User Group Report #314: Oceania Regional Liaison, Recosoft, Flint Apple Club & 25 Years of Apple CIDER

We go around the world and talk with another Apple Regional Liaison Team member, a vendor from Japan, spotlight a new twist on an old MUG event, and have yet another 25th anniversary celebration with Woz.

Graeme Moffatt
Graeme Moffatt of the Wellington Macintosh User Group and Apple Regional Liaison Team member covering Oceania talks about what he has been doing since his RL appointment, and the response his group is having to their MovieFest 2003.
Paul Chadh
Paul Chadha of Recosoft discusses how his company, based in Japan, sees user group feedback and exposure as valuable, how they expanded the effort to the United States, and why they’ll be back supporting MUGs in San Francisco in January.
Paul Hering
Paul Hering of the Flint Apple Club tells us about how they took the idea of a swap meet and made it something new and unique, outlines their goals for the future of the event, and shares some terrific one-liners they use to promote their group.
Rick Harrison
Rick Harrison of Apple CIDER gives us a look at his group on their 25th anniversary, why they tried (and succeeded) to get Steve Wozniak to headline the event, and delivers some thoughts on the influence the Apple co-founder has had on all of us.

User Group Report #313: Adam Engst, Asian Regional Liaison, Mini’App’les Times 2, and MUG Deals

This edition features an industry icon, an Asian Regional Liaison Team member, our first tag-team interview on a 25th anniversary celebration and the latest vendor deals.

Adam Engst
Adam Engst of TidBITS talks about how his carrer started in a user group and how he continues to support MUGs by allowing TidBITS reprints, why huge user groups may not be the best thing, being named (again) to the MDJ Power 25, and much more.
Yan Feng
Yan Feng, Apple Regional Liaison Team member for Asia (excluding Japan), talks about the Beijing Maicntosh User Group and how it is growing slowly but surely, the Macintosh market in China and more.
Dan Buchler
Dan Buchler, the founder of mini’app’les, talks about the early days of that group, why he was inspired to start the group 25 years ago, what they did, and why he has made the switch, all these years later, to MacOS X.
Les Anderson, the current president of mini’app’les, talks about the group’s status today, how they have formed a unique SIG partnership with a local PC group, and how they celebrated their 25th anniversary.

User Group Report #312: Rogue Valley Mac Expo, French Apple Regional Liaison, MUG Deals & CreativePro Wrap-Up

Our first edition for August continues our look at the Apple Regional Liaison Team, information on a recent regional MUG event, more user group-only vendor deals and a wrap-up of all the events at Macworld CreativePro.

Chris Kiltz
Chris Kiltz of the Josephine County Macintosh Users Group and Apple Regional Liaison for the northwest United States talks about her appointment and her group’s recent regional event, The Rogue Valley Mac Expo.
Alain Pougeoise
Alain Pougeoise, one of the two Apple Regional Liaison Team members for Europe, discusses his group, Intermac, the regional organization, and the view of the user group community from France.

User Group Report #311: Microsoft, User Group Booth, Regional Liaisons & MUG Deals

Our last edition before Macworld Creative Pro Conference & Expo features a User Group Leadership Conference sponsor, the host group for the User Group Booth, two more Apple Regional Liaison Team members, the monthly MUG deals, a review of all the MUG events at Expo and commentary on the closing of Casady & Greene.

Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson of Microsoft introduces us to the Macintosh side of their User Group Program, and talks about being a Platinum sponsor of the upcoming The User Group Leadership Conference.
Macbeth Vannoy
Apple Regional Liaison Team member Macbeth Vannoy introduces herself, and her group, the North Coast Macintosh Users Group, tells why she wanted to serve on the Team, and what her group did for her when her appointment was announced.
Bill Medlow
Bill Medlow of the Long Island Macintosh Users Group, talks about his group and what they offer, how they get big name speakers, and their position as host of the User Group Booth at Macworld for the third year in a row.
Gary Kampel
Gary Kampel of the the Palm Beach Macintosh Users Group, and his inspiration for successfully applying to become a member of Apple Regional Liaison Team.

User Group Report #310: User Group Leadership Conference, Circus Ponies & Even More Liaisons

The User Group Leadership Conference and MUG events at Macworld ConferencePro take center stage, with a report from the Macworld Planning Committee and an interview with one of the lead sponsors. We also continue our introduction of the Apple Regional Liaison Team.

Elizabeth Statmore
Elizabeth Statmore of Circus Ponies joins us to talk about her new company, their product, NoteBook, how they see the user group community as a way to connect with the Macintosh market, and why they have initiated a full-blown user group program and elected to be a Platinum sponsor of The User Group Leadership Conference.
Rex Covington
Rex Covington of the Houston Area Apple Users Group and Regional Liaison member for the South Central United States introduces himself to his region, and talks about how his group always seems to get high-quality presenters.
Members of The Macworld Planning Committee talk about all of the events coming up at Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo.

Joepipala Susanpipala

Joe & Susan Pipala of The Lake Macintosh Users Group and the husband-and-wife team who are serving as Regional Liaisons for online groups, tell us why they are involved in three different groups, their insights into online groups, and what they hope to be able to do in their new positions.