Apple releases Mac-iOS updates, most likely last before arrival of El Capi-Ten, er, El Capitan, & iOS 9

For security and bug fix reasons alone, it pays to keep your Mac OS and iOS — and now Watch OS — up to date. So, while online, time to run Software Update on your Mac, check Settings > General > Software Update in iOS, and grab the recent updates from Apple:

OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, iOS 8.4.1, iTunes 12.2.2, Security Update 2015-006 Mountain Lion, and a Boot Camp update for those who want to run Windows 10 on their Mac.

You can find details on all updates on this Apple website page, and preview before installing:

http://support.apple.com/downloads/

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OSCON, a longtime Portland staple, now sets its sites abroad & Texas

A huge “Bravo!” to our good friends at O’Reilly Media, the O’Reilly User Group Program, and the staff of the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON).

O’Reilly once again held its popular Open Source event in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center last month, and the Rose City was indeed proud to play host to the best Open Source event on the planet. This was the — year of OSCON’s annual event to be held in Portland … so it’s obvious we like each other!

OSCON has become such a definitive programmer/developer event that it also decided to “take the show on the road” to Amsterdam later this year. We feel Amsterdam will welcome OSCON as warmly as Portland.

Semi-sad news — for Oregon and Northwesterners — is that O’Reilly reported that next year OSCON will be held in … Austin, Texas. Austin is home to many diverse events, too, such as Austin City Lights (music, PBS) and Southwest By Southeast (SWSX, technology).

But cheer up, Oregonians and NWers. OSCON manager Josh Simmons tweeted after this year’s OSCON concluded that the door isn’t closed on Portland: “Goodbye, Portland! I can’t wait to return …”

O’Reilly User Group Program manager Marsee and the OSCON team have been gracious and helpful for many years to the Oregon MacPioneers User Group (Omug) and the Oregon User Group community by donating a full OSCON pass to Omug so that we could gift it to a selected Oregon MUG member (one who would benefit the most from the OSCON experience). Omug over the years has gifted this pass to members of the Portland, Bend, Ashland, and Eugene groups, as well from Omug.

Omug and all of Oregon knows that Amsterdam and Austin will truly enjoy the unique OSCON experience, but we openly can’t wait until OSCON returns to Portland.

Oregon’s best: MacCamp Oct. 18-20 in Silver Falls

Are you within traveling distance of Oregon, or more specifically our beautiful state park, Silver Falls (just east of the state capital, Salem)?

If so, you should not miss one of the best Oregon/MUG created events ever — PMUG’s (@pdxmug) MacCamp, coming up later this month, Oct. 18-20. Sign up fast for this “worth every penny” 3-day weekend MUG event (not a MUG member? Join PMUG or Omug; now you qualify).

Get the PDF application and class descriptions here:

MacCamp is PMUG’s traditional blend of the Great NW and Oregon foresty outdoors, waterfalls, hike and bike trails, cabins, all your delicious meals cooked and waiting, Apple or tech related classes, a Gamers dedicated cabin, and best of all your MUG buddies from near or afar (or anew).

The classes offered on Saturday and Sunday to choose from (you can usually attend 2 classes each day) will cover these topics:

iWorks in iCloud, Mac OS 10.9 “Mavericks”, iOS 7, Lightroom (photo editor/library software), Choosing Your Next Computer, TBA.

Omug returns!

After a long sabbatical, we are back.

We trust most of you have survived in the tech and Apple world, and primarily the MUG or Apple Users Groups world, without us during this period. However, our absence was only online — we’ve been keeping up to date and fresh with all the Apple and user groups advances. Our mission remains the same. It feels good to be back.

We hope you have been keeping in touch during our online absence, and will continue to keep in touch, via our Twitter feed. Follow along: @Omug

iOS 6 arrives, Mountain Lion 10.8.2 does, too, same day

Wednesday, Sept. 19 was a busy Apple day, indeed, as the eagerly awaited iOS 6 update (free) for Apple mobile device users was available for download. Surprisingly, 10.8.2 update for Mountain Lion Mac users also appeared on Apple’s Support Downloads page, too.

A first for us was doing the iOS update over wifi only, untethered from our Mac and the iTunes app. The download went faster than expected, and the install smooth, too. Sweet.

Mountain Lion uncaged, iPhone 5 and iOS 6 next in September

With Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion now purring smoothly into version 10.8.1 (and 10.8.2 coming soon), the next big event for Apple will come next month with the highly anticipated iPhone 5 and iOS 6. We will get a chance to catch our breath before the iPad mini (best guess name) surfaces in October.

Following Apple’s home court victory over Samsung in court recently, Apple fans and Apple can now concentrate on products rather than paperwork.

Omug awards donated OSCON 2012 pass to Oregon MUG member

Omug has selected John Clark of AshMUG as the recipient of this year’s donated Open Source Convention (OSCON) full pass to OSCON 2012, July 16-20, at the Portland Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.

OSCON, is the premiere Open Source event on the globe, a code-heaven for programmers or those who want to foster open source resources and tools. OSCON is one of O’Reilly Media‘s flagship annual events, and features a wide range of classes, topics, keynotes, instruction and more for attendees. Pass recipients are required to write a post-OSCON event story (in any form) and provide photos and/or video (whenever possible)  to share with our MUG community via the Omug web site. Tweeting (optional) from the event is encouraged, too.

Omug once again thanks O’Reilly and OSCON for supporting Oregon MUGs in this manner. We are proud to have OSCON in Oregon once again.