Dave Marra, Apple Senior Systems Engineer/Education and Macintosh User Group “guru,” kicked off his 2003 MUG Tour this past week. He’ll be crisscrossing the Northeast U.S. making appearances at the following MUGs at the dates listed: February 18: New Jersey Macintosh Users Group March 12: North Jersey Mac Apple User Group March 15: Philadelphia PowerBook Users Group April 10: MetroMac April 18: South Jersey Apple Users Group April 22: Connecticut PC Users Group
For details, go to
The MUG Center, an online resource for Mac User Groups.
In other user group news, the first 2003 edition of the User Group Report boasts several guests as well as information on how to get a Mac User Group’s events listed on The MUG Center. Also, for the first time, the User Group Report is available as an MP3 file.
The User Group Report is the audio series hosted by Chuck Joiner, editor of The MUG Center that features interviews with people making news in the user group community. You can listen or download the MP3 file at the
report Web site.
In the latest edition, Nico Jubber of the Tufts Macintosh Users Group profiles her group, the first iFocus contest for Boston area campus user groups, and User Group University (UGU) from a student perspective. User Group University is the premiere user group event at Macworld Expo. It’s produced by the User Group Advisory Board, a small, diverse group of leaders chosen by Apple to provide ongoing feedback and advice on its user group program.
Chris Kiltz of the Josephine County Mac User Group talks about how her group went from being “in the middle of nowhere” to exhibiting in the User Group Booth at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. Bonnie Mitchell of Casady & Greene discusses the C&G User Group Program and why the company choose to make SpellCatcher X available to user groups before anyone else. And Lorene Romero, the User Group Advisory Board’s vendor liaison, will offer an update on the latest vendor deals exclusively for Mac User Groups.
MUGs are good places for making new friends, finding Mac-loving buddies, boning up your technical expertise, finding solutions to technical problems, and sometimes finding a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to
Apple’s User Group Web page.