by Tom Piper, aJMUG President
The end of July is quickly approaching half over, the rains/heat/humidity persist, and the days are starting to get shorter again. Our Saturday morning gathering at the Coffee Zone again raised questions about a miniature laptop (or super iPhone, or net tablet) as we enjoyed viewing George’s HP netbook (my son Jason also has an Asus netbook). New Apple products continue to be a quest for our predictive crystal balls in the face of Steve Jobs’ secrecy about his “one more thing”.
Last month, 40 appleJAC members and visitors enjoyed the Annual appleJAC MacFixIt meeting at Trinity Lutheran School cafeteria (thanks to Bruce Heerboth for facilitating). As in past years, veteran appleJAC gurus were on hand to assist six people with various hardware and software anomalies. Joe Mertzlufft presented important maintenance tips to protect the Mac, and George Kopp did a special presentation about setting up and using Time Machine, Apple’s own Leopard backup.
Next meeting we look forward to our special annual “Mac at Work” visit to a business which integrates Apple products to enhance their operations. Julie Smith has arranged our trip to the main office of the NewsTribune at 210 Monroe Street in Jefferson City (enter at east entrance as shown on map below). Dan Walsh (and co-worker Colleen) will be presenting the ways in which their new iMacs facilitate the products of their daily newspaper, and giving everyone a peek how the new appleJAC brochure which is under development. This will be a very interesting visit to a leading business in our area.
The “Made on a Mac” image enhancement competition is almost over, with your entry (one per member up to 2 megabytes in size) due no later than August 4 to firstname.lastname@example.org (see explanation below). Time is short, enter now . . . the prizes will be iTunes Gift Certificates of $50, $35, and $25 for first, second and third place winners!
DVD copies of the videotaped (Steve Archer and Sharon Hanson) January, February, March, April, May and June meetings are available from our Library (see Bruce Heerboth to check any out, or get a copy). We are really busy with lots of membership benefits.
Building on the success of the MacBasics classes, George Kopp held a special July 9 iPhoto MacClass at the Landwehr home that was even better attended (with many regrets that they couldn’t make it). My iWork ’09 MacClasses will be at Lewis and Clark Middle School on September 10, 17 and 24 featuring Pages, Numbers and Keynote (see registration below).
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the next appleJAC Macintosh Users Group meeting on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at 7:00 pm. Bring family, friends and new members to get the most out of your Mac and other Apple products.