Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed out on some really cool stuff!

At Conrads, we touched on TV shows appearing on Amazon Prime, kittens playing football, and whether your washing machine might be listening to, and recording, your every word. And Gautam showed up…

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Upcoming Meeting Dates

 
We have confirmed the meeting schedule with the library until the middle of the year.

March 2017 20th third Monday
April 2017 17th third Monday
May 2017 15th third Monday
June 2017 19th third Monday

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February 6th General Meeting

CES 2017

CES

All the things new and exciting in the tech world

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the largest shows of its kind in the world. Come take a peek at a sample of the many items found on the show floor this year.

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 a $25.00 iTunes gift card, a La Crosse Technology alarm clock with two USB charging ports, Creative Stereo headphones, a Matias MiniRizer, and a Bausch + Lomb Clens cleaning system for Apple products. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the 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 Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

Graphic from Andrew Zima

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you can do your own new MacBook Pro research.

At Conrads, pets to the vet, drones in the air, fun with Alexa, and automated cars dominated the conversation.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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January 9th General Meeting

 

MacBook Pro Report

Good stuff to start out the year

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 a $25.00 iTunes gift card and an Innergie Power Joy Plus 15W dual USB adapter. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the 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 Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you must not be a party animal. The rest of us are, and a fine time was had!

At Conrads, swing-axle Jeeps, winter revenge in Chicago, Area 51, charging electronic devices by just walking, and Christmas carols (of course!) made their ways around the table.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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December 19th General Meeting

 

Holiday Party

Top o’ the season to ye!

The holidays are almost upon us and that means it’s time for Apple users to get together to share some holiday spirit and talk about our favorite computers, phones, and tablets. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win a shiny new Apple TV to add to your holiday gift collection.  

Join us on Monday, December 19th, for our last meeting of 2016. We’ll spend some time talking about new Apple hardware and software, we’ll warn you about new insecurities in a popular piece of software, we’ll share info about apps to delight scientific types and you’ll get some tips and be warned of some traps. Plus, we’re going to have a holiday party with all the things you’d expect - cookies, egg nog, and other delights – along with a special present for all our members who’ve paid up for 2017.  And on top of that, we’ll be having an expanded Holiday-sized drawing and a special drawing for an Apple TV. 

Sounds like a lot of fun so don’t miss it.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at our holiday party.

So have a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Joyous Kwanzaa, and a celebratory Solstice.

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 two $25.00 iTunes gift cards, a ProHT notebook cooler pad, a Patriot Fuel+ 2000mAh mobile rechargeable battery, a Gear Head 5-in-1 SD card reader, a Hornettek 2000mAh portable battery, and a Rocksoul Magic Mouse for Mac. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the 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 Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you’ll have a lot fewer temptations when you go Christmas shopping.

At Du-Par’s, the various Star Treks, Yiddish, Harlan Ellison’s novel, missions to Mars, Voyager, and the DSN came up.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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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 Jeffrey Shih, an Emergency Room Physician and lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto with a specialized interest in Emergency Ultrasound. The use of ultrasound allows me to visualize and diagnose diseases right at the bedside, thus providing a higher quality of care to my patients.

I’m also the Program Director of an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Training Program for Emergency Physicians and recently published a book, Ultrasound for the Win! Emergency Medicine Cases.

You can catch Jeffrey’s complete story here: Jeffrey Shih’s Mac and iPhone setup.

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

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Bumper Snickers

 

In my blog, I have a recurring post title, Bumper Snicker. It started out as snapshots of amusing bumper stickers spotted whilst I was out and about. It wasn’t long before it included license plate frames and license plates, themselves. There may even be some window decorations.

As Dave so readily proves in every edition of Apps & Traps, the tech world is a veritable Niagra Falls of humor and hysteria, so I thought it might be fun to post funny/silly/hysterical stuff that I come across. Since non-tech stuff can be pretty knee-slapping, too, that will also make appearances. Here goes!

Got an e-mail from amazon.com this morning, featuring “Woot, the wildest, cheapest corner of the Amazon world”. Not having associated the word woot with Amazon previously, I took a look and got no further than the title bar: woot! Deals & Shenanigans

You’ve been warned…

 
SGVAUG and I have no connection whatever with Amazon. Neither are we shilling for them here.

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