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User Group Report #535: The Mac Networker’s Retreat with Paul Kent, GarageBand and Podcasting Focus Group with Sue Arment, Mac News Braintrust with Dennis Sellers and the Evolution of The User Group Report

Posted by Chuck Joiner on October 11th, 2005

A professional Mac conference of a different kind, a focus group where you can get paid, and the latest in Mac news commentary are all included in this week’s show, along with information on the User Group Report’s evolution into something new: MacVoices. The guests are Paul Kent of The Mac Networker’s Retreat, Sue Arment of Digital Life Discoveries and Dennis Sellers of Macsimum News.

Paulkent
Paul Kent of Mactivity profiles the upcoming Mac Networkers Retreat, summarizing the intense, professional-level sessions that attendees will benefit from. Paul tells us why this conference is different than just about anything out there by design, and why you might want to consider joining them on Monterey Bay.

Sue Arment
Sue Arment of Digital Life Discoveries tells us about her company, how they assist technology vendors who want to connect with real users, and fills you in on how, if you use GarageBand or are a music podcaster, you can share your opinions and get paid for it

Dennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers of Macsimum News is back to discuss recent, and upcoming, developments in Mac news, including the iPod nano, Apple’s stock price, the breakneck pace of product development at Apple and more.

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User Group Report #534: Podcasting with Jack Herrington, 3D Animation with Kinemac, Mac News Braintrust with Bryan Chaffin and Macworld Expo Update

Posted by Chuck Joiner on October 4th, 2005

Interested in podcasting? Get information on both the basics and the state of the online broadcasting phenomenon from the author of a new book on the subject. Want a new graphics challenge? Learn about a 3D animation tool that delivers professional results and sports user group pricing. What do all the iPod headlines mean? Find out in the Mac News Braintrust.

Jack Herrington
Jack Herrington, the author of Podcasting Hacks from O’Reilly, gives us a feature-length look at the world of podcasting. This isn’t just another “podcasting is cool” interview, but a discussion of some of the trends and recent developments in podcasts, plus a little practical advice for those considering joining the fray.

Lorenzo Puleo
Lorenzo Puleo of Kinemac discusses his sophisticated yet easy to use 3D animation software, what you can do with it, and the user group discount you can enjoy when purchasing it.

Bryanchaffin
Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer and The iPod Observer provides his thoughts and analysis on the the Motorola CEO’s nano outburst, the cost of online music downloads, cracking iPod nano screens and more in the Mac News Braintrust segment.
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User Group Report #533: Personal Development with LearnOutLoud.com, Free Software with FreeMacWare.Com, Apple Expo Paris Wrap-Up with Benjamin Stanley, Mac News Braintrust with Jim Dalrymple and the UGR Survey

Posted by Chuck Joiner on September 27th, 2005

iTunes and podcasts aren’t the only thing to put in your iPod. Find out how you can improve and educate yourself through audio programming from a wide variety of sources. We’ll also help you find cool new Mac software that is free, wrap up Apple Expo in Paris and get the stories behind the stories in the Mac news for the week. While you’re listening, take the User Group Report Survey and help us improve the show.

Jon Bischke
Jon Bischke of LearnOutLoud.com discusses his site and what it delivers for those interested in personal development and education audio programming, their plans for original content creation and where podcasts fit into the mix.

Richard Miller
Richard Miller of FreeMacWare.com outlines how this new web site differes from other software sites, why they decided to focus on free software, and how they add a personal touch to each listing by creating a mini-review for each entry.

Benjamin Stanley
Benjamin Stanley of the Midlands Macintosh Users Group, The MUG Center’s correspondent to Apple Expo in Paris, is back to wrap up the show with some final thoughts and talk about the photos he sent us.

