User Group Report #319: Tucson Macintosh Users Group, The Apple MUG Store, Whatcom Macintosh Users Group & UGU Update

In this edition, two user groups who are enthusiastically trying new and interesting things are featured, along with a user group-only resource that benefits MUGs and MUG members in several ways, an update on the many sponsors of User Group University and more user group news.

Ridge Prevost

Ridge Prevost of the Tucson Macintosh Users Group profiles his group and discusses how his group is trying different things to make their group more valuable, including a new form on their web site and multiple-topic meetings.

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson of the Apple Macintosh User Group Store talks about this resource for Apple-recognized user groups, refurbished equipment, trade-ins, their points program, and why they are a Platinum sponsor of User Group University.

Mac Carter

Mac Carter of the Whatcom Macintosh Users Group, a very new MUG president, outlines how he and other Mac enthusiasts are re-making an existing group, what their plans are, and why they are doing what they’re doing.

User Group Report #318: New CGAB Member, a Mac Unix User Group & UGU Platinum Sponsors

The newest member of the Apple Campus Group Advisory Board gives her first interview, Macintosh User Groups from a Unix perspective, the first Platinum sponsors for User Group University, and why this UGU will be even better for vendors and attendees alike.

Sarah Friedlander
Sarah Friedlander the newest member of the Apple Campus Group Advisory Board, and Vice President of MacRIT, the User Group at the Rochester Institute of Technology, gives her first interview since being appointed, profiles her group, and what CGAB does for the campus group movement.

Brian RedmanBrian Redman of the Lower East Side Mac Unix Users Group gives us a look at the Macintosh from a Unix perspective, talks about why he elected to adopt the user group model to service Mac Unix users, and what they do.

User Group Report #317: ApplePickers/Small Dog Film Festival, CZ Robertson, MUG Deals, Switchers & MacUsers MUG

A new Mac film festival, a user group community icon, some thoughts on encouraging Switchers, and why there is more than one way to start a user group, no matter how old you are, vendor deals, MUGs at the O’Reilly MacOS X conference, and plenty of news are included in this edition.

Bob McLaughlin
Bob McLaughlin of ApplePickers tells us about his group’s recent Small Dog / ApplePickers Film Festival, how it helped bring their group together, and the decisions they made while planning the event.
Carmela Zamora-Robertson
Carmela Zamora-Robertson (“CZ”) of All By Myself talks about her career, and how user groups have always been part of it, her new company, and how they rely on Apple technology for everything.
Lynda Fudold
Lynda Fudold of the Silicon Valley Macintosh Users Group gives some thoughts on how to attract and encourage Switchers, and why it is a good idea to do so.
Chris Wronski
Chris Wronski of The MacUsers User Group discusses why, at age 15, he wanted to found a user group and how they took the unusual path of starting out virtual and then added a community presence.

User Group Report #316: Raincoast Conference, Audible & Boeing Mac Users

A regional user group conference, audio entertainment for your iPod, and a corporate user group are all featured in this edition, along with a review of MUG news, Macworld announcements, reminders of new and available resources, the month’s coming user group events, and a request for feedback.

Kathryn Whitacre
Kathryn Whitacre, Chairman of the Raincoast Regional Conference discusses how the event has gone from a PC-only conference to being “platform neutral,” why it is open to more than just user group leaders, and what it takes to produce a regional event.
Foy Sperring
Foy Sperring, Sr. Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Audible talks about what is cool about Audible, why they believe in user groups and helped sponsor the User Group Leaership Conference, and how they continue to support user groups with two special programs.
Gary Cohen
Gary Cohen of the Mac Special Interest Group of The Boeing Employees Computing Society gives us our first look at a corporate user group, how it is organized, what it does, how it has endured changes in corporate culture and focus, who can attend, and why MacOS X has caused renewed corporate interest in the Mac.

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User Group Report #315: Breen’s Bungalow, TackyShirt, Corning MUG & Vendor Deals

This edition features MUG meeting content and ideas, an in-depth discussion of online user groups, why it is fun to get involved in Macworld Expo events, and this month’s MUG-only vendor deals.

Chris Breen
Chris Breen of Macworld magazine discusses their latest method of Macintosh User Group support, the offering of special editions of the “Breen’s Bungalow” QuickTime video tutorials for use by individual MUGs at their meetings and in their CDs.
Sam Crutsinger
Sam Crutsinger of Tacky Shirt talks about his company’s first training video from both an information and entertainment standpoint, extends an offer to user groups everywhere to do a Tacky Shirt presentation via iChatAV, and gives tips on how to make it a terrific experience.
Kevin Gomez
Kevin Gomez of the Corning Macintosh Users Group talks about the advantages and disadvantages of the online user group model, the fun of Macworld volunteering, and how he’s trying to have his MUG accessible from your cell phone.

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