December 17th General Meeting

 

Holiday Party

Top o’ the season to ye!

The holidays are almost upon us and that means it’s time for Apple users to get together to share some holiday spirit and talk about our favorite computers, phones, and tablets.

Join us on Monday, December 17th, for our last meeting of 2018. We’ll spend some time Apping & Trapping and some more time Q-ing & A-ing. Plus, we’re going to have a holiday party with all the things you’d expect – cookies, egg nog, and other delights. And on top of that, we’ll be having a holiday-sized drawing.

Sounds like a lot of fun so don’t miss it. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the bash.

So have a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Joyous Kwanzaa, and a celebratory Solstice.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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Upcoming Meeting Dates

 
We have confirmed the meeting schedule with the library until the middle of next year. Please note that, as has been the case recently, the January and February meetings are not on the the third Monday, but on the second Monday.

December 2018 17th third Monday
January 2019 14th second Monday
February 2019 11th second Monday
March 2019 18th third Monday
April 2019 15th third Monday
May 2019 20th third Monday
June 2019 17th third Monday

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November 15th General Meeting

Preparing for the Holidays

Gadzooks! They’re almost here!! What to put on Santa’s list (as either the list maker or as Santa)? There will be some *very* interesting possibilities, so make sure you drop by.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a Helix dual-USB port car charger, a PNY PowerPack 2200, an iKlear cleaning kit for iPhone & iPad (& iPod Touch), a one-year print and digital subscription to Wired, and a ProHT notebook cooler. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrad’s, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

Neither was I, darn the luck…

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Who are you and what do you do

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week we post a new interview with someone about what software they use on their Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We do these interviews because not only are they fun, but a glimpse into what tools someone uses and how they use those tools can spark our imagination and give us an idea or insight into how we can do things better.

Today’s victim, er, interviewee:

My name is Jackson Hayes and I’m a 17-year-old cinematographer, photographer, and sometimes front-end web developer (yes, in that order; yes, it’s a weird combo). Over on YouTube, I make videos about technology. Recently, after my switch into the Apple ecosystem, more and more of my videos have focused on Apple technology. That said, I do sometimes miss the freedom and flexibility that Android can offer. I owned a Pixel 2 XL before my iPhone X. The Pixel crapped out on me, hence the switch. And no, I’m not the least bit tempted by the XS or XR.

Recently, I started making videos for Android Police, and I picked up the Essential Phone, which I love. However, my daily driver is still the iPhone X.

As an occasional freelance web developer, I’ve done work for clients all over the world, from companies in Australia to businesses here in the United States. Some notable clients that some readers may know (although they are a tad better known over in Android-land): XDA Developers, Digital Ashes (Action Launcher), and Teslacoil Apps.

You can catch Jackson’s complete story here: Jackson Hayes’ Mac and iPhone setup.

“Back issues” can be found here: Sweet Setup Interviews.

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October 15th General Meeting

iOS 12 and MacOS Mojave

All the new Apple hardware is pretty darned nifty, but you won’t get very far with it unless there’s software; in this case, the operating systems. Drop by and discover the new features and tidbits driving Apple’s latest and greatest.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, a Laud splash-proof Bluetooth speaker, a PNY Power Pack 2200, a Travelocity Phone Clip 3-in-1 lens, and an Xtream Klean duster. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrad’s, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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September 17th General Meeting

Security Issues

Safe it is that you must be. Safe it is that your computers and devices and other stuff must be.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrad’s, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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August 20th General Meeting

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An Intro to Genealogy

The who, what, why, when, and where of families

What’s in a family tree? Should it be? Should it not be? How did it get there? And why?

The joys and sorrows of genealogy and family history. It can drive you nuts, but man, you can discover the most interesting stuff! Come on down and find out how it works.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps – Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software. (On hiatus, while Warren’s free time is on hiatus…)

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a LAUD splash-proof Bluetooth speaker, iKlear cleaner/polish and microfiber cloth, an Xtreme Klean duster, a ProHT 3-outlet power strip with one-foot cord, and a special 3D-printed prize. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, be looking for postcards from exotic, exciting places, that we who were will be sending you!

At Conrad’s, visa requirements in various countries, traveling in various states and places, teaching experiences, Tommy Chong, self-defense, rugby, and music stuff came up.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Himself on the State of the Web

Stumbled onto a very interesting article about Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the World Wide Web. Really. He came up with the basis for all the cool (and not so cool) stuff we do in our browsers these days.

On Vanity Fair, Katrina Brooker posted quite a piece about Sir Tim, the beginnings of the Web, how it morphed quite distantly from how he envisions it, and what he’s doing about it. PYBT: “I Was Devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets.

And here’s his Wikipedia page: Tim Berners-Lee.

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