History of the Palm Beach Macintosh User Group

November 28, 2013 by · Comments Off on History of the Palm Beach Macintosh User Group 

The Good, Bad, and the Ugly (with certain names omitted for my protection)

The history of the Palm Beach Macintosh User Group was never boring. It ran the gamut from election rigging, screaming in the aisles, police interference, to the highest standards of community service, training and education. I know most of the names, but in order to protect myself from potential libel, the most controversial of those names have been redacted.

The Players

  • [Name removed 1] : PBMUG president in the early 1980s–up until about 1987 or 1988 when the PBMUG suffered its first schism.
  • [Name removed 2]: Controversial president in 1990s, who was removed by recall election.
  • [Name removed 3]: Riviera Beach police sergeant and PBMUG board member. Used police state tactics to prevent recall election from taking place. Later filled for in the remainder of [Name removed 3]’s term.
  • [Name removed 4]: Next-to-last president of PBMUG, who was a polarizing influence in those last heady years of the club’s existence.
  • [Name removed 5]: Last (as far as I know) and longest serving president/czar of the South Florida Macintosh User Group

My history with the original PBMUG goes back to about 1986 or 1987, when they were meeting at one of the outbuildings owned by Palm Beach Atlantic College. The group, which started as a user group supporting Apple II users, was a lively group of 40-50 people who were trying to learn more about their newfangled Macintosh computers, which, at that time, consisted of the 512KE and the Macintosh Plus, and followed soon after by the SE and beyond. Read more

Goodbye, Old Friend

April 25, 2012 by · Comments Off on Goodbye, Old Friend 

Mophie Juice Pack

A couple of days ago, I noticed my Mophie (no, I’m not trying to talk dirty!) had failed. To answer the eternal question, what’s a Mophie, here’s my story.

In the beginning, there was the Apple iPhone, and it was good. It was so good that users just couldn’t put them down, causing battery life to become a real problem. For many email addicts, such as myself, the internal battery on my iPhone 4 was registering as low as 30% remaining capacity before 3PM. My kid brother, another unrepentant Mac fanboy, bought a really interesting device, a Mophie, for his iPhone 3GS a few years ago. I remembered that when I bought my own iPhone, and sought one out. Read more

Learn More About Your Mac

April 22, 2012 by · Comments Off on Learn More About Your Mac 

800px-Mac_miniThe internet is a treasure-trove of excellent information, provided by lots and lots of really smart people—most of whom give up their time without payment to share their knowledge with others. In this column, I’m going to tell you about a few of my favorite Macintosh-related sites. Read more

Mac Miscellaney

April 22, 2012 by · Comments Off on Mac Miscellaney 

It’s now Monday morning, 1:15AM, and after four grueling hours with my second job getting a bunch of files prepared and uploaded, I remembered that I hadn’t done my column yet! I’m not even exactly sure what it’s going to be about, so please humor me. It’s late, and I’m not just a little grouchy. Read more

Why a Mac?

April 22, 2012 by · Comments Off on Why a Mac? 

Who is buying all those Macs? Recent sales figures show that Apple’s market share is now in the 20% range, even though they usually cost hundreds more than their PC brethren. More amazing is that this market share is growing in one of the worst economic downturns in decades. Maybe because:

An Apple Macintosh offers the user more sheer value than equivalent Windows machines. It’s a computer that can be used, with ease, by every member of your family. It comes with more standard, usable software than the Windows product, though in fairness, Microsoft is trying to catch up with a decent free video editor, but no one has anything close to Garage Band, for those who need a digital audio production studio. Likewise, there’s nothing that comes close to iPhoto for sophisticated functionality in the way it manages your image library. Oh, and it’s free, too. Read more

Is it time to trade in your old Mac?

April 22, 2012 by · Comments Off on Is it time to trade in your old Mac? 

Whew! What a loaded question! The reality is that there are lots and lots of older…er…more mature Macs still in use every day, helping their owners run their businesses. One of my longtime friends is still using a slew of Macs dating back to the 1990s, because the software he’s running is still getting the job done, and newer versions are either not available, or will not run at all on the newer hardware or operating systems. His attitude is, “why spend all that money upgrading software and hardware when what I have works, and still keeps my business profitable?” Read more

Macintosh Computers Ready for Business?

March 18, 2012 by · Comments Off on Macintosh Computers Ready for Business? 

This is the dirty little secret your IT manager doesn’t want you to know about. The truth is, it’s easier than ever to integrate Macintosh computers into your technology mix. Macs no longer need to be hidden in that dark corner of your business known as the graphic design department. Instead, it’s time for your Macs to be a valued part of your computing toolset. Read more

What’s Holding Apple Back from the Enterprise?

March 18, 2012 by · Comments Off on What’s Holding Apple Back from the Enterprise? 

In a recent TWIT (This Week In Technology) podcast, and additional discussions on the MacBreak Weekly podcast, host Leo Laporte and his panelists discussed the new iMac and how attractive it might be to corporate users. That’s when one of the panelists (I don’t remember who) brought up an inconvenient truth (sorry Mr. Gore) that as great as the iMac is, it’s not corporate IT friendly. Read more

Fun With Parallels

March 18, 2012 by · Comments Off on Fun With Parallels 

One of the many things we MyMac.com writers do is review products for all of you fine readers. I’ve been on the staff for a month or two, and got media credentials at Macworld (I still can’t believe that happened…), got a few things published, and so on, so Nemo asked me what products I want to review. I indicated I wasn’t too sure, and that I’d sleep on it, when a few days later, I was asked to review something, but that I needed an Intel Mac capable of running Windows to do so. Read more

Fun With a Black Macbook — Part 2

March 18, 2012 by · Comments Off on Fun With a Black Macbook — Part 2 

Well, three weeks into ownership, I continue to feel much joy. Battery life is quite good–in normal use, I seem to get at least 3 or more hours before it requires a recharge. Sure beats my old TiBook all to heck! It can sit on my lap for extended periods without being too terribly uncomfortable. It’s warm, mind you, but so far as long as the wide duct at the back is kept clear, the fan doesn’t come on very often, and it never feels like I’m being burned alive.

I brought my new toy to my local Mac user group meeting last week, as the scheduled guest speaker dropped out at the last minute, and I was asked to step in to do a show and tell. I guess the geek factor of showing how you can run Windows XP and Linux on a Mac laptop was far too high, as there weren’t a lot of questions from the audience. Read more

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