by Tom Piper, aJMUG President
As the temperatures slowly decline, we are spending more time inside, and enjoying the warmth of our computers and portable electronic devices. This is a good time to update the performance of your electronic marvels, acquire some new interesting software, and sharpen your social networking skills. Our user group is a great place to learn more about doing this, and getting a greater return on your investment. With a friend and/or family member in your company, the experience can be even richer.
At our last meeting focused on handheld Apple devices including the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, including the software that supports them. Joe Mertzlufft showed his AirCurve iPhone stand, and we all talked about our favorite apps. George Kopp described the new iPhone 4, iOS 4.1 and iTunes 10, while Mark Snell and I talked about iPods and iPads, plus iOS 4.2 (Joe explained the evolution of apps in a very interesting way). This was also the successful inauguration of our new 2-microphone sound system which helped me (and everyone else) hear much better, and helped reduce the background noise. It was a full night with over 42 members were in attendance. The evening‚Äôs door prize winners included:
- Parallels laptop bag Bonnie Culley
- appleJAC flashlight (blue) Ann Lane
- Parallels water bottle George Kopp
- Digital Home Projects (book) Wilma Levy
- Parallels ink pen Greg Perry
- Parallels ink pen Neal Hubbard
- Parallels notebook Julie Smith
- imPrint green bag Larry Garvin
- imPrint coin purse John Knapp
- Paralles flashlight Kathy Rudroff
Our next meeting will focus on Bento 3 for the Mac and iPad (by Mark), while I will show the great stuff that FileMaker Go can do on the iPad. The meeting will kickoff with a roundtable discussion of the October 20 announcements from Apple, and what it will mean for all of us. Ken Zindle will be showing his Bose speaker system for the iPod, and we will be asking you about your favorite apps.
SPECIAL NOTE: Officer elections are less than a month away, and we are searching for new ideas, new blood and new enthusiasm. You don‚Äôt need to be an expert to volunteer for the Board, and we are diversifying the way we do things. Please step forward this year to join in the fun, and let some of our veteran members do other things for awhile. Just drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your interest with me, or nominate someone.
Our next meeting will be take us back to the 6th Grade Commons (Conference Room 600) at Lewis and Clark Middle School. Mark your calendar NOW for this interesting meeting on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, at 7:00 pm. Bring family, friends and new members to get the most out of your Mac and other Apple products.