Jim Dalrymple
Jim Dalrymple of MacCentral is in the Mac News Braintrust pilot’s seat this week to talk about the new enhancements to .Mac, the cancellation of Macworld Expo in Boston and other stories from the week’s Mac headlines.
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UGR #532: Upgrading Your Mac with Larry O’Connor of Other World Computing, Editing Photos in iPhoto 5 with Kevin Wolfe and Mac News Braintrust with Bryan Chaffin

Posted by Chuck Joiner on September 20th, 2005

To upgrade your existing Mac or buy a new one: that’s the question, and we get answers from an expert. We also learn that you don’t have to be a graphics wiz to make your digital photos look better with the tools in Apple’s iPhoto 5, and find out what’s important in the week’s Mac headlines.

Larry O’Connor
Larry O’Connor of Other World Computing, one of the most respected Mac vendors around, delivers information and insight into the age-old question of whether upgrading an older Mac is money well spent. Larry covers processor upgrades, RAM, hard drives and more in this in-depth interview that you’ll want to hear before you spend another dollar on your Mac.

Kevin Wolf
J. Kevin Wolfe, the author of Serious Editing in iPhoto 5, talks about what can be accomplished in the latest version of Apple’s digital picture software, and how you can make your photos look good without having to invest the time or money in a separate image editing program.

Bryan Chaffin
Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer and The iPod Observer provides his thoughts and analysis on the week’s Apple headlines in the Mac News Braintrust segment.

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UGR #531: Winn Schwartau Isn’t “Mad as Hell” Any More, Campus MovieFest Update with David Roemer and Mac News Braintrust with Jim Dalrymple

Posted by Chuck Joiner on September 13th, 2005

We follow up with a high-profile, real-world, outspoken switcher to learn his conclusions after a few months on the Mac, get the latest on moviemaking on campus and learn what one of the most influential names in Mac news thinks about last week’s announcements.

Winn Schwartau
Winn Schwartau, PC security expert, author and columnist, after several months of using Macs as his productivity platform of choice, tells us why he’s no longer “Mad as Hell.” Winn’s insights into the Mac platform from his unique perspective are required listening for any Mac advocate and anyone who is evaluating their computing choices.

David Roemer
David Roemer of Campus MovieFest is back with information on the largest student moviemaking event yet, how they’ve attracted new corporate sponsors, and their plans to visit twenty more universities in the next few months

Jim Dalrymple
This week’s Mac News Braintrust panelist is Jim Dalrymple of MacCentral. Jim delivers thoughts on Apple’s announcements from last week, including some personal observations based on first-hand experience.
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User Group Report #530: Vodcasting with Christopher Breen, In-Depth with iStockPhoto.com, Mac News Braintrust with Dennis Sellers and Thanks to an Apple Regional Liaison

Posted by Chuck Joiner on September 6th, 2005

What’s a vodcast? What can you learn from one? What can the internet’s #1 stock photography web site offer you, the iLife-loving Mac user? How can you share your very best digital photos and make some money doing it? What’s the hottest Mac news and why? All these and more questions are answered in this week’s show.

Christopher Breen
Christopher Breen, the editor of Playlistmag.com talks about his new vodcast, why he’s jumping back into the world of video, the challenges of producing a vodcast and how you can learn from his experience to make your own videos better.

Patrick Lor Kellythompson

Patrick Lor and Kelly Thompson of iStockPhoto.com profile their amazing web site, go in-depth on how it works, deliver some hints on how to find what you’re looking for and outline their growing community of contributing photographers in a bonus-length interview.

Dennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers of Macsimum News discusses the recent Macintosh news and what it can mean to you. The pulling of the Mac mini promotion, HP dropping the iPod, the future of the tower Mac form factor and more are all on Dennis’ mind this week.
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User Group Report #529: Getting Scientific On Your Mac with George Storm, Matching Your Colors with ColorIQ and Mac News Braintrust with Brian Chaffin of The Mac Observer

Posted by Chuck Joiner on August 30th, 2005

Want to do scientific data input on your Mac? Find out what the hot new product was at the ADHOC/MacHack Conference, learn how you can keep your digital photos’ colors more consistent and get the latest commentary on the Mac news headlines.

George Storm
George Storm, an associate of Perfectly Scientific, Inc. and founder of the Seattle XCoders, talks about the bTop-1 interface board that gets data from the physical world into your Mac, his group’s focus on programming, and how you might be able to borrow his robot.

