by Tom Piper
As you probably guessed, my visit to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas was awe-inspiring, extremely-exciting, and ultimately-exhausting. Along with many wonderful memories, diverse pictures, and incredible gadgets, I also brought back a terrible head-cold (my excellent physician, [Dr. Todd] said it may have been a touch of flu, in spite of my flu shot). Nonetheless, this is now past, and I have much to show you at our next meeting (more about this later).
Our last meeting started with some Tips & Tricks from Joe Mertzlufft and Jason Piper, and responses to member questions about scanning pictures and iPhone popups, which was followed with over an hour of “Organizing Your Pics with Apple Photos” when George Kopp showed us the many interesting and powerful features of this free Apple app (a major step beyond iPhoto). I have a video of the entire meeting, but it takes up 20 Gigabytes of memory if anyone wants to loan me a large flash drive. My slides are here: Facilitator Guide.
We distributed appleJAC business cards again, as well as aJ microfibre cleaning clothes to those who hadn’t yet received their free ones (still available for $3 each, or 2 for $5). We did a brief Show & Tell of Christmas goodies (like my GoPro Hero Sessions camera that I recorded the meeting with), while the following people won door prizes during our Great Break:
- Ron Hansen Apple earbuds
- Alice Kopp iTunes $10 card
- Margie Stevenson MacLife book
- Kathy Mills Apple cards
- Mel Kalal Missing Manual AppleWorks book
- Julie Smith Missing Manual OSX book
The first appleJAC Board Meeting of 2017 had almost full attendance (Jim Springs was in Galvaston) where we discussed the last meeting (reminding me and other presenters to turnoff Auto-Lock when showing items on the screen to avoid video interruptions), and doorprizes for future meetings. We discussed the agenda for the next regular member meeting (CES), as well as topics for March 7 (Mac & iPad Interplay), March 28 (George’s iPad Class), April 4 (Mistakes to Avoid), and others. Financial statements showed a balance of $4,451.09 in our account, plus 22 regular annual members and 61 lifetime members (Hal Dulle being our newest honorary member).
Our next meeting is all about CES Highlights (see attached agenda) where I will show a half-hour presentation of 300 photos and videos before the Great Break, and wide variety of cool gadgets after the Break. Not to forget, like always, we start our meeting with introducing visitors, presenting Tips & Tricks (share some you have learned), and doorprize drawing just after the Break. We are also looking for ideas of where to meeting on July 11 for our annual Mac@Work session (a location that uses Mac, iPads and/or other Apple products for everyday business).
That’s it for this month’s thoughts. I look forward to your attendance on February 7, and welcome any visitors you would like to bring along. Be sure to visit other parts of our website, let us know as soon as possible if you want to attend George’s iPad Class, and enjoy the reviews of great products (like those from the Take Control publishers). Enjoy the warming temperatures, Spring is not far away!!!