Tom Piper

AWUGU Meeting Report about Old Tech
by Tom Piper, Coordinator

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on July 18, 2022, via Zoom. We had 40 participants for the topic of “Old Tech: Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle” (see attached JPG image and PDF attendance list). The 78-minute video can be viewed at: (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.

I opened the presentations with a brief description of how I had repurposed older Macs and iPads for younger and older people to start them with technology. This was followed by very interesting descriptions from Fred Pryor (Computer Society of Cape Cod) and Bill Hulston (The Villages Apple User Group) describing how their user groups had reconfigured and repurposed older Macs to help others. Many others then told of their experiences, recycling opportunities, reuse of older software, use of virtual systems and much more.

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

Steve Welsh: Wallpapers celebrating new London Apple Store:
Fred Pryor: OS for IIgs:
Dan Wassink : great online database:
Ann MacKay: Silver Spring MD refurbish:
Charles DeVore: Portland OR recycle:
Andy Suhaka: Denver CO TechForAll refurbish: (contact volunteer Mark Steventon,
Steve Welsh: steps before giveaway or sell Intel Mac:, for M1 Mac:, for iPad/iPhone:, for iPad/iPhone reset:
Ann MacKay:[]=mediatype%3A%22software%22
Dan Wassink: PC/Mac online chrome:, System Requirements Chrome Flex:
Ann MacKay: modern clip art:
Dan Wassink: Combine/break apart shapes iPad Pages:
Ann MacKay: run macOS 7.5.2-9.0.4 Intel Macs:
Robert van Lier: old MacOS 9 or before software:
Isabel Collins, Steve Welsh, Dan Wassink, Ann MacKay, Carol Fortlage: Ukraine software companies:,,
The call ended with a description by Steve Welch of OMUG about a BBC reporters comments at the World Track & Field Championships on NBC this week in Eugene about how it is so small as to not have an Apple store. Isabel Collins of AUSOM shared her wonderful dialogue with the CEO of CleanMyMac X in the Ukraine and how difficult the war has made their jobs (attendees echoed this for other companies there, and how important it is to give them support (see links above).

We are very pleased with this seventh meeting of 2022. Files related to this meeting (including chat, closed caption, agendas, reports and videos) are available on our AWUGU shared folder: AWUGU 2025 Predictions may also be viewed here (more submissions are invited).

An earlier discussion about legacy software and newer versions yielded the topic of “Apple Databases: Apps and Online” scheduled for August 15, 2022, at 5:00pm Central Daylight Saving Time (all current AWUGU registrants will receive an invitation to all future meetings).

To become a participant, any interested Apple User Group leader must first register with the AWUGU Coordinator by emailing their name, location, and user group name and web link to Registration must be received by August 13 in order to receive a Zoom Meeting invitation (a download of the free Zoom app in advance is also necessary, and an update will be important for existing users).