User Group Report #218: Boston College iMovieFest, Tom Negrino, Northern Ireland Macintosh User Group, Final Cut Pro User Groups and iCal Share.com


The User Group Report covers a wide variety of Macintosh User Group news, events, history and more in this edition:

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Ken Bereski of The Boston College Macintosh Users Group discusses his group’s upcoming iMovieFest. The event has grown and evolved since it was first held on the their campus last year. Find out how it has promoted “switching,” generated enthusiasm and will help bring the student population closer together.
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Tom Negrino, Contributing Editor of Macworld magazine and author of Microsoft Office v. X for Mac Inside Out and JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide talks about why he enjoys both presenting to and attending MUG meetings, his past as a user group president, and his top 3 (ok, 4) tips for MUG leaders.
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Matt Johnson of the Northern Ireland Macintosh User Group profiles his group, outlines some of the challenges of being a Mac user in a country with no authorized Mac dealers, and covers his group’s fund-raising project to raise money for a new G4 for a local cancer organization.

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Dan Berube of the Boston Final Cut Pro User Group makes his first appearance as our correspondent to the Final Cut Pro User Group Network. Dan talks about what the FCP User Group Network is, where they are, why they are just a little bit different than the average MUG, and why you should stop at the Final Cut Pro User Group Theater at Macworld Expo.

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Patrick Crowley of iCalShare.com tells us what his site is all about, what it offers, how it is growing, and how Macintosh User Groups are using it to help promote themselves to the larger MUG community (to the point he may add a special section just for MUGs.)

User Group Report #217: Southern California MacFair 2002, Christopher Sarson of APCUG & Chris Breen of Macworld Magazine


After over one year of featuring Macintosh User Group leaders and events and receiving a terrific listener response, The User Group Report expands. Starting with this show we’ll have more guests, give you more information and have more fun with the world of Macintosh User Groups.

The show features a review of upcoming events on the MUG Event Calendar as well as interviews with:

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Keith Mueller, the organizer of Southern California Mac Fair 2002 talks about his upcoming regional Mac event, how and why Macintosh User Groups are included, why his business, a member of the Apple Consultants Network, supports MUGs, and more.
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Christopher Sarson, Chair of the Board of Advisors and Secretary of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups, outlines what APCUG is, what it offers to user groups of all platforms, their upcoming annual conference in Las Vegas and why why regional events may be the wave of the future.
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Chris Breen, columnist for Macworld magazine and author of Secrets of the iPod and Mac 911, discusses why he supports user groups, what he gets back from user group visits and his recent keynote address at the North Coast Macintosh User Group’s Mac Computer Expo.

User Group Report #216: Steve Welsh, Founder and Director of You Don’t Know Mac


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In its fourth year, You Don’t Know Mac is billed as the annual state-wide Mac trivia contest, but it is much more than that. Steve Welsh and his team have created a regional event that encourages involvement by all the Macintosh User Groups in Oregon, features celebrity guests and includes a MUG Leaders’ Summit. Steve talks about how YDKM is organized, announces this year’s guest host, how they involve both local and national vendors in the event, how the contest is organized and why he hopes it will inspire other MUGs to organize similar events.

User Group Report #215: David Romer, Apple User Group Intern and Apple Student Core @ Emory

David RoemerDavid Roemer wears many hats in the user group community: the former president of the Apple Student Core @ Emory, one of the architects of that school’s iMovie Night, intern to the User Group Program at Apple and member of the User Group Advisory Board. David joins us to make a special announcement about a new Apple initiative involving campus user groups, a new resource for that type of group coming from Apple, and how these groups are growing, evolving and integrating into the larger MUG commmunity.

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User Group Report #214: Apple Regional Liaison Yuan-Yuan Sun


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Yuan-Yuan talks about the upcoming Apple Expo in Paris, her own group of 2000 Mac users in Switzerland, how MacOS 10.2 is being viewed in Europe, the challenges of dealing with vendors due to language differences, and more. A look at a very busy month on the MUG Event Calendar concludes this edition.You can read additionl information on the happenings in Central Europe from Yuan-Yuan in The MUG Center’s Apple Regional Liaison Report section.