April’s MacCamp moves for first time in over 30 years

The scenery was so iconic, so good, so beautifully characteristic of the Great Northwest at Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park that no returning MacCamper could ever envision moving PMUG’s famous twice-a-year, MUG-centric 3-day outdoor event anywhere else. Right?

Hold on to your backpacks. This year, MacCamp, from Friday, April 29-Sunday, May 1, will be held in Oral Hull Park, just outside of Sandy, Oregon. This is not an April Fools post.

What does Oral Hull Park have to offer?
Check out its website for details and photos:

http://www.oralhull.org

The landscape may be changing, but as anyone familiar with MacCamp knows all the other benefits remain strong gravitational pulls — like a black hole:

Included in your registration/camp fee are full, delicious, cooked meals all 3 days; Apple-or-tech centric classes on a variety of instructional, timely topics Saturday and Sunday; fellow MUG friends from other Oregon (or beyond) Apple User Groups; cozy, social-centric cabins to bunk in 2 nights; sometimes with a Special Guest speaker, sometimes with a raffle sprinkled in. And the occasional wildlife (if we are lucky).

Keep your bookmark pointed to PMUG’s MacCamp web page for updated details, a list of classes, and any other news:

MacCamp 2016

O’Reilly Media to offer “Intro to Seed Financing for Startups” – a 6-hour online video course March 30

Our friends at O’Reilly Media (and their great User Group Program) are offering a March 30 online course that will surely interest a lot of MUG members (or their friends) … specifically the entrepreneurial types. Without further ado, here’s the info and the link — and spread the word!

Live Online Training: Intro to Seed Financing for Startups 

Everything you need to know to raise money for your startup–in just 6 hours 

Don’t waste time raising money the hard way. In this crash course in venture capital, serial entrepreneur and investor Katherine Hague will prepare you to raise money for your startup using real-life case studies and hands-on interactive exercises. 

You’ll learn best practices from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. You’ll save hours of trial and error (and failed pitches) and hit the fundraising trail with confidence. 
In this course, you’ll learn:

  • An effective plan to hit the fundraising trail for your company
  • A solid understanding of core venture capital concepts
  • The confidence to negotiate key terms in a funding deal
  • A well-developed and expertly-honed investor pitch

Live Online Training with Katherine Hague 

March 30, 2016 | 9:00AM – 12:00PM PDT 

Course info, and to register:

http://www.oreilly.com/pub/cpc/5610

A free MUG Christmas gift from AppleUsers down under

(Originally posted in the Nov. 2015 Apple User Groups Leaders newsletter)

The holiday season is approaching and Nicholas Pyers and Australian-based AppleUsers.org has once again made it’s popular Festive Celebrations DVD available at no cost to user groups across the globe.

Festive Celebrations is a merger of two previous Disc of the Month titles: Festive Fun II and Celebrations Galore, both full of holiday-focused clipart, animated images, fonts, music & movies, coloring books, greeting cards, envelopes and much more.

Thanks again to Nicholas Pyers for all he does for our groups!

Beat the heat with 3-day MacCamp relief this October

Pack your bags, Apple lovers, the next MacCamp is coming soon October 23-25 and you’ll be glad you booked early.

Need an incentive to attend MacCamp? How about global warming?

Now, before you start digging your family survival shelter, what we imply is that one of the savory characteristics of PMUG’s famous 3-day Apple-flavored weekend camp is that it is held twice a year — and usually in the more weather-friendly months of April and October.

But with the no-joke reality of global warming (can any NWer really deny the heat indexes of recent years?) we can’t be sure how sweaty those 2 months might be in the future. However, the cozy, waterfalls-endowed, beautiful outdoors of Silver Falls State Park — where MacCamp pitches its tent, er, cabins — is a NW forest and the trees are at ready to provide plenty of shade when needed. Or just stand real close to or under one of the waterfalls on some beautiful trails.

Of course, anyone familiar with MacCamp knows all the other benefits remain strong gravitational pulls — like a black hole: Included in your registration/camp fee are full, delicious, cooked meals all 3 days; Apple-or-tech centric classes on a variety of instructional, timely topics Saturday and Sunday; fellow MUG friends from other Oregon (or beyond) MUGs; cozy, social-centric cabins to bunk in 2 nights; sometimes with a Special Guest speaker, sometimes with a raffle sprinkled in.

Keep your bookmark pointed to PMUG’s MacCamp web page for updated details, a list of classes, and any other news:

MacCamp Fall 2015 info page (with class listings!)

Apples Keep Falling From The Trees …

Apple fans, September and October are bringing new hardware and software from Apple … most certainly a primer for the upcoming holiday season of buying (yeah, that part).

We now have iOS 9*, WatchOS 2 for  Watch, and Mac OS X El Capi-Ten, er, Capitan. Hard rumors say we’ll have a 4k Retina 21.5” iMac this or next week. Then, in the next couple of weeks, the  TV arrives, and early November will bring the (drooling) iPad Pro, with its Smart Keyboard Cover and  Pencil.

*Footnote on iOS 9:

We love that Apple does not abandon legacy/older hardware too quickly. There are thousands and thousands, if not millions, of Apple users that use older hardware (like us) until we save up for the latest and greatest. Thus, we were thrilled our iPad 2 downloaded/installed just fine (over wi-fi, yet, on release day) iOS 9, and it immediately freed up 1.8 gig of space. It’s running smoothly, even snappier than 8.4, and brings some of the new features, to our delight. We miss out on the major stuff like Split View, Split Screen, etc. but iOS 9 also means we are running the latest Security features. Critical.

Kawasaki, Reynolds mash up in California

The Oregon MacPioneers User Group (Omug) has been blessed over the years to have some special people agree to be Master of Ceremonies at our famous statewide trivia event and User Group celebration — “You Don’t Know Mac! (YDKM).”

Among them have been Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki, Apple worldwide User Group program manager Garr Reynolds, Chicago Sun-Times tech columnist Andy Ihnatko, and Oregon’s own Craig Hickman (and son Ben).

Why the sudden trivia about our trivia?

A recent tweet by Garr (who now lives and works in Japan) included a photo of him taking time to visit with another YDKM Master of Ceremonies great, Guy Kawasaki, in California. We’ve included the image here:

  
Photo tweeted by @presentationzen

Garr was back in the states visiting family and friends while vacationing with his family. Guy is now the remote evangelist for the Australia-based, online creative design company CANVA.com

Nothing like seeing 2 former YDKM MCs keeping in touch — as we like to do whenever possible, too. The best ever face time — in person — is our preferred method, but in-between those rare visits there is always Twitter.

Apple User Group Program: Calling all Apple User Group ambassadors — time to update your MUG info … or else!

Leaders, if you have not read the recent MUG broadcast emails from the Apple User Group Advisory Board and the Apple User Group program, you need to know that they will be doing an annual “spring cleaning” of the worldwide registered Apple User Groups very soon (before the end of summer) to purge out “dead” groups.

What’s a “dead” MUG? One that does not have a current, active URL/website; has not updated its MUG info with the AUGP in months, sometimes years; has not updated the key Contacts for each MUG (i.e., person’s name, email address, other contact info) … to name a few priorities.
Now, here’s the “or else” …

If your group is determined to have “died” then it will be removed from the official Apple User Group Program, its database, and the UG Locator (where new folk can discover your group). You will then have to re-register and await approval.

Avoid the risk — Ambassadors (those entrusted with access to each groups Profile in the database), it’s time to double-check, update, prune, add, and sparkle your group’s details. Check the recent AUGP emails for instructions and link(s) to do so.

Don’t make us come down there! (winky, winky!)