Erik Rogers
Erik Rogers of ColorIQ explains how his company’s flagship product, IQ Match, can help you keep your images looking both good and consistent as they move from digital camera to screen, screen to printer, and beyond, and how they made an early connection with user groups.

Bryan Chaffin
Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer and The iPod Observer delivers this week’s Mac News Braintrust segment.
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User Group Report #528: Mac Annoyances and Macs and Windows with John Rizzo, Virginia MUG at Digital Edge Expo, Twenty Years of North Coast Mac Users Group, Mac News Braintrust with Jim Dalrymple of MacCentral, Vendor Offers for MUGs and More

Posted by Chuck Joiner on August 23rd, 2005

Dealing with Mac and other technology annoyances, Macs working with Windows networks, a user group going out of their way to participate in an Expo, another celebrating 20 years, Mac news commentary, vendor offers and more are all included in this week’s show.

John Rizzo
John Rizzo, author of Mac Annoyances from O’Reilly, talks about those little things that bother every Mac user and how to deal with them, the AnnoyancesCentral.com web site where you can find all sorts of good information on dealing with annoying technology issues (not just on the Mac), making Macs and Windows play nice together nicely on networks and much more in our in-depth interview.

Judy Morse
Judy Morse of The Virginia Macintosh Users Group talks about her group’s upcoming participation in Digital Edge Expo, a new technology event in Washington D.C., why this is a stretch for them, and why they’re doing it anyway.

Larry Hrusovsky
Larry Hrusovsky of The North Coast Macintosh Users Group of Ohio talks about his group, what makes it special, and how they will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a special pic and raffle of a Mac mini.

JIm Dalrymple
Jim Dalrymple of MacCentral is this week’s Mac News Braintrust commentator, discussing what’s important in the Mac headlines and why.

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User Group Report #527: Lynda Weinman of lynda.com, Hawaii Mac Nuts’ Latest Project, Mac News Braintrust with Dennis Sellers of Macsimum Perspective, Backing Up Your Mac Part 4 and More

Posted by Chuck Joiner on August 16th, 2005

This week we look at a vendor-user group project from both sides, get the details on one of the premier training sites on the internet and what they offer on- and offline, talk about the week’s Mac news, discuss the importance of off-site backups and more.

Lynda Weinman
Lynda Weinman, the founder of lynda.com, talks about her start in the user group community, how her site has grown into on of the largest and most diverse providers of computer training, how they maintain their quality while contining to expand, and more.

Margaret Strubel
Margaret Strubel of Hawaii Mac Nuts discusses their new series of Mac training seminars for both their members and their community, and their partnership with lynda.com as the supplier of some of the materials being presented.

Dennis Seller
Dennis Sellers of Macsimum News covers some of the most important Mac news of the week and peers into his crystal ball to discuss what may be coming later this year.
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User Group Report #526: Adam and Tonya Engst of TidBITS, Scott Knaster on the Ad-Hoc/MacHack Conference and Mac News Braintrust with Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer

Posted by Chuck Joiner on August 9th, 2005

Our bonus-length show this week includes a visit from two of the most informed and influential people in the Mac industry, a report on what may be the last Ad-Hoc/MacHack Conference, and commentary on the most recent Mac headlines by a member of our Mac News Braintrust.

Adam Engst
Tonya Engst

Adam and Tony Engst of TidBITS talk about Macworld Boston, podcasting (and Tonya adds two new terms to the lexicon), the evolution of Macintosh computing and more in this week’s feature-length interview.

Bryan Chaffin

Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer is this week’s Mac News Braintrust guest, and discusses Mighty Mouse, the iTunes Music Store’s opening in Japan and other timely topics from the Mac headlines.

Scott Knaster

Scott Knaster, the author of Hacking Mac OS X Tiger is back to give us his take on the recent Ad-Hoc/MacHack Conference. Scott explains why this conference is different than any other, describes some of the cool hacks, and talks about the future (or lack thereof) for Ad-Hoc/MacHack.

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