User Group Report #521: The Mac News Braintrust Roundtable Discussion, Brigadoon Software Lets Your Mac Phone Home If Stolen, Upcoming MUG Events and More

The editors of three of the most respected news sites on the Mac Web join the User Group Report for the first “Mac News Braintrust” roundtable discussion, and software that let’s your Mac tell you where it is if it gets stolen are included in this special edition.

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The members of the Mac News Braintrust, Jim Dalrymple of MacCentral, Dennis Sellers of Macsimum News, and Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer discuss the hottest news story in years, Apple’s Intel announcement, podcasting and more in our feature-length interview.This event kicks off a new User Group Report segment that will bring you more than just news from the most recognized names in Apple reporting.

Martin Moran of Brigadoon Software discusses MacPhoneHome, the software that can help your Mac if it is stolen. Brigadoon boasts and impressive recovery rate, and Martin talks about their interaction with law enforcement agencies around the world to achieve that rate, as well as how the software works and why it isn’t just for mobile Macs.

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.

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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.