User Group Report #520: Letting Widgets Run Wild with Amnesty, Protecting Your Mac with MacShield, A Programmer’s-Eye View of the Apple/Intel Announcement and More


Liberating your Widgets from Dashboard, making your Mac invulnerable to malicious and inadvertent activities, the real story on programming for the upcoming Mactels and common sense views on the Apple-Intel merger are all covered in this week’s show.

Danny Espinoza
Danny Espinoza of Mesa Dynamics talks about his new product, Amnesty, that lets Mac OS X Widgets run free of both the Dashboard, and of Tiger itself. Want your widgets on-screen at all times? Haven’t made the move to Tiger but want to get in on the widget craze. Find out how with Amnesty.

Keith Riickman Mark Eaton

Keith Rickman and Mark Eaton of Centurion Technologies introduce us to a product that you’ve been exposed to if you’ve visited any Apple Store and fawned over a new Macintosh. You didn’t even know it, but MacShield was running on that Mac, protecting it from anything you might intentionally or unintentionally do to it. Find out how your Mac can enjoy the same protection that Apple selects for their display machines.

Mark Dalrymple
Mark Dalrymple of Cocoa Heads and author of Core Mac OS X and Unix Programming delivers perspective on Apple’s announcement to move the Mac to the Intel chip architecture. You’ve heard all the hype, now get the straight story from someone with real programming credentials.

User Group Report #519: The “Mad as Hell, Switching to Mac” PC Security Expert, the Rogue Valley Mac Expo, User Group Best Practices and A New Resource


Recently, a noted computer security expert and columnist surprised readers and colleagues by announcing he was switching to the Mac. We find out why and how the move is progressing, get the story on the third annual Rogue Valley Mac Expo, review a UG best practice and a new TMC resource in this edition.

Winn Schwartau
Winn Schwartau, PC security expert, author and columnist joins us for an in-depth interview on how Windows pushed him to the edge, his methodology for evaluating the Mac platform and his agenda for this switching experiment.

Chris Kiltz
Chris Kiltz of the Josephine County Macintosh Users Group talks about her group’s upcoming regional event, the third annual Rogue Valley Mac Expo, how they have involved both national vendors and local businesses to create a unique event that suits their area, and delivers some ideas that your group can use to do the same thing.

User Group Report #518: Talking Keynote 2 and Presentations with Tom Negrino, A New Apple Regional Liaison Team Member and Five Years of The MUG Center


A noted author talks about his latest projects, Keynote 2, presentation quality and upgrading to Tiger, a new Apple Regional Liaison discusses his goals for the groups in his territory, and The MUG Center’s five year anniversary is reviewed.

Tom Negrino
Tom Negrino, the author of Creating Keynote Presentations with iWork: Visual QuickProject Guide from Peachipt, talks about his recent projects, Keynote 2 and its new features, delivers tips on designing an effective Keynote presentation and how to safely upgrade to Tiger, all in a feature length interview.

George Kopp
George Kopp of AppleJAC profiles his group, how much fun user group leadership can be, and what he hopes to accomplish as one of the newest members of the Apple Regional Liaison Team, covering the north central United States.

User Group Report #517: MacValley MUG at Twenty, Online Data Backup with BackJack and More Backup Discussions


A user group celebrates twenty active years, an online backup option for your critical information, and more backup discussions from the TMC Blog are included in this edition.

Julie Heatherington
Julie Hetherington of BackJack discusses her company’s options for online backup of your data, why online backup is now a more viable option than ever before, and special user group offer available exclusively through The MUG Center.

Ken Gruberman
Ken Gruberman of the MacValley Users Group joins us to discuss his group’s twentieth anniversary some of the changes they’ve experienced, and how treating their MUG like a small business has helped them thrive.

User Group Report #516: Going Mobile and Global with Fred Johnson, The AppleWorks’ Users Group Evolution, iWire Broadcast, MUG Center News & Updates and More


The evolution of the world’s largest Macintosh User Group, going global with (and without) your Mac, a new internet audio browser with an unusual development story, MUG Center news and updates and more are all included in this week’s UGR.

Christopher Stadler
Christopher Stadler, the lead Macintosh developer for East Bay Technologies talks about their internet audio browser, iWire Broadcast, how it was developed, and his surprising story of how he got into Macintosh software development.

Warren Williams
Warren Williams of The AppleWorks Users Group makes the first in a series of appearances to talk about how the world’s largest Mac user group is evolving with the advent of iWork as the successor to AppleWorks.

Fred Johnson
Fred Johnson, the author of Global Mobile: Connecting without Walls, Wires or Borders from Peachpit, discusses the best hardware and services for being on the go and staying connected in an increasingly wireless world, why he is a BlueTooth enthusiast and more in an in-depth interview.