACPUG Gatherings are Back and Better than Ever

LACPUG

The 6,000+ member strong LA Creative Pro community recently announced that on site gatherings are back, with their next meeting on November 30 at the Gallery Theater in Hollywood. And, the meeting looks like another information-filled one. The program includes Product Specialist Shawn Carlson who will offer a look at Blackmagic Cloud and remote services with Resolve. He will be joined by lacpug favorite (and author of Final Cut Pro Power Tips) Larry Jordan showing the Super-Secret Power Tips Hidden in Apple Final Cut Pro. 

Still not sure? Stump the Gurus and the World Famous Raffle will be part of the evening’s entertainment. Three years ago at lacpug it was just a prototype, now it’s used by more than 2000 students just in LA alone.

Learn, network, and have fun.

LACPUG November Event

 

AWUGU Meeting Report about AUG Websites by Tom Piper

AWUGU Meeting Report about AUG Websites:
by Tom Piper, Coordinator
This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on September 19, 2022, via Zoom. We had 34 participants for the topic of “AUG Websites: Dan and Others(see attached JPG image and PDF attendance list). The 73-minute video (most of Dan’s presentation not recorded due to use of personal information) can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/JAuP-ADsHvM (unlisted on YouTube).
This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call.

(more…)

How To: Preparing your Technology for a Hurricane by Rick Ortiz

Rick Ortiz

Written By Rick Ortiz, Courtesy of Maui Apple Users Society (Maui Mac)

Preparing your technology for a hurricane

With Hurricane Lane fast approaching, it is time to get your technology prepared for such an event. Some key areas to think about are: backups, batteries/power, and other tech tips. 

Backups

Now is the time to make sure your computer backup is in place and completed. This is typically an external backup drive or your data in the cloud. If an external backup drive, do one final backup and then unhook it and put it in a safe place. If you have access to a weatherproof safe, that would be ideal. If not, placing it in a ziplock bag or some place that can avoid water damage can help protect your data. If you are required to evacuate, take your backup drive with you. If you have a mobile phone, you can back it up to your computer as well, or use the cloud service backup built into the phone. Remember the 3-2-1 rule of backing up. Data in 3 places, 2 locations, 1 offsite. 

Batteries / Power (more…)

Meeting Idea: Apple Watch Mirroring

Dave Mara, Senior Systems Engineer for Apple, accomplished artist, and user group favorite recently posted a link with some great tips regarding Apple Watch mirroring. Not sure what mirroring is? Mirroring lets you see and control your Apple Watch screen from your paired iPhone. And there’s more: it helps you use assistive features on your iPhone, including Switch Control and Voice Control. Better yet, the process is easy for even new users.

Check it out.
Interact with Apple Watch on Your iPhone

Thanks Dave for this great tip!

Meeting Idea: How To Recover Deleted Messages, Backup Your iPhone, and More

Looking for quick content for your meetings? Apple Support on YouTube has a ton of great “how to” videos. Most are short, to the point, and easy to implement. 

Learn how to recover deleted messages, personalize a lock screen in iOS 16, and more. Here are just a few examples.

How to recover deleted Messages conversations on your iPhone

How to personalize Lock Screens on your iPhone

How to back up your iPhone to iCloud

Far Out Meeting Idea: iPhone 14 lineup, new Apple Watch models, and updated AirPods Pro

Are your members asking about the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, Apple Watch 8 models, or updated AirPods Pro? Not sure about features and specs? There are many great resources that can help your group cover what’s new and wonderful. Here are just a few.

Is an iPhone compatible with iOS16?

Compatible with iOS 16?

How do the Apple Watch specs. compare?

Compare Apple Watch Series

Learn about how iPhones compare

Compare iPhones

And, of course, there’s an opportunity to watch the September 22 Far Out event.

Far Out – Apple September 22 Event

AWUGU Meeting Report about Apple databases by Tom Piper

AWUGU Meeting Report about Apple databases
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on August 18, 2022, via Zoom. We had 35 participants for the topic of “Apple Database: Apps and Online” (see attached JPG image and PDF attendance list). The 78-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/A5tlRhCLens (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick review of the meeting protocols. Doug Smith, Chair of the Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) provided backup support during the call. (more…)

Quick Meeting Idea: Apple Store Time Machine

 

Need a short video to play between speakers or sessions? Looking to add a bit of nostalgia to a discussion? Be sure to check out the Apple Store Time Machine video created by Michael Steeber. You may know Michael from his articles on 9to5Mac.com, coverage of the Apple Tower Theater, or other projects, and this one is pretty fun. From the first stores to the present day, zoom through time.

Check it out.

https://departmentmap.store/timemachine