Macintosh User Group (MUG) Center editor Chuck Joiner leads off this week’s MUG news round-up with his latest User Group Report. Guest David Lloyd, who founded the “All Things iPod” Web site iPodLounge, chats about his new iPodLounge user group. In addition, Joiner covers the latest user group deals from participating companies.
The MUG Center is also the perfect place to find out what’s happening soon at user groups in your area, and this week the Web site focuses on Apple’s Dave Marra, who is stopping by groups throughout the Northeast during the summer. His next visit will be with Oneonta, New York’s MUG ONE group on May 4, at a lecture hall on the SUNY Oneonta campus. His presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. and he’ll cover iLife ’04, Final Cut Express 2 and more; visit the MUG ONE site for more details.
Meanwhile, Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, who has written over 40 books about Macintosh computing, will preside over Princeton MUG’s 15th annual MacDinner on May 11 in Princeton, New Jersey. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse in Princeton. Registration is required, but it only lasts until May 1. The cost is US$27.50 per person, which includes dinner. Visit the Princeton MUG Web site to learn more. If you can’t make it to the event, you can always catch him at the group’s next general meeting on May 13 at 7 p.m.
On May 14, Daniel East, who founded and presides over the collaborative effort Mid-Atlantic Macintosh User Groups Team (MaMUGs), will present “Intro to Effective Web Design: Making it work for Everyone” to the Long Island Macintosh users Group (LIMac). He’ll also cover the latest Mac news and run a “Tech 911” Q&A session for LIMac members. The meeting kicks off at 7 p.m. on the Old Westbury campus of the New York Institute of Technology; visit their site to learn more.
Finally, if you run a user group and would like to make a presentation of your own about .Mac, Coastal Mac User Group webmaster Rick Curran has created a Keynote file that covers the important points. It discusses Mac.com e-mail, Web hosting, backing up with a .Mac account and more. You can grab it from his iDisk in either Keynote or PDF formats. Joiner notes that he’s happy to make such resources created by other user group members available through the MUG Center; contact him through the Web site for more information.