Mini’app’les Meeting, Tuesday, September 16th 7:00PM

Sep15

The Mini’app’les meeting is on September 16th (the third Tuesday of the month) at the Hackfactory, starting at 7:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. if you would like to come for some Q&A). We will talk about the new iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, iOS 8, and some of the other announcements Apple has made. We will also look at RSS readers for the Mac and iOS devices.

Mini’app’les has transitioned to using a blog instead of a monthly newsletter to keep you updated to what is happening with the club and the latest Mac news. You can find the blog on the main page of the Mini’app’les website, miniapples.org. The advantage of using a blog is so news, deals, and other important information can get to much faster instead of waiting till the end of the month. For example, as I come across deals and discounts on software and hardware, I post them to the blog.
If you have a suggestion for improving the blog, please let us know.

One of the best ways to keep up to date with the blog is to subscribe to it using the RSS feed. You can use a RSS reader such as ReadKit ($7 at the MacApp store, requires 10.8 or later) or Reeder 2 ($10 at the MacApp Store, requires 10.9) for the Mac. And the quite a number of RSS reader apps for iOS. We will look at those apps and others at the Mini’app’les meeting. We will also look at some services that have taken the place of Google Reader, such as Feedbin and Feedly.

I hope to see you at the Mini’app’les meeting on September 16th.

Mini’app’les March Meeting

Mar01

The next Mini’app’les meeting will be on March 18th, the third Tuesday of the month, at the Hackfactory (3119 E. 26th Street Minneapolis, MN 55406). At 6:30 p.m., members of the board and other knowledgable people will be available if you have specific questions you would like answered. We will do our best to address your question and help you troubleshoot the issue.

At 7:00 p.m., we will cover the latest versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. There are new features and missing features from previous versions. Whether you think the apps have been dumbed down or more convenient as you move between the Mac and iOS versions, the changes have affected many different work flows. We hope this will be beneficial for you if you are currently using or thinking of using the new iWork apps. We will have Q&A time at the end.

2014 Annual Meeting Notes

Feb23

The annual Mini’app’les meeting will be held at the Washburn Library’s meeting room (map) on Saturday, February 15th at 1:00 pm. Thanks to those that attended and braved the heavy snow and cold weather.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the Mac, we talked about different members’ first Macintosh computer and other memories from the first years of Macintosh computing.

We had a contest to see who can bring in the oldest Mac related item in three categories. The first was for oldest Macintosh computer. Dave Lundin brought in a Macintosh 128k. The second was for the oldest Macintosh software on factory media. Joel Gerdeen brought in Multiplan, developed by Microsoft. The third was for the oldest Macintosh periphery or accessory. Tom Ostertag brought in a Mac Cracker Tool, a long torx screw driver to remove the case on a the first few Macintosh computers. Each received a $25 Apple gift card.

Using an iOS app, NameSelector, Randy Hilden was selected as our lucky winner of an AppleTV.

Mini’app’les February Meeting

Feb01

The next Mini’app’les meeting will be on February 18th, the third Tuesday of the month, at the Hackfactory. At 6:30 P.M., members of the board and other knowledgable people will be available to begin our Q&A time. We will do our best to address your question and help you troubleshoot the issue.

At 7:00 P.M., we will have a full meeting of Q&A. Bring your questions and problems about your Mac or iOS device and whatever hardware you want to bring, and we will have an answer for you or point you in the right direction.

2014 Annual Meeting

Jan06

The annual Mini’app’les meeting will be held at the Washburn Library’s meeting room (map) on Saturday, February 15th at 1:00 pm.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the Mac, we will be looking back over some of the history of the Mac.

We will be giving away an AppleTV. To win, all you have to do is be a Mini’app’les member and be at the meeting.

We will also have a contest to see who can bring in the oldest Mac related item in three categories. The first is for oldest Macintosh computer. The second is for the oldest Macintosh software on factory media. The third is for the oldest Macintosh periphery or accessory. If there is a tie for the oldest item, the item in better condition will win. The winner of each category will receive a $25 Apple Store gift card. Of course, any and all items you bring to the meeting, you are responsible to take home with you.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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