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Apple User Group Bulletin - December 15, 2005 ....................................................................
Dear User Group Leader,
It's almost time to say goodbye to 2005 and to welcome 2006 with its promise of great things to come. As we plan for the year ahead, we'd love to hear from you. What brings your group joy? What issues do you face in the year ahead? We know great things happen when user groups get together and, as always, we remain dedicated to helping user groups thrive.
Best wishes, The Apple User Group Advisory Board (UGAB) _____________________________________________________________________
Community News - Leaders ....................
1] - Apple Sales and Training: The End of the Year is Near 2] - Reminder: A New Way to Keep Track of Discount Offers 3] - Nicholas Pyers: Publishing iCal Calendars _____________________________________________________________________
Apple User Group Bulletin - Members _____________________________________________________________________
Community News - Members ....................
1] - Expo News: Lots of Things to Do and See 2] - Expo News: Town Meeting for User Group Newsletter Editors 3] - User Group People in the News: David Feng and Nicholas Pyers 4] - Logo Design Contest: Students and Members Compete in New Jersey 5] - User Group Milestones: MacAttorney Passes 5,000 Members 6] - Photography Workshop: Allegheny Region Macintosh User Group 7] - Milestones
Special Offers ....................
1] - Pressure Drop: 10% off Monitor Stand/Combo Hub for Mac mini 2] - Intriguing Development: Holiday Discount on iRemember Scrapbooking 3] - Two-for-One: Best-Selling Roxio Products 4] - Quickertek: 20% Off 5] - Ending Soon: Learning Lab and Make Magazine from O'Reilly 6] - The MUG Store: Great Deals on Mac Refurbs and More _____________________________________________________________________
COMMUNITY NEWS - LEADERS _____________________________________________________________________
1] - Apple Sales and Training: The End of the Year is Near ........................
Here's a reminder to ambassadors that Apple Sales and Training Online (ASTO) is closing for this program year on December 19. The 2006 ASTO membership will begin on Wednesday, January 4 at noon Pacific time. Have you achieved Apple Product Professional (APP) yet? There's still time.
Apple Sales Training http://salestraining.apple.com/
2] - Reminder: A New Way to Keep Track of Discount Offers .......................
Looking for an easy way to keep track of user group discount offers? UGAB Vendor Coordinator Tom Piper has created a password-protected web page of all current offers for user group members. Give the password to your group's members in a non-public form (mailing list, print newsletter, password-protected web page and/or members-only bulletin board) and the codes will be ready when your members are.
Vendor offers for user group members http://homepage.mac.com/ugab/offers/vendorcodes.htm _____________________________________________________________________
3] - Nicholas Pyers: Publishing iCal Calendars ......................
Nicholas Pyers is known for his clever puzzles, but did you know he's an author too? His current article on publishing user group calendars via iCal can help any group share news of their meetings and events with a minimum of effort.
Check it out. http://nicholaspyers.com/articles/20051023-publishingicals/index.html _____________________________________________________________________
Apple User Group Bulletin - Members, December 15, 2005 _____________________________________________________________________
COMMUNITY NEWS - MEMBERS _____________________________________________________________________
1] - Expo News: Lots of Things to Do and See ........................
One thing is for certain: attendees at Macworld San Francisco '06 won't be bored. Trish Huffman, AUG-D List Mom, Apple User Group Advisory Board member and speakers coordinator presents an all-star line up for User Group University and a wonderful variety of speakers throughout the week in the User Group Lounge. Rick Ortiz, Apple User Group Advisory Board member and booth coordinator has staffed the booth with some great groups. Guides, parties and a week of fun: who could ask for more?
User Group University http://homepage.mac.com/ugab/ugu06.html
User Group Lounge http://homepage.mac.com/ugab/mwsf06lounge.html
User Group Booth http://homepage.mac.com/ugab/mwsf06booth.html
2] - Expo News: Town Meeting for User Group Newsletter Editors .......................
Are you the editor of your group's newsletter? Macworld presents an excellent opportunity to network with other newsletter editors. Looking for new ideas? Want to share some challenges? Let's get together and talk on Wednesday, January 11, at 5 p.m. in the User Group Lounge, room 250.
Share the news. http://homepage.mac.com/ugab/mwsf06lounge.html _____________________________________________________________________
3] - User Group People in the News: David Feng and Nicholas Pyers .......................
This is an exciting time for a number of members of our community.
