May 14, 2012 meeting
Monday, May 14th, 2012
Life After MobileMe
The program topic of the May 14 meeting will be Life After MobileMe. The presentation by Joe Kissell will be a remote webcast live from Paris, France. Joe is an accomplished author, whose works include many Take Control ebooks, printed books, TidBITS articles, and Macworld magazine articles. Joe will focus on his recent ebook Take Control of iCloud. Since Joe will be speaking from Paris, it will be difficult for him to answer our questions from the floor. To help facilitate the discussion, send your MobileMe and iCloud related questions to questions(at)tmug(dot)org. We will compile them for Joe prior to the meeting. If possible, Joe will entertain questions from those present.
[Check MobileMe transition and iCloud to read Apple's frequently asked questions about the MobileMe transition and iCloud.]
TMUG’s MacBook Air membership contest is drawing to a close. We have reached our goal of 50 new & renewing members. TMUG members may continue to earn points by making forum posts through Sunday May 13. Anyone who joins or renews by May 13 will also get a point. (Please write to “membership at tmug dot org” and let us know if you have mailed your membership to our PO box.) There will be no point accrual for attendance at the May 14 meeting. The drawing to determine the winner of the contest will be held at the end of the meeting on Monday.
The winner of the MacBook Air contest is Fred Lampe. Fred had 14 of the 445 entries. He was among 60 other TMUG members participating in the contest. Congratulations Fred! (Here’s a picture of Fred shortly after he was announced the winner.)
The contest has 2 purposes – we are celebrating and promoting TMUG’s new web presence with its forum, and we are having a membership drive. The winner of the contest will get a new Apple 11″ MacBook Air (or Apple product of equivalent value at the end of the contest). Members earn points for renewing, attending meetings, & participating on the forum. And if you’re not a TMUG member yet? Join or renew your membership now to start earning points. Details are published on the MacBook Air Contest web page, along with a member point tally table. Check the contest entry log to see your updated points on the regular meeting day.
The Q&A session is arguably one of the most popular features of a TMUG monthly meeting. Here you may ask questions about your Mac or iOS devices, and then get answers from your fellow members. TMUG member & Mac consultant Bob Chandler will be there to moderate the discussion. The Q&A will follow the mid-meeting break on May 14 because we have scheduled Joe Kissell’s live preso for 6:45. Don’t forget to get a ticket for the door prize drawings, that is, if you are a TMUG member. If you’re not a member – join – and you too can get a door prize ticket. There are always a variety of nice prizes, and some lucky TMUGers will be winners!
Do you know that TMUG has connections on Google+, Meetup, Twitter, & Facebook? Check the right-hand column at TMUG.org for updates & details. We hope that all TMUG members & other folks in our community will participate in the forum at our new home. Forum subscribers may opt to receive email notifications when a topic or reply is posted on the forum. And you may subscribe to the RSS feed of the forum.
TMUG meetings are open to the public – you don’t have to be a TMUG member to attend. The same applies to participation on the TMUG forum, but a TMUG membership will grant you greater access to our services, including entries in our MacBook Air contest and our monthly door prizes. And it will likely give you a warm feeling inside, too. Join TMUG or renew your membership for only $35 for a full year. You may pay with cash, check, or most major credit & debit cards at a monthly meeting. (We are using the Square card reader for iOS for card payments, which will send you a receipt by email. TMUG absorbs the transaction fees using this card payment system as a convenience to members.) If you can’t make it to a meeting, you may also join or renew by mail by completing a membership application and sending your check to our PO box.
Be sure to join us at Caldwell Hall on the NCSU campus on May 14, 2012!