This week’s User Group Report — the audio series hosted by Chuck Joiner, editor-in-chief of
The MUG Center — is now available. The latest report, which features interviews with people making news in the user group community, features the following sections: Todd Salkovitz of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia profiles his group and discusses why they decided to host a regional user group leadership conference: The Philadelphia User Group Leadership Conference. Jonas Skartis of the Santa Fe Macintosh User Group and past member of the Apple User Group Advisory Board talks about how his group is organizing specialized seminars to enhance their membership and why it’s a real advantage to have author Robin Williams as a founding member of the MUG. Michael Herrick of Matterform Media tells why his company has aggressively moved to develop a relationship with user groups, outlines the Matterform User Group Program, what it offers, and what they like to get back from their efforts. Bill Martens of the Apple PugetSound Program Library Exchange navigates a journey through the history of his group on their 25th anniversary, describes their ups and downs, and how they now support both Mac OS X, as well as new projects for Apple II owners. Lorene Romero, the User Group Advisory Board’s Vendor Liaison, serves up the latest information on vendor deals for MUGs and how MUG newsletter editors can help spread the word.
You can listen or download the MP3 file of the User Group Report online at The MUG Center. 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.