What Was That I Said About the Meeting?

Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Go directly to: Apple’s Hidden Treasures

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SGVAUG Bylaws - 2015 Revision

The Board of Directors has approved the 2015 revision of the group’s bylaws. In order for us to be in compliance with the bylaws, they will be put to a ratification vote of SGVAUG members at the May General Meeting, Monday, 18 May 2015.

PYBT: http://www.sgvaug.org/bylaws, read them through, and cast your vote in May.

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Who are you and what do you do?

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week we try to post a new interview with someone about what software they use on their Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We do these interviews because not only are they fun, but a glimpse into what tools someone uses and how they use those tools can spark our imagination and give us an idea or insight into how we can do things better.

Today’s victim, er, interviewee:

I’m Kelly Tomlinson, a designer hailing from Phoenix hanging out in Kansas City the past few years. My main gig is as an experience designer at Cremalab, and sometimes I dabble in some freelance work. My other main focus is helping run Coffee & Design, a not-for-profit organization set out to connect, inspire, and grow design professionals. I’ve also organized a few Startup Weekends, and was Chapter Director of Startup Grind in Kansas City. I launched Wazoo! last year and still work with children’s museums on shaping that experience. And also, I go to brunch a lot and watch too much Netflix.

You can catch Kelly’s complete story here: Kelly Tomlinson’s Mac and iPhone setup.

“Back issues” can be found here: Sweet Setup Interviews.

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April 20th General Meeting

Apple’s Hidden Treasures

Some of what Apple forgot to tell you about

Hidden away within each and every copy of OS X is a number of useful programs for maintaining your Mac, solving problems that arise in the course of your computing life, and for doing cool stuff. But for reasons known only in the depths of “One Infinite Loop”, Apple chooses not to spend a lot of time telling people about these programs or explaining how to use them.

Not to worry; we’re here to do what Apple doesn’t do. Our President, Warren James, will talk about those useful jewels and show you how to use them to make your computing experience more productive and safer.

First up for discussion will be Apple’s built-in backup program, Time Machine. You’ll learn how to setup and use Time Machine so your files will always be safe from any hard drive problems that might arise. {Remember the first commandment of computing is to always have a backup. After you’ve done that, then you should backup your backup.}

Next up is Apple’s Disk Utility. This program can find and correct a number of disk-related problems and should be one of the first places you go to when you’re having such problems. You’ll learn not only what this program does but how to use it, along with some cautions about things to careful of when using it.

Also on the docket will be a discussion of a simple configuration option that you can use that will stop many of the malware attacks that are out there in the wild.

And in keeping in the spirit of “Apple’s Hidden Treasures”, be on the lookout for this month’s appleSTEMs.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps - Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes $25.00 iTunes gift card, PNY 64 GB USB flash drive, 50 Pack RiDATA Blank 16x DVD-R, Quirky Power Curl for MacBook Pro 13″ or 15″, and a MYBAT iPhone case (choice of one, sizes 5 through 6 Plus). Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for our drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Coco’s Restaurant, 77 N. Lake Ave. (between Union St. and Colorado Blvd., at the southwest corner of Union and Lake).

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Who are you and what do you do?

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week we try to post a new interview with someone about what software they use on their Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We do these interviews because not only are they fun, but a glimpse into what tools someone uses and how they use those tools can spark our imagination and give us an idea or insight into how we can do things better.

Today’s victim, er, interviewee:

My name is luciana ja’vonne, and I’m a painter.

You can catch LuCiana’s complete story here: LuCiana Ja’Vonne’s iOS setup.

“Back issues” can be found here: Sweet Setup Interviews.

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InfoManager for Monday, March 16th, 2015

by Lynn Wegley, InfoManager, with co-editor Fred Showker

What’s Here:
01  BEWARE: Dropbox scams circulating – convincing and dangerous
02  Try some of our delicious St. Patrick’s Day apps
03  Safenetting Cybersecurity & Malware Report for March 13 2015
04  Apple Watch InfoManager: who wants it – who cares and more
05  User Groups on Facebook March 14, 2015
06  These iOS apps can video call anyone
07  Expense tracker and mileage tracker for Apple Watch
08  Horizon 3.0 update for iOS
09  Printable Apple Watch – Actual Size
10  Quotes: Ruskin, Mae West, and Lucille Ball Continue reading

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Who are you and what do you do?

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week we try to post a new interview with someone about what software they use on their Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We do these interviews because not only are they fun, but a glimpse into what tools someone uses and how they use those tools can spark our imagination and give us an idea or insight into how we can do things better.

