Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed a lot of cool, interesting, I-hadn’t-ever-heard-of-that-before stuff.

At Conrad’s, architecture in Singapore, Star Trek episodes, and HDMI numbers were covered.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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November 20th General Meeting

Preparing for the Holidays

We’re trying to help you cope.

There’s soooo much stuff out there for computer/device/tech fans. Whatta ya gonna get for your favorite geek? Or for yourself, for that matter…

Never fear, your intrepid Board members are coming to the rescue! We’ll all have really cool software and hardware recommendations ready to present.

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 Rally 100 watt, 0.9amp power inverter with USB port and map light; an IOGEAR SD/MMC/MicroSD card reader/writer; an XTREME KLEAN gas duster; an AR charge & sync cable; and a $25.00 Amazon gift card. 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, you missed a different meeting location, a fascinating presentation, some new faces, and tons of Hallowe’en decorations.

At Conrad’s, we touched on movie theater member programs, ASL (American Sign Language), and other movie stuff.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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October 16th General Meeting

Guide to Photoshop and Lightroom

Manage and manipulate digital photos

Billy Chang will demonstrate the immediately-achievable benefits of using Lightroom and Photoshop in combo as compared with Apple Photos. Of course, he’ll point out the pros and cons of each approach!

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, Take Control of High Sierra and Read Me First on a USB thumb drive, Take Control of Upgrading to High Sierra and Read Me First on a USB thumb drive, Take Control of iOS 11 and Read Me First on a USB thumb drive, a SanDisk 128 GB USB Cruzer Glide flash drive, and a special harvest/Halloween 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 4th-floor conference room, 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, you missed a plethora of words of wisdom.

At Conrad’s, it was cable “service” and the politics attached, dry ice cooling on cable boxes, and net neutrality. I kid you not.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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September 18th General Meeting

Antu chakra backup

Going forward while backing up

Keeping your computer stuff safe

It is a well-known, but too-often ignored, tenet of safe computing that you should back up your computer’s hard drive frequently and regularly. In fact, the more you use your computer, the more critical it is to run a backup. However, far too many users neglect this simple task until they find themselves searching for the latest revision of their “great American novel”, their calendar or address book, family photographs or movies — or worse yet, a blank screen.

Backing up your computer is very easy to do and requires only an external hard drive and a simple software application that can run in the background. It can do its work automatically. In case of fire, theft, or earthquake, at least one backup should be outside of your home, either in another location or in the cloud.

At the September 18th meeting of the SGVAUG, special guest lecturer Garry Margolis will walk us through some of the most common backup applications for Mac computers — Time Machine, Super Duper, and Carbon Copy Cloner — and explain the benefits and differences among them. He will also talk about off-site backup strategies and applications. So be sure to come to this meeting and learn which of these will work best for you.

But before you leave home, run a backup of your computer!

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 TRIP-LITE notebook peripheral kit, a Sabrent 4-Port USB 2.0 hub, an Emtec Screen Wipes Duo, an Apple USB power 10W charger, a Macally 360 Degree Swivel Desk Mount, a Quirky Powercurl  for 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro, a pen with laser pointer, and a Tek Power universal car charger with Lighting connector. 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, you missed an amazing presentation and more seriously gorgeous artwork.

At Conrad’s, there was a lot discussion and sharing on streaming services. We also got thrown out early (cleaning the kitchen)!

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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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 Aaron Bielert, and I am the Network President & Founder of Sparkk TV. We are an original WebSeries TV Network.

You can catch Aaron’s complete story here: Aaron Bielert’s Mac, iOS, and Watch setup.

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

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August 21st General Meeting

Rob Sketcherman cityscape

©Rob Sketcherman

Rob Sketcherman

Creating great art with Procreate on an iPad

See how an iPad Pro can be an amazing tool for hobbyist artists as well as creative professionals. Rob Sketcherman, an iPad artist from Hong Kong, will be giving a short presentation and demonstration to showcase the app he uses to create his urban sketches and professional commissions. Join us on Aug 21 to get a glimpse of his processes and take a peek at what an iPad Pro+Procreate can do!

What’s in store for us:

  • An introduction to Rob and his work on the iPad Pro.
  • Why the iPad Pro + Apple Pencil + Procreate make a fantastic mobile digital studio.
  • A quick demo to explain Procreate’s user interface
  • Short demo of how Rob uses Procreate for urban sketching

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 TRIP-LITE notebook peripheral kit, aSabrent 4-Port USB 2.0 hub, an Emtec Screen Wipes Duo, an Apple USB power 10W charger, and a Tek Power universal car charger with Lighting connector. 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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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:

I am Simon Severino, founder of strategy sprints, a management consultancy based in Vienna and Berlin. I love problems, especially regarding strategy and productivity. I actually hate email, but since I share my 12 favorite problems in my email signature, conversations are much more inspiring. My best days end with tangible results and a feeling of fulfillment and joy. My passions include my wife and son, maintaining a strong and healhy body in olympic triathlons, teaching strategy in MBAs, and producing the strategy show.

You can catch Simon’s complete story here: Simon Severino’s Mac setup.

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

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