David Feng, president of Beijing International MUG and Apple User Group Regional Liaison, was recently interviewed for television and print media. Autoplus magazine and Beijing Today both wanted to know what was on his mind.
Well known puzzlemaster and Apple Users' Group of Melbourne (AUSOM) ambassador Nicholas Pyers will be writing a regular column for Australian Macworld, starting with a February issue that includes events in the user group community down under.
4] - Logo Design Contest: Students and Members Compete in New Jersey .......................
The Macs for Students group has been offering a logo design contest for high school and college students in South Jersey as well as South Jersey Apple Users Group (SJAUG) members. With a grand prize of a silver iPod mini (4GB) and the honor of having their logo used and published in print and on the web, the second prize winner will receive a 1GB iPod Shuffle.
The Macs for Students group is a community service project which meets monthly to refurbish donated Macs. These working systems are distributed to students who apply and are accepted from Burlington County, New Jersey and the surrounding area.
The winner will be announced at the December 16 Holiday Party meeting of SJAUG.
(Thanks to Main Line President and Apple User Group Regional Liaison Maria O. Arguello for this tip.) _____________________________________________________________________
5] - User Group Milestones: MacAttorney Passes 5,000 Members .......................
With two issues to go before they publish their fiftieth newsletter, MacAttorney reports that they have already exceeded 5,400 members. Formed as a place for attorneys, law students, legal professionals and the IS staffs of legal firms, this group provides a much appreciated service to the legal community. Congrats to attorney, author, moderator and well known speaker Randy Singer and members of MacAttorney.
6] - Photography Workshop: Allegheny Region Macintosh User Group ......................
The Allegheny Region Macintosh User Group (ARMUG) hosted a demonstration of digital photography, computer processing of photos and printing at the Chautauqua Arts Council in Jamestown, New York. Participants included Photographers Bob Knobloch and Roger Roselli.
The venue http://www.artscouncil.com/
The group http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/ARMUG2000/
(Thanks to Ambassador Walter Atwood for this news.) _____________________________________________________________________
7] - Milestones .....................
This month's column includes a group who first met in 1979. Happy anniversary to a worldwide list of some of our oldest groups. Want to see your group listed? Send an email with date and year to email@hidden.
1979 Apples BC Computer Society http://www.applesbc.bc.ca
1980 Leisure World Macintosh Users Group (CA) http://www.lwmug.org
(Greetings to Ambassador Louise Dawson.)
1980 Space Coast Mac Users Group http://www.SCMUG.org
1981 Lynchburg Apple Core http://www.lynchburgmug.org
(Warm wishes to retiring President Gordon Mattox.)
1985 Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY http://www.mugone.com
(Congratulations to good friend, Apple User Group Advisory Board Member and President Elsa Travisano and the members of MUG ONE.)
1987 Tucson Macintosh Users Group http://tmug.com
1989 Christian Macintosh Users Group http://www.cmug.org/index.html
1991 fiMUG - Finnish Macintosh User Group ry http://www.fimug.fi/
(Greetings to President Mirko Nieminen.)
1996 Woodward Macintosh Users Group http://homepage.mac.com/woodwardmug
(Congrats to President Debra Alpert and the students of Woodward school.)
1998 MacFreak(tm) Interactive http://www.macfreak.org/
1999 North Queensland Mac User Group http://www.nqmug.org/
2001 Boston Final Cut Pro User Group http://www.bosfcpug.org
(Hello to President Dan Berube and members.)
2001 Hellenic Macintosh User Group http://www.helmug.gr
(Greetings to hard working ambassador Yannis Angelidis.)
SPECIAL OFFERS - APPLE USER GROUP BULLETIN - December 15, 2005 _____________________________________________________________________
These User Group discounts are brought to you by the Apple User Group Advisory Board and Tom Piper, vendor relations.
You must be a current Apple user group member to qualify for these savings. Not a member? Join an Apple user group today to take advantage of these special offers. _____________________________________________________________________
1] - Pressure Drop: 10% off Monitor Stand/Combo Hub for Mac mini .......................
zStand is a stylish monitor stand that ingeniously incorporates a USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 combo hub. Delivering both beauty and brawn, zStand is sized perfectly for a Mac mini, but works equally well holding external hard drives and the like. zStand is the latest product of the Art-Techo movement, Pressure Drop's crusade to replace drab computer accessories with visionary peripherals that fuse technology with art.
Normally $99.99 (US), Apple User Group members receive 10 percent off.
