by Tom PiperSpring has arrived (admittedly with cold blustery rain), and with promises that April will be abnormally warm. This is also the end of the cold and flu season when it seems like there is always at least one last round of sneezing/coughing/headaches/bodyaches/more to remind us that we are still human. With flowers blossoming, new baby creatures emerging, flocks winging northward, and new life popping up everywhere, we are also welcoming the arrival of the long-anticipated iPad, which could be the launching of a new generation of fun and fascination with technology.
At our last meeting, our focus was on a broad range of terms and expressions which we often talk about, but seldom explain: the Mac Dictionary of Terms. After I presented my favorite new gadget (HoverCam scanner) and great iPhone app (Gorillacam by Joby), Mayor John Landwehr (by entertaining video) told all about social media like Twitter, Facebook, Blogging, and YouTube. Joe Mertzlufft followed with a presentation ports of all types (USB, FireWire, Ethernet, video, more) plus a revealing description of how Size Matters for hard disks, storage memory and RAM. Next, Julie Smith described here experience and knowledge of photo terms. George Kopp wrapped up with overviews of firewalls, networks, wireless and more. It was very educational, and all presentations have been posted to our website for download (it was too much to remember in one setting). The audience was also able to ask about additional terms. The evening’s door prize winners included:iWork ’08.....................Charlie Bland
iLife ’08 program............Margie Stevenson
Apple Bus Card Holder......Charlotte Hubbard
Apple Cube Clip...............Paul Van Horn
Apple Identification Clip...Ken Zindle
iPhone Fully Loaded (bk)....Jim Stevenson
The next meeting was originally scheduled to be all About Printers and Printing. With so many of our members receiving their iPads on April 3 (or shortly thereafter), this topic will be covered early in the meeting right after introductions, favorite gadget (Steve Mays with his new “book” case), and favorite iPhone app (Joe Mertzlufft with Sudoku puzzles). After break Roman Griffith from Staples will tell us about Printers and Printing (have your questions ready for a quick Q&A).
Just a quick note . . . your officers and others work hard to prepare entertaining and informative presentations for every meeting, which is often quite challenging. Your assistance is fundamental to our success, and volunteering for any task just makes us stronger and more interesting. Please offer to help whenever possible, including showing a favorite app or gadget, providing refreshments, bringing new members, presenting topics, and serving as officers. After 25 years of services, appleJAC MUG is a valuable asset! Visit our website (www.applejac.org) often to get the most out of your membership.
Mark your calendar NOW for this next appleJAC Macintosh Users Group meeting on the first Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at 7:00 pm. Bring family, friends and new members back to Lewis and Clark Middle School to get the most out of your Mac and Apple products.