It’s Picnic Time

A POTLUCK picnic is the order of the day for next Wednesday, August 20th. This meeting is open to members and their families and significant others. Members can also bring friends. We’ll light the grill at 5:30. Members (only) will be notified of the location by email.

EMUG will provide hamburgers and condiments. Bring a main dish, side dish, chips or salad. Also, bring your drink of choice.

We’ll have plastic cutlery available. Dick will have the grill available for those who want to bring their own “grillables” (Veggie-Burgers??).

** In case of rain we’ll just move under cover. **

Bring a friend and some food and bring a smile!


Filed by: on August 14th, 2014

Security is still the focus

We can’t (apparently) say enough about security – so we’ll say some more. We’ll probably wander off on a few side paths, too. That’s how we roll!

As always, the Macintosh Mystery Hour precedes the main meeting. Bring your questions. Bring your answers. Bring a friend!


Filed by: on July 14th, 2014

Security, Anti-virus & WWDC

Building on last month’s discussion we’ll look at the changing landscape of security software. “What has your anti-virus program done for you lately?”

We’ll also discuss the news from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

As always, the Macintosh Mystery Hour precedes the main meeting. Bring your questions. Bring your answers. Bring a friend!


Filed by: on June 17th, 2014

Data Breaches and You

This is important! Recent major data breaches are going to give us ALL a great deal of grief. Many of the big companies are being breached because they are using un-patched versions of Open SSL. Derek Dickerson addressed this issue at the April meeting. He will also be there to kick off the evening and expand upon the subject at our May meeting.

Most of us tend to use the same passwords from site to site. This practice has now become dangerous because a breach of an un-secure site can lead to pilfering of your data on a secure site. We discussed 2 factor authentication, password generators and methods to secure your data. We will expand on his talk with our own experience in beefing up our personal online security. Don’t ignore this issue. It’s YOUR identity, YOUR data and YOUR money!

As always, the Macintosh Mystery Hour precedes the main meeting. Bring your questions. Bring your answers. Bring a friend!


Filed by: on April 18th, 2014

Subject TBA

We are working on a main meeting presentation but it’s not clear if we will have it ready for this month. If not, we will extend the Macintosh Mystery Hour. We never seem to run out of questions! Bring your questions. Bring your answers. Bring a friend!


Filed by: on April 13th, 2014

Creative Commons Copyright

This month we’ll explore Creative Commons, the sensible copyright folks! David Hoerger, who uses their copyright for his work, will talk to us about this very important group.

As always, the Macintosh Mystery Hour precedes the main meeting. Bring your questions. Bring your answers. Bring a friend!


Filed by: on March 5th, 2014

iOS 7 and iPhone – What Else?

What with all the leaks and rumors, the news from Cupertino is about what “everyone” expected. iOS 7, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S were open secrets. Security was tight where it needed to be, though.

The real secret was the 64 bit architecture of the new A7 chip in the iPhone 5S. The world just took yet another left turn with Apple leading the way. There’s nobody else on the 64 bit cell phone playing field at the moment.

We’ll talk about these and other developments at the meeting.

As always, the Macintosh Mystery Hour precedes the main meeting. Bring your questions. Bring your answers. Bring a friend!


Filed by: on September 16th, 2013

It’s Picnic Time – With A Twist

A POTLUCK picnic is the order of the day for next Wednesday, August 21st. This meeting is open to members and their families and significant others. Members can also bring friends. We’ll light the grill at 5:30.

The place is Charnel Mulligan Park at 17th & Charnelton. That’s 2 blocks west of the Veterans’ Building where we normally meet. It’s a beautiful urban park with shaded eating space and lots of space for the kids to play. There’s a small market (Cornucopia) down the street if you forget anything and Safeway is 3 blocks away if you REALLY forget something.

Dick will have the grill lit for those who want to bring their own “grillables”.

EMUG will provide condiments, soda and paper plates. Bring main dishes, side dishes, chips or salad. Bring your own cutlery (We’ll have some spares available).

** In case of rain we’ll abandon the picnic and meet as usual at the Veterans Memorial Building.

Bring a friend and bring a smile!


Filed by: on August 15th, 2013

EMUG has a new email address

Kerry Baird, Treasurer here.

I’ve had to migrate from Clearwire to Comcast for my network connection. In the process, it appears that the old EMUG_contact@Clearwire.net email address is no longer accessible. Apparently Clearwire established an administrated subset of email addresses at GMAIL.com and I don’t have time to work through the problem with them. (It’s not their fault. It’s just the way things work.) Hence, the new address. In passing, I’ll mention that an unused personal account, krbaird@clearwire.net was also affected.

For your part there are two actions you can do to help:

1. Open Mail and choose WINDOW. Scroll to Previous Recipients. This is where Mail remembers previously used addresses. Select the EMUG_contact@Clearwire.net address and delete it. (While you’re at it, check the rest of these addresses for any old, bad or broken addresses!)

2. Open your Address Book and edit my entry to EMUG.contact@gmail.com OR (only if you need or want ALL of my contact data) drag the v-card below to your Address Book application. It should be found in your Dock or in your Applications folder. Choose to REPLACE the existing card.

If you have sent anything to EMUG_contact@clearwire.net or krbaird@clearwire.net since 5/26/13, please resend to the new EMUG address. The CONTACT tab has been updated to feed to this address. Unfortunately it took me a day or two to remember this detail.

Remember! Membership questions and requests to be removed from this list should be sent to the NEW address.

Thanks for our attention to this and we’ll hope to see you at a meeting soon.


Filed by: on June 19th, 2013

March Maintenance

It’s all about Dos and Don’ts. This month we’ll cover the weekly and monthly maintenance you should probably be doing on your Mac. We’ll also discuss some of the various malware and ransom-ware schemes out there that you should avoid.
As always, the Macintosh Mystery Hour precedes the main meeting. Bring your questions. Bring your answers. Bring a friend!


Filed by: on March 16th, 2013