February Is High Fashion Month

This time we’ll take a look at the Apple Watch, which should hit the streets sometime this month. (UPDATE. Apparently “Early 2015″ does not mean February. Oh Well… It doesn’t change the nature of our content for the evening, though.)

It seems that we are getting used to Apple making something ordinary and one dimensional into something new and over-the-top functional. Your phone is not just a phone anymore. It’s an iPhone – or it’s something that wishes it was. The least of what you do with it is make phone calls. We quite likely can expect the Apple Watch to do the same for the lowly wristwatch. Time will tell… (Yes. I know. But I just couldn’t resist.)

We will also take some time to explore Instagram, an online photo and video sharing site with social networking thrown into the mix.

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

Pages in January

We’ll poke around under the hood of Pages, Apple’s flagship page layout and word processing tool. Tips and tricks are the focus. We’ll have our own list but don’t be shy. Bring your personal experience to the conversation.

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

December Is Photo & Storage Month

We try to take good photos but we frequently fail in our own eyes simply because we don’t know to use use the camera to best effect or we don’t know to use the tools that we already have in our possession. We’ll look at iOS camera tricks and the software already in our toolkit. We may also look at some other photo processing tools.

Then we’ll take a look at iCloud. This service has taken on more importance recently and we really need to look into it and learn what it can do for us.

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

3D Fun

Bruce Bittle will show us something he discovered at an Industrial design conference.
He says, “They’re doing 3-D images from a 2-D business card!” We’ll see this at the meeting.

Don’t forget to read the earlier post about our change of mailing address.

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

New Stuff from Apple

We’ll discuss the new iPhones and the Apple Watch this month. Also, remember that iOS 8 is coming out very soon. Then there’s OS X Yosemite. We will not lack for meeting content this month.

Don’t forget to read the previous post about our change of mailing address.

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

Change of Address

After years of using PO Box 10988 to receive the group’s mail We are going to drop the PO Box. The cost has gone up and the mail volume has gone down. I currently estimate that our cost to receive a letter is over $10.00! Dick has graciously allowed the use of his home mailing address for EMUG mail. From this point on please send any EMUG mail to:

EMUG
2930 Garfield St
Eugene OR 97405-1744

Please change your Contacts listings.

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!

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!

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!

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!