Today’s victim, er, interviewee:

My name is Matt Hamilton and I am an editor based in Austin, TX. I switched over to Apple in 2007 when I got my first 24″ iMac with Final Cut Express pre-installed. Before that I was editing on a constantly crashing PC, so switching to Apple and learning Final Cut was a no brainer. My brother and I are a directing duo and just finished our first feature-length film titled Wild In The Streets. The movie just premiered at the Lone Star film festival in November and should be online soon. Before that, we filmed a short film in Los Angeles with some old cast members of the Saved By The Bell TV show. The short was called Saved By The Belding and re-created a famous episode with the Belding brothers. Not to sound to fanboy, but from using our iMacs for editing or iPhones/iPads to keep us organized, using everything Apple has really saved us a lot of time since “it just works”.

You can catch Matt’s complete story here: Matt Hamilton’s OS X and iOS setup.

“Back issues” can be found here: Sweet Setup Interviews.

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March 16th General Meeting

There Were More Commandments...

There Were More Commandments…

That Broken Tablet… The missing commandments for
protecting yourself are critical, so where do we start?

Our panel of experts will present a practical, interactive discussion and demonstration of the most common and important ways to protect, maintain, & troubleshoot your Apple devices (iOS & Mac OS), and, most importantly, keep your data safe and secure. This is particularly important with the Web and the exponentially growing threats by being connected for e-mail, downloading, and Web browser viewing.

Audience questions & participation are warmly encouraged.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps - Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for our drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Coco’s Restaurant, 77 N. Lake Ave. (between Union St. and Colorado Blvd., at the southwest corner of Union and Lake).

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iOS and OS X Workshops

FREE APPLE iOS and OS X WORKSHOPS

The San Gabriel Valley Apple Users Group, in cooperation with Di-No Computers in Pasadena, is offering free workshops to the community covering Apple’s latest mobile and desktop operating systems. These will be taught by an Apple specialist with many years of experience with Apple computers and devices. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own device(s) so they can immediately try out the techniques being taught while the instructor is available to answer their questions. Attendance is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

To register: http://www.sgvaug.org/2015/02/19/workshop-sign-up/.

More information about the San Gabriel Valley Apple Users Group may be found at http://www.sgvaug.org/, including a link to signup for the classes.

 

Workshop Schedule:

21 March 2015 11:00 am - 1:30 pm iOS 8
21 March 2015 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm OS X Yosemite
28 March 2015 11:00 am - 1:30 pm OS X Yosemite
28 March 2015 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm iOS 8

Workshops will be held at:

Di-No Computers
2817 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA  91107
(626) 795-6674

 

Workshop Descriptions

iOS 8

This is the latest update to Apple’s mobile operating system. It presents a fresh look with new flatter-looking icons, a new clear font along with other updated user interface elements. These provide unified clarity and continuity throughout the operating system.

This workshop will give you an overall picture of how iOS 8 works and teach you how to get the most out of your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Discover how to interact with your iOS 8 devices including external controls, touch screen, “predictive” keyboard and Apple’s digital assistant, Siri. Also covered will be essential tasks, making and receiving calls, e-mailing, and browsing the Web with Safari. Learn how to extend the functionality of your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad by installing one of the 1+ million apps available in the Apple App Store. This workshop wraps up with some essential settings that will help you customize your device, protect your privacy, and troubleshoot your device(s) whenever you encounter a problem.

OS X Yosemite

Learn the essentials of Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.10, Apple’s latest operating system for Macintosh computers. In this workshop we will go over the core interface elements such as the Finder, menus and the Dock. You will learn how to customize your computer so it works the way you want it to, discover ways to secure your personal data, and find out how to troubleshoot common problems.

Here’s the press release: SGVAUG iOS and OS X Workshops.

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Who are you and what do you do?

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week we try to post a new interview with someone about what software they use on their Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We do these interviews because not only are they fun, but a glimpse into what tools someone uses and how they use those tools can spark our imagination and give us an idea or insight into how we can do things better.

Today’s victim, er, interviewee:

I’m Blake Cloutier, a fourth year Civil Engineering student at the University of British Columbia, and a Player Support Representative with Disney Interactive. I also work remotely for an animal supply company as their technical help. I love looking at something, figuring out how it works and how it could be improved.

A typical day for a Player Support Representative involves responding to guest’s emails, doing chat moderation, name approvals, and online engagement. In my time there I’ve started co-facilitating online engagement for our local and global offices. It’s been a great chance to hone my presentation, data management, and coaching skills before becoming an engineer.

You can catch Blake’s complete story here: Blake Cloutier’s Mac and iOS setup.

“Back issues” can be found here: Sweet Setup Interviews.

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