by Tom Piper, aJMUG President
Autumn has arrived, school is well underway, and there seems to be so much to do. As I write this, there is a brisk mid-afternoon breeze outside with a cool temperature of 60 degrees. The leaves are beginning to turn, and Apple is gearing up for the Christmas Season (less than three months away) . . . where has the time gone?
At our last meeting returned us to Lewis and Clark Middle School where we focused on Mac Fun and Leisure. We started out describing the new iPod touch, nano and shuffle, plus the second generation Apple TV (I just set mine up, and it is so cool), and the new features of iTunes 10. I finally showed the benefits of the Point2View camera (which I will use at each meeting), and George described the new Magic Pad. Everyone got involved with examples of great things they had done with social networking, reading, games, music, photos, videos and many other things. We really enjoyed sharing our experiences and delights. Alice Kopp again provided another interesting perspective on our website. Over 45 members were in attendance. The evening's door prize winners included:
- Apple pen Gale Fuller
- iPad book Bill Krause
- appleJAC flashlight Brian Fuller
- $10 iTunes card Dan Walsh
- Flashdrive Greg Breuer
- Fabric monitor cover Robert Williams
- appleJAC stress ball Trish Alexander
- iPhone no-peek screen Robert Williams
- Smart Home Hacks (book) John Knapp
- appleJAC chip clip/cutter Neal Hubbard
Our next meeting will focus on handheld Apple devices including the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, including the software that supports them. This will be a great time to answer your questions if you have one (or all) of these, or are thinking of getting one. Joe Mertzlufft will be showing his AirCurve iPhone stand, and we will be asking you about your favorite apps.
SPECIAL NOTE: I've been getting a number of complaints from members about the noise level at our meetings (murmuring, whispered discussions, hushed comments). This is distracting and makes it difficult to hear. We have purchased a new sound system to help you hear the presenters better, which includes a pass-around audience microphone which will help us hear you better, and ensure only one speaker at a time. We also want to get as many people involved as possible, and ensure that no one person dominates the conversation. Please wait to be recognized because interrupting presentations or other speaking makes it difficult to communicate effectively. Your patience and participation makes for an enjoyable and rewarding meeting.
George is doing final preparation for the iMovie MacClass to be held on October 7 and 14 at the Learfield Communications offices. Registration is still open for this two-night 7-9pm series is $25, and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. See the ad on our website for details.
Our next meeting will be take us back to Conference Room 600 at Lewis and Clark Middle School. Mark your calendar NOW for the appleJAC "iPhone/iPodtouch/iPad Event" meeting on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at 7:00 pm. Bring family, friends and new members to get the most out of your Mac and other Apple products.