Coupon code ZSTAND05MUG
Order today. http://www.pressuredropinc.com
This U.S. only offer is valid through March 31, 2006. _____________________________________________________________________
2] - Intriguing Development: Holiday Discount on iRemember Scrapbooking ......................
Digital scrapbooking on the Mac is here. iRemember allows you to create unique scrapbooks for life's precious moments. You can design, create, edit and print scrapbooks for any occasion, then share your albums with friends and family. All the tools you need to create stunning scrapbooks are included to create borders, backgrounds, frames, patterns; add text, photos, clip art and shapes; and crop your photos.
Regularly $49.95 (US), iRemember's is reduced via this exclusive Apple user group offer to only $39.95 (US), a 20 percent discount.
Coupon code UG020
See what the buzz is about http://www.macscrapbook.com
This holiday U.S. only offer is valid through December 31, 2005. ___________________________________________________________________
3] - Two-for-One: Best-Selling Roxio Products ......................
Get Toast 7 Titanium plus The Boom Box for one low price. As the updated industry-leading Mac CD & DVD burning suite, Toast 7 complements and extends the functionality of the Mac OS and iLife applications with innovative new features and ground-breaking capabilities. The Boom Box is the must-have software accessory for iPod or iTunes users.
For a limited time (while supplies last) Apple user group members can order both products from Roxio for only $79.99 (US), almost 50 percent off the regular price.
This U.S. only offer is valid through March 31, 2006. ___________________________________________________________________
4] - Quickertek: 20% Off ......................
Quickertek offers proven products to enhance your wireless performance. Now, Quickertek's wireless performance products are available to user group members at a 20 percent discount. This includes the new Plug 'N Play antennas and transceivers, as well as other antennas and transceiver products and PowerBook handles. Don't forget to check out the newly-released Point-to-Point internet system!
Coupon code QUICKERTEK2
This U.S. only offer is valid through March 31, 2006. ___________________________________________________________________
5] - Ending Soon: Learning Lab and Make Magazine from O'Reilly ......................
User Group Members can receive a special 50% discount on Learning Lab Courses in the following University of Illinois Certificate Series:
-Linux/Unix System Administration -Web Programming -Open Source Programming -.NET Programming -Client-Side
Learning Lab Coupon code ORALL1
Give the geek on your list a truly unique gift this holiday season: their very own subscription to MAKE magazine, the first magazine devoted to digital projects, hardware hacks, and DIY inspiration. Regularly $34.95 (US), $39.95 (Canada) and $49.95 (all other countries), O'Reilly offers user group members two ways to save.
Receive a five dollar discount off the regular subscription rate. https://www.pubservice.com/mk/SubGiftSplash.aspx?PC=MK&PK=U5OUGA
Pay full price and receive a free MAKE T-shirt. https://www.pubservice.com/mk/SubGiftSplash.aspx?PC=MK&PK=U5OUGB
This worldwide offer is valid through December 31, 2005. ___________________________________________________________________
6] - The MUG Store: Great Deals on Mac Refurbs and More .....................
The MUG Store: Great Deals on Mac Refurbs and More
There's plenty of time to shop at the Mug Store for your family, friends and fellow user group members. Here are just a few of the MUG Store's current specials on Apple Certified Refurbished Hardware:
- Mac mini 1.42 with Combo drive: $439 - Mac mini 1.42 with Combo drive and iPod shuffle: $499 - eMac 1.25 with SuperDrive and iPod shuffle: $799 - iMac G5/1.8 with SuperDrive and 20" display: $1149 - Power Mac G5/1.8 with Super Drive and 20" display: $1488 - PowerBook G4/1.5 with Combo Drive and 15" display: $1499 - PowerBook G4/1.67 with SuperDrive and 17" display: $1988
As always, get 1 percent back on everything your membership purchases: if you encourage your members to buy from the MUG store, you can get everything from software to new computers for your operation for FREE.
The MUG Store also has free freight to members, RAM rebates, and aggressive pricing on new and reconditioned Macs, and of course the largest selection of pre-owned Macs on the planet.
User ID: ipod Password: nano
This U.S. only offer is valid through January 31, 2006. _____________________________________________________________________
For information about vendor offers and more visit
Sandy Foderick, Editor Apple User Group Advisory Board email@hidden
Tom Piper, Vendor Relations Apple User Group Advisory Board email@hidden
Elsa Travisano, Text and Archival Editor Apple User Group Advisory Board email@hidden
Jeff Mosqueda, Publisher Apple email@